Weekly Thought – August 25, 2015
Fred’s interest in those who pursued their gifts motivated much of his thinking. In part of two of “Get It Done People” he continues his thinking about high impact living.
Gratitude was one of Fred’s favorite emotions. He practiced it regularly. And for you we are most grateful. Thank you for your encouragement and consistent support.
Get It Done People – Part Two
High Impact People:
11) Capture the concept of plateauing – they understand the process of growing, assimilating, then growing again. When you grow too fast, you have holes.
12) Keep stress vertical – there are two types of stress: horizontal and vertical… one pulls you apart (horizontal) and one energizes and focuses (vertical). The goal of life isn’t being stress free, but understanding and developing healthy stress which energizes.
13) Have and use a sense of humor – What you cry about today you will laugh about tomorrow. Humor is the lubricant of the spirit. Without humor, the gears clash and the engine burns out.
14) Don’t take destructive action – “Vengeance is mine, says the Lord.” Too many people carry around a stash of poison pills created from ill feelings and vindictiveness.
15) Anticipate – minimize surprises – Every top executive I know has a cardinal rule: avoid surprises. Preparation and good hiring practices allow them to operate confidently. I think through all the possibilities of a decision or action and thus spare myself from surprises.
16) Work with cause and effect – The scripture tells us we will reap what we sow. That is more than a Biblical admonition. Understanding consequences is a hallmark of high impact leaders.
17) Operate and articulate meaning of life – a clear understanding of purpose is critical. I find strong, meaningful internal dialogue is part of the tool kit for leaders.
18) Have emotional control – they know how to stretch their emotional wheelbase. They have a broad repertoire of emotions, a disciplined imagination, are courageous, and know how to eliminate negatives. They know how to offset external pressures by internal strength. John Wayne said, “Courage is being scared to death and still saddling up.”
19) Choose their attitude – Frankl in “Man’s Search for Meaning” said we have no control over our circumstances but we can choose our attitudes in the midst of them. High impact people direct their attitude.
20) Give themselves to something bigger than themselves – A big vision, a big goal, a big dream, a big cause. These move leaders to think bigger. Always stretch.
This week think about: 1) What pushes me to stretch? 2) What are the roadblocks to growth? 3) How can I apply these this week?
Words of Wisdom: “The goal of life isn’t being stress free, but understanding and developing healthy stress which energizes.”
Wisdom from the Word: “I realized that wisdom is preferable to folly, just as light is preferable to darkness:” (Ecclesiastes 2:13 NET Bible)