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All people feel better and do better when you give them attention, affirmation, and appreciation. The next time you make contact with people, begin by giving them your undivided attention during the first thirty seconds. Affirm them and show your appreciation for them in some way. Then watch what happens. You will be surprised by how positively they respond. And if you have trouble remembering to keep your focus on them instead of on yourself, then remembering to keep your focus on them instead of on yourself, then perhaps the words of William King will help you. He said, “A gossip is one who talks to you about other people. A bore is one who talks to you about himself. And a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.

John C. Maxwell, 25 Ways to Win with People

Do It Today. 


Do the right thing;

Do it today;

Do it with no hope of return or promise of reward;

Do it with a smile and a cheerful attitude;

Do it day after day after day.

Do it, and someday,

There will come a day

That will be a payday

For all the yesterdays

You spent focused on the current day—

That will not only give value to today,

But will make each future day

Outshine each yesterday.

And what more could you ask of a day?


~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Principles for Graduates

Room to Grow

Leaders in some organizations don’t recognize the importance of creating a climate conducive to building potential leaders. To see the relationship between environment and growth, look at nature. One popular aquarium fish is the shark. The reason is that sharks adapt to their environment. If you catch a small shark and confine it, it will stay a size proportionate to the aquarium in which it lives. Sharks can be six inches long yet fully mature. But if you turn them loose in the ocean, they grow to their normal size.

The same is true of potential leaders. Some are put into an organization when they are still small, and the confining environment ensures that they stay small and under-developed. Only leaders can control the environment of their organization. They can be the change agents who create a climate conducive to growth.

~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Promises for Every Day.

Win the Daily Battle.  

People who achieve daily success have learned

to conquer four common time-wasters.


Time put to no useful purpose,

not even relaxation.


Putting off things that should be done now.


Time frittered away on the

details of side issues,

to the detriment of the main



Lack of preparation,


or perseverance, usually


in time-consuming mistakes.

~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Principles for Graduates

Seven axioms about attitude to help you better understand how it impacts a person’s life:

Attitude Axiom #1: Our attitude determines our approach to life.
Attitude Axiom #2: Our attitude determines our relationships with people.
Attitude Axiom #3: Often our attitude is the only difference between success and failure.
Attitude Axiom #4: Our attitude at the beginning of a task will affect its outcome more than anything else.
Attitude Axiom #5: Our attitude can turn our problems into blessings.
Attitude Axiom #6: Our attitude can give us an uncommonly positive perspective.
Attitude Axiom #7: Your attitude is not automatically good because you are a religious person.

~ John C. Maxwell, Attitude 101

If You Fall, Get Back Up.  

Austin O’Mally said, “The fact that you have been knocked down is interesting, but the length of time you remain down is interesting, but the length of time you remain down is important.” In life, you will have problems. Are you going to give up and stay down, wallowing in your defeat, or are you going to get back on your feet as quickly as you can?

When you fall, make the best of it and get back on your feet. Learn what you can from your mistake, and then get back in the game. View your errors the way Henry Ford did his. He said, Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”

~ John C. Maxwell, Your Road Map for Success

Can An Attitude Be Changed?

We are either the masters or victims of our attitudes. It is a matter of personal choice. Who we are today is the result of choices we made yesterday. Tomorrow we will become what we choose today. To change means to choose to change.

If you want to have a great attitude, then make the following choices:

Choice #1: Evaluate Your Present A attitude.

  1. Identify Problem Feelings: What attitudes make you feel the most negative about yourself? Usually feelings can be sensed before the problem is clarified.
  2. Identify Problem Behavior: What attitudes cause you the most problems when dealing with others?
  3. Identify Problem Thinking: We are the sum of our thoughts. “As a man thinks within himself, so is he.” What thoughts consistently control your mind? Although this is the beginning step in correcting attitude problems, these are not as easy to identify as the first two.
  4. Clarify Truth: In order to know how to change, you need to examine your feelings in light of truth. If you are a person of faith, then use the Scriptures. What do they tell you about how your attitude should be?
  5. Secure Commitment: At this stage, “What must I do to change?” turns into “I must change.” Remember, the choice to change is the one decision that must be made, and only you can make it.
  6. Plan and Carry Out Your Choice: Act on your decision immediately and repeatedly.

Choice #2: Realize That Faith Is Stronger Than Fear.

Choice #3: Write a Statement of Purpose.

  1. Write specifically What You Desire To Accomplish Each Day.
  2. Verbalize To An Encouraging Friend What You Want To Accomplish Each Day.
  3. Take Action On Your Goal Each Day.

Choice #4: Have a Desire To Change

Choice #5: Live One Day At A Time

Choice #6: Change Your Thought Patterns

Choice #7: Develop Good Habits

The following steps will assist you in changing bad habits into good ones:

Step #1: List your bad habits.
Step #2: What was the original cause?
Step #3: What are the supporting causes?
Step #4: Determine a positive habit to replace the bad one.
Step #5: Think about the good habit, its benefits and results.
Step #6: Take action to develop this habit.
Step #7: Daily act upon this habit for reinforcement.
Step #8: Reward yourself by noting one of the benefits from your good habit.

Choice #8: Continually Choose to Have A Right Attitude.

You are the only one who can determine what you will think and how you will act. And that means you can make your attitude what you want it to be.

Attitude 101“, By John C. Maxwell

How Will They Meet Change?

It is usually easier to present change as a simple refinement of “the way we’ve been doing it” rather than something new or different. When a proposal for change is introduced in an organization, people fall into five categories in terms of their response:

Innovators—They are the originators of new ideas and generally are not acknowledged as leaders or policy makers.

Early Adopters—They are those who know a good idea when they see it.

Middle Adopters—They are the majority. They will respond to the opinions of others.

Late Adopters—They are the last group to endorse an idea. They often speak against proposed changes and may never verbally acknowledge acceptance.

Laggards—They are always against change. Their commitment is to the status quo and the past. Often they try to create division within the organization.

~ John C. Maxwell, Developing The Leader Within You

Good attitudes among players do not guarantee a team’s success, but bad attitudes guarantee its failure. The following five truths about attitudes clarify how they affect teamwork and a leader’s team:

  1. Attitudes have the power to lift up or tear down a team.
  2. An attitude compounds when exposed to others.
  3. Bad attitudes compound faster than good ones.
  4. Attitudes are subjective, so identifying a wrong one can be difficult.
  5. Rotten attitudes, left alone, ruin everything.

~ John C. Maxwell, Attitude 101

Attitude . . .
It is the “advance man” of our true selves.
Its roots are inward but its fruit outward.
It is our best friend or our worst enemy.
It is more honest and more consistent than our words.
It is an outward look based on past experiences.
It is a thing which draws people to us or repels them.
It is never content until it is expressed.
It is the librarian of our past.
It is the speaker of our present.
It is the prophet of our future.

~ John C. Maxwell, Attitude 101