Archives For John C. Maxwell

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.
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

WIN THE DAILY BATTLE                                

People who achieve daily success have learned to conquer four common time-wasters.

Laziness:
Time put to no useful purpose, not even relaxation.

Procrastination:
Putting off things that should be done now.

Distraction:
Time frittered away on the
Details of side issues, to the detriment of the main issue.

Impatience:
Lack of preparation, thoroughness, or perseverance, usually resulting in time-consuming mistakes.

~ Leadership Principles for Graduates, John C. Maxwell

A Thorn In Your Side?

As you discover your purpose in life and pursue your dreams, you will inevitably spend more and more of your time doing what you enjoy and do best.

That’s good. You can achieve your dreams only if you focus on your priorities.

But success requires something else: discipline. One of the best ways I know to improve discipline is to do something you don’t enjoy doing – every day. If you learn to do what you must, you will be able to do what you want.

~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Principles for Graduates

Exercise for Success

Think of the pursuit of your dreams as being like a major athletic event. Train for it. As you prepare and “exercise,” you will get stronger – mentally, emotionally, and physically. To successfully achieve your dream, you need to keep improving. The best way to do that is to …

  • keep your body fit.
  • keep your heart flexible.
  • keep your mind open.
  • keep your comfort zone expanding.

~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Principles for Graduates

It takes a leader to:

  • KNOW a leader (Recruiting & Positioning)
  • SHOW a leader (Modeling & Equipping)
  • GROW a leader (Developing, Empowering, & Measuring)

~ John C. Maxwell, The 5 Levels of Leadership

I DARE YOU TO TRY

Sometimes we don’t know what we want until someone tells us we can’t have it. That’s what happened with Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. He was wounded three times during the Civil War, and while home on medical leave he decided to go to law school. His father, a renowned physician who dominated his family, scorned the young man’s decision. “What the use of that? A lawyer can’t become a great man.” Many years later, while still serving on the U.S. Supreme Court at the age of ninety, Holmes recalled his father’s words and how they spurred him to pursue his dream and prove his worthy as a lawyer.

~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Principles for Graduates

Leaders who develop leaders experience an incredible multiplication effect in their organizations that can be achieved in no other way – not by increasing resources, reducing costs, increasing profit margins, analyzing systems, implementing quality management procedures, or doing anything else.

~ John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

THE DOOR TO OPPORTUNITY      

OPPORTUNITIES AND MOTIVATION ARE CONNECTED.

Motivated people see opportunities, and opportunities are often what motivate people.

GREAT ATTITUDES PRECEDE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES.

Who you are determines what you see.

TODAY IS THE BEST DAY FOR AN OPPORTUNITY.

Opportunity always takes “now” for an answer.

OPPORTUNITIES ARE THE RESULT OF PLUCK, NOT LUCK.

The people who succeed seek out opportunities, and if they can’t find them, they create them.

OPPORTUNITIES DON’T PRESENT THEMSELVES IN IDEAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

If you wait for all the lights to turn green, you will never leave your driveway.

OPPORTUNITY WITHOUT COMMITMENT WILL BE LOST.

Abandoned opportunities are never lost – they are simply pursued by the competition.

OPPORTUNITY IS BIRTHED OUT OF PROBLEMS. If you’re looking for a BIG opportunity, find a BIG problem.

OPPORTUNITIES EITHER MULTIPLY OR DISAPPEAR. The more opportunities you pursue, the more you find behind them.

OPPORTUNITIES MUST BE NOURISHED IF THEY ARE TO SURVIVE. As Peter Drucker, the father of modern management, says, “Feed an opportunity; starve a problem.”

~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Principles for Graduates

Against The Odds

Without a challenge many people tend to fall or fade away. Charles Noble observed, “You must have a long range vision to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.” Vision helps people with motivation. That can be especially important for highly talented people. They sometimes fight lack of desire. That’s why a great artist like Michelangelo prayed, “Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.” A visionary compass answers that prayer.

Someone said that only people who can see the invisible can do the impossible. That shows the value of vision. But it also indicates that vision can be an elusive quality. If you can see vision. But it also indicates that vision can be an elusive quality. If you can see vision for your team. Then your team has a reasonable good chance of success. Vision gives team members direction and confidence, two things they cannot do without.

~ John C. Maxwell, The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork

 

Steer A Course

If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Not in terms of vacations, but in your life. Your answer to that question does a lot to determine whether or not you’re successful. You see, we’re all on a journey, whether we know it or not. We are traveling inevitably towards the ends of our lives. So the real question for us is whether we’re going to select a destination and steer a course for it, or allow ourselves to be swept along with the tide, letting others determine where we’ll end up. The choice is entirely up to us.

~ John C. Maxwell, Your Road for Success