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Grow To Your Potential

It’s been said that our potential is God’s gift to us, and what we do with it is our gift to him. But our potential is probably our greatest untapped resource. Why? We can do anything, but we can’t do everything. Many people never really dedicated themselves to their purpose in life. They become a jack of all trades, master of none—rather than a jack of few trades, focused on one.

Here are four principles to put you on the road to growing toward your potential:

  1. Concentrate On One Main Goal. Nobody ever reached their potential by scattering themselves in twenty directions. Reaching your potential requires focus.
  2. Concentrate On Continual Improvement. Commitment to continual improvement is the key to reaching our potential. Each day you can become a little bit better than you were yesterday.
  3. Forget The Past. Maybe you’ve made a lot of mistakes in your life, or you’ve had an especially difficult past. Work your way through it and move on.
  4. Focus On The Future. You can become better tomorrow than you are today. As the Spanish proverb says, “He who does not look d remains behind.”

~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Principles for Graduates

Things Everybody Needs To Understand About People.

Knowing what people need and want is the key to understanding them. And if you can understand them, you can influence them and impact their lives in a positive way. What I know about understanding people can be summed up in the following list:

  1. EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE SOMEBODY. There isn’t a person in the world who doesn’t have the desire to be someone, to have significance. Even the least ambitious and unassuming person wants to be regarded highly by others.
  2. NOBODY CARES HOW MUCH YOU KNOW UNTIL HE KNOWS HOW MUCH YOU CARE. The moment that people know that you care about them, the way they feel about you changes. Showing others that you care isn’t always easy. Your greatest times and fondest memories will come because of people, but so will your most difficult, hurting, and tragic times.
  3. EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY. Contrary to popular belief, there are no such things as self-made men and women. Everybody needs friendship, encouragement, and help.
  4. EVERYBODY CAN BE SOMEBODY WHEN SOMEBODY UNDERSTANDS AND BELIEVES HER. Once you understand people and believe in them, they really can become somebody. And it doesn’t take much effort to help other people feel important. Little things, done deliberately at the right time, can make a big difference.
  5. EVERYBODY WHO HELPS SOMEBODY INFLUENCES A LOT OF BODIES. The final thing you need to understand about people is that when you help one person, you’re really impacting a lot of other people. What you give to one person overflows into the lives of all the people that person impacts.

Most people are so genuinely grateful when another person makes them feel special that they never tire of showing their gratitude.

Relationship 101, By John C. Maxwell

How to Be a REAL Success

Four Session Mastermind Group

People are inspired by and desire to be like great leaders yet become overwhelmed by the perceived knowledge needed to learn the skills of leadership. Success is knowing your purpose in life; growing to your maximum potential; sowing the seeds that benefit others. It is a rather simple recipe yet requires awareness, study, practice and mentoring to achieve. The four elements to success are: Relationships– Love and accept yourself. The first person you learn to get along with is you; Equipping – Great leaders grow their vision from “ME” to “WE;” Attitude – Our attitude is a choice; Leadership – Leadership takes time and energy to develop

*This mastermind group is limited to ten participants, with a minimum of six participants to start the class.

Sessions will include a video with group discussion and activities to incorporate from each sessions.

Time and Scheduled dates: 12:00 – 2:00 pm, every other Friday on 8/24, 9/07, 9/21, 10/05

Meeting Location: 216 N. 2nd St., Suite 103, Bismarck, ND

Investment: $169 + book (Payment due prior to or at the first session)

To register or to bringing this training to your organization contact Dave Leingang at or call 701-527-7416.

The problem for many people is that they never take up the duty of developing themselves. Instead of working to get better, they merely get by. If you want to be the person you were created to be, then you must do more than just experience life and hope you’ll pick up some lessons along the way. You must go out and seize opportunities to grow as if your future depended upon it.

~ John C. Maxwell, “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

Join “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth free Lunch and Learn on Friday August 17th

Go here for more information and to register.

How to Spell S-U-C-C-E-S-S. 

Select your goal.

Unlock your personal potential.

Commit yourself to your plan.

Chart your course.

Expect problems.

Stand firm on your commitment.

Share the rewards with others.

~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Principles for Graduates 

Have Children? Then Lead Them!

God calls parents to lead their children. And just how does a parent become a good leader for a child? Partly by focusing on three key words:

Modeling: Abraham Lincoln said, “There is but one way to train up a child in a way he should go, and that is to travel it yourself.” A good example is worth a thousand sermons. What you do has more impact on your child than all the lectures you could ever give.

Management: Good management is the ability to discern the uniqueness of a child and teach him or her accordingly. We are to train up a child in the way he should go. This may mean we will have to adapt our style, depending on the child’s temperament and wiring.

Memories: Memories are more important than things. Note that the verse says, “When he is old, he will not depart . . . “This implies that the child has memories of his early experiences and embraces them later in life.

~ John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership Bible



Why do I recommend that you work to develop friendships on the job?

Friendships Is the Foundation of Influence: President Abraham Lincoln said, “If you would win a man to you cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. “ Good relationships make influence possible, and friendship is the most positive relationship you can develop on the job with your coworkers.

Friendships Is the Framework for Success: I believe long-term success is unachievable without good people skills. Theodore Roosevelt said, “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” Without it, most achievements are not possible, and even what we do achieve can feel hollow.

: If you’re having a bad day, who can make you feel better? A friend. When you have to face your fears, who would you rather do it with? A friend. When you fall on you face, who can help pick you up? A friend. Aristotle was right when he said, “True friends are a sure refuge.”


~ John C. Maxwell, The 3600 Leader


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.