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Attitude Axiom’s

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R – E – A – L  SUCCESS

I believe that to succeed, a person needs only four things. You can remember them by thinking of the word REAL.

Relationships: The greatest skill needed for success is the ability to get along with other people. It impacts every aspect of a person’s life. Your relationships make you or break you.

Equipping: One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in life is that those closest to you determine the level of your success. If your dreams are great, you achieve them only with a team.

Attitude: People’s attitudes determine how they approach life say-to-day. Your attitude, more than your aptitude, will determine your altitude.

Leadership: Everything Rises and falls on leadership. If you desire to “lift the lid” on your personal effectiveness, the only way to do it is to increase your leadership skills.

If you dedicated yourself to growing in these four areas, then it doesn’t matter what kind of work you do. You will become successful.

~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Principles for Graduates

Can An Attitude Be Changed?

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Growth = Change. 

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. 

Just about anyone would agree that growing is a good thing, but relatively few people actually dedicate themselves to the process. Why? Because growth requires change, and change is hard for most people. But the truth is that without change, growth is impossible.

Most people fight against change, especially when it affects them personally. As novelist Leo Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” The ironic thing is that change is inevitable. Everybody has to deal with it in their lives. On the other hand, growth is optional. You can choose to grow or to fight it. But know this: people unwilling to grow will never reach their potential.

Making the change from being an occasional learner to someone dedicated to personal growth is tough. It goes against the grain of the way most people live. Most people celebrate when they receive their diploma or degree and say to themselves, “Thank goodness that’s over. I’m done with studying.” But that kind of thinking doesn’t take you any higher than average.

~ John C. Maxwell, Your Road Map for Success

A good leader motivates, doesn’t mislead, doesn’t exploit.

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How to Grow in Consistency

  1. Do you know what you need to improve?
  2. Do you know how you’re supposed to improve?
    1. Match your motivation to your personality type
    2. Start with the simple stuff
    3. Be patient
    4. Value the process
  3. Do you know why you want to keep improving?
  4. Do you know when you are supposed to improve?

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

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The Law of Navigation: Jesus Charts the Course for His Disciples

Jesus provided good instruction for his disciples on issues such as integrity, anxiety, convictions, problem solving, greed, jealousy, priorities, and trusting God. Why these topics? Because Jesus intended to navigate life for His followers, to teach them how to live successfully.

If we were to condense the Lord’s perspective on success in life, we might say that success involves:

  • Decisions: We must know the truth and accept it.
  • Servanthood: We must find a need and fill it.
  • Determination: We must face a challenge and meet it.
  • Sacrifice: We must lose our life to find it.
  • Preparation: We must develop a plan and follow it.
  • Action: We must discover God’s will and obey it.
  • A gift: We must discover God’s will and obey it.
  • Durability: We must be tenacious and finish well.

~ John C. Maxwell, “The Maxwell Leadership Bible


The Team Holds The Dream

One of the mistakes people make is that they focus too much attention on their dream and too little on their team. But the truth is that if you build the right team, the dream will take care of itself.

If you want to achieve your dream – I mean really do it, not just imagine it would be like – then grow your team.  But as you do so, make sure your motives are right. Some people gather a team just to benefit themselves. Others do it because they enjoy the team experience and want to create a sense of community. Still others do it because they want to build an organization. The funny thing about those reasons is that if you’re motivated by all of them, then your desire to build a team probably comes from wanting to add value to everyone on the team. But if your desire to build the team comes as the result of only one of those reasons, you probably need to examine your motives.

~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Promises for Every Day


Leadership is not title, position, power or structure. It is Influence, nothing more, nothing less.

There are plenty of misconception and myths that people have about leaders and leadership.

Five common influence myths are:

  1. Management myth – Leading and managing are one in the same.
  2. Entrepreneur myth – Entrepreneurs are skilled at seeing opportunities and going after them.
  3. Knowledge myth – Knowing “what to do” and influencing others “to do it” take different skill sets.
  4. Pioneer myth – You can get there first but if no one follows you, you are not a leader.
  5. Position myth – If I have a title or position, people will follow me.

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

Becoming a Person of Influence

Not everyone you influence will think the same way you do. You have to help them not only believe that they can succeed, but also show them that you want them to succeed. How do you do that?

Expect it: People can sense your underlying attitude no matter what you say or do. If you have an expectation for your people to be successful, they will know it.

Verbalize it: People need to hear you tell them that you believe in them and want them to succeed. Become a positive prophet of their success.

Reinforce it: You can never do too much when it comes to believing in people.

Once people recognize and understand that you genuinely want to see them succeed and are committed to helping them, they will begin to believe they can accomplish what you give them to do.

~ John C. Maxwell, Becoming a Person of Influence