426. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. Commitment has an almost supernatural ability to make things happen for you.
425. A loyal person seeks to advance the best interests and goals of the leader. And true loyalty is never tested or made manifest until leadership sets a course with which you disagree.
424. Loyalty is the complete, unswerving commitment to seek the best interests of those in authority over you, even when you disagree with the direction they have set. The fact that it is such a rare commodity in our culture, makes the one who possess it that much more valuable to his organization.
423. When wise leaders look for a person they can elevate to leadership, one of the primary attributes they look for is "integrity." Customers buy from people they trust. Smart managers promote the person with integrity.
422. General George Patton: Get the facts, get the truth, and get it to the troops. He knew that honesty, and the trust it produces, is absolutely vital for achieving victory. His soldiers knew he was a man of truth and, therefore, trusted him with their lives.
421. Few things cause you to stand out as a leader and make you more valuable to an organization than being the kind of person who inspires your co-workers to go higher and further.
420. Great leaders act immediately and decisively when they learn of corruption within their organization. When confronted with clear evidence of wrong doing, are you prepared to act?
419. People and rubber bands have one thing in common. They must be stretched to be effective. A leader must be that yardstick of quality and excellence others desire to attain to.
418. Mac Hammond: Eight essential characteristics for aspiring leaders - make things happen, influence others, take risks, generate ideas, have a great attitude, be committed and loyal, have integrity, and motivate others.
417. Fred Pryor: The ultimate responsibility of a leader is to facilitate other people's development as well as his own.
416. Abraham Lincoln: The greatness of a leader is in his humility before God, not in his eloquence before men.
415. The best leaders see themselves as servants - which makes them greatest in the kingdom of God. Those who have a track record and reputation of not being shy to roll up their sleeves to do a hard, dirty job will have many followers.
414. Greg Morris: Only through modeling Christ's example of servanthood will contemporary leadership effectively and strategically shape the future.
413. In recent days we have witnessed "leaders" using their position for personal or financial gain at the expense of the organization or ministry they lead. Authentic leaders will not use their position for their own advantage or comfort.
412. Leadership is first and foremost being honest and responsible for the decisions you make or fail to make.
411. David Watson: A Christian who is ambitious to be a star disqualifies himself as a leader.
410. Some leaders build followers while others build leaders. The mark of a true leader is demonstrated by the fact that the show must and can go on without him or her.
409. Peter Drucker: Leadership is not magnetic personality or a glib tongue. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to higher standards, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
408. Sugar and salt look the same, but are vastly different - so it is with leadership and control.
407. All too often the church has taken the world's definition of leadership - position, prestige, perks and privileges - and applied it to Christian leadership.
CHARACTER COUNTS x 9
406. Abigail Van Buren: Two great measures of a person's character is (i) how he treats people who can't forward his cause, and (ii) how he treats people who can't fight back (...but God sees).
405. Thomas Paine: Character is much easier kept than recovered.
404. Woodrow Wilson: Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
403. The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
402. D.L. Moody: Character is what you are in the dark.
401. James A. Froude: You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge one yourself.
400. Spurgeon: A man's life is always more forcible than his speech. When men take stock of him they reckon his deeds as dollars and his words as pennies. If his life and doctrine disagree, the mass of onlookers accept his practice and reject his preaching.
399. An enthusiastic evangelist asked an Amish man whether he was saved. The Amish replied, "Ask my banker, my grocer and my farm hands. Ask THEM if I am saved." No one can argue with the impact of a consistent life.
398. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf: The main ingredient of good leadership is good character. This is because leadership involves conduct and conduct is determined by values. In other words, public leadership cannot be separated from private behavior because the one naturally influences and determines the other.
397. Sin is not an impersonal action against an impersonal code. It is a personal affront to a personal God.
396. George W. Crane: Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act.
395. Why do our thoughts and actions so often lead us toward things that are not in our best interest? It happens whenever we choose short term pleasure and comfort over long term joy and achievement.
394. The most miserable people are those who care only about themselves, who understand only their own troubles, who see only their own perspectives.
393. Vince Lombardi: The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
392. Jim Rohn: Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.
391. Winners are those who acknowledge the disappointment but who refuse to accept it as the final result. Keep getting back up, keep getting back in the game.
390. Success belongs to those who can endure enough disappointments and setbacks while staying positive and committed to reaching the goal.
389. Take that first small step right now toward your goal. The direction in which you're moving is much more important than the speed at which you're going.
388. Whatever you can envision, you can become.
387. How do you know if you are a servant? By how you react when you're treated like one.
386. People will forget what you said and what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Treat your wife like a queen - make her feel she is the most important person in your life. Never yell at your kids - you can't begin to imagine what feelings of hurt, rejection and anger these careless actions conjure up in their hearts.
385. J. Wilber Chapman: Anything that dims my vision of Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me, and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it.
384. Jim Rohn: You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.
383. Brian Tracy: Read an hour every day in your chosen field. This works out to about one book per week, 50 books per year, and will guarantee your success.
382. Ernest Newman: The greatest composer does not sit down to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.
381. Charles Prestwich Scott: Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.
380. Alan Cohen: The world would have you agree with its dismal dream of limitation. But the light would have you soar like the eagle of your sacred visions.
379. It's better to lose your pride to the one you love, than to lose the one you love because of pride.
378. Jim Rohn: The two great words of antiquity are behold and beware. Behold the possibilities and beware the temptations.
377. Zig Ziglar: The most influential person who will talk to you all day is you, so you should be very careful about what you say to you!
376. General George S. Patton: Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
375. Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt: I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.
374. Mark Victor Hansen: Life is an inside-out game. The truth is that all our situations and circumstances have their beginnings in our minds. Our idea of who we are creates who we become - the great news is you can change your self-impressions and change your life.
373. James Allen: You will become as SMALL as your controlling desire; as GREAT as your dominant aspiration.
372. James Allen: Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
371. Denis Waitley: To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.
370. Dale Carnegie: Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves.
369. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
368. Jonathan Edwards: True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit. It is having a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us. And how does God see us? He sees us as valuable, unique creations.
367. Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
366. Albert Einstein: Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
365. Use all of your time wisely. Prepare for tomorrow like it's the most important day of your career.
364. Calvin Coolidge: We do not need more knowledge, we need more character!
363. Peter Kuzmic: Charisma without character leads to catastrophe.
362. Brian Tracy: Issue a blanket pardon. Forgive everyone who has ever hurt you in any way. It sets you free from the past.
361. Sam Ewing: Good leaders inspire people to have confidence in them. Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves.
360. Brian Tracy: Your self-image controls your performance; see yourself as confident and in complete control.
359. Ralph Waldo Emerson: No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.
358. Rainer Maria Rilke: If your everyday day life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no indifferent place.
357. Eleanor Roosevelt: No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.
356. Franklin D. Roosevelt: When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
355. William Feather: Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
354. Henry Longfellow: Others will underestimate us, for although we judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, others judge us only by what we have already done.
353. James Allen: Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
352. The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called 'failure', a loop called 'confusion', speed bumps called 'friends', red lights called 'enemies', caution lights called 'family'. You will also have flats called 'jobs'. But, if you have a
spare called 'determination', an engine called 'perseverance', insurance called 'faith', a driver called 'Jesus', you will make it to a place called 'success'.
351. Steve Jobs: A leader must be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.
350. Ruth Smeltzer: Appreciate people. Nothing gives more joy than appreciation.
349. Jim Rohn: Everyone likes a compliment. Decide today to be the source of sincere compliments.
348. Helen Keller: The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
COMMITMENT x 3
347. Tom Flores: A total commitment is paramount to reaching the ultimate in performance.
346. Brian Tracy: Choose a field you enjoy and then become totally absorbed in it.
345. Nido Qubein: A commitment is like your signature on a contract: it binds you to a course of action.
344. Praise works with only three types of people; men, women, and children.
343. Do you want to make a lasting change in your behavior? You can if you know the secret of the three-fold cord. Behavior has three elements--thoughts, words, and actions. To effect lasting change, you must deal with all three.
342. Benjamin Disraeli: The secret of success is constancy of purpose. Phil 2:2 "...make my joy complete by being...intent on one purpose". God's leaders who've achieved great things discovered God's purpose for their lives - then pursued it single-mindedly.
GETTING STARTED x 4