“Wanting everyone to be happy and making tough decisions were incompatible tasks.”
- John Maxwell
I (Cindy) remember reading this quote early in my leadership journey and realizing there’s my problem! I was attempting to keep people happy while making tough decisions... and it wasn’t working out so well. Family, work, friends...everywhere! I wanted everyone to be happy yet life offered an unending barrage of tough decisions. Since I made tough decisions with this mindset, I was in constant turmoil. That simple quote reminded me everyone is responsible for their own happiness and my job was to continue making tough decisions with everyone's best interest at heart. That worked for me because it values everyone!
Consider when a mindset shift may be helpful for you in this area. It may just make the difference for you and your leadership like it did for me! If it wasn't for ongoing growth, I would still be...
Passion is a thought process you can choose at any time. If you don’t believe me (Cindy) just think about your next trip to the beach, your family, the fun you have with your best friend, or the way your dog greets you when you arrive home. If none of these work for you, how about that cup of coffee you’re going to enjoy in the morning? I’m really passionate about my morning coffee!
I like the definition of passion offered by Merriam Webster which states; a strong feeling of excitement or enthusiasm for something or about doing something. That’s exactly the way I want to show up in life! How about you? How do you feel and what energy are you willing to put into your thought process to create more passion in the things you do?
There's a definite connection between finding your passion and reaching your potential. John Maxwell tells us why in 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. Here’s a few he shares:
*Passion gives you an advantage over those who don't have...
In the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John Maxwell presents Laws of Growth with the Live It, Learn It, Lead It mindset challenging us to Live It but genuinely living out the law we are growing in. This challenges us to be the change. Learn It is simply taking in the right information. However, many people learn but never improve themselves or find a fulfilling path in life which leads to their purpose because they learn but do not grow. In other words, they do not apply, stretch, and put in the work to grow themselves which is the answer to all other fulfillment.
For example, we can read about the Law of Intentionality but if we do not apply it we don’t grow!
In one of our (Cindy) study groups, we are currently learning more about the Law of Awareness which says, to know yourself you must grow yourself. We started with questions like the ones below to help us know ourselves better and these will work for you too. As you think about who you...
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