Unique

The word for today is unique!
 One of the hidden concepts of our day is the uniqueness of each of us. Although it is difficult to comprehend, with all the billions of men and women in the world, you and I are UNIQUE! 
There are not fingerprints equal, there are not DNA equal. Each of us is an original! The awareness of our uniqueness is one of the strongest motivations that exist! 
A great teacher and author, Joyce Meyer, once said that God will help you become the best of yourself but NEVER WILL HELP YOU BECOME EQUAL TO ANOTHER PERSON YOU KNOW!
Knowing that we are unique leads us to understand that we have a unique and special mission. 
It teaches us to appreciate our every similar even if he/she is not equal to us. 
It widens our mental boundaries and takes away from us every desire of discrimination. 
It prompts us to seek unity in diversity. 
It grows in us the desire to add value and invest on others, knowing that every life has a uniqueness that enriches the community. 
Who does not believe in the uniqueness of his life tends to remain in the status quo, in anonymity. He is dead even if he has not yet made it official. 
Do you believe in being a unique person with a unique purpose and a unique contribution that only you can give and is there an enthusiasm that becoming the best you can ever be will affect you and those around you?
Darwin said that man comes from monkeys. Well, the monkey copies, hence the saying monkey see monkey do. 
 Man, on the other hand, creates and leaves a trace of its uniqueness. 
This is the reason why God created us and gave us power by assigning to each of us a specific and unique task ! 

 You and I are unique! 
Guy Sottile

Implementation

The word for today is implementation! 
This word does not belong, unfortunately, to our everyday vocabulary. 
We do not hear it or apply it often to our life. 
Many think that implementation is an unconscious action that is part of the automatism of our being. 
When we get up in the morning we implement actions like washing, getting dressed and go to work. At work we do, automatically, so many things even if our mind is focused on other thoughts and priorities. 
Well this kind of implementation makes us live but does not make us grow! 
Implementing means to intentionally start a process that leads us to achieve our goal! 
Implementation is the beginning, and without it, there are only good intentions that do not lead anywhere and do not make us grow! 
The importance of implementation is rendered the most by the saying: “Who starts well ends well” or even “Who starts well is halfway there.” 
For those who want to grow and successfully achieve the purpose of their life, implementing is an action that becomes indispensable. 
What are those things that you know are right to do and yet find it difficult to implement? 
You have to start and you have to do it now! 
Begin to implement because this is the most important step to start the path to success! 
Who starts well is halfway there but who does not start is never in the race! 
No to implement intentionally is the greatest obstacle to be overcome in order to get the most out of our lives. 
The Bible says that today is the day of salvation. Not yesterday or tomorrow, but TODAY! 
Implement your decisions today, start today your new adventure, don’t push it to tomorrow, this is the only way to enter in the race in order to achieve the objectives you have set for your life!
Guy Sottile

Honor

The word for today is Honor!
When I think about honor I think about a ceremony where someone gets recognized for his loyal, creative and courageous service. 
I think about applauses, medals and several speeches to honor the person worth of this recognition. 
This is good but there is more. 
For me honor is a daily attitude of people of integrity who in spite of the fact that they are recognized or not, , do the right things with discipline and faithfulness. 
They do it not for recognition but because they are passionate about the principles that lease their life, regardless of their personal recognition. 
When a few years back Italian music writer Ennio Morricone ( author of all the spaghetti western movies like the good, the bad and the ugly and many more ) received the academy award in LA FOR HIS CAREER , he said:
I want to dedicate this Oscar to the many musicians who deserve it but will never get it!
That’s it! Honor is not a recognition but a daily attitude displayed by the real heroes of everyday life. 
To sum it up, honor is not what others say and show you but WHAT YOU KNOW YOU REALLY ARE!
Are you a real hero worth of honor or someone looking for honor to become a hero?
May this question sink down strong in our daily actions. 
Guy Sottile

Frustration

The word for today is frustration!
Each of us is subject to frustrations.
It would be correct to say that frustrations are part of our lives!
When things do not go in the direction that we think to be right, we suffer a whiplash injury, and we experience the symptoms of frustration!
Just like whiplash serves to tame or punish a person, the same whiplash can serve to encourage and incite!
The successful person knows that frustrations are part of life , they hurt and leave wounds but over time they heal and disappear.
This awareness creates the belief that frustration must be accepted not as a punishment but as a spur to create in us the right character in order to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves.
The frustrations of the lashes are all the same but the reaction to them determines the difference between who wins and who loses.
Do not allow frustrations you meet daily make you a loser but use them for stronger growling and reach your goal!

Guy Sottile

Farsighted 

The word for today is far-sighted! 
“The person of success sees ahead of others”!
 Human nature leads us to react to every event and circumstance of life. From the moment we get up in the morning if the sky is gray also we tend to be gray. If we are contradicted our attitude is negatively affected and so are our actions. 
If something does not go according to plan we tend to react to align everything and solve the obstacles in the immediacy. 
Being far- sighted does not happen spontaneously but is the main feature of those who wish to succeed in life! 
“The person of success sees ahead of others”!
The problems of today do not distract him/her from because the eyes are fixed at the finish line. 
Foresight knows that the obstacles and challenges are deviations that lead us in the right path to get to the finishing line. 
Foresight produces tenacity to grab the prize prepared for us and win the negativity of today. 
Jesus of Nazareth, for the joy that was before him (farsightedness) bear the cross (Hebrews12 ) because it was the springboard for his resurrection! 
The cross is the sacrifice and determination that every person must have to achieve the life you have always wanted to live. We all have a cross to take and big or small, it is always heavy! 
The difference between winners and losers is precisely LOOKING AHEAD TO THE FINISHING LINE! 
Guy Sottile

Fortitude

The word for today is fortitude. 
 One of the activities that Sondra and I did with our daughters was to visit the Spanish fortresses on the Tyrrhenian coast of our beautiful Italy. 
Especially in western Tuscany and in the islands of the archipelago. 
Unforgettable Capo Stella in Argentario and Giglio Island Castle! 
What struck us was the impressive structure and thickness of any fortress. 
Following the directions of the brochure, we read all the attacks that these forts had suffered and how it was impossible to overcome them to the point that some of them never got conquered by the enemy! 
Their lasting strength was such that even in World War II , they were used as strategic locations. 
Their secret laid in the foundations that were very thick and deep. 
They were built to last and stay and to show impressive strength. 
In our lives the word fortitude is essential. 
It means FORTE ATTITUDE. 
An attitude that reflects the qualities of a fortress! It means building an attitude that resists adversity. An attitude that does not yield to the attacks of those who want to hurt us, that does not bend in  facing difficulties.
 It means that although we can not control what comes out against us, criticisms, disappointments, broken promises, oppression, injustice and falsehood, WE CAN CONTROL what is happening inside of us because the foundations of our life are strong and durable and, therefore, I have a strength of soul and mind that allows me to win every day. 
If fortitude is not one of our strong points, our forte, I hope that this reflection will stimulate you to look at the foundations of your life to see if it is founded upon a rock or on a sandy soil. 
Who builds his soul, gives himself fortitude and protects it , he is the one who has discovered the true success of a lifetime. 
Guy Sottile

Discovery

The word for today is discovery!

In leadership to have the mentality of an apprentice, a learner, is essential. The apprentice knows he does not know everything, he learns more and more always aware of the fact that he has so many more things to learn!

What is most discouraging,  is having to deal with people who have stopped discovering because they think they have already found everything in life and, therefore, are in a state of stagnation  and not in a dynamic posture, which is essential in the life of a leader.

The famous quote by Socrates: I know one thing, that I do not know, is an important starting point.

I say starting point because the words of Socrates could be misinterpreted as a basis of relativity, where there are no fixed points and absolutes.

Jesus said to the contrary that knowing and discovering the truth will make us  free.

Free to build new discoveries on some fixed points. 

The definition of a  disciple is the one who builds on the experience of things learned. Many disciples or pseudo-disciples,  often show dogmatic and absolute pride on the few things they have discovered thus falling into a stagnation that does not meet the needs of a changing humanity!

Many disciples or pseudo-disciples,  often show dogmatic and absolute pride on the few things they have discovered thus falling into a stagnation that does not meet the needs of a changing humanity!

Discovery is a strong word that should characterize our daily lives. Take on today with the expectation of discovering new things that can make your leadership more effective in adding value to others!

After all, our God is by definition infinite in His person and in His actions and it would be childish for us to compress Him into a finite and limited human reality. The Bible says that God is the God of the impossible and it is up to us to find out why and how.

Let’s  learn together, discovering together how to fulfill our unique calling in life that we have been given by our infinite God!

Guy  Sottile