The word for today is difficult!
The real difficulty is not in developing new ideas BUT in escaping from the old ones!
By nature, people always try to avoid the difficult things and the obstacles that life presents to them.
But life is difficult and climbing to success is always on the rise!
When People ask me why our life is so difficult I always answer: what is the alternative?
There are no alternatives when you go uphill, if you do not push forward you are sucked in and you always return to the starting point!
So, if life is tough, you have to adopt an attitude that not only expects the difficulties but embraces them with discipline and determination!
Our destiny can not be controlled by emotions but by the determination we can be equipped to face our difficulties!
This is the reason why we must not only accept our life and its difficulties but we must lead it with the determination that every day can be overcome despite its difficulties!
Life is difficult but I can win if I have the right attitude that expects difficulties always knowing that paying the price always reach the prize!
Difficulties exist to develop our creativity, major component of a life worth living!
The word for today is why!
When I think of this word I think of the little children who just start to talk.
They just ask the reason for everything. Their attitude is due to the fact that coming into this world they want to find out the why of everything in order to understand better the meaning of the things that make up their lives.
Then just teenagers, it seems that the little that they know is enough to take the place of control of their lives and why, that is, the search for the truth of things, seems to diminish or even disappear.
The word why should always be present in us for life and not just at its beginning.
When we ask or wonder why, we open the door to dialogue. When dialoguing we listen to what others think, feel, and hope. In doing so we extend our knowledge, we enter the lives of others, we understand the actions unknown to us, and their motivations.
Who wonders why is positioned to lead because wants to understand the nature of things that guide our daily actions and the actions of those around us.
But this word is also very useful to understand ourselves and why we act according to our nature and especially why we have the character that we have.
Why helps us relate to others. In his leadership Jesus often used the word why to encourage others to understand the reason for their actions, and almost always to show that these actions were the result of culture and tradition and not their own beliefs.
This attitude led others to see their own inconsistencies and change their way of thinking and acting.
Why is a good word, without it we feel like stuck in traffic in a metropolis, with it we see the journey of our lives and our relationships less chaotic and much clearer.
So let’s start our day asking ourselves why we do what we do and why we believe what we believe!
The word for today is self!
When I’m invited to conduct leadership courses in various nations, my question is always the same: How is your organization going?
Almost always the most important manager points out all the good things that his organization is doing.
Almost never, however, he puts himself into the question as if growing must be the organization and not those who run it!
Never the most important leader of the organization expresses the desire to be the first willing to grow because he does not understand that his growth will result in the growth of the organization!
In fact, growth begins with myself, with my will to grow because if we focus on our goals we can reach them, but we do not have the guarantee to grow on a personal level.
But if we focus on personal growth, that is, to grow ourselves, we will not only achieve our goals but we will have the guarantee to grow!
Everything rises or shatters on our ability to lead and on our ability and desire to grow and operate at full speed!
If we want to make our mission a sure success we must start with ourselves!
The word for today is excellence!
This word is often obscured by a misconception of humility .
Often people see arrogance and pride in those who strive to get out of the normal, and then from the norm to hurl at levels of excellence!
In the past, people who had the responsibility to be above normal were identified by the word: excellence or even the word magnificent!
Nobody pays attention to normal friends, normal programs, normal sporting events , normal services, and normal missions.
People instead are ready to queue and pay a price for following events, teachings, actions, attitudes that go outside the norm and dive in excellence.
If we offer services and show an influence outside of the normal then and only then will we have a following and then we will give a meaning to our lives.
We add more value to others, we sacrifice what is ours and invest it on others, we show the other cheek, go the second mile, basically we go out from the norm and develop excellence in what we do and we will have the satisfaction of saying: WE GAVE EVERYTHING WE COULD GIVE!
Normality is the greatest enemy of excellence. The good is the worst enemy of the excellent. Listen to me, I am Guy Sottile and I am your friend!
Each one of us is built to excel, to bring up to the highest the talents and qualities of which is in possession. Practically you and I have the greatest call to give 100%.
No one follows, on a scale of 1 to 10, someone who is a 3 or a 5.
Who is closer to 10 is that person that everyone would like to have as a reference point!
What are we waiting for to give the best of ourselves in our family, work, and social involvement?
Don’t you ever forget it: we were all programmed to excel and contribute in an individual and unique way in the world we live in!
The word for today is Second Place!
We live in a competitive world where the law of the strongest is most important.
Ever since we were young, we were always driven first to grab the gold medal.
This effort often falsifies our personality, because the fear of not being the best causes us hesitation and insecurity.
Our conversations always aim to show our strengths, put on the plate our successes and the gold medals we won!
In reality, however, it is clear that although we have talents we are limited and rarely are the best in the world!
The lesson to learn is that it is not important to be the best but to always give the best of ourselves !
This is the correct definition of success: always giving the best of ourselves!
The word for today is consistency!
The meaning of this word can be explained with the specific statement: live what you say.
For many people and for many leaders consistency is the real test!
Almost everyone has good intentions and designs of justice, but in daily practice they reveal actions that do not reflect the good intentions.
This lack reveals the strong need for consistency in our lives!
In our book for success, I always say that the first page describes our capacity for initiate a project. To be successful you have to have the gift of starting a project.
At the end of the book, however, there must be the ability to finish what we started! Many start but few manage to finish.
The primary reason for the success is CONSISTENCY!
You and I know brilliant people who are not consistent. Creative people but not consistent.
What happens when our actions do not produce consistency? We prove that we are not dependable!
Leadership must always be reliable and dependable!
Leaders must always show by their actions that they are aligned with their principles, and consistency is the only resource of their reliability!
This I know for sure: we do not have to be smart and creative in order to be consistent! To be consistent, we must be disciplined!
The leader knows that many depend on his leadership and only from his coherence and consistency to accomplish his vision for the common good.
Consistency is essential in the life of the leader!
Love without its daily sharing towardsfriends and enemies as well as people of any class and condition is mere fiction that brings our talk and our credibility to a sure destruction!
Why then do you continue to look at ephemeral and misleading appearances and do not listen to our heart?
Probably because it’s easier to appear than to be.
I do not know you, but I chose and I will always choose to express love only through my heart!
A successful failure!
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
Nobody likes to fail. But if we’re honest, we understand that failure is a part of life. There is no success without some amount of failure. Great inventors like Thomas Edison experience a lot of failures on the way to a successful invention. Even the best baseball players strike out much more often than they hit a home run.
Anyone pursuing a goal of value will make mistakes and wrong decisions. So the key is to expect failure, to prepare for it, to be ready to turn it into a lesson and a stepping-stone to success. There is such a thing as a successful failure. These are some of the traits of such a person:
1. OPTIMISM. FIND THE BENEFIT IN EVERY BAD EXPERIENCE.
Thomas Edison redefined the failures in his experiments as “10,000 ways that won’t work.” He expected failure and counted it as one of the costs of finding a way that would work. By finding the benefit in the failure, he was able to keep attempting something great. Optimism is not limited to a few people as a personality trait. Optimism is a choice. And while it doesn’t guarantee immediate positive results, it does result in higher motivation and stronger character.
2. RESPONSIBILITY. CHANGE YOUR RESPONSE TO FAILURE BY ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY.
When we fail at something, it’s easy to blame someone or something else. Perhaps the circumstances or the people that we worked with. But failure is a learning opportunity. If I blame someone else, I’m just cheating myself out of that lesson. Responsibility is more important than reputation. And it tends to lead to reward, which can lead to more responsibility. Your willingness to take responsibility marks you as someone who’s mature and can be trusted to learn from the failure and keep trying.
3. RESILIENCE. SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY.
The ability to move on from failure is key to continuing to attempt great things. The mind can only focus on so much, so if we’re still too focused on what we did wrong, we can’t give all of our attention to attempting to do things right.
Here are five behaviors of people who haven’t gotten over past difficulties:
Comparison. Either measuring your failures against those of others, or convincing yourself that your circumstances were harder than theirs.
Rationalization. Telling yourself and others that you have good reasons for not getting over past hurts and mistakes. Believing that those who encourage you “just don’t understand.”
Isolation. Pulling back and keeping yourself separate from others, either to avoid dealing with the issues, or to continue to feel sorry for yourself.
Regret. Getting stuck lamenting or trying to fix things that cannot be changed.
Bitterness. Feeling like a victim and blaming others for negative outcomes.
4. INITIATIVE. TAKE ACTION AND FACE YOUR FEAR.
When we make mistakes and then consider trying again, we all feel some measure of fear. Facing the unknown, we easily come up with a list of things to worry about. But the act of worrying doesn’t help us at all in accomplishing our goals. As Corrie ten Boom said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. Just believing that failure can be good isn’t enough to help us succeed. We need to act on that belief and take a step forward again in pursuit of our dream. Only then do we learn from our mistakes and make progress.
A successful failure is a failure that we respond to correctly: by finding the good, taking responsibility, moving on, and taking action. How do you respond to failure? Which of the above characteristics would you benefit from adopting?
The word for today is action!
This word contains a great secret for the personal success of every person!
To live is to act, aiming to our purpose by drawing a path with multiple goals which, if achieved, lead us to the ultimate target!
To make this trip, it is mandatory to fill our lives with the right actions to bridge the gap that separates us from the avowed vision.
Actions are like the footprints left on the sand of time.
Footprints reveal where the person has been and where it is headed.
Unfortunately many leave only one print on the sand of their human journey: the imprint of their butt!
Staying seated, they spit judgments and always find an excuse not to act while life goes on inexorably, thus risking not to leave any trace of themselves in time!
When Jesus was healing the paralytics he always said: Get up and walk!
The greek verb of the original version of walking is in the present tense, indicating an ongoing action!
You and I we were created and healed in order to leave our footprints in the journey of life!
Embrace this challenge and become a person of ACTION!
The word for today is daring!
There is no single model for successful people. It depends on the various personalities, timing and opportunities.
To dare, therefore to risk, is one of the few common features of all people who have succeeded.
There is no progress and remuneration without a conscious will to risk.
To risk, you have to dare and get out of your comfort zone.
Unfortunately, fear often keep us in the security of our mediocrity and discourages any risky action without which it is impossible to find success!
Keep in mind that to dare you have to come out of your area of comfort and convenience but NEVER from your areas of strength!
If we do not follow this principle, the risk will be too great and we will crash against a life of mediocrity!
For people of faith, daring means just putting their faith in action!
Know what God has designed for each of us, the talents He has given us and dare to believe in faith that He has a wonderful plan for our lives!
Here is the difference between nominal believers and real ones: the one who really believes, is not content with the mediocrity inherent in the status quo!
Those who have faith do not dare to reach the victory but dare because they act from a position of victory!
Daring is a good word that must not scare us but must instead become a constant in achieving the goals of our life!
Do not dare to believe but dare because you believe!