The word for today is loyalty!
Once I heard a leader say he required blind loyalty from his associates.
Reflecting, I immediately thought that this statement was light years away from reality!
We can not “demand” loyalty.
That is, we can “force” those under us to be submissive and loyal but, of course, we can not make a loyal heart by forcing it!
Loyalty should be “earned”, so the question is how do you earn loyalty from those who follow us?
There are three things that make us earn loyalty but we must always keep them in mind and we must apply them intentionally daily!
The first thing is to ” value people and above all to those who work with us and under us”.
There is no leader who devalues people and receives their loyalty. Surely they receive their “submission” but NEVER their loyalty!
They submit because they are forced but those who are forced never give their best but only the minimum to get by.
The second is to “give those who follow us something they can not get on their own”.
He who is faithful knows in his heart that he has received from you something that he alone could not obtain. He knows you’ve added value to his life. He knows he is a better person because of your investment in his life and therefore HE IS LOYAL!
The third thing is CONSISTENCY. The moment does not make us good leaders, but a life of coherent actions makes us great leaders. The fairness of our decisions, the coherence expressed by our integrity, attracts the total loyalty of those who follow us!
Loyalty is the consequence of trust and dependence, and they are the result of consistency!
Consistency, adding value to others and value people will NEVER DEMAND loyalty because they’ve got it already!
So, do not demand loyalty but strive to earn it!
It depends totally on you!
The word for today is Carpe Diem!
Carpe diem literally means Capturing the Moment. It means living the present fully!
Yet we, almost always, push to tomorrow the important decisions that we should grab in the immediate present.
Think about it! Today is the tomorrow we projected yesterday!
Tomorrow is deceptive because it might not come and because we wrongly think that it justifies our hesitation of today!
How many right decisions that could change our personal and professional life have we returned to tomorrow?
Yesterday it’s an expired bill and tomorrow a post-dated check. If we want to cash out, we have to do it today.
Yet the common trend is to amplify the past and to overestimate the future, losing sight that TODAY is what really matters to us!
Carpe Diem, do evaluate today, seize your opportunities, live intentionally giving value to every moment of the present.
Do it now, do it fast because LIFE IS NOW!
“Today is the Day of salvation”!
SUCCESS is the goal every person wants to achieve.
But what is its meaning?
1. Discover my unique purpose in life.
2. Focus on my strengths to grow and reach my full potential.
3. Share with others the principles and benefits of my success.
For many, success is the fruit to be harvested, but for me it is the seed to plant to help others achieve their success!
The true measure of my success is not what I get but what I give. It is in the number of seeds I can plant to add value to others!
I want to ask you a question, maybe the most common question that is asked!
What are you waiting for?
There are many actions, dreams and initiatives we want to take but for some reason, we often wait for the right time.
One thing I know for sure: if we wait, the things we want to achieve will never come to us!
This is because the irrefutable principle is that dreams, events, and goals move toward us only when we stop waiting and start moving!
The motion leads to action and action attracts what we need to make our initiatives a great hit!
For those waiting I want to reveal what they are waiting for: NOTHING!
Therefore let us stop waiting and intentionally start moving and everything we need will move toward us!
Today, stop waiting and start moving toward the dream and vision you have received!
Today leads you closer or farther from your goals and it all depends on your willingness to take the first step!
The word for today is equipping!
All true leaders have as their main objective to strengthen their disciples.
The pseudo-leaders, on the contrary, suffer from an insecurity syndrome that keeps them from boosting, equipping and investing in others.
These pseudo-leaders will never achieve true success because their insecurity leads them to think only of their own interests.
Safe leaders, that is, the true ones, strongly want the success of their disciples and followers and want them to become even better than them. The target lies in the famous saying: the disciple surpasses the master!
I also want to add that the true leader experiences a personal failure if he does not see those whom he leads and mentors, being able to reaching goals that he has failed to reach!
My frequent question is whether those whom I am enhancing with my resources, talents and guidance are turning on the blinker to surpass me.
If the answer is yes, then and only then can I consider my investment as a personal success.
If the upkeep of those who follow us and learn from us becomes the main goal then we will make a big difference in this world.
Finally, in enhancing those who follow us, we will see a concrete increase in our mission and vision!
The word for today is fake!
There is an expression that says “let’s fake it until we make it.”
Many people fake it so much to believe that which they are not.
In doing so they believe others perceive them for what they are not.
What is the benefit to think of ourselves that which we are not?
There comes the moment of truth, and for many this dreaded moment becomes devastating!
Being honest with yourself is the beginning of true success.
Understand who we are and where we want to go is the first step.
The second step is to improve in those areas where we pretend not to be improving.
Finally we enjoy the peace and knowledge of being ourselves and no faking anymore.
Our faking does not displace our opponents but, instead, leads us into a wrong path, to a street full of illusions and therefore, defeats.
There is no defeat worse than that of an idol pursued strongly that reveals itself to be only a mirage when you think you have finally achieved it!
When Jesus said: COME TO ME ALL OF YOU THAT ARE TIRED AND HEAVY LEADEN , he was addressing also those who were tired of pretending and faking it!
He wanted to assure them that they would be accepted as they were, without the need of fictions.
To those who are honest with themselves and their shortcomings, Jesus promises a bright future, because he is now able to lead them into the right path already planned and designed for them!
The one who fakes it, procrastinates his time because he does not want to work to improve!
He accepts his mediocrity, hidden by his fiction, as a reality.
For many, this life is a fiction, for a few, instead, is a beautiful reality!
This week let’s stop pretending and faking it, and let’s work to improve ourselves in order to achieve those successes for which we were created!
The word for today is turbulence !
42 years have passed since my first flight. Sometimes I have experienced turbulence that has put my trust in traveling on air under fire.
The worst turbulence I experienced was when flying on the Atlantic Ocean l, without warning, the plane seemed to be suddenly falling free. So I immediately put on my seat belt and asked myself if the plane was able to overcome that sudden and devastating turbulence.
Since I’m describing what happened, it is clear that the plane had surpassed the turbulence and so my confidence in traveling by air has grown a lot.
Life puts in front of us so many unexpected turbulences. Let’s not lose heart, but let’s strive to find out what we are able to overcome.
In the turbulence our qualities come out, and self-esteem and confidence grow with the awareness of knowing what we are capable of enduring and overcoming.
So let us embrace our turbulences, knowing we have so much potential that we often do not know we have!