A Springboard for You

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The Four Most Important Choices You Ever Make Every Day

I’m reading Lessons from the Classroom: 20 Things Good Teachers Do, by Hal Urban. I don’t teach in schools, but this book is helping me immensely. It has some great advice. In fact, the lesson I just finished has some of the best advice you will ever here as a springboard for your professional life.

Lesson #14: Good teachers help their students discover the power of choice.

Urban teaches all his students the four greatest choices they will ever make are choices they make every day. If only all our schools would teach us these. If they did, we would all be much better off in our careers and professional lives.

 

  1. Your Attitude
  2. How You Treat Others
  3. How Hard You Work
  4. How Honest You Are

 

Do you see how much better we would be if we made wise choices every day in these four areas?

Attitude

The issue is not what is happening to you, but how you respond to it. Each of us chooses our attitude. We all choose whether we will see obstacles as roadblocks or opportunities to grow. We all choose whether we see others as people to use or people to serve. We all choose whether today is a day to grow or a day to stagnate. We all choose our attitude for today.

How You Treat Others

Sadly, many folks have a scarcity mindset thinking there is only so much out there and the only way to make sure I get mine is to make sure you don’t get yours. They see all of life as a competition to prove we are better than others. If on the other hand we recognize life is filled with plenty of respect, honor and glory for everyone, we can feel free to give it away to others without thinking we will lose ours. 

Obviously, the great rule for treating others properly is The Golden Rule. Treat others the way we want to be treated. Please, don’t think anyone has come up with anything new as they talk about the Platinum Rule being better. Clearly, we all want others to consider what we want before they determine how to treat us. Thus, following the Golden Rule means we will consider what others want and need before we treat them. Before you make any choice in your treatment of others, ask yourself if this is what you would want them to do to you in the same circumstance.

How Hard You Work

“Work” is not a four-letter word. Well, it is, but you get the picture. The fact is, there is simply no success without hard work. Folks who rely on the lottery for financial success usually have lost it all in a short time even if they win. Success comes through work. Only you decide how much you will work on your job, your education, your marriage, in your church, on your life and in improving yourself. But understand this, if you don’t work, no one else will work for you.

How Honest You Are

There is so much dishonesty highlighted in the news, we begin to think no one is honest anymore. The fact is, there are many honest people. There are many successful honest people. Nothing will destroy your success long term than taking shortcuts and lying about it. You may get ahead in the short run by cheating, lying and covering up. Sooner or later though, it all comes out. If you lie, you will lose the confidence of everyone around you. Trust me, sooner or later, folks will find out and you will have a hefty bill to pay. It will likely be more than you can afford. So, make sure you choose honesty today.

Maybe you didn’t hear these lessons in high school. Maybe you have made terrible choices in these areas up until now. Don’t worry. You can start making wise choices today. Do it now.

ELC

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September 18, 2008 Posted by | A Springboard for Your Professional Life, Get to Work, Honesty, Relationships, Success | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quit Wishing and Start Working

Today’s thoughts come from my Bible reading. You can see more about it at Give Attention to Reading.

While Jesus taught, a woman cried out “Blessed is the womb that bore you…” The woman was basically decrying her poor state. She might as well have said, “I wish I had been so lucky as to have you as a son. Too bad for me, huh.”

Jesus responded, “Actually, if you will stop wishing and start working, you can be even more blessed than my Mom. The person who listens to my Father and does what He says is the most blessed.”

What an amazing lesson to learn from this brief interchange. Whatever part of our lives we are talking about, whether it is our walk with God, our family, our job, our education, etc., this provides a great lesson.

Instead of whining about the blessings we haven’t received, pursue the ones that are promised if we will just work. Sadly, if we don’t start studying, thinking, meditating, listening, growing and then acting on all of that, we will find ourselves 10 years older but still crying about how unlucky we were and how blessed everyone else is.

If we want to live a blessed life without regrets, we must quit thinking about how lucky everyone else is and start doing what God tells us to do right now. 10 years from now we won’t be pointing our fingers at how blessed everyone else is. We will see how blessed we are.

May God richly bless you as you draw closer to Him.
More importantly, may you richly bless God.

ELC

July 7, 2008 Posted by | Blessing | , , , , , | Leave a comment