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My Potential

25 May

“God’s gift to me is my potential.  My gift back to God is what I do with that potential.”  – John C. Maxwell, Developing the Leader Within You

God has given me a vessel for which to achieve my best:  My potential.

What is potential?  I decided to look it up:

(From Websters Dictionary) Potential – adj – 1 : existing in possibility : capable of development into actuality

In this case, though, the origin of the word says it all. Potential comes from the Latin word potens.

I did an online search for the meaning of the Latin word ‘potens’ and discovered that it means mighty, able, powerful, strong.

How do we know what our potential is?  What am I capable of developing into? That’s a loaded question.  Who can know?

But, as I read the above mentioned quote from John C. Maxwell, it started to make sense to me.  My potential is my life.  I’m not going to know what I can do with it until I do it!  At the end of it, I may have an opportunity to look back on my life.  I might say “I could have done better.”  I don’t want to say that, but I might also say “I did my best.”

I don’t know how much I can possibly achieve in this life, but I can come up with some choices I can make to assure that I do achieve my absolute best.  Believe it or not, we have a certain degree of control over what we can and can’t do with our lives.  For instance:

I will choose not to procrastinate. What I do tomorrow isn’t going to help me reach my goals.  What I do today will!

I will prioritize. What’s more important?  Building my future for myself and my family, or watching “The Simpsons”

I will be a person with a vision. I am going to set goals, and work toward those goals.  I am going to be a directional type of person, who lives a directional kind of life.

I will build relationships. What good is life without being able to share it?

What am I going to do with my life?  Am I going to tend to it, or squander it?  That is a choice we each have to make.  In the end, it’s our decision.  No circumstance can ever take that responsibility away from anyone.  We have the power to choose to transfer our potential from something that exists in possibility, to something that exists in reality!


Some Things to Improve

19 May

Lately, I’ve been learning about leadership.  I always considered myself the ‘leadership type’, and I’ve found myself in leadership positions often.  I just don’t think my people skills are all that great.  Let’s face it – I can be a jerk without knowing it at the time.

So, people skills it is.  Did you know that having negative assumptions about people  cause you to treat those people negatively?  Having the right assumptions is a people skill!  Profound!  I almost always assume negative things about people, namely the students I teach (not all of them).  John C. Maxwell suggests a list of positive assumptions he has with people.  If you want the whole list you are just going to have to buy that book, Developing the Leader Within You.  Here’s two that struck a chord with me:

1.  Assume people want to feel worthwhile.

2.  Assume people need and respond to encouragement.

Now that’s slightly off the spectrum from my typical “assume they are idiots”.

I’ve noticed a change in myself, however, as far as the people in our Prepaid Legal business goes.  I don’t assume negative things about them.  I think we all have the same mission.  We are ‘in it to win it’.  I see us all, somewhere down the road, independently successful, and I smile.

I came across a second issue in my personal-development-quest that really cut to the core of who I used to be.  THE FOLLOWING QUESTION IS CONVICTING: “Am I building people, or am I building my dream and using people to do it?”  Did you know that Andrew Carnegie, at one time, employed forty-three millionaires?  Did you know that it was during a time when a millionaire was rare, and was comparable to having twenty-million dollars currently?    When a reporter asked how he hired so many millionaires Carnegie responded that they weren’t millionaires when he hired them, but became millionaires as a result.  Carnegie was building people, not just using them to build his dreams, and that’s how he was able to become the richest man in America during his time.

So, when I ask myself this question, I’m faced with a difficult thing!  There’s a fine line here!  Being successful in this company is going to require an attitude of selflessness.  Can you imagine that?  A businessman will have to be selfless, others-oriented, and sacrificial in order to be successful. If you’re like me, it’ll take a few moments to really wrap your mind around that statement.  I was raised to think successful businessmen were required to be self-centered, and quite literally evil in order to reap their worldly gain…

And for some, I’m sure they were able to find a way to get rich living that way.  As for me, I’m sold.  I know I’m going to have to be a better person, a selfless person, to make this work.  I am in the business of making dreams come true for others.  That’s my key to success.


13 May

In John C. Maxwell’s book, Developing the Leader Within You, he states that one of the ‘pillars of leadership’ is integrity.

Integrity means that what you say lines up with who you are.  It means that what people see is what they get, and that there is nothing about you that needs to be kept hidden.

Having integrity means that the way people see you is the way you actually are.  Now that’s a novel idea.

I wonder if the man people see in me is the same as the man I actually am.  I know that this is an area I need to work on in my life.

My Mission Statement

7 May

“BUT there should be a DISTINCTIVE difference between WHO you are and WHAT you do.  That is the very objective of an individual mission/purpose statement.  The statement is a one-sentence declaration of who you are and should describe your very heart and soul.”  -David Byrd, Achievement

I am an inspiring, compassionate young man with a burning drive to help others succeed.

My Vision Statement

3 May

Today is Sunday, May 3rd, 2015.  I open my eyes and see that the time is 8 AM.  I can hear birds.  I get up and fix breakfast for everyone, and get dressed for church.

Our house is a nice, cozy, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home not to far from Laguna Beach.

We have a young child with a bright future ahead.  We can afford to put him (or her) in the best schools.  Preschool is an option for us, but not necessary since we both work from home full time.  I NEVER have to feel that longing to be with my family.  I have that peace of mind;  that knowledge that I will not miss the first steps.  I will not give my child over to be raised by other people because I have to work to support my family.  I will not worry about the financial future of my children.  College will be paid for.  They will be provided with only the best.  Every opportunity will be theirs to take.

We drive to church in a good car.  I don’t even think about the mileage, or getting repairs done.  It’s a non-issue, now.  We have plenty of money in the emergency fund to deal with any car issue that comes our way.

Our relationships at church are very fruitful.  It’s a blessing for us to be able to spend so much time investing in the people we care about.  We serve each week, and before we all head out, I leave a check for 1000 dollars in the box.

I decide it’s a good day to take my family out for dinner.  We invite some friends and relatives as well.  It is my pleasure to pick up the tab.

I have very little stress to deal with.  I’m still getting used to the fact that in the back of my mind there exists no thought of whether or not I will have a job,  reach my goals, or achieve my dreams.

At home I spend time with my family.  We do things together.  I have plenty of time and resources to pursue my art and music.  It’s something I do because I love doing it.

Did I mention we have two dogs?  It’s no problem for us to have two Great Danes.  We can afford to support them in this family.  Vet bills are a non issue.

My family is healthy, secure, and well invested in.  I’m excited that when my child gets older, I’ll be there for everything.  Every show, every ball game, every science fair.  I will not miss a single one.

When one of us gets sick, the other is always home taking care.

I have built a strong relationship with my immediate family as well because I’m able to fly out to see them on a regular basis.  I’ve helped my parents and brothers get out of debt so we can all be together and not have those things to stress over.

I love my life.

Team Wood Has Arrived

29 Apr

Today we made it to the manager position with Prepaid Legal.  It’s encouraging to look back and see how little we did to get this position, and how easy it will be to duplicate with our associates.  We’ve created momentum.

Our vision is to completely penetrate the market in WV, and move on from there.  There are a lot of hurting people out there that need our product and need to be part of our business.

A celebration is on for tonight!

Put Through the Fires

27 Apr

It’s the end of the month, and we have goals to reach.  I keep thinking of how daunting they are; how small our chances really are.  I keep thinking of how small the window is for us to reach our goal.  It’s close to insurmountable.

At the same time, our goal could become a reality.  There is a window of opportunity.  It will require me to make myself very uncomfortable – to do things I wouldn’t normally do and are not comfortable doing.  I’m being put through the flame this week.

Regardless of what happens, today is my chance to make the right decisions and do those small things that lead to success.  It’s a liberating feeling to be able to take the helm and get to where you want to go.

My days of sitting around and dreaming of what could be have come and gone.