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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.

From Uncomfortable to Comfortable

30 Apr

Doing things out of my comfort zone is becoming a common practice.  I’ve found that as I do more things out of my comfort zone, they begin being comfortable for me to do.  This is going to be a key to my success.

Our organization grew by three people this week.  The evidence of momentum is astounding, and very encouraging.

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.

Having the Power

25 Apr

“Do the thing and you will have the power.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s nice to be a doer and not a dreamer.  It’s challenging, don’t get me wrong.   But, wow, what a sense of freedom.  I’m taking steps to achieve my goals.  My dreams are one step closer to fruition each day.  As far as I’m concerned, I’m already there.  No longer are they followed by that bitter feeling of an unbridgeable gap.

It’s all in the small decisions.   Those are the decisions that define your future.  They chisel at your destiny.

Will I do?  Or will I not do?  Will I put it off until tomorrow or later?  Or do it now?  Will I choose the road less traveled?  Or the beaten path?

Your Lowest Level Of Knowledge…

25 Apr

You are at your highest level of anxiety when you’re at your lowest level of knowledge.  I’m realizing that I have a lot left to learn, but ignorance in action isn’t necessarily a bad thing in this company.  We’re moving forward quickly now, and it’s exciting.

Do the thing, and you will have the power.