What kind of legacy do you want to leave? Here in the United States, Father’s Day is almost here. And at this time of year, there is always a lot of talk about the kind of legacy a father should leave for his children.
But I believe the subject of legacy should apply to more than fathers. That’s because we all leave some kind of legacy – whether we are trying to or not.
What is a legacy? Something you leave behind. That includes possessions that we pass on to the next generation. But it’s so much more than things. We are all capable of leaving either a positive or negative legacy, based on the people we have influenced and the principles that we have lived and taught.
Do you ever think “What kind of a legacy am I leaving for my children, my church, my job and yes even my life and death?
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO YOU ALL
We just finished our last seminar, “The Five Levels of Leadership.” It was a great class, several people felt like it was the best one so far.
Leadership is a funny thing, it seems like everyone see’s it in a different light. It is so important that we always remember that, LEADERSHIP IS INFLUENCE, nothing more and nothing less.
Everyone has influence in some area, a father, a mother, a school teacher, a business man or even a regular everyday employee. EVERYONE has influence.
What is important is how you use the influence that God has given you. Influence means that you lead people in some direction. What direction are you leading the people you have influence with. Are you leading them to be better and to do more with their life, or are you taking them down some path that will not help them in any way?
Along with influence comes responsibility. You will be held accountable for where you lead the people you influence. Make sure you are leading them to become better then they were when you left them!!!!
Have you ever thought of yourself as an influencer or someone who has been given influence over other people? Whether you realize it or not you are an INFLUENCER!!
How to WIN FRIENDS and INFLUENCE PEOPLE? What kind of influence do you have in your surroundings? Everyone has influence, but the million dollar question is WHAT KIND OF INFLUENCE DO YOU HAVE? If you are a husband, how are you influencing your wife, if you are a wife how are you influencing your husband and your children. Many times because we just want to have a fun time, we do things that take those we love down a path we really don’t want to go.
If you as a husband take your wife out to parties where there is drinking and partying and months later she or you become addicted to alcohol, you were responsible for leading her and yourself in the wrong direction. Here’s the kicker, we then start to blame
everyone else for all our problems when it was us who made the decision to go down that road. We need to stop blaming others for the road we go down when we are the one’s who chart our own course.
Set the right course and you will get the right results.
I was just thinking about leadership and what I wanted to accomplish in my own leadership and influence in the church.
What does it take to build and organization? What is the secret to being successful? Why does one person run a restaurant and have all kinds of businesses and another person can run a restaurant and not be able to get people to come to the place. WHAT IS THE SECRET TO SUCCESS?
It doesn’t matter if your business is creating computer software, selling books, serving food in a restaurant, building houses or designing airplanes or building a church. THE KEY TO SUCCESS IS UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE!
You can have all the right tools and the right information and all the right skills, but still not be successful because you have not learned how to UNDERSTAND PEOPLE. We need to realize and understand that PEOPLE not skill, nor the right tools, but PEOPLE. If you can’t understand people and work with them, you will have a hard time accomplishing anything and you won’t become a person of INFLUENCE.
Harry Truman said, “When we understand the other fellow’s viewpoint and understand what he is trying to do, nine times out of ten he is trying to do right.” The ability to understand people is the GREATEST ASSET anyone can ever have. It has the potential to positively impact anyone you ever meet. This starts with young people who are just looking for approval, all the way us older adults, THEY ALL NEED TO BE UNDERSTOOD AND LOVED. YOU CAN DO THAT IF YOU APPLY YOURSELF. GO AHEAD GIVE IT A TRY.
I just stopped by the Starbucks store in Greeley Colorado and got my 2 dollar drink. Sat down at a table started talking with a very kind lady who was doing the same thing I was. We talked for a half hours or so. I invited her to the leadership seminar on BECOMING A PERSON OF INFLUENCE, that I am doing on Thursday morning. She is planning on coming and I look forward to seeing her again. YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU WILL MEET.
People is what LIFE is all about. The people you meet and the people you build relationships with. God will use to help people and he will use other people to help you. How many of you know that IT WORKS BOTH WAYS. We all have the potential to help other people and other people have the potential to help us. Then the important thing is, we must allow God to use us and others to build into us what he wants to do in our life.
In my life I want to be a good influence in others and I want others to be a good influence in my life. If we would all learn how to do this without taking advantage of others, THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. WOULDN’T THAT BE NICE?
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND BE BLESSED AND BLESS OTHERS.
The Multiplication Factor is when you have worked with people, mentored them or spent a large amount of time with them. You feel they are ready to take on some of the responsibility and go out on their own. Hand off the baton. This is important for two reason’s.
1. The person grows when they are released to do a job on their own.
2. The Mentor can accomplish much more when other people can take the reigns.
Re-producing leaders raises your influence to a new and higher level. When you influence leaders who cannot or will not exercise influence worth others, you limit your influence in their lives and others. However, when you influence leaders you not only influence them but all the people they know as well.
Re-producing leaders raises the new leader to a higher potential level. Anytime you help others become better leaders, you raise the bar on their potential. They are able to perform and influence people at a greater degree, SO MORE INFLUENCE.
Re-producing leaders MULTIPLIES RESOURCES. As you develop leaders you will find that your resources will also multiply. This is really true in the area of TIME. The other leaders will carry some of the burden that you were carrying all by yourself.
Re-producing leaders insures a better future for your company or organization. Being able to bring in new, young people in your organization is the key to longevity in your company. Remember: THERE IS NO SUCCESS WITHOUT A SUCCESSOR.
Learn the principle of MULTIPICATION, it will guarantee you a calling in the future for years to come.
When you enlarge other people you are making the best investment you can make for yourself and more importantly for other people. We all want to have influence with other people. However, until you understand the value of INVESTMENT in other people you will not understand the value of INFLUENCE.
Have you ever made an investment and thought it was going to make you a lot of money or bring you a certain amount of success or pleasure. And then it didn’t turn out the way you thought it would. You were so sure it would work, but for some reason it just didn’t turn out in your favor?
When you INVEST in other people, making them better, influencing their life in a positive way, you are investing in a sure thing. By making them better you make yourself better and worth more in the process. You increase their potential for success and you also increase your own potential for success. EVERYONE WINS. The problem is that we get so consumed with out own life, wanting to be better, to get more and to make more money that we forget that it is by helping other people get what they want that God helps us get what we want.
Become an INVESTOR in PEOPLE and you will find their self-worth going up and in the process your self-worth goes up at the same time. You become more valuable and in the process you lift up other people and they become more valuable also.
GO FOR IT, BECOME AN INVESTOR!