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!!!!
When we talk about leadership and we want to know how to lead. It is very important to realize that we must be able to “bring something to the table” If we are going to lead people we need to be able to offer them something they now possess. that means we need to be able to help them become better in some area of there lives.
When we talk about ENLARGING PEOPLE we are talking about making an investment in people. When you make an investment, any kind of investment, it will cost you something in time or money or personal involvement. I believe the best investment you can make is to invest in yourself. Invest in your mind, your spirit, your body. When you invest in yourself you will automatically be investing in others at the same time.
People are the best inventory you have at your disposal. Sometimes we do not really value people the way we should. We have a tendency to value them if they can do something to help me get what I want. However valuing people should not be based on what they can do for you but what you can do for them. They may not be able to repay you for what you have done for them, but they are not your boss and they do not sign your paychecks. God is the one who can repay you for the kindness you do for other people.
God is the one who keeps track of what you are doing here on planet earth. He keeps score and He will repay in due season. You will be rewarded when you sow acts of kindness and ENLARGE PEOPLE. LOOK AROUND AND SEE WHO YOU CAN ENLARGE TODAY AND MAKE YOUR DAY COUNT.
God is the one who is in charge of payment. He is the judge. He wants us to exercise the ability to WITHHOLD judgment and let God perform His program of restoration and forgiveness. Forgiveness is the removal of information and the pain of it. THERE IS NO ENTRY INTO HEAVEN UNTIL WE WALK THROUGH THE GATE OF FORGIVENESS. No rewards, no blessings, nothing until all hurt and pain has been wiped away.
FORGIVENESS COME IN TWO PARTS:
1. We must forgive people who have hurt us whether it was on purpose or not. The pain of hurt can be real or just imagined. It may have happened or not, but the pain is the same if you believe it did happen. So all the hurts, little or big it doesn’t matter it must be forgiven.
2. We must make sure we forgive OURSELVES also. There a lot of people who have never forgiven themselves. DON’T ADVERTISE YOUR MISTAKES. Put the memory of them at the foot of the CROSS.
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.
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!
A navigator looks, thinks, and see’s AHEAD. He see’s problems before they get there because he looks ahead and anticipates problems that might come. He is aware of and knows that problems are a part of life, EVERYONE’S LIFE. It’s amazing how we are all different, but we all have basically the same problems or the same type of problems. Most people have gone through FINANCIAL problems, most people have had MEDICAL problems, and most people have had RELATIONSHIP problems. These PROBLEMS are common to us all.
FOUR THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WHEN LEADING PEOPLE:
1. EVERYBODY FACES PROBLEMS: As people go through life, they are expecting that someday, when their ship comes in they will be rid of all their problems. This never happens, the ship never comes in. WE CANNOT EVER GET RID OF OUR PROBLEMS, WE CAN ONLY LEARN HOW TO HANDLE THEM.
2. SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE USUALLY FACE MORE PROBLEMS THAT THOSE WHO ARE NOT AS SUCCESSFUL. One of the misconceptions of life is that people got to be successful because they did not have as many problems as another person. THAT IS NOT TRUE. They usually have MORE PROBLEMS not fewer problems. They have just developed the skill of life in how to overcome their PROBLEMS.
3. MONEY WILL NOT SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS: Many times it will add to the PROBLEMS you already have. It has been shown that people with money are usually less content with life. People with a large sum of money tend to spend it on things they feel with make them happy. This very seldom works. HAPPINESS comes from WITHIN, not with all the toys you have been able to buy.
4. PROBLEMS PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH. We need to develop an attitude that see’s problems, not as, they put us in prison, but as a DOOR that opens our life to more OPPORTUNITIES and a better life. King David would have been just a SHEEPHERDER if it weren’t for the BIG problem in his life (Goliath). Goliath was the problem that pushed David to forefront of Israel’s history. This was his DEFINING MOMENT.
YOU HAVE A MOMENT LIKE THIS ALSO, BUT YOU MUST BE WILLING AND UNAFRAID TO FACE THE BIG PROBLEMS IN YOUR LIFE. Be a GIANT killer in face them FACE TO FACE.