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| Tuesday, July 03, 2012
The choices we make.
Mother Theresa once said, "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." Oftentimes, I become distracted by big decisions and the “more important” events in life, but the truth is we all make daily choices that collectively have a profound impact on our lives and the lives of those around us.
My dad says that good choices lead to good results; mediocre choices lead to mediocre results; and bad choices lead to bad results. That is a very simple truth, but we have to keep reminding ourselves to strive towards the wisdom that will help guide and direct us to the best possible results in business and in life.
When we are met with big decisions in life, the influence of our family, friends, mentors and fellow leaders make the most difference. That’s why we must continue to surround ourselves with people we respect and people who challenge us in all aspects of our development: mental, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual.
I have learned almost everything I know about leadership by following people who inspire me. I have said over and over again that 'inspiration is just as important—if not more so—than information,' and I fully believe that to be true. Anyone can possess knowledge, but great leaders are those who have been inspired to use what they know to do to make wise choices and do great things.
When we are inspired to do great things, our goals and dreams become more than benchmarks or action items to mark off of a to-do list. They become the rule, and nothing less will ever satisfy. In the end, however, the choices we make are almost always going to be a step of faith and a challenge to our core beliefs. For me, the Bible equips me to step out in faith and lean on the wisdom of the ages to help guide and my choices. I try to live each day with the understanding that every choice matters every day.
What about you? Are you fully embracing the potential of the choices you make?