3 Ways To Make Yourself More Valuable

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How serious are you about improving yourself?  There are many ways to improve yourself, but what are the most important things you can do to improve you?  No one else will find time to improve you, but you.

You will desire to increase your value if you are looking to move to the next level in your life.  I don’t know what your next level is, but I do know that we should always be moving up or forward in life.  How do we do this?  Increasing our value in life.

What is value?  Value is adding worth, raising the level importance, being beneficial, or making something more significant.

You have heard it said, “You cannot give what you do not have.” There are people who possess good hearts and the desire to give, yet they have very little to offer. Why? Because they have not first added value to themselves. Making yourself more valuable is not an entirely selfish act. When you acquire knowledge, earn a new skill, or gain experience, you not only improve yourself, but you also increase your ability to help others.

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Allow me to share 3 ways to increase your value and improve your life.

#1 Find Time

You must find time to improve you.  No excuse known to man is good enough to stop you from investing in yourself.

It’s important to set aside a little time daily to invest in yourself.  The question is, “What will you be doing during that time to invest in yourself?”  And the answer should be, “Whatever it takes.”

  • It may be reading book.
  • It may be attending a conference.
  • It may be searching the Internet for resources.

You will be researching and learning during this daily time you will set aside.  Just remember, if you don’t spend the time investing in yourself no one else will.  So you do “Whatever it takes.”

Your value begins to rise as you gain more knowledge and experience through this time you spend investing in yourself.

#2 Find a Team

Many people think they can do it on the own, but they couldn’t be more wrong.  You need a team to do anything great in this life.  You have probably heard the phrase, “It takes a team to achieve the dream.” Possibly you heard it this way, “Teamwork makes the dream work!”

Improving your value in life is an important matter and should not be taken lightly.  Another phrase I grew up hearing was “You are whom you hang around.”  In some cases that statement may not be true, but in most cases it is quite accurate.

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. – Jim Rohn

You need to be around people who will be able to increase your value.  It is impossible for someone to add value to your life if they haven’t discovered their own value and purpose.

I am not encouraging you to disconnect or disassociate with people that are already in your life, unless those individuals are pulling you down or decreasing your value.  There are some people who will drain your value and you won’t know it until it’s too late.  Why subject yourself to the pain of living with regrets because you surrounded yourself with the wrong people.

So surround yourself with the right people who will give you the right advice to increase your value and improve your life.

#3 Find a Way to HelpSMILEimages

Don’t get so caught up in self that you forget to help someone else.  I know you cannot help the entire world.  No can help the entire world, but we can do little small things to give back.

At the end of the day, we were created to serve and help others.  Whether it is parenting, helping out at your church, blogging, helping a senior citizen carry groceries to her car, or feeding the homeless; do something and do it consistently.  And don’t ask for any pay from it.  Everything changes when start thinking about compensation.  Do it out of the goodness of your heart.  You will have plenty of opportunities to receive great compensation if you are helping other people.  The money will come.

You may be pressed for time, but I promise whatever it is can wait.  This will be a great opportunity for you to help someone, but more than anything you will be helping yourself.  You will discover God speaking directly to our heart during these times of helping others.  He will reveal greater opportunities for you to increase your value and improve your life.

Here is what I have learned:

As I improve myself, I am better able to help others improve. The more I grow, the more I can help others grow. The same will be true for you!

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Your Opportunity Is Here!

Opportunity, Help Others Seize It!

 

Do for others what they cannot do for themselves.

Ambassador and poet Henry Van Dyke observed, “There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.” What a great perspective! Doing for others what they cannot do for themselves is really a matter of attitude. I believe that whatever I have been given is to be shared with others. And because I have an abundance mind-set, I never worry about running out myself. The more I give away, the more I seem to get to give away!

No matter how much or how little you think you have, you have the ability to do for others what they cannot do for themselves. Exactly how you do that will depend on your unique gifts, resources, and history.

Few things are of greater value to a prepared person than an opportunity. Why? Because opportunities increase our potential. Demosthenes, the great orator of ancient Greece, said, “Small opportunities are often a source of success. Help people win by giving them opportunities, and you will win with them.”

Provide others with small opportunities to succeed, and then acknowledge and reward their success. 

11 Things To Help You Be Productive and Organized

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Being disorganized is costly, in terms of both money and time. But if you can convince yourself to slow down and get organized, the ROI will shock you.

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin

While Benjamin Franklin’s estimation is overstated, spending time getting organized is still a valuable investment. Experts estimate that every hour spent in planning and organizing saves three to four hours of time that would otherwise be wasted.

There’s a reason why people who are the calmest and least stressed are the ones who get the most done—they understand the importance of organization, and they’ve adapted their habits accordingly. The good news is that you can become more organized and productive too, just by emulating the habits that they rely on.

1. They don’t let their desks get cluttered.

You may think you know exactly where, and in which stack of paper, you can find a particular document. But you’re kidding yourself if you don’t think you’d be more productive with a clean and organized desk. Just the act of organizing the stuff on your desk helps you organize it in your mind. In addition, research conducted at Princeton University revealed that the more our brains are bombarded by the competing stimuli on a cluttered desk, the less we’re able to focus. And this wasn’t just subjective evidence; they were able to see the difference in MRIs of the subjects’ brain activity.

2. They never touch things twice.

Organized and productive people never put anything in a holding pattern, because touching things twice is a huge time-waster. Don’t save an e?mail or a phone call to deal with later. As soon as something gets your attention, you should act on it, delegate it, or delete it.

3. They don’t respond to emails as they arrive.

Productive people don’t allow their e?mail to be a constant interruption. In addition to checking their e-mail on a schedule, they take advantage of features that prioritize messages by sender. They set alerts for their most important vendors and their best customers, and they save the rest until they reach a stopping point in their work. Some people even set up an auto-responder that lets senders know when they’ll be checking their e-mail again.

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4. They work from a single to-do list.

Remember the days when people used to buy those expensive, leather-bound planners and fill them up with a to-do list color-coded by priority? Those might seem a bit old school now, but no one can deny that it was effective. Why were those planners effective? They reminded us how important it is to keep a single to-do list. When you consolidate everything into one list, you always know where to look, and you can stop wasting time trying to remember which list has the information you need.

5. They have a high level of self-awareness.

Highly productive and organized people have a clear sense of who they are. They know their weaknesses, and they put organizational structures in place to overcome them. If they tend to let meetings run too long, they set a timer. If they have trouble keeping TIME_2e7bmeetings productive, they make an agenda. If they forget to check their voicemail in the morning, they set a reminder. The details don’t matter; what’s important is that they think carefully and use specific aids and routines that work with their organizational weaknesses.

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6. They make time for lunch.

We’ve all been there—you’re head-down busy, and by the time you look up, it’s way past lunchtime. You end up either going without, or grabbing a donut or a bag of chips from the snack machine. Both are really bad ideas. The donut will give you an energy boost for about 20 minutes, but after that, your focus will drop like a rock. As far as skipping meals, not only does it affect your concentration, productivity, and problem-solving skills, it also affects your waistline—and not in the way you might expect. Research from Ohio State University shows that the weight you lose by skipping meals is muscle weight that you regain later as fat.

7. They eat frogs.

“Eating a frog” is the best antidote for procrastination; ultra-productive people start each morning with this tasty “treat.” In other words, they do the least appetizing, most dreaded item on their to-do list first, before they do anything else. After that, they’re freed up to tackle the stuff that excites and inspires them.

8. They tidy up at the end of each day.

The best remedy for clutter is to set aside about 10 minutes at the end of each day to organize your desk. Although we know that it’s best to touch things only once, we’ve all stopped halfway through a task because the phone rang or somebody stopped by to chat. You really can’t prevent such things, but you can end the day by resolving all of the things you left half-finished.

9. They plan their days the night before.

Organized and productive people go to bed each night, secure in the knowledge of what they’ll accomplish the following day. They get their priorities straight the night before, so that once the day starts, they’re less likely to get distracted by the “tyranny of the urgent”—those little fires that pop up and get in the way of their real priorities.

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10. They make full use of technology.

There’s been a lot said about how modern technology extends the work day, making it so that we’re always on the clock. While that may be true, technology can also make us more productive. Whether it’s setting up an e-mail filter to keep your inbox spam-free, or using an app like Evernote to organize information you’re going to need again, technology isn’t always bad. Used properly, it can save a lot of time.

11. They don’t ignore their snail mail.

For this one, we go back to the “touch it once” philosophy. For most of us, there’s not a lot of snail mail these days that we actually look forward to. But ignoring it can cause problems, especially when it comes to things like bills and tax notifications. Just go ahead and open it, and take care of it as soon as it arrives; otherwise, you’ll end up digging under the sofa cushions searching for that overdue bill.

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Every minute you spend looking for something you misplaced, or trying to remember what you’re supposed to do next, will harm your productivity. That, in turn, eats into your career potential. The good news is that there are many tools you can use to stay organized and productive, and so even the most disorganized among us can put a system in place to keep us in check.

3 Steps To Become a Better Leader

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Leaders become great, not because of their power,
but because of their ability to empower others!

I was reading once again “The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork” by John Maxwell. I came across this principle and thought it would be a good reminder for us all.

How are you when it comes to crunch time on your team? Do you want the ball, or would you rather it was in someone else’s hands? If there are more talented and effective catalysts on your team, then you should not want to be the go-to-player in a pinch. In those cases, the best thing you can do is get an “assist” by helping to put those people into position to benefit the team. But if you avoid the spotlight because you are afraid or because you haven’t worked as hard as you should to improve yourself, then you need to change your mind-set.

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Start to put yourself on the road to improvement by doing the following things:

  1. Find a mentor. Players become catalysts only with the help of people better than themselves. Find someone who makes things happen to help you along the way.
  2. Begin a growth plan. Put yourself on a program that will help you develop your skills and talents. You cannot take the team to a higher level if you haven’t gotten there.
  3. Get out of your comfort zone. You won’t know what you’re capable of until you try to go beyond what you’ve done before.

If you follow these three guidelines, you still may not become a catalyst, but you will at least become the best you can be-and that’s all that anyone can ask of you.

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Is Your Posture Leading You To Success?

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Body language professionals list “posture” as one of the main character traits of successful individuals. What is posture? Posture is a position of a person’s body when walking into a room, when sitting or standing, or giving a presentation. Posture is a particular way of dealing with or considering something. Posture is an approach or an attitude. In short, your posture is your nonverbal body language.

Body language is the process of communicating nonverbally through body movements and gestures.  Positive body language can be defined as these nonverbal movements and gestures that are communicating interest, enthusiasm, and positive reactions to what you or some else is saying.  How you communicate with your body is important because research show that 60% to 90% of communication is nonverbal.  To many, body language is considered the most important aspect of communication as it sends signals to how we are truly feeling.

Therefore, when you walk into a room for that next meeting, stand tall and take up space with humility!  Power, status, and confidence are nonverbally displayed through the use of height and space. Keeping your posture tall, your shoulders back, and your head held high, while making eye contact makes you look sure of yourself.

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In Acts 26 we find the Apostle Paul in a less than ideal position, but I want you to think about his posture when addressing the king.

Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” So Paul stretched out his hand and answered for himself: “I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer for myself before you concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, especially because you are an expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.” Acts 26:1-3

In a compelling court speech, Paul addressed King Agrippa. Try to sense Paul’s strategy. Paul believed the best defense is a good offense and nearly converted King Agrippa. Observe how this successful leader postured himself and attempted to persuade his audience:

  • He appeared relaxed, yet used animated gestures.
  • He humbly thanked the king for allowing him to speak.
  • He affirmed the king’s knowledge and expertise. 
  • He identified with their opposition to the life he now embraced.
  • He described his motives as pure and constructive.
  • He explained that his obedience to God caused his trouble.
  • He challenged them with reasonable and verifiable facts.
  • He pled with them to obey God.

In order to be successful in your next meeting or presentation be sure to take a little time to think about your posture.

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The 4 Disciplines of Execution

imageThere are two principal things a leader can influence when it comes to producing results : your strategy (or plan) and your ability to execute that strategy. Stop for a moment and ask yourself this question: Which of these do leaders struggle with more? Is it creating a strategy, or executing the strategy?

Every time we pose this question to leaders anywhere in the world, their answer is immediate: “Execution!”

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Turning Dreams Into Reality

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To one degree or another, just about all of us are unsatisfied with ourselves and our circumstances—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A certain amount of dissatisfaction is necessary if we’re ever going to make progress. To become all that we can be, we must dream of being more than we are. The problem is, too many of us stop there, in the dream stage. Why do you suppose that is?

More often than not, it’s because we don’t think we have what it takes to turn our dreams into reality. And we’re usually right about that. We can make some changes by sheer willpower or working harder, like reaching a new sales quota or dropping a dress or pants size. But what about the bigger changes, the changes inside that we know would make us so much happier and enable us to truly make a difference in our corner of the world? It’s that kind of change that is usually most elusive.

We’re not good enough, we tell ourselves. We have too many flaws and make too many mistakes. It’s just not in us!

Jesus summed it up so simply when He said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” The secret lies in putting ourselves in God’s hands and letting Him do the impossible for us and through us and sometimes in spite of us. We’re small, weak, and incapable, but there is a very big and strong and capable God just waiting to help us.

A dream without a plan is soon exposed.  As Warren Buffet has said, when the tide goes out, you discover who’s been swimming naked.

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Dreaming is good when it leads to a learning agenda that directs our intentions towards what’s most important to us.  John Kotter has said there are two kinds of people in the world: (1) those who accept their life, and (2) those who lead their life.

Some people just get up, look at their life, and hope (dream), something good will happen.  The successful person says, “I’m going to make something happen.  I’m going to build on trust; make that relationship work; take control over the things I have influence over; lead my life; create a personal learning agenda that will help fulfill my dreams.”

The key to transforming dreams into reality is to set goals that can be broken down into doable steps.  As Mark Twain said, “The secret to change is one step at a time.”

So how do you create a learning agenda that will help you fulfill your dreams? For starters, is there a gap between what you know or the skills you have and the information or the skills you need to actualize your dream?

Below are Seven Steps to turn your dreams into reality:

1. Start with the end in mind.

Determine your goals and ask yourself: Where do I want to be next year? What do I need to do to accomplish these goals?  Your answers instantly become your learning agenda.

2. Assess the skills or knowledge you’ll need.

Some goals won’t require new skills or knowledge, but others will.  What specific skills are needed to make your dream(s) come true?  What skill that you already possess would you like to improve by 25% within the next year?

3. Explore the best sources.

Is it going back to school? Enrolling in a training course offered by your employer? Developing a relationship with mentors and/or coworkers who can teach you new skills or insights? Look for that optimal source for every skill you decide you need to learn.

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4. Create your learning agenda.

You now have the information, so start creating your learning plan.  It should lay out the skills and knowledge you need to acquire.  It should include a timeline of where and when you will go about it. And it should be in writing.

5. Begin with the most important.

Don’t start with the hardest or the easiest.  What is the most important thing you can do right now?  Not every action is of equal value. Evaluate and then rank them according to value.

6. Get moving. Execute.

What is your W.O.W. (Within One Week)?  What step will you commit to this next week?  Let the fun begin—you are putting your learning agenda into action.  The sooner you get going, the sooner you’ll learn the knowledge and skills you need to enjoy and achieve your goals!

7. Identify your limiting beliefs.

We all have them.  When you identify them they begin to lose their power.  Don’t doubt your dream. I’m too young.  I’m too old.  I don’t have the time.  I don’t have the money. These doubts are common to all of us.  One of the best ways to fight your doubts is to be clear on where you want to go.  You must take the first step.  That’s what builds confidence.  Every time you do something you didn’t think you could do, your confidence is built.  Action leads to confidence more than confidence leads to actionIt’s easier to act my way into a feeling than it is to feel my way into an action.

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Stand up for who you are and what really matters to you.  You can choose what you will believe, and it will shift your mindset to be clear on the action you will take. This action will be proof to yourself that YOU  believe in where you are going.  I am not talking about clicking your heals together, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, saying I believe…I believe. I’m talking about putting a stake in the ground, and making claim to your life.

So go back and review these seven steps for creating your learning agenda.  They will become part of your Doubt-Removal System. This will shift your mindset, and this action will deal with your limiting beliefs.

Encourage One Another

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“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up….” 1 Thess. 5:11 (niv)

Without encouragement, hardship becomes meaningless, and our will to go on wanes. Discouragement is not an uncommon human experience.  At times, recognizing that there is meaning in the seemingly inconsequential things we do seems next to impossible. We may want to give up. Yet He who calls us is faithful, and He gives us the power to be faithful, too (1 Corinthians 1:9).

– Encouragement makes it easier to live in a fallen world in a holy way.
– Encouragement makes it easier to love as Jesus loved (seeJohn 13:34-35).
– Encouragement gives hope (Romans 15:4).
– Encouragement helps us through times of discipline and testing (Hebrews 12:5).
– Encouragement nurtures patience and kindness (see 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and Galatians 5:22-26).
– Encouragement makes it easier to sacrifice our own desires for the advancement of God’s kingdom.

In short, encouragement makes it easier to live life!

– Without encouragement, life would soon feel pointless and burdensome.
– Without encouragement, we can be overwhelmed by the very real pains of our lives.
– Without encouragement, we feel unloved.
– Without encouragement, we begin to think that God is a liar or is unconcerned with our welfare.

So, the Bible tells us to encourage one another, to remind each other of the truth that God loves us, that God equips us, that we are treasured, that our struggles are worth it.

More people fail for lack of encouragement than for any other reason.
—Author unknown

The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond our wildest dreams.
—Sidney Madwed (b. 1948)

We should readily and liberally give the gift of showing faith in others. As many of us can testify from personal experience, it’s been God’s and others’ faith in us, and their seeing the good in us, that has helped us to reach success after moments of despair and times when we’ve questioned our self-worth.

A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.
—William Ward (1921–1994)

Trustworthy friends are a strong shelter; whoever finds one has found a treasure.
Trustworthy friends have no price, and no one can estimate their worth.
Trustworthy friends are life’s medicine, and those who fear the Lord will find them.
—Sirach 6:14–16 CEB

A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
—William Penn (1644–1718)

The Key To Success

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What do a record-breaking tightrope-walker, a martial arts expert, and a successful businessman have in common?

They have learned self-discipline.

In each of their professions, discipline is the key—discipline that’s manifested in allocating time to practice, honing their skills, and in some cases, giving up things in their diet or personal life to achieve their goals.

Self-discipline is more than holding back from some things, more than buckling down to do what is necessary out of duty. It is a means to an end. Reaching their goals means so much to them that the effort and sacrifice of leading a disciplined life is almost a non-issue. They are willing to push themselves to the limits of endurance to achieve success. And their discipline clearly shows in their achievements.

Most of us can probably improve our level of self-discipline. Even if you don’t aspire to cross a chasm on a rope, how about getting through that pile of work on your desk, meeting your fitness goals, or improving your time management?

Self-discipline is not really about denying oneself; it is, in fact, liberating oneself. It’s been said, “Only when you’re truly disciplined can you be truly free.” A simple sentence of wholesome wisdom that leads to a paradigm shift!

It’s also been said, “Success is not only about what you want to do. It’s about what you must do to achieve.” When you’re self-disciplined, you’re able to go beyond things that might have limited you or held you back before.

New York Times bestselling author Jackson Brown Jr. put it this way: “Talent, without discipline, is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backward, or sideways.” On the other hand, if we channel our energies in the right direction, toward the things that are important to us, we are positioned to achieve powerful forward movement.

Jesus was the ultimate example of discipline. He did what had to be done, even when it was not just hard but resulted in His death. The discipline and commitment He manifested for His cause had world-changing results.

If we’re willing to discipline ourselves, we too can change our lives and our part of the world.


2 Peter 1:5-6 ESV / For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,

1 Peter 4:7 ESV / The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

Romans 12:19 ESV / Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

How To Maintain Respect As a Leader

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People follow people they trust. They trust people they respect

As a leader, one of your most valuable and needed assets is the respect of the people you are trying to lead. If a leader is respected, people will follow him or her almost anywhere.   If a leader looses respect it becomes very difficult to regain respect.

Often a new leader is given respect because of his or her position as a leader, but respect can be quickly lost due to performance. Many times it’s the seemingly small things which cause the most damage to a leader’s reputation and damages respect.

Ron Edmondson suggest a few simple (some not so simple) acts to help protect the respect a leader enjoys.

Here are 7 ways to maintain respect as a leader:

Be RESPONSIVE. Return phone calls and emails promptly. Be accessible to real people. You may not always be available, but you can create systems where people are genuinely valued and heard.

Be CONSISTENT. Do what you say you will do. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Don’t tell people what they want to hear, but speak grace and truth in all circumstances. Let people learn to trust you are a person of your word and can be depended upon based on what you say.

Have HIGH CHARACTER. Act with integrity. Be honest. Protect your moral credibility. Be transparent and open to challenge. Allow a few people to know the real you and speak into the dark places of your life.

Be FAIR to EVERYONE. Don’t be too harsh. Don’t be too soft. Treat everyone with respect. Genuinely love people. (People know when you do or don’t.)

Keep GROWING. Learn continually and encourage growth in yourself and others. Ask questions. Be teachable. Read. Observe. Glean from others and experience.

Have GOOD WORK ETHIC. I personally think leaders should work as hard or harder than others on their team. But, having a good work ethic doesn’t mean over-working either. It’s working smart and setting a good example for others to follow.

Be COURAGEOUS. Make hard decisions. Don’t shy away from conflict. Know who you are in Christ and live boldly the calling God places on your life. Live with the aim to finish well — in spite of the obstacles you encounter.

Maintaining respect is a matter of acting in a respectable way. How are you doing? You may want to ask the ones you are supposed to be leading.