Put the Glass Down

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed — incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down

10 Quotes that Should Shape Your Leadership

  1. “An organization is not truly great if it can’t be great without you.” — Jim Collins
  2. “Too often we argue about Christianity instead of marveling at Jesus.” — John Ortberg
  3. “Don’t just delegate tasks to the next generation. If you delegate tasks, you create followers. Instead delegate authority to create leaders.” — Craig Groeschel
  4. “You are the most difficult person you will ever lead.” — Bill Hybels
  5. “The signature of mediocrity is not unwillingness to change. The true signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency.” — Jim Collins
  6. “People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.” — Patrick Lencioni
  7. “When you are angry, you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” — William Ury
  8. “When you’re in a position of authority, you need truth-tellers around you.” — Condoleezza Rice
  9. “I failed him for two years because I was too chicken to have the difficult conversation.” — Bill Hybels
  10. “The morale failure of a leader will challenge the integrity of others as well.” — Mario Vega

A Father’s Prayer by General Douglas MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964) was an outstanding figure in the events during and after the Second World War. In early 1942, when leading outnumbered United States forces in the Philippines, General MacArthur prayed this prayer for his son Arthur many times during his morning devotions:

“Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son who will know Thee and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

Build me a son whose heart will be clean, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.”

Perspective

Here are some tips to help us keep the right perspective:

1. Pray everyday for discernment, and strength of heart and mind.

2. Set priorities so you aren’t overwhelmed with too many commitments

3. Take care of your body — eat healthy and get enough sleep

4. Plan ahead for work, family time, and prayer time

5. Keep a positive attitude and expect the unexpected! Your plans are not always HIS.

Throughout Each Day

Throughout each day in my life I strive to be loyal to my friends and family, lead a successful career that I will enjoy, stay healthy, and take on any challenges that come my way.

I value my family members, friends, spiritual fulfillment, sense of accomplishment, and respect for others.

 

 My Family Members

 Throughout my life I will always be supportive and loyal to all my family members, allowing a relationship that will last a life time.

 

 Friends

 I will always be supportive to fellow friends and assist with any endeavors they may have.

 

 Spiritual Fulfillment

 My spiritual beliefs remain most important in my life, creating the backbone of my inner self

 

 Sense of Accomplishment

 I live life to the fullest and strongly believe that nothing is impossible.

 

 Respect for Others

 Without respect for life and human beings the world would be a meaningless place.

 

 Quote that is inspirational

 

 “Contentment is being confident that you measure up to any test you are facing because Christ has made His strength available to you.” -John Maxwell

Today

Today is not a rehearsal for anything. Today is your life.

It’s who you are and who you’re following and what matters most and where you’re headed…today.

The person you will be is the person you are becoming today.
So don’t waste it.

The challenge you face today is your chance to conquer as Jesus did.
So don’t miss it.

The fear you feel today is your chance to be strong in the Lord.
So grab it!

The tempest all around is driving you out of the storm and onto your knees.
Don’t fight it.

Today matters more than you know. You don’t even know if you’ll have tomorrow.
So stop the excuses. No more delays.

It’s not about others. It’s about you. Today.

Today is the day to love the people closest to you and forgive the people furthest from you.

Today is the day to embrace the humanity all around — as Jesus would, if He were in your shoes. Because He is, in your shoes.

He asks you to put yesterday behind, because it can’t change today.

He asks you to forget about tomorrow, because it only cares for itself, not today.

Today is all that matters — this is your life, your chance to live like Jesus.

It’s happening right now. Today.

John Maxwell