Just Because…

Gravity didn’t disappear just because man wanted to fly and it won’t disappear just because your 5-year old wants to dunk the basketball.

What’s right and what’s wrong does not change just because some people cheat and don’t get caught.

Manners don’t become unnecessary just because some people are impolite.

Wrong doesn’t become right just because some movies glorify crooks, killers and liars.

Just because technology gives us more choices doesn’t mean we’ll be happier.

The laws of leadership, the ones that once built great leaders, have not changed just because bad leaders manipulate and bully their way to power.

Just because collective knowledge grows exponentially doesn’t automatically make any person today one bit smarter than the ancient Greeks, Romans or Hebrews.  We all start at zero and grow according to our intellectual capacity and effort (and we know not everyone puts in the effort.)

Just because we have more opportunities than ever before doesn’t mean they are all worthy of our time, money or reputation.

Reality doesn’t change just because we give something a new name.

The Ten Commandments don’t become unconstitutional just because a few people are offended and 9 people in robes decided to reinterpret our Constitution.

People of Biblical times are not to be classified as stupid just because they didn’t have today’s technology.

One is not a bigot simply because he or she has different opinions about how to solve social issues.

The Bible is not to be considered useless just because it was written thousands of years ago.

What was once right does not become wrong just because pop culture says so.

However, the world does change for the worse just because too many people have become intellectually lazy, emotionally numb, physically sick and spiritually apathetic.

The physical and spiritual laws of the universe do not change just because.

Just because some change is imaginary and other change is real, but morally wrong, does not mean that all change is wrong.   The right change is right and the wrong change is wrong.  Can you tell the difference?

Sometimes right and sometimes wrong – signing off,

— CC

Five Habits of Success

Today’s message is short and sweet: “Success is the Reward of Good Habits.”  Here are five such habits that will transform your life…

  • Right Values with Positive Attitudes Leads to Positive Right Actions.
  • Strategic Thinking Reveals Opportunities, Priorities, Plans and Accountability.
  • Development and use of Gifts and Skills Leverages One’s Potential.
  • Personal Investments of Time, Money and Energy Feeds Professional Growth.
  • Intentional, Unselfish Devotion Toward Others Builds Winning Relationships.

“The fastest way to success is to replace bad habits with good habits.”
– Tom Ziglar

Elephants Matter!

elephant-4Take a phrase from the culture, change a word or two, and wrap it in a metaphor and you have a blog post.  Yesterday while I was writing I felt my brain nudging me toward a special message that would capture your imagination and everyone else’s. Knowing that we all have unique needs and desires, I wondered if the contents of any message could have 100% appeal to a diverse audience. As I thought carefully about it, I determined for myself this message could in fact be relevant to virtually everyone. Whether you agree or not, I believe it is so rock solid and has such great potential to change lives that everyone will want it. What’s not to like about that?

You would expect that something of this value would already be universally known and part of everyone’s life. Yet I would wager that within five minutes of observation we could discover that what seems obvious and valuable for mankind is not a dominant part of our culture. And as long as we remain in our private world we will fail to see the magnitude of this truth. Why? Because this problem is about something that is missing. It is more challenging to see what is absent than what is present. Like elephants, we seldom think about them until there is one in the room. Even then, some people miss it!

So what is this elephant that is not in the room for most people, much of the time?  The elephant is this: “Think strategically every day and plan accordingly.”  It’s as simple as that.  Whenever the elephant leaves the room one of two things happens. Either we don’t act when we should or we act poorly because we didn’t think first. Both are potentially dangerous! That’s why everyone needs an elephant like mine.

By the way, my friend Michael Ehrler has a name for his elephant: Strategic Time-Out Pause (aka S.T.O.P.)

What is Attitude, Really?

Attitude IS Everything!

Why?  Because attitude influences everything we say and do.  Winston Churchill explained it this way…  “Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference.”  Another wise man, W. Clement Stone, had his own definition.  “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude and the big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”

Today’s message is dedicated to some game-changing attitudes.

Work Ethic…
“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”
    
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Forward or Backward…
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you are right.”
    
– Henry Ford

Emotional Response…
“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”
    
– John C. Maxwell

Potential…
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
    
– Zig Ziglar

Choice…
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor E. Frankl

Excellence…
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”
– Colin Powell

Relationships…
“Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.”
– Earl Nightingale

You can learn a lot about your own attitudes by looking back at certain actions you took and the ones you neglected.  You can also predict which actions you will take and its probable outcomes by recognizing and understanding your attitudes.  For example, what is your attitude about personal and professional development?  How will this attitude impact your life?  Zig Ziglar would have responded this way…

“You were born to win. But to be the winner you were born to be, you gotta plan to win and prepare to win. Then and only then can you legitimately expect to win.”
– Zig Ziglar