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

Zig Said Chuck Said This…

“Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…We are in charge of our attitudes.”

— Charles Swindoll, quoted in “Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar”.

Is the Price Right?

This morning I tuned into “A Minute With Maxwell” and enjoyed John Maxwell’s thoughts about the investments we must make to achieve the goals we want. He used toll roads to explain what we face as we seek to fulfill our dreams.  Here’s what I heard, what I thought and what I learned:

  • “The dream is free, but the journey isn’t.” — John Maxwell
  • The size and value of our dream determines the price we must pay. The bigger the dream, the longer the journey and the greater the price.
  • Like a journey on the turnpike, we have to make frequent stops to pay something and continue our journey. “The day I stop paying the toll is the day the dream stops.”
  • I recall something Zig Ziglar taught me: “…go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will always be able to see farther.”

Zig Ziglar talks about the journey somewhat differently.  He says that “You do not pay the price of success, you enjoy the price of success.”  Playing well in competitive sports comes to mind.  It’s hard work and it’s also enjoyable.  We enjoy competing, winning and playing or we “get off the turnpike.”  The same is true for any of our activities.  If the journey isn’t fun, why are we on that journey?

When it comes to dreams, the question worth asking is this: “Am I enjoying the dream AND enjoying the price?”

THE Most Valuable Investments

“Achieving long-term success begins and continues with regular, wise investments in yourself.  Making a difference in the lives of others begins and continues with regular, wise investments in yourself.  Creating a legacy of significance begins and continues with regular, wise investments in yourself.  Do you recognize the pattern?”   — Clancy Cross