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Treasured Thoughts – Summit Life Today

“Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved.” ~ Thomas Fuller

Christmas is a time for making memories.  Too often the hustle and bustle of the season consumes our thoughts and emotions.  Let me encourage you to take time to pause and ponder.  Capture precious memories as they occur and place them in your memory treasure chest.  One of my favorite verses in the Christmas story is when young Mary paused just to try and absorb everything that had taken place in her life over the past 9 months.  She had plenty of thoughts to treasure.

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Good Isn’t Great – Summit Life Today

“You can map out a fight plan or a life plan. But when the action starts, you’re down to your reflexes. That’s where your road work shows. If you cheated in the dark of the morning, you’re getting found out under the bright lights.” ~ Joe Frazier

In the Olympics, the difference between a gold medal and fourth place is often measured in hundredths of a second. Can you imagine coming that close to the prize only to fall short? In his book “Good to Great”, Jim Collins makes the point that “good is the enemy of great.” In other words, when we are good at something, we can become so satisfied with “good” that we don’t have the motivation to work harder in order to become “great”.

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First Things First – Summit Life Today

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” ~ Stephen R. Covey

You’ve probably heard the little phrase: “First things first.”  That phrase makes me think of this one: “Easier said than done!”  Keeping our priorities straight takes a lot of focus and discipline.  Life happens fast and the tyranny of the urgent can easily turn good intentions for doing “first things first” into doing “first things last.”

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Multiply Leaders – Summit Life Today

“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.” ~ John C Maxwell

There is a huge difference between addition and multiplication.  Adding followers to your cause is a good thing but multiplying leaders for your cause is so much better.  When you add followers, you simply grow in numbers.   When you multiply leaders, you grow in both capacity and consistency.  When you multiply leaders who multiply leaders, you gain limitless potential.

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Timing is Everything – Summit Life Today

“Life is all about timing… the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable… attainable. Have the patience, wait it out it’s all about timing.”    ~ Stacey Charter

Timing is everything.  A wise leader carefully observes, attentively listens and actively seeks advice in order to gain understanding before charging into an opportunity.  Good timing is prompted by informed intuition gained from a heightened sense of awareness.  The right thing done at the right time will usually result in success.  It may even create a breakthrough to an even greater opportunity.  Bad timing is due to a lack of awareness or focus.

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Growing Future Leaders – Summit Life Today

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Identifying potential leadership talent within your organization is a great strategy for creating capacity for growth in the future.  By intentionally growing leaders from within, you raise up leaders who you’ve had time to observe and mentor so you know they align with your culture and values.

In order to raise leaders from within effectively, you need a system that will help identify potential leaders during your interview and hiring process.  The two leadership traits that I’ve observed in most good leaders are: Leaders are learners and leaders like to help others succeed.

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Momentum is Your Friend – Summit Life Today

“Success comes from taking the initiative and following up… persisting… What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?” ~ Anthony Robbins

John Maxwell says that “momentum is a leader’s best friend.”  He calls it the “Big Mo.”  When you have momentum, it magnifies your accomplishments and makes you appear better than you really are.  When you lose momentum however, the opposite is true: It magnifies your weaknesses and causes people to doubt your potential.

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Celebrate! – Summit Life Today

“Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” ~ General George S. Patton

Teams celebrate victories.  Celebration builds momentum and momentum is a leader’s friend.  In football, players dance in the end zone and pour Gatorade over coaches.  In baseball, team members bump chests at home plate and pile on top of each other next to the pitcher’s mound.  Celebration is the release of energy prompted by a great achievement.  It is also a great catalyst for generating momentum to face the next big challenge.

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Complete Harmony – Summit Life Today

“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.”   ~ Johann Sebastian Bach

Harmony is one of those things you have to have completely or you don’t have at all.  I remember when one of my sons was in an elementary school beginner band.  We all attended his first concert and let’s just say they were in pursuit of harmony, but it was eluding them.  Complete harmony was a little out of reach for their talent and skill level. Achieving harmony is not easy.

The simple idea of all the parts coming together perfectly to make a pleasant sound takes a lot of hard work and practice.  The band illustration serves as a musical metaphor for how elusive harmony can be in our relationships as well. We are always better when we are in sync with those around us.  We all need to be reading our notes off the same page.

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You Are an Example – Summit Life Today

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.” ~ Albert Einstein

Around the time I started school, I learned a very simple schoolyard game called “Follow the Leader.”  You may have played it too.  The object of the game was to walk around behind the leader and just repeat everything they did.  The leader’s goal was to try and do things the followers couldn’t do.  Like most schoolyard games, it always ended in one of two ways: by the sound of the bell or with an argument.

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