Pointers from Book: Success: One Day At A Time ~ John C Maxwell
Here are some of the wonderful pointers from the book:
1) You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. You first form your habits, then your habits form you. It is just as easy to form a habit of success as it is to form a habits of failure.
Seven Steps of Success:
* Make a commitment to grow daily.
* Valve the process more than events.
* Don’t wait for inspiration.
* Be willing to sacrifice pleasure for opportunity.
* Dream big.
* Plan your priorities.
* Give up to go up.
Success is waiting for you to make the first move.
2) The key to Success
Success is not a destination to be reached, instead it is process - a journey to be taken. and you do it one day at a time. Success is knowing your purpose in life, sowing seeds that benefit others, and growing to your maximum potential.
"Dream" (Everyday): Behind me is infinite power. Before me is endless possibility. Around me is boundless opportunity. Why should I fear? ~ Stella Stuart
Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. ~ Napoleon Hill
3) Needed People
You will need the help of others and you will need to give help to others, if you want to be successful. Also follow these suggestions to connect well with people.
Focus on People, be likable, show others that you care, remember everyone's name, walk slowly through the crowd, be generous.
You will be as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration. ~ James Allen
Poem: One Step Further:
Do more than exist: live.
Do more than touch: feel.
Do more than look: observe.
Do more than read: absorb.
Do more than hear: listen.
Do more than listen: understand.
Do more than think: reflect.
Do more than just talk: say something.
Poem: It's Easier:
It's easier to settle for average than strive for achievement.
It's easier to be saturated with complacency than stirred with compassion.
It's easier to be skeptical than successful.
It's easier to question than conquer.
It's easier to rationalize your disappointments than realize your dreams.
It's easier to belch the baloney than bring home the bacon.
4) The Door to Opportunity:
# Opportunities and motivation are connected.
# Great attitudes preceded great opportunities.
# Today is the best day for an opportunity.
# Opportunities are the result of the pluck, not luck.
# Opportunities don’t present themselves in ideal circumstances.
# Opportunity without commitment will be lost.
# Opportunity is birthed out of problems.
# Opportunities either multiply or disappear.
# Opportunities must be nourished if they are to survive.
5) Success the Disney Way:
# " Think Tomorrow"--Make today's efforts pay off tomorrow.
# " Free the imagination" ---you are capable of more than you can imagine, so imagine the ultimate.
# " Strive for lasting Quality" ---good enough never is.
# " Have stick to it ivity" ----never, never, never give up.
# " Have fun" ----You are never truly a success until you enjoy what you are doing.
Poem: All you can
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
6) It is your duty to find yourself.
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
He who is afraid of doing too much always does too little.
Never Give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Do something you hate everyday, just for the practice.
Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
If you keep doing what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
Many of the life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
There is no defeat except in no longer trying. There is no defeat save within, no really insurmountable barrier, save our own inherent weakness of purpose.
7) The Six Phases of a Project:
Phase 1: Enthusiasm
Phase 2: Disillusionment
Phase 3: Panic
Phase 4: The search for the guilty
Phase 5: Punishment of the innocent
Phase 6: Praise and honor for the nonparticipants.
8) Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered, and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
You can become the star of the hour if you make the minutes count.
Every worthwhile accomplishment has a price tag attached to it. The question is always whether you are willing to pay the price to attain it in hard-work, sacrifice, patience, faith and endurance.
A year from now you may wish you had started today.
Poem: They called it Luck.
He worked by day and toiled by night.
He gave up play and much delight.
Dry books he read, new things to learn.
And forged ahead, success to earn.
He plodded on with faith and pluck.
And when he won, they called it Luck.
9) Win the daily Battle:
People who achieve daily success have learned to conquer four common time wasters.
Laziness: Time put to no useful purpose, not even relaxation.
Procrastination: Putting off things that should be done now.
Distraction: Time frittered away on the details of side issues, to the detriment of the main issue.
Impatience: Lack of preparation, thoroughness, or perseverance, usually resulting in time consuming mistakes.
The Eight "P" Plan for Achievement:
S: Select you goal
U: Unlock your personal potential
C: Commit Yourself to your plan
C: Chart your course
E: Expect Problems
S: Stand firm on your commitment
S: Surrender everything to God
Success is a continuing thing. It is growth and development. It is achieving one thing and using that as a stepping stone to achieve something else. Real Success comes from following four things: Relationships, Equipping, Attitude, Leadership.
10) Six Habits of highly Defective People:
# They have a losing attitude.
# They quit growing.
# They have no game plan for life. # They are unwilling to change.
# They fail in relationships with others.
# They are not willing to pay the price for success.
The highest reward for your work is not what you get for it, but what you became by it. ~John C Maxwell
Success is not perfection, success is slightly above average.
11) The Top Ten High Valve Uses of your Time:
Things that advance your overall life purpose.
Things you have always wanted to do.
Things that others say can’t be done.
Things that help you grow to your maximum potential.
Things that develop other people's ability to achieve and lead.
Things that multiply rather than merely add valve to yourself and others.
Things that harness your creativity.
Things you can delegate to others.
Things that promote teamwork and synergy.
Things that are now or never opportunities.
* Self-trust is the first secret of success.
* Until you valve yourself, you won’t valve your time. Until you valve your time, you will not do anything with it.
* Dont confuse fame with success.
Poem: The True Measure of Success:
To be able to carry money without spending it;
To be able to bear an injustice without retaliating;
To be able to do one's duty when critical eyes watch;
To be able to keep at a job until it is finished;
To be able to do the work and let others receive the recognition;
To be able to accept criticism without letting it whip you;
To like those who push you down;
To love when hate is all about you;
To follow God when others put detour signs in your path;
To have a peace of heart and mind because you have given God your best;
This is the true measure of success.
* There are two types of people who never achieve much in their lifetime. The person who won’t do what he is told and the person who does no more than he is told. ~ Andrew Carnegie.
* The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more ~ Jonas Salk.
The Three " Cs" of Growth:
C: Choice: It allows you to start growing.
C: Change: It allows you to keep growing.
C: Climate: It allows you to enjoy growing.
The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.