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What are the actions and attributes of leaders? What is it that makes them different from others?

  1. Leaders are always full of praise.
  2. Leaders learn to say "thank you" and "please" on the way to the top.
  3. Leaders are always growing.
  4. Leaders are possessed with dreams.
  5. Leaders launch forth before success is certain.
  6. Leaders are not afraid of confrontation.
  7. Leaders talk about their own mistakes before they talk about someone else's.
  8. Leaders are people of honesty and integrity.
  9. Leaders have a good name.
  10. Leaders make others better.
  11. Leaders are quick to praise and encourage the smallest amount of improvement.
  12. Leaders are genuinely interested in others.
  13. Leaders look for and praise someone doing something right.
  14. Leaders take others up with them.
  15. Leaders respond to their failures before others have to reveal them.
  16. Leaders never allow murmuring from themselves or others.
  17. Leaders are specific about what is expected.
  18. Leaders hold others accountable.
  19. Leaders do what is right rather than what is popular.
  20. Leaders are servants.
A leader is a lion, not a sheep.
An army of sheep led by a LION would defeat an army of lion led by a SHEEP.

Did you know that the best shortcut you can ever take is to do what God says in His timing? Shortcuts outside the will of God invite compromise and create strife and confusion.
Believers need to understand that we are long-distance runners. We are marathoners. We are not in a sprint, and we do not need to look for shortcuts that open the door to compromise.
There is an old saying that is absolutely true: "If you keep your attention on learning the tricks of the trade, you will never learn the trade." Watch out for fads - even for spiritual fads - because the letters of the word fad stand for "for a day."
There is a story about a beautiful bird that was known for its great singing. It would sit at the top of a tree and make lovely melodies. One day a man walking through the woods passed by the tree and heard the beautiful bird singing. The bird saw the man, and that he was holding a box.
"What do you have in the box?" the bird asked the man.
The man replied that he had large, juicy earthworms in the box. "I will sell you a worm for one of your beautiful feathers," he offered.
The bird pulled out a feather and exchanged it for a worm. He reflected to himself, Why should I work hard to get worms when it is so easy to get them this way?
The bird and the man repeated this process over the course of many days, and soon the bird no longer had any more beautiful feathers with which to pay for worms. Furthermore, he could no longer fly, nor was he still pretty. He did not feel like singing beautiful songs, and he was very unhappy.
Like this foolish bird, we are always tempted to look for shortcuts, ways to get ahead and obtain the results that we desire. But as the foolish bird learned, there is a price for taking shortcuts.
Eventually we will learn that there is no shortcut to success. One of the hidden truths of life is that the path to the prize is always more valuable than the prize itself. Shortcuts rob us of those valuable lessons that we need to learn along the way. When you are presented with a shortcut - a way that is not of God - say no. Be persistent and stick to the path on which the Lord has placed you.

Among the things that war against our excelling still more are our individual quitting points - points where we tend to give up. This is where some person or task tests your patience to a certain limit and you say, "That's it! I'm through!" This can happen on our jobs, in dealing with our children or in our struggles with temptation. Every single one of us has quitting points. What are some of yours?
Maybe you have a low tolerance for problems in relationships. When things are running smooth, everything's fine. But what happens when the temperature begins to rise and the two of you don't see eye to eye on things like you used to? You feel the heat. Finally, when the relationship thermometer hits 104 degrees (98 or 84), you say, "That's it! I'm not taking this anymore. I'm out of here!"
When we reach a certain level of physical, emotional, or mental pain, we reach a quitting point and our systems begin to shut down. This quitting point can be the result of past habits, or it may simply be our predetermined tolerance level for problem solving. Whatever the cause, we bail out predictable consistency at that certain quitting point.
On a pain threshold of 1 to 10 - 1 being the "no pain at all" and 10 being the "Extremely painful" - how do you do? When a situation gets to be a 4, is that your quitting point? When someone gives you trouble or doesn't accept your suggestions, when things don't go exactly the way you want them to, do you start counting, "One, two, three, four! That's it! I'm through!" and bail out?
The devil is shrewd. He may be defeated, but he's not stupid. He is crafty and deceptive, and he would love nothing better than to take down as many of God's children as he can before his time is up. And you can bet that he knows your quitting points.
I'll bet Satan has statistical records on each of us, like a college football coach keeps on the players of opposing teams. He has a file with your name on it, and in this file is a graph plotting all your common quitting points. He keeps a running tally of these things. The devil knows if, on a pain threshold of 1 to 10, you bail out at 5.5 every time. So how does he use that information?
WATCH OUT - SATAN's GOT YOUR NUMBER
The devil knows that whatever you need to do to sidestep pain or consequences, you'll do it. Even if it means going against your faith, your family or God's plans for your future. If you are unwilling to break through your quitting points, you will let the avoidance of pain become your god. Then all the devil needs to do is cause some rumblings, a little seismic activity in your life, to begin to undermine your resolve. It could begin with a minor complaint or a criticism about your weight or performance that demoralizes a relationship. It could be further damaged by the loss of someone close to you that you refuse to release. Your frustration may be further exacerbated by a financial loss or health setback. Soon the thermometer reaches 104 degrees, and you know what's coming next. Some people simply bail out, others blow up in anger, while others use their circumstances as an excuse to dive into the bottle or an affair.
One measure of a man or woman is what it takes to get him or her to bail out of a commitment, whether it be a marriage, a friendship or a faith. What is the threshold of your quitting point?

For you have need of endurance so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. (Hebrew 10:36)

Circle the word "endurance" in your heart and mind, for you need endurance to break through those quitting points and keep moving forward.
Make a decision now to change. Increase your capacity to deal with problems and discover how much more fruitful life can be. 

I have always been describing myself as the optimistic, the proactive, the positive-thinker. I come across a photo of these insights, so I decided to share it here, and spread the positivity. . . 🙂

  1. Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded.
  2. Relationships should help you, not hurt you.
  3. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be.
  4. Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you - people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it.
  5. Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.
  6. When you free yourself from negative people, you free yourself to be YOU -- and being YOU is the only way to truly live.
Stay positive. Stay inspired. Stay awesome!
Hit like to spread the good vibes! 😀

In Hawaii, we have a custom of giving leis to one another as an act of hospitality, honor and friendship. A lei is usually made up of flowers strung together and draped around a person's neck. We give leis to say, "Thank you," and we give leis to say, "Goodbye."
I love the fragrant flowers of Hawaii. The pikake, the plumeria, the white ginger and the pua kenikeni are my favorites. These beautiful flowers are so pungent that everywhere I turn, the wafting fragrance adds a sense of Polynesian aloha to everything I experience. When I wear one of these leis, every person I meet smells wonderful! It does not matter whether the person is tall or short, happy or sad, coming to me with a complaint or a compliment, they all smell wonderful to me! Or course, this fragrance I enjoy has nothing to do with the person I am with but has everything to do with the lei I am wearing.
Attitude is like a lei. Each of us has one, but we have made a choice of what to string together to make up that lei. If you carry around a collection of dried fish, everything starts to smell fishy. If you string together old socks, the whole world seems to have this funny odor to it. Your attitude is like a fragrance you carry around with you. The difference is that skunks carry around a bad odor, while the beautiful Hawaiian plumeria blossoms carry a fragrance.
Whether you like it or not, each of us carries either a fragrance or a bad odor. You choose which you will carry. Some people's poor attitudes follow them around like bad cologne. Others who have wonderful personalities leave a fragrance in their wake as they pass through our lives.

(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success")

Now I am sharing a portion of Wayne Cordeiro's intro to "Attitudes that Attract Success" he said...
I love to watch people, specially successful people - people who are successful in business, relationships and finances. And I have to learned there is a reason they're successful. Success doesn't happen by accident; people don't stumble onto it by mistake. There are solid reasons why these men and women are successful, and they leave clues behind for us to observe and collect - if we will look for them. A willing student of life will examine these clues and learn that anyone can develop an attitude that attracts success!
One of my favorite pastimes while attending college in Portland, Oregon, involved going to the airport and finding a nice bench adjacent to one hour or two, I would watch people.
I know what you may be thinking, that I am a bit off-kilter. Maybe you're right. Nevertheless, that's what I did. Before you write me off, however, stay with me a moment longer.
I would see a businessman hurrying on his way to an important appointment. I would observe how he was dressed, his mannerisms, the speed with which he walked, the way he would countenance. Did he carry on his face a look of anxiety, joy, or despair or concern?
Then I would spot a young mother carrying a child from one terminal to another, I would try to discern what kind of a person she was. Was she secure or fearful? What kind of day was she having? Was she successful? Was there peace in her heart or was there worry?
I watched students, workers, airport officials and others as they walked to and fro in the concourse. I observed the way they stood, sat, walked and communicated with one another. I watched the focus of their eyes when in conversation. I observed how they greet friends or family members who had to pick them up. And I pondered what it was that made one person successful and another not. What made one life happy and fille with joy, while another seemed empty and hollow?
Each of the lives had a story behind it - a story of struggle or success, of abandon or hope, of pessimism or promise.
Through the years, I have collected and catalogued scores of observations of failure and success. I have attempted to distill the principles I learned and record them for other students of life, like yourself.
Never stop learning. Make it a lifelong goal. Discover new truths and insights that will awaken your spirit. New horizons will help you to look ahead and focus on your potential rather than on your problems, on your future rather than on your failures.
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