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I am sharing to you statements that may have been a quotable quote. A truism that you believed in. Hear what John L. Mason have to say about them. 

The way to guarantee success is to work smarter, not harder.

This is losing idea. You will find that effective leaders do both. They work smarter, and they work harder.

Activity equals accomplishments.

Activity is not accomplishment. Hard work is not results. We should not ask ourselves whether or not we're busy, but what we're busy about. We serve a God who is interested in results. Each of us will give an account of our own actions, not someone else's.

Take care of things, and they will take care of you.

We should not take care; we should take control. If you don't take control of your own life, somebody else will.

Don't waste (kill) time.

Although this truism expresses a good thought, it is really not accurate. When you waste your time, you waste your life.

If it's not broke, don't fix it.

Even when things are working, they still can be improved.

What you see is what you get.

Christians are not to be moved by what we see but by the Word of God. We are to see the unseen in every situation. The unseen is really more real than the seen .

He is a self-made man.

There is no such thing. A person can succeed only with the help of God and others.

Talk is cheap.

Talk is very expensive. What people say is ultimately what they get and is what they pay for.

Practice makes perfect.

No, perfect practice makes perfect. Wrong practice leads to wrong habits. Perfect practice leads to productive action. Make sure that whatever you do on a regular basis is right.

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.

One of the devil's tricks is getting us to say yes to too many good things. Then we end up being spread so thin that we are mediocre in everything and excellent in nothing. There is one guaranteed formula for failure, and that is to try to please everyone.

Something that is good and something that is right are not always the same thing. A good idea is not necessarily a "Good idea." Our responsibility as Christians is always to do the right things.
There comes a time in every person's life when he or she must learn to say no to many good ideas. In fact, the more an individual grows, the more opportunities he or she will have to say no. One key to getting results is being focused. Perhaps no other key to growth and success is as overlooked as this is. The temptation is always to do a little bit of everything.
Remember, saying no to a good idea does not always mean saying never. No may mean not right now.

There is power in the word no. No is an anointed word. It can break the yoke of over-commitment and weakness. No can be used to turn a situation from bad to good, from wrong to right. Saying no can free you from burdens that you don't need to carry right now. It can also free you to devote the correct amount of attention and effort to God's priorities in your life. 
As you read the title of this nugget, past experiences and present situations probably came to mind. You probably recall many situations in which no or not right now would have been the right answer. Learn from them, and keep yourself from a multitude of mistakes and distractions.
Yes and no are the two most important words that you will ever say. These are two words that determine your destiny in life. How and when you say them affects your entire future. 
Saying no to lesser things can mean saying yes to priorities in your life.

The door to opportunity swings on the hinges of opposition. Caleb Colton said, "Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is the one elicited from the darkest storm." Problems are the price of progress. The obstacles of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.
Obstacles are merely a call to strengthen your resolve to achieve worthwhile goals. Bob Harrison says,"Between you and anything significant will be giants in your path." Oral Roberts reflects, "You cannot bring about renewal or change without confrontation." The truth is, if you like things easy, you will have difficulties. If you like problems, you will succeed.
If you have a dream without aggravations, you don't really have a dream. Have the attitude of Louisa May Alcott: "I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship." Samuel Lover said, "Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; but they are the instruments of the wise." The Chinese have a proverb that says, "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." It seems that great trials are the necessary preparation for greatness.
For every obstacle you face, God provides a scripture for your answer. Mike Murdock says, "If God 'cushioned' your every blow, you would never learn to grow." Instead, don't let your problems take the lead. You take the lead. The problem you face is simply an opportunity for you to do your best. Conflict is good when you know how to move with God.
What attitude do we need to have toward difficulties? William Boetcker said, "The difficulties and struggles of today are but the best price we must pay for the accomplishment and victory of tomorrow." Lou Holtz advised, "Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn't make me stronger."
When you encounter obstacles you will discover things about yourself that you never really knew. Challenges make you stretch; they make you go beyond the norm. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Turning an obstacle to your advantage is the first necessary step towards victory.
God promises a safe landing, but not a calm voyage. Life is as uncertain as a grapefruit's squirt. Consider what Sydney Harris said, "When I hear somebody say that 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?' We might as well face our problems. We can't run fast or far enough to get away from them all. Rather, we should have the attitude of Stan Musial, the famous Hall of Fame baseball player. Commenting on how to handle a spit ball, he said, "I'll just hit the dry side of the ball."
Charles Kettering said, "No one would have crossed the ocean if he could of gotten off the ship in the storm." The breakfast of champions is not cereal; it's obstacles.

The majority, many times, is a group of highly motivated snails. If a thousand people say something foolish, it is still foolish. Truth is never dependent upon consensus of opinion.
In 1 Peter 2:9 the Bible says of us Christians, "Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." Romans 12:2 exhorts us, "And be not conformed to this world, but be ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."
One of the greatest compliments that anyone can give you is to say, "You're different!" Christians live in this world, but we are aliens. We should talk differently, act differently, and perform differently. We should stand out.
There should be something different about you. If you do not stand out in a group, if there is not something unique or something in your life, you should re-evaluate yourself.
One way to stand head-and-shoulders above the crowd is to choose to do regular, ordinary things in an extraordinary and supernatural way - with great enthusiasm. God has always some of His very best work through "ordinary" against them. In fact, God sided with the underdog in every battle described in the Bible - the minority.
Majority rule is not always right. It is usually those people who do not have dreams or visions of their own who want to take a vote on everything. People who are part of a group tend to agree on courses of action that they as individuals know are not right.
Don't be persuaded or dissuaded by group opinion. It does not make any difference what anyone else believes; you must believe. Never take direction for your personal life from a crowd. Never choose to quit just because somebody disagrees with you. In fact, the two worst things you can say to yourself when you get an idea are: "That's never been done before," and "That's been done before!" Someone else's failure in a certain area does not guarantee your failure.
Be a pioneer and stand out! Do not be afraid to get hit with a few arrows!

Misery wants your company. But, you don't have to let it in the door. In Proverbs 27:19 (TLB) we read, "A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses." Proverbs 13:20 tells us, "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed." We become like those with whom we associate.
We need to be careful of the kind of insulation we use in our lives. We need to insulate ourselves from negative people and ideas. But we should never insulate ourselves from Godly counsel and wisdom.
A number of years ago I found myself at a stagnation point in my life. I was unproductive and unable to see God's direction clearly. One day I noticed that almost all of my friends were in the same situation. When we got together, our problems were all we talked about. As I prayed about this matter, God showed me that I needed "foundational-level" people in my life. Such people bring out the best in us and influence us to become better people. They cause us to have greater faith and confidence and to see things from God's perspective. After being with them, our spirits and our sights are raised.
I have found that it is better to be alone than in the wrong company. A single conversation with the right person can be more valuable than years of study.
The Lord showed me that I needed to change my closest associations, and that I needed to have contact with the right people on a regular basis. These were men of strong faith, people who made me a better person when I was around them. They were the ones who saw the gifts in me and could correct me in a constructive, loving way. My choice to change my closest was a turning point in my life.
When you surround yourself with the right kind of people, you enter into the God-ordained power of agreement. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12 (TLB) states:

Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. If one falls, the other pulls him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he is in trouble. And one standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer; three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

You need to steer clear of negative-thinking experts. Remember: in the eyes of average people, average is always considered outstanding. Look carefully at your closest association, because it's an indication of the direction you're heading.
Your best friends are those who brings out the best in you!
(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")
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How we respond to failures and mistakes is one of the most important decisions we make every day. How do you respond to failure? Failure does not mean that nothing has been accomplished. There is always the opportunity to learn something.
We all experience failure and make mistakes. In fact, successful people always have more failure in their lives than average people do. Great people throughout history have all failed at some point in their lives. Those who do not expect anything are never disappointed, those who never try, never fail. Anyone who is currently achieving anything in life is simultaneously risking failure. It is always better to fail in doing something risking failure. It is always better to fail in doing something than to excel at doing nothing. A flawed diamond is more valuable than a perfect brick. People who have no failures also have few victories.
People get knocked down; it is how fast they get up that counts. There is a positive correlation between spiritual maturity and how quickly a person responds to failures and mistakes. Individuals who are spiritually mature have a greater ability to get up and go on than people who are spiritually immature. The less mature the person, the longer he or she holds onto past failures. God never sees any of us as failures; He only sees us as learners.
We truly fail only when we do not learn from an experience. The decision is up to us. We can choose to turn a failure into a hitching post or guidepost. 
Here is the key to being free from the stranglehold of past failures and mistakes: Learn the lesson and forget the details. Have you ever noticed that the devil never reminds you of the lesson? He only wants you to remember the details. Gain from the experience, but do not roll the minute details of it over and over in your mind. Build on the experience, and get on with your life.
Remember that the call is higher than the fall.

(From John L. Mason's "Enemy Called Average")

Oftentimes, we have been so concerned at our ego's dictates of frustrations and disappointment that we fail to realize the lesson. But this article here tells us to just shrug off the idea of failure's details, instead focus on the lesson and move on. 
You can always complain or argue that it's not that easy, and yes, nobody said it is. But if you want to succeed, you have to keep going. When the going gets tough, the tough keeps going. Listen to your winning instinct, not to the devil's cunning and deceptive whispers of failure. 
To  all those who did fail, currently in the state of failure, depressed and frustrated about a venture, an advocacy, a plan, or a project, this is for you. 
May this enlighten you somehow. And I pray that you continue to believe in yourself. Only then can people too, continue... to believe in you!
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One of the biggest lies people like to believe is that we are not responsible for our own actions. We blame our mother, our employer, our neighbor, the government, or society. But in Romans 14:12, the Bible clearly indicates who is responsible and accountable for our deeds: "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."

We may attempt to shift the blame to others, but there is no escaping the truth; every time we point the finger at someone else, three fingers point back at us.

Throughout my career as a consultant, I met many businessmen who were looking for answers. It was amazing to me to see how many were anxiously searching for help from other people when they had everything they needed to succeed. They were willing to give up control of their vision to others in exchange for money or even companionship. Their mistake was in looking to others instead of looking to God.

The false sense of security they found in others led them to unbalanced relationships, which eventually resulted in destruction of people and their dreams.

God sends people across our paths to bless and help us, but we should be directed by God and be very cautious when entering into any partnership. We must be sure that the reason for the relationship is right, and be sure that we are not merely looking for a shortcut.

For every successful partnership, there are hundreds of disasters. Exercise great caution when you are affiliated with someone else. In Exodus, God gave Moses some good advice that is applicable to us today. He said, "Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going or they will be a snare among you" (Exodus 34:12 NIV).

I believe that God wants us to learn most things for ourselves. Mark Twain wrote, "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn no other way."

Decide for yourself. Learn for yourself. Answer for yourself.

(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")

Most often we hear people talking about their situation mostly putting the blame on others, the circumstance, on luck, position of the moon and stars, etc. Seldom do we hear people accepting responsibility for his life. Yet in this modern era, we are confronted with the truth, that we are the ones responsible for ourselves. Decide. Learn. Answer. For yourself. 

Today, I hope that you start deciding for yourself, you start learning for yourself, and answering for yourself. After all, it's your life anyway. It's your gift. Live it! It's called a present!

I hope you are encouraged by this short write up. And may your continue to be joyful, energetic and prosperous!

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Smiling, proof that you are happy and enthusiastic, is always a choice, not a result. It is a decision that must be consciously made. Enthusiasm and joy and happines will improve your personality and people's opinion of you. It will help you keep a proper perspective on life. Helen Keller said, "Keep your fact to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadow."
The bigger the challenge you are facing, the more enthusiasm you need. Philippians 2:5 (NIV) says, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus." I believe that Jesus was a man who had a smile on His face and a spring in His step. 
Our attitude always tells others what we expect in return.
A smile is a powerful weapon. It can break the ice in tough situations. You will find that being enthusiastic is like having a head cold; both are very contagious. A laugh a day will keep negative people away. As enthusiasm increases, stress and fear decrease. The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10)
Many people say, "Well, no wonder those people are happy, confident, and positive; if I had their job and assets, I would be happy too!" Such thinking falsely assumes that successful people are positive because they have a good income and lots of possessions. But the reverse is true. Such people probably have a good income and lots of possessions as a result of being positive, confident and happy.
Enthusiasm always inspures action. No significant accomplishment has ever been made without enthusiasm. In John 15:10-11 (NIV) we have a promise from the Lord that says, "If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete."
The Lord's joy and love are yours - so smile!
(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")