“Love is more than a noun – it is a verb. It is more than a feeling. It is caring, sharing, helping, sacrificing.” – William Arthur Ward
When was the last time you did something sacrificial for someone else? When was the last time you reached beyond the limits of your convenience to be there for someone who you claim you love? There hardly is anything else that exhibits how much we love more than how much we are willing to sacrifice.
Lately, I’ve been faced with a lot situations that require some sort of sacrifice. And each time, even though I had the window of opportunity to flash the words, “Nah I don’t think I can, I’ve got stuff going on,” I let myself commit to helping out. Whenever I’m faced with a request by someone else that demands some form of sacrifice from my part, I always ask myself (just before yielding to that thought to just say, “No”), “What I’m the one in their shoes?” I think in my head, “Do I love them enough to this?” And each time, of course, the answers always been a “Yes!” And I can’t describe the feeling of gratification I get whenever I go out of my way to do something sacrificial for the ones I love.
Today’s all about relationships! Ever thought of making your relationships better? All our success won’t mean much if we don’t have people to celebrate them with right? Dr. Barbara De Angelis – a best-selling author, relationship and personal growth consultant – is one of my favorite coaches on relationships. She’s got stuff that I’m very confident will add to whatever knowledge you already have. Here, check it out:
uumm…please skip to 6:13 to jump right into the amazing stuff…
This one’s from Les Brown, literally the best motivational speaker on earth! He’s poked and challenged me in countless ways. The clips pretty short, so you can replay it until it makes sense to you. Let it stir you to achieve more! Here we go:
“Of all the attitudes we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing.” – Zig Ziglar
I can’t explain how it works, but we’re all prone to it: We’ll ALWAYS give more sacrificially to the ones that show appreciation to us. It might be a small favor we did, or perhaps a huge one. But regardless, we all have a bigger heart for the people that come back to say, “Thank you.” Even God! He gives more to the ones that remember to say, “Thank you.”
I’ve become an unrepentant fanatical believer in the power of showing appreciation; I’ve made it a vital part of my life. Here’s a secret I’ve learned: though people almost always say, “Oh it was a pleasure,” or, “Don’t mention it,” or better still, “You’re so welcome,” very casually (as if they could care less about it), they take note of the fact that you even bothered to thank them.
In our quest for success, significance and greatness, let’s not forget the things that matter the most. As we invest in our future, let’s not forget to invest in the one thing we need the most in life (the sine qua non of true success): Love. Countless times, I’ve read or heard about the death bed regret of so many successful people: “I wish I had loved more.” Loved God more, loved my family more, spent more time with my very close friends…It really never comes out to be: “I wished I had worked longer,” or, “I wish I had achieved more.”
Don’t blow it off until you can’t ever get it back. Love now. Appreciate the people around you now. Don’t get so consumed in your busy schedule that you don’t map out a little time for your loved ones. In this new month, let’s all work on this together. Let’s not say, we’ll “show love when…..” No! Let’s do it now!
“To every person there comes in their lifetime that special moment when you are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to you and your talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds you unprepared or unqualified for work which could have been your finest hour.” – Winston Churchill
We all have something(s) that we’re good at; our areas of strength. Things that seem to come so easily and naturally to us – Our “Talents.” It might be music (you love singing or playing instruments), or IT related stuff. You might love inspiring and motivating people to perform at their peak, or just love talking to crowds. You might have a profound love for reading, be a genius at learning new softwares, or love taking pictures; the list is endless!
This is one from Dr. Myles Munroe – my greatest role model of all times. I would like to tell you all about him, but I’d spend pages. Just google him! I’ve watched this a couple of times and it’s consistently jolted me into the “Greatness zone” each time..It’s caused a huge paradigm shift in me. I’m sure you’ll find it beneficial, too…Trust me!!
We all know the huge role effective relationships play in ensuring our success in life. As we also know, every now and then, we either say the wrong stuff, or we do the wrong things. It’s almost as certain as the four seasons that at some point, we’ll do something that has the potential of jeopardizing our relationships…You know what I’m talking about don’t you? You probably already did! If you haven’t, chances are very high that you will very soon… We just can’t avoid the every-now-and-then frictions in our relationships; it’s almost like a natural law.
So since we’re very certain that we’ll mess up at some point in our relationships, how do we go about fixing it? Isn’t that a question worth answering? Well, here’s the answer: We apologize…DUH!! But here’s another question: how in the world do we do that?
Marshall Goldsmith – a best-selling author, professor, executive educator and coach – in his book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, said something I thought was very practical. So, I’ve decided to share it with you. “Once you’re prepared to apologize,” he said, “here’s the instruction manual: You say, “I’m sorry.” You add, “I’ll try to do better in the future.” And then…you say nothing!…Don’t explain it. Don’t complicate it. Don’t qualify it. You only risk saying something that will dilute it.”
See? It’s that simple! You should try it sometime! Marshall also added, “It costs you nothing – not even your illusory pride – but the return on investment would make Warren Buffet green with envy. And it will change your life, as if by magic.” I don’t think I can put it in any simpler terms.
If you’d spend the next 7 minutes watching this video, I guarantee you that you’d leave this page wiser than you were when you stopped by! It’s by one of my favorite speakers, Jim Rhon. He mentored the great Tony…
OK…So I’ve been thinking and pondering on a subject to write about today. And after the hours, I got nothing! However, I promised myself I’d try my possible best to post something every single day. Unless I REALLY get caught up in my days work and can’t afford the extra time to write. So here I am, keeping a little promise to myself.
But here’s something to think about: what promise did you make to yourself but have repeatedly broken?
You can’t get anywhere without being consistent! You have to be consistent, even when it’s inconvenient. Think about it…