We Can’t Invent or Reinvent Ourselves

We forget that we can’t be happy by looking for happiness; we can’t be successful by aiming at success; we can’t be passionate by trying to be more passionate.  We need someone other than ourselves to love, desire and trust.  We can’t invent or reinvent ourselves.  We do not choose our own nature from a supermarket of unlimited options.  That is a fable we keep telling oursevles as we fly with waxen wings toward the sun.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 103

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If You Are Always Looking for an Impact, Legacy and Success…

We do not find success by trying to be successful or happiness by trying to be happy.  Rather, we find these things by attending to the skills, habits, and – to be honest – the often dull routines that make us even modestly successful at anything.  If you are always looking for an impact, a legacy, and success, you will not take the time to care for the things that matter.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 57

What Concerns God Most

God is more concerned with our knowing Him than He is in our half-hearted pleasures of comfort, ambition, and success.  So much so that He often allows pain and suffering into ourlives to clear the clutter of mute, dead, and unworthy idols that can never deliver on their promises, even when they’re ostensibly good things like health, family, career, success and status.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 148

A New Kind of Success

Jesus came to show us that the gospel explains success in terms of giving, not taking; self-sacrifice, not self-protection going to the back, not getting to the front.  The gospel shows that we win by losing, we triumph through defeat, we achieve power through service, and we become rich by giving ourselves away.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 104

What Must One Do to Correct and Profit from Mistakes?

To correct and profit from your mistakes you must assume responsibility for them.  As a leader, you must also assume responsibility for the mistakes of the people in your group – just as you receive credit and respect for the group’s success.  Influential leaders do not pass blame down the management line.  When they have to, they take the hit.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 165

Self-Control is a Form of Success Which Results in Further Success

Self-control produces a confidence and assurance that you are capable of leadership.  Of you can regulate your own desires, you can rely on your own future performance in leadership.  Your leadership practice will conform to the principles you endorse as right.  Self-control is a form of success from which further confidence naturally springs.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 118