Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone is capable of doing something immensely stupid. (Some of us may feel more “capable” than others.) But everyone is also capable of learning from their blunders and making a fresh start. Yes, even the most thick-headed person has hope. Have you ever bungled something so bad that you actually felt ashamed? You might still wish that you could have that moment back to do things differently. We all have those moments. And even the smallest mistakes can be upsetting. There is a way to recover. It takes learning and it takes smarts. If you use that error to make your future better, you just got a little smarter. So you might say that part of your intelligence and success comes from stupidity. Just don’t be stupid in the same way twice.
Are you curious? Curiosity is a skill that leaders need to have. In order to be a leader a person must be able to ask questions and develop new ways to solve problems. Sometimes we let our lives become habitual and predictable and we let curiosity fall by the wayside. If you have fallen into a rut, start asking questions. Let your curiosity work magic and allow you to see your life through a new perspective.
Do you ever get frustrated because things are going too slow in your life? Many people don’t realize that building a Foundation that will lead to success does not happen overnight. It is a slow process in which you are constantly building and learning. It is extremely important to create a Foundation that will remain strong even in times of failure or crisis. This takes time! You may have to remind yourself that failing is only failure if you quit…otherwise it is a learning opportunity. So, don’t worry if your life seems to be in slow motion. Concentrate on building a solid foundation and learning from your steps back.
Believe in yourself. Easier said than done. You can start by figuring out whom you’re trying to please. Everyone has critics, and if you try to please them all, nobody’s going to be happy. Living for your fans could end up having the same effect. Attention is fun, but does it really give you an accurate picture of what you can offer? Your opinion of yourself and your efforts should not be dependant on the changing views of others. Trust your instincts and have faith in your own abilities to not rely on others for your sense of self-worth. What are you good at? If you know the answer without someone else’s input, you can have confidence in what you’re doing. Become the person you want to be, the kind of person you’ll be proud of. That’s the one person whose opinion really matters.
It’s easy to lose patience with your kids or with co-workers. People can just be frustrating sometimes. But by being patient with people, you will allow them to prove themselves to you and to others. Hand in hand with patience comes encouragement, and you might be surprised by what a kind word can do to somebody. Give people time to learn things for themselves, offering gentle guidance throughout the way. If they make a mistake, don’t give up on them. Allow them to recognize the error and then correct it. It might take a couple of tries, but the result is worth it.
James 4:11-12 ()
11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? #Bible http://mydailybible.org/dv/esv/2013-05-21.htm