We are an impatient society. We want what we want and we want it now. We will even put our future in jeopardy by borrowing beyond our limit.
Maybe life would be more enjoyable if we allowed ourselves time to work toward our goals. Everything doesn’t have to happen now. We need to remember, good things take time.
Dream higher than the sky
You never know, till you try
Dream deeper than the ocean
Moving with forward motion
Shine like a star
and you will go far
All our dreams can came true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours. – Les Brown
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort. – Jesse Owens
I agree with the author’s premise. There are many situations we cannot change in our life. However, our attitude has a huge impact on our emotions and how we deal with those uncontrollable events.
The book contains numerous examples of people who are satisfied with their life situations, even though they are suffering from grief, life threatening illnesses, and other tragic events. Their stories demonstrated practical applications for each of the lessons taught in this book.
We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can change our life by living out the following attitudes: gratitude, confidence, perseverance, open-mindedness, faith, commitment, hope, compassion, determination, humility, joy, trust, and ownership.
Be the best you, you can be.
I give this book mixed reviews. At times, I was rolling my eyes and thinking this man is crazy. However, I also nodded my head and thought I could benefit from what he is saying.
Here are a few ideas from the book that I liked:
- To achieve your goals, to be great at something, takes ambition and sacrifice.
- Don’t blame others. Take responsibility for yourself.
- Whatever you’re doing, do your best.
- Don’t promise what you can’t deliver.
- Failure is a precursor of success.
- Don’t be afraid of silly ideas.
- Seek your inspiration from unexpected sources.
- Don’t follow fashion, be original.
In Matthew 20:26-28, Jesus was telling his disciples how to be great in His kingdom. Jesus defines greatness and leadership in a way that is contrary to what we normally see in the world.
According to Jesus, having power or privilege is not what makes you great. Being able to force others to obey you and serve you, does not make you great.
What makes a person great in the Kingdom of God? Jesus tells us that to be great, to be a leader in His Kingdom, we must be willing to serve. We must also have an attitude of humility.
It’s our willingness to humble ourselves and serve others that will make us great people and great leaders in this world and in the Kingdom of God.