Most people don’t lead their life, they accept their life.
People who lead their life intentionally add value to others. John C. Maxwell
One of our human needs is to feel we are significant and of value … to feel worthwhile … but how does one fill that need? Rehearsing how we perform and respond to life’s situations and circumstances in our minds is a great technique used in sports, in giving speeches or just about anything else, but it can also back fire.
Sometimes, we rehearse dreadful things happening in the future, not just positive ones. We imagine little problems growing into big problems and we worry about whether we’ll be able to handle them. Some psychologists point out that much of our anxiety centers around problems that don’t even exist yet.
John C. Maxwell, author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, focusing on leadership, says leaders lift others up. He says the difference between accepting your life and leading your life is intentionality. John believes that everything worthwhile is uphill but notes that most people have uphill hopes and downhill habits. The only way to break downhill habits is to live intentionally. People who accept the premise that everything worthwhile is uphill, are the people who live, and lead, with intentionality; thus, feeling significant, valued and worthwhile.
I heard John Maxwell speak a couple of weeks ago. One of the ways he distinguished someone who accepts their life (downhill habits) from someone who leads their life (intentionality) is that they are always adding value to others.
Here is the list of five things John Maxwell suggests doing every day, to add value to others, and ultimately to your life:
Live intentionally for excellence, by adding value to others today, tomorrow and every day and you will add significance and value to your life.