John F. Kennedy knew that being President of the United States was a big job, and he also believed that he could do it. When Kennedy sometimes said, “The pay is good, and I can walk to work,” was probably more humor and partial truth. I doubt good pay was what he had in mind when considering the highest office in the nation or was he?
Benjamin Franklin once said, “God helps those who help themselves.” I read that quote and remembered Jesus said that you must first remove the log from your eye before you remove the speck from your brother’s eye. When we first focus on fixing people, we are missing the key to all our problems. We need to fix ourselves first through personal growth. Rather than try and mold others to fit our lives we should focus on who we are and whom we are trying to become.
Commitment is a character strength and a value that is deeply rooted in my life. It ranks number six out of twenty-four character strengths. Citizenship, teamwork, loyalty, and duty are a few words used to describe commitment. Those who are committed to the group effort are loyal and dedicated members. They share ideas, resources and work hard towards something bigger than themselves. Individual commitment is less about themselves and more about the mission, the results, the WHY.
The 30-day kindness challenge is an attempt to reinforce acts of kindness within the daily grind. It is a focused and intentional effort to hunt for the goodness in the day. The goal is to perform an act of kindness that results in a lasting effect on a person. I encourage everyone who reads this to participate actively in this challenge.
There is no larger impact on life than hard work. When you get up until you go to bed, your decisions and effort make an impact. To work hard, you must prioritize, execute quickly and go the extra mile. Persistent, focused work enables you to do more, earn more and rise above your peers.