In 1922, Henry Ford released My Life And Work. In the introduction of the book, he discusses four principles of service that his institution provides. Ford explains how these principles were created, developed and applied in the next 19 chapters of the book.
An important tool that everyone needs to become successful is a blueprint or a plan. You could call this a diagram, schematic, or instruction manual. This outline helps you get from where you are to where you want to be. The coach helps you with this by first listening and then creating a conversation that gets you from A to B.
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.