To Build Your Inner Culture Into A Culture Of Greatness
Possess high aspirations and a desire to win: Cultivate a high
performance mindset where good is never good enough. Always push to go
farther, better, faster. In your mind you must develop the attitude you
are not content with short term goals and short term performance. Start
today to build something truly special and lasting.
Know who you are: Know how you think and why you think as you do. Know
what you think in both your conscious and subconscious mind. Work to
change the kind of thinking causing you to settle for anything but
External focus: People who live successful high performance lives with a
successful inner culture focus their energies externally on delighting
others, being cooperative, servicing the needs of others from a position
of strength rather than from a position of weakness. Successful high
performers care for the community of persons in which the person lives.
Don’t get caught up in playing games to gain advantage at a cost to
others. Don't spend time thinking about yourself, feeling sorry for
yourself, or focusing your mental energies on yourself.
Act like you own your life: The only person who can own your life is
you. No matter what circumstances may come at you, you are the owner. As
the owner, avoid self-destructive behaviors. Take personal
responsibility for your overall performance. Own up to the end result of
your actions. When your actions fall short, own up, and implement new
actions. Find out what actions you have taken that were not sufficient.
Then you must take measures to replace insufficient actions with
sufficient behaviors. Strive to do the right thing all the time in every
Always be ready to take action: Become impatient to get things done.
Become a doer rather than a talker. Keep an eye on where the value is in
every decision and every action. Always strive to enhance every moment.
Never slack off.
Build your own potentialities support group. In the early part of the
twentieth century, famed self-help writer Napoleon Hill recommended
persons build what he called "Master Mind" groups. Individuals
who team up with others to build a winning life end up winners. Winning
people who possess a winning inner culture encourage others to be
themselves and help others develop to their fullest potential. Likewise,
being in a group of likeminded people who encourage each other in
supportive ways brings us the ability to reach out for and attain our
fullest potential. To have an inner winning culture means we must work
together for shared goals, be open to others ideas, and work out
differences for a common good while still maintaining our uniqueness.
Go all out all the time with passion and energy: We must not hold back
if we want to win. If we hold back we lose. We must go from doing what
is adequate to doing what is exceptional in every moment in every
endeavor. When we go from doing what is adequate to doing what is
exceptional we give others the opportunity to participate in our
where you are going. If you don't know where you are going, you will end
up going nowhere.
the location of the goal line. If you do not know where the goal line is
located, you have no game.
ahead. If you try to take life as it comes, life will take you down. Use
your power of intelligence and consider the consequences of your
actions. Plan to generate good consequences as a result of your actions.
a playbook. Develop a series of "plays" or strategies to win.
Without a playbook or set of strategies, you have little chance of
winning by chance.
You need other people in your life. You could survive on your own for a
time but if you were the only person on earth, when you die then human
life on earth dies with you. You need others. Others need you.
You need to know what equipment (mental, physical, emotional, and
spiritual) you have and what equipment you need. Old outdated equipment
must be replaced.
Strategies: You need a written strategy to win
You need visible, tangible, measurable, written goals.
Victories: You need to score small victories every time the opportunity
Plans: You need a backup plan in case things go wrong.
You need outside experts for some issues, problems, or unfilled needs.
You need to organize and manage the various parts of life.
You need to sell yourself, sell your plans, sell your ideas, sell your
concepts, and sell your strategies
and Preparation: You need to practice and prepare for the future
You need to know the rules. You need to follow the rules
Location: You need to know your present location or where you are
You need a way of measuring your progress. Use a yardstick of some kind
to measure your progress.
Honesty: Be honest with yourself, with others, and with God
Use outside resources, get help, reach up
and Potentialities: Know your limitations, your strengths, and your
and Defense: Use an offense and a defense: In life, you have to play
both sides of the ball.
Admit your mistakes, your failings, and your weaknesses
Seek, Ask, Knock
Clean up your past by owning up to what you have done and to the
mistakes you have made, then make apologies to the people you've hurt.
Broken Past: Burn your broken past and scatter the ashes. Then start
Do a quick fix on all habits. Fix mistakes immediately.
Pray as often as possible.
Build others first.
Improve yourself. Improve your character, your life, your relationships,
your job skills, your spirit…improve your game every day.
Maintain an unmoving faith in God.
This message was presented in
March 2012 as the Virtual Church message in
Shepherd's Care Ministries virtual church site at http://www.findthepower.com