David Cottrell

Monday Morning Choices

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    Give and it shall be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

    LUKE 6:38 (NIV)
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    In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
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    Three Things You Can Do to Make the Legacy Choice

    Be willing to share what you know and to mentor those looking for the pathway to success.
    The greatest gift you can give is your knowledge and experiences. Giving of yourself should come from the heart, and when this kind of giving happens, you are generously repaid for every kindness you share.
    Begin your legacy where you are—there’s always an opportunity for others to learn from you.
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    when he said, “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong…because someday in life you will have been all of these.”
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    When one door closes, another door opens; but we often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open.
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    A key element of your success is discovering and facing reality. Reality is actual, not imaginary. Make reality checks a daily habit.
    Look for truth in every situation, every relationship, every crisis, and every success. Reality checks help you identify your limits and allow you to focus on your opportunities.
    Understand that choosing reality may not always be the easiest path, but, bottom line, it will push you ahead on the road of life.
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    However, by making the reality choice, not only are you rewarded by learning more about yourself, but also you will find that dealing with obstacle after obstacle enables you to use many of these challenges to your advantage.
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    The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he’s got an abscess on his knee, or in his soul.
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    Be aware that criticism comes with success. Embrace it and learn from it.
    Accept constructive criticism as a gift. It can enlighten you to the changes you need to make to be successful.
    Acknowledge that criticism is a learning tool that teaches you lessons throughout your life.
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    Stay positive no matter what. Don’t put your self-esteem at the mercy of others. Liking who you are makes it easier to evaluate the criticism of others.
    Attempt to transform criticism that seems directed at you personally to specific behavioral issues. Personal criticism may weaken one’s resolve. Focus the criticism on your actions, not your person. Pay particularly close attention to criticism that addresses behaviors in a timely and specific manner.
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    Focus on building positive relationships with your peers, subordinates, friends, and boss. Invest time in recognizing your professional relationships. Everyone has a basic need to know that he or she is making a difference. For those making a difference in your life, take the time to write them a note and express your appreciation for their relationship.
    Become a mentor for others. People need your counsel, advice, and wisdom, so don’t keep it to yourself.
    Don’t travel with friends who desert you at the first sign of danger.
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    We all have busy schedules, but you cannot have a relationship without taking the time to make contact and nurture the relationship.
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    People want to know that you care about them. Show them you care. Take a backward glance and think of those who have made you feel special. In most cases, those people made it obvious that they cared about you. No relationship can strengthen and grow in an
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    The Carnegie study showed that 85 percent of a person’s success is determined by what the researchers called ability to deal with people and attitude.
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    Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.
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    This, too, shall pass.
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    “How can my time and energy best be used in this situation right now?”

    The obvious answer is this: “Use your energy to explore workable alternatives—so you can move to the next level.”
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    strength to fight off the inevitable attacks of negativism and fear that accompany severe adversity.
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    Communication. To conquer adversity, we have to allow others to help. Many times we struggle by ourselves, dealing with adversity when someone just a phone call away will have an answer that can move us forward. People want to help, but most of the time they have to be invited.
    Locomotion. One of the greatest dangers in facing adversity is that we panic, freeze, and stop because we perceive the roadblocks, barriers, or mountains in our lives as insurmountable. People respond better to crisis when they maximize their forward motion. We have to keep moving forward.
    Collaboration. Most challenges we face cannot be overcome alone. We should not attempt to meet adversity with no one to support us. Collaboration is about the people we take with us on our journey forward.
    Celebration. Celebration feeds our positive energy and our sense of hope. It nourishes our spirits, refreshes our attitudes, and gives
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    Chris Novak suggests that you attack adversity by doing the following:

    Affirmation. Acknowledge what is and what is not lost. It is natural in times of extreme duress to believe that everything is lost. But even in the greatest of tragedies, we have to acknowledge that we do not lose everything. The fear of moving forward is the power adversity has over us. Ultimately, we have to make the decision to move ahead.
    Expectation. Adversity attacks our vision, limits our sight, and blinds us with the challenges of the moment. After adversity attacks us, we have to make the choice to pull ourselves up, avoid the “why” trap, and move forward with positive expectations.
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