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The Difference Between A Winner & A Loser

Many of us grew up hearing the phrase, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.”  The reality is that statement isn’t totally true.  Winning does matter and we all have the deep desire to be a winner.  Everyone wants to win and everyone wants to be a winner: The business that you work for, your church, your children’s school, and even those who don’t like winners.  As much as I don’t like Kobe Bryant, I like the fact that he’s a winner.

The Difference Between A Winner & A Loser is the desire to win.  It does matter whether we win or lose and what matters are the things that we can control.  I described those two things in a previous post I had written titled, The Two Things That Leaders Can Control.

Vince Lombardi said it best when he said, “Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.”  If you want to be a winner, you have to want to win.  Larry Bird says it this way, “A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.

The Difference Between A Winner & A Loser is the habit of winning and the desire to win. Winners get in the habit of dreaming BIG, thinking BIGGER and doing what losers don’t.  If you want to be a winner… Go Win! dream BIG. think BIGGER. If you want to be a loser, sit on the sidelines, complain and make excuses why you can’t win.

The Difference Between A Winner & A Loser.

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Potential Unrealized Is Just Potential!

One of the most intriguing words to me is potential.  Potential is defined as — Capable of being but not yet in existence; latent.  Having possibility, capability, or power.  The inherent ability or capacity for growth, development, or coming into being.

I was once a young leader with a lot of potential and I had a leader that was willing to take a risk on me.  His belief in me along with my potential, allowed me to me one of the youngest Prison Wardens in the country at the age of 25.  Of course his leadership rubbed off on me and I have always loved taking risks on unproven leaders with a lot of potential.

Potential is a great thing and the ability to recognize it is an even greater thing.  The greatest problem with potential is the simple fact that “Potential Unrealized Is Just Potential!”  We all have known those individuals that we have to sadly utter these words about them, “So and So had so much potential!”

We are all made for so much more than just potential; we are made to realize our potential.  If you have potential go after it, reach for it and realize it.  If you lead someone with a lot of potential, help them to realize it; encourage them to dream BIG & think BGGER.

The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become. ~Ben Herbster

Potential Unrealized Is Just Potential!

What do you think?  Share your thoughts and experiences of people with realized and unrealized potential.

5 Characteristics Of A Next-Level Leader

There are probably a dozen different thoughts or definitions of what a Next-Level Leader is or what that word-pairing actually means.  In this post I will provide my personal definition of what a Next-Level Leader is, in addition to identifying 5 Characteristics of A Next-Level Leader.

The definition of a Next-Level Leader is this- A leader that not only elevates their personal leadership to the Next-Level, but elevates the leadership of their team members, peers and competition to the Next-Level.  They challenge those around them to dream BIG. think BIGGER

Below are the 5 Characteristics of A Next-Level Leader, Next-Level Leaders always do these things:

1.) Challenge Everything– They challenge things because they are supposed to be challenged.  They not only challenge the thoughts/methods of their leaders, but they challenge their own methodology.  They realize that their boss puts their pants on just like they do and embrace the fact that just because a person a supervisor doesn’t mean they are necessarily smarter or better leaders.  Challenging things is not about being combative, but rather raising every-one’s leadership game to the Next-Level.  It’s okay to respectfully disagree.

2.) Ask The Right Questions– They always ask the right questions… They begin sentences with “What If?, Have You Ever Thought About?, This Might Sound Crazy, but do you think we can…”  Anytime they have the opportunity to sit down with a Next-Level Leader that they desire to learn from, they have a list of questions and not a list of answers.  They take their leadership game to the Next-Level by asking the right questions.

3.) dream BIG- They are always dreaming and imagining.  Some of these dreams may seem to be a fairy-tale to some, but not to a Next-Level Leader.  A Next-Level Leader will schedule an appointment to dream, they go to Starbucks and dream, they close their office door and dream, they take a vacation alone to do nothing but dream.  They take their leadership game to the Next-Level by dreaming BIG, encouraging those around them to dream BIG, writing their dreams down and making those dreams a reality.  They dream BIG. think BIGGER.

4.) Learners They are always learning from: books, blogs, their industry, history, other industries, culture, failures, their followers, other Next-Level Leaders.  They have a mantra something like Will Rogers’ Mantra (I never met a man I didn’t like) The Next-Level “I Never Met a Man, Woman or Situation that I didn’t learn from.”  They elevate their leadership game to the next-level by realizing that learning is fundamental.

5.) Produce Next-Level Leaders– Next-Level Leaders produce Next-Level Leaders.  Next-Level Leaders contribute to the world of leadership by truly caring about those that they lead and always developing Next-Level Leaders.  They never confuse Management with Leadership.  Managers manage people and things… Next-Level Leaders produce other Next-Level Leaders.  Simply put: “If You Are Not Developing and Producing Next-Level Leaders… You Are Not A Next Level Leader.”  Next-Level leadership is not about how tall your tree can grow, but rather the type of fruit your tree can produce.

“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” ~Ralph Nader

What has been your experience working with a Next-Level Leaders?  Share your thoughts on any of these 5 Characteristics or Share your definition of a Next-Level Leader.

New & Improved

It was three years ago this month when I started this small blog with a BIG name.  I remember my first post was something about Target and it was one BIG run-on sentence.  I started off with a bootleg black background theme and after my first year I upgraded to the theme/design that you have come to know.

The number of readers here each day has gotten ridiculous, in a good way.  Each and every day there are many new people and around 3,600 of you that have subscribed.  To all of my subscribers, I want to say Thank You! Last month we had over 16,000 unique visitors, To all of my new visitors, I want to say Thank You!

I realized many months back that it was time to change my brand, look and overall feel of  I met with a local branding firm that does an amazing job of understanding each client, their brand and how that brand translates.  The company is @EightDay Studios, their slogan “CREATION may have stopped on day seven, but CREATIVITY lives on.”

So what you see today is months of assessment and implementation.   There are still some tweaks to be made over the next few weeks (some you will notice and some you will not), however It’s time to roll it out.  I did not realize the effort that went into customizing a theme and I still don’t have a clue about coding. Here are the details from the New & Improved

A couple of things that you can do:

  • You can subscribe by e-mail, unfortunately I had never previously deployed that option.  Many people don’t use RSS, so I understand this is an important feature.  Click the mail icon at the top right side of the header.
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  • If you have not set up Gravatar/Avatar image before, please do so here. This will allow you to have an image on any blog next to your comment.  You simply go here, upload the image and you are good to go on any site. Your face is much prettier than the gray image we have in place.
  • If you have linked to, let me know in the comment section and I will add you to my rotating blogroll in the sidebar.  I’m starting fresh, so be sure to share the link information and be patient.  I will be entering them one by one. 🙂
  • Check out the new and easy to read mobile version.
  • Share your thoughts and questions regarding the new design.  Share functionality observations or any bugs that you may run across.  Thanks for Reading!

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Believing Is Half Of The Battle…

Believing that you can is half of the battle… Unfortunately believing that you can’t is the wrong half of the battle.

Men often become what they believe themselves to be.  If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it.  But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning. ~Gandhi

What do you think about the importance of believing that you can?  Share your thoughts on this video?

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Do You Know How To Think?

think1I know this may sound like a rhetorical question, but go ahead and answer it anyways: Do You Know How To Think? It’s one of those questions that makes you, well… “Think!”

Recently, I was sitting down visiting with this really sharp, young, female, ministry leader that I have had the privilege of mentoring and coaching for a season.   As we were talking she posed this question:  “Scott, will you teach me how to think?”   I had to pause for a minute and before I answered I asked her to explain.

To paraphrase, her response was this: “I’m a feeler and I tend to either make decisions, not make decisions or have my overall actions affected by my feelings.  If I feel good, If I don’t believe I can do something, If I’m fired up about something, If I’m fearful of something… I respond to those situations based on how I feel rather than what I think.”  What I think she was saying is that she wanted some concrete action steps for what she thinks, without them being manipulated by her feelings.

My mantra is this: dream BIG. think BIGGER. You will see it branded all over my new blog, which will be rolled out in the next week or so.  Thinking is the next step after dreaming and is the action of making your dreams a reality.

Do You Know How To Think? In other-words, Do you know how to take your conceived thoughts and make them a practical reality?   Here are a few quick thoughts on how to operate from a thinking mindset and how to make those thoughts a reality:

  • Give your thoughts some action steps.
  • Give your thoughts some time-lines.
  • Take the time to process your thoughts and minimize your feelings.
  • Recognize that your thoughts can control your feelings “think BIGGER.”
  • Remember you are what you think you are.

French Philosopher Rene Descartes is known for “Cogito ergo sum” or “I think, therefore I am.”  I would modify his thoughts to say this “Because God thinks I am, I am.”  Let your thinking trump your feelings, learn how to think and continually refine the way you think.  dream BIG. think BIGGER.

Do You Know How To Think?

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