Hang In There
Nicolo Paganini was a well-known and gifted nineteenth century violinist. He was also well known as a great showman with a quick sense of humor. His most memorable concert was in Italy with a full orchestra. He was performing before a packed house and his technique was incredible, his tone was fantastic, and his audience dearly loved him. Toward the end of his concert, Paganini was astounding his audience with an unbelievable composition when suddenly one string on his violin snapped and hung limply from his instrument. Paganini frowned briefly, shook his head, and continued to play, improvising beautifully.
Then to everyone's surprise, a second string broke. And shortly thereafter, a third. Almost like a slapstick comedy, Paganini stood there with three strings dangling from his Stradivarius. But instead of leaving the stage, Paganini stood his ground and calmly completed the difficult number on the one remaining string.
One of the wonderful by-products of high self-esteem is that you become a "Peak Performer."
Every day you become more aware of your abilities and recognize that opportunities to stretch your capabilities are limitless. You desire change, growth, and challenge, and a healthy self-esteem provides the energy.
Peak performers have more than goals, they have a vision of what their life will mean to themselves and others. Peak performers do not live in the future. Peak performers make sure each step taken in the present keeps them on the road toward their life goal.
Peak Performers Can Say:
I am motivated and have a mission with realistic and measurable goals.
I accept complete responsibility for everything I think, say, feel, and do.
I look for the window of opportunity in every situation and know that I will learn from every experience if I choose.
I always help others to do their best, and I encourage everyone to contribute something.
I correct my course when I reach an obstacle. This way, when things go wrong, I am still headed in the right direction.
I expect and appreciate change. It does not overwhelm me because I am prepared.
I stand up for my own opinions and values and respect others.
I am able to manage myself. I do not require instruction every step of the way.
I am not afraid of making mistakes or of taking reasonable risks.
I am my own coach. I engage in positive self-talk and rehearsal.
I am a life-long student. I am always ready to learn, and I know growth takes sustained effort.
I know myself well and still expect to find hidden talents, resources, strengths, weaknesses, energy, and interests.
I respect reality both pleasant and painful.
I engage in self-confrontation and do not blame others.
I readily forgive others and myself and correct mistakes when possible.
I am patient, kind, gentle, and compassionate with myself.
I have no need to prove I am better or worse than anybody else.
Leadership is influence.
John C. Maxwell
All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents
John F. Kennedy
All things come to him who goes after them
An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body
General George Patton
An easy task becomes difficult when you do it with reluctance
An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of a revelation
You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out.
Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Harry S. Truman
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.
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