Coach John Wooden has his Pyramid of Success with so many great ideas and success principles and there is a reason why Coach John Wooden says this is the most important traits of his Pyramid of Success. It reminds me of the saying that says it's a long road to the top and a short drop to the bottom. Self Control in all aspects of life is important and it's important for us to take ownership of this as we are the only ones that control it in our own lives. When you look around, it's easy to see how this is a trait that many people simply don't have. It's something that I know I need to work on in my life, every day. That last quote is HUGE - "Control yourself so others wont' have to do it for you." Nothing worse than choosing to give control away to others by not taking ownership for it ourselves. There is nobody else that can have your best interests in mind (and heart) compared to you doing it for yourself. Again - this is something I need to work on each and every day for myself.
I found two great examples of words affecting others. This is something that is so vitally important to to take with us in our everyday lives. I got to thinking about our words - they are in written from, spoken to others and finally they are thoughts in our own heads too. Each of these is very powerful in what they can do to ourselves and others.
This first example is a very powerful and short video with such a powerful message. Check this video out HERE. This man is sitting with a sign and people are going about their daily business, not paying too much attention to him. Well, that all changes when a lady comes along and makes a HUGE change that helps this guy out in an amazing way. (I'm not going to give it away, it's something you need to watch to see it for yourself.) I always feel like I need to work harder at being a better person (which I do even if I don't watch this video). I have so much work to do with this and I want to pride myself every day to be better.
Secondly - this podcast from Oprah, this is a must listen to. In fact, there are 2 parts. So after you are done listening to part 1, make sure you get connected to part 2 as well. Both of these podcast episodes are 2 of my all-time favorites. Dr. Maya Angelou is a very powerful difference maker and she shares some HUGE ideas about how important words are not only for others, but also for ourselves. The information that she has in parts 1 and 2, are simply PURE GOLD! Make sure you check out both episodes.
All that I know is that words are powerful difference makers. I've seen the difference they can make for ourselves and others - words that are thoughts, words that are spoken, and for sure words that are written. Seeing that we speak all the time - it's important to see how to do it well and to also pick up any tips we can for making a huge difference throughout life for us. I would love to have a conversation about this or other topics that that you have some ideas about.
I have been an educator for almost 31 years. It's about time I start sharing lessons that I have learned so that I can help others. I'm into Leadership, Teaching, Coaching Basketball, and being a Difference Maker. Coffee helps me do that :-)