Wonderful post that defeats the prosperity Gospel message flooding our society…(sorry Joel Osteen and Joyce Myer)
I was on the phone with a good friend the other day. After covering important topics, like disparaging each other’s mothers and retelling semi-factual tales from our college days, our conversation turned to the mundane.
“So, how’s work going?” he asked.
For those of you who don’t know, I make money by teaching leadership skills and helping people learn to get along in corporate America. My wife says it’s all a clever disguise so I can get up in front of large groups and tell stories.
I plead the fifth.
I answered my buddy’s question with,
“Definitely feeling blessed. Last year was the best year yet for my business. And it looks like this year will be just as busy.”
The words rolled off my tongue without a second thought. Like reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or placing my usual lunch order at McDonald’s.
But it was a lie.
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I love a story that President Reagan told showing how he learned the need for decision making early in his life.
When he was a youngboy a kind aunt took him to have a pair of custom shoes made. The shoemaker asked him if he wanted his shoes to have square toes or round toes, but Reagan couldn’t seem to make up his mind.
“Come back in a day or two and let me know what you decide,” the shoemaker told him.
But Reagan didn’t go back.
When the man saw him on the street and again asked him what kind of shoes he wanted, Reagan said, “I haven’t made up my mind yet.”
“Very well,” the man responded. “Your shoes will be ready tomorrow.”
When Reagan went to pick them up, he discovered that the toe of one shoe was round and the other was square.
Reagan later said, “Looking at those shoes taught me a lesson. If you don’t make your own decisions, somebody else makes them for you.”
Are you going to decide to create positive, memorable experiences, or are you going to let first customer (or member) of the day decide for you?
Are you going to decide serve those around you, or are you going to let the people around you decide for you?
Decide to construct your character through excellent actions, and become your best self.
Remember Today: YOU MUST DECIDE!
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What is your favorite restaurant of all time?
Most likely the reason you love your favorite restaurant is not the location, building, music, environment, cost, or the wait staff. The reason most of us love our favorite restaurant is the food!
Reggie’s Barbecue and Wings in Jackson, Tennessee has been around for 29 years. It has occupied several locations in Jackson; including a shed-like structure with seating for about 10 people to one of its current locations inside a gas station in North Jackson.
The reasons Reggie’s has survived these less than desirable locations are due to two factors: A hardworking owner and award-winning food. People drive from all over West Tennessee to eat some of the best barbecue and wings money can buy.
A restaurant’s survival or failure depends mainly on the food. They may have the greatest environment, the best prices, and best looking wait staff, but if the food is below par it is only a matter of time until they close their doors.
Where you work….you are the food!
People may come in the door due to your location, they may really enjoy your environment, and they may be thrilled with your products, but they will choose to stay and come back later…because of you!
When people talk about a business, I have rarely heard anyone complain about the lighting, the carpet color, or the location.
People bank, shop, or purchase from you because you give them what they are looking for, a relationship and a smile.
Now…go upgrade your menu!
Remember today: BE TOP NOTCH FOOD!
By the way…check out Reggi’s BBQ here. (and turn down your speakers)
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…but to do right. When you have done so, the rest lies with God. -C.S. Lewis
Exercise excellence at the last thing God called you to do. He will take care of the next steps.
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