Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How to Win at Anything | The Simple Answer

Over the last several months, I have written a number of posts on the subject of winning. Some of these posts have been more complex than others, but today, I have some cliff notes regarding winning in the various areas of your life. Here is the really short, simple answer for winning:

ADD VALUE to every pursuit and every relationship
  1. with your business clients.
  2. in your job.
  3. in your ministry.
  4. in your marriage.
  5. with your children.
  6. in your friendships.
  7. in your professional network.
So many times, we approach our businesses, our jobs, and our relationships thinking what can I GET out of this. Can I GET more money, more knowledge, more contacts, more appreciation, more help, more love?

Instead, why not approach these pursuits and these relationships by seeking what you can ADD to them. The more we can GIVE of ourselves, the more we will receive. It's one of those strange paradoxes in life. If you want more, if you want to achieve more, you need to get out there and GIVE more.

As you add more value to organizations, business, and people, be sure to add both real value and perceived value. So, what's the difference between the two?

Real Value = actually making a difference in an organization or person.

Perceived Value = the person or organization recognizes that you are making a difference.

Adding value anonymously is a noble cause, but you will never reap the benefits of adding value. I realize that this sounds self-serving, and at some level it probably is, but if you have a desire to win and achieve great things in your life, people need to see and feel the value you are adding.

Give and it will 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).

In everything I [the Apostle Paul] did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: "It is more blessed to give than receive." (Acts 20:35).

In what ways can you go out today and demonstrate real and perceived value in your work and relationships? Go out and give of yourself today!

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