Former pastor, author, and leadership guru John C. Maxwell’s speech was one of my two anticipated highlights of the Seize the Day event. His speech was entitled, “Living On the Next Level Up.”
Some people are dead, but they just haven’t made it official. They’re breathing, but they’re not really living.
To live on the next level up, you have to take into account the three “A”s:
- Adding value (becoming a giver, not a taker)
- Assessment (making it count)
Take responsibility for your attitude today. Some adults blame others for their bad attitude. It’s not what happens to me, but what happens in me, that makes all the difference. (John told a story where his wife of 41 years, Barbara, explained that it wasn’t up to him to make her happy, and that her happiness was her own responsibility). Your attitude is a decision.
Add value to people every day. That’s how you gain influence. (John explained that he didn’t see the point of using Twitter at first, but now he tweets quotes and inspirational thoughts that can help others. He also now blogs about leadership.)
Why should we add value to people every day?
- Because we value people.
- To make yourself more valuable. You should want to keep growing–don’t say the same stuff for 15 years.
- We should know and relate to what others value. Leaders listen, they learn, and they lead. They take their cues from what they listened to.
Take assessment of your life. Live each day as if it were your last day. (He read a long quote from Apple founder Steve Jobs after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.) Embarrassment, failure, and thinking you have something to lose — all of these things fall away when you consider that you could die any day.
Do you have a bucket list? (Things you want to do before you die.) Make a life list of things you want to do every day. Your potential is God’s gift to you, and what you do with it is your gift to God.
John’s closing thought: I can make a difference by myself, but I can make a bigger difference with a team of people who want to make a difference.