Day 14: 5% More

This isn't some earth-shattering "blow your mind" kind of lesson (but if I'm honest, that's how most of my posts are). However, I know that this principle has a ridiculous ROI if applied consistently.
The magic principle? Do 5% more. Some call this "Never walk past a problem." Others call this ownership.
Every day you and I have countless opportunities to do a little more. The dishes are dried in the rack? Put them away before you wet them again with your own dishes. There's a piece of trash next to you? Pick it up and throw it away. A coworker's having a rough week? Grab him/her a coffee when you stop for yours. Leave a thank you note. Top off the gas tank. Now your neighbor's lawn. And don't draw attention to your deed.
None of these are gargantuan tasks. Most of them require very little additional effort on our part. Yet the effect is profound. We slowly become the sort of person that others like to have around. We craft in ourselves a spirit of generosity. We develop an attitude of service. And others will be grateful. It's not hard, but the extra step will do wonders in strengthening a relationship, in building rapport. Not that we do these things for that specific goal. That's just gravy. The real meat and potatoes is the character development that is occurring within our own hearts and minds.

Day 12: Inadequacy

This will be short because it's late and I'm tired.
Today I was listening to The School of Greatness Episode 520. In it Lewis Howes talks to personal trainers Chris and Heidi Powell marriage and weight loss and celebrity. In the middle of it, Chris confessed that even as he was at the top of his game, he still felt like he wasn't good enough. Heidi was able to come alongside him and remind him that what made him special, valuable, and worthy wasn't what he had accomplished or what he could do. It was who he was as a person, and the lives that he had helped to transform.
All of us have days where we feel inadequate. We need to remember that our worth is not found in what we do, but in who we are.

Day 11: Choice

I was out late last night, so I didn't get to post this. 😦

Yesterday I was listening to The Dave Ramsey show (because I'm a personal finance geek) and he shared something that really struck me.

Whoever has the most options wins.

He was talking about not locking ourselves into making a bad decision about moving or working somewhere or… dating someone? But the more I've thought about this idea, the more sense it makes. For example, when you're applying for jobs and interviewing, often the business has all the power because they're the only one with choice. They have a pool of applicants that you're a part of, and that gives you little negotiating power. However, if you're also interviewing at one or two other places, and things look promising there as well, you're in a more powerful position. An interesting thought, and I'm looking forward to identifying other areas that this applies.

Day 10: Friendship

The book of Proverbs says that

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

These friends encourage and challenge and grow with you. They are open and transparent and vulnerable about their lives, deep wounds, insecurities, aspirations, and more. These are the "I'll drop anything and be there when you need me" friends. These kinds of friendship are increasingly fleeting in our world, and they are also the most valuable.
I'm so thankful that God has blessed me with such friendships. You know who you are. I hope that God is able to bless you through me as much as he uses you to bless me.