Members of the Human Race do not typically favor admitting weakness; on the contrary, people tend to be defensive, frequently are in denial—unaware of what remains dormant in the heart.

Peter, right before the crucifixion of Christ, was told by the Master that he soon would deny his Lord. Did Peter stop to consider what Jesus was communicating? Did the apostle say to himself, Jesus knows me better than I know myself—I’d better reflect upon His comments and take them seriously?

No! Instead he protested:

“Although all shall be offended, yet I will not.” Mark 14:29

In the book, The Desire of Ages, we read:

In the upper chamber (Peter) had declared, “I will lay down my life for Thy sake.” Jesus had warned him that he would, that very night, deny his Savior. Now Christ repeats the warning: “Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny Me thrice.” But Peter only “spake the more vehemently, If I should die with Thee, I will not deny Thee in anywise. Likewise also said they all.” Mark 14:29, 30, 31.

In their self-confidence they denied the repeated statement of Him who knew. They were unprepared for the test; when temptation should overtake them, they would understand their own weakness.

When Peter said he would follow his Lord to prison and to death, he meant it, every word of it; but he did not know himself. Hidden in his heart were elements of evil that circumstances would fan into life. Unless he was made conscious of his danger, these would prove his eternal ruin.

The Savior saw in him a self-love and assurance that would overbear even his love for Christ. Much of infirmity, of unmortified sin, carelessness of spirit, unsanctified temper, heedlessness in entering into temptation, had been revealed in his experience.

Christ’s solemn warning was a call to heart searching. Peter needed to distrust himself, and to have a deeper faith in Christ. Had he in humility received the warning, he would have appealed to the Shepherd of the flock to keep His sheep.

When on the Sea of Galilee he was about to sink, he cried, “Lord, save me.” Matt. 14:30. Then the hand of Christ was outstretched to grasp his hand. So now if he had cried to Jesus, Save me from myself, he would have been kept.

But Peter felt that he was distrusted, and he thought it cruel. He was already offended, and he became more persistent in his self-confidence. E. G. White: The Desire of Ages.

How often do we quickly dismiss the wise counsel of those who have insights beyond our current comprehension—even taking offense when they warn us of possible dangers that could befall us if we should continue on a particular course of action?

Do we accept constructive criticism with grace, or does pride drive us to foolishly double down on our flawed reasoning?

Bear in mind I’m not referencing situations where some individuals may try, in knee-jerk fashion, to discourage us from pursuing a dream or goal.

Rather, when someone of insight shares their wise counsel, we should simply search our hearts–reflect…and be mindful of our potential shortcomings, weaknesses, prejudices and proclivities that, left unchecked, may carelessly lead us down a precarious path. When uncertain, ask God for wisdom:

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  –James 1:5

Particularly in times of stress and trial, denial and defensiveness–resulting from pride and blindness relative to our own imperfect hearts, may have disastrous consequences. The worst case scenario–eternal ruin–at best…our denial will result in less fulfilling lives, as we refuse to grow and change for the better.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. -Psalm 139:23, 24

 


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The Power of Passion

June 17, 2011

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” – Hebbel

Passion, in the context of this post, may be defined as:

  • Strong affection for an object, idea or concept
  • The object of an intense desire, ardent affection
  • Profound, fervent enthusiasm

Are you passionate in your personal and business life?

Passion often translates into success.

It has been said:

“To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” – Thomas Watson, Sr.

Passion is associated with authenticity.

When someone is communicating with enthusiasm, they convey credibility—-demonstrating that they genuinely believe what they are saying.

Passion enhances the probability that a call to action will result in change.

Whether you are a sales professional, public speaker, minister delivering a sermon, politician or someone speaking with family and friends, communicating with passion will enable you to more easily reach into your audience’s heart—-fostering action.

The more intensely we feel about an idea or goal,  the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment. – Earl Nightingale

Goal fulfillment in a world of marketing, communication and sharing ideas is intimately connected with an inspiring  call to action that results in a desired change on the part of the audience.

Closing a sale, for example, involves several steps ultimately facilitating a key action on the part of the prospect—-signing the contact.

At the end of a passionate sermon, the minister will sometimes initiate an altar call  in which those who desire to make a new spiritual commitment to the LORD are invited to come forward publicly.

“Passion is the power that drives a call to action, resulting in change.” – Traininguru

If you genuinely believe your product, service, idea or message will bring value to your audience–communicating with passionate enthusiasm will dramatically impact your listeners,  increasing the likelihood that your appeals will result in the desired action.

Possessing and exhibiting genuine passion dramatically increases one’s ability to positively influence others.

Consider the Passion Principle next time you want to get your point across to facilitate change.

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A topic that was recently featured in the Training & Development group forum on LinkedIn was “Believability” in Leadership.

One of the members of the group, who  had initiated the discussion, said:

I’m working on a model of leadership which includes ‘believability’. What does this mean to you if a person is believable. What do they say and do to make them believable?

Below* is my response:

Believability in Leadership:

Believability is aligned with credibility.  Leaders possess credibility or ‘believability’ not so much because of what they say–rather it is more about:

1), What they DO.
2). What they have DONE.
3). How they COMMUNICATE.

Armchair theorists do not necessarily possess, or project believability. Someone in the trenches–who gets RESULTS, is one who is believable. An individual who has an actual, consistent track record of accomplishments has credibility.

What is said is less important relative to being perceived as being “believable” than what is–or has been done/accomplished.

However, if what is said or communicated by the leader closely resonates with the experiences and aspirations of his/her listeners or followers, the worthiness of having belief in the leader  is  often reinforced .

If one “talks the talk” without “walking the walk,” believability–or actual credence,  is much less likely, though not impossible.

A notable exception would be an astute orator, actor, dynamic speaker or “con man” who says all the right things, simultaneously  exhibiting supportive body language, that reverberates within the hearts and minds of an audience or group of followers.

Charlatans and hypocrites have masqueraded as “believable” luminaries of one sort or another for centuries, often without any positive, tangible track record in alignment with their message–or authentic concern for the interests of their audience/followers.

In summary, the genuine Leader possessing credibility or believability is one who “has been there, done that.” An individual who happens to be an excellent communicator, who additionally possesses verifiable experience and accomplishments, is the most likely to be perceived as believable.

*Edited a few minutes after posting on LinkedIn with minor changes.

Some Additional Thoughts We must be vigilant regarding whom we trust as our leaders, particularly in the political area.  I do believe that Inspirational Leadership can be a very positive force for good in the business world, yielding  many positive, tangible results.

However, in the political spectrum, we must be especially careful when “leaders” tell us they want to initiate “fundamental transformations” in our society.

History reveals a plethora of tyrants and demagogues who, when they appeared on the scene, claimed they wanted to help the masses; many were effective in inspiring throngs and great multitudes, but their “transformational leadership” in reality solidified their own power, ultimately  leading to the bondage and slaughter of millions.

The same “credibility principles” apply when assessing a political leader: Take a look at What do they DO; what have they DONE; how they communicate.

Similarly, the fact that charlatans and hypocrites have masqueraded as “believable” luminaries of one sort or another for centuries should encourage us all to adequately scrutinize the backgrounds of those whom we elect or appoint in leadership roles, especially in the realm of government and politics.

There is no need for paranoia–nor bias, as we examine what our potential political leaders have said or done.

Due diligence minimizes risk and uncovers weaknesses that may not be apparent when staring at the outer veneer.  When we consider hiring someone for a job in sales, marketing or other business role, we check out their track record.

Especially during times of economic uncertainty, we should be most careful about whom we entrust with navigating the many challenges facing our country and the planet.  One way or the other, our selections will surely impact our lives–and the lives of our children and grandchildren.

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While I’m certainly not a big fan of being overly cautious, paranoid, nor do I envision conspiracy theories lurking around every corner, I do believe it is wise to not take anything for granted. Lest we assume all is secure as we navigate life, we should remain aware of what is going on around us…and within us.

Most people are readily alarmed and jarred into awareness when some major catastrophe suddenly touches their lives, particularly when it results in some significant, less than desirable change (an accident resulting in some permanent damage, the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, the assassination of the President of the US, etc.); however, we are often less likely to be aware of the impact of insidious, gradual changes that may be going on within or around us.

The Metaphor of the Boiling Frog comes to mind as I write these words:

The story is often told that “if you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will immediately react and do everything possible to hop out as it senses the danger of the scalding liquid,” but “if a frog is placed into a pot of tepid water that is only gradually heated over time, it will fall into a complacent stupor, not perceive the increasing temperature and eventually boil to death.”

People and nations often do not diligently pay attention to, nor perceive the potential dangers that their own weaknesses, transgressions and compromises which, left unchecked, may yield gradually over time.

As individuals, we may find ourselves in a perilous or vulnerable situation not because of one isolated mistake, but rather, from a series of gradual departures from what is best. Smoking one cigarette won’t instantly kill you (unless the room you are smoking in happens to be filled with intense gasoline fumes); but over time, smoking is detrimental to health. Compromising in one relatively small area of principle may initially appear innocuous; indulged over time, it may  gain a foothold that imperceptibly alters the fabric of our character, leading to a “fall from grace”– or worse.

Similarly, as we consider the dangers inherent in today’s world of conflict, pandemics, disasters and strife, we should not place our heads in the proverbial sand; nor should we ignore possible inappropriate,  incremental changes that may be occurring within ourselves, and approaching from within our own borders.

A former US President had expressed some ideas on this topic:

At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth … in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. – Abraham Lincoln

What are your thoughts, reader?

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