I heard Bill Hybels during the 2008 Leadership Summit talk about having life axioms. Webster Dictionary states that an axiom is “a statement generally accepted as true or a proposition regarded as a self-evident truth.”
Bill then encouraged us to write up our own axioms. Statements that have helped us gain clarity in a delicate or difficult situation. Meaningful sentences that guide us in leading, counseling or confronting. Most of them are from books that I have read or believe it or not, came from my brain! I will try to acknowledge the source whenever possible.
Allow me to share them with you. I hope to expound on each axiom when time allows.
- We have stress because of our blessings [paraphrase from a Max Lucado book which title escapes me]
- Right people in the right seats [Jim Collins-Good to Great]
- Say no to good things [a counselor that I was meeting with during a difficult time in life]
- Who will cry at your funeral? [Pat Morley-Man in the Mirror]
- We’re a team!
- I am a child of God – my identity is based on what God says about me in His Word and what He did for me in sending His Son to die for me. [Neil Anderson – Steps to Freedom]
- I can be considered wise by listening a lot and talking little [Proverbs 17.28 “Even a stubborn fool is thought to be wise if he keeps silent. He is considered intelligent if he keeps his lips sealed.”]
- God is still on the throne!
- Publicly praise and privately critique
- Being critical is just complaining with no solution. Critiquing is affirming the person, giving your input along with solutions and suggestions [loosely paraphrased from Bob Thune, Sr.]
- It is spiritual to say no. [same counselor as in #3]
- Down hill, no brakes, only steering [Irving Malm]
I’m sure I’ll think of a few more. For now, I’ll take one or two of the axioms and explain the circumstances behind them. Go ahead and think of your own axioms and share them with me.