Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men.
~ John F. Kennedy
Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe.
~ Norman Vincent Peale
It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.
~ Helen Keller
It was said of Abraham Lincoln: “He prayed as if everything depended upon God, and he worked as if everything depended upon himself.” I’ve heard the same principle of success shared by other great leaders. I don’t know the beliefs of all of my readers, but I will share that I believe there is a God and a higher power we can turn to for help to have “powers equal to our tasks.” This help is there not only personally but professionally.
For Sunday, I encourage you to take some time to ponder on this higher power. Do you allow it to influence who you are and your leadership at work and in your home? Do you seek it through prayer as taught by the leaders above? There are great principles of leadership taught by religion and religious figures that are universal regardless of your specific beliefs. Think about the rise of great religions around the world. What are the principles of leadership that inspired people to believe in and follow the doctrine? This is an interesting question; one that I am constantly exploring and learning about.
Take a moment to reflect on greater truths in the universe and allow it to influence you, to humble you. As you do this, which I recommend be done at least weekly, you tend to have the right perspective as you face the next week of leadership and challenge.
Choose humility. Choose to connect with a higher power.