“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.” – Colossians 4:5
Have you ever made a bad first impression?
I have. And, I’m still too embarrassed to write what I did. One day I will, but not today.
When I worked in Corporate America, Franklin Covey time management products and seminars were all the rave. While in management, the companies I worked for purchased me one of the expensive planners each year. When I started consulting, I set money aside to buy the system on my own. I made such good use of the tool, on more than one occasion my planner was subpoenaed to court.
Back to first impressions and making the most of every opportunity
No matter how well I kept notes or “managed” my time, if I didn’t show up with the right attitude or didn’t do the necessary work, I couldn’t be successful. Because of this, many times I wasn’t successful.
People matter. How you act towards others matter. If you do great work but your team can’t stand you, how will you reach your deadlines? If you treat your spouse poorly, how will your marriage be blessed? If you are not kind to your children, how will they treat you when you are old?
We spend our days going through the motions and checking off the tasks on our “to do” lists but are we really making the most of every opportunity. Yes, you must grocery shop and go to work but are you being kind to the people you meet? Are you placing yourself in the position to receive others well and the be received well by others?