Have you ever one of those weeks where you did everything you could and yet you didn’t reach your goals?

Let me ask you a question.

How did you react at missing the mark?

What was the cause of you “shortcoming”?

Did you put everything into it?


Did you have the wrong goal?

Sometimes we get overly ambitious.

Sometimes we expect too much when we have too little resources.

If you only plant one apple tree is it reasonable for you to expect to look out into the horizon and see an apple orchard?

Of course not.

You didn’t plan enough seeds.

It doesn’t matter how much work you put in or how good your work was.

You could be limited by your capacity.

And if you are only using your capacity then you will always be limited by your limitations.

Until you work to influence others you will have limited potential.

How do you influence others?

You have to be a leader.

John Maxwell famously said, “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.”

If you want to be a leader, learn how to influence others.

When you influence others, you motivate them to follow your lead.

So first you must be doing something that inspires confidence.

Nothing inspires confidence more than consistency.

When you are consistent, people gain confidence in your ability to perform.

Your consistency provides stability in an uncertain world.

When you get to the end of the week and you feel a bit discouraged, ask yourself a question.

Did you give it everything you had this week?

Be objective and respectful with yourself.

Did you do the best you could have done?

If you can honestly answer yes, then you are a success.

If you gave it your all, then you have nothing to be ashamed of because you gave it everything you had.

So what if you didn’t get the results you planned on?

So what if things didn’t go as planned.

Life rarely goes as planned.

Get over it!

Move on and continue in your consistency.

Look to pat yourself on the back. You did it. Be proud of yourself.

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