On Starting from Within

In his book, Everyday Greatness, Stephen Covey, writes that some of life’s greatest lessons suggest that we cannot attain success in life – personal, professional or in service of our community – until we first achieve success within ourselves. He writes: “The most important element we put into any goal or relationship is not what we say or what we do or what we have, but who we are.” It is the small, unseen, quiet decisions in the great leaders’ lives, when they choose to do what is right, that builds the integrity on which their lives are based.

Covey captures this everyday greatness that inspires leaders and reaffirms their commitment to their values in the words of Abraham Lincoln: “I desire to so conduct the affairs of this administration that if, at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall have at least one friend left – and that friend shall be down inside of me.”

May you remind yourself of all those quiet moments of decision that shaped your life, and rejoice in that cherished, lasting friend down inside of you, the magnificent you where it all starts.

Have a beautiful day and a fantastic week!!!

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