A Night with John C. Maxwell – Part 2 of A Successful You

John C. Maxwell

The amazing thing about being in the audience when John C. Maxwell speaks is the feeling you get that he is speaking directly to you! His second point hits home with me. According to Mr. Maxwell, “The secret of your success is what you do everyday.” He emphasized that the second point to success is growing to our maximum potential. We must spend time building upon our strength by growing in that area, daily.

This reminds me of my time as a Weight Watchers member (to be honest I think I will be a lifetime participant of this program even though I don’t actively attend a meeting)! Weight Watchers teaches you to record everything you eat. It is amazing when you track what you put in your mouth, how many calories you can toss down your gut without realizing it!

The same concept applies to Mr. Maxwell’s insistence that you must pay attention to what you do everyday to ensure your success. As I reflected on my day-to-day activities, I can honestly say there are times when I waste the opportunity to work on my success. John C. Maxwell’s statement encouraged me to reassess what I will do going forward to maximize my potential by doing the things that will be a benefit to my success.

Mr. Maxwell also said in order maximize our potential, we must be able to get along with people. We cannot become successful alone; and we cannot reach our full potential if we don’t like people. Successful people are people persons. They exhibit charm and charisma and people are drawn to them.

The final part of maximizing our potential involves managing our decisions. Maxwell told us that decision-making is overrated. Many people make decisions, but they delay in acting on them or they never implement them. This makes the decisions become bad decisions or no decision. We must manage our decisions by acting on them. Mr. Maxwell gave us a call to action: “Stop talking and start doing!” “Today matters!” Now instead of watching another episode of NCIS or Criminal Minds, I update my business plan, I write another article, I call another client, I book another appointment or I call someone to encourage them.

Carpe Diem, my friends! Here’s to our success!!!!

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  1. Great job Marlene in summarizing the speech given by John Maxwell, a master communicator. Thanks for reminding us to do the small things on a daily basis. That is why I am recommitting to writing something daily towards my book “this .. should not have happened” or to my blog at http://www.regainhope.com. You taking the time to share these two points is a reflection on your commitment towards the goals you have set for yourself.

    • Kingsley,

      Thank you for your comment. I can’t wait to read your book when you are done. You will inspire me to complete my own.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to share M! You are a Rock Star in my book.


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