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Bees Teach How To Develop Focus

A Busy Bee

Development of skills to maintain focus for leadership, business, ministry, or personal growth is desperately needed. Focus is important to maintaining a specific course intended to achieve a set goal. You can be as busy as a bee. However, if you do not remain focused you will not be making honey or money. I have a lesson to share with you that I learned last summer about bees and focus.

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My Wife’s Bee Pool

My wife had a pool installed last spring and before she could enjoy the water it was infested with honey bees. She is allergic to stings with some traumatic experiences when she was younger. It was kind of humorous watching the bees enjoy the pool while flopping around getting their wings wet. All Debra could do was view them at a distance wondering why she could not get in her pool. She made several calls to professionals to find out why there was a bee party at her pool. After hearing several opinions, she learned that bees will travel great distances not only for pollen, but water as well. She tried many recommended remedies to no avail and finally accepted what three of them had said. The three opinions in agreement were that the bees would leave soon and were only there because they smelled water from a new source. They finally left as it was stated. My wife was happy as she floated and flapped her wings to get them wet. She was happier and more excited than the bees were!

 

A Bee Lesson

Let me explain the lesson learned. We were told that the bees would not bother us if we were not a threat. You could even get in the water as long as you did not directly disturb them. This was even hard for me to understand because they were everywhere on the surface of the water and flying all around the pool. They said the bees would just move out-of-the-way, because all they wanted was water. We did not get into the water ourselves, but noticed when we were cleaning the pool and placing other items into the water they would just move around or fly off and later return.

Eventually, in about three weeks, they left. It happened to be true what we were told by three professionals. They were only focused on getting water back to the hive from a new water hole. They finally realized this new water hole was not a good source and left. The bees were so focused that nothing hindered them from flapping their wings in the water and taking water back to the hive. The only time they would lose focus was if they were directly threatened.

How many times do we allow things around us to distract us? We may have no control over these things and they may not directly affect us. However, we allow them to distract us to the point of not recognizing opportunities and not achieving our goals. Have you heard the phrase, ‘none of your business?’ Many times we involve ourselves with things that we have no business involving ourselves. It only tends to distract us from focusing on the business at hand. The results are disappointments that failures.

 

A Coaching Bee

A coach asks questions to direct his client inward to where the answer may already rest. Ask yourself this question. Am I fully engaged in the process of focus to reach my goal? If you are not, you will lose time that can never be recovered, not to mention opportunities that may not return to you again. Two chapters in the book ‘A Commitment to Unleash Your Leader Potential’ deal with the subject of focus.

 

The Hive Must Thrive

We all should learn from the honey bee that focus is needed for the hive or tribe to thrive. Those who follow you depend not only upon their own focus, but yours as well. How are you leading? Are you leading with unaltered focus? God has given us great lessons to learn from nature and the mentors He has placed in our lives. Focusing to develop your positive traits will increase your positive influence. As Christians, we should focus on being such godly examples that others desire a relationship with Christ. That, my friend, is the ultimate influence derived from intentional and precise focus.

We can help you with focus and with many other leader qualities. Mark your calendar to join us on August 26th for ‘A Day of Discovery.’ We will offer more details for this one-day event with multiple teleconferences as the date draws near. Just a heads up, you will need a copy of the book, ‘A Commitment to Unleash Your Leader Potential,’ to participate in this event. Save your receipt when you purchase the book!

 

By Daniel W. Evans

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How Experience and Influence Work Together

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Are you only focused on seeing the light at the end of the tunnel or do you see the light that is within you? We need to be enlightened to the treasure of potential deep within each of us. Meditate upon the simple truth in this statement. We have what it takes to be what it takes to influence our part of the world.

The book, “A Commitment to Unleash Your Leader Potential,” discusses four areas of leadership influence and breaks them down for easy identification. When the four areas of your own influence are identified it is much easier to define and refine your skills. Becoming actively involved in the Law of Reflection helps you examine your experience for clarity. Your experience will enlighten you to the truth of your skills and limitations. This knowledge equips you to identify your positive and even your negative impacts in all four areas. This process helps you become a better influencer, which in turn will grow your tribe or following.

Let’s review the definitions of the words experience and leadership to see how they jointly play a role in leadership and personal success. The word experience means knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has observed, encountered, or undergone. While the word influence means the action or process of producing effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of another or others. You should already be able to see by the definitions the importance of drawing from your experience to increase positive influence.

In addition, we can learn from these definitions that it is important to know your mentors and other close associations. What you learn from these associations will be applied to your everyday interaction with people. Whether your knowledge is innate or learned it will surface. Be careful when selecting mentors and those of your inner circles. I am a person of faith and I believe this truth, “bad company corrupts good character.” If you desire to add value to others by influencing them positively you must receive constant deposits of the same. A cardinal leadership rule of mine is what you scoop in is what you will dish out. The scooping ratio must be greater than the dishing out for you to produce satisfactory results.

Our experience is a very important element to our influence. What we experience within ourselves, among others, and through life’s circumstances is a teacher to our influence. How we interact with others is based upon our thinking and our thinking is determined by what we have learned. Let’s review the three ways of within, others and circumstances that shape our experiences, which in turn shapes our influence.

Within – How we feel, what we think and what we have learned are ingredients to how we interact to others and circumstances. They affect the inner workings of our minds. We should intentionally work at maintaining a healthy level of thinking, because our thoughts affect our emotions. Our thinking mixed with emotions determines how we react to others and circumstances. Investing in personal growth also plays an important role in gaining knowledge that can assist in the mental process of thought and emotional management. No one has the ability to read minds. However, our responses indicate what may be anchored deep within us, which if not beneficial to us will need uprooting. This is accomplished by adding positive knowledge that produces change to our inner being.

Others – The people we have positioned in our lives influences us more than we may admit. We learn from their influence. If their influence is negative based upon a lack of knowledge and bad experiences, this is what we have to glean from. We did not have a choice where we were born and to whom, but we do as we grow and develop into independent individuals. We influence people more than we realize. This is the reason we must be aware that we are impacting the lives of others. Awareness can start the process of assessments of our own experience and influence. Review the status of your mentor and inner circle relationships that is not favorable to your progress and success. Engaging to produce positive change within ourselves also helps our status of being a better influencer to others.

Circumstances – The first thing to learn about circumstances is that bad things happen to good people. If this is true, the best thing for us to do is minimize bad circumstances. The only person you have complete control over is you. That is true for us all. If circumstances is a teacher and affects my influence, then I must be the owner of my own experiences and control them and also how I remember them. It also involves perspective. Others in my life and of course, my own knowledge, help create the experiences needed to form positive influence. It is my decision to choose my associations and gain the knowledge I need to accomplish this goal. By maintaining control over my thoughts and emotions a different perspective is created. One that will help me perceive any circumstance as a teacher offering an opportunity to learn from it instead of considering it as being only a hindrance.

Always remember that your experience is a key element in determining your influence. In a world full of influences, make sure your influence is impacting your part of the world in a positive way!

By Daniel W. Evans

Definitions for the words experience and influence were taken from http://dictionary.reference.com.

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