I like that line! It comes from Mark Sanborn’s "The Fred Factor’" (which I have not read but is on my list of books to read this year). I first learned of this book through a John Maxwell simulcast. "Fred" is a postman who provides extraordinary service to those on his route. In fact, it is amazing the things that he has done for people. He is a carrier who provides exceptional service.
One reason why I want to read the book is the line above. "Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be exceptional." I cringe with embarrassment when I think of times that I have griped and complained about my lot in life excusing myself for this or that reason. It is so easy to blame and justify my life due to the circumstances in which I find my self. Have you ever found yourself thinking like this?
"You can’t expect much out of me. After all…
- I have money problems
- I’ve been through a divorce
- Look at the people who I work with
- I got a raw deal at work
- I’m stressed out
Contrast that to the person who says, "Nobody can prevent me from choosing to be exceptional." We depend on God for his power and strength to respond in ways that are exceptional. We rely on him to give us energy and life that we do not have (Philippians 2:12-14). After all, he is working in us so that we can respond in ways that really do reflect what we hear in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7).
- I will choose to smile at people today
- I will choose to greet people today. To say "hello" (yes, even before they do) to people who I see (not getting shook up when a few do not return the kindness).
- I will choose to serve a few people in exceptional ways.
I look forward to this year. I know that things are going to happen to me that are completly out my control.
Yet, I also know that no one is standing in the way of me being who I need to be each day.