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Setting A Shining Example.
December 5, 2002.

We have been told over and over again how vitally important it is to set a good example. Regardless of whether we are at home, work, school or play, the examples we set by our actions and our statements unveils a great deal about us.

As parents, we know full well the importance of setting a good example for our children. It has been shown that your children pay more attention to what you do than what you say.

We also recognize the need for setting a good example at our workplace. Everyone achieves more in a positive working environment. A supervisor or manager who actively encourages and rewards creativity from his or her coworkers will not only foster a happy and harmonious workplace, he or she will also bring out the best from the team as well.

So what does setting a good example really mean? Does it mean we should watch what we say and do in front of others in order to set an appropriate example? No, I don’t think so. If we have to watch what we say and do, this is a clear indication that we have some work to do on the inside first.

You can become a positive role model on the outside only after you have internalized a positive role model for yourself on the inside first. Setting a good example for yourself and those around you must become almost second nature to you.

You need to know what you stand for and what you won't stand for. You'll discover that when you consistently send out a strong, positive, honest message through your actions and your words, you will never again have to be concerned about the example you are setting for others.

A winner sets high standards of excellence for his or her actions and conduct. A winner always takes the high road, never compromising his or her integrity, not even for a moment.

A winner knows the difference between right and wrong and never, ever crosses the line. There are never any so called gray areas in a winner's life, only black and white.

Most of all, winners accept total responsibility for who they are and what they do. This means excuses are left behind once and for all.

When we constantly work on improving ourselves on the inside first, we can be proud of what we look like to others on the outside.



A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.
John C. Maxwell

Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Good values are easier caught than taught.
Zig Ziglar

Honor is like a steep island without a shore: one cannot return once one is outside.
Nicholas Bouleau

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Author: Greg Hickman


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