“What’s the single most important thing you do as a leader?” – Stay Encouraged. Ray Johnston states that the “greatest gift you or I can give anyone is hope.” He shares a quote, “Some wise person once said that we can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air-but not a single second without hope.” I have found this so true in my own life, whenever I have had hope and believed God for a way out, a door has always opened. If you are feeling low on hope, it doesn’t take much to turn your situation around as Ray informs us “just 10 percent more hope is enough to launch you in a new and better orbit.” Ray Johnston demonstrates that “hope is the most important, because when you have hope, anything is possible.” He covers what he calls “The Seven”, seven different factors, that when they are present in your life, “they cause hope to thrive.”
Factor 1: Recharge Your Batteries Nobody does well running on empty.
Factor 2: Raise Your Expectations You don’t get what you deserve; you get what you expect.
Factor 3: Refocus on the Future It’s time to throw away your rearview mirror. No one goes forward well when they are looking back.
Factor 4: Play to Your Strengths Be yourself; everyone else is taken.
Factor 5: Refuse to Go It Alone Never underestimate the power of support. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.
Factor 6: Replace Burnout with Balance Burning the candle at both ends isn’t as bright as you think.
Factor 7: Play Great Defense Avoid these five toxic hope killers that can threaten your future.
Personally, whenever I read a book of this nature, I like to take out my highlighter and add colour to my book wherever I find an awesome quote or passage. Let me tell you, this book is filled with them! Ranging from the five relationships we all need to how to unleashing hope in your marriage; this book has so much hope-filled information it is amazing!