Three Potentially Powerful Phrases

Author Steven Cribbs    Category Leadership     Tags

Every so often I come across phrases that are inspiring and empowering. They are the sort of phrases that you believe can help you live your life better or accomplish great things if you can just hold on to them long enough for them to become part of who you are.  They are phrases that change the way that you look at life and the world around you.

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Today, within the span of an hour, I was presented with three of these potentially powerful phrases.

The first two phrases came from a Catalyst interview with Bob Goff featured on this Catalyst Podcast. The third phrase came from this blog post by Michael Hyatt.

Secretly Incredible

Every time Jesus did something cool, he seemed to give the instruction to tell no one. What if you came up with a great mission but told no one. Instead of trying to put a bunch of marketing spin on things to make the mission look bigger or cooler or to make yourself look bigger or cooler, you just do it and do it well.

Do cool stuff, not to gain attention for yourself or to make Jesus think your swell (Bob’s words), but to truly make a difference. Do something secretly incredible.

Strategic Whimsy

This is the “what if we change things up a bit” perspective. Imagine doing something that others may think to be a little ridiculous. Although, it is likely something that others wish they could do and wish they would have thought of.

Think outside the box! Get out of the rut. Enjoy things. Help others to enjoy things. Put yourself in a place to be inspired.

Bob Goff’s example is an office at Tom Sawyer Island in Disney Land (meeting with a lawyer and meeting with the chief justice of the Uganda Supreme Court – while he wore Mickey Mouse Ears). How cool is that?!

Play Full Out

Whatever you do, whether it is something thrilling or something boring, something potentially life-changing or something simply required, give it everything you have. You never know what may come from what you encounter each day. You may learn something new, you may start a new influential relationship, you may strengthen an area of your life, you may enjoy a memorable moment with your family, you may encounter a life changing opportunity. However, if you hold back your best, you may miss out.

As Michael writes, playing full out brings three significant benefits: you bring out the best in others, you maximize your own learning experience, you create the possibility of transformation.

Don’t be left holding the bag – play full out.

Now think about it for a minute…as a leader – whether it is in personal leadership, in leading your family, or in leading an organization – what kind of difference could these three phrase make?  Potentially powerful phrases…should you choose to use them.

Question: What are the inspiring and powerful phrases that you live by? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

9 Comments to “Three Potentially Powerful Phrases”

  • Jeff Randleman May 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve been really convited by the third one, Playing full out. Haven’t heard the first two before. Thanks for “introducing” me…

    • Steven Cribbs May 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      I’ve been listening to Catalyst podcasts for awhile now – great drive-time activity. I did not know the name Bob Goff; but, that was the podcast geared up for this morning. Now, I’m a fan. Seems like one of those guys you would love to have as a mentor!

  • Brandon May 5, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Great stuff! I would say I like the phrase “Awkwardly awesome!”. Jesus made things awkward sometimes, and we should not afraid of that…

    • Steven Cribbs May 5, 2011 at 9:48 am

      I like that one…not being afraid of things looking different…plus, it makes me feel better since awkward is such a natural state for me 🙂

      • Brandon May 5, 2011 at 11:43 am

        It is for me to…I make it work though! haha.

  • TNeal May 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    First of all, I like “Secretly Incredible.” That’s a wonderful perspective on one’s life and work.

    Secondly, in answer to your question, I found “The Traveler’s Gift” packed with seven powerful statements. My current favorite is “I have a decided heart. My destiny is assured.”

    Good post.–Tom

    • Steven Cribbs May 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      I’ve heard that “The Traveler’s Gift” is really good. I haven’t gotten that one yet; but, I am about to read one of Mr. Andrews’ other books. I have both “The Noticer” and “The Final Summit” waiting for me.

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