I am sure most of you have heard of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. He is one of the more famous authors and motivational speakers of the 20th Century. He had “10 Rules” that he operated under when dealing with others. I thought it would be interesting to see how many of these you are practicing on a daily basis in ministry:
1. Learn to remember people’s names. People’s names are important to them. Forgetting a person’s nameis often taken as a sign you are not interested in them.
2. Relax and be a comfortable person to be with. Make sure it is not a tense situation being around you. No one enjoys being around uptight people.
3. Learn to be an easy-going person. Take things in stride. Don’t let little things bother you.
4. Don’t be egotistical or give the impression you know everything. Work at learning from those around you. Learn to respect other people’s opinions.
5. Be an interesting person. Be open to new things. Take on new challenges.
6. Smooth our your rough spots. Learn to be gracious, polite, and tactful.
7. Be a peacemaker. Forgive. Honestly try to correct every misunderstanding you are involved in.
8. Overlook people’s faults. Work at choosing to like others until you learn to do it naturally.
9. Boost other people. Encourage them, support them, congratulate them, and tell them WHY you appreciate them.
10. Develop spiritual depth so you have something to pass on to others. Learn to share this strength with people you meet.
So, how are you doing with Dr. Peale’s “Ten Rules”? How many have you mastered? Which don’t come naturally for you?