The Champion’s Brew is a weekly assembly of material I am reading, listening to, watching, or thinking about that is designed to equip and call you to uncommon leadership.  I often add my own little spin based on my takeaways and would love your input as well.  Any of the points especially impact you?  Drop me a note at john@growingchampions.net, or comment on the blog to keep the conversation going!  I believe you will discover that the format is not only useful, but also that you can consume it within the time it takes you to enjoy your daily ‘brew’!  Become a member of the Champions Brew Nation by subscribing here!!

Here is your weekly drink of what I have been reading, listening to or watching to equip  me to:

  • Be an Encourager and Love always:  Last Saturday I was ‘reminded’ twice that I need to write more.  Do you ever get the feeling that someone is talking to you?  I received an email from Andy Andrews who proclaimed that it was National Send a Card to a Friend Week.  Then, I read the John Maxwell Daily Reader as part of my morning ritual and the title of that day’s reading was “Write a Note of Encouragement.”  No doubt someone was talking to me.  Are you a card writer? When I receive a handwritten card in the mail, I so appreciate that the person who sent it took the time to think of me.

Have you really stopped to think about the power of a handwritten note in the lives of others?  I am not talking about an email or a text message.  I am talking about a ball point pen, a note card, and a stamp.  A handwritten note might spark a wonderful career.  Maxwell’s post told a story of the 19th century poet Walt Whitman who was struggling to get people to notice his poetry when he received a note that said “Dear sir.  I am not blind to the wonderful gift of Leaves of Grass.  I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed.  I greet you at the beginning of a great career.”  It was signed by Walt Whitman

So, here are the resources you need:

  • Pen – $0.16
  • Note card – $0.33
  • Stamp – $0.58
  • 5 minutes of your time – priceless!

Why is it so difficult to take the two to three minutes necessary to hand write a note to someone and let them know you care? I admit, I am guilty of the email/text message excuse! But, a personal note….with a REAL STAMP (not a machine stamp!)…now that can have  a lasting impact. I am willing to bet that you all have handwritten notes you received from someone that when you find them in the drawer, you read them again, and it brings a smile to your face.

The power in the ‘tip’ of a ball point pen has the potential to leave a seismic impact.

  • Quote: “Written encouragement comes directly from the heart, uninterrupted and uninhibited.  That’s why it is so powerful.”  – David Jeremiah

What you need to do:

Call to Action:  So, are you willing to INVEST $1.07 to change someone’s world?! Who has had an impact on your life? Let them know. This week’s Brew was only one item so I am giving you a few minutes back as you finish your coffee.  WRITE them an encouraging note…. Today… now.

Let’s continue the conversation.  Email me at john@growingchampions.net or comment on the blog.

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Until next time, go and Grow Champions!

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To become Champion leader, we have to be on a continuous improvement journey for ourselves and others.  We have to be able to take advantage of the precious seconds that we have each day.  
 
There are things that I come across each week that help me, inspire me, relax me, motivate me, and are sometimes are just funny that I want to share with you so that you can smile more, build faith, think positively, network well, exercise often, eat healthy, and grow daily.
 

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