Be a Class Act

imagesCommit to being a class act and watch success follow!

Last night, I was having dinner with some new friends, when I discovered that I had known one of their fathers years ago.  My first, immediate response was to say, “He was a class act!”

This morning I opened my newspaper and read Harvey Mackay’s column where he challenged his readers to be a class act! That’s more than a coincidence!

Here is what he said, “Having class involves good manners, politeness, pride without showboating, empathy, humility and an abundance of self-control. The actions of classy people speak louder than words.  You can see it in their body language and the way they carry themselves. Class always shows without being announced.”

If you have class, you don’t need much of anything else to be a winner.  If you don’t have it, no matter what you do, it won’t make up the difference.  Class comes from within, not from external sources.”

Then he shares an acronym to show us what a class act is (with a few additional comments):
C is for calm, courteous and in control. (Stay calm under pressure and don’t ever lose your temper. Practice good manners.  Don’t use crude language or criticize or complain in public,  Don’t interrupt others)

L is for living by high standards. (Set good goals and then go for it.  Be willing to leave your comfort level. Be willing to grow up and change)

A is for above it all. (Take the high road and refuse to stoop to the level of your adversaries. Watch the words you use)

S is for self-respect and respect for others. (Don’t gossip or say mean or petty things about others, rather encourage and appreciate others)

S is for self-confidence without being arrogant. (Don’t whine or make excuses.  Push yourself to be all that you can be)

 

A is for accountability. (Never blame others for your failures)

C-is for compassion. (This is a vital part of a class act, it constantly asks, “How can I help you?”

T-is for trust. (Truthfulness and integrity are the basis for trust, the most important word in ministry)

Then he advises:
“Do fewer things, but do them with excellence. Change your behavior for the better. Raise the quality of your attitude.
When you have a higher level of personal standards, you get better treatment from everyone around you.”

Not a bad goal…to be known as a ‘class act’!

About

Dr. Ron Cline helps build the body of Christ around the world. His background as a pastor, educator, counselor, missionary and author gives him credibility and rapport with the many groups and individuals he and his wife, Barbara, minister to in various countries each year. After 7 years of pastoral ministry in Southern California, and ten years as the Dean at Azusa Pacific University, the Clines’ international service began in 1976 as a short-term opportunity when he agreed to pastor the English Fellowship Church in Quito, Ecuador for two years. Those two years stretched into six years. Following that he served as the president of HCJB World Radio, also in Ecuador, for 20 years. HCJB Global, now Reach Beyond, has media, health care, community and/or leadership development ministries in Latin America, Europe, Russia, North Africa/Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia Pacific. Ron and Barb currently serve as Global Ambassadors with Reach Beyond and live in Southern California after living 30 years abroad. They travel from Southern California throughout the world. For the last ten years they have been encouraging, coaching and working with leaders in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Mongolia, India, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Solomon Islands, Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, America Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Central Asia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Ecuador, Russia, Malawi, Ivory Coast and South Africa.

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