Success Principle 55 – BE A CLASS ACT
Please listen to this quote from Paul the apostle to his son in the faith, Timothy:
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity” (1 Tim. 4:12)
In every society, there are “human benchmarks” – that is, certain individuals whose behavior becomes a model for everyone else – they are shining examples that others admire and emulate. We call these individuals “class acts.”
Strive to become the kind of person who acts with class, who becomes known as a class act, and who attracts people with class to his or her sphere of influence.
The sad truth in society today is that there don’t seem to be much class acts around as there used to be. I think everyone would agree that Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa was a class act.
But how can you differentiate yourself as a class act in a world where most people are unconscious and “unspecial”? The answer is that you have to consciously work to become free from the many fears, worries, and anxieties that diminish the imagination and ambitions of the vast majority of people and operate outside the world of conventionality in a world of expanding awareness, creativity, and accomplishment. But to do this, you need a model of class act behavior to guide your own thinking and behavior.
How do you work yourself to becoming a class act person? Simply choose to live by a higher set of standards, and watch people respond enthusiastically toward you. Soon, you’ll notice the effect that it evokes.
Have you taken a good look lately at your friends, your colleagues, your partners, clients, and contacts? Are they class acts? If not, consider that disparity as a mirror reflecting your status back to you. Make the decision now to re-create yourself as a class act, and see what kind of people you start attracting. Do fewer things, but do them better. Raise the quality of your attitude and change your behavior for the better.