A strong CORE there is no substitute…

A strong BTL(Built To Lead) CORE gives you real strength. Just like your six pack abs strengthen your spine, a strong BTL CORE gives you the strength to walk tall. Other people and circumstances no longer define who you are. You do. A strong BTL CORE can be seen, you just gotta know what to look for. Here’s a taste of what to look for, friend.

Clarity of vision. You clearly see your way forward and are on a mission as you walk. You live on purpose and by your principles. You feel called and drawn toward a life of opus. Your magnum opus is coming. Good.

Consideration of others. You seek to understand people instead of trying to fix them. You understand not everyone shares your worldview and begin to appreciate the differences. You care deeply, listen intently, and speak ccd (clear, concise, and direct) from the heart. You choose to love people. People connect to your message. Sweet.

Consistency. You become more and more predictable. Your character is becoming more deeply engraved on your heart. You control how you respond to circumstances and other people because you choose to. You close your integrity gaps. Hard on self without getting down on self. Good.

Changing. Almost paradoxically, you are not only more consistent but also more changeable. You inspire deep change in yourself and set an example for others. You choose to change before the wake up call comes. Wise.

Confident. As you strengthen your CORE you build what the world cannot give, what money cannot buy, but what we all deeply need – a strong sense of self. You know who you are and what you want to do. As you live consistently this way you are able to authentically esteem yourself. You experience true self esteem. You begin to believe you have what it takes. So, so good because your confidence is based on competence and character. Stronger.

Community. People are attracted to real strength. Remember, mass attracts mass. You experience real community as you give to your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. You discover how to love yourself and are able to love others. You give and take care. Goodness.

Contentment. You live a great life. And, in the end, a life worth living. You are at peace with who you are. You grow distinct and stronger, choose acute suffering, endure unchosen suffering, deeply connect with a few, love more freely, and need less while somehow having more to give. You mature and slowly see the movement from self centered/other controlling to CORE centered/self controlling. You still fight for right but make more and more peace. Goodwill.

Building a strong BTL CORE, there is no substitute. You are being built to lead. Are you building your CORE? Are you building you or are you simply going with the flow, what’s popular, or what you picked up along the way? Do have a few trusted truth tellers building beside you? Please do not delegate, delay or defer the building of your CORE. You choose. Your choices have consequences.

None of us finishes the building within. All are a work in process. One of my favorite reminders is a simple prayer – God, help me. God, help me keep working on my biggest construction project this side of Heaven – building a CORE centered around You. God, help me to remember to keep working. Keep working within. Keep working. Good…

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