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I recently returned from vacation in the Orlando, Florida area. It was a great time with the wife and kids.
On one of the days, we decided to go Cocoa beach for some sun, fun, and a swim.
On our way to Cocoa Beach we passed through 4 tolls.
The first toll was $1.50. Several miles later we had another toll stop, $1.25. Another several miles later another toll for $1.00. And yet again several miles later we had the final toll stop for a $1.00.
All these toll stops were adding value to the state coffers and it was costing me some some much earned cash.
With all these toll deposits I began to wonder what daily deposits we make to those around us?
As leaders in the many areas of our lives we have the responsibility to make deposits in our employees, children, our spouse.
But it’s just not any deposit, but a deposit that truly adds value to the lives that depend on us.
Our children need parents that are investing in their lives every day. We have to give them counsel. Provide for their needs.
Employees need our daily guidance, teaching moments, and words of encouragement.
It’s going to cost us something in order to make deposits that will have long lasting impact on those that depend and look up to us.
I will cost us our time, energy , moments of frustration. But nevertheless it will cost us something.
Here are several deposits you can make daily to those under your care:
1. Time. This one is obvious and you heard it a million times. You can’t build relationships with those around you unless you spend time with them. And while you build relationships you get to know people in a more intimate basis.
2. Encouragement. Give your wife, children, employees, or a friend, a word of encouragement. It can be a “job well done” to your employee. Or to your child, “what a great drawing”. Or, “that dress looks great on you” to your wife. Whatever words of encouragement you have, let them be heard to have full impact.
3. Teach. Life is about learning something new every day. If you have children, I guarantee you, there are things yet to be learned. Train up your child. Take them to the library, or the zoo. I guarantee they will learn something new.
Question: Are you willing to pay the cost and make daily deposits?