Dear Windermere Friends,
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize….I do not run like a man running aimlessly…beat my body and make it my slave so that…I myself will not be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24, 26, 27
Like other organizations, Windermere has specific objectives for achievement. The only way to reach these goals is with God-given discipline. It requires making sacrifices. The Apostle Paul liked the discipline of the athlete. Notice how he describes the athlete – running to win, not aimless, disciplining his body, not disqualifying himself. What is true for the athlete is true for Windermere.
Improvement takes hard work. Whether it is the Christian walk or ministering here at Windermere we must be constantly learning and improving.
There are four elements in the process of improving and learning.
1.Knowledge – Whether by experience or by research, we have the God-given ability to know things. Learning comes from discovering better ways to do things. For several years, Windermere has used an online survey to collect the best feedback from our guests. Once a week at staff meeting we review our evaluations to see what we can learn from guests. Knowledge comes first
2.Attitude – Sometimes it is not enough to simply discover there is a better way to do something. We must believe in our hearts that this better way applies. One of Windermere’s values is that we work hard, work smart and work together. We know if we do that, we have an attitude of learning.
3.Skills – Practice makes perfect. To use Paul’s description, we must not be aimless. Windermere must acquire new skills yearly in order to improve. I can remember shooting my free throws as a junior high basketball player. My coach would only use one word. But he would use it repeatedly – practice, practice, practice. I am grateful for my directors and managers who take seriously how we can put into practice what we’ve learned.
4.Habit – A habit is action without conscious thought. Not all habits are bad. Good habits lead to improvement. Then the process begins again.
Windermere must be good at all four elements. If one element is lacking then improvement fails.
Improvement is a difficult assignment. Many times it is a slow process. Sometimes we will take two steps forward and one step backwards.
Windermere family, we will do our best to learn and improve. We will not be aimless, we will make sacrifices. Seeing lives changee is too important for us to disqualify ourselves. We will be running to win.
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Go to windermereusa.logosconnect.
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It is always a pretty day at the lake!
John W. Bailey
Office 573-346-5200 Ext. 2611