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212 Degree Principle

Raising the temperature of water by one extra degree means the difference between something that is simply very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine - a beautiful, uncomplicated metaphor that ideally should feed our every endeavor.

At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water comes STEAM. And STEAM can power a locomotive.

Take a look at these facts/quotes/definitions:

The margin for victory between an Olympic Gold Medal and no medal at all is extremely small. (In the '04 games, the margin of victories were: 1.42 sec in men's 200 meter freestyle swimming, .59 sec in women's 200 meter freestyle swimming, .71 sec men's 800m running, .13 women's 800m, 28cm men's long jump, and 11cm in women's long jump.)

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. ~George S. Patton

The average margin for victory for the past 10 years has been 1.54 seconds in Daytona racing.

 In those three statements, you see victories/successes coming out of very small margins. I noticed one morning as I was drying clothes after the cycle was complete they weren’t completely dry. So I had to run the dryer another time. As I entered my washroom, my glasses were instantly fogged up! LOL, They were foggy because of the steam coming from the dryer and the walls were wet as well. A couple weeks later, I returned only to notice how there were stains on my walls from the water on the walls due to the steam. In other words, if we operate at 212 degrees in an area(s) of our lives, we can leave our mark somewhere or with someone; in our office, our organization, with our families, or in our church!

What areas in our lives can we take it up to the 212th Degree? Promise yourself to operate with a 212 degree attitude and Perspective from here on out in that area(s) in your life.

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