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Colossians 3:15-17 – And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
On a day full of things to be THANKFUL for, I am truly THANKFUL for life’s teaching moments and learning what is truly important. I know and have seen, and honestly have been one of those people who thought happiness came through the pursuit of power, possessions, and people and did not realize that real happiness is only found within. I am so THANKFUL on this Thanksgiving for an inner peace. (more…)
In 1994, Chicago based restaurant consultant, Allen H. Kelson, wrote an article entitled, The Ten Commandments for Menu Success, referring to food menu items. Would if we applied some of those same principles to our everyday life and in our pursuit of accomplishing our dreams and goals, we had “commandments for everyday success?” Here are 5 life skills to finding success in all facets of life:
1.) Speak plainly. – Speak those things as if they are. Have said it time and time again and I thoroughly believe and live by the mantra that our thoughts become our words, our words become our actions, our actions become our habits, our habits become our character, and our character becomes our destiny. Speak destiny over your life and remove negative thoughts, destructive actions, and anything that does personify a successful character. If you do speak positive into your life, why are you surprised when everything turns out negative?
2.) Say what is important. – Learn how to separate the important stuff from the frivolous. Do not get lost or distracted in the mundane, but instead focus on and put your energy to what is truly important. If it is not growing you, it is holding you back!
3.) Describe it completely. – Write the vision and engrave it plainly on tablets, so that whoever reads it will run (takeoff). For the vision is yet for an appointed time, it hurries toward fulfillment, and will not fail. Though it may tarry, patiently wait for it, because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Describe your vision completely from inception to fruition, plainly laying out every detail so that as you continue on your journey you have a tangible blueprint to follow, mile markers to achieve, and you never lose site of the ultimate goal.
4.) Less is more. – Do not try to overdo or complicate things. Many times the road less traveled carries with it less traffic and far few more complications. Do not make things more difficult or cumbersome. “That which is less complicated is often better understood and more appreciated than what is more complicated; simplicity is preferable to complexity; brevity in communication is more effective than verbosity.” ~ Ludwig Miles van der Rohe
5.) Maintain a sense of perspective. – Everyday will not be the same nor will it turn out exactly as planned. It is vital to keep the proper perspective and remember the big picture. Just because something may not turn out as exactly expected or there may be a setback or detour in direction does not mean you have failed or it is time to scrap the whole idea. Remember, He that began a good work in you will perfect it (carry it on to completion) and remind yourself that you are just as dedicated to achieving it! Do not let perspective betray your progress or tarnish your purpose.
I recently came across an article that read, “When a man gets ready to settle down and become a provider, he doesn’t look for a strong, independent woman, but rather a woman who will allow him to provide for her.” Do you think this is true and do men feel like they are in competition with a woman if she has a successful career?
We Want to Know
Greetings We Want to Know! What a great topic and question. It seems to be an ongoing discussion on how men perceive women in power or those with high paying positions and whether or not men can realistically handle not being the bread winner or having an “inferior” career title. Let me say this first and foremost. Although women’s rights and empowerment have come a long way and we find women serving in multiple areas as CEOs, heading multi-billion corporations, high-ranking government offices, and at the forefront of major organizations, any man would and should be proud to be linked with, associated with, and/or married to such a woman.
There is a huge misconception that men marry down and women marry up. That is an ideal that at one point in time may have had some merit, but has long since been dismissed. In today’s society, both men and women are looking for equal partners (in most cases) and even if they are not equal from the onset, they at least recognize the potential to grow and build together. Most women are seeking a man who is established or at least has a goal in mind and working towards that goal, has an idea of where life his going and where he would like to be in the near future, shows stability, and is open to sharing his world. Women need and want a man to be provider and protector and assure their safety and security. Most men are looking for a woman who knows who she is and is confident in that, who is willing to lend a hand and support, who is independent enough to hold her own, yet trusting enough to allow her man to lead, and is willing an able to forge a partnership for the betterment of the couple. If anyone, either male or female, tells you they are looking for a doormat or someone who will be subservient, run as quickly as possible!
“Success is a planned outcome, not an accident. Success and mediocrity are both absolutely predictable because they follow the natural and immutable law of sowing and reaping. Simply stated, if you want to reap more rewards, you must sow more service, contribution, and value. That is the no-nonsense formula. Some of God’s blessings have prerequisites! Success in life is not based on need but on seed. So you’ve got to become good at either planting in the springtime or begging in the fall.” ~
Tom Newberry from Success Is Not an Accident: Change Your Choices; Change Your Life
Success does not happen by accident nor does it simply fall out the sky into one’s lap. Success is based on effort, work, and honestly, being prepared when opportunity presents itself. Any successful person will tell you it took years of trying, overcoming one failure after another, and continuing despite the odds or doubters. Success is the byproduct of resiliency.
Success is not something you can buy at a store, inherit, or just wake up. If you want it, you have to go get it! It begins with a mindset of “I refuse to quit or give up;” “I will not stop to achieve my goals;” “No matter what, I will not let it deter me from my destination.” As cliché as it may sound, how you think, what you think, will ultimately dictate your outcome. Can’t and won’t are not words of success, but will manifest if allowed.
What you sow is what you shall reap and sowing means planting good seed in fertile grounds and then tending to your crop. Success is not a part time or seasonal job, but a calculated journey. The next time you think it may be too much or feel you are not qualified, you are right! If you feel you are undeserving, cannot live up to it, the challenge is too great, you are right! But if you believe against all doubt, fight for your dreams, pursue with an unbridled passion, and put in maximum effort, success can and will be yours.
As the world witnessed yesterday, when preparation meets the promise, championship moments are birth! Malcolm Butler went from an unknown and undrafted free agent to Super Bowl XLIX hero. With one phenomenal play, Butler went from mediocrity to stardom. Many may think it was luck or just something that happened, but it is a great demonstration of how you when you properly prepare you are ready when the opportunity presents itself.
Moral of the story – you have to be ready whenever the chance presents itself. Life will give you a chance to become a star, but you have to be ready to take full advantage. Whatever it may be that you are seeking to accomplish, train, work, study, go above and beyond to assure that when the time comes, it is nothing new or that catches you off guard. Butler was able to make such a fantastic play because there was no hesitation. He had seen the formation before because he had studied the film; he was in position because he had put in the work; he was able to make the play because he had trained. What are you doing?
No one can predict when the moment will occur, but everyone can attest that they do not come often and when they do, if you are not ready to capitalize, you may have missed your best shot. Remember, a dream without a goal is just a wish and a vision without a plan is just a dream. You have to know where you are going and devise and work the plan to get there. Preparation is the cornerstone for progress and prosperity.
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. ~ Alexander Graham Bell
Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation. ~ Robert H. Schuller
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. ~ Arthur Ashe
As I travel on this journey called life, I find myself at a fork in the road;
One wrong turn could spell disaster, one right turn could pave the streets gold.
But is it really about rights and wrongs; Or more about lessons learned.
It’s said the journey is greater than the destination, navigating muddy waters can pose complications, but I chose to use it all as motivation.
Too many positives to let the negatives hold me back;
I was built with a purpose and a passion, the ability to overcome and succeed, I have the tools to defend against any attack.
Far from easy and the terrain is treacherous;
but I’ve never met a foe I couldn’t defeat and I’ve always been adventurous.
Excuses vs. Expectations
The day of excuses is over! If you find yourself making more excuses instead of fulfilling expectations, it is time to make a change. Excuses are only deterrents to dreams; they steal and destroy. When you expect to succeed, to win, every obstacle can be overcome and no challenge is too great. Stop looking to fail or seeking a way out. Challenges will arise, but expect to find a solution. As a man thinketh, so is he. Focus your energy on expecting to be great, expecting to win, expecting to succeed. Lose the excuses and any other drawback that is sapping your dream of its energy. You are greater than your excuses and you control your destiny. Walk bravely in your destiny with an expectation of positivity, productivity, and possibilities.
“Excuses are monuments of nothingness. They build bridges to nowhere. Those who use these tools of incompetence, seldom become anything but nothing at all.” ~ Author Unknown
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.” ~ Brian Tracy
What are you willing to sacrifice to attain your dream? What lengths are you willing to go to bring your vision to life? If money was not an issue or deterrent, what would you do for a living? Whatever that answer is for you, START DOING IT RIGHT NOW! You know your purpose and have a glimpse of the destiny ahead. Stop letting bumps destroy the dream. Pain is a good thing at times; it reminds us that we’re alive and we can overcome. Embrace the challenges, the obstacles, and the perils of life. They are temporary and they are building blocks to better your future. Whatever it is that has been ignited in your soul, take control of that fire and let it simmer. The hotter it gets, like gold, the better you shine; like a hot air balloon, the higher you rise; and like a volcano, the greater you erupt. Today is the day to become all you know you can be and to take hold of your own destiny!“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” ~ Vince Lombardi “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision – then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” ~ Audre Lorde
Success only comes through perspiration. It’s a byproduct of the effort your willing to give which is only matched by the will you have to succeed. You are what you believe you are and despite what anyone may say, any obstacles that may arise, any setbacks or difficulties, you are the captain of your destiny. Today I challenge you to challenge yourself; reach deep within and explore parts of yourself that have been dormant or you thought was nonexistent. To succeed is to overcome and you already possess every tool you need.
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