Archives For Personal Growth

There is an action (circumstance), a reaction and an outcome.

Circumstance + reaction = outcome

We often cannot control circumstances. There is a fire and we lose valuable information. The government passes a law that negatively affects our business. We’re supposed to meet a client and our car breaks down on the way.

But we can control our reaction to the circumstance and it is our reaction that will determine the ultimate outcome. Will the outcome be beneficial or will it make us bitter?

Our focus should be on a proper reaction not on the circumstance.

I believe God made us interdependent. We need one another to enjoy life and success to it’s fullest.

You are the sum total of what others think of you. That’s why it’s important to be around people who encourage you, believe in you and recognize your worth before God.

You believe about yourself what others believe about you. You need someone to believe in you to succeed.

Here are five things you can do to live your dreams and reach your potential.

Clarity Saves Time

April 18, 2013 — Leave a comment

“The best way to make right choices is to know where your going, know why you want to go there and know what you need to do to get there.”

Why do we spend so much time doing the things that matter little to us? Why do we involve ourselves in so many activities which do not help us achieve our goals or fulfill our purpose?

“The most important single reason is being unclear about our values and our goals.” Gilian Butler of Managing Your Mind

The Power of Alignment

February 21, 2013 — Leave a comment

When your passions, roles and skills line up, you enter into an area of peace and joy not experienced before.

Most people in America are not in alignment. Their roles (what they do on a day to day basis) do not match their passions and dreams. Doing what you love enables you to work harder but feel like you’re doing less.

But often you can’t immediately step into your passion There is a thing I call the process.

Trusting In God Doesn’t mean we don’t work hard In Our Business

 There’s God’s part and there’s our part.

Trusting in God and not leaning on our own understanding or strength doesn’t mean we sit back and just wait for things to happen.  The Proverbs tells us, “He who has a lazy hand will become poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” 10:4

Another proverb says this “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.” 12:24 We are not to be afraid of hard work in fact we are to embrace it.

The Marketing Mindset

September 22, 2012 — Leave a comment

Having the correct mindset is crucial to business success. Every action is preceded by a thought. This seems a fundamental idea but too often we blame our actions on  . . . “I didn’t think about that.”

Actually you did think about it whether it be subconscious or conscious you thought before you acted. The important thing is to program your thoughts ahead of time so that when situations arise you think correctly and therefore you’ll act correctly.

You do what you do and say what you say because of your thought patterns. Change your thinking and you’ll change your actions and words.

Battling procrastination

 Sometimes it’s the overwhelming picture of what we need to get done that causes us freeze up. Here are some simple steps to help you overcome that problem.

1. Take your big project and break it down into 5 to 10 minutes tasks, choose a task and do it right now. Often doing something simple and easy will motivate us to keep moving and before you know it, you’re half way there.

2. Learn how to make the pain of inaction greater than the pain of action. Visualize the pleasure and satisfaction of accomplishing the task that is intimidating you. How will you feel once it is done?

What keeps us from taking action?

 Some people are just lazy so they never get around to doing what they know they need to do. “The lazy desires and yet has nothing”. (Proverbs 13:4) But in the business world, as far as owners go, this is a rare condition.

Another more common condition is they are too busy to take action. You can be too busy doing so many urgent tasks that you don’t take action on the important tasks that will have the greatest impact on your business.

We need to learn how to set priorities and say NO to many things so we can do the most important things.

Another common reason for inaction

The business owner must know how to hear

Jesus gave us the parable of the sower, found in Mark 4, to impress upon us the importance of how we are to hear.

Jesus said take heed how you hear. He didn’t say be careful what you hear, although that’s important, but how you hear is more important than what you hear.

The four hearers:
1. The “no” hearer, hearer
2. The excited hearer
3. The distracted hearer
4. The focused hearer.

To make no decision is to make a decision, to make no decision is to let others decide your plans and future.

If you make no decision about promoting your business than you’ve made the decision to not grow. If you make no decision to change bad habits than you’ve decided to remain as you are.

No decision is a decision and most of the time it’s not good.

A decision is a powerful tool.

What will you decide today about your business?