What do you do when what you been doing hasn’t worked as well as you planned? The bible says that A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9) Sometimes our plans don’t come through the way we planned. Does that mean you give up? Of course not. It means that you try another way. In 2015 I made my plans and some of them became a reality. One was that I wanted to make healthier friends. I really did accomplish that goal. I love the new friends I have! If you follow me or are my friend on Facebook earlier today I did an appreciation post on some of them. Sometimes you have to change who you are friends with. In Girl Scouts as a child I learned the song “Make New Friends.” The words to this song are:
“Make new friends,
But keep the old.
One is silver and the other’s gold.”
Both are very valuable. But sometimes you have to let go of friends that really aren’t your friends. Those are the one that are nicknamed “crabs.” These are the ones who will drag you down and keep you down. They have a problem with anyone who better’s themselves. If you have anyone in your life that is that way, do yourself a favor, and get rid of them. You deserve better.
But another goal I set was to get to a certain level in my business. That goal wasn’t reached. But I’m now revising how I can make that goal become a reality in this coming year. I’m getting help from some of my leaders, one who is a new friend also. I’m continuing to pray. And with the new plans I’m not doubting that I will reach this goal.
What goals do you need to revisit? Is what you’ve been doing working? If not, maybe you need to look at another way. Be blessed!
Scheduling your time. What do you do each day? If you were to look at what you do each day, can you see at a glace what you are doing that will lead you to a successful life? To be honest, for years I had a schedule written out, but I didn’t follow it as consistently as I should. And as a result, my life showed it! But I have learned how important that is. If you don’t schedule your day, your day will dictate how your life goes. One thing I’ve learned to do is to track your day. Take a notebook/notepad and write down what you are doing each day. Write down when you wake up, and then make a notation of when you change activities. This will give you a good “picture” of what you are doing daily. I actually did this activity everyday for a month. Today is June 1st. If you do this everyday for the next 30 days by the end of the month you will have a really good idea of where your time is spent. Tony Robbins said this and it is so appropriate:
Your schedule is important! If you want something to happen, you have to make time for it. So decide that you are going to do what it takes, make a plan to make and make it happen. So how do you make it happen? One, see how your days are spent. Make a list of what you are doing each day. Then make a plan based on that as to what can stay and what needs to go. If you are spending 5 hours a day playing games on Facebook, you need to cut back on that. Same applies to any other game, whether you are on Facebook or any other area. Now, if you are playing games with people physically, keep that by all means. That is building relationships. Next, decide what you want to do. Do you want to be healthier? You will need to do activities that will help that happen. One of those activities may include getting a mentor. In fact, it should! I use on a daily basis this website: http://worldsgreatestmentors.com/. It is worth gold! A mentor can help you decide what you need to do to make your dreams a reality! And will also hold you accountable. It is a worthwhile investment.
So for today, pay attention to your time. Do what needs to be done to makes your dreams a reality. You can do it! Like Les Brown says: “You have greatness within you.” Until next time…
Can a small change lead to a big difference? A question was asked would you rather be given $1,000,000 up front or $.01 a day doubled daily for 30 days. Before I answer this, I’ve been reading 3 books a month this year. Two books I read on an ongoing basis. They are the books the “Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge” by Mark Batterson. And “Think and Grow Rich Today.” Which has the book “Think and Grow Rich” included and some additional articles by people like my mentor and adopted big brother, Dr. Reggie Cochran. The Project Coordinator for Chuck and Gena Norris. One of the additional books I’ve read is the book “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy. This book was explained by one of the leaders in Max, Marcus Schubert, best in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQd5Z-R1K6I. In the compound effect, you or I or anyone does small but consistent steps, you will end up with what you want. Or what you don’t want. Perhaps the best way to picture this is, is with this picture:
You make the initial decision to take some action. And at first you see nothing happening. BUT, you continue to work at it. Like this picture says, you “work with little rewards.” But if you stick with the actions you started, you will reach the reward and achievement you are seeking. Your dreams can become a reality. There are two paths. One leads to success, one to failure. The choice is yours. Initial actions lead to reward and achievement. As long as you don’t quit. Or no action or work which leads to consequences and disappointment. It is best explained by this picture:
Activity leads to results which leads to your lifestyle. Do you like the lifestyle your activities are leading you to? In the beginning I asked a question: One penny doubled daily for 30 days. Or $1 million dollars? How many of you chose the $1 million? A year ago I would have chosen the million dollars. But now I want you to look at one more picture:
This shows the power of the compound effect. If this is what happens to a mere penny over 30 days, what can the power of the compound effect have in your life? I challenge you to get this book and read it. And also apply it. Until next time…
Joshua 1:9 says “Have I not commanded you, be strong and courageous; do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with your wherever you go.” And Luke 18:27 says “Jesus replied, What is impossible with man is possible with God.” This morning I started a new devotional on this subject. Confidence is something I struggle with and has held me back many times from doing something I wanted to do. What can be done? I’ve been thinking today about that a lot. Stepping out and trying something new takes a certain amount of confidence. But here’s the thing: once you take that step that requires confidence, you will be amazed at the outcome! Recently I posted on facebook that I needed some help in a specific area. That took confidence! But the outcome has proven to be worth it. I have a friend who is now helping me. That wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t had the courage to step out in confidence and ask for help. 2 Timothy 4:17 says “The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.” If that doesn’t give confidence, then nothing does! The same God who created the universe, stands at my side. So what are we afraid of? For me, nothing now! So, take that step of confidence. The next several steps of confidence will get me to where I want to be. Will they be easy? No! But I know that with confidence I can and will do it. How bad do you want your dream to become a reality? I’ve talked about this before. What will it take for you to take that step of confidence? Do you feel like you need permission? Well, as long as you aren’t doing anything harmful. You have permission from me. I’m not a professional. But I do know a few things. Most of which I’ve learned from experience. Or from reading. And in other ways as well. Take that step of faith. Step out in confidence and do what God has enabled you to do! If you want help. Ask me! If I don’t have the answers, I will get them from my own leaders. Dreams do come true, but you have to ask for help and be willing to step out in confidence to make it a reality. Until next time…
Luke 6:31 says to treat others the way you want to be treated. How often I wish people would heed these words of Jesus. I have some amazing people in my life. But I also have some people who really tear me apart. This week I’ve learned that the people who tear me apart are also my teachers. I have learned a lot from them! The biggest thing I’ve learned is that it is incredibly important to treat others the way you want to be treated. But I’ve also learned, or rather realized, that you don’t give up on people! It is known by you already, if you follow me, that I am an Associate with Max International. This week I started reading the book “Building an Empire” by Brian Carruthers. This morning I read chapter 4 in this book. One of the things this book talks about is how to be a great sponsor. The biggest thing I got out of it was to be a great sponsor you have to inspire others to go after their dreams. One thing you don’t do EVER is to speak negatively or disbelieving to your downline. This is something that also applies to our lives in general. If you want to have a friend, you have to be a friend. You don’t speak negatively or disbelieving to your friends. There may be times that you have to tell someone that they need to make suggestions to your friends, but this can be done nicely without tearing them apart. This policy also applies to family. It boils down to believing and having faith in people. If you have faith in people you will look for the best in them. Sometimes it can be hard to see the best in people, but it is so worth it! I have several new friends. Some of them have little to no support in their lives. Not even in their families. That is sad and I know first-hand how bad it hurts to not have your family believe in you. You may be the only person in your friend’s life that believes in them. Or in other words, and I say this because it is known that I am a Christian, you may be the only Jesus your friend ever meets. Jesus was grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God & man (Luke 2:52). If He grew in favor with God & man, that shows that He was kind. I strive to be the best friend I can to people. I am always looking for the good in people. I learned years ago that if you choose to see the positive in people and they see this, then you will attract positive people. You attract the kind of person you are. Do you want to attract positive people, then be positive. You may be the person that takes a negative person and inspires them to be a positive person. So my point in this is this:
- Treat people the way you want to be treated.
- Be kind! You may be the only friend that person may have.
- Look for the positive in everyone you meet. It will pay off in the end.
Have a blessed week.
This morning I was reading in the bible Joshua chapter 3. Verse 5 caught my attention. It says “Joshua said to the people: Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” If you were told to get ready to move in 24 hours, could you be ready? What would you need to do? For me, I’m not sure I could be ready. In fact, I know I couldn’t be. Not without some help! But that is where God comes in. As I was reading in that chapter this morning Joshua was the leader and had been told that the Lord was going to do a miracle the next day. As I read that chapter I learn that the Jordan River was at flood stage when this happens. But we also learn that the priests go first into the river. That is what Jesus does. And if we allow Him to Jesus will go first for us in our lives. That includes our businesses! WOW! You may be facing a flood in your life. But if you give Jesus first place in your life, then He will go into the flood for you. What an amazing priest! Just something to think about.
“We almost always have choices, and the better the choice the more we will be in control of our lives.” Up until recently I have homeschooled all 4 of my kids. Recently I put my 16 year old son in public school. That quote was on the wall of one of his teachers. It has resonated with me every since I saw it 4 days ago. We all have choices, are your choices getting you closer to where you want to be? Getting picky about the choices we make is a very wise thing to do. I am a Professional Network Marketer. I love it! I love having control over what I do with my time. It boils down to choices I’ve made. Are the choices you are making getting closer to where you want to be? Just something to think about.