Your Problem Is Your Promotion

When listening to people you sometimes can’t help to think that life is one big burden to them. They are always facing some major problem. Yet, when we look at this week’s nugget, I think those people who are always facing some problem, should consider themselves to be blessed.

This week’s nugget from John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average is nugget #32 and it says “your problem is yourDSCN9417_2 promotion”.

You Problem Is Your Promotion.

In a working environment we sometimes find this the other way around. It is as if the promotion is the problem for many people. It ends up in gossiping, back-stabbing and all kinds of negativity. They start competing to obtain attention from their superiors, and end up burning themselves out and suffering from negative stress. Yet, they walk around complaining to everybody about how hard and unfair life is.

All this is causing negative stress, while creating a problem which doesn’t even need to exist. All you have to do is to find a real problem and solve it. But so often people would try and find every possible way to avoid the real problems.

As John Mason so accurately states in his book; David’s brothers didn’t do anything about the problem, because they feared the problem and thought it was too big to hit. David on the other hand looked at the problem and thought it was too big to miss.

It is the way you look at the problem that makes all the difference. But face your problem. In the end you’ll either be better or you’ll be worse as a result of the problem. Yes, I’m not saying you will be successful in solving every single problem, but by getting involved in problem solving will definitely improve your experience.

If you want to increase you success rate, double your failure rate. – Thomas Watson, Sr.

No obstacle will ever leave you the way it found you. – John L Mason.

Every obstacle has a limited lifespan. Many of the problems you worried about last year, you can’t even remember today.

In times of adversity you don’t have an obstacle to deal with, you have a choice to make. – John L. Mason.

Don’t Fear.

When facing your problems, don’t fear. Take stock of the situation. Decide what the worst that can happen is. Then start searching for the most logical solutions. Then, as John Mason says; “in the midst of unbelievable circumstances, believe”.

Companies are looking for people with initiative. They are looking for problem solvers. Your problem is your promotion.

Are you turning your problems into opportunities? Why don’t you tell me how you do it. I would love to hear from you.

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What to Expect Over the Next Few Weeks

If you have been visiting this site frequently, you would have noticed that I am discussing weekly nuggets as they appear in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average.

The idea was to post about one nugget per week over 52 weeks. This will still continue, but instead of publishing on a Friday, it will now be done on a Monday for at least the following three weeks.

Coming Soon

Although this blog will still be continuing, I am excited to announce the launch of my new site – yourmindrenewed.com – on 2013-09-09 10.23.3312 October 2015.

Over the past year I became part of various groups on the internet which started giving me exposure to writing. Although I have been dreaming about writing for a long time, I never thought it would actually become a reality so soon.

It is no secret that we get bombarded with “doom and gloom” news from all over the world every day. Questions are being asked on a daily basis about how a loving God could allow the pain and suffering as we see it in the world.

Instead of just asking these questions, maybe it’s time for us to start asking what we can do to change our world. What is our responsibility in this world? Do we just have to accept what comes our way? Do we have to be content with second best? How does our thinking affect our future? What about the economy? Are we being materialistic when we work hard to become successful? How do we find and maintain the right balance?

There definitely is a demand for people who can help us remain focused and motivated, and fortunes are spent on life coaches and motivational speakers. There are also lots of empty promises out there; a lot of hype about how positive thinking will change your life. Yet, if you don’t add substance to your thinking, and develop faith, you might end up with day-dreaming and never see the results you were hoping for.

There is a time and a place for everything, and while there surely is a time for a good life coach or motivational speaker, we often overlook the wisdom that we have access to every single day of our lives. The Bible is full of principles that we can physically apply in our everyday lives. We are not supposed to live in fear. We are not supposed to fall victim to negative stress. We can be excited about a bright future.

These are the kind of topics that will be discussed on Your Mind Renewed.

Be Practical and Realistic.

The focus of yourmindrenewed.com will be to remain practical and realistic. It’s not about “the pie in the sky” attitude, or just saying things people like to hear. It is about facing the facts. It will show you how to practically apply biblical principles in everyday life.

References will be made to acknowledged case studies and people who successfully live according to these principles.

Many Christian people are battling with the idea of how to give expression to their faith, while they find themselves in secular occupations. That is one of the most important issues that will be addressed. To be a Christian doesn’t mean you have to be a preacher. God also needs business people, engineers, doctors, artists, writers, musicians and people in every thinkable (legal) occupation.

Join Me on This Journey

The “coming soon” page is live. Head over to the page now, and subscribe to stay informed about the coming launch. When you register you will also receive a free copy of the book; Rise To New Heights – With No Fear.

If you have any specific topics you would like to be discussed or read about, tell me about it in the comments section below. If you don’t want to discuss it here, but you would like to read about it on the blog, you can also contact me at jacoalberts5@gmail.com

I look forward to hear from you.

How to Turn Your Failures into Successes

We constantly hear people complaining about what they are going through. Sometimes when I listen to some people, it almost sounds as if they are competing to see whose circumstances are the worst. Can it really be so exciting to have problems? Or did it become a status symbol to brag about the fact that your stress levels are higher than someone else’s?

I cannot help to come to these conclusions, because people will paint this “doom and gloom” picture about their lives, yet when you start pointing them towards the solution to their problem they go quiet. And next time when you meet with the same person, it’s the same story all over. My first question is….”What have you done in the mean time to change the situation?”

This reminds me of a story I’ve heard about a pastor. A member from his congregation came to visit him and started complaining about the testing time he’s going through. While this man was ranting on about what he was going through, the pastor’s response was…”praise the Lord for that”. The man stopped for a second in amazement…..and carried on again. A second time the pastor responded with “praise the Lord for that”.

The man was totally confused by the pastor’s response and asked what the pastor meant by responding in such a manner. He felt offended. He asked whether the pastor couldn’t understand what he was going through. This time the pastor responded with; “listen to what you are saying……you are going through it, you are not stuck in it. Praise the Lord for that”.

John L. Mason describes nugget #25 in his book An Enemy Called Average as “today is the day to decide to go through what you’ve been going through.”

Today Is the Day to Decide To Go Through What You Are Going Through

What are you focusing on? Are you focusing on the problem, or the solution?

John Mason says it well when he says “don’t accept your present, temporary situation as your future, permanent situation. Despite your present circumstances, make up your mind to get on with your life and fulfil your divine purpose and calling”.

Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”.

What are you speaking into your life? If you have constantly been talking about what you’ve been going through over the past years, it is time for you to change what you are saying. Yes, I’m not telling you to keep quiet; I’m saying you need to change what you are saying. In fact, that is not what I am saying, that is what the Bible is saying. In Mark 11:22-26 it says that you should speak unto the mountain……and you will have what you say. The “mountain” referred to in this scripture is referring to your situation – whatever it might be. We often refer to our problem as “laying like a mountain in front us”. Well……now you know what to do about it. Talk to that mountain….not just about it.

How to Put Power behind Your Words

By now you might be saying that you’ve tried this positive thinking stuff and repeating positive affirmations, and it just doesn’t work. You know what? I agree. Because it starts with what you believe. You can repeat positive affirmations all day long, if you don’t believe what you are saying, those are idle words. That is why the same verses in Mark 11 tell you that when you pray you need to believe. Another crucial part that is often missed is pointed out in verse 25 which says “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

So how do you get power behind your words?

Follow this process:

  1. Everything starts with a decision. You need to decide that you want to find out what God says about your situation.
  2. Then you need to decide that God’s word has final authority in your life. Yes, you have to make that decision (Deuteronomy 30:11-14; Deuteronomy 30:19). God will never force you.
  3. Thirdly you have to develop your faith. This is done by spending time in the Word of God on a daily basis (Romans 10:17). Read the Word of God and meditate on it (Joshua 1:8). “I’m to busy, I just don’t have time for that”, you might say. If you are facing difficulties and you are sick and tired of failing in life, I would say you don’t have time not to do this.
  4. Don’t hold any grudges; practice forgiving (Mark 11:25). You’ll be amazed how this step can reduce your stress levels, giving you peace and calmness to focus on taking positive action.

By doing this, you will gain knowledge about what God is saying about your situation and life in general. Seeing it (by reading), hearing it (by speaking), and then meditating on it (thinking about how to apply it in your life), it will get rooted in your heart (sub-conscious). This is where positive affirmations comes in (and work). It is when you actually believe what you say, because it is based on a firm foundation (the Word of God). When you now get confronted with a difficult situation, this knowledge automatically comes up in your mind and you start speaking and acting accordingly.

Now you can see which words have impact on your life. If you repeat your daily positive affirmations just because your life coach told you to, yet at the first opportunity you start complaining about your problem again, those positive affirmations become useless. Because what do you really believe? What matters is what comes out of your mouth spontaneously (Luke 6:45), because that is what you believe, and those words have the power to affect your life. What you focus your attention on, tend to manifest in your life. Even Job said…..” For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me” (Job 3:25 KJV).

The Bible is full of promises which can deliver you. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

If you have faith in God and you trust Him completely, giving Him final authority in your life, start appropriating those promises, speak them out loud, and you will begin to see your circumstances line up with the Word and will of God. It might not happen overnight, but eventually it will. We cannot manipulate God to become our “genie” though. He expects our involvement as well, and the first thing we need to do, is to believe, and then to develop our faith.

It’s not going To Happen like “Magic”

When Jesus walked the earth, He didn’t say we will never have to face any problems. It is a fact that the devil will come against us.  In John 10:10 it is written that the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy. But the same text continues to tell us that Jesus came that we “might have life, and have it more abundantly”. By the gift of the Holy Spirit, we have God’s grace which is enough to resist any attack from the devil, and he will flee from us (James 4:7).

The devil will always try to convince us that we are not going to make it. He will try to tempt us to just give up and quit. But in 1 Corinthians 10:13 it says “No temptation[c]has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[d] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”.

It is also very interesting to note that this scripture is often misquoted by saying that God will prevent anything from happening that we cannot handle. That is not what this scripture is saying. It says that God will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. We often have to face situations which are impossible for us to handle. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) says “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me”.

Today Is the First Day of Your Future

Make a quality decision today by deciding to turn your life around. Start focusing on the solution instead of the problem. Stop walking around the mountain, talking about it. Speak to the mountain and move it out of your way with the authority that has been given to you. Start walking in victory.

I know I have a mountain I’m speaking to. It might not be removed overnight, but I will keep working at it until I see the manifestation of God’s promises.

Do you have a mountain that needs to move? What are you doing about it? Are you telling everybody about it, or are you speaking to it? I look forward to hearing from you.

Can We Really Trust Our Closest Friends?

Not too long ago I heard a man saying “show me your friends and I’ll tell you where you’ll be in 5 years time”. There is a file0001061938683well known saying that you become the product of the company you keep.

This is a topic that can be argued about for hours if you don’t want to accept the reality. There are many excuses for keeping the same company. You might not want to break a friendship you’ve been in for years. You might not want people to say that you think that you are better than others.

These are all excuses and you don’t have to start being rude to other people. But have you ever stopped to think about achieving your own maximum human potential? Have you ever stopped to think how you can positively influence other people if you start paying attention to your own self-improvement? Are these people you are now hanging out with really concerned about what is best for you, or is it the easy way out for everybody to stay in their comfort zone?

This brings me to this week’s nugget of John L. Mason in his book An Enemy Called Average. It says; “Your best friends are those who bring out the best in you”.

Your Best Friends Are Those Who Bring Out The Best In You.

I often hear when people start to excel in life, how they complain about the “bad vibes” in their circle of friends and even sometimes in their families. They get accused of neglecting their friends, or they get told that they think too much of themselves. Is this really the voice of true friendship?

True friends will encourage one another to constantly expand their horizons. True friendship is about bringing out the best in one another.

John Mason describes it so well when he refers to himself as he reached a stagnation point in his life. He was unproductive and unable to clearly see God’s direction. Until one day when he noticed that almost all his friends were in the same situation. When they got together, all they talked about was their problems.

He prayed about this matter, and God showed him that His desire for him was to have more “foundational-level” people in his life. In John Mason’s words, “such people who bring out the best in us, those who influence us to become better people ourselves. They cause us to have greater faith and confidence, to see things from God’s perspective. After being with them, our spirits and our sights are raised”.

The Bible describes it this way in Proverbs 27:19 (TLB) “A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses”, and Proverbs 13:20 says “Be with wise men and become wise. Be with evil men and become evil”.

If You Want To Be Successful You Need To Mix With Successful People. 

If you want to be successful you need to mix with successful people. This is one of the first things you get taught on any self-improvement course or when you listen to motivational speakers.

This is a very important principle, and as we saw, a biblical principle on top of it. But it can easily be taken out of context. It file1431294260017doesn’t mean you need to turn your back on the good people who has been close to you. This is where you need to practice discernment. If you were mixing with the “wrong crowd”, by all means yes, get out of there and don’t look back.

But what if you were among some good, well meaning people? Well, don’t you think they deserve a chance at a better life as well? Why don’t you take them on the journey with you? Why don’t you be that best friend first and share what you learn?

The secret lies in the fact to realise when you reach a point of stagnation. Then seek the company of wise people and start learning from them. You can then share what you learn with your friends. But this is where the rubber hits the road. This is where it is decision making time for everybody. Do your friends also want to change and grow, or are they happy to stay in their comfort zone? If they want to stay in their comfort zone, you are left with a decision to make. Are you also going to stay there, are you going to work towards reaching your full potential as a human being?

This doesn’t mean you are turning your back on them and you don’t want to know them, but there will be a spontaneous move to whom you are going to spend most of your time with. This is where you need to make the choices.

Find Your Calling

Your choice of career is obviously playing a major part in achieving your full potential in life. It will be worth your while to spend some time investigating your options.

Once you have found your passion and you start working towards your full potential, choosing the right circle of friends is crucial to your success.

No-one can say better than John Mason when he says “I have found that it is better to be alone than in the wrong company. A single conversation with the right person can be more valuable than many years of study”.

It is not about how many people you can count in your circle of friends; it is about the quality of these people. Are these people of faith? Do they make you a better person by being around them? Do they bring out the best in you? Do they encourage you to grow by going outside your comfort zone? These can be called true friends.

Ecclesiastes 4:9,10 and 12 (TLB) says it this way; “Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. 10 If one falls, the other pulls him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he’s in trouble…..12 And one standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer; three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

I would like to end this post with another quote from John Mason’s book; “You need to steer clear of negative-thinking ‘experts.’ Remember: in the eyes of average people average is always outstanding. Look carefully at the closest associations in your life, for that is the direction you are heading.”

Do you pay attention to which people you give permission to speak into your life? Do those who are closest to you, bring out the best in you?

What influence do your friends have in your life? I would like to hear from you.