How to Take Charge of Your Dreams

Yes, it would be nice to be the CEO of your company, live in a mansion and enjoy your annual holiday on some exotic file000524945737island, wouldn’t it? There is nothing wrong with having big dreams.

But that is exactly what brings us to this week’s nugget. It is nugget # 29 in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average. It says “everything big starts with something little”.

Everything Big Starts with Something Little

Everybody wants the best job, the biggest house and the fastest or most luxurious car. But it seems that many people just want everything to come easy and instantly too.

I’ve witnessed many times when people cry out and seem to be desperate for employment. Yet when someone offers them a position, they decline because it doesn’t pay well enough, or the position is not on a high enough level in the company.

Even when starting a business, it almost seems like many people think you start a business, cross your feet on the desk and the money starts marching in the door.

Reality is; everything big starts with something little. Whether you ask a successful business person, musician, writer or anybody who made it to the top, they will give you the same answer: they started at the bottom and worked hard to get where they are. As a matter of fact, they will tell you that they are still working hard.

Working hard doesn’t have to be a burden though. I know of very wealthy people who will tell you that they aren’t really working that hard, because they enjoy what they are doing. But they are extremely busy. When you are passionate about what you’re doing, it won’t always feel like work.

That also doesn’t mean it has to be all work and no play. The first ingredient for success is to be passionate about what you do. That will add some fun to your working day. Secondly it’s about maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

But everybody needs to start at the bottom. Even all the great people referred to in the Bible were faithful in the small things. In Matthew 25 Jesus told the parable of the talents. The servant who took his master’s money and multiplied it was told “….. Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23 NIV)

Start Small, But Take Action

Even if you feel that you have a certain call on your life, don’t sit around waiting for someone to call you with an invitation. It is good to dream big and aim high, but don’t be so pre-occupied with the dream that you miss out on the opportunities that pass you by. It is often by giving that small step that looks so irrelevant at the time, that you open the door to more and more opportunities.

Be on the lookout for those small opportunities to get started, and take action. It is true that God can do anything for you, but He will never do it without you. Take action.

Don’t be afraid to take those small steps. It’s the small steps which are easier to take and achieve success, one small step at a time. It will also reduce your stress levels as they are easier to manage.

Although it is good to keep the bigger picture in mind, I often find myself feeling overwhelmed when focusing on the bigger picture alone. That is when even some of the smaller steps don’t always make sense to me…..until I start doing them. The minute I start taking action on those smaller steps, things just start falling into place and they start making sense.

The impossible, many times, is just simply the untried – John L. Mason

By rushing in and trying to avoid the small steps, you can easily end up being completely overwhelmed. This can eventually cause you to become negative and quit altogether.

We should all learn to grow wherever we’re planted – John L. Mason

Don’t Fear

Don’t give in to the emotion of fear. One of the first things Jesus always said to people was “don’t fear”.

Your dream might look impossible to you today. So what? A century or so ago, you wouldn’t have even thought of directly communicating with someone on another continent….then came the telephone. Today I have daily face-to face conversations with people in other countries via SKYPE.

They also said it is impossible to fly. It was considered as being ridiculous to think that man can go to the moon. Shall I continue?

You might ask….”but what if I don’t make it”? Well, what if you do? You’ll never know if you don’t at least try.

Fear of becoming a has-been keeps some people from becoming anything – Eric Hoffer

Little Goals Add Up

Little goals add up, and they add up rapidly. Many people never succeed, because they never try.

That final goal seems so unreachable, and that is why many people give up even before they have started.

By starting with those smaller goals and achieving them, you not only develop a habit of goal setting, you also develop a habit of success.

Success is a very strong motivating force. But you have to do something before you can experience it. Before you know it, you will start achieving bigger goals without fearing them.

Have you ever been intimidated by your big dreams and goals? Have you ever been concerned about what the people are going to say? What do you do to overcome these obstacles? What do you do to make sure you see those small opportunities and not miss them? Or have you missed some and what was the conequences?

Share your experiences, dreams and how you overcome obstacles in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you.

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When You Refuse To Change, You End Up In Chains.

Nobody can argue the fact that we are living in a constantly changing world. Some people thrive on change. They see it as parade-in-south-beach-miamia challenge, an opportunity for growth. For others the idea of change is less exciting. They fear change. It brings an element of uncertainty. And then we find a third group of people that are set in their ways, believing “this is how it always has been done”, and they see no reason to change it.

This week’s nugget is about change. John L. Mason shares his nugget #28 in his book An Enemy Called Average as: “When you refuse to change, you end up in chains”.

The Challenges of Change

For many people, change goes hand-in-hand with uncertainty. And that uncertainty often causes fear. Granted, change will always have an element of uncertainty that goes with it. That is unavoidable. But does that mean we have to live in fear?

Let’s have a look at some practical examples. Back in the era of the late 1700’s nobody knew if a person could withstand the rigors of being up in the air. But man started dreaming about flying and on October 15, 1783, the Montgolfiers brothers launched a balloon, with Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier as the passenger. In 1852 followed Henri Giffard’s steam-powered airship flight, and in 1890 the Wright brothers made history with their “first manned, powered, heavier-than-air and (to some degree) controlled” flight.

These people were scoffed at and made out to be crazy, but today air travel is part of life. You can’t imagine the world without it. Many people still avoid flying due to fear. But when looking at statistics, it might be safer to fly than driving to the shopping mall. Yet, we hardly even give it a second thought when getting into the car.

Then it went further and people started talking about going to outer space. This was considered to be ridiculous by many and there were even people saying “that’s from the devil”. Yet, in 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man to journey into outer space. The rest is history. Many people have been in space since, and various projects in outer space are playing a major part in our everyday living today.

When You Refuse To Change, You End Up In Chains

Change is an unavoidable part of life today. There is no doubt about it, when you refuse to change, you end up in chains. It would be impossible to keep up with the rest of the world if we refuse to accept positive change.

“But how do we have to cope with change on a personal level?” you ask. Ecclesiastes 8:1 (NIV) says “Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person’s wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance”. In Matthew 18:3 (NIV) Jesus says “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”.

Isaiah 42:9 (NIV) says “See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”

John Mason says it very well when he says that “we should choose not allow “the way we’ve always done it” to cause us to miss opportunities God is providing for us today”

He further says “even the most precious of all gems needs to be chiseled and faceted to achieve its best luster. There is nothing that remains so constant as change. Don’t end up like concrete, all mixed up and permanently set”.

Allow Change to Allow Growth

So there’s no need to live in fear of change. But there are many reasons why we should welcome change and embrace it. Change allows for growth.

Do you welcome change? Do you enjoy the challenges that come with change? Do you resist change?

Let’s discuss it in the comments section. I am looking forward to hear from you.

Do You Fall for the Free Food on a Fish Hook?

It is no secret that we live in a fast paced world today and it is very easy to get overwhelmed by everything that needs to get done.file0001844591585

That is exactly why it is so easy to get caught in the trap of looking for the easy way out, or trying to take shortcuts.  John L. Mason says it this way; “Did you know that the best shortcut you can ever take is to do what God says, in His timing? Shortcuts outside the will of God invite compromise and create strife and confusion”.

The nugget for discussion today is nugget #27 in John Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average that says “there is always free food on a fish hook”.

 There is Always Free Food on a Fish Hook

We need to approach life like marathon runners. We are not in a sprint race.

Not so long ago it would be nothing strange to set aside a whole day if you had to travel 100km to attend a business meeting. But as technology developed and our vehicles became faster, we started thinking of maybe fitting in two or even three meetings while at our destination because of the reduced travelling time.

Being able to go even faster, we now fit in some more activities even before leaving for those meetings, and then maybe some more on the way back as well.

It becomes a vicious cycle. Instead of becoming more relaxed because we can do more in less time, everybody tends to get more stressed , because the faster we move, the more we want to do.

But that is not the only challenge we are facing. Everybody wants results, and they want it fast. And not only do they want it fast, it should be easy to. They try taking short cuts and they start falling for get-rich-quick schemes. They start million-and-one projects and finish none.

At this point I would like to quote a story from John Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average:

“There is a story told of a beautiful bird that was known for its great singing. It would sit at the top of a tree and make all kinds of lovely melodies. One day a man was walking through the woods. He passed by the tree and heard this beautiful bird singing. The bird saw the man and perceived that he was holding a box.

‘What do you have in the box?’ he asked the man.

The man replied that he had large, juicy earthworms in the box. ‘I will sell you a worm for one of your beautiful feathers,’ he offered.

The bird reached down, pulled out a feather, and gave it in exchange for a worm. Then he took the worm and ate it. He reflected to himself, ‘Why should I have to work so hard to get a worm when it’s so easy to get one this way?’

Well, the affair continued over a period of many days and soon the bird no longer had any beautiful feathers to use to pay for worms. Furthermore, he could no longer fly, nor was he pretty any longer. So he didn’t feel like singing beautiful songs any more. He was very unwise and unhappy bird”.

We are always looking for ways to get ahead and obtain things we want and the results we desire, but we are always subject to the temptation to look for shortcuts, just like this foolish bird.

Find Your True Identity

A big tragedy of today is the fact that people start comparing themselves to other people, and the moment they feel they can’t live up to someone else’s standards they feel like failures.

You need to realize that you are a unique individual. “Yes…I know, the boring old story about the fact that I’m the only one with my unique thumb print”, you say. No, that is not what I’m referring to. You are the only one with your unique viewpoint, your own unique talents and personality. Looking at the whole package, you are the only you that will ever walk this earth. So don’t try to become the best Sylvester Stallone, or the best Adele. Become the best you that you can be. Nobody can do that better than you.

Once you find your identity in Christ (Romans 8:1 and Romans 8:17), you won’t find the need to compare yourself to anyone else.

There is nothing wrong with having a role model. Once you have found your passion and you want to become good at it, it is good to find a role model. Study the way that person manages his/her business. See how he manages his time or anything else that is relevant to what you need to learn about. Then follow those actions, by being just as disciplined. But don’t try to become that person.

Find Your Passion

Find your passion. What gives you joy in life? If you love what you do, you won’t have to work another day in your life. Your diary may be fully booked for the next year, but if you enjoy what you do, and you are contributing to society, it won’t feel like work.

You will sometimes hear the idea that you shouldn’t be too concerned about what your passion is when you start out; eventually your passion will find you. That is true in a sense, but I don’t fully agree. You need to at least determine what you are interested in. What do you enjoy doing? If you enjoy writing and want to become a writer, it is fine to start writing about any topic in the beginning. And I fully agree, your passion will soon find you because you will soon discover what topics you are passionate about and you would start seeking work in that area. But at first you felt the need to be writing, and you did.

In the same way I know about people who are mechanically minded. They love engines and how they work. Yet, once they became more involved they found their passion and became pilots.

Even if it’s not very focused, start by paying attention to what is of interest to you. Then get involved and soon your passion will find you.

All Good Things Take Time

Once you have found your passion and you are ready, start setting goals and create a realistic action plan. Don’t expect to become a millionaire within 6 months. Dream big, but be realistic. Determine what your goals are and why you want to achieve them. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? Then start breaking those goals into smaller goals to form achievable action steps, but be prepared to take action.

For every action, there is a reaction. All actions have consequences, either positive or negative. So avoid those shortcuts and start working towards worthwhile goals.

Have you ever been caught with that free food at the end of a fish hook? What are you looking out for to determine whether something is worth your while or not?

Share your experiences in the comments section. 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.

The Secret To Success.

Everybody is always searching for the secret to success. The answer might not be as mysterious as you thought. Yes, Roofing Contractors Calgary1there are many factors to consider in achieving success. You need to know about proper time management, goal setting and action plans. But one of the most important ingredients for success is plain and simple “hard work”. Be willing to serve. Don’t expect to achieve success without this crucial ingredient.

It is time for nugget #22 in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average. This nugget is so straight to the point; I don’t really think there is even much to say about it. It simply says; “Being a servant won’t make you famous, just rich”.

Being A Servant Won’t Make You Famous, Just Rich.

Zig Ziglar said; “you’ll always have everything in life you want, if you help enough other people get what they want”. I’ve heard various versions of this same quote, but it all comes back to the same principle. Many people love quoting this when giving advice to others on how to be successful.

My first question in this scenario is this; how many of these people giving this advice, is actually applying it in their own lives? It feels good when one can make these quotes in conversation, yet we often see how these same people will humiliate others. While they are all too eager to share these types of quotes, the principle itself is absent in their own lives. They would be willing to cheat lie just to obtain a good business deal. In my opinion no deal is a good deal unless everybody involved is able to gain from it.

My second question actually forms part of the first; how much of this “advice” is just for boosting one’s own ego? Is it to show-off your “wisdom” and look good, or is it genuine and sincere, coming from the heart? Once again, if the latter was to be true, it would be evident in that person’s life for everybody to see. It is about the principle to “practice what you preach”.

Practice What You Preach.

Many people are willing to spend thousands of dollars to attend seminars presented by well known personalities worldwide. Yet, those very same principles can be found on your coffee table or on your book shelf – wherever you keep your Bible. And you don’t even have to pay a dime for it, just sit down, relax and spend some time with God while you study your Bible.

Venues are packed when people like Tony Robbins, Tony Buzan or Suze Orman are presenting their seminars. And that is good; if it is within your means I strongly recommend that you do attend these. But if you have your roots in the Word of God, it would be so much easier to realize that what you learn at these seminars are often showing practical ways to apply principles that is already being taught in the Bible for ages.

I am not saying that this is – or isn’t – the intent of the presenter, as I don’t know what they believe spiritually unless they openly discuss it. But when these experts teach these principles which are based on fact, and it has been proven to work, thus far I haven’t found one instance where that same principle doesn’t also appear in the Bible.

I would sometimes find myself reading great articles by these same people as I’ve mentioned, and recommend it to my daughters to read as well. Later, when enquiring about what they thought about the information, I have often received the response “but that is what you have taught us all these years, Dad”.

Whether talking about this week’s nugget – “being a servant won’t make you famous, just rich” – or the quote from Zig Ziglarfile5701263246293 – “you’ll always have everything in life you want, if you help enough other people get what they want” – the same principle applies. When going to the Word of God, we’ll find the same principle in Matthew 7:12 (NIV) “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets”.

In John 13 we find where Jesus sets the practical example by washing the feet of his disciples.

Being A Servant Doesn’t Mean Being A Floor Mat.

Being humble or having a serving attitude does not mean that you have to be other people’s floor mat. You don’t have to shy away from voicing your opinion. You also do not have to accept second best all the time. You should take your stand for what is right.

True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less ~ C. S. Lewis

True leaders are the hardest working people. Think of any successful person in the world today (including the ones mentioned in this article), and you will find that they all are hard working people. They are willing to “get their hands dirty”. These people are all serving other people by helping them to achieve their goals. The more they do this, the more successful they become. By applying this principle, it is inevitable for them to achieve their own goals.

The best news is that it works for everybody. A good friend mine always says it’s not just about “knowing what to do”, but “doing what you know”. That is the difference between success and failure. So my question is this; do you know it, or are you doing it?

The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them. ~ Mark Twain

We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough. ~ Helen Keller

I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it. ~ Gale Sayers

The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do. ~ Orison Swett Marden

Whatever you want to achieve, I am convinced that you’ve got what it takes. It is not going to happen by itself though. First, you need to make the decision, then take action and make it happen. Role up your sleeves, and be willing to serve, and you won’t be able to avoid success.

Tell me about your successes, I would love to hear from you.

Those Who Don’t Take Chances Don’t Make Advances

Have you ever wondered why it seems that some people always just happen to get those “lucky breaks”? They are so lucky…… they’re always just at the right place at the right time. But wait a minute, there is something wrong with this picture. Why does it always happen to the same people? What if this “luck” they seem to have, is not luck after all? What if these are the people who are actually the ones who are willing to take the risk?

This brings me to this week’s nugget for discussion as we find it in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average. His nugget #20 says: “Those who don’t take chances don’t make advances”.

Those Who Don’t Take Chances Don’t Make Advances.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not encouraging anybody to take reckless, non-calculated risks. Whenever any big projects are file2751255704217taken on, proper planning and risk assessment is an essential part of the process. But no significant achievements have ever been obtained by taking small risks on unimportant issues.

A relatively new term – emotional intelligence – has become a popular subject of discussion since the mid -1980’s. It has been said that EI (emotional intelligence) is becoming just as important as IQ (intellectual intelligence) in modern day business. Where decisions are normally being made based on documented facts and history, people in key positions of big companies are often required to make quick decisions or appoint someone in a new position without having any access to any previous written information or statistics. Emotional intelligence plays a very important role in these situations. People sometimes refer to it as making a decision based on a “gut feel”. They just had a “gut feel” to close a certain deal, or to appoint a certain person in a key position, and it turned out to be the best decision ever.

There is often huge risk involved in making these decisions, and it cannot be taken lightly.

This means that you need to be:

  • Very competent in what you are doing.
  • Well-informed about what is happening in your industry.
  • Well aware of changes that are taking place in your company and industry, and the demands that come with these changes.
  • Very confident about your decision-making.
  • Very strong in your faith.

There is a huge responsibility that goes with this kind of decision-making.

Stretch Yourself and Get Out of That Comfort-Zone.

People often get stuck in their comfort-zone. It becomes too challenging to stretch yourself and expand your horizons. Fear 100_2615is normally one of the first and biggest obstacles. “What if I don’t make it?” people would ask. But what if you do make it?
Often people would say that they are happy with what they have. “We are comfortable with our weekly/monthly wage, and we can pay the rent. We don’t need anything more.” Well, have you ever thought of all the people you could help if you “enlarge your territory” (1 Chronicles 4:10) and get out of your comfort zone?

Dream Big and Strive to Reach Your Full Potential.

I challenge you to start dreaming again. Dream big, and strive to reach the full potential of your calling. Focus on the important stuff, and let go of what is not important. Get excited and live life to the full.

H. Stern said “If you’re hunting rabbits in tiger country, you must keep your eye peeled for tigers, but when you are hunting tigers, you can ignore the rabbits.”

There is an old saying that says “even a turtle doesn’t get ahead unless he sticks his neck out”.

I am not encouraging you to get reckless, neither am I saying you ought to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but think soberly according to the measure of faith that God has dealt you (Romans 12:3). Start dreaming again. What are you passionate about? Then set out to achieve your full potential, because Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says “11 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”. So don’t put your faith in yourself, but “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5), and then believe Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) that says “13 I can do all things through Christ[b] who strengthens me”.

“DREAM BIG, BECAUSE YOU SERVE A BIG GOD”JOHN L. MASON

Be Courageous, Have Faith and Enlarge Your Territory.

We’ve all been dealt with a measure of faith. We need to develop that faith and aim high. If I may quote John Mason….”We Christians need to reach to the potential, not reckon to the past”.

Are you stretching yourself to make those advances? Tell me about them and what you have learned along the way.