Did You Hear From God, Or Was It Just A Thought?

I think this can often be a challenge for many people. I’ve had that experience so often in my own life. You would be convinced that you are doing the right thing and that you are within the will of God, yet shortly after you’ve made the decision and took action, it feels as if the wheels are coming off.

That brings us to nugget #39 in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average. It says “ideas go away, but direction stays”.

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We often make the mistake of thinking that if your decision was in line with the will of God; everything will just fall into place. Then, when chaos breaks loose, we start tormenting ourselves with feelings of guilt and doubt.

Yes, when our lives are constantly in chaos, we should be taking stock because maybe we did get off course somewhere. But this is where I find John Mason’s nugget absolutely spot-on.

Let’s have a look at the nugget again; “ideas go away, but direction stays”. If something is meant to be and it is God’s will, it is often possible for things to “just fall in place”. But it is also possible for challenges to start appearing shortly afterwards. The test lies in this; does everything fade away? Or is there consistency in the direction?

Ideas Go Away, But Direction Stays.

If it was just an idea, chances are that it will just go away. You will start running out of ideas. Everything will come to a dead end. But if God is involved, there will be direction and consistency.

Remember, facing challenges doesn’t mean that God is not involved. The enemy would love to see you fail and he will challenge you. But when God is involved, you will stay on course.

Have you ever found that it seems as if you get challenged with every challenge you can imagine? Yet, you stay on the same course?

Just as you think it is impossible to push through, you are able to take another step, no matter how small it might be. You might even think of giving up and you try something totally different, but that doesn’t work at all and eventually, somehow, you find yourself back working at the same thing you thought is not working for you.

This might be a good time to have a look at Proverbs 19:21 (NIV), that says “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”. And in Psalm 32:8 (NIV) the Lord gives us this promise; “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you”.

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The Lord is gentle, and He will never force you to do anything. As a matter of fact, He will allow you to do whatever it is you want to do. You might even be successful to a certain degree, but as long as you do it in your own power, you will have to put in a lot of effort and toiling. In spite of all the effort, it might still come to nothing, or it may start costing you in the form of your health, family life or some other area. Psalm 127:1-2 (NIV) says “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat — for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves”.

Yet, when you are fulfilling your real purpose, and God is working with you, directing you every step of the way, you will be excited about getting started in the morning. You might be busier than ever before, but it wouldn’t feel like work.

This doesn’t mean that you won’t have to face any challenges, but you will be able to overcome them all (John 16:33). You will stay on course and live life with a purpose.

Guaranteed Success.

We are often scared to find out what it is that God wants us to do. People tend to think that what God wants us to do, can’t be fun. Or what if I’m not able to do what He expects of me?

Believe me, it’s got nothing to do with your ability, it is about your availability. Stop relying on your own abilities and trust God to get the job done. He is much more capable than us.

Do you want to have fun? Allow God to take control and you’ll have more fun than you can dream of. And the best of all, the fun won’t stop, because God’s fun won’t harm you, it will actually make you stronger.

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

Have you given the reigns over to God? Or are you still holding on for dear life, staying in control of your own life? Tell me about it, I will love to hear from you.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Pay Attention to What You Say

We are quick to complain about the chaos the world is in. Everybody is talking about the corruption, the fact that you can trust nobody anymore, the crime, the violence, the lying, the cheating and how rude people are.

We blame politicians and corrupt businessmen, and we even go to the extent to ask why God allows all this. But have you ever paid Don't Say That jar, collecting coins for bad wordsattention to your words? Yes, the words you speak every day have a far greater effect than what you might realize.

Nugget #37 in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average is about “ten truisms that aren’t true”. A few weeks ago I’ve discussed 20 attributes of a leader and I repeated them as they are in his book. I mentioned that there is not much to discuss about facts, as they are what they are.

Today I want to stay with the norm which I have followed from the beginning of this series though. John Mason is highlighting ten specific truisms, but you will have to read about those in his book.

As I have done every week so far, I will refer to his nugget, but then do a discussion which is completely my own opinion. So for today’s discussion I will choose other sayings and focus on those. These are things we tend to say before we think about what we are saying.

Words Have Power.

Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”. Yet, we still don’t pay attention to what we say.

What I fail to understand (and I hear this often) is when people say “I love working with John. We can have a huge argument about work and I can even swear at him, but it’s only business. An hour later we can have coffee together and there are no hard feelings”.

What am I missing here? What you are saying is that you can treat me like a piece of dirt the one moment, and the very next moment I must be your buddy. That’s like expecting of me to have some kind of ‘switch’ somewhere that I just flip over depending on your mood or opinion. When you want to be rude to me, I must just accept it and when you want to be buddies again the next moment; I should be grateful and smile.

Forgive me, but I fail to understand the logic in that reasoning. I do not say that we should always agree about everything. But then we can have a civilized conversation, showing mutual respect until we can come to some form of an agreement. There is no need to insult one another. As an example; how could you tell someone to his face that he is plain stupid and that he doesn’t know what he is doing; and an hour later you want to have a friendly conversation over a cup of coffee and expect that same person to act as though he thinks you respect his intelligence?

And then we wonder why so many people battle today with low self-esteem. Why do people battle with an identity crisis? At the same time people can’t understand why no-one takes them seriously. Yet, they would tell someone they don’t want anything to do with them, but tomorrow morning they sit down and have coffee together as if nothing has happened.

According to Matthew 5:37 and James 5:12 we shouldn’t need to make promises or oaths to convince somebody when we say something. What we say should be so trustworthy that we simply need to say “yes” or “no”.

The study notes in the Life Application Bible (KJV) for James 5:12 say the following: “A person with a reputation for exaggeration or lying often can’t get anyone to believe him on his word alone. Christians should never become like that. Always be honest so that others will believe your simple yes or no. By avoiding lies, half-truths and omissions of the truth, you will become known as a trustworthy person.

This does not mean that you need to become a “sour grape” and you are never allowed to joke with someone. But when you are known for your “yes” meaning “yes” and your “no” meaning “no”, people will take you serious when you say something. That also means that when you have a difference of opinion with someone else about some business or work matter, you are not going to say something without thinking. You do not have to get involved in a screaming session or an argument. You can voice your opinion, and that settles it. Both parties can still respect one another for their opinions, and that cup of coffee afterwards can be enjoyed by both parties.

Six Examples of What We Say Without Thinking:

  1. “If it was me I would have punched him” or sometimes people really get into it and it becomes “If I was there I would have shot him” or “If that happens to me I’ll shoot him”.
    • No you wouldn’t. Firstly, you weren’t there, how can you say for a fact what you would have done?
    • Secondly, nine times out ten, people who are quick to make these kind of statements, respond totally to the opposite when they do find themselves in that situation.
    • Thirdly, it’s not as simple as just drawing a firearm and shooting someone. Have you ever thought about the consequences? Do you even know what it feels like to point a firearm at someone?
  2. “Everything in life comes at a price”.
    • No, if you work hard and you achieve success, that work was an investment. I wouldn’t exactly call that a price. (Unless you didn’t maintain the balance and you lost your family in the process. That is paying a price.)
  3. “It’s either win or lose”.
    • I have recently heard a nice one to replace that statement with: “It’s either win or learn”.
  4. We often hear parents calling their children stupid. “Why did you do that, are your stupid?”……Or they take some task away from the child while making the comment “I’ll rather do it myself, you’ll never be able to do it”.
    • These remarks are causing so much damage. That child eventually starts believing that he / she is useless and can’t do anything right.
  5. “That will never work”.
    • You can only say that once you have stopped trying.
  6. “This is just my luck”, or “I always have bad luck”, or “with my luck I’ll always end up with a problem which can’t be solved”.
    • That’s because you have decided before-hand that you cannot solve the problem. Your mind responds to what you are saying continually, so you start believing what you are saying. By this time, it doesn’t matter what problem ends up on your desk, it will look difficult to you, because that is what you expect. You’ve already made up your mind about how bad it’s going to be. It’s got nothing to do with ‘luck’. Once again, it’s not about what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us.

There are many more of these, but maybe it’s time to start paying more attention to what we say.

Earlier this month there was a discussion on the Believers Voice of Victory Broadcast between Kenneth Copeland and Keith Moore. The discussion was on the topic of how God can clearly be seen. But during this discussion Keith Moore also mentioned some great examples of how our words have an influence on our thinking. He also illustrates an excellent example of how it affects our children through the way we respond to them and what we say to them.

There is one other saying that we also often use, and while we might think it’s just an expression, this one holds more truth than what you may think. We would sometimes refer to someone by saying that person “is sharp with the tongue”, or “wow, she has a sharp tongue”. That is normally referring to someone who seems to be good at saying something hurtful (often sarcastically), and those words really penetrate and hurts deeply.

This alone should already be ample proof of the power of the tongue and of the effect of the words you speak.

Create By Speaking

Have you ever had the experience of being in a room where everybody is relaxed and just having a good time? Until one other individual enters the room. This person is really stressed out and angry. He starts barking out orders and is rude to everybody in the room. Have you ever experienced that? To the extent where you use the expression “the whole atmosphere in the room changed. The atmosphere got so thick and tense that you could feel it”.

For that same reason, why don’t we start creating a pleasant atmosphere wordswherever we go? Create an atmosphere that everybody wants to be in. We can do that by paying attention to what we say and how we say it.

What is your experience with words? Do you think before you speak, or do you sometimes find yourself thinking that you shouldn’t have said that? Are people taking you serious when you speak? Have you ever realized the effect that your words have on how you feel? Have you ever been hurt by someone else’s words?

Let’s talk about it in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you.

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.

How Focused Are You?

“Say no”, is a popular topic in modern-day society. But this normally comes to mind when encouraging young people to keep up moral values or when it involves drugs or crime.

But the need to say need no can extend much further than this. In nugget #26 of his book An Enemy Called Average, John L. Mason tells us to “say no to many good things”.

There Can Be a Very Thin Line between a Lie and the Truth

I think that we often give the devil more credit than is due to him. People would do crazy things, and when confronted about why they did it, they would answer with something in the line of “I really don’t know….the devil just made me do it”.

No….the devil can’t make us do anything. That is what we call making excuses for not accepting responsibility.

What we do need to realize though is that the devil can be very subtle, and there can be a thin line between the truth and a lie. Even in the Garden of Eden, the devil didn’t openly come with a full-on attack. His first approach was to just cause enough confusion to get Eve to Doubt. But that is a discussion for another day.

Today we are looking at a scenario where the line between a lie and the truth is even thinner. The lie we are looking at today is that you have to please everybody.

When looking at that statement, you might be quick to say that you won’t fall into that trap, because you know it is impossible to please everybody.

But how many times have you committed to projects, or did something you really didn’t feel up to, just because you didn’t want to offend someone or for the sake of peace? On the other hand; how many times did you feel offended by the response or actions of a customer or a colleague?

There is one guaranteed formula for failure, and that is to try to please everyone. ~ John L. Mason

Being humble or good-natured doesn’t mean you have to be anybody’s floor mat. There is no need to become rude or aggressive, but there is a time and a place for everything, and we need to realize that it is impossible to please everyone. There is a time when you need to know what your priorities are, and you need to do the right thing.

As John Mason also points out, there is a difference between something that is good and something that is right.

Be Focused

It is easy to become overwhelmed if we start saying yes to every good thing that comes our way. We need to have priorities to able to decide when it is the right thing to do.

Just because something is good, doesn’t mean it is the right (or best) thing to do at that moment, considering what your goals are. Determine exactly what your goal is that you need to achieve, and whatever does not help you in achieving that goal, should not be considered as priority.

By saying no to something, doesn’t mean it is no forever. It just might not be the right thing for that moment.

This can be in any area of life. Whether you want to get a new business up and running or need to change a habit; you need to be able to focus on one thing and stay focused on it until it is achieved.

Not knowing when to say no can lead to you becoming totally overwhelmed by your activities. This can actually have negative effects on your brain and your career and lead to major obstacles in achieving your goals.

Do You Say No To Many Good Things?

Do you know when to say no? How do you manage to stay focused? How do you handle negative criticism when you have to say no?

I would love to hear 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.

12 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Stay Down

Life is not about what happens to us, but about how we respond to what happens to us. Isn’t it amazing how our failures can so quickly eliminate our successes? It is as if that one failure can destroy all previous successes. Have you ever thought of any reason why you shouldn’t stay down?

On a daily basis we need to respond to what is happening in the world around us. Then it hits closer to home; we need to respond to what happens to us. How do you respond to your successes? Do you get so caught up in celebration that you eventually lose momentum, or are you so focused that you can just carry on with your journey to success? Yes, it is very important to know how to respond to success, but it is just as important – if not even more – to know how to respond to your failures.

Failure Is Not the End of the World

This brings me to the next nugget for discussion. The next nugget as we find it in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average is nugget #19: “The most natural thing to do when you get knocked down is to get up”.

We all make mistakes and experience failure. The most successful people in life often are the people who have also made the most mistakes and have had more failures than what you care to remember. There is saying that says “show me the man who never makes a mistake, and I’ll show you a man who never does anything”.

12 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Stay Down:

  1.  It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again. – Vince Lombardifile6431283194820

    The only time when failure becomes final, is when you decide not to get up again, and that is a decision. You may fall ten times, as long as you get up eleven times, you are still going. Everybody falls down but the anticipation comes to see whether you are going to get up again. The falling doesn’t matter, what matters is whether you are going to stay down, or whether you are going to get up to continue the journey.

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

    Every successful person in the world today will be able to tell you about a whole series of failures before they became successful. Overcome the fear of failure, and accept those failures with grace as a learning process, and you will be well on your way to success. Every time you fail, you have learned about another way that wouldn’t work. So you know to avoid that in future. If you didn’t try, you wouldn’t have known. Keep on trying, until you find the way to success.

  3. If you worry about yesterday’s failure, then today’s successes will be few. – Anonymous

    Failure can be a valuable tool in your journey to success. Great lessons can be learned from your failures. Take note of what you have done to cause failure and make sure not to repeat it. Whether it was failure in a business venture, or even if you made a mess of your life at some point, take stock of what happened, change what you can and accept what you can’t change. Then make peace with it, leave the past behind, and face the future. You can’t go back to the past and tomorrow will always be in the future, which is why today is the only present we have. John Mason also has a good way of putting it by saying; “the key to being free from the stranglehold of past failures and mistakes: learn the lesson and forget the details”.

  4. It is a great art to laugh at your own misfortune. – Danish Proverb

    By falling victim to stress and depression due to your failures, you are diminishing your health. Besides that, you will also start pushing people away from you. Yet, have you ever noticed how pleasant it is to be around someone who doesn’t take himself too seriously…someone who can laugh at his own misfortune? By learning this art, you will not only improve your health, you will create a better environment around you.

  5. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it. – Washington Irving

    You have not been placed on this earth to be “little” and to be subdued. You have been placed on this earth to have dominion and to subdue (Genesis 1:26-28). “How can I get my mind to rise above my failures?” you ask. I’m glad you asked. According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, “it has been found that 12 minutes of daily focused prayer over an 8 week period can change the brain to such an extent that it can be measured on a brain scan”.

  6. It is no disgrace to start all over again. It is usually an opportunity. – George Matthew Adams

    People often make a big deal out of their failures. Yet, it often only seems to be a big deal to them. Sometimes you would have some (often ill-informed) people or relatives making some negative remarks for a day or two, but then everybody continues with life as normal, while you are still battling with feelings of shame, guilt, depression and who knows what else. Few people (if any) are even aware of what you are going through. Many of the richest people in the world today, have gone through more than one bankruptcy before they became successful. Does that mean you have to go through such ordeals as bankruptcy before you can become successful? No, but I would definitely classify bankruptcy as a failure. Yet, even failing to that level is not final and it is not hard to find proof of that. The secret lies in starting all over again. Why would you want to stay down after any failure? To start all over again is an opportunity, grab it with both hands and give it all you’ve got.

  7. Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they have half the strength you thought they have. – Norman Vincent Peale

    There is also the saying that says “whether you say ‘I can’ or whether you say ‘I can’t’, you are right”. That makes it quite easy. If you decide that your obstacles are just too overwhelming…..well, you’re right. But that is your decision. You can also decide to stand up to obstacles and do something about them. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, and John 16:33 (Jesus speaking) says “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” That means that if you have accepted Him as your Saviour, you can overcome any obstacle, and through Him you can do all things.

  8. Never give up. – Winston Churchill

    This one is so straightforward and to the point, nobody can say it better. Just “never give up”.

  9. The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success. – David Sarnoff

    Just how serious are you about achieving your goal? Do you have a passion for what you want to achieve? Will it make a difference? What is your reason for wanting to achieve your goal? This might be a harsh example to use, but for the sake of explaining the will to persevere, let’s use the example of me getting mugged at knife point and some youngster takes off with my wallet. I would let him go. I could always buy a new wallet (and I hardly ever carry any cash in my wallet anyhow). So it is more of an inconvenience. But if someone threatens the safety of my wife or my daughters, it becomes a different scenario altogether. I will put up a fight until the end to protect them. As I’ve said, that might sound very extreme, but the point is; how important is it to you to achieve your goal. Know your “why”, and you will be able to persevere until you achieve success.

  10. When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there. – Zig Ziglar

    The obstacles will come. So be prepared, and when they come, be willing to maybe change your plan of action, use a different strategy or a different approach, but once again….”never give up”.

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

    We all have the ability to dream. If you have forgotten what it’s like to dream, I want to challenge you today, to dare to dream again. Where do you think that dream came from in the first place? You have been created with a purpose. God has placed that dream inside of you. You don’t need to be pastor or a preacher to be in God’s plan. God also needs doctors, teachers, writers, and business people in this world to name but a few. That doesn’t mean you can’t work for the Kingdom. If you work to achieve your God-given dream, you can fulfill your God-given potential.

  12. Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. – Richard Bach

    So, here is the final test: are you still alive? If you are reading this, I pretty much think so. So your mission is not finished.

Are You Going To Stay Down or Are You Going To Get Up?

So, obviously your mission is not finished. What are you going to do about it? I would love to hear what you are going to do about it. Or even better still, what are you doing about it? I know I’ve had to get up many times already, but I’m still going, and you?