man looking out into the distance

Looking for Success in All the Wrong Places

Many of us seek “success”. We believe our assignment (purpose) is God-given yet we look to others for the plans, details, and strategies for that assignment rather than going back to the one who gave us the assignment. We listen to many different voices hoping they will help us fulfill our God-given assignment. And what do we have to show for it? Confusion, missing information, incomplete, bi-polar success, and little or no money.

We were never meant to follow the crowd. We are called to stand out. We are called to lead. Our success is guaranteed but only if we are on the right assignment. Success in the wrong assignment is failure.

It’s time for a realignment.
What is YOUR assignment? Do you remember? Are you clear on your assignment? Are the details clear?

How do we reconnect with our true assignment?
Take a day, get a notebook and pen and
1. Get somewhere quiet and sit down. Turn off the distractions. Better yet leave them at home.
2. Get quiet. Stop talking. Lean in and listen.
3. Do what you hear in your quiet time. Act quickly.
4. Rinse and repeat weekly.

Surfer Van

The one thing that makes all the difference

The thing that makes one stand out successfully is one’s character.

What is character? The New Oxford American Dictionary defines character as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. I will add to that definition.
Character is a commitment to a set of values without compromise. It is the willingness to sacrifice pleasure for principle. Character is dedication to a set of standards without wavering. Character is self-imposed discipline and character is manifested when your values, principles, and morals are tested.

Character is tested under pressure. There are 3 things that test character: appetites, (food, drink, sex) fame and power.
Every time one’s character is proven a deposit of trust is made. Trust is a by-product of character. It cannot be bought or demanded or prayed for, it must be earned.

Trust is built over time.  It may have taken 50 years to build but it can be lost in 50 seconds. Just ask Wells Fargo. Founded over 100 years ago in 1852 it recently lost its credibility due to misconduct. They are now in the process of rebuilding what they’ve lost.

Trust is the currency of leadership and it is the reason one is successful.  People follow you because they trust you. You buy leadership success with the trust the people give you. Its impossible to lead those who don’t trust you. Trust is testing over time. Only you can protect the trust given to you. This done with your character and integrity.

Points to remember:
Character is what you do when no one is watching.
Character is displayed in public but tested in secret.
A person of character can be trusted.
You cannot buy, demand or pray for trust.
It is given by people in response to character.
Trustworthiness is the currency of leadership
Trust is a product of stability. The successful business/leader must be fixed, predictable, stable.

Remember Trust= Test over time.

Voices

You Can Get With This or You Can Get With That . . .

You can get with this or you can get with that. But you can’t do both.

The world today is filled with many voices all competing for our attention.  Books, podcasts YouTube Videos, webinars, meetings and the like are jockeying for position in between our ears or in front of our eyes. Attention is the new commodity according to Gary Vaynerchuck, who day trades attention.

Each of these voices has something significant to offer and each is speaking a truth but is that truth or offering good for you?

Do you follow someone because their words ignite something within you? Do you follow because someone you know follows them? Do follow because they followed you and you are being polite by following them back? Do you follow to get more followers? Do you follow what I’m saying?

Listening to or “following” many different voices can be difficult and confusing. Each voice has a different point of view which may be the reason that many listeners or followers are stuck or unstable in their endeavors. One voice says, “Do this.” Another voice says, “Do that”. The listener/follower is now torn between two opinions. “No one can follow two opinions. No one can follow two voices.

Which voice is right for you? The voice to whom you give your attention must speak truth. Truth that is true for you. That voice must nourish your growth. That voice must help you reach your destination (your destiny) and help you fulfill your purpose.

It’s time to consider and audit the books, podcasts, videos, the meetings, and webinars to whom we give our attention. It’s time to delete and discard those voices that don’t take us where we want to go. It’s no fun realizing that you missed your turn because you weren’t  listening to the right directions. Listen to and follow those who are going your way. Do it today. You don’t have time to be on the wrong road. #Whatsonyourplaylist

The Path

Private Environments – A Conversation with BizChick Terrilena Austin

The environment is which grow is critical to our we see ourselves and what we allow to happen to us and those around us.  This conversation with BizChick, Terrilena Austin gives a little glimpse into how certain behaviors are acquired, nurtured and grown into the life we live now.  Give us your feedback after you listen.

 

Tim Gillette

Change Your Playlist

This podcast is from an interview with Rocker Life Coach, Tim Gillette.  In this 5 minute piece, he speaks about how so many of us have negative tapes (thoughts) going on in our heads that replay over and over. He talks about his personal struggle and what he does every day to win.  Consider the source of what you hear in your headsets and if you don’t like the voices in your head change the playlist. “You make the music that going to be in your life”.  Enjoy.

 

Learn more about Tim here.

Colorful Spring Garden

Not by Accident.

Why are we here?  Why now?  We could have been born in any other era but we are here now.   This is not by accident.  This is on purpose.  This was deliberate.  Myles Munroe said once, “there is something that this world needs that makes your birth necessary”.  Find out what that is today.  Discover your true purpose today.

Scrabble tiles that spell life

Expect Better.

The choice is always ours.  We can expect the best or we can expect the best.   Not sure what to choose?  Choose life.

I read this this morning and thought that this would help someone. It certainly helped me.

““This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach. It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.

“Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.

“But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy.

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.””
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Deuteronomy‬ ‭30:11-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/deu.30.11-20.nlt