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It’s the little things

So, I am watching the Golden State Warriors play the Portland Trailblazers in the NBA Finals first round.  The assistant coach, Mike Brown was asked a question as to why he was “knit-picking” on the little things when Golden State was so far head.  They were up by more than thirty points.  He said something pretty interesting.  He said, and I’m paraphrasing,  “we have to keep doing the little things consistently well in order for us to win.”  Now mind you, they are already up three games to none and he was still insisting that they do the little things well.

Now take that to your business and personal life.  Doing the little things well consistently will get you to a championship-type state in your business.  It will keep you successful. Just doing the little things that got you there, well.   Not giving up and not backing down just because you’re the leader of the pack.  Just doing the little things well.  That’s my take from the NBA game today.

 

Success vs. Fame

The two are often times confused.

Many think they are successful because they are well known. The truth is you’re you may be extremely successful yet no one knows your name.

Remember: The leading indicator of success is in the number of people you have helped whether or not anyone else knows about it.

Committed to your success!

Snapchat’s new privacy policy may be a scary ghost story.

Snapchat released it’s modified privacy policy this week and while most of it remains pretty much the same, there’s one aspect that needs your undivided attention. This is from the Snapchat parent company website:

There are three basic categories of information we collect:

  • Information you choose to give us.
  • Information we get when you use our services.
  • Information we get from third parties.
Pay close attention to item 3:

– We may collect information that other users provide about you when they use our services. For example, if another user allows us to collect information from their device phonebook—and you’re one of that user’s contacts—we may combine the information we collect from that user’s phonebook with other information we have collected about you. We may also obtain information from other companies that are owned or operated by us, or any other third-party sources, and combine that with the information we collect through our services.

This means that Snapchat can collect and use information from anyone who has you as a contact even though you may not have agreed with the privacy policy.  Are you cool with this?  Will you still use Snapchat?
Whenever you update a device or app and are presented with new or modified terms be sure to take the time to read through and know what you are getting into.
Please share and always read the fine print!
True Leaders

14 qualifications of a true leader

14 Qualifications of a True Leader: (1 Tim 3:1-7)

Although these qualifications are intended for a leader in the Church, they should be the standard for any person in leadership.  How do you measure up?

  1. Life above reproach
  2. Faithful to one’s spouse
  3. Temperate
  4. Self-controlled
  5. Respectable
  6. Hospitable
  7. Able to teach
  8. Not given to drunkenness (or other controlling substances)
  9. Not violent, but gentle
  10. Not quarrelsome
  11. Not a lover of money
  12. Manages his/her family well
  13. Not a novice
  14. Good reputation
Purpose

So Why Are You Here Anyway?

Purpose is the original reason for one’s existence.  Purpose is the end that caused your beginning.  Proverbs 19:21

So it’s like this.  If purpose is not known, there will be abuse.  Abuse of time & abuse of resources.  For instance, that smart phone you have does far more than make a call or send a text.  Most of us don’t know all that it really does. *

So here’s my challenge to you.  Get out your phone and learn a new feature every day.   Then take some time and sit down, get quiet and discover an aspect of your true purpose that may have been overlooked. Discover the original intent for your life.

 

*The average person uses only a third of their smartphone’s features. Read more at http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/smartphone-features-actually-used-new-apps-pricey/story-28327418-detail/story.html#dqXYKwCjfBCcaFeR.99

Decisions

The Choice is Yours

Many feel that they must choose between the lesser of two evils in this presidential election.  Yet this is not so.

The United States of America is a republic with a democratic process.  This means that elected officials get hired by the vote of the people.   And these elected officials must carry out  the will of the people who hired them. Regardless of the personal feelings or beliefs of the elected official.

We are free-will beings and even God Himself will not violate our right to choice.  Take for example the book of 1st Samuel 8:1-9. The children of Israel demanded a king like the other nations. Despite the fact, God Himself desired to be their leader, guide, and king. God gave the people what they wanted.

8 Now it came to pass when Samuel was old that he made his sons judges over Israel. 2 The name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. 3 But his sons did not walk in his ways; they turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5 and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. 9 Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.” 1 Samuel 8:1-9NKJV

In our election process, there is another option where you can make your choice known. This option has gotten little to no attention.  It is the power of the pen, pencil or sticker if you will. The power to write-in your choice.

Generally, write-in candidates can compete in any election within the United States.  Write-in candidates have a small chance of winning.  But there have been some strong showings by write-in candidates over the years.  Retrieved from https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Write-in_candidate.

Don’t like your choices? Choose someone else.  Pick up the pen and write-in!

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Turn off the phone!

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Looking for ways to be more productive in your day?  Here are three tips that have served me well:

  1. Put your phone on silent. Do not answer or check it during appointments or events.
  2. Set a specific, non-negotiable time to check & return calls, texts & notifications.
  3. Stick to the time you set.  Return the calls, texts & notifications.

How did this work for you?  I would love to hear your feedback.

Look Higher

 

 Adobe Spark (2)

You will not be able to solve problems using the same source that created the problems.  You must get answers from a higher source.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9