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One Action

We are one action away from accelerating our success or propelling our failure.  Just one action can change the entire course of your life. Your family, health or company.

The story that comes to mind of Nike. You know them, the big athletic apparel brand. They had a major influencer on their team in Stephen Curry, (of the Golden State Warriors). Steph wanted to put his mantra, “I can do all things” on his shoe. This comes from the bible verse in Philippians 4:13 that says, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.”

Nike took one action and said no. Steph Curry took one action and went with another company that told him yes. Under Armour took one action and said yes. And now that brand influencer is on their team.

One action cost Nike a major endorser. One action gained Under Armour a major endorser.

What’s your one action that will change the course of your life?

Read the Faithit article here:

Watch the Spot

your new level is your new thought

New Levels

 

Your next level is your new thought. I heard this at a conference I attended.  Casey Treat was the speaker and he talked about renewing your mind.  I’m all about what’s going on in my headsets.  What am I listening to on a daily basis?  The things that we listen to determine where we’re going to end up.  Renewing my mind is important.  What I’m listening to right now has gotten me where I am.  If I’m going to go to a different level I got to get a new thought.  But how do I get a new thought? I’ve got to get new information. I’ve got to change the information that I have been receiving, get different information and apply that information.  I now have a new thought.  I can now go to a new level.  New thoughts . . . New levels.

What new thoughts do you need to go to your next level?  We’d love to hear from you. Share this with someone.  Thanks for tuning in.

 

Piece of Mind

We all have great thoughts and wonderful ideas. However, our thoughts and ideas are no good to us or anyone else unless they are shared.

Words are the vehicle that we use to share these thoughts and ideas. We use words to paint pictures of our thoughts and ideas to share with others.

What comes to your mind when I say the word “dog”? Do you see Ralphie, your childhood pet or do you see the neighbors little black the chihuahua that seems to never stop barking?

Your words help us to image (imagine) your thoughts and ideas. This is why it is important to capture the vision (your thoughts & ideas), write it and make it simple on paper. This will require that you sit down, get quiet and turn off all distractions.

Now take that written vision of the company, building, ministry, book or invention and begin building it out. Share it with others. Effective communication is really important at this point. You must consistently communicate and clarify your vision to and with your team until they see the vision like you see it.

There is a beautiful building in you, a great symphony or best-selling book for which the world is waiting. Do it today. Write that vision. Make it simple and give us a piece of your mind.

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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!