Steve lived in a large house in a pleasant suburb. It was a great place to raise his family of five, but his children have long since married and moved on. 15 years ago, Steve’s business failed, and although it would have made financial and practical sense for Steve and his wife to downsize, they loved their home and always put off the tough decision. Continue reading “How Are You In The Decision Making Process?”
A great Proverbs bible study is found in chapter 6 verses 6-11. It reads as follows:
You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions. So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed? A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent house guest!
Everybody should study ants and their philosophy—it’s simple, but it’s powerful! When was the last time you saw ants reach an obstacle and give up with their heads down and head back to the ant hole to relax? Never. Continue reading “Need Inspiration? Look To The Ant”
Building a profitable MLM business to earn a steady $500 to $1000 every month can be difficult. You’ve got to consistently sell products and recruit new team members to make that happen. Continue reading “Are You Recruiting the Wrong People into Your Downline?”
I ran across a great article over in the Entrepreneur magazine. Here is a summary: Being an entrepreneur is challenging. Every day is a constant battle with uncertainty and doubt. But it can be a lot harder if you don’t actively make yourself a bigger priority than your business. Continue reading “8 Things Entrepreneurs Need To Do Daily To Care For Themselves”
Years ago I committed to living by this principle, “My potential is God’s gift to me. What I do with my potential is my gift to Him.”
I believe I’m accountable to God, my family, others, and myself for every gift, talent, resource, and opportunity I have in life. If I give less than my best, then I am shirking my responsibility. UCLA coach John Wooden said it best, “Make everyday your masterpiece.” If we give our best all the time, we can make our lives into something special. And that will overflow into the lives of others. Continue reading “Are You Making The Most Of Your Potential?”
Success can bring many things: power, privilege, fame, wealth. How we use those options reveals our character. Wealthy people can use their resources to benefit others or only themselves. Famous people can use their notoriety to model good character or to selfishly serve themselves. Leaders can make decisions that affect others positively or negatively. It is up to them.
At the heart of the matter is whether people desire to use their power to put others in their place or to put themselves in others’ place. George Washington Carver made a great observation: “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” Our treatment of others results from our perspective of them!
Put yourself in someone else’s place before leading him or her.
How serious are you about improving yourself? There are many ways to improve yourself, but what are the most important things you can do to improve you? No one else will find time to improve you, but you.
You will desire to increase your value if you are looking to move to the next level in your life. I don’t know what your next level is, but I do know that we should always be moving up or forward in life. How do we do this? Increasing our value in life.
What is value? Value is adding worth, raising the level importance, being beneficial, or making something more significant.
You have heard it said, “You cannot give what you do not have.” There are people who possess good hearts and the desire to give, yet they have very little to offer. Why? Because they have not first added value to themselves. Making yourself more valuable is not an entirely selfish act. When you acquire knowledge, earn a new skill, or gain experience, you not only improve yourself, but you also increase your ability to help others.
Allow me to share 3 ways to increase your value and improve your life.
#1 Find Time
You must find time to improve you. No excuse known to man is good enough to stop you from investing in yourself.
It’s important to set aside a little time daily to invest in yourself. The question is, “What will you be doing during that time to invest in yourself?” And the answer should be, “Whatever it takes.”
- It may be reading book.
- It may be attending a conference.
- It may be searching the Internet for resources.
You will be researching and learning during this daily time you will set aside. Just remember, if you don’t spend the time investing in yourself no one else will. So you do “Whatever it takes.”
Your value begins to rise as you gain more knowledge and experience through this time you spend investing in yourself.
#2 Find a Team
Many people think they can do it on the own, but they couldn’t be more wrong. You need a team to do anything great in this life. You have probably heard the phrase, “It takes a team to achieve the dream.” Possibly you heard it this way, “Teamwork makes the dream work!”
Improving your value in life is an important matter and should not be taken lightly. Another phrase I grew up hearing was “You are whom you hang around.” In some cases that statement may not be true, but in most cases it is quite accurate.
You need to be around people who will be able to increase your value. It is impossible for someone to add value to your life if they haven’t discovered their own value and purpose.
I am not encouraging you to disconnect or disassociate with people that are already in your life, unless those individuals are pulling you down or decreasing your value. There are some people who will drain your value and you won’t know it until it’s too late. Why subject yourself to the pain of living with regrets because you surrounded yourself with the wrong people.
So surround yourself with the right people who will give you the right advice to increase your value and improve your life.
Don’t get so caught up in self that you forget to help someone else. I know you cannot help the entire world. No can help the entire world, but we can do little small things to give back.
At the end of the day, we were created to serve and help others. Whether it is parenting, helping out at your church, blogging, helping a senior citizen carry groceries to her car, or feeding the homeless; do something and do it consistently. And don’t ask for any pay from it. Everything changes when start thinking about compensation. Do it out of the goodness of your heart. You will have plenty of opportunities to receive great compensation if you are helping other people. The money will come.
You may be pressed for time, but I promise whatever it is can wait. This will be a great opportunity for you to help someone, but more than anything you will be helping yourself. You will discover God speaking directly to our heart during these times of helping others. He will reveal greater opportunities for you to increase your value and improve your life.
Here is what I have learned:
As I improve myself, I am better able to help others improve. The more I grow, the more I can help others grow. The same will be true for you!
Do you keep your career options open? Would you like to diversify your income?
Ambassador and poet Henry Van Dyke observed, “There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.” What a great perspective! Doing for others what they cannot do for themselves is really a matter of attitude. I believe that whatever I have been given is to be shared with others. And because I have an abundance mind-set, I never worry about running out myself. The more I give away, the more I seem to get to give away!
No matter how much or how little you think you have, you have the ability to do for others what they cannot do for themselves. Exactly how you do that will depend on your unique gifts, resources, and history.
Few things are of greater value to a prepared person than an opportunity. Why? Because opportunities increase our potential. Demosthenes, the great orator of ancient Greece, said, “Small opportunities are often a source of success. Help people win by giving them opportunities, and you will win with them.”
“A confused mind does nothing.” – Anonymous
Focus: fo’-cus / verb
- adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly;
- pay particular attention to.
Just as you should keep your focus off yesterday, you should not have it on tomorrow. If you are always thinking about tomorrow, then you will never get anything done today.Your focus needs to remain in the one area where you have some control – today. What is ironic is that if you focus on today, you get a better tomorrow!
There are certain things you can do everyday to help you in this area.
- Read daily to grow in your personal life.
- Listen to others daily to broaden your perspective.
- Think daily to apply what you have learned.
- Write daily so you can remember what you have learned.
- Share daily what you have learned with others.
To help you focus and have the right mind-set, read this “Just for Today” list every morning:
JUST FOR TODAY….
- I will choose and display the right attitudes.
- I will determine and act on important priorities.
- I will know and follow healthy guidelines.
- I will communicate with and care for my family.
- I will practice and develop good thinking.
- I will make and keep proper commitments.
- I will earn and properly manage finances.
- I will deepen and live out my faith.
- I will initiate and invest in solid relationships.
- I will plan for and model generosity.
- I will embrace and practice good values.
- I will seek and experience improvements.
- I will act on these decisions and practice disciplines, and then one day….I will see the compounding results of a day lived well! – John Maxwell “Today Matters”
Try doing this everyday. Remember, you cannot change yesterday. You cannot count on tomorrow. But you can choose what you do today! Give today your focus and reap the benefits tomorrow!