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Zig Ziglar was America’s most influential and beloved encourager, and believer that everyone could be, do and have more. He influenced an estimated quarter of a billion individuals through his seminars and his 33 books, including the bestseller See You at the Top, which has sold almost two million copies. Continue reading “How To Help Others Reach Their Goals”
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?”
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!
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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.”
Will the United States be an Entitlement Society or an Opportunity Society? It’s not a new question. It’s roughly the same question Americans have been asked for decades.
Let’s begin with definitions:
OPPORTUNITY: a favorable juncture of circumstances; a good chance for advancement or progress.
ENTITLEMENT: the condition of having a right to have, do, or get something; the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges); a type of financial help provided by the government for members of a particular group.
What made America great? There are many factors to our greatness, but no one can deny the driving force of our greatness is the slogan: “America, the Land of Opportunity!” I mean, think about it, why do millions of people from other countries around the world risk everything, even their lives to get to America? Opportunity!
Since the Depression, Americans have generally had to choose between a political leader whose goal was to expand government (Entitlement), or one who wants to strengthen the private sector (Opportunity).
In an Entitlement Society, the government plays the role of a policeman who uses his power to ensure economic equality.Think of the policies during the 1930’s that prolonged rather than ended the Depression. Think of the War on Poverty, which never halted the poverty cycle. Think of the current president’s campaign theme about fairness, which he’s called “the defining issue of our time.”
An Entitlement Society requires wealth distribution — which requires government force. While hailed on the left as a panacea, a remedy for all difficulties, redistribution is a drain on an economy because it weakens a society’s motivation to work, invest and innovate. It moves capital from the private sector, where it would otherwise stimulate economic expansion, to the public sector, where money is spent so inefficiently that government spending is actually a drag on growth.
If a recent Gallup poll is to be believed, Americans aren’t that interested in reducing “the income and wealth gap between rich and poor.” Only 46% say that it’s “extremely” or “very” important that government should follow an equality agenda. At the same time, 82% say economic growth is either “extremely” or “very” important. More than half (52%) say that a wealth gap is an “acceptable part” of the economic system. Only 45% say it isn’t.
The growth that has created Western prosperity, the growth that 82% say is “extremely” or “very” important, is available nowhere else but in an Opportunity Society.
Only in open economies do shop owners, managers, workers and entrepreneurs have the incentive to create more wealth. On the other side is the Entitlement Society, in which the state guarantees that some or all of that wealth is divided among others who are considered more “entitled” to the wealth than the creators. In an Opportunity Society, however, creators keep what they produce, which is an incentive to produce more.
Today, America’s economic system is mixed. It’s neither a full Entitlement Society nor a complete Opportunity Society. But we’ve moved hard toward a predominantly Entitlement Society — and ignored constitutional limits in doing so — where the special interests that have captured the government are the beneficiaries at the expense of the productive.
This is unsustainable. Greece, where the entitlement mentality has caused a fiscal collapse of the government and an economic breakdown, proves that handouts and state expansion can’t go on forever. Sweden, thought of by many on the left as having the right mix of welfare-state socialism and capitalism, saw this problem coming to its country years ago and quietly reversed its path.
Will America be smart enough to make the same adjustment?
Throughout this day, Americans everywhere will celebrate freedom, as well we should. It’s one of the defining principles of our nation! Yet one might ask, Of those celebrating freedom, how many are truly experiencing it?
Certainly, many men and women are living what has been called the “American dream.” They enjoy well-paying careers, wonderful homes, and interesting hobbies. But meanwhile, their “pursuit of happiness” has yet to be satisfied. The reason is that lots of people remain prisoners, internally and externally, despite their apparent success. They are bound to jobs, anxiety, and depression, or a fear of losing what they’ve worked hard to possess. However liberating circumstances may seem externally, we eventually learn that freedom must be realized within. But how?
The answer is Jesus Christ. Isaiah 61:1 prophesied a key aspect of Jesus’ ministry, which continues to this day: He has come to heal the brokenhearted and set captives free. When we trust Him as Savior, the chains holding us back from joy are broken. We are liberated from lies that have been programmed in our minds from an early age, and we begin to see things from God’s point of view. Then we discover that our needs, desires, and overall well-being rest securely in the arms of our heavenly Father.
Are you feeling the weight of anxiety or anger? Look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). And remember the promise of 2 Corinthians 6:2 “Now is the day of salvation” (NIV). The day you trust in Christ is the day He delivers you from fear and bondage. The day you trust Christ is the day you begin experiencing freedom! Need help praying? Click here to contact me!
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“Jesus said, ‘No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.’” (Luke 9:62 MSG)
In Mark 10, a huge crowd was following Jesus as he left Jericho. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus was sitting beside the road as Jesus was going by. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
When Bartimaeus got up that morning, he had no idea that Jesus Christ was going to be passing by him that day. He thought it was just another ordinary day: same place, same cry for help, same miserable, lonely, pitiful lifestyle. He had no time to prepare for Jesus; it was just an opportunity that was dropped in his lap. He had to seize the moment!
He said, “I’m not going to miss this one. I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity! Jesus is coming by my place right now. I’m not going to delay. I’m not going to procrastinate. I’m going to do this now.”
That’s the first key to a fresh start in your life: Whatever you’re going to do, do it now. Don’t say, “Next year I’m going to make a fresh start. Next month I’m going to make a fresh start. Tomorrow I’m going to make a fresh start.” It’s now or never. Seize the moment!
Every day, there are opportunities all around you for a fresh start, but you don’t take
advantage of them. Why? One word: procrastination.
Procrastination is a strange phenomenon. We think it will make our lives easier; we think it will make our lives more present when actually it just creates more stress. The truth is, you already know the right things to do and the benefits of doing the right things in life. So why don’t you do them?
The Bible warns us over and over about presuming upon tomorrow. I’m not guaranteed a tomorrow, and neither are you. Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day” (Luke 9:62 MSG).
You have no guarantee that you will live tomorrow. Whatever you’re going to do, you better do it now.
Don’t lose your grip on love and loyalty. Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart. Earn a reputation for living well in God’s eyes and the eyes of the people. (Proverbs 3:3-4, The Message)
Our dreams are usually shaped by what we think is the best, most fulfilling way to spend our time in this world. We don’t want to be failures. We only get one life and we want to use it well. So we dream about the kind of success we desire, and we eventually pursue those dreams. But does God see success the same way we do? If we’re going to live by faith in a good God, we have to rethink our culture’s ideas about “success” and shape our goals around His.
Many of us think of success as “being important,” or maybe being at the top of whatever field we work in. We would likely say that the CEO of a company is successful, but we might not say the same about his secretary. We would think of a famous athlete as successful, but we might not say the same of a middle school basketball coach. This is how we define success because these are the goals our culture has put before us. But the truth is, God hasn’t commanded us all to become CEO’s or famous athletes. He hasn’t called us to worldly success; He’s called us to faithfulness. We need to adjust our goals, and further, adjust our dreams.
It is not your business to succeed, but to do right: when you have done so, the rest lies with God.—C. S. Lewis
What action steps must you take to be successful?
Many of God’s promises are conditional, requiring some initial action on our part. Once we begin to obey, He will begin to bless us. Great things were promised to Abraham, but not one of them could have been obtained had he waited in Chaldea. He had to leave his home, friends, and country, travel unfamiliar paths, and press on in unwavering obedience in order to receive the promises. The ten lepers Jesus healed were told to show themselves to the priest, and “as they went, they were cleansed.” If they had waited to see the cleansing come to their bodies before leaving, they would never have seen it. God was waiting to heal them, and the moment their faith began to work, the blessing came.
When the Israelites were entrapped by Pharaoh’s pursuing army at the Red Sea, they were commanded to “go forward.” No longer was it their duty to wait, but to rise up from bended knees and “go forward” with heroic faith. Years later the Israelites were commanded to show their faith again by beginning their march over the Jordan while the river was at its highest point. They held the key to unlock the gate into the Land of Promise in their own hands, and the gate would not begin to turn on its hinges until they had approached and unlocked it. The key was faith.
We are destined to fight certain battles, and we think we can never be victorious and conquer our enemies. Yet as we enter the conflict, One comes who fights by our side. Through Him we are “more than conquerors.” If we had waited in fear and trembling for our helper to come before we would enter the battle, we would have waited in vain. God is waiting to pour out His richest blessings on you. “Go forward” with bold confidence and take what is yours. “I have begun to deliver … Now begin to conquer and possess.”
—J. R. Miller (1840–1912)
A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn into glorious success.—Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915)
Faith that goes forward triumphs.—Author unknown
Leave not the business of today to be done tomorrow; for who knows what may be your condition tomorrow? The rose-garden, which today is full of flowers, when tomorrow you would pluck a rose, may not afford you one.—Firdausī (940–1020)
Philippians 4:13 ESV / I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Psalm 37:4 ESV / Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Proverbs 16:3 ESV / Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.