Sunday, October 29, 2017

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone Isn’t Easy

Getting out of your comfort zone isn’t easy, especially if you are reserved or introverted by nature. But it takes courage and faith to believe that you’re walking toward your God-given purpose. If you believe your goal is tied to what God would have you to do, then know that He often sends people into uncomfortable situations. He told Abraham to leave his country and his family and go to a land He was going to show him—later  (Genesis 12:1). He sent an insecure Moses to Egypt to rescue the Israelites from slavery—and He told him it wasn’t going to be easy because Pharaoh wouldn’t let them go easily (Exodus 3). When Jesus was approached by a rich young man who wanted to know what he had to do to gain eternal life, Jesus told the man to sell his belongings and give to the poor, and that he would have treasure in heaven. But the man didn’t want to give up his earthly possessions and chose to walk away (Mark 10:17-22). The man didn’t have the faith to let go of temporary riches to inherit eternal riches.
The writer of Hebrews defines faith as “ the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”[1] Not only could Abraham not see the land God was going to give him, but also he had no idea where God was leading him. Yet he had faith that God would fulfill that promise. So he went. Moses was pretty nervous about what God was sending him to do. He even questioned God’s choice of him when he declared he couldn’t speak that well to face Pharaoh with such demands. But he went, and you know the rest of the story.



[1] Hebrews 11



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Friday, October 27, 2017

What Love’s Got To Do With Taking Risks And Living Your Best Life?


You may be wondering what love’s got to do with taking risks and living your best life. It has everything to do with it.
No matter what kind of goal you set in life or what resources you use to reach it, if you don’t do it from a place a love for others, it won’t really amount to much in the end. Love is the most important gift God has invested in us (1 Corinthians 13:2)._There is a quote I really like. In essence, it says we must love with great care and courage, because loving others requires us to be our most vulnerable selves. And I think that’s what pursuing your goals and pressing through uncomfortable situations to reach them is all about–being vulnerable. But know that vulnerability does not equal weakness. As a matter of fact, Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability in a TED Talk.[1] But I want to get back to the notion of love being a part of the equation of success.
To be successful requires being rich in respect and love and free from envy and hate. Yes, you need to feel good about the success of others and show great generosity of heart. And you may think this sounds crazy, but it’s always better to love than to be loved.



[1] https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability/up-next

To be successful requires being rich in respect and love and free from envy and hate. Yes, you need to feel good about the success of others and show great generosity of heart. And you may think this sounds crazy, but it’s always better to love than to be loved.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Winners Go the Extra Mile

Winners know that if they want to really succeed in their career, school, or life, they have to go above and beyond. They give the people around them – whether it’s co-workers, clients, family or friends -- more than is expected and, in return, they’re generously rewarded with loyalty, prospects, promotions, opportunity, and money.
They don’t concentrate on “What’s In It for Me” like some people do. They don’t consider whether or not something is fair or whether they’ll be remunerated or acknowledged for more effort. Instead, they focus on surpassing expectation, paying extra attention to detail, and providing quality work above all else.


Keeping these winning habits in mind and soon you will think like a winner and have the successful life you dream of. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Winners Believe in Themselves



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If you’re going to be a winner in life, you have to believe that you are capable of making it happen. Believing in yourself is a decision. Declare daily: I can and I will. Overtime, your new belief will take root and your daily actions will reflect what you believe.

Winners accept in their God-given favor and act as if achieving their goals is completely possible.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

How We Think is Often Fueled By The Way We See Ourselves

How we think is often fueled by the way we see ourselves. In a recent devotion, Dr. Charles Stanley wrote that a negative self-image is a barrier to faith, in this case, our confidence to carry out our God-given assignments or achieve our goals. Other “faith barriers” to reaching the winner’s circle in life include fear and doubt. Ultimately, “faith barriers hinder the flow of divine power in our life, slow spiritual growth, and prevent us from fully carrying out the Father’s will.”[1]
We are like magnets: we tend to draw whatever thoughts are in our mind. You will only produce like-minded things. You have heard the following sayings:
“If you want people to believe in you, believe in them.”
“If you want people to trust in you, trust in them.”
“If you want people to like you, try liking them.

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