MONDAY AGAIN?

It’s Monday! For many it is the start of the work week. Let’s approach this week believing that something great is about to happen! What are today’s challenges saying to you, Impossible or I’m possible? The way we view a challenge can lead to us taking a limiting or encouraging approach. Science and technology would not have made the huge advances that it has if these ground-breaking individuals believed in impossibility. Impossible is only impossible until someone finds a way to make it possible. So instead of declaring that something is impossible let’s say that it is possible, I just need to find out how.

The initial battle for success takes place in the mind. Our mind set dictates how we think, feel and approach challenges. If you change the way you think about something, you can change the outcome. What seems like an impossible task can probably be achieved with the right resources. If you open your mind to all possibilities you will find a way to make it possible. When you limit your expectations, you immediately limit your results.

You have been called to touch the lives of others and whatever your plans and goals are, this is a huge undertaking. Whenever your task is looking impossible remember that with God, all things are possible! Fill your mind with thoughts of positivity, enthusiasm, and determination. God has not put limits on what you can achieve and neither should you.

Build a Team

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when striving to make your dream a reality. It’s our dream, so we feel the burden, and the responsibility to make it happen. But remember, you don’t have to do it all by yourself. The sooner you realize that it’s OK to get help, the less pressure you will feel.

Find people who believe in your vision. Be clear on your goals and your expectations of them. Use the individual strengths of your team and don’t be afraid to delegate. Listen to their ideas and suggestions, the vision may be yours, but they may know of ways to successfully execute what needs to be done.

Keep communication open and effective, and encourage transparency. Teams are a lot like families and there may be differences of opinion from time to time. With good leadership skills, these differences can be overcome.

The benefits to having a team to work alongside are numerous. You will have more time to focus on the areas you are good at; the temptation to procrastinate will be less because your goals are shared and delegated; you will be able to have a second opinion on your ideas and productivity will be increased.

Even if you do not have an entire to team to work with, outsourcing tasks that need to be taken care of on a regular bases will make you more efficient.

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Daily Habits of Successful People

By now we have realized that being successful is not just about being lucky or having extremely high intelligence. We all have the potential to be successful and to achieve our goals. But, there are definitely some common characteristics that successful people have developed and put into practice daily. What may surprise you is that many of these routines have more to do with physical and emotional well-being than business. One of the major keys to successful living is avoiding burn-out. If you are burnt out, you will have nothing left to give to your business, your families or your ministry.

Exercise in the morning. It doesn’t have to be a full-blown work out! Walking or any form of light exercise will get the blood flowing and allow the circulation to prepare your body and mind for the day ahead.

Eat a healthy breakfast. Give your body and mind the fuel and stimulants that it needs to get you started on the road of productivity. A healthy breakfast will sustain your energy levels and help to avoid the fatigue crash caused by sugary and caffeine rich breakfasts. Have fun experimenting with cereal, fruits and juices and eat your way to productiveness.

Get up before the family. Having time to yourself before the day begins gives you the space to process your thoughts and feelings and deal with any negativity. You are then free to start your day with a burst of positive energy.

Wind down after work. Find a routine that works for you that will allow you to disengage from work. This may include making your to do list for the next day, writing in a journal, turning off your electronic devices or reading a book. Whatever you choose to do, give your mind a break and a time to rest and replenish from the stresses of the day.

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You Run Your Business, Don’t Let Your Business Run You

Running your own business can be a daunting experience. Most peoples idea of self-employment centers around thoughts of setting your own hours, taking days off when you want and not having to answer to anyone because you are your own boss. Most peoples reality of self-employment is actually, long hours, rare days off and the pressure that comes with being your own boss.

Business discipline is important because it creates consistent results. Being an entrepreneur does not mean freedom from responsibility. Have established work hours. Set up systems for the things that have to be done repeatedly on a regular bases so that you are not starting from scratch every time you perform that task. Understand your weaknesses and be prepared to delegate when necessary. Create a budget and stick to it as closely as possible.

How you spend your time is key to running your business and not letting the business run you. You are responsible for the business you have created and it is easy to become consumed with all the different aspects that are involved. Being distracted by another task without completing the one you’re on can be a huge problem. When you are running your own business there is no one to push you to make sure you are completing tasks on time. Create a routine, organize your space and prioritize your goals at the beginning of the day.

Having a balanced life while running your own business can be difficult but is not impossible and organization is the key. Set boundaries around your work life and stick to your schedule. Commit to socializing and spending quality time with friends and family. Have realistic expectations, balance will not always mean that you have equal time for business and personal life. Sometimes the business will need most of your attention, and at other times you will have more free time on your hands. The balance comes in making sure you make appropriate decisions that will maintain your business as well as your health and well-being.

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You Are Amazing!

Take time to appreciate yourself. Go on, it’s OK! It’s so easy to get caught up in work, building businesses, future goals, being great parents that we forget to appreciate ourselves. Your goals and dreams are not going to happen without you – that’s how important you are!

Make a list of the things that are amazing about you. We all have someone that we admire, look up to, or aspire to be like. We can easily list the things that we like about them and why they are an inspiration to us. Well, make this list about yourself. Write down all the things that you appreciate about you. All the things! From the way you make spaghetti, to the way you are learning to deal with conflict. Keep adding to this list as you have new experiences, and learn more about yourself. Read it at least once a week and appreciate you.

Compliment yourself. We all love the feeling we experience when we receive a compliment from someone. We suddenly get a rush of confidence that can influence our mood for the rest of the day! Have you thought about how powerful that is? Well, let’s put that power in to our own hands. We spend so much time correcting ourselves, and thinking about the negative aspects of our lives. Start paying compliments to yourself, and set yourself up for a great day.

Use the word of God. As a believer, connect yourself to, and believe what God says about you. What better appreciation can you get than from the one who created you and purposed you to be! The bible is full of God’s declarations about your greatness. Use the word of God to appreciate you the way God does!

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What Death Taught Me

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One thing that has stood out to me as I ponder over 2015 is the untimely deaths of loved ones this year. This has caused me to shed tears that I preferred not to have shed. If you’ve been reading my blogs for any length of time you will understand that I’m always looking for a lesson out of everything in life. We talked about this on the last blog as well, no matter whether it’s good, bad, or ugly – finding the lesson is essential.

As I pondered on the lives of the individuals, all in which left us too soon, what they did – how they lived their lives – how old they were, I instinctively thought about my life. See, there are a lot of us that are still breathing and going about our lives, but really we are the walking dead. We are rotting with issues of the past, hurts from loved ones and unspoken secrets. We are living, but full of dead issues. Now I’m going to say this and it might sting a little bit so brace yourself – are you ready?

What better off are you than the those who are no longer with us if we are so full of negativity and darkness that we can’t produce real true life?

(Let’s take a moment and let that sink in)

I want to challenge you before the turn of the year – DO SOME HOUSEKEEPING! Don’t carry the dead stuff over, confront, deal, do whatever you have to do to make it right so that you can LIVE!

What Have You Learned?

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What have you learned in 2015? This year has given us ups and downs, good times and bad. We’ve cried and laughed – very hard to that fact. The one thing that all of these aforementioned emotional moments have in common is this: They all came to teach us something. Those lessons were and even still are being sent to get us ready for what is destined for us in 2016. If you have not learned those lessons, you won’t be prepared for the massive influx of good that is going to come in 2016.

A lot of times we put so much focus on the tree that we forget that there is a complete forest ahead of us. This is how we do with the moments that come in our lives, whether they are good or bad  – we put way too much focus on the moment and forget to consider why the moment came  – which is to affect our ENTIRE life. This will have you going through an entire year not really learning nothing. That in itself is a travesty!

Well all is not lost – here is what I want you to do. Take a moment to write down every significant moment you can remember on a sheet of paper. Then under each moment write down every lesson that was learned or suppose to be learned. Meditate over that list for the next 4 days and ask God to open your eyes to everything you’ve missed. Remember Jonah made a 3 day journey in one day. Writing and meditation can excel your footsteps and put you on a learning fast track as you prepare for 2016.

Be sure to leave your comments below on how your writing and meditation has gone.