The Power of Consistency

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There are somethings that come through prayer and fasting, but there are other things that come through simple consistency. It’s a biblical law, what you sow you will reap – Don’t be weary in well doing, God is not mocked you will reap if you faint not. In other words, if you remain and stay consistent you will get what you’ve been pushing for.

Today I want to talk to you about the benefits of being consistent.

Measurement. Until you have tried something new for a period of time and in a consistent manner, you can’t decide if it works or not.  How do you measure effectiveness if what you are measuring isn’t performed consistently?

You should give something at least six months before judging it as a success or failure.

Reputation. In a society where integrity is at an all time low. Being known for your consistency is a huge point of difference between you and your contemporaries. Your business, or you as an individual will stand out as dependable and trustworthy.

Enforces Discipline. By creating a culture of consistency it enables a strong sense of discipline. This exercised discipline will innately spill over into other areas of your life. Before you know it, every area of your life will be governed by discipline.

I want to challenge you to pick something and do it for 6 months straight no breaks and then observe what fruit you got from your consistency challenge.

Investing in Yourself

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Everybody is invested or investing in something, but few people are investing into themselves!

Self-Investment is the most profitable investment you ever make. It yields not only future returns, but often a current pay-off as well. The surest way to achieve a better quality life, to be successful, productive, and satisfied is to place a priority on investing in both personal and professional growth. The effort you put into consistently investing in yourself plays a large role in determining the quality of your life now and in the future.

Below are three way you can invest in yourself.

Develop your skills. Improving your skills doesn’t always mean investing in higher education. You can download eBooks of pertinent topics to your career, subscribe to current blogs, and take continued education classes.

Explore your creative side. There is a fountain of creativity within most of us that has never been tapped or certainly hasn’t been used to its highest potential. It’s time to tap into that Creativity! You’ve been inside of the box too long and the world is waiting to see what you will create when you decided to create outside of the lines. Below are some ideas that can help jump start your creativity.

  • Learn a new language
  • write something – a book, short stories, poetry, anything
  • Explore the outside world
  • Enjoy music
  • Create something tangible – paint, sculpt, make pottery, make jewelry or design your own clothes.

Nurture your mind and body. Nurturing both your mind and body allows you to have more to give now and  in the future, more energy, more knowledge, more ideas, greater strength, physical and mental endurance.

Expand your mind. Learning new things and keeping your mind active even in simple ways helps to grow and maintain your mental ability.

  • Read – anything and everything
  • Explore culture – attend performances, listen to different style of music, travel, or join an organization or group comprised of people from different backgrounds.
  • Open your mind – engage in conversations with those who disagree with you. Look at an argument and try to make a case for the opposing point of view.
  • Keep your mind active

Investing in yourself truly makes a difference in your life, your well-being, and your ability to thrive and perform to the best of your ability. The extent to which you invest in yourself, mind and body, not only shapes the way you interact with the outside world, it often reflects the opinion you have of yourself. Your future is in large part determined by your willingness and ability to invest in yourself now.

Dressing for Success

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Before you say a single word to the interviewer, you have already made an impression based on how you’re dressed. The guidelines given here are commonly accepted as appropriate for interviewing. Every company has a different dress code; how you dress at the job may have very little to do with how you dress for an interview.

Men

  • Dress in a manner that is professionally appropriate to the position for which you are applying. In almost all cases, this means wearing a suit. It is rarely appropriate to “dress down” for an interview, regardless of company dress code policy. When in doubt, go conservative.
  • You should wear a suit to interviews. “Suit” means the works: a matching jacket and pants, dress shirt, tie, coordinating socks and dress shoes. A dark-colored suit with light colored shirt is your best option.
  • Clothing should be neat, clean, and pressed. If you don’t have an iron, either buy one or be prepared to visit the dry-cleaner’s often. Shower or bathe the morning of the interview. Wear deodorant. Don’t wear cologne or aftershave. You don’t want to smell overpowering or worse, cause an allergic reaction.

Women

  • Generally, you should wear a suit with a skirt or pants.  When in doubt, be more conservative.
  • Interview suits should be simple and dark in color. Anything tight, bright, short, or sheer should absolutely be avoided. (Interviewers have been known to complain about the length of interviewees’ skirts; if you have any doubts, it’s probably too short.) Knee-length skirts are suggested. Very long skirts, while modest, are also considered too trendy for an interview.
  • Keep your jewelry and hair accessories to a minimum, and stick to those that are not flashy, distracting, or shiny. One ring per hand is best.

Remember we are suppose to govern all seven mountains of influence. We can’t do it if we don’t look the par. Step out on Faith and apply for “that” job, and when they call you for the interview remember these important steps above.

Biblical Entrepreneurs

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Hey guys, I wanted to chat with you real quick about entrepreneurship. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I have been really pressed to discuss about the marketplace and how God’s folk should be in it – not just be in it but THRIVE in it!

Let’s  be real direct today and discuss a couple of biblical characters who were entrepreneurs.

Abraham

We know from Genesis 13 that Abram was very wealthy in livestock, gold, and silver. By the time he had to rescue Lot in Genesis 14, he had over 300 trained men, presumably trained in the use of arms.

Beyond his wealth, Abram was an entrepreneur. The evidence for this is in Genesis 13, when Abram and Lot separate and Lot chooses to go to the fertile plain. This was an area favorably compared to the Garden of Eden. Presumably Abram got a less attractive, less fertile area, yet he continued to prosper. Lot’s material and spiritual condition both deteriorated due to his choice. He started out as wealthy as his uncle Abram, but ended up living in cave.

After getting the lesser land, Abraham’s wealth grew, as did his faith and walk with the Lord. By Genesis 21 Abraham was making treaties with kings and generals. Abraham had a faith and God-given vision of the future, and the perseverance to leave his home, obey, and see the task through.

Solomon

Solomon was unique among Jewish kings, as he seems to be the only one to have seen and profited from the geographical advantage of his kingdom.

Ancient Israel was located on two great ancient trading routes, the King’s Highway and Way of the Sea (the Via Maris), in addition to several lesser routes. Solomon engaged in trade, and he appears to be the only Jewish king to fully exploit the advantages afforded by these routes.

The Bible tells us Solomon was extremely wealthy, but he had to create his fortune, as much of it did not exist before. Solomon generated wealth by bringing peace to the kingdom, which allowed him to use his resources for production, rather than protection. In addition, he encouraged trade and was the only Jewish king with a trading fleet.

Conversely, Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, had a chance to solidify Israel’s position in the world. Instead, he chose poor advisers and made poor decisions. The kingdom essentially split over tax policy and forced labor . A wiser, more entrepreneurial man would have reduced these burdens and advanced the kingdom through other means, such as trade.

As you can see, the divine idea of entrepreneurship has been around since the beginning of time. What are you waiting on? Start your business, write your book, pitch your idea today!

Read more on Biblical Entrepreneurs Here.

The Power of Social Media

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Hello guys I wanted to talk to you about the power of social media. It has been the death or life of many people. One tweet, post, send, update can change you life forever. Specifically when it comes to people considering you for employment, giving you a raise, obtaining a client, or signing a new contract etc.

Let me ask you this? What does your social media say about you? Does it say you are a well put together astute individual or does it say that your life is full of drama and you have a hard time getting along with people? Well you should know that the answer to that question can be the difference between someone hiring you or someone firing you. Social media has literally became the new resume.

Here are some tips to remember while using your social media.

Get a Professional Profile Picture. No matter what social network platform you are on, choosing the right profile picture is like choosing the appropriate attire for a formal affair. It’s typically the first thing people will see. If you don’t have a professional photo (not a selfie) then you are not really ready for the marketplace anyway. You should make it your priority PRIORITY to get professionally photos ASAP.

Diversify your post. Don’t just put up post of what your child wears when they go to school everyday or of your favorite basketball sport and/or team. You should post about an array of topics that interest you (be organic with it – if it doesn’t interest you don’t talk about it for show.) For example, one business post, one personal post, one political post a day. This shows that you have depth as an individual and not just a one trick pony.

Accumulate Yourself on all Platforms. I know you have a favorite social media platform, but the reality is #AllSocialNetworkPlatformsMatter. Your next client, gig, supervisor, million dollar contract could be on the platform you don’t prefer.

Social media is relevant and important in our culture, you can’t get around it. Put your best foot forward and I wish you all the best!

What to Do When Divorce is an Option

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When a staggering 40 – 50% of marriages will end in divorce in America I think that raises just cause to talk about the D word! Ladies and Gentlemen divorce is real, no matter your socioeconomic background, race and/or creed if not careful you can end up on the other side of marriage. I’ve heard friends tell me that the affects of divorce is like someone killing you on the inside, they say it feels like death.

I can imagine, no matter the length of time, spending any amount of time mending your lives as one then having to rip it a part is something I wouldn’t wish on my best enemy. So I don’t want to paint a false vision or give you a false hope. So let’s just cut to the chase and talk about what to do when divorce IS an option.

Watch how long you stay isolated. Going through a divorce can make you feel lonely, and you may even feel like you’re losing friendships especially if you and your spouse shared mutual relationships. Focus on reaching out to your closest friends so you have a support group. It’s also a good idea to talk to other folks who have been through a divorce.

Your Needs Matter. When you’re in the midst of a divorce, it’s easy to forget about taking care of yourself. Your kids needs you to be at your best so they can be taken care of as well. Make sure to eat healthy and get enough sleep. You should also provide more structure in your life. Set up a daily plan, so your life doesn’t feel so overwhelming. And remember to pencil in some fun! We all feel better when we have something to look forward to.

Remember the dust always settles. It’s important to allow yourself some time to feel the pains of divorce, but you don’t want sadness to be your default emotion. If you’re a ‘Debbie Downer’ all of the time, your friends and co-workers may actually start to avoid you. Attempt to find humor in life. Keep in mind that things will get better with the passage of time. Once you get through the initial stages of the divorce you might actually find comfort in being free from your marriage.

If these points are helped you leave a comment below or even a question!

Honesty

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What Does it Take to be Honest?

We live in a society that appreciates the person who puts on good appearances. Due to the popularity and necessity of social networks and reality TV etc. what’s real and honest can be easily traded for what is superficial. Operating under this consciousness over a period of time knowing or unknowingly creates dissociative behaviors that if not recognized, can become clinical. Going against the grain and demanding that you live in truth and tell the truth, will inadvertently set you against the masses of this culture. Below are 3 of the many things you have to have to be honest.

  1. It takes a security in who you are and what you are to be an honest person.

You have to be comfortable saying things that are opposite of the opinionated majority. If you don’t like confrontation, or you are overly concerned with other’s opinions of you, it is very likely you are not as honest as you think you are.

  1. You must be secure in the meaningful relationships in your life.

Many times people are dishonest because they are afraid that relationships will be ruined by truth. The reality is, if telling the truth can ruin a relationship, then your relationship is more than likely false. Real relationships are based on likeness and secured in truth. Let’s take a test, practice being 100% honest in all of your relationships. The results might be very telling!

  1. You must be dedicated to the truth whether it’s for you or against you.

Do you know that one person that dishes out the harsh-full truth at others expense, but require love and delicacy when they are being confronted? Yes, I do too! That person is not a person of truth. They are a hypocrite at best. To be honest, you have to be dedicated to the truth whether you are giving it or receiving it. Proverbs 21:2 states in the IES version, “Every man’s lifestyle is proper in his on view, but the Lord weighs the heart.” The first part of this proverb screams to me that we can fool ourselves into thinking we are right when we are not. If you are not a person that is open to letting loved ones offer you corrective criticism, then you are person that is blind and full of character inefficiencies. OUCH! Yes, I know that hurt, but I am just being “honest”.

Let’s try honesty on for the remainder of the year and see how it looks on you. i have a feeling it will look great!