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.

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.

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!

Confrontation Before Elevation

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Happy Wednesday folks!

I hope your week has gone extremely well thus far.

I wanted to speak to you briefly along the lines of yesterday’s blog. Just as empowering as the word No is, confrontation is empowering as well. (Reference yesterday’s blog) Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you to go pick fights with everyone, but I’m saying there are issues that need to be resolved that are keeping you from growth. These issues could be with family members, co-workers, church leadership, or even your spouse or children. I used those examples on purpose because sometimes confronting means the risk of loosing a close relationship. I alluded to this yesterday and I’ll say it again today, anything that promotes you to loose yourself must be dealt with properly.

There is a scripture, to be exact Hebrews 12:1 that says, “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Growing up I heard the scripture explained in terms of sin, doubt or disbelief. As well as the aforementioned we have to consider that unresolved issues are just as weighty as blatant sin. It creates a weight on your emotions that is a direct effect to your Faith and we all know that it is impossible to please God without Faith. Not to mention, unresolved issues has a direct effect on your physical body. 

Today I want to challenge you to make a list of every un-dealt with issue and make a deadline where you will handle every issue. I believe your next days will be your better days, but there must be some preparation on your part or you won’t be able to experience better at the magnitude that has been set for you. Clear up the baggage and prepare to move forward, confronting EVERYTHING that has been weighing you down!

The Power of NO

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From a child we have been warned about the guile of peer pressure. Not following the crowd. Standing up against right. It’s a part of the life lessons of childhood. What they didn’t teach us (at least as far as I can recollect) is how hard it is sometimes to say no. As well, what no is connected with. No is connected with loosing friends, being an outcast, and feeling vulnerable. It also means you run the risk of hurting someones feelings.

Yet in still, NO is a powerful word.

No is a measuring tool  which we can establish and maintain healthy space and self identity. No speaks loudly, “This is who I am; this is what I value; this is what I will and will not do; this is how I will choose to act.” There is nothing wrong with loving others, giving to others,  and cooperating with others, but that shouldn’t come at the risk of loosing our self.  When it does NO is in order!

No empowers you to create your own limits. Most of us need this self-in-charge-and-wholly-responsible empowerment that comes with the word no. This empowerment has no cost to it (financially that is) and you can start today! Create boundaries and when anything or any person tries to cross them – Just say No!

Trusting in Him

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One thing I know for sure is the world is filled with uncertainties. From terrorism, to the economy– not one second past the present is really guaranteed. With that being said I often wonder how those who don’t believe in anything greater than them handle the inescapable trouble of life. I’m reminded of the scripture

Psalms 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

This scriptures totally sums up my life— when life gets hard I reach out to something that is bigger and better than what I am and he helps me EVERY TIME. See it’s my Faith that gives me the strength to do what I do. My Faith fuels my smile, my drive and my temperament. It is the motherboard of my soul. Without faith, I’m left to myself and my own reasons.

Psalms 3:5 – 7 says:

5. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

This is the benefit of trusting someone higher than you – I’m not stuck with my own understanding. The truth of the matter is I don’t understand it all and I can’t figure it all out all the time, but when I pray he gives me direction.

I want to encourage you today to not take it all on yourself. This is what God is for, take time right now to talk to him, give him all your troubles, he’ll give you an understanding that’s far beyond what you can see right now.