5 Key Reasons to Find and Love the Work You Do

5 Key Reasons to Find and Love the Work You Do

5 Key Reasons to Find and Love the Work You Do

I absolutely love what I do. I have even heard some people say that if you love what you do it never really works.

I think that is one of the most stupid things I have ever heard. I work my ass off to do what I do and many times I get

No immediate results outside of a compliment.  Money is a powerful motivator and to most, the biggest reason. I really look at it in last place and not a key reason, but a huge benefit. So here are 5 key reasons to just plain IDENTIFY and FIND the work you 

love to do:


1. Time

You will spend a whole lot of your life in the workplace. If you work the standard 40 hours, then you are spending something like 40% of your life (well, your waking hours) at your job. For anyone in management or those who are self-employed, then it may be even more. You just can’t get away from how much of your life will be taken up by work. 


The truth is, life can end in a second. So, why would you want to spend the majority of your life doing something that makes you miserable? Work takes you from your loved ones, it takes you from your hobbies… shouldn’t it be something you enjoy?


2. Performance

If you don’t enjoy the job that you do, then there’s a good chance it will impact your performance. Sure, you may have the knowledge it takes to complete the task. You may be able to go through the motions, but it’s difficult to stand out at doing something that makes you miserable. 


There are so many changes occurring within every industry, and it’s happening at a rapid pace. So, you may be good at it now, but tomorrow it could all change. When it does change, you’ll need to pay attention, improve knowledge, and spend time learning to improve. How can you do that when you hate it?  


3. Passion

Even if you somehow manage to perform well at the job you hate, you will run into an issue at some stage. It’s difficult to fake passion, and this will become an issue for anyone who seeks to fill a sales role or perhaps fill a leadership position. It’s difficult to inspire others when you struggle to inspire yourself. 


4. The Extra Mile

Employers are always praising the employee who goes the extra mile. Sometimes it’s just one of those things you have to do, but it’s much easier to put in that work when you care about your job. When you’re passionate about it, it won’t feel like going the extra mile. It will just be a continuation of your job description. 


5. Fulfillment 

When you finally achieve the goals, you set in a job you love, you will reach a feeling of fulfillment that cannot be replicated anywhere else. It’s one that lasts. 


Achieving something that you enjoyed every step of the way will feel greater than anything you can imagine. Even (or perhaps especially) if you had to fight tooth and nail to get there. 


There is no obstacle that can stand between you and fulfilling your goals when you are truly passionate about what you do. You don’t have to hate your job. 

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REST and How it Can Bring Life

Over the past week (the last week of July 2019 for those reading this in the future 😉 ) I created a series on the value of #Rest.

I created this as well as content I write and produce daily on #LinkedIn and I hope you will find it useful and valuable to your life.

#REST WEEK IN REVIEW WHAT A SERIES!!

Whether your a #jobseeker and #entrepreneur a #speaker #CEO or an #AverageJoe This series has provided the content that every kind of person is engaging with and needs.

Whether you think you have #rest dialed in or not, I hope you will find the series helpful and as always, if I can #help you in any way or you're interested in #TheFlip a revolutionary group coaching program to Flip the Script on your life and legacy #DM me here. Here are the links from this week in review all in one place..Just for you!!


☀️ Sunday Sunrise: http://bit.ly/SunriseRestSeries

1️⃣ Moment with Matt: http://bit.ly/1MomentwMatt

😴Tuesday: #RESTINHIBITORS http://bit.ly/RESTINHIBITOR

Wednesday: #PRECEPTS 

🚀Free Article: 👉  http://bit.ly/PreceptsArticle

⚖️ Precepts: Rest- http://bit.ly/PreceptsRest

🥭Thursday: #MRREST http://bit.ly/MrRestOnRestWeek

💪Friday: #MOTIVATION http://bit.ly/MotivationOnRestWeek

Hop on over to the links above, listen, read, comment and share and as always, if there is any way I can serve you, please feel free to reach out!

If you are interested in my coaching program called #THEFLIP I would love to talk with you!!! As a matter of fact, I have a FREE book I wrote I would like to share with you first. It’s an easy and quick read, however, it is written in a way to help you in the descent to the ground from flying in the skies with dreams to land in reality and your legacy! You can get that right here:

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Looking Outside The Box and What the Heck is a Keyword?!

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by Matt Crump please visit MattCrump.tv or GodsGotThis.Love to learn how you can find more resources, coaching and more!



 

“Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.”

Marston Bates

 

There’s an essential formula for keyword research success

 High Demand + Low Supply = Keyword Success!

 But that’s only part of the story.  Keyword research can be a very creative experience.  It’s problem solving, logic, and creativity all wrapped up.  The formula is the logic, creativity and problem solving happen when you look outside of the box. 

 For example, let’s say you love everything about beer and know that you want to build a business around this passion so you start doing keyword research on beer.  Initially what you’re going to find is that “beer” has both high demand and high supply and the folks at the top of the search engine results are big players.

 Now it’s time to get creative – niches!  Niches can have very high demand and low supply.  For example, during your keyword research you may find “Michigan brew pubs,” has high demand and low supply. 

 Once you have a few good keywords and keyword phrases then you can begin to explore the possible opportunities to build a business.

 Keyword research is one of the things most people are aware of but really don’t know why they’re supposed to do it or how to do it well.  Hopefully, you’ve already done a bit of keyword research to investigate the supply and demand for your website topic however if you haven’t we’ll go over the basics. 

 In addition to demonstrating the viability, supply and demand, for your topic keywords will also help you optimize your site for the search engines and as we’ll discuss in the chapter on content, it’ll help you determine what content your audience is hungry for. 

 Essentially, with keywords, you’re looking for the words or phrases that everyone is searching for and few websites are providing.  It takes research, quite a lot of research, to find these golden nuggets but once you do, you’re set.  For example, let’s say you want to have a website on pets.  If you Google pets you’ll see that there are millions of websites striving to meet that demand.  Too much competition!  However, with a little research, you may find that exotic pets or how to raise exotic pets has high demand but little supply meaning there are few sites, which address this topic, then you know you have the potential for a winning and profitable website business.

 

Makes sense in theory, right? Let’s look at how it’s done.

 

Understanding Keywords: The Secret to Driving More Traffic to Your Website

 

In order to effectively drive more traffic to your website, it’s important to understand the concept of “keywords.”  Keywords are the main component for both optimizing for search engines.

 

Choosing Your Keywords

 

Choosing the right keywords to optimize for is the first step to driving more traffic to your website.  Most people make the mistake of either choosing the wrong keywords or choosing keywords that are too competitive. 

 

One way to start is to choose a main topic you’re interested in building a business about.  For example, perhaps you’re passionate about martial arts.  Start by taking your main topic and finding its most popular version.  Which related keywords receive the most searches?

 

Once you have your main keyword, then it’s time to find some lower competition keywords. At first, you want to optimize your website for lower competition keywords. It’s only after you’ve started to rank well for the keywords that you’d want to start optimizing for higher competition keywords.

 

Optimizing Your Website

The next step is to optimize your website for these keywords. This has a huge impact for both paid and unpaid search engine traffic.

 

Now let’s take a look at what keyword tools to use to find these magic keywords and how to use them.

 

Keyword Tools and How to Use Them For Maximum Benefit

 

In this section, we’re going to take a look at several keyword tools.  Each tool will help you:

 

Identify Your Money Making Market

 

You may already have a market in mind.  If you do – fantastic!  There are a few steps that you’ll want to take to make sure that it is a market that will make money.  There’s no point in building a business if it isn’t going to put cash in your wallet. 

 

So, maybe you have a passion for nutrition and are interested in a business that sells information and products related to nutrition.  If this is the case, there are a few things to do to narrow your niche or create a sub-niche.  The more targeted your niche, the more money you’ll make.

 

A sub-niche doesn’t necessarily mean a highly targeted topic it can be a highly targeted demographic too.  This is where keyword research can be extremely useful

 

 Determine Supply and Demand 

 

Once you’ve chosen your primary and secondary keywords you’ll want to research supply and demand to make sure they’re viable and profitable keywords – this means there are a lot of people looking for your information and few businesses providing it. 

 

To research viable niches, supply and demand let’s explore and explain five keyword research tools individually. 

 Before we start using these keyword tools, you need a list of keywords to research.  Write down your list of business ideas. 

 For example, if you are passionate about personal coaching and want to offer personal coaching services then personal coaching and personal coaching services may be your keywords.  If you know that you want to offer personal coaching services to a specific demographic like single parents or aspiring entrepreneurs then adding those keywords will help you narrow down the viability of your business idea.

 

 

Use the space below to write down a list of 10-20 business ideas/keywords to research.

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Google

 

Visit Google.com and enter your keyword or keyword phrase into the search engine and you’ll get a list of results.  Up in the upper right hand corner you’ll also see the number of results – for example, “Results 1-10 of about 350,000 for personal coaching for single moms.”

 

This will give you a very rudimentary idea of how saturated the market is.  Make note of the first page of results and visit those websites.  Are they similar to your business idea?  Grab a notebook and note which sites may be competition for you so you can go back at a later date do some in depth research. 

 

AdWords

 

The next step with Google is to visit adwords/Google.com/KeywordToolExternal.  Enter your keyword/keyword phrase here and you’ll see a different list of results.  You’ll see advertiser competition and approximate search volume.

 

The ideal is to see a low advertiser competition and a high search volume.  That means many people are searching for your keywords but there aren’t many businesses targeting those keywords.  Good demand and low supply.

 

Google is free and easy to use and will give you the stepping-stones to make sure your business idea is a viable one and your chosen keywords will drive traffic and customers to your website.  The more demand you have for your particular keywords, the better your search engine rankings, provided you optimize your website for these keywords.  The goal, to make sure your website eventually lands on the first page of search engine results.

 

 

KeywordSpy.com

 

KeywordSpy is a great tool to research your competition however it’s also an excellent tool for generating profitable keyword ideas and helping you learn whether your chosen keywords are profitable keywords. 

 

Visiting keywordspy.com you’ll need to register for an account.  It’s free.  Once you’ve done that, you simply enter your keywords in the search tool and it will generate a list of your competitors for those keywords – websites that are using that same keyword or keyword phrase to drive traffic to their website.  This is a great tool because it’ll show you your potential competition but it also gives you a list of the other keywords that site is using and what page they show up on the search engine results.  This information will help you brainstorm other profitable keywords to research and potentially use to optimize your site. 

 

 

WordTracker

 

Wordtracker.com is an excellent tool for ongoing keyword research.  It is a subscription service starting at $59/month however, they offer a free 7-day trial.  Once you’ve utilized the other tools and are ready to use Wordtracker, go ahead and register and make the most of your free seven days.  You may decide to subscribe and can on a month-to-month basis. 

 

Wordtracker will show you how many searches have been conducted for your keyword phrase, how many they predict, how many pages Google lists for that search term and a number called KEI or Keyword effectiveness indicator.  The higher the KEI, the better.  The higher the predict number, the better and the lower the Google number the better – combined they indicate high demand and low supply. 

 

Keyword Discovery is a site that works similarly to WordTracker and also requires a monthly subscription.

 

At this point, you may have an entirely new list of keywords or your primary keyword may have been modified to become more specific.  Perhaps you found that there is absolutely no demand and in fact, very few results for Personal Coaching for Single Parents however through your research maybe you found that life coaching reviews, life-coaching mentors and be your own life coach are popular search terms with little supply.  Now the entrepreneurial wheels are spinning. 

 It’s important to note here that these keyword tools are excellent for researching supply and demand – potential profitability for your business idea – and they’re also useful to research content ideas and we’ll discuss that in a subsequent chapter. 

 Keyword research can inspire, and help you be an innovator.  It will draw the connecting line from passion to profit – a connection that can change your life.  Once you have your list of keywords narrowed down to niche specific keywords with high demand and low supply, it’s time to research your competition!


I hope this was helpful to those of you in the business world, self-employed and desiring to make some movement forward in your business!! When it comes to really stepping forward in life and flipping the script on it….Matt Crump has created a powerful new group coaching program called The Flip!

Matt is compelled to reach any person or group with an intentional hope and an abundant life freedom mindset to overcome life obstacles, professional roadblocks and empower you with tools to achieve your #1 goal. We do that relationally through coaching, leadership/mentoring, webinars, seminars/keynote speeches, retreats, products and our proprietary materials. Our focus is built on several core foundational principles activating your ideas, dreams and experiences. This launches the hero in YOU with life changing and transformational goals to live a life of Faith-Legacy-Identity and Purpose: The Flip!

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A Clown or a King?

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We allow one of the two to speak into our lives.

The clown 🤡

Is not always dressed up in some funny and colorful clothes with make up and a red nose. A clown can quite easily be a charade of something. 

A break from and deception of reality. 

The king 🤴

On the other hand doesn’t always come dressed in robes of royalty.

The king is the one who has true breakthrough however, breakthrough never occurs without first having a break in!

In which court do you think you’d best find the truth? 🛡

The freedom you really need? ⛓

The kings court or the jester’s? ❓🃏👑

Whose permission do you grant to break into the most sacred court of all… Your heart? ❤️

The reality is that it is easier to follow the clown because the clown appeals and entertains and plays to your emotions and fears all the while distracting you from the giant cliff you are about to go over constantly guiding you towards a stumbling block of deception and death awaiting your very soul. 🌋


The king, although friendly and kind won’t try to entertain you and won’t try to guide you to your ultimate demise… But will reveal a better way… It’s difficult and it is challenging, it doesn’t lead you to death it requires it. ⚰️☠️

Consider an incredibly beautiful, strong and fruitful tree. 🌳🌴

That tree just isn’t the way it is because it always was that way… It started as a seed. 🌱


The seed in itself was not the life... it was a vehicle... because the seed had to go into the ground first… It had to die and out of its death it mingled with life sprouting into something. That something was just not imaginable from looking merely at a seed alone. 🕵️‍♂️


We all bow to some thing or someone... the question is which are you willing to die to? 

A clown or a king?


Spring Cleaning Ideas for Life and Home

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This month save time by being organized and creating a schedule that sticks.

 I’ve also got your daily affirmation for you. Keep this one handy!  

In This Blog:

·      How Being Organized Saves You Time and Money

·      #GodsGotThis ON SALE!

·      Creating a Workable Schedule and Sticking to It

·      DO THE FLIP

  

How Being Organized Saves You Time and Money

 

We all want to be able to organize our schedules and have the commitment to maintain them on a day-to-day basis, but how? Creating a workable schedule is typically time-consuming and often results in a frustrating battle with your calendar.

Organization is beneficial for everyone and can be easily adapted to suit individual needs. And believe it or not, being organized in your everyday life actually saves you time and money. Here are a few of the reasons why.

Efficient and Stress-Free

If you keep your belongings organized, you don’t need to spend time looking for them when needed. This is especially handy in the case of important yet rarely used items, such as insurance or tax information. Wouldn’t that be great!!! (and kids that just hop right to it!) ;-)

The key to keeping things organized is to come up with a place to keep something and stick to it. If you want to keep important mail in a desk drawer, make sure you keep all of your important mail in that drawer. Don’t be afraid of sorting your things too much. The more categories of things you come up with, the easier it will be to find exactly what you need when you need it.

Saves You from Buying New

Organization keeps you from buying items you already have, but you’ve forgotten about or lost in your household or workplace. You’re more likely to forget about a pack of rubber-bands you bought several months ago and never opened, than your car keys or your wallet. Combined, these types of purchases can end up costing you a significant amount of money for items that you already have.

Fortunately, this is a very fixable problem. By cleaning and organizing the designated “junk” drawers in your home or office and making a list of all the items, you will easily find the item you’re looking for the next time you go searching. This avoids unnecessary purchases and impulsive buys at the store in the future. It's a very flexible habit that can be applied to many aspects of your daily routine.

Helps You Remember Important Details

It can be hard to keep track of every detail when you have a lot going on in your life. Sometimes, bills can get lost in the shuffle and go unpaid, or household maintenance gets overlooked. By keeping all of your activities organized, you can get them done in a more efficient manner and you make sure that every detail is taken care of.

 Saves Money on Shopping

If you plan out a menu for each month, you can buy many of your groceries in bulk, saving you time and frequent trips to the store. If you prepare a list ahead of time, you can also look for coupons that offer savings on the things you plan to buy.  Start clippin’ and savin’! J

The same applies to non-food items, which can be bought in bulk and stored for later use. Staying organized and keeping essentials stocked up saves you the stress of running out to make a special trip for more. You can also plan out birthday or holiday gifts well ahead of time, so that you can keep an eye out for a good deal.

While it may take a bit of effort, organizing your life allows you to use your time more efficiently and to take full advantage of your finances. Not only that, but the more thought-out your budget or schedule is, the less you will worry about them. There are many tools designed to help keep you organized, including all kinds of helpful apps for mobile devices.

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Creating a Workable Schedule and Sticking to It

 

Creating and following a schedule is the best way to use all of your time as efficiently as possible. Working on a schedule helps you meet deadlines, keep appointments and stay focused on the task at hand. But, following a schedule can be difficult - especially if you aren’t used to planning out your day. Here are some things to keep in mind while making and maintaining your schedule.

Make a To-Do List

The first thing to consider when setting up a schedule is knowing what you need to accomplish. Make a list of everything that you need to get done in a day, as well as a list of leisure activities or other things that you would like to do. Once you’ve made your lists, you can decide how much time you need for each activity and use this to develop a schedule. Schedule high-priority activities first and work everything else in around them.

Use a Planner

Record all of your scheduled events in one organizational tool like a planner. You can use a physical copy or an app on your phone, but it’s important to use the same planner for all your scheduling. This ensures that all of your appointments and meetings will be in the same place and easily accessible, and that no conflicting schedules are made. The simplified scheduling will keep you on track and relieve some of the stress associated with the scheduling process.

Stay Realistic

Don’t plan out a schedule that you won’t be able to keep. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time in between activities, especially if you have to travel from one to the other. Also, make sure you allow yourself breaks throughout the day to rest and recharge. Planning a schedule that is too busy will leave you feeling tired and may affect your performance as well as your health.

Keep At It

Like any habit, good or bad, you have to keep at it in order to truly make it stick. The same applies to learning how to properly manage and maintain a workable schedule that you can consistently follow each day. The scheduling process will be less stressful and easier to follow through with each time you plan out your day. Persistence is key!

Expect the Unexpected

More often than not, things don’t quite go according to plan. Don’t be stressed out if things don’t happen exactly like you were expecting them to. Be prepared to make adjustments to your schedule if the situation calls for it. If something comes up that you hadn’t scheduled for, make sure you will still have time to see to everything on your schedule.

These tips cover the basics of managing your time. After you’ve worked out and followed your own schedule, you can adapt your organizational style to suit your needs. Try out different methods or techniques to see which ones you like. There is no perfect method for scheduling, so you have to find the method that works best for you.

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•Are you facing life obstacles and realizing you don’t have the freedom, clarity or quality of life you thought you would have?

•Is the obstacle in your life getting in the way of your family or relationships and you’re sick of it happening?

•Are you facing a serious illness that is rocking your world and now you’re really thinking about how this will affect your family,  your loved ones and your legacy? Do you have a legacy?

•Are you frustrated in your life or career and dealing with obstacles?

 I help people overcome their biggest life obstacles so they can regain their freedom and reclaim purpose to create a meaningful life.  -Matt Crump

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4 Signs It Is Time To Adjust Your Mindset

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From this week’s Podcast and YouTube Show HOPE REVEALED with Matt Crump.



This week we are going to talk about 3 little words that can mean something different every time you say it!



Anything Is Possible!



4 Signs That It's Time to Adjust Your Mindset

Ultimately, how you look at your life, is what will make you happy or unhappy. When you are consumed with negative thoughts and beliefs, you will discover that you are unhappy with your life. Eventually, your perception of the world will become your reality. This is why changing your mindset is so important because it will make a substantial difference in your life.

I’d like to share with you four signs that it’s time for you to change your mindset.

1. You Focus on Everything That’s Wrong

A sure indication that you need to shift your mindset is when you continuously fix your attention on the disappointments and worry in your life. To change this mindset, you need to take some time to think about the things you are thankful for in your life. This will help to keep the negative thoughts from overwhelming your perspective.

2. You Refuse to Face the Truth

Complaining all the time about reality won't change anything. Always complaining about your life is your refusal to acknowledge and accept the truth. There are things in your life that you just won't be able to change, and refusing to see reality, will result in you no longer being able to separate fact from fiction. To change this, you have to take action and change those things that you can change and accept those things that you can't change.

3. You Become Angry When Your Expectations Aren’t Met

A large part of your mindset consists of your expectations. These are what you believe to be possible and necessary. If you are always angry with the people in your life because they aren't meeting your expectations, it means that you have unrealistic expectations to start with. It is our expectations that lay the groundwork for our experiences, but if you have unrealistic expectations for yourself and those around you, you will never be satisfied with your life.

4. Always Seeing Yourself as the Victim

When you always see yourself as the victim, you are hindering your ability to change things and create a better life for yourself. A victim mentality is typically a by-product of low self-esteem. If you want to change your mindset, you have to reject the victim role and start building something better for your life.

Changing your mindset isn’t always easy, but it is one of the most powerful things that you can do for yourself. Learn how to recognize when you have a negative mindset and make the necessary changes to become more positive.

I hope and pray today has been a blessing to you and before we go I want to share a great scripture with you:

Remember as Paul said to us from God’s heart in Philippians 4:6-9  



6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.



And that He surely will my friends. I hope and pray you have a better view of Intimacy this week and your transformation can go from weird to wonderful at 110MPH!!!!     That being said…. Don’t give in, don’t give up and never forget      

#GodsGotThis!

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16 EMPOWERING BELIEFS BRINGING LIFE TO YOUR LIFE

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I’d like to share a few things with you this week that can put some high octane into the fuel tank of your life! Obviously the 16 steps below will not answer all of your life issues (wouldn’t that be nice!) It will however, provide you some really nice tools in your handy dandy repair kit and I hope you’ll pull them out. I also hope that you will take time to comment below and also join us at our Facebook group where the community can meet and help one another with idea and resources you just may find useful! (That link is at the bottom too) Okay, sit up, strap in and here we go!!!!!!!!!!!!


Your experiences are shaped by your thinking. Even obstacles have a value when you can see it. You can develop convictions that will help you to feel happier and achieve more, regardless of the situation.

 

Consider these empowering beliefs that you can start using today to transform your life through the power of prayer, focus and positive thinking.

 

Empowering Beliefs to Make You Smile

 

I understand my potential. You can achieve amazing results when you put your mind to it. Feel excited about reaching your true potential. What are some ways today you can do things to achieve this?

I count my blessings. List each thing that you have to be grateful for. Remember to include the smaller items, like warm pants right out of the dryer or some beloved sweet treat after dinner. Expressing your appreciation reminds you of how rich you are.

I learn from mistakes. You can make setbacks work for you by focusing on the lessons that they contain. Flubbing one job interview can teach you how to ace the next one. What mistakes of your past have actually become a place of growth and measurement for today’s success?

I find meaning in adversity. Tough times can be the most rewarding phase of your life. Know that you can emerge from any challenge with greater wisdom and courage. Look back at the obstacles you’ve already overcome, and reassure yourself that you can handle what’s ahead.

I embrace change. Accept that life is a series of changes. Focus on the present moment and prepare yourself to adapt to whatever circumstances come your way. What does that look like today?

I dream big. Expand your wish list. Setting demanding but attainable goals gives you adventures to look forward to each day. What adventure lies ahead of you today?

I practice forgiveness. Lighten your load by clearing away any resentment you’re holding onto from the past. Set reasonable boundaries while you respond with compassion when others disappoint you. Pardon yourself too. Who is someone you have been carrying? Meaning…What area of unforgiveness have you been harboring in your life? Do an unforgiveness inventory. This is not a list of offenses at all. This is to identify people in your life you must release. Yes, they may be 100% at fault and that doesn’t matter when it comes to you releasing them freeing you from a bondage of bitterness, grief, hate and emptiness. When you do choose to release this person or persons to God, you are freeing yourself to live life without someone else directing your traffic. It’s not easy, I know, ask God to give you the strength to release them to him as he for sure can handle the situation much better and of course in the end, vengeance is his anyway. Enjoy the release, experience the freedom and make it a regular part of your life. You will always use this tool for freedom.

I give generously. Sharing your blessings makes you more powerful and joyful. Volunteer in your community and speak kindly to each person you meet today. Buy coffee for your co-workers or give your receptionist a flower. Don’t volunteer because it makes you feel good or that you accomplished something, volunteer because you want to be a nameless hero serving someone else.

Empowering Beliefs to Make You Strive

 

1.     I take responsibility. You are in charge of your life. Hold yourself accountable for the outcomes you create. Celebrate the fact that you have the power to determine your own future. What one thing will you take responsibility for today?

2.     I apply effort. Figure out your definition of success so you know what is worth working for. Give yourself credit when you’re making progress rather than comparing yourself to others. What is your definition of success?

I leverage my strengths. You have your own individual strengths that you can draw on. Figure out what you’re good at and what you want to do. Let that knowledge guide your choices. What is that?

I listen to feedback. Ask for feedback so you can enhance your performance and show others that you respect their point of view. You grow faster when you gather solid input that you can translate into action.

What will you do with the feedback you received today? Put it in a journal do you a) don’t forget and b) can reflect at another time in life.

I ask for help. Expand your capabilities by building a sturdy support network. Carpool with other parents. Divide up household chores with your spouse and children. Know why you’re always tired and complaining you do everything yourself? Because you do everything yourself.

I connect with others. Moral support counts too. Surround yourself with loving and encouraging family and friends. Participate actively in your faith community. Join a group of people who share your interest in things you love to do. Could be a community center basketball league. A picture cropping club. A bowling league. A bible study. What will that look like this week?

I recognize opportunities. Stay alert for promising openings. You may meet a new friend while you’re standing in line to buy your morning coffee. Who have you met in the past week? Have you followed up?

I try new things. Be open to experimentation. Go kayaking one weekend instead of playing tennis. Bake your own bread or knit a scarf. You may discover hidden talents. What are a couple of things you’d like to try out?

An upbeat attitude increases your happiness and productivity. Question your old assumptions so you can replace them with a new sense of certainty about yourself and your future. Adopt empowering beliefs that build up your confidence and prepare you for greater success. Start today. You’ll be glad you did!

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5 Ways Optimism Can Improve Your Life

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5 Ways Optimism Can Improve Your Life

 

Researchers have found that individuals who maintain a positive attitude during intense surgeries and after, usually have a shorter recovery period. People who work in high stress environments find their inner peace and balance by focusing on the positives of their job. The act of meditation focuses on finding gratitude in your hardest struggles even in the midst of the paralyzing challenges.

 

Out of the three scenarios, learning how to develop an optimistic attitude was the common factor. In fact, people who strive to look for the “silver lining” usually rise above their challenges with triumph and victory.

 

While it’s easy to say, “Focus on the positive, and you’ll be happier” putting it into practice is quite difficult. It may even seem insurmountable when you face certain challenges. However, trying to find the positive, in whatever you’re going through, will save you a lot of stress. You may even find a useful solution to the problem you’re facing.

 

Since remaining optimistic during tough times is challenging, it’s important to consider a few tips and tricks that’ll reshape the way you think. Let’s go over five valuable tips that’ll help you maintain a positive attitude.

 

1.     Remove Yourself From Toxic People

 

If you’re trying to elevate your mentality and remain positive, you have to remove yourself from negative people. It’s almost like trying to grow an orchid in a dry environment. It simply won’t flourish. When people drain you of your energy, constantly criticize or put you down, it’s time to let them go. Walking away from unhealthy relationships is the first step towards loving yourself and maintaining your optimistic outlook.

 

2. Practice Speaking Kind Words

 

It’s easy to get in the habit of negative communication. Whether it’s complaining about your morning commute or not getting enough praise on your job, you can find yourself complaining about everything. This negative attitude can transcend into every aspect of your life. Soon, you’ll find yourself having a negative disposition. Practice speaking kind words about yourself and what’s around you. The old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it” will definitely come in handy.

 

3. Learn to Love Yourself

 

Having a negative outlook stems from not being fully confident in yourself. In order to find the positive in your life, start with what’s amazing about yourself. Practice daily affirmations so you can remind yourself how awesome you are. Get in the habit of regular self-care and stick to it. This will help you change your outlook towards whatever situation presents itself.

 

4. Make Progressive Changes

 

If you’re finding it hard to stay positive in your current situation, perhaps make changes to get out of it. If you dislike your job, make the effort necessary towards finding a new one. If you’re feeling unhealthy, make nutritious changes so you can live your best life. Sometimes a little effort is all you need to change your current perspective.

 

5. Give to Others

 

They say there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. When you give of yourself to others, you’re no longer focusing on your own issues. You’re exposing yourself to those who are less fortunate and making their moment better. If you find yourself constantly in a negative space, volunteer at a homeless shelter. If it’s in your means, donate to a local animal charity. This will give you a broader perspective and help you develop an overall positive attitude.

 

Shifting your focus from negative to positive is not an overnight fix. It takes a lot of self-improvement and effort to really see changes. Keep working towards changing your perspective and you’ll be on your way to living a happy life.

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The Call I Almost Didn't Answer and the Blessing I Almost Didn't Receive

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Who may be calling you?

It was another down day and I just didn’t have it in me to do anything. I was beyond exhausted and thought I would rest for 1 hour before I got another marketing call I signed up for.

As I laid down for a bit, I set my alarm to wake up at the top of the next hour to speak. My alarm went off and I hit snooze. It went off again and I reset it for 5 minutes before my call.

The alarm went off again and I was still having a hard time getting going, so I had determined I would just tell the person that I needed to find a different time.

Then the call.

When the phone rang, I was expecting a team member from the marketing guru in whom I was interested in. Nope, it was the guru, in person. He told me when I questioned if it was really him that it indeed was. This person has been able to develop his own multi-million dollar business in a short period of time and told me that on this particular call, he wasn’t interested in any other persons thought of the phone call with me, he wanted to speak in person and wanted to see if the relationship was going to work for himself and for myself.

I was pleasantly surprised to say the least, enough so that I sat up in my chair, got out of it and began walking around listening to him talk for about 5 minutes.

He asked me about myself and my plan and desire for the call and what he probably wanted, but didn’t know is that I was locked and loaded and immediately I shot a full passionate plan and mission with him.

After a few minutes of back and forth, he politely yet with focus stopped me and told me the relationship was not a fit. It wasn’t that my program was no good, it is that his sales platform wasn’t set up for what I am doing.

It didn’t stop there.

Instead of ending the phone call, he said, I believe you are ready, I can hear that you are on the edge of this an I believe in what you are doing. That being the case, I want to share with you your next step(s) and help you get to where you need to be without getting ripped off by other people and wasting anymore of your money.

For the next 15 minutes or so, he strategically laid out a plan for me to follow that made perfect sense. We thanked each other and that was the end of the call.

That is a big behind the scenes story, but what I want to convey, what I want to share is that…

I ALMOST HUNG UP

I was 15 minutes away from a breakthrough in my life and my life almost got in the way.

What in your life is almost getting in the way of your breakthrough?

What call are you about to get that you don’t have time for? What conversation are you about to have that just doesn’t seem to be your cup of tea?

The reality is, there may be something in store for you in places you least expect it.

MARK 13:33 The Message

So keep a sharp lookout, for you don't know the timetable.

Okay, obviously that verse is about Jesus coming.. however, it is also about being alert, on guard, sensitive and that is always a good thing. You never know when something GREAT can be happening to you. We sure as heck have enough faith to believe easily that something BAD can/will happen, so why not great?!

We serve a great big God with great big plans and a great big heart. FOR YOU!

Here’s the other part I didn’t mention at the beginning of this blog. I knew I needed to answer the phone, I could sense it, however, my weak ole flesh didn’t “feel like it”.

How many times have you had that happen in your life? I want to encourage you today (as I must do for myself) there will be plenty of times you just don’t feel like it.

GET OVER IT! ANSWER THE CALL!!!

It may not be a telephone ringing. It could be someone wanting to talk to you. It could be someone in line at the store. It could be someone you don’t like. Yep.

My friends, the call I got this week has put fuel in a tank that was starting to run low. It also gave me more fuel than I could contain at the time. It gave me extra, more…It is exactly what someone who is supposed to be living an abundant life was supposed to get!! I am so grateful to God for his grace and love for me. I am no different than you, well, except perhaps this epic beard of mine ;-) God wants to pour out blessings in your life as well!

Is my life perfect now? Well, no. But it sure does feel good to know that when the times are feeling rough and I just don’t know if anyone cares and not quite sure if I’m gaining anything at all …. A call comes in.

Yours is too. Be ready. You know why??

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How Not To Quit

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In today’s #GodsGotThis Blog we are going to talk about HOW NOT TO QUIT BY A GUY WHO HAS QUIT A LOT AND LEARNED FROM QUITTING AND EVEN MORE FROM PERSISTENCE



I have been away from the blog for quite some time. It’s been holidays, illness, work load you name it and I have missed it probably more that y’all! I have talked to so many people lately and this one thing continues to come up. I have even really wrestled with quitting myself!! A LOT over the past couple of months and I can’t guarantee I will never have those feeling again, but I can share how to get away from always living in the pit or the shadows and actually coming out and enjoying the sunshine once in a while.



To start with, here are a few areas to adopt and work on the discipline of STICKTOITIVENESS 🙂



  • Try to discipline yourself… Discipline is at the root of every success story. If you are lazy this is what you might lack.

  • Hard-work has NO substitute… If you wanna do it, it ought to have enough sweat and blood in it. Working hard doesn’t mean you work hard on useless things. It means that you go that extra mile to know about stuff…The stuff of your passion, your message, your breakthrough.  Learning from things is also hard-work.

  • Hard-work doesn’t matter if you don’t improve… Even if it seems to yourself that you are working  harder than God himself but forget to improve then you are going nowhere. (By The Way… You’re not working harder than God himself) Improve yourself, change with the opportunities.

  • Appreciate yourself for your small wins… This is one of the most forgotten piece of advice in the history of advising. If you don’t appreciate yourself for you small wins, you feel depressed even if you lose once.

  • Its okay to quit BUT… When you have given it all you have and more then its okay to let go. Maybe, it just wasn’t for you or maybe letting go will open up something you have been missing. You see all people quit but  in this quote from former President Barack Obama (and this is not any political agenda or anything.. just a great quote.) 



"The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere." —Barack Obama



Henry Ford said “If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right”.



I know for those of you listening that are passionate about your call and dealing with road blocks you’ll get what I am about to say…

But, I didn’t come this far to only come this far! 

Harriet Beecher Stowe- Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.





Sometimes hearing things like that can just be plain frustrating!! When you have tried so hard and don’t seem to be getting anywhere, it’s tough to just keep going.. BECAUSE THAT’S ALL YOU’VE BEEN DOING!! Well, you keep on.


G.K. Chesterson, a Christian philosopher came up with a great phrase that is surrounded by the basis that if what you propose to do deserves your attention, and is not so trivial that time should not be wasted on it, do it to the best of your ability.

Here is what he said: 

‘If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing badly,’ 

In other words, if a thing is worth doing it is worth making an attempt at it, rather than not trying at all.

That really makes room for mistakes and also for improvement.


Here is a tough reality: Not giving up is a mindset. And it’s a mindset that you CAN adopt. It may not be exactly what you want at the time, but it is an essential part to success.  

Galatians 6:9 in The Message has a great way of putting it about quitting:

9 So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit.

Here are a few things you can tell yourself to get in the mood and mode of NOT QUITTING!

  • I persist when things get tough.

  • I will either find a way or make one.

  • Every problem has a solution, and I have the perfect ability to find it.

  • Every day I gain more knowledge and insight about what works and what doesn’t, which means I’m getting stronger and wiser.

  • Setbacks are temporary.

  • I will find a way through this.

  • Think! What’s the best thing to do now?

Having an “I won’t quit” mindset will make it much easier for you to persist—and refuse to give up—until you achieve your goal. Persistence can always defeat resistance if you adopt the right mindset for your life.


I hope this speaks to your heart and that you have found some truths you can carry with you for the rest of your life. It’s not easy to get out of the habit of just quitting instead of persisting. I wish I could say I have achieved it.. I’m a work in progress for sure!! I will say however….There is a way and there is a hope and most assuredly   LIFE! …even when we may doubt, there is hope. 


So, before we go today I want to share another great scripture with you from the Bible and remember as Paul said to us from God’s heart in Philippians 4:6-9  


6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.


And that He surely will my friends. The choice is yours. Judging stops when we make a decision to stop it, we just need to discipline ourselves to hold faithful the truth of God’s Word! That being said…. Don’t give in, don’t give up and never forget

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Day 7: The 7 Day Morning Makover Challenge!!!!

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DAY 7 IS HERE!!

Have you changed?

Take Time To Review Your Morning Routine Regularly

 

Creating routines and habits for your mornings are a great thing. They allow you to do what you need to do to move ahead without having to spend a lot of energy and time thinking about it. That’s a good thing. It’s can also be a dangerous thing when you’ve focusing on the wrong things and are in the habit of doing things that don’t help you reach your goals.

When we get into a routine, it’s hard to stop and ask ourselves if it’s working as well as it could be. Even more importantly, with a routine and a set of habits firmly established, it’s easy to keep going even when the circumstances changes. That’s why it’s important to take some time every now and again to review our routine and habits, including the new morning routine.

Set aside a little time every few weeks, or even months to review your routine. Put it on the calendar and make sure you do it. It won’t take long and it will be a very valuable exercise in the long run. Our lives and circumstances change. Our routines should change with it. Just because something has served us well over the past few weeks and months, doesn’t mean it will continue to do so. Which brings up a good point…

When you sit down to review your morning routine (or any routine or habit you’ve been working on for that matter), ask yourself this:

Is it working? Is it working really well?

If it is, simply carry on. If it isn’t, it may be time to make some changes and tweak it until you find something that works well for you at that particular point in time.

Another way to look at it is to find what you love and what you hate about the new morning routine. Change it accordingly until you get as close as possible to loving everything about it and still getting the results you want.

Remember, this morning routine will change and evolve over time as you, your circumstances, and the people in your life change and evolve. Embrace the changes and look at them as an indication that you’re making progress.

Keep tweaking and improving your morning routine and don’t be afraid to mix up your goals for it. Maybe you started out by making exercise a priority first thing in the day. As time goes by and you become more fit and make time for it later in the day, your focus may shift to meditation, or learning a new language. Keep evolving, keep changing, and keep using those precious first few hours of each day to establish some positive change in yourself and those around you.

 

Psalm 119:59 ESV

I considered my ways and turned my feet to Your testimonies.

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Day 6: The 7 Day Morning Makeover Challenge

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The Importance Of Habits And Routines

 

With your new morning game plan figured out, it’s time to not only put it into action, but make it your new morning routine. Why is this important? Because you want to make sure your new plan happens every morning without fail and turning into a routine is the best way to make sure that happens.

Before something becomes a habit or a routine, it takes a lot of willpower to things happen. That’s energy that you will need for other things throughout your morning and busy rest of the day. Yes, it will take some willpower, mental energy, and drive at first to create the new morning habits, but once they are set, it will become automatic like brushing your teeth before bed.

Once you come up with a good working morning routine, stick to it for a few weeks. That’s the best way to turn it into a strong habit. Before long, it will feel like the new normal and you no longer have to remind yourself to do each thing along the way. It will have become a habit and a routine you’ll follow automatically. It will take a lot less effort and mental pep-talk to get things done… even if your new routine includes a 30 minute run, or getting up at the crack of down to work on your most important business task for an hour.

Watch out for moments when you slip back into your old habits and routines. It’s going to happen. The key is to catch it early and get back on track as quickly as possible. For example, let’s say you’ve been doing well with waking up 30 minutes earlier and going for a run before you start your day. Then one day you oversleep and can’t make it out there. Or the weather turns too bad, you get sick or hurt, or something else pops up that keeps you from going on that run. That’s life. It happens. What’s important is what you decide to do the next morning.

Your most important job whenever life gets in the way of your new morning routine is to get back on track as quickly as possible. Do what you can as soon as you notice the disruption. If the weather is bad, do a quick workout at home, or head to the gym to run on the treadmill. If you overslept, try to squeeze in a few minutes of meditation or doing something to grow your business before you get back to the rest of your day. Most importantly get back on track with your regular morning routine as soon as possible. Get back into your new habits the next morning if at all possible. Actively remind yourself to get back on track for a few days until it routine is firmly back in place. You’ll be glad you did when you start to see the results you’ve been hoping for.

 

2 Timothy 2:15 English Standard Version (ESV)

15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,[a] a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Day 5: The 7 Day Morning Makeover Challenge

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Come Up With A New Morning Game Plan

 

Now that you have a pretty good idea of what you want to do in the morning, what you don’t want to or need to do, and where to find the extra time needed, it’s time to put it all together in a new morning game plan.

The best place to start is with the new set of tasks that are most important to you. Figure out a preliminary time during which you want to get them accomplished. If your goal is to go for a run in the morning, you may decide to do that first thing before getting a shower and having breakfast. If your goal is to meditate/pray each morning, you may decide it would work best after you’ve had a cup of coffee. If your goal is to find some time for reading or your favorite hobby in the morning, you could carve out some time before everyone else gets up and while you enjoy that first coffee. The same goes for wanting time in the morning to work on your business or learn something new.

Then work the rest of your morning chores around these new plans. It may take some shuffling around and mixing up of your current routine, but with a little creative thinking and a bit of flexibility, I’m sure you can come up with a working plan.

Making over your morning and turning it into a new routine isn’t something that comes natural to most of us. It takes a little while to get into the groove of things. We’ll look at this in a little more detail tomorrow. For right now, my suggestion is that you write your new morning game plan down. It’s easy to forget what you’re planning to do. Writing it down will not only give you a reference to refer back to, but also solidify your new plan in your mind.

Put the note, or notebook where you jotted down your new plan on your night table or somewhere else where you’ll see it first thing in the morning. It will serve as a reminder of what you’re intending to do and do differently in the morning now.

Even though you’ve written your plan down, it’s important to realize it’s not written in stone. The well-laid out plans don’t always work when put into action. Adjust it and make changes as needed until you come up with a new morning game plan that works well for you and the rest of your family. Once you have that it’s time to make it the new routine… something we’ll talk more about tomorrow.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT

16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.

17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Day 4: The 7 Day Morning Makeover Challenge

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Determining What You Should Be Doing Is Crucial

 

Yesterday we talked about finding the time in your busy morning to do the things that are important to you. Today I want you to think about what you should and what you shouldn’t be doing in those first few hours of the day. That’s an important idea to ponder. So often we get stuck in a rut or a routine and do things because that’s what we’ve always done. We do it without really thinking about whether or not it’s the best use of our time.

It’s Not About Cramming More Things Into Less Time

Making over your morning isn’t about figuring out how to cram more tasks into fewer hours. When you read books and articles on productivity and time management, that’s often the main message and gist of it. While it can help in the short term, it isn’t a good long-term strategy for meaningful change. Very soon you’ll hit the limit of how much faster and how much more efficient you can get.

Shift your thinking and don’t try to add to what you do in the morning. If you want 15 minutes for bible study, meditation, or exercise, don’t just think about getting up 15 minutes earlier, or shaving 15 minutes off your morning routine by showering faster, getting dressed in record time, and rushing through breakfast. In other words, don’t add to your already lengthy list of things that need to get done. You’ll only feel more rushed and stressed if you do.

It’s About Making Smart Choices About Using Your Time

Instead, what you should be thinking about is the best use of your time in the morning. Compare your perfect morning with your current morning routine. What aren’t you doing on your ideal morning? If you can start by cutting things out, finding time to do what’s important to you becomes much easier.

There are two great ways to find things you can stop doing. The first is to look for busy work. This is something you do out of habit that doesn’t necessarily need doing every day. Maybe it’s checking your email first thing in the morning or playing around on Facebook for half an hour while you drink your coffee. If that’s how you choose to spend your time, that’s perfectly fine, but if you’re doing it out of habit it may be time to rethink it.

The second way to quickly earn back time is to see if you’re doing things or others that they can do themselves. Kids are the perfect example. We start out fixing their breakfast, making their lunch, cleaning up after them, picking out their clothes, and making sure their backpack is packed and ready to do. When they are very small, we have to do these things, but all too often we continue to do them long after they’re capable of doing things on their own. The same goes for things we do for our spouse. Maybe there was a time when you had less to do in the morning and it made sense to take on the majority of morning chores. Did things change and if so, is it time to lighten your load and get help from your partner? A few small changes may be all it takes to make the time in your busy morning for what’s important to you.

Isaiah 43:19 NIV

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Day 3: The 7 Day Morning Makeover Challenge

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Finding Time In Your Busy Morning

 

Mornings are busy and they can be quiet chaotic. If you have a young family and plenty of people to get ready and out the door, you know this first hand. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way, no matter how busy you think you are first thing in the day. Earlier I shared with you how the first few hours in the morning set the tone for the entire rest of the day. Do you want that to be rushed, frantic, and feeling like you’re constantly running and trying to catch up? Or do you want it to be calm, collected, productive, and with a feeling that you’re in control? It’s up to you and it’s all about embracing two simple concepts.

Get Up Early Enough

It’s tempting to hit the snooze button and catch a few more minutes of sleep, isn’t it? It’s even hard to set the alarm early enough that you have plenty of time for everything you want and need to get done. I get it. If you’re not a morning person, moving up the alarm by 30 minutes to carve out a little extra time can be tough. Trust me though, after the first few mornings it’s not nearly as hard as you think and something you’ll quickly get used to.

Getting up early enough and avoiding the snooze button at all costs is the key to an unrushed morning. Here’s the problem with cutting time too short, or worse hitting the snooze button a few times. It gets you behind from the very start. You have to rush to make it out the door in time and any little problem or speed bump along the way turns into a huge problem. Not being able to find the car keys is suddenly a major crisis because it could cause you to be late for work and the kids to be tardy at school. Remember, your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you start it chasing down time and things, that’s likely how you’ll spend the rest of your time.

Getting up early enough on the other hand puts you ahead of the game. You’re in control. You can take care of everything that needs doing in a calm manner and still have time for the important things you want to work on. In short, getting up early enough sets you up for an amazing, productive day.

Restructure Your Routine

Before we wrap this up, spend a little time thinking about your current morning routine and where you’re spending time. Look for things you can change and tweak to find more time for the things you really want to do. For example, if you want an extra 20 minutes in the morning to meditate, look at what you could take care ahead of time, eliminate, or delegate to make that time. If you spend a lot of time getting breakfast for everyone, get in the habit of setting the breakfast table the night before. Get your spouse to get the coffee ready, so all you have to do in the morning is push a button. Teach the kids to make their own breakfast and take the dirty dishes to the sink, rinse them, and put them in the dish washer. Make sure clothes are set out the night before (including yours), and that book bags, purses, briefcases, and car keys have a designated spot and that there where they need to be before you turn in for the night. Small changes like this to your morning routine can make a big difference. I challenge you to come up with a few small tweaks that will save you at least 30 minutes in the morning.

Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

Day 2: The 7 Day Morning Makeover Challenge

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Define Your Perfect Morning

 

(To those of you on the challenge.. don’t cheat if your are skipping ahead!! See you tomorrow!)

Here is my question for you this morning. What’s most important to you? What is the one thing you really want to do on a daily basis that would make a big difference, but you just can’t seem to find the time for?

In short, what good habit do you want to cultivate that would make a real impact on your life? Think about this for a moment. It could be in any area of your life from exercise and healthy eating to self-improvement or getting ahead in business or at your job. It could be working on your relationship with your kids, finding time for creative pursuits, or getting in the habit of reading every morning.

Once you’ve figured out what you want to work on, what you want to improve, and what’s important to you, we’ll think about how you can make it part of your morning routine. Sit back and imagine your perfect morning. It isn’t stressed or rushed. Most importantly it’s a day when you have time for everything on your list. Maybe it means having time for a long shower. Maybe it’s going for a run before breakfast. Maybe it’s having a few minutes to connect with your spouse over coffee or maybe it’s carving out an hour first thing in the morning to work on your side-business.

That’s a lot of “maybes” but the key is to start with what’s most important to you and think about how you could fit it into your morning routine. Remember, you’re just dreaming and imagining at this point. We’ll work on figuring out where to find the time to fit it in and how to make it all work out later on. For now I simply want you to paint a vivid picture of what your new morning could look like.

I want you to become very clear on what you want that perfect morning to look like. Imagine it in as much detail as you possibly can. Write it down in a journal or on a piece of paper that you can refer back to as needed. In short, define your perfect morning. (would love to hear about it on our Facebook group!)

Why is this so important? Because you can’t start to make any meaningful changes until you know what your goals are. You need to know your destination before you can start to pick a route and figure out how you’ll get there. That’s what today’s task is all about. It’s figuring out where you want to get to. Don’t stop until you have it figured out and firmly pictured in your mind.

Today’s Challenge Verse:

Proverbs 2:2-5 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 making your ear attentive to wisdom
    and inclining your heart to understanding;
3 yes, if you call out for insight
    and raise your voice for understanding,
4 if you seek it like silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasures,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.

Day 1: The 7 Day Morning Makeover Challenge

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Impact of a Morning Routine

 

I love mornings. Each new day brings new opportunities and it’s a chance to start fresh and do better. How you start your day, or more specifically how you spend those first few morning hours has a big impact on the rest of it. Think of it as setting the tone for your entire day. That’s why making over your morning is so important. It’s about much more than those first few hours.

 I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself. Let’s use the snooze button as an example. You set an early alarm to make sure you have time for exercise, meditation, or simply some much needed “me time”. You have every intention of getting up and doing whatever you’re setting out to do when you set the alarm in the first place. Some mornings - hopefully most mornings - you get up when the alarm chimes and go for that walk, do your meditation exercise, or read a book for twenty minutes. Then there are those days when you just can’t make yourself get up. You hit the snooze button multiple times, or turn the alarm off altogether and go back to sleep.

Think about how the rest of those days went. Did you notice a difference in how you felt? How much did you got done on the mornings when you got up with your first alarm? Were you able to do all the things you set out to do? How did those days compare to the ones when you hit the snooze button over and over again?

If I had to take a guess, I’d say that the mornings when you got up as soon as the alarm went off went a lot smoother.  I bet you accomplished what you have planned to do, too. Chances are that sleeping through the snooze button didn’t just affect your morning, but the entire rest of your day. You set the tone for how your day is going to go first thing in the morning. That’s what the old saying about getting up on the wrong side of the bed is about. Let’s make sure we get up on the right side and start our day off in a positive and productive way.

Over the course of the next seven days, I want to guide you through the process of making over your morning. As we’ve already established, this is an important tasks and a good thing to work on and pay attention to. Not only will you enjoy your mornings more even if the alarm goes off much earlier than you’d like, it will make the entire rest of your day go much smoother.

I find this is the best time to be alone with God as well (you have to go to the bathroom sometime!)

Here is a scripture for you today, ask God to share with you what He wants just for YOU to get out of it today:

Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Go make a difference today!! Get ready for Day 2 and visit us at the Facebook Group Page today to share your day today!!! #GodsGotThis

Whose Judging?

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The Emotional Dangers of Judging and How to Stop

Do you find yourself often judging others and criticizing them? Are you also critical of yourself? You may have formed a habit of judgmental thinking that you didn’t realize you had.

Judging is a common issue and can have negative emotional consequences. Although some level of criticism is normal, frequently judging others or yourself can lead you down the path of negativity, suffering, and misery.

Learn the emotional effects of judging:

  1. You decrease your own happiness. Judging usually involves negative emotions. You focus on the negative qualities you see in others and yourself. You miss out on the positive aspects.

  2. This leads to dissatisfaction with the world, your life, your friends, and other things.

  3. You hurt others, and harm yourself in the process. Because of the negative feelings you cause when you judge or criticize, you can destroy friendships and relationships. You can sabotage connections at work or other places. Life can become very difficult.

  4. You become more critical of yourself. One of the worst negative emotional effects of a judgmental mindset is that you criticize yourself as well as others. Your self-talk becomes very negative as you mentally beat yourself up, and your self-confidence plummets.

Tips to Avoid Judging

If you’re struggling with a judgmental mindset, take heart! Whether you’re criticizing another person or feeling bad about yourself, you can break the cycle. You don’t have to remain in the pain that it causes.

Use this process to avoid judging yourself and others:

  • Instead of jumping to negative conclusions, look for positive qualities.

  • 1 Peter 3:8 NIV 8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble

  • For example, you may be critical of someone who eats a lot of junk food and struggles to lose weight. You may feel this person isn’t leading a healthy life, and you know some simple changes can help them. However, you aren’t aware of the real reason they eat, such as emotional issues or years of abuse.

  • When you find yourself being critical, remember that you don’t know their story. Give them the benefit of the doubt. They may have perfectly valid reasons for their thoughts or actions.

  • 1 Samuel 16:7 ESV But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

  • Practice acceptance. Everyone has faults, idiosyncrasies, and issues. Learn to accept these challenges you see in others without judging them or making them feel bad.

  • Work toward accepting your own faults as well. Perfectionism is overrated and unachievable. Errors can teach you more than success.

  • Acceptance can lead you to sympathy and empathy. It can also open up the doors for you to truly connect with others. Practice acceptance and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results!

  • Colossians 3:12-14. NIV

  • 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

  • 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

  • 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Judging makes life more difficult and interferes with your well-being. You end up creating pain and suffering that isn’t necessary. You miss out on the good and positive qualities in others and in yourself.

Alternatively, you can turn on joy in your life when you take steps to become more accepting!

  • Once you learn to recognize a critical thought as soon as it happens, counteract the negative thought with a positive one.

  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 The Message 3-6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

Remind yourself that you can’t see the whole story. No one can see into another person’s soul and read their past! In fact, you most likely don’t know why they think or behave the way that they do.


I hope today spoke to your heart and that you have found some truths you can carry with you for the rest of your life. It’s not easy to get out of the habit of judging that’s for sure. I wish I could say I have achieved it.. I’m a work in progress for sure!! One thing is for sure….There is a way and there is a hope and most assuredly life…even when we may doubt, there is hope. 


Before we go today I want to share another great scripture with you from the Bible and remember as Paul said to us from God’s heart in Philippians 4:6-9  The Message


6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.


And that He surely will my friends. The choice is yours. Judging stops when we make a decision to stop it, we just need to discipline ourselves to hold faithful the truth of God’s Word! That being said…. Don’t give in, don’t give up and never forget

#GodsGotThis!

The Question WHY?

I must first apologize for being absent the past couple of weeks. We had a hurricane, I’ve had health issues and this week dealing with the death of an incredible young student at my children’s school.. one of the reasons for today’s blog.

It is a question asked by so many people and the answer is usually one that is not good enough… the question is WHY?

Why did this happen? Why is my life like this? If #GodsGotThis so much then WHY could a God of love allow something like this to happen.


All great questions and the answer is probably not one that you want to hear. I have some why questions in my life too. I didn’t ask for cancer in my life and I’m not perfect, that’s for sure, but I’m a pretty good guy… Why do I get something like cancer?

Death is probably the leading cause of the question Why. Death in most cases doesn’t come by appointment and in most cases again.. is never on time.

The anguish, crushed emotions and the feeling of death that comes along with situations and circumstances that create the space to ask the WHY question are many times so overwhelming, so powerful and so draining it can end someone else life.. It can end either physically or mentally. 

I even know of some good Christian people who have walked away from the faith over a why question.


There is no GOOD answer when you deal with a crazy, unexplainable death and the answer.. “Well, we’ll find out when we get there” typically isn’t a good answer either. 


I do believe, that even though circumstances can be horrific to us, there is always a bigger picture and yes, always a reason. God doesn’t just kill to kill like that and he doesn’t just “kill” someone to teach us a lesson anymore than he just “gave” me cancer to teach me a lesson. Now, he will use the circumstance to teach, especially if we are open to it. 

I tend to believe that we as humans are selfish by nature. We want what we want and it is a life long discipline to learn how to put others before ourselves. There is no doubt an evil force in this world at work. We have an adversary named Satan. Although he is a diabolical agent of evil, he isn’t strong enough or big enough to be every evil.

That’s a big statement there for sure, I know. The reality is, we are pretty good at being evil ourselves and there may be things we consider to be evil that aren’t evil at all.


For example…I tell my kids to make their beds and clean their rooms all the time. They hate that and even consider that my request is too much and at times they may even consider it to be an “evil” request. 

So, I’m sure you can fill in the blank with things that we could consider evil all on your own and save me hours on this podcast in examples. 

The next point is that I would say evil is necessary in the aspect of understanding the value of good. Again.. no clean your room, now your grounded or you lose something and to the child, I am now an agent of evil, doing an evil thing. The flip side of that coin is that they can learn the value of doing their chores and live into the the “Good Life”!!

Good becomes even more valuable. Not because I want to teach a lesson, because it is always a consequence of no good.  It is not the opposite of, but a consequence of (the so-called evil).

Okay…. All of that does not say that someone dying is a consequence of someone not being good. Quite the contrary. It is an opportunity, in what is or can be perceived as an evil to experience something very good.

A professor at Oxford has a great point about that: 

Oxford philosopher Richard Swinburne puts this in perspective:

If God is to allow us to acquire knowledge by learning from experience and above all to allow us to choose whether to acquire knowledge at all or even to allow us to have a very well-justified knowledge of the consequences of our actions—knowledge which we need if we are to have a free and efficacious choice between good and bad—he needs to provide natural evils occurring in regular ways in consequence of natural proce

So, when it comes to suffering and specifically children… Are we saying that for God to be good, he has to perform miracles constantly around the world with every child to be safe from anything.. no matter what? So then, two kids are playing at the dinner table and little Johnny grabs the steak knife playing like in a cartoon and as he plunges the knife into his brother Steve’s side.. God then miraculously turns the knife into rubber and the whole family laughs because God will always do a miracle and protect little children. If we lived in such a world, children wouldn’t learn morality because many of their choices would lack moral consequences. Okay, then at what age does that cut off. If God is that good..why then does that miracle even stop??  Now, I suspect the more serious answer will be that God should every day orchestrate tens of thousands of amazing miracles to protect children. But if God constantly worked through providences, then God would still have to interfere constantly with free will. For example, how does God prevent parents from getting drunk, or texting, or nodding off, while driving? How does God providentially keep all children everywhere at all times from the fatal occurrences that might afflict other family members? How would God providentially keep all children from being harmed by the intentional cruelty of adults? He couldn’t do all these things unless He was to make Himself unmistakably apparent. After all, even the most ignorantly spiritual person would conclude, sooner or later, that there’s something about the universe that prevents children from coming to harm. In the real world, parents and their children must learn to be responsible because natural laws do work in regular ways.

And suffering has other benefits.

Many important spiritual lessons can be learned from the suffering and/or death of children—Things like: courage, patience, compassion, selflessness, humility, and so on—but I’m going to focus on what today is the biggest issue in this podcast. The death of children, whether other people’s children or our own, we learn that we can never base our ultimate happiness on this world. We have The American Dream—that we can have our kids grow up, graduate, achieve successful careers, marry great spouses, and have wonderful children, and through our children, and our children’s children, we can gain a sense of immortality an incredible legacy—That is forever in danger. There is nothing worldly that we can count on, including what most people love most: their children. Instead, we must look to God for our ultimate and eternal fulfillment.

Only worshippers of God can accept this. We shouldn’t expect those who only live for this life not to bitterly complain that God is unfair for threatening what to them is the top priority and value in life.

Suffering can be valuable for children, too. In my ministry, I experience many times an illness that affects a child. It is at that time we can best understand our own mortality and the value in life. I have even faced this with my family dealing with my disease of cancer in my body. I thank God for being aware of my own mortality and the value we have on each other and family as a result. What a shame to be unaware of that value and benefit in life. To be numb to good and evil both. That is ultimately the worst evil at all.

So, the question why to me takes on a different meaning. I don’t think the question why is a question that can ever be answered. I don’t even think that why is an appropriate question. The question best asked is HOW?

How could this happen? That can be answered. It could have been a freakishly awful health issue, a horrible accident, a mishap of someone else’s careless actions… so many answers can fill in the blanks. 

God is the one who allows us the opportunity and the blessing of mortality to understand the value of life and free will to be able to live it by the choices we choose. The benefit is to look to live a life the way God describes and when a bad thing happens, we then know how to be the hands and feet of God to a person who is suffering. 

We offer love, we sit in silence, we hug, we prepare meals, we help with housework, we help pack boxes and so on. We love each other and love each other through some horrific situations that eventually can be things God can use in your life or the life of someone else to share that incredible value of life and love and freedom. 

Freedom always comes with a price. For me as a Christian, it came with the price of Christ dying on the cross. For me as an American, it came and comes daily by the sacrifices and lives of those serving our country. The freedom I experience in my community from the protection of law enforcement, fire officials, first responders and so on. They pay a price for me to enjoy my freedom. Someone always pays, the reality is that it just sucks when it is you. 

It’s not fair to pick and choose. I wouldn’t want someone else to have my cancer instead of me, that is just pure selfish and evil in itself, I deal with it and believe God for my healing. I’m not in a pick and choose situation.. I can’t do anything about it.. well, that’s not all actually true.

I can live. I can enjoy life while I have it. I can help others experience hope and peace through the experiences I have had to get to a place that I can in my suffering. And then there are just times we suffer together and get through it.

I started today by saying you probably wouldn’t like the answer, and you still may not and still may think it’s not good enough. Well, then, what is good enough? How is that good enough a fair answer in life for everyone?

God loves us regardless.  Now some people say “As long as we trust God, everything will be okay.” However, the Bible is quite clear that God will walk with us through life’s problems, and that he will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8; Hebrews 13:5). But he never promises a life free from pain or suffering. Throughout the Bible, the people who trusted God most were also the people who suffered the most. Look at Job or the Apostle Paul. They each suffered greatly. But they held on to their faith because they understood something important: God's ways are different from our ways. What seems best to us is not always what’s best to God.

When my mother-in-law was dying of cancer, I couldn’t say “Praise the Lord! My mom is going to be with God!" I prayed for her healing and hoped God would keep her around for a whole lot longer. Yet, when she died, I was faced with the truth that she is happier today in heaven than she would have been on earth. If I really wanted the best for her, then I needed to trust that God's way was the best, even though it wasn't the best for me.

I know that doesn’t take away your pain for your situation but I hope it’s comforting to know God may not always take away our suffering, but he will always walk beside us, leading us toward the best future possible—an eternal life with him.

I hope today spoke to your heart and that you remember how valuable life is. There is hope, even when you may doubt, there is hope. One last thing before we go today I want to share a  great scripture with you from the Bible and remember as Paul said to us from God’s heart in Philippians 4:6-9  


6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.


And that He surely will my friends. The choice is yours. I don’t think, I know you’re valuable to God and others we’ve talked about it and there is page after page of it in the Bible for you to read! That being said…. Have faith, know you’re loved…..Don’t give in, don’t give up and never forget

#GodsGotThis!

Transformation Infatuation

I’m sure you’ve seen it. Commercials on every channel promising a better you. Skinnier you, richer you, more secure you, more popular you. It’s everywhere and at some point, it becomes information overload to many and a stumbling block to others. When thinking of transformation, a usual thought goes right to weight loss and when thinking of major weight loss, there is a show for and about that attracting MILLIONS of viewers every season. You guessed it, The Biggest Loser. Without a doubt, it’s amazing to see the transformation and also see the dedication it takes to get there. But what happens after the trainer isn’t screaming at you all day? What happens when the healthy stocked fridge is no longer stocked by a crew member, but by you? A study of contestants from “The Biggest Loser” found their metabolisms slowed during and after the competition, making it difficult to maintain weight loss.

Thirteen of the 14 contestants studied regained weight in the six years after the competition. Four contestants are heavier now than before the competition.

Nearly all the contestants have slower metabolisms today than they did six years ago and burn fewer calories than expected when at rest. What does this mean? It means that the transformation infatuation we have in our culture 1. Doesn’t always work and 2. If true transformation is a desire, it requires information and dedication.

I do want to say that there is nothing wrong with a desire for transformation, that is key and good desire, however, there is a difference between dedication and infatuation.

Infatuation means an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for someone or something. Intense but short-lived. That doesn’t sound like much of a transformation at all does it? That sounds like coming to a program at 425lbs, leaving at 189lbs and 3 years later you are 450lbs.

That wasn’t transformation that was imagination suffocation!


In an incredible resource and article I found in a blog I follow from positivepsychologyprogram.com  written by an young and very talented writer by the name of Courtney Ackerman I wanted to share a small section of what she shared with the world in an article entitled:

What is Self-Acceptance? 25 Exercises + Definition and Quotes

The article has many sections, but one of the first is entitled What is the Meaning of Self-Acceptance? And Courtney goes on to say….

Self-acceptance is exactly what its name suggests: the state of complete acceptance of oneself. True self-acceptance is embracing who you are, without any qualifications, conditions, or exceptions (Seltzer, 2008).

For an academic definition, we can turn to Morgado and colleagues’ (2014) working definition:

“[Self-acceptance is] an individual’s acceptance of all of his/her attributes, positive or negative.”

This definition emphasizes the importance of accepting all facets of the self. It’s not enough to simply embrace the good, valuable, or positive about yourself; to embody true self-acceptance, you must also embrace the less desirable, the negative, and the ugly parts of yourself.

If you’re thinking that accepting all the negative aspects of yourself sounds difficult—you’re not wrong! It’s not easy to accept the things that we desperately want to change about ourselves; however—counter intuitively—it is only by truly accepting ourselves that we can even begin the process of meaningful self-improvement.

In other words, we must first acknowledge that we have undesirable traits and habits before we start off on our journey to improvement.

Amazing insight and very helpful in today’s podcast, thank you Courtney...

So, how can a person find a place of transformation and be confident it is the correct one and one that can be maintained? Good question. Especially when there are literally thousands of requests for your attention to their solution.

However, the initial question is probably a question that was fueled by the feelings in your life like: Maybe you’re sick of your life, your waistline, your bank account or the person you’ve become.

Well, guess what?! You’re more flexible than you think! You can become just about anything or anyone you like. Whether you want to get fit, build wealth, or revamp your social life, you can do it!

It’s far from easy, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

These strategies can help you become the person you’ve always wanted to be:

  1. Identify your core values. You won’t be happy if you create a big change that puts you in conflict with your values. Most people have never really taken the time to identify their values. Take a day to consider the values that are most important to you. Write them down. For those of you who are wrestling with what your personal values are, this week we are offering a few worksheets to help with that. All you have to do is email us at community@godsgotthis.love and we will send you your FREE copy of your MY VALUES WORKSHEET. It will give present some questions to help you answer and identify some things that are key and important in your life and we want to provide that to you this week for free just by simply requesting it. We’ll give you the information at the end of today’s podcast too.

A good scripture that helps paint a picture of solid values in your life is found in Luke 6:32-42 ESV

“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. ...


  1. Create a vision of the future. Think about the end result of the transformation you want to make. If you want to lose weight and become fit, think about how you would look and feel. Maybe you’re more interested in becoming wealthy. What would that look like? What kind of house would you own? How would you spend your day?

  • Is your transformation reasonable for you? For example, you might not be able to make a trillion dollars, but you could still build great wealth. Are you willing to put the work into what it takes to reach that vision for your future? If you don’t, you’re right back to being that person who was heavy then lost the weight and then slowly gained it all back.

  • To fully understand your future, you must be willing to trust the one who holds it all in his hands.

Jeremiah 29:11 is a scripture you hear me use a lot and for good reason. It’s true and it works!! In the case here when you are planning your future out, it is good to align your thoughts with truth and here is what it says:

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”


  • Make sure you are aligning with truth. That is the best form of success.


  • It’s important to address each of the issues that creates emotional discomfort. You’re likely to quit if you don’t.


  • Either come up with a plan to work around those issues or just relax and let the negative feelings go.

  • You’ll know you’re in a good place when you find yourself chomping at the bit to get started. Procrastination is a sign that something is awry.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

What a great place to start.  A place of confidence and truth now plan a realistic approach to fit that truth that you feel honors God as well.

  1.  Determine why. Why do you want to make this change? Create a long list of reasons why you want to transform. Get excited. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big here, it’s just a list, after you are done, you can go back and re-evaluate it. This is your chance to reach for the stars and at the same time an opportunity for you to make some grown-up decisions. The question was “why do you want to make this change?” Does it have a purpose? Does it make sense? Does it not only benefit you, it actually will benefit others? Start your why list.

  2. Identify the qualities and skills you’ll need to develop. If you want to transform your body, you might need to learn more about exercise physiology, nutrition, and develop some discipline. Consider what it will take to accomplish your transformation. Doing a few sit ups and running a couple miles is good, but that alone will not provide the transformation you want if your running is on the way to McDonalds to get a double cheeseburger, large fries and a milk shake. Discipline is vital. A good partner to discipline is accountability. Who can you trust and confide in that becomes an accountability partner? Your spouse? A best friend? A family member? Create on your list the qualities and skills as well as the form of accountability for each area of transformation you are striving for.  Proverbs 16:9 NLT says

  3. Identify the resources you’ll require. Do you need a personal trainer, gym membership, and a blender? Maybe you need money and a mentor for your transformation. Figure out the resources you’ll need. Planning for success requires forethought. Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  It makes no sense to go to the efforts to fail, it makes all sense to go to efforts to succeed, so do it. Think it out. What are the details behind your desire of transformation? Yes, this list is getting big, however, it’s better to have a big list than a huge disappointment!

  4. Make a plan. Start at the end and keep working backwards until you reach a step that you can do today. Avoid worrying about the details of step 11. You can worry about that when you’re finishing up step 10. You don’t need to see 10 miles down the road to back out of your driveway. So, if your transformation is not about your weight it’s about finances then the end of your plan would be for example: I am debt free and have a thriving interest earning savings account, a debit account with actual cash in it, a retirement fund and if you have children perhaps you would say you have a college fund with the money it takes to pay for college in cash. Okay, you get the idea then you go backwards from there for example, I put an extra 100 per month in my savings account, created a college fund account and put in X amount of dollars per month there and it goes on. If you have a plan in place, it is much easier to follow it if it makes sense to you.

  5. Audit your plan. Imagine following your plan and note how you feel at each step. You’re bound to feel some emotional resistance at one or more points. If you didn’t, you would have made the transformation long ago.


Okay, and now we are at the last in our list today to defeat transformational infatuation with a transformational aspiration!

Don’t quit! This is the most challenging part for most people. You fail if you quit. You can’t fail if you don’t. Keep on going no matter how bleak things seem. You can always go for it again. I could share so many illustrations of people of success who didn’t get there without many prior failures. I’m sure you’ve heard of many as well. A little bit of progress each day or week is all you need. As you might be well aware, I have said #GodsGotThis a time or two in my life and by saying that, I am proclaiming a truth I chose to align with. There is no doubt in my mind he is perfect in all his ways and more than able, that being the case, I’d much rather follow his lead than my own. The key is as I just mentioned, DON’T QUIT! Press in, trust him and things will work out just fine!

You can transform yourself starting now. Build a vision and create a plan. Stay the course until you’re satisfied with the changes you’ve made. After you have made those changes, continue to stay the course, you’re in for the long haul. Running isn’t about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you used to be. This is a marathon called life, enjoy the journey!

Don’t forget…

#GODSGOTTHIS