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Effort: Get Focused!

Are you focused and prepared to receive success?  During a recent conversation with a coaching client we talked about taking a more focused effort in taking small and deliberate steps daily to accumulate success daily.  I recommended to my client to make a decision to commit to success.  I shared what has been a huge benefit for me.  I read the Book of Proverbs from the Bible daily as a habit that has been paramount in my daily success.  My New International Version Leadership Bible says, “Proverbs is an extremely practical and specific book that challenges us to pursue wisdom in each area of everyday life.  This is the book of the Bible you want to read when you want to get in line with God’s common-sense directives and divine will.”  The leadership principle is that God offers wisdom to those who seek it through diligent prayer and disciplined effort.

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The first through seven verses of Proverbs speak about decision making and how it works.  Verse seven says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”  In our world today, we have so many distractions that it is really easy to not make the best decision that is aligned with our purpose.  Making the right decisions can be tricky.  We must always aim to make the best decision and have faith, it is the best decision for God’s desired outcome.

I also suggested reading Proverbs Chapter 31 which speaks about how self discipline works.  Chapter 31 verses ten through thirty-one demonstrates this through the “wife of noble character.”  The talking points support the wisdom of self-discipline and leadership.

Proverbs is an excellent book to read when seeking instruction to add value to personal lives and the lives of others.  The book of Proverbs is perfect because it has 31 chapters for daily reading and reflection.  You simply read one chapter a day and reflect and have a conversation with God about becoming better aligned with His purpose to reveal the will for our lives.   Adding this as a daily routine will definitely lead to becoming better than the day before and being prepared to receive success.

In an attempt to build confidence I asked my client for a blessing.  It is a privilege and an honor to let others be a blessing towards you.  After reading Proverbs Chapters 1 and 31, we discussed the need to become better focused.  My client also remembered his pastor telling him to read 1& 2 Samuel of the Bible about “Getting Focused.”  This is the blessing I received from the conversation.

Here are the five points I listed and am committed to better focusing on:

Get Focused!

  1. Peers
  2. Relationship/Marriage
  3. Life
  4. Flesh
  5. Family

What a blessing!  To carry out my God given mission adding positive value to the lives of others, I have to become more focused.  Deciding to commit to our success we have to become more focused in taking small daily steps which will lead to improvement in any area of your life.

Who doesn’t need to get better at focusing, prioritizing and preparing for the future?

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To fully receive the benefit from a blessing one must be able to be focused in effort, action, and faith to fully receive the benefits from a blessing.  We must get focused, take a look at each encounter as an opportunity to make ourselves better.

Decide, Commit, Succeed!

Please leave a comment.  How do you prepare for success?


Lebron James versus S.M.A.R.T.

Days are expensive.  When you spend a day you have one less day to spend.  So make sure spend each one wisely.”  Jim Rohn

This is a very wise and powerful quote.  It helps to bring clarity and importance of each day.  The most precious thing God has given us is time.  It is up to us to use it wisely.  Did you know there are 86,400 seconds in a day?  How will one achieve success if one squanders it one second at a time?  This is an individual answer.  Decide what is important.  Commit to what is important.  Success is a personal decision and commitment to be carried out each day.  Here are some ways to get the most out of each day.

I have found my mission in life.  My burning desire is to help and to serve others.  I add positive value by listening, coaching, assessing, motivating and designing successful implementation plans that are designed to improve performance in alignment with their personal dreams.

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List goals and post them where you and your family/team can see them daily.  Having goals are great and in order to achieve goals they also need to be  S.M.A.R.T.

Goals need to be Specific.  Having specific goals brings clarity and purpose to exactly what we want to get the most from each day.  If I were to ask,”What does success look like on an average day?”  Your answer to this question will help you achieve success.

Goals need to be Measurable. This gives quantifiable data to show the results of our actions.  Having a clear evaluation system of what is important acts as a scoreboard counting good effort and not so good effort.  This helps to keep us more accountable making each second of  the day more valuable.

Goals need to be Attainable.  First, me setting a goal of joining the NBA is not attainable. Second, me  dunking on LeBron James in my life is not attainable.  We do want goals to bring excitement and motivate us to do more and to achieve more, but they have to be attainable.  I’m 5’8 on a good day and don’t have the skill set to join the NBA or to dunk on LeBron James.  Having a goal that is not attainable can actually do more harm than good in our efforts to achieve our goals.

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-SensitiveGoals need to be Realistic.  But, what is realistic to one person is different from one person to another. I think, for my personal growth, goals should not be realistic.  Goals should be something that can create an excitement and make us reach way down deep inside to muster all the strength we have.  What makes goals realistic is having a plan of action to accomplish the goals.  A daily concrete plan makes each second and minute of the day more valuable.  The benefits of compounding over time is paramount in achieving realistic goals in our life time.

Goals need to be Time-Sensitive.  When will this goal be accomplished?  This question must be answered to properly find and give the resources to accomplish it. If getting out of debt is the goal. When will this take place?  First you would have to analyze current reality and position to design a plan of action to determine when it can be accomplished.  Do you want it to be aggressive or somewhat aggressive?  These questions will help determine the time of action and effort that is needed.

It doesn’t matter what your goal is as long as each day your steps take you closer in that direction to your desired goal.

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List your unique abilities, talents, strengths interests and passions.  Then choose an overall purpose for your life.  For some people, it may take hours to think it through; for others it may take days or longer.  Once you’ve honestly assessed yourself, clarify your purpose by writing it down.  Then choose a vehicle with which you can serve people that is in alignment with your purpose.  Begin living your life with meaning today.

Do you have a mission statement for your life?  Did you know that having one will help you make better decisions?  It will help you say “yes” when you need to say yes, and “no” when you need to say no.

My personal mission is to  Add positive value by listening, coaching, assessing, motivating and designing successful implementation plans designed to improve performance in alignment with personal dreams and goals. 

All things are possible through Christ Jesus.

Decide, Commit, Succeed!

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You Know What Makes Me Happy?

Has anyone ever said this to you? How do you respond? Most of us say, “Yes, I know what makes you happy,” just out of courtesy.  No, I don’t know. In my honest opinion, more than likely the person asking you doesn’t have a clue either. It is OK, because, most don’t know what they don’t like until they see what they don’t like.
But asking the question is the start to finding out what actually does make you happy. The good thing about asking a question is that it gives our brain a directive to search for happiness. And knowing what makes you happy is good thing and a great motivator. Not knowing what makes a person happy can cause some serious pain, including injury and damage that will cause long term pain.


You know what makes me happy? My choice to be happy. This helps focus the process of finding happiness in most circumstances.

You know what makes me happy? Being able to wake up each day and serve the needs of others with a happy heart.

You know what makes me happy? My personal relationship with God gives me happiness, through the teachings of Jesus Christ. This relationship gives me the opportunity to reflect and be grateful for my freedom to choose to be happy.

What makes me happy? My wife’s happiness, while serving others is really what makes me happy.

My mission in life, that I was called and chosen to do is to Add Positive Value to the lives of others. This brings me joy and happiness.


What Makes You Happy?

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7 Ways to Have Fun and Joy in Your Life: No Currency Needed

In our over stimulated society many of us have said, “I am bored” or “There’s nothing to do around here.”  We have even called someone else boring.  How absurd! I know some of us have thought that money can solve our sickness of boredom as easily as a doctor can prescribe Paxil or some other psychosis medication to stop boredom.  I am here to share with you, that you really can have fun everyday of your life without spending any currency.  Here a 7 Ways to Have Fun and Joy in Your Life: No Currency Needed

  1. Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord, not for men.”  Is it this simple?  Yes it is! I really enjoy bringing positive energy to people and encouraging them, because it is not about me it is about serving others at no cost.  Many years ago, I prayed a prayer asking God to use me a vessel to do His will.  So when I am awakened each day, He has given me the opportunity to do what I was called and chosen to do.  I will share an acronym here: LORD – Loving Others Requires Discipline and it begins with making a decision to love. It is a simple discipline that will bring major joy in your life and many others’ lives too.  Make a decision to live a life on your chosen playing field and have fun.  Bringing joy to others is fun and doesn’t cost a thing besides a decision.  How disciplined are you to have fun?
  2. Matthew 22:37, “Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  I try to gently remind people making a decision is half the battle; just like waking up each day and choosing to have fun or to be bored.  We have a choice to make and the decision is ours alone.  Do we eat of junk that is not good for us and expect to have good thoughts and actions?  No, we are what we eat, what goes in must come out.  Learn to make heart healthy choices. How can you improve your heart?  Learn to make soul healthy choices.  How can you improve your soul?  Your soul can be improved by learning to make mind healthy choices, which is paramount in our decisions to have fun and joy. How can you improve the thoughts of your mind? Making decisions to have fun and joy is easy and healthy.
  3. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will keep your paths straight.”  Remember the acronym Loving Others Requires Discipline? Change the, “L” here and put Leading Others Required Discipline.  How many times have you asked yourself, “Why?” An answer almost immediately comes to mind, doesn’t it? We may not like the answer, yet we continue to answer the same question, “Why?” Because we want the truth but we don’t like the answer.  Our mind is so truth-seeking, yet we only want to hear what we want while trying not to listen to the actual truth we have been living.  I feel it’s because our daily actions are where our understanding comes from.  Ask this question instead, “How can I understand and learn from this situation so I may learn from it; so I may not repeat the same mistake again.” How can I have fun without spending money when I am self absorbed looking for others or things to give me fun and joy? Making a decision to have fun and joy is easy and exciting and it is free for us.
  4. Jeremiah 29:11, “For, I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Isn’t this great!? Remember, you are a special and uniquely created individual with good orderly designing to accomplish much in your lifetime.  It is in your planning so you can be prosperous, without harming you, along with hope and having a bright future.  How you choose to have fun is a choice that will have your God appear or disappear from your predestined plans.  Having fun and joy is easy, especially when you realize you have been given the right to be prosperous.  Learning how to have fun and joy helps bring you closer to your brighter hopes and future.
  5. Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.”  From whom did you learn to have fun and joy?  I remember growing up, I thought the church folk where all stuffy, no fun, judgmental people.  They did not have fun or joy or they wouldn’t have acted like they do.  As an adult Born Again Christian, this is far from the truth.  I can have fun, and have fun and joy in my life every day; because I have learned that not having fun changes my heart to unkindness and pride and leaves my soul uneasy and weary.  It is not a good feeling to have a tormented soul, especially if I was having fun that caused me to become harsh and arrogant.  So, I choose to have a gentle and humble heart. I know, sometimes I fall short on the gentle and humble heart part, as some may want me to be.  When I do, I then have to seek forgiveness to have peace and rest.  I have chosen to learn from ones that demonstrate having a gentle and humble heart with themselves and others too.  Having a gentle and humble heart can be learned and can be fun and joyous occasions when you are around people that are accepting of your gentleness and humbleness.  Giving of your heart is fun and easy and brings so much joy to your life—you will never be able to say “I’m bored.”
  6. Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  Have you decided what you want? There are requirements of leading yourself and leading others.  Wanting to have fun and spend no money, leads to choices of fun that requires spending tons of money in the short-term to cause pleasure for a little while, causing anguish in the future.  Ask yourself, “For the type of fun I want to have, what is required of me and how will its actions cause me to treat myself and others in the long run?”  Having caring, joyous fun causes you to have mercy for others and to be humble with your directing of good order.  Having fun comes with a set of requirements that will set you free.
  7. Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  Remember, we are responsible in leading ourselves. Make a heart healthy decision and the desires of your daily disciplines will take care of themselves over time.  Have you asked, “What are the desires of my heart?”  You have? Great! Have you asked, “How will I achieve the desires of my heart?”  Attaining the desires of your heart without asking for help is not fun or joyous. 

I will close with my current favorite quote from D.A. Carlson:

“We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”

I hope these, “7 Ways to Have Fun and Joy in Your Life: No Currency Needed” will help you achieve more success in finding fun and joy in your life on a daily basis.  Remember, it doesn’t matter which steps we take as long as it gets us closer to where we want to go.    Decide. Commit. Succeed!

21 Day Challenge. Will you join me?

Can you believe that it is the end of January, already? This 24th day of January I am reflecting on how to make sure this New Year’s resolutions will be kept and conquered. I will show how the principles of Decide, Commit, Succeed can make sure you’re your resolutions will come true. Read the rest of this entry