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The Pursuit of Happiness: A Businessman’s Walk Through Ecclesiastes

The Pursuit of Happiness: A Businessman’s Walk Through Ecclesiastes

Week 4: Ecclesiastes 2: 4-9

4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards.

5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.

6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees.

7 I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and
flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me.

8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers,
and a harem as well—the delights of the heart of man.

9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.

Let’s be honest, reading about all the stuff the Teacher had is without a doubt impressive; however, the words that jump beyond the page for me are “In all this my wisdom stayed with me.” My immediate response upon reading this was, what does wisdom mean in this context? Furthermore, does wisdom actually have a context or have I misinterpreted it’s meaning all together? Before I traveled down that rabbit hole something occurred to me; the Teacher knew the difference between the road signs and his destination.

How many times have you driven somewhere you’ve never been and got excited when you saw a road sign that told you how many miles you had left until you reach your destination? If you’re anything like me, you get a little smile on your face knowing that you’re heading in the right direction. My smile usually serves dual purposes because it also means I get to tell my lovely wife “I told you I knew where I was going”. Both responses are fairly common and also reasonable. The foolish thing to do would be to park on the side of the road, take all of our luggage out of the trunk, and set up for vacation under the road sign. The sign is exactly what the name implies; it is simply a sign. To say my point in plain language, the Teachers life style was simply a sign of success. He knew his calling was much bigger than his accomplishments, so no matter how great of a ruler he had become or wealth he had amassed, he kept in mind that an attachment to his worldly possessions (which ironically can only move in one direction….into the ground) would only hinder his upward journey into the holiness of God.

If you’ve entered into the mission of entrepreneurship with an eye full of riches and a heart hungry for fame, you’ve sadly mistaken the road sign as your destination, and your wisdom has not stayed with you. If you’ve purchased new homes, new cars, new clothes, new retirement accounts, new friends, new husbands, new wives, etcetera, but have not remained humble, charitable, and righteous, you have also sadly mistaken the road signs for your true destination because your wisdom has not stayed with you (Proverbs 10: 1-7, Matthew 5: 1-20).

The creation story (Genesis 1: 1-31) is a perfect example of what it means to move beyond the road signs. Prior to creation nothing existed. Most Christians are enamored by God’s ability to simply speak things into existence. While this is all well and good, it’s not what he said that proved his wisdom and power, it was the words that were never written that is truly impressive. Take for instance the flower (generally speaking). When God spoke plants into existence he didn’t create just one, he created many; however, he didn’t stop there. He also the complex cell structure of every species of flower and the ability for those cell structures to feed on sunlight through photosynthesis. For photosynthesis to work correctly he also had to create the processes it needed, which fundamentally works by converting sunlight into energy. When he created light he also had to create the atoms, protons, and electrons necessary to bring it into tangible existence. He also had to create heat to excite the protons so that they would bounce off electrons to kick start the “light-making” process. As the light fed the plants, the plants fed the humans. In order for mankind to identify the plants, God had to create individual markings and designs to differentiate the types of plants that were available to eat. I could continue down this path to show you the depths of God’s wisdom, but I’ll assume you get the point. God doesn’t stop at the road signs, he continues until he has reached his destination (Philippians 1:6)

The secular world is trying to wrap it’s brain around the idea of destination versus road sign with a fairly new and fashionable business term, Conscious Capitalism. This is the an excerpt from consciouscapitalism.com:

“For several decades, companies emerging out of the culture of the 60s have been cultivating a new genre of Capitalism. This is a Capitalism that recognizes the power of purpose and the principle of interdependence. It is a Capitalism the sees leaders as stewards and facilitators. And it is a Capitalism that embraces the cocreative, generative nature of business, and is directed towards fulfilling the potential of business and the marketplace to be a powerful force for positive change. This is a Conscious Capitalism, embodied by Conscious Capitalists.”

This is the worlds attempt to keep their wisdom with them, and it’s “working”. John Mackey, CEO of industry giant, Whole Foods, and many other powerful voices are making Conscious Capitalism a household name. Why aren’t we, the keepers of the Truth and representatives of the Creator of our universe, speaking up (Colossians 2: 8-23)? While we dance and shout all over our churches for the brand new house we WANT to buy, these people are changing the world. While we try to impress sister so-and-so or brother so-and-so with how busy we want them to THINK we are, these people are shaping the minds of our children. While we play “look at me on my blackberry and laptop” games in the local coffeehouse , these people are recruiting the leaders of today and tomorrow at our colleges. Stop celebrating the road signs! We still have many, many miles ahead of us.

I really don’t want to end this on a negative note, so I won’t (or at least I hope I won’t). Trying to figure out where to go in this last paragraph, I’m reminded of a rapper that had a song that said “I’m stuntin’ (showing off) like my daddy”. I want to be clear that I’m not trying to say that creating a comfortable life for yourself and your family is wrong because it’s not. God created an empire by his own power, for his own glory and being created in his image and likeness explains our need to amass things in order to build an empire of our own. However, sin has polluted our desire to honor him with obedience (i.e. rule over all things on the Earth. We are conversely ruled by things). We now, like the Israelites, seek to build our own tower of babel to draw all men unto us (Genesis 11: 1-9). In our case, the unified language we speak is the dollar bill. If the unfortunate collapse of our economy is viewed through the omniscient eyes of our Father, one can not help but to see his gracious hand saving us from utter destruction yet again. This isn’t the way most people see things, so they are fighting, clawing and defending every ounce of worldly success they can find. Very little thought is given to the fact that God is working ALL things out for the good of them that love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

Do me a favor, the next time your driving and you see a road sign that says you have x-amount of miles left, take a look around you then hit the accelerator just a little bit. When you do that, thank God that he’s still taking you where you need to go. After you’ve done that, thank him for where you’ve been. Finally, thank him that your not traveling alone. We’re all headed somewhere, but without the wisdom of God we’re unpacking our cars hundreds of miles away from the glory and comfort of God’s purpose.

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The Pursuit of Happiness: A Businessman’s Walk Through Ecclesiastes

The Pursuit of Happiness: A Businessman’s Walk Through Ecclesiastes

Week 3: Ecclesiastes 1: 18

18 For in much [human] wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

The Truth Hurts!

Over Come Fear

When I first started my business I thought the whole world would eventually see me as the fraud I really was. I had never done even an inkling of the things I truly believed in my heart I was capable of. In hind sight, I’ll admit that it wasn’t healthy to have those doubts, but at the time I don’t think the world had enough books or the internet websites to placate my fears of not knowing enough. My quest for knowledge was insatiable. Now, almost a year later, I’ve found a way to overcome those fears, but the habit of reading about everything my brain can form into words is firmly rooted into my psyche. I guess the common terminology of my “condition” would be defense mechanism or maybe an instinctual survival tactic. My wife of 9 months would unfortunately refer to it as a detriment to our young marriage. To be completely candid, I simply don’t agree; not because I think she’s wrong, but because I “need” to be smarter than my consumer to remain the expert that I am. Consumers will only buy from me if they don’t know as much as I do; especially in my field……of dreams. I’ve tricked my mind into believing that people want to buy what I know, not what they need. That truth has almost brought me to tears during times our financial drought. That truth has literally made me feel so bottled up with knowledge I could feel my bones begin to shake from the pressure.

My story is in no way germane; it’s the story of every entrepreneur. We’re all chasing tomorrow because the limitations of today have also exposed the limitations of our humanity. Knowledge & ingenuity become our remedy for the brokenness that has eaten a God shaped hole through the depths of our hearts. “…he who increases knowledge increases sorrow”

Our human knowledge is a depreciating commodity

I’ve seen the pious become the destitute. I’ve seen the poor become rich. I’ve seen the hated become heroes. I’ve seen the glow of life in a child’s smile become a gnarled grin of deceit. I’ve seen knowledge become sorrow. You’ve most likely seen it too. Remember the people carrying boxes outside of Lehman Brothers? Do you remember seeing the cars empty out of the GM and Chrysler plant parking lots? Do you remember the look on the face of Bernie Madoff as he was walked through the sea of cameras entering the court house? I sat in on a support group about two weeks for people that have recently lost their jobs. The meeting was full of accomplished executives from the top companies in our area who were now using each others shoulders to cry on. The magic carpet ride was truly over for these people, but like a dog returning to its vomit (Proverbs 26:11) they are reading self-help book after self-help book, learning twitter, taking classes, even cutting their hair and buying younger looking clothing to appeal to employers. Our human knowledge is a depreciating commodity that will never be worth the price we put on it.

95% of High Ranking Executives lost their Jobs

95% of the people that attended the support group were high ranking executives at one time. All I could think as I looked around that room was how far the mighty had fallen. The speaker that day was a life coach. She opened her lesson up with the statement “I’m just thanking Father, Mother God for this opportunity.” It was at that moment I realized how dangerous knowledge was apart from God. Our words are poisonous arrows thrust deep into the flesh apart from the grace, mercy and understanding of God. The people in the meeting were distraught because all the knowledge they had accumulated became nothing in a matter of seconds, and here I was to plug my new project. They didn’t need a new project! They needed a Savior to fill the God shaped hole the loss of their job left in the middle of their heart. Although they were there to find a job to put the remnants of their tattered lives back together, what I actually heard was “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” (Psalm 13:2). How many of you know what David meant when he penned those words? I know I do!

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Interview with Linda Seger Script Consultant, Screenwriting Coach, Keynote Speaker

Interview with Linda Seger Script Consultant, Screenwriting Coach, Keynote Speaker

Dr. Linda Seger has a extreme passion for reading, writing and film production, you’ll see later in the interview. She is an entrepreneur who has travel the world and is a living example of a person enjoy life. Many individuals dream like hers, but are afraid to make risk to get it started and they forget how powerful our God is. He says it himself He’ll give the desires of our hearts. We just have to make the first step and trust him, Linda did…why not you?

Find out more about Dr. Seger and her new book at www.lindaseger.com or Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success.

1. How did you get started in as a script consultant and writing books? Why did you want to make a career out of a script consultant verses just being a writer?

Well, I do, of course write non-fiction books. have always been interested in reading, (fascinated with reading when I started reading around age 6, I expect… and started reading loads of books by the time I was 7). Then, I got interested in writing, and started writing poetry, short stories when I was 10, and even wrote a novel when I was 13 (My only novel…about 25 pages long.) I got interested in script writing as a result of working in theater… and from directing theater where I began to analyze scripts. Then, I taught theater in college, and as part of my Th.D. in Drama and Theology, I developed a method for analyzing scripts which then became my business as a script consultant. Script Consulting developed out of my love for drama and my love for great literature.

2. Almost 30 years in this industry from writing books, conducting seminars, speaking, consulting, running a business and traveling, is writing scripts still your number one passion? Or, has one the others taken precedent over script writing?

The script consulting is a great joy to me, because I work with creative people, and I exercise my own creativity by working with their scripts, thinking about ways to improve them and solve script problems. But it’s really the combination that I love-consulting, writing books, and doing seminars. I love writing the books, and sharing ideas. and the Seminars are a way for me to express myself publicly, to meet others, and to figure out how best to communicate these ideas. So, it’s the combination.

3. In 1981, what made you to decide to start you own business verses working for another company?

Well, no one wanted me!!! (smile!) the college where I was teaching had over-extended the Drama Department and suddenly about 6 of us were out of a job. I lived near Los Angeles so I decided, with my background in Drama, perhaps I could get into the film business. But I was over-educated, older than many starting out (I had already been a college professor) and my skill was in scripts, not necessarily in administration, or working in a corporation, or…and I didn’t know anyone, so I didn’t have any advantage of knowing someone in the business. I started doing story analysis, and found, fairly quickly, that all my previous work served me well. Then, one day, a writer who I met was having trouble with his script and I suggested I apply my Doctoral Dissertation which focused on a specific way to analyze scripts, to his script. He said to me, ” I’ve struggled with this for 5 years…and in one hour you told me what to do.” At that point, I realized I had something here, and also realized that the industry had many scripts out there that didn’t work. I was not a corporate type, but realized eventually that I was an entrepreneurial type. So, I was partly forced into it by circumstances, but when I started my business, I realized this was my great joy and that I was good at this.

4. How was your faith tested when you took the risk of starting your own business?

It was a huge leap of faith. I didn’t know if I was being stupid, or being called. I finally just took the leap, and as time went on, felt I was doing exactly what I was meant to do. I did have various tests…at certain points, my ego would get in charge, telling me that I was really ‘something’, or that I should try to work for a studio and maybe some big wig would thank me at the academy awards, but I felt God was telling me that much of my work would always be with new writers. Although I do work with very successful writers at times, and that’s a joy too, but many of my clients are new, and I feel that I’m nurturing their creativity and their self–expression.

5. What are you thoughts about Christians becoming Entrepreneurs? Do you feel it’s okay for Christians to aspire to be wealthy?

Being an Entrepreneur and a Christian is a fitting combination, because God is very creative about calling us to unusual jobs. It takes a leap of faith to become an Entrepreneur… I don’t know how people do it without faith, unless they have rich relatives!

I believe prosperity is, or can be, a by-product of our work, but that we do have to keep in mind our spiritual principles and not be tempted to have pride, or to get greedy, or to buy into the world’s ideas of what we-re supposed to have (I.E., Money, Big Cars, Fame, Fortune, ETC.) I did struggle with what would happen if I began to do well… What would I do with all that money if I got it? Well, I’m not making millions, but I have certainly done better than I expected, and I began to think about how to be wise with money (saving for retirement, ETC.) but also there are so many people and places that need our help. I’m involved with a charity in the Philippines… (Wodeef- Women’s Economic Development and Earth Foundation) that helps women start businesses, helps educate the children, and has a farm which I bought for them which teaches sustainable agriculture and helps fund the city branch of the charity. I also think it’s important to develop a sense of sharing and to realize that we are blessed if we can help others. We are blessed because we have the money to help others, and we are blessed in the process of helping others.

I have tried to develop a stronger social consciousness about how people struggle in our world. I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to be more aware of those who are poor and oppressed. This has included studying what is called ‘Liberation Theology’, meaning Theology that deals specifically with Jesus’ words about ‘I’ve come.. to bring release to the captives, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.’ So I’ve tried to be more aware of the variety of struggles that people have.

After some years of thinking about the homeless, I made the decision to almost always give when I see a homeless person…and I also try to always look them in the eye and give them a blessing. I realize I’ve been blessed, and they are struggling. (And I don’t make judgments about their situation, or if their dishonest.) So, it’s important if we have much, to share.


6. One of my most favorite quotes is by Bessie Stanley who says it best about “Success”:

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children, who has filled his niche and accomplished his task, who has left the world better than he found it.

What is your definition of success? Do you feel you have reached it and if so, how do you know?

Success is being blessed, able to do the work we love, to make a living at it, to contribute goodness to the world, and to delight in life.

I have reached success in my professional life and my personal life. Perhaps I know I’m successful partly because I have surpassed my dreams, but also because people give me feed-back to let me know that I am doing work that is helpful to them, or they let me know that my books have helped them and touched them.

But success is not about coasting. One has to maintain it, and keep expanding. Blessing, as I mention in my spiritual steps book, is about expanding, flourishing, abundance, and goes out to others and comes back to ourselves. It’s circular.. and that means that one does keep expanding.

7. Speaking of Success, can you tell us about your most recent book “Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success”? What was it that inspired you to write this book?

Spiritual steps was inspired by an award given to me by Regents University in 2000- The Candlelight Award. It is given every year to a Christian who is a ‘Light to the Entertainment Industry.’ I asked what kind of a thank you speech they wanted at the ceremony, and they said up to 30 minutes. That made me think about how my career had been nudged, pushed, pulled, and guided by God. As I thought about various steps along my career, this book began to evolve.

I also began to think about how we often think of spiritual tests and spiritual challenges as being part of the failures and problems in our lives – unemployment, illness, bad marriages, kids on drugs, ETC. Yet, I found that there was a whole different set of spiritual tests about success, and had realized that there were few books about these challenges. And, as I looked at my career, I began to try to define what those challenges were.

And, 9 years later, that became this book.

8. What is the most important take away, you want the readers to receive after reading “Spiritual Steps on the Road Success”?

I’d love readers to reflect on their own route to success, and perhaps to find some gems that will help them remove any barriers to their success. Hopefully, the book will also help readers discern some of the subtle and unexpected challenges on the road to success- and how to handle those challenges being aware and guided by the presence of God.

9. What else is on the horizon for you? Any new business endeavors?

The Third Edition of my first book, Making a Good Script Great, will be published in February. I am writing a book on subtext, called Writing Subtext for the Screen: What Lies Beneath, which is due at the end of March. I have 2-3 books on spirituality that I’m trying to sell. As far as new business endeavors, I do want to do more speaking on spirituality. I’ve given several speeches recently on this subject, and would like to expand that part of my life. That also includes writing more books on the topic.

10. What is your favorite scripture? Why did you choose that one?

Of Course, there are many favorite scriptures that pull at me at different phases of my life, but probably my favorite is Proverbs 8:22-31. In this scripture, the writer is describing how wisdom was with God at the creation. Wisdom, over the years, has become an increasingly important concept for me. I think it takes wisdom to be in business and try to have Christian standards in the way one does business. But, this scripture is also about creativity. Wisdom, who is a creator, delights God. She plays in his presence. She is a master craftsman. And she loves being with us human beings. The scripture reminds me to always take joy in my work. To be delighted with creativity and to love playing with other creative people and playing, and being, with God!

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Masking the Wounds

Masking the Wounds

Society say Happiness is determine by money, sex, drugs

Today’s society tells us that happiness is measured by external pleasures or “temporary highs”; success, money, “friends”, sex, drugs, appearance, etc. As long as we are solely relying on external pleasure to make us happy, real happiness is unfortunately very unlikely. The deceptive belief is that “our problems” are mere inconvenience and can be “fixed” by indulging in external pleasure.

True happiness is determine by internal peace

Does this concept really work? Think about it… we are all searching for external pleasure to make us happy but yet we are all still searching for happiness at the same time? Fact is, external pleasure just isn’t enough. Venting to your girlfriends or getting your nails done may feel good in the moment but will not make your problems go away. Your true person is not who you portray to the world but who lies beneath the surface. And true happiness is not defined by external pleasure but rather internal peace and achieving true love thru Jesus Christ. No matter who or what we are, we ALL have wounds and struggles in life. Without them, there would be no need for God.

Can’t Replace Internal Wounds with External Pleasure

If we are not seeking God to heal our wounds then we are relying on external pleasure to make us happy, we live life in circles, making the same mistakes over and over, never really experiencing unconditional love for ourselves or others. So the bottom line is this, no matter how hard we try, we cannot escape our problems, and we cannot replace internal wounds with external pleasure.

The good news is that your wounds can be healed thru the blood of Jesus Christ! Isaiah 53:5 says: “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our sins; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by His wounds we are healed.” True healing comes from Jesus, not people, or things. Trust in him!

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True Discipleship

True Discipleship

With the Christmas season just around the corner, many are considering the purchases they will be making for their families for Christmas. The economy has affected some Americans and some seem not to have been affected by it. Never the less, many are thinking about others who are less fortunate than we are. Some are in the habit of giving to causes such as the Angel Tree Giving program which ensures that children of incarcerated parents receive a Christmas gift.

One of the many lessons that Jesus taught to the disciples was that of giving to others. He said in Matthew 5:42, “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn thou not away.” Some may find this difficult to do during the economic crisis, but God, “who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, ” (Ephesians 2:19 NIV) is faithful.

Make It a Habit to Give

Jesus’ attitude toward the poor widow in Mark 12:42-44 who gave her last farthing makes it clear that everyone is capable of giving. He emphasized that those who give out of their poverty give more than those who give out of their abundance. The lesson here is that even though people struggle with providing food for the family, they should make it a habit to give something to someone in need. God promises to bless us when we give.

The HIV/AIDS virus has dramatically affected Africa’s families, particularly the children under fifteen years of age. Eighty percent of the world’s children under fifteen years of age who are afflicted with AIDS live in Kenya. Many of the children have lost one or both parents to this disease and are living in orphanages.

The Lord Promises that we will never be Homeless

God has always called his people to provide for widows and orphans. He say in Jeremiah 7:6 (KJV) that “If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.” The Lord promises that we will never be homeless as long as we take care of the widows, orphans and foreigners and treat them with dignity. We will have a home to call our own. In addition, we must not cause the death of innocent victims nor worship any god other than God.

It is our reaction to situations such as the HIV/AIDS problem in Africa that determine whether we we are true disciples of Jesus. Jesus would not abandon these women and children. He would heal them, feed them, clothe them, and teach them. In doing so, he glorifies the Father.

Jesus says in John 15:8, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit: so shall ye be my disciples.” Therefore, by ministering to the the widows, orphans, and strangers, we will bear much fruit, showing ourselves to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Keys to an Incredible Life

Keys to an Incredible Life

Living an Incredible life is much simpler than we all make it seem. An Incredible Life is a mindset, a state of mind, if you will. Very easily, you can take the lid off of your thinking and move from forgettable to Incredible! Once you start living out on the branch where the fruit of life is, you will notice that every day problems and obstacles no longer become hindrances or stumbling blocks that get in your way and keep you from fulfilling your Incredible life goals and dreams. In your personal or professional life, the keys to an Incredible life are simple:

1. Consult your higher source for everything you need, want, believe and dream. Make your source, (mine is the One and True Living God) your CEO. Give control over your destiny to Him, He will handle your dreams with care. He will line up relationships that are Incredible!

2. Evaluate and re-evaluate your associations – you become like the 5 people you spend your time with. Each quarter, I make a list of the people who are in my space and I re-evaluate their place in my life. If, when I think of them, I am inspired and believe that they are an Incredible part of my world, they get a +. If, when I think of them, I feel negativity or am perplexed at the thought of the value they add to my existence, they get a -. If I feel absolutely nothing one way of another, they get a /. I am sure that by now you’ve guessed it, + signs get to stay! – signs have to go and / signs have one more quarter to influence my life Incrediblly so that they can stay or they have to hit the road. Constantly evaluating your associations will help to ensure that the Incredible person you are becoming does not get jaded or crowded by Incredible snatchers – those people who only want to suck the Incredible out of you!

3.Make a Vision Board or Goal Poster. Habakkuk 2:2 in the Old Testament of the King James Bible says “write the vision and make it plain.” It goes on to say, “write it on tablets [goal poster].” Where are you going in this life? Ask yourself the following question, “What can I begin to do today to make my life Incredible?” Follow that question with this one: “If I could be doing anything in the world and money was not an object, what would I be doing?” Then write it down. From there, brainstorm and come up with more ideas that all lead back to that first question. An old business model says that “what gets attended to gets done”….You want to make sure that your 16×20 sized goal is back by a 16×20 sized POSTER or VISION BOARD. Don’t believe that you will remember it, write it down. In fact, get some post-it notes and stick smaller versions of your goals all over the place to serve as a constant reminder that you can achieve anything you put your mind to!

4. Do something everyday that gets you closer to the vision you have for an Incredible life. Daily activity creates habits and habits create consistency, consistency creates confidence and consistent confidence is the gateway to dreams realized!

5. Live with PACE

P- Plan with Purposeful Passion: For all that you do, ensure that it has purpose and your passion is fueled. Plan so that your goals are being realized with every plan made.
A – Achieve with Abundant Attitude: As you set goals, decide now to achieve them with an attitude of abundance. Keep in mind that abundance is not material; it is living above strife and contention.
C – Create with Consistent Confidence: As you think of your goals and dreams develop the confidence and belief that you can carry them out. Remember, you are exactly who or what you say that you are. More importantly, you are exactly who you think you are so have confidence that you can achieve your vision. Although life had highs and lows, develop a consistent approach for creating your vision. Start with what you do better than anyone else in the world, usually you will find your passion there!
E – Execute with Enthusiastic Expectation: There is no need to plan, achieve or create if you are not going to execute. But don’t just do it, do it well. Additionally, have an enthusiastic expectation that you will grow, learn and experience new things and do what you set out to do. Believe that the power lies within you to be Incredible.

Believe in yourself as I believe in you!

Get Inspired, Feel Incredible!

Always remember, if you can see the invisible, God can do the impossible so dream the INCREDIBLE!

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5 Ways to Minimize Mediocrity

5 Ways to Minimize Mediocrity

According to the IOE dictionary, mediocrity means thinking or experiencing beneath your inherent right or privilege. I realized a long time ago about the self-fulfilling prophecies that accompany the thoughts of mediocrity. Whether it is a family member, a teacher, a co-worker or a so called friend, people can help to plant these subliminal messages of mediocrity into our spirits which will enable us to think as they see us. What I know for sure, is that those thoughts can prevent us from ever walking into the greatness that we want for ourselves if we don’t call our friends, loved ones, etc out on the thoughts that they think toward us. It may not have seemed like a big deal when your best friend crushed your dream; maybe you weren’t even really sure that you really wanted that to happen in your life. So with his/her disbelief ingrained subconsciously in your mind, you began to talk yourself out of that which you greatly desired. Sound familiar?

Maybe it’s not you I’m talking about. I (I’ll tell on myself!) spent a lot of time around Incredible SNATCHERS, those people who were sent to negate all talent and confidence that has been earmarked and reserved for my success and I allowed their thoughts toward me to sway me from my dream until I realized that my purpose doesn’t change because people don’t have faith enough to believe that it can/will happen in my life and at that moment, I began to minimize mediocrity in my life.

I decided that I with the help and grace of God would be the comander of my fate. I decided that I could do anything to which i put my mind and that I would become a BBB – Belief Barrier Breaker. Because of that mind shift, there are so many things that I have acccomplished that I should not even be here to do. I graduated high school, the first and only in my family and I am not the oldest. I have a college degree, I own my own home, I have my own small business that is thriving, and the list goes on and on. I do not share these things to brag on me, I share them to empower you to believe that anything is possible when you remove mediocrity from your vocabulary. Maybe under achieving is okay for some, but why do you have to under achieve when you have a desire to achieve greatness?

To help you to shift from mediocre to magnificent, I have included a few quick tips that will make all the difference:

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Define who you are based on your own goals, wants and desires. No one else should be able to determine your worth. To give your self an honest assessment and write out your personal declaration, which will include who you are today and who you are in the future, you will need to spend some quiet time with yourself in an environment that is conducive to positive thought and self-reflection.

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Minimize your associations with people who don’t believe in you. Every day in life, we are faced with tons of choices – what to wear, what to eat, what to watch on TV, listen to on the radio, who to spend our time with. Make an empowering choice by deciding that you are worth more than the garbage you subconsciously plant in your mind. Remember, your imput determines your output. Let’s keep it real, some of your friends are garbage, they stink and you need to take them out. What I mean is, there are television shows, books and radio stations that were created for your edification. Spend time filling yourself with positive, life giving affirmations and entertainment choices. Tell me, what good does knowing the latest dance do for the Incredible in You? I think you get my point.

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Speak the Incredible, I know this may sound crazy but what you speak about you will bring about. I talk about this in great detail because it is so important. If you don’t have anything empowering to say, don’t say anything at all. If you want to live, you must learn to speak life. When you learn to speak the incredible you will find your own life giving words of affirmation as a roadmap to discovering the Incredible things that await you when you learn to speak with authority, passion, abundance, confidence and expectation.

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Do something everyday that leads to your goals and dreams. Maybe it will be a baby step, but a step in the right direction will ultimately land you where you want to be! Keep walking with belief in your heart and action in your plan and you will land in the Incredible. Habits create character altering behaviors and if it becomes your habit to do something each day to break the cycle of mediocrity, it will break expeditiously. I learned that when I fed my dreams each day by writing faith confessions and believed those things that I wrote down, little by little I saw the fear eliminating itself from my life.

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Practice. Prior practice prevents piss poor performance. Practice your life as you want it. Start small, if that makes it easier. If you want to change your negative attitude, slowly stop the amount of “don’ts, no’s, I can’ts,” etc that you utter or think over the course of a day. If you want to minimize mediocrity, you have to do it anyway. No matter what it looks like, you have to walk in faith and reduce the sensation of fear. Fear is mediocrity. It holds you captive and prevents you from the possibility of success.

Remember, minimizing mediocrity is a choice and it is your choice alone. Do not let anyone else talk you out of your dreams – they are yours for a reason. If the dream has been placed in your heart, it is your non-negotiable decision to see it through.

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Vision is your Key to Victory

Vision is your Key to Victory

If you can see the invisible, God can do the impossible, so dream the Incredible.

As a success coach, I am often challenged to help people develop vision that sees the invisible and believes that anything is possible. When I think of vision, I am reminded of a child who has an imaginary friend. With their imaginary friend in tow, that child pursues situations and obstacles with a consistent confidence and enthusiastic expectation that is unparalleled in the world today. I often wonder why our minds don’t allow us to think and act as children when it comes to taking the necessary risks and faith walks to live an incredible life filled with dream fulfillment and passion, abundance, confidence and expectation.

As adults, we don’t believe in imaginary friends, but when you have vision, you see possibilities and results that are not visible to others. Being a visionary is an important key to becoming the Incredible You. When you have vision, you have victory. One of my favorite personal statements that I created when I first started working with other people as a success coach was “if you can see the invisible, God can do the impossible, so dream the Incredible.“ When I say this statement each day, I am focusing on helping people to become visionaries for their lives and the lives of their family members. Situations are changed because of vision. Nothing great in this life was ever accomplished without vision. Think of anyone that you admire in this world. No matter whom they are and how significant their triumph, they possessed an uncanny ability to see the invisible and do the impossible, otherwise, you would not look up to them.

When you have the foresight to see those things that do not exist currently but know in your heart, mind and spirit that they will come to pass, you are becoming a visionary, much like the people you admire. No vision is too small and I admonish you not to compare your triumphs with that of others as we are all on an individual journey. Visionaries think outside of the box. Visionaries are able to do things a little differently to get a victorious result. Visionaries never give up because they don’t know what is coming around the next corner. It is always too early to throw in the towel on your hopes, dreams and desires.

Vision is the key to maximizing and unlocking your potential. Not a visionary? Make a non-negotiable decision that the time is now to receive the victory in your life. You can be a visionary as soon as you realize that all that it takes is for you to be able to say right now that you are able to accomplish that which you desire to do. If you can see it, it can be a reality. Do you have faith and believe that you can do anything that you put your mind to? In this time of economic downturn, vision is looking at your checkbook and getting excited because the money is on the way. Although you can’t see it now, you have full knowledge and belief that you possess what it takes to move from victim to visionary. If you want to have victory, you have to be optimistic. Is your glass half full? When your glass is half full, you are closing in on your victory. When you are able to see clearly those things which do not yet exist, you are walking in a liberating victory because those dreams, goals and desires are just an action away from becoming reality and catapulting you into a personal triumph.

Having vision is pivotal if you want to achieve anything in life. So think, see and then do. You can do it, Incredible One. I believe in you. The Incredible You is waiting; he or she is standing just behind your vision.

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