Rise Above, No Excuses!

Rise Above, No Excuses!

You’ve had a long day at work,

Your legs are sore from yesterday’s workout,

It’s raining outside,

It’s cold outside,

It’s hot outside,

The drive is too far,

You don’t have time,

Your alarm didn’t go off,

These are excuses made by common people,

You are not common,

You are not a quitter,

You are not the person you may have been in the past,

You are an unyielding competitor,

You will succeed,

You will undeniably rise above it…

 

No excuses!!!

There Are NO  Impossible Odds

There Are NO Impossible Odds

There are many odds we see or saw at some point as simply and totally impossible.  So many thought that Usama Bin Ladin would never be caught.  Many thought we could never ever see the day of having a black president of the USA.  Many thought we could never see absolute devastation on US soil like we did on 9/11.

If you asked me 3 years ago if I saw possibilities for financial survival after someone embezzled millions from us and left us flat out broke, I’d tell you No Possible Way! Yet, when we can no longer see possibilities by way of our human limitations, there is a God that we serve that can see and make the impossible, possible! (more…)

It gets better with setbacks

It gets better with setbacks

Ever realized that whenever we’ve got a setback in life, be it at work, school, with your finances, car, house, or whatever… you find that the setback is what forces you out of your comfort zone, and propels you to fight your way to a better end result!  And along the way, you learn something new that makes you just a little wiser.

 

With my career, I would certainly not be where I am today, had it not been for terribly hard setbacks that knocked the air completely out of me a hundred times over.  The key was that instead of believing that I failed and giving up, I managed to always get back up,  do some positive talk with my inner guy and pray to my upper guy, and the rest is all just hard work and faith til it all works itself out.  And it most always does work out, for the good or bad.  But either way, we always come away wiser and stronger than before.

Finances are another area.  How many times have you had financial emergencies that compound on one another at the worst possible time.  You lose your job and the car breaks down the next day! Ok, so that scenario would really suck…  but seriously, you get where I’m headed, you got compounding negatives.

It’s never ideal timing when these situations play out in our lives, but that is the game of life.  Learn to breathe and push through, without getting angry or frustrated or worried or stressed out.

Just know and believe that it always seems to work itself out.  Even in a bad outcome, God always has a way to use the bad as a learning lesson for the good to come, so don’t stress yourself out.  Know and believe that all things, events, challenges and obstacles are good, whether for now or later.

Embrace those setbacks today and know it’s bound to get better.


10 ways to make TODAY your best day ever!

10 ways to make TODAY your best day ever!

There’s a famous speech that was given by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at a Stanford graduation a couple years ago, where he shared some great advice. Some of his speech included the following:

“If you treat each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right!

Ask yourself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today.

Remembering you’ll be dead soon, propels you to do what is truly important.

Death is a destination we all share, yet no one wants to die, even to get to heaven.

Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t live in the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice.

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They already know what you want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

With this inspiring speech in my mind, I thought it was important to share some thoughts on why we can’t waste another minute of our precious life.

So here are 10 ways to make TODAY your best day ever!:

1. PRAY – Start each and every day by giving thanks to God, for He provided you love, faithfulness and life’s newest opportunity, by allowing you to be here today! We all need to start realizing that today is a gift, and the reason it’s called the ‘present’.

2. Prepare for Today – John C. Maxwell in his book Today Matters, emphasized that most people take a reactive approach towards life, instead of a proactive one. He reminded me that life is not a dress rehearsal and that we don’t get a second chance to relive today!!

3. Control your NOW moment! Oprah Winfrey shared in a conversation recently on Piers Morgan Tonight, that part of her success is realized by her ability to live in the present moment, despite how much just happened or is about to. She enjoys and focuses on the moment she is in right now. No matter what noise life carries, we must remember that we can’t control yesterday and we can’t worry or guarantee what will happen tomorrow. We’ve only got NOW and we must live in the moment right now!

4. Serve Someone – Volunteer your time and resources, plant a smile on someone else’s face today. Doesn’t have to be something big, you could hold a door open for a stranger, pay the toll for someone behind you in the morning traffic or buy breakfast for the homeless guy standing at the stoplight. There is an indescribable joy that comes from serving someone with no expectations in return. That’s always something that will leave your day better than words can describe.

5. LAUGH – Our emotional balancing mechanism is laughter and one of the best means of communication. Laughter invites joy and pleasant sensations and it’s contagious. When others see you smiling and laughing today, it will transfer a positive energy to them that will lift their spirits in a great way.

6. Tell someone special that you love them – If possible, tell EVERYONE you love that you love them! But remind someone closest to you of some of the greatest moments that you’ve shared with that person and let them know how much they mean to you.

7. Make today your masterpiece – tomorrow is determined by the steps you take to improve today. The great basketball coach John Wooden of UCLA taught his players to make today a masterpiece, knowing that by applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each and every day over a period of time, you would become so much better!

8. Have a great attitude about your day – You’ve likely heard that your attitude is everything. Those who are successful in any area of their lives, are more likely to have a positive attitude towards their objectives. If we each embrace a positive attitude today, I’m certain that our outlook and outcome begin to align that much more.

9. Express your gratitude to others – When’s the last time you told your parents thank you? When’s the last time you told your spouse thank you? When’s the last time you told your boss thank you or your employees thank you? Too often we forget to express our gratitude enough. How many of you feel that you are taken for granted and how many can think of situations where you might be perceived for having taken someone else for granted? Tell someone thank you today!

10. Prioritize what’s most important for today – As much as we would like to do it all, we just simply can’t. Our time is limited, but our wants and desires infinite. We must prioritize what’s the most important goal that we can accomplish today and make sure that it gets done today. Prioritizing will help us to filter out the noise of our life, that battles for our time and attention.

For me, my life priorities are being re-focused and re-shaped by God’s will. By this, I mean I’ve been taking baby steps to work on filtering more and more of my free time away from facebook and television and migrating that time to the word of God. Discipline is my weakness, so it’s not been easy for me. But I’m learning that God speaks to me the most when I submit myself to reading His word more regularly.

Looking back even to one year ago, I can see so many areas of my life have improved as a result, but I still got LOTS to do. By these disciplines, my attitude and my gratitude are getting better each day. I’m learning more about the importance of being prepared each day, so I can be ready for each of my NOW moments. I’m serving others more frequently and enjoying such delight in it, that I find myself seeking bigger ways to serve even more (the reason www.godsfullarmor.com has now consumed my focus for 2011). I’m loving my wife and daughter with all that I am, knowing that I’m the leader of my home and working to make sure I don’t miss a minute of the joy and pleasure of being a great husband and father. I’m painting my masterpiece each and every day. I encouraged and hope that I’ve inspired you today to do the same.

It’s my hope that you’ll have a great day today after reading and sharing this post. Be blessed and be a blessing.

Reach further!

Reach further!

Do you sometimes wonder why your life isn’t where you expected you’d be?  You find yourself in a sequence of ‘well if’ scenarios that would have had your life telling a different story today.  One more promising and nearing perfection.  Well if I had done so and so, then I would be better off because of …  Truth is, that’s not what happened and if you keep living in the past ‘what if’ scenarios, you’re only wasting more of your future time to chart a different course and to tell a better story.

Most of you that have heard my testimony know that the past two and a half years of my life have been filled with the highest of highs, followed by the lowest of lows.  I sometimes think of what went wrong and I could easily get caught living in the past for weeks on end, thinking of how things could have been perfect.  Its easy to see what I want to see and how things could have been, where the grass would be greener.  But as my pastor has said in the past, ‘the grass is greener where you water it’. (more…)

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