WHY! THE KEY TO ACHIEVING YOUR DREAMS

If you’ve ever spent time around kids, I’m sure you’ve heard the classic childhood question: “WHY?”  We asked that question as kids ourselves and today our own children ask the very same thing … many times, over and over again. 

WHY has a deep purpose for all of us.  It’s what truly provides our motivation in life.  Without it we can’t move forward with any conviction or success.

Just how important is it to have a clear WHY?  I believe Jesus gives us the best example.  Jesus was well aware His WHY!  Of His purpose and mission to announce the Kingdom of God and make it present in his actions, and in his words, so that the world would be reconciled with God and renewed to a better and more abundant life.

If you look beyond this spiritual picture however, and also look at the world’s top leaders, you will find they have a strong clarity around their true purpose, and their actions are focused around supporting their WHY.

And here is what I know for sure … if you know your WHY, you’ll figure out the how.

The power of serving a strong WHY has resulted in more innovations today than we can count — just think of Steve Jobs and everything he created at Apple.

This is why determining you WHY is so necessary.

So, how does a person determine their WHY?  First of all, it takes time and effort, and here are a few things that your WHY provides for you:

1. It motivates you and gives you purpose

Knowing WHY you do what you do is crucial. Otherwise we would all just be aimlessly wandering about without any real sense of purpose or end goals in mind.

2. It helps your decision making

When your WHY is kept at the forefront of all that you do, making decisions becomes a lot easier. It helps you to remember your values so when it comes time to make decisions, you’re doing what’s best for you.

3. It drives you when times get tough

It can be easy to lose sight of why we work so hard to try to make our dreams happen if we don’t keep the WHY in mind as we go through those tough times. If you’re having a bad day or feel like you’ve lost your sense of purpose in doing what you do, keep reminding yourself of why you got started in the first place.

So, this is my challenge for you:

Take time today or at the very least, this week, to ask yourself “WHY?”.

For example:

  • Why do you do what you do for a living?

  • Why do you have the lifestyle that you currently live?

  • Why are you a stay-at-home parent?

  • Why do you wake up every day and do the things that you do?

Asking yourself this might reveal that you don’t have a WHY.  And that’s okay.  It just means you have given yourself an opportunity to reevaluate your goals and create a plan of action to live more purposefully and become more fulfilled by the things you do.

If you do find yourself being able to pinpoint your WHY, keep it locked in your heart and in your mind.  Especially on days when you need extra motivation to keep moving ahead!

WHY do you do what do you?  Share your WHY and what motivates you in your daily life below!

 

CONSISTENCY: A KEY TO SUCCESS

HOW TO BE CONSISTENT IN YOUR LIFE!

 

Have you ever wondered how some people achieve great success while others achieve very little?

Consistency is the key.  Consistency is sticking to the same principles’ day in and day out.  If you want to achieve anything of value in your life, you need to be consistent.  This is true in every area of life.  If something isn’t working, ask yourself, “Have I been giving it consistent attention, energy, and time”?

Here’s an example for you … If you want to get in great shape, you can’t just work out one day a week or a month and expect to have an amazing body.

It doesn’t work that way.  You’ve got to be consistent every single day!  Making progress towards your goal by following a program for what you want to achieve.  Be consistent with that and over time you’ll achieve the goal you set for yourself.

It’s the same thing whether you’re building a business or growing a church.  If you want to build a business and make money, you’ve got to be consistent every single day for five days a week…not three days a week.  If you want a church to grow and prosper you’ve got to do the same…pay attention to it every day without fail.

Whatever your routine is, you’ve got to be consistent because the compound effect of consistency takes over which leads to huge results down the road.

But let me tell you something else … there’s no 100% consistency.  If you try to achieve 100% consistency, you’ll beat yourself up every time to get off track.  You’ll actually set yourself up for failure because no one is 100% consistent.  We’re all human.  We’re going to get off track from time to time.

So, what do you do?  You get yourself back on track.  If you get off track, it’s OK.  Don’t beat yourself up.  Get back on track, learn from it and focus on being more consistent as you move forward.

There’s a lot of strategies to be shared on how to stay consistent, but the most important one I focus on is having a strong enough WHY!  Having that dominant reason that will keep you going for the long haul.  This will help you create clear goals and should also create a sense of accountability to yourself.

This helps you see your daily goals not as a chore.  Not as something you have to do each day. It becomes something you get to do and something you love to do.

I’m currently in another country and I’ve been very busy conducting meetings, but I’m taking the time to write this blog because I love it and enjoy sharing principles like this with all of you.  I feel addicted to the process of it.  I’m absorbed by it!

Have a strong reason why combined with great goals and stay get accountable!  Take a risk and publicly declare things because this will add another dimension of accountability … in other words, you said it publicly so now you need to follow through, so everyone doesn’t think you’re a liar.

Thanks for your support, and please leave a comment on how this has impacted you as you.

VISION NEEDS CLARITY

Vision is fun.  It's not something we must do; it's something we get to do.  There’s a famous bible verse that says, “Where there is no vision people perish.”  How true this is for all of us in all aspects of life.

People who want to achieve a meaningful life crave clarity about their vision.  They have a definite sense of direction, look forward and decide where they want to be.  They make sure their day to day actions help them move closer to their vision.  In other words they have clarity of purpose, and having clarity about your purpose will make you unstoppable.

Once you find your “WHY” you will find yourself becoming more selective about your daily actions because those actions will draw you closer to your goals or lead you further away from them.

So, knowing your “WHY” is critical to figuring out how to achieve your goals.  Only when you know your “WHY” can you find the courage to take the risks needed to get ahead, stay motivated, and move forward into an entirely new life.

And here’s the challenge that we all face at some point … Without a purpose, it’s easy to pursue things we “think we should be doing.”  Spend the time. You need to get clear on your WHY, your PURPOSE, your VISION in life.  I’m telling you, It will payoff big time!

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Be a Superhero and a Dragon Slayer

From a young age, children imagine themselves as strong & courageous. They dream, wear costumes and pretend they are superheroes and rescuers. Someone who slays dragons, coming in to save the day while protecting those they love and even strangers they have never met.  I started asking myself exactly what happens to that boldness and tenacity that God births into us at conception?  The best way that I can answer that question is that “Life happens”.  A few blows and disappointments can make our courage and strength to wane.

I was pondering on men & women throughout history who had to have courage to overcome their adverse circumstances.  As I was doing some research on Christopher Columbus one day I came upon an article by Warren Carroll. In “Honoring Christopher Columbus”, Carroll writes: “When, after leaving the Canary Islands on September 6, Christopher Columbus and his men had been out of sight of land for a full month—a longer voyage out of sight of land than any other in the history of the world up to that time—Columbus’ men became frightened and angry. During most of the voyage the wind had become strong and the way seemed treacherous.  How were they ever going to get back, beating against it? Columbus knew that further north the prevailing winds blew from the west, and planned to go north to catch the westerlies before he returned. But his men knew nothing of world geography; all they knew was what they had seen, that in these strange and empty seas the winds almost always blew from the east or the northeast. On October 10 the men of the Santa Maria came to the verge of open mutiny. We read in “The Log of Christopher Columbus” by Robert Fuson  about how he answered them:

They [the crew] could stand it no longer. They grumbled and complained of the long voyage, and I reproached them for their lack of spirit, telling them that, for better or worse, they had to complete the enterprise on which the Catholic Sovereigns [Isabel and Fernando] had sent them. I cheered them on as best I could, telling them of all the honors and rewards they were about to receive. I also told the men that it was useless to complain, for I had started out to find the Indies and would continue until I had accomplished that mission, with the help of Our Lord.

That last sentence summed up the heart and essence of the life and achievement of Christopher Columbus.”

After reading this passage I realized how important it was for Christopher Columbus to have had courage and face ridicule so he could pursue his dream. Though he didn’t reach India he fulfilled his vision to reach a new land.

The brave are simply those with the clearest vision of what is before them – glory and danger alike – and notwithstanding, go out and meet it!

Why be fearful? Why let fear win? Why not take the same energy used on being fearful and become fearless!

  1. Where does courage come from?

  2. How do we build courage?

  3. How do we sustain courage?

  4. How do we act with courage?

  5. Courage to change

  6. Courage to stand firm

  7. Courage to speak

  8. Courage to be silent

To have the courage needed to do God’s will, we must study and apply his Word. All that we need to be successful in every area is found there.  That is what Joshua was told to do when he became Moses’ successor: “Be courageous and very strong to take care to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. . . . This book of the law should not depart from your mouth, and you must in an undertone read in it day and night, in order that you may take care to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way successful and then you will act wisely.” (Josh. 1:7, 8) Joshua followed that counsel, and ‘his way was successful.’ If we do likewise, we will have greater courage and success in God’s service.

Joshua must have been greatly strengthened when he heard God’s further words: “Be courageous and strong. Do not suffer shock or be terrified, for Jehovah your God is with you wherever you go.” (Josh. 1:9) God is with us too. So let us “not suffer shock or be terrified” regardless of our trials. Especially noteworthy is the statement: “Be courageous and strong … Jehovah your God is with you.” Those words of Joshua 1:9 is your mantra.  Put them on your mirror, your refrigerator or wherever you will see them often. They will surely strengthen you in the months ahead, as will the words and actions of other examples of faith and courage.

Courage is defined as “spiritual, emotional, and moral fortitude to speak and act without fear in the face of obstacles and dangers.”(The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible)

If we have courage, we are strong, valiant, and even bold at times.

 “When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!” and cried out with fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them: “Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” 28 Peter said to him, “Lord, if it is you, order me to come to you on the water.”  So, he said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus.” ~ Matthew 14:26-29 (New English Translation (NET Bible)

Let your Father’s voice fill you with courage & strength today, even when the world fills you with fear.

WHAT IS REALITY?

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MORNING THOUGHTS FROM PARIS:

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it!” [Michelangelo]

When we hear the word “reality,” we tend to think of something absolute. However, everything is in the process of becoming different. Even you and I. No matter what is going on in our lives today, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will stay that way forever. It only means that’s where you are today. Reality is not absolute. Here are a couple of examples:

1. Before the microscope was invented no one had ever heard of a germ. If you told someone they had little things swirling around inside their body they would have said you were crazy. That’s because at that time germs weren’t a part of our reality.

2. Before the Wright brothers understood anything about the principle of “lift” a flying machine was not a reality. However, today we have flying machines that are part of our reality.

So, what am I saying? If we aren't careful reality can be a “life limiter.” All we have to do is change our mind, and we can expand our boundaries. If you look at your reality as a realm where nothing is impossible then you are on the road to experiencing a new reality. And why shouldn't we look at life that way. the Bible tells us that with God, "all things are possible." The only way you can stop yourself from progressing is if you convince yourself that you are limited, because God certainly doesn't see you as limited.

A powerful proverb tells us, “…as [a man} thinks in his heart, so is he…” If you don’t think you can do something, you can’t. If you don’t believe you can do greater things than you’ve done before, then you won’t. Don’t allow yourself to dwell on being a person with limitations. Enjoy the “Freedom to Soar” you were created with. You can go as far as you believe you can. Take the limits off yourself, embrace the unlimited potential God created you with and establish a new reality in your life.

Getting Your Mind Gears in Sync

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Your mind is a vital component of your success gear box.  Heart + soul + mind + strength = success.  The mind has limitless creativity and is one of the most powerful tools you have as you travel the road to success.  Tapping into this creativity will bring into being what up to this point has only been a vision.

Michele Shea said, “Creativity is …seeing something that doesn’t exist already.  You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.”

WOW! Being a playmate with God, how exciting is that?  I would love to do that and God is the ultimate example of creativity.  He saw the heavens and the earth, and the fish and the birds before they existed.  Then He created what had been a vision in His mind.  I can certainly thrive with creativity, vision and passion synergizing together in the sandbox of God.  The key is to break through negatives using the creativity God has given you in your mind.  By realizing the limitlessness of your capabilities, you can reach for a goal without the fear of failure.  Personally, I have failed at several projects in the past, but my failures didn’t make me a failure.  Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparation for their victories.”

Your goal or vision may appear impossible, but it becomes possible when you direct your mind in the right direction with the right attitude.  How will you ever know the limits of the possible until you go beyond them into the impossible?  How many times will you stop in your quest because someone tells you its unattainable?  First of all, who says it’s impossible?

Overcome Fractured Focus

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A while back I traveled from Sydney, Australia to Hong Kong to Los Angeles to Dallas.  Yes, it was a long trip, but that’s par for the course because I make international trips quite often each year.  The biggest challenge is always upon my return when I am readjusting due to time zone differences.

After arriving home that week there were several times I noticed my mind drifting, and that’s to be expected.  However, that doesn’t mean I could afford to live a life of DRIFT.  Not at all.  It actually meant I was dealing with what I refer to as FRACTURED FOCUS.

And here’s the interesting thing, most people deal with this due to many other reasons besides international travel.  A study of approximately 2,200 people a few years ago by two researchers at Harvard University found that over 50% of the people they contacted were "not focused" on the task they were currently involved with.

Why? According to Edward Hallowell in his Harvard Business Review article its simple … Physics.  “Nature tends to disorder…focus imposes order…focus requires work…and people often avoid work and pain.”  His suggested solution (which I believe to be a great foundation to utilize) is twofold:

  1. Re-Create the necessary boundaries that technology and other distractions have broken down. Turn the TV off.  Close the door to your office.  Don’t get online as often.  Don’t allow intrusions into your creative thought processes.
  2. Spend as much time as possible at the intersection of three spheres: What you’re good at, What you like to do, AND What adds value to the world. According to Hallowell, at that intersection lies the land of productivity that will compete with the forces of disorder that work to distract you.

To recap, put in place the boundaries you need so you can pick tasks you’re skilled at and that you like to do, and then set the bar higher each day.  Focus will follow along with greater levels of success in life.

What Can Be

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Thomas Edison once said, The thoughts that come unsought and drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable.”  God said, “I will give my spirit to everyone…your young men will see visions and your old men will have dreams.” 

God gives His spirit to everyone, not just a selected few.

Regardless of your age, God’s spirit can bring a dream or vision into your heart of “WHAT CAN BE!”  Don’t ever put pressure on yourself due to your age.  Recently I have been hearing a small voice say over and over again, “It’s never too late. It’s never too late.”

Don’t allow yourself to think others are younger or older than you and because of that they are more qualified.  Listen carefully to Philippians 2:13[NIV], “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”  You and I may have some flaws, but hey, everyone has flaws.  Just remember, regardless of our flaws, the God who lives and works in us is not flawed or limited.

Fear will cause you to settle for less than the life God intends for you to live.  Go ahead and reach for whats ahead because it is God who works in you and longs to be glorified through yo