Tuesday, September 6, 2016
If I could rewrite the seasons of my life, I would choose never to be afraid. Instead, I would embrace the challenges that occur with a sense of wonder and amazement. I spent too many years allowing disappointments and trials to defeat me only to find out decades later the trials had been used as opportunities of growth.
Someone once said the word “fear” stood for False Evidence Appearing Real. Yet, for those who are challenged by fear, the adrenaline that runs through their body at that moment feels anything but false.
The good news is after many years of struggling with the debilitating effects of fear, I can tell you that fear really is the equivalent of a speck of sand we build into a giant pyramid in our own minds.
Our mind truly is our battlefield. Very seldom do the things we fear deserve the incredible negative attention we give them.
When I was a small child, my home life was very unstable. As a result, it helped set a pattern of expected defeat in my young mind. My father was an alcoholic and very abusive. My mother was extremely young and naïve; she really wasn’t capable of guiding me through the hurdles of life that terrified me.
To a child, the uncertainties often hide the truth in a situation. We fear the unknown because our past experiences have often proven to be everything we feared. In reality, the fear we exhibited magnetically drew the devastation to us.
Most parents of fearful children are living in a realm of fear themselves. This situation causes the cycle of fear to be repeated from one generation to the next.
If I could pass a bill in Congress, it would be one that requires all school systems to add a program to their curriculum that teaches children how to overcome adversity. The program would teach them how to “look at a glass as half full rather than half empty” or even “how to turn negative thoughts into incredible avenues of growth” -- in other words, a “NO FEAR” class.
The only thing you have to fear is fear itself –the belief in False Evidence Appearing Real.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Victoria is a prime example of going from victim to victor in her own life. It's apparent that when a person doesn't know their true value they tend to accept anything offered to them.
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Friday, May 6, 2016
Never Give Up
"In order to truly be successful, you have to believe in your dream. When the hard times come you don't give up. If you give up, somebody will be right behind you and pick up where you left off and finish your dream for you and you will be standing back wishing - what if."
My take on Jim's Wisdom Tip
I believe all God-given dreams are planted deep within you. They are dreams that you know are bigger than you are. They stay planted in you and the desire never goes away. You can go about doing other things but the dream stays with you wherever you go. The key is believing in the dream and taking one step at a time until it comes from the dream state into reality.
Step Into the Unknown
No matter where life leads you, success is always right around the corner if you don't turn off too early onto the proverbial "dead end" road.
It is one thing to talk about what you want to accomplish, but quite another thing to actually step into the unknown arena and cause those dreams to come true. Things of great value frequently appear in disguise.
Nothing of any significance happens without taking risks. Risks may mean not everyone will agree with you or stand behind your decisions. Do you believe enough in your dream to take some risks? Only risk takers make it to the cutting edge.
My take on Gary's Wisdom Tips.
I totally believe that everyone has a purpose for their life. A purpose that gives them fulfillment - that makes them want to get up in the morning. A purpose that isn't focused entirely on themselves but for the betterment of society. Of course knowing what that purpose is may be a mystery in the beginning but if we listen to our heart clarity seems to come. Be willing to take a risk in order to find your true purpose.
I love to go two-steppin and Ronnie Dunn has put out some great songs to dance to. During our interview I sensed that even though he lives in Nashville, was born in Texas, his roots in Oklahoma still run deep.
Persistence and Perseverance
Everything has a time and a season. If you are willing to sacrifice hours of hard work then success will come.
My take on Ronnie's Wisdom Tip
It's true that timing is everything. It can be a struggle to wait until everything is aligned properly so that we can move forward with our desires. So many people give up too quickly because the wait is so long - not realizing that the wait is building character. Perseverance sometimes includes perspiration, but when the cool breeze blows it's so much more refreshing.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
I've been fortunate to meet a lot of preachers over the years, but no one has been any more dynamic than Eastman Curtis.
Be a Visionary
How do you make all your experiences come together to form the vision God has given you?
Each day you take one step at a time, believing God to bring you through or over each hurdle. Stay focused and believe in the vision God gave you or the drive to complete it will vanish. The bigger the vision the bigger the promotion and the harder the struggle will be to get there. Yet God is building character that only the struggles can provide. Your faith will grow stronger as you conquer each hurdle. Never stop dreaming because your next promotion may be linked to the very next person you meet.
My take on Eastman's Wisdom Tip
For so long I struggled with believing God for the simplest things. I just didn't feel worthy enough to receive the things I needed, so I sure couldn't believe for the things I wanted. I remember a very wise man saying, "Rehearse your victories" because in doing so you will realize all the things God did do for you. Each victory is a faith builder, but you have to choose to allow the victory to remain on your list of God Moments, so you will recognize them the next time they arrive.
Monday, May 2, 2016
You never know each day who you are going to meet. Watching the Olympics I would have never thought that some day I would be interviewing a Gold Medalist from another country right here in Oklahoma.
Focus on Your Destiny
Staying focused and disciplined is the key to realizing success in any area of your life. Great stuff doesn't come easy. You create your own destiny. By listening to others you glean from their ideas and create new opportunities. When you have difficult times, instead of spending time feeling down take a step back, take a deep breath and rethink the situation. Then you will make a good decision.
My Take on Nadia's Wisdom Tip.
I totally agree with Nadia's statement that "Great Stuff" doesn't come easy. Not everyone becomes a Gold Medalist, an Award Winning Author, Famous Actor, Billboard Chart Singer or any other top of the chain professional without taking risks and spending grueling hours honing their talent. Let's face it, if it came easy everyone would do it. Some jobs and some careers are a walk in the park, because they don't require much stretching of our faith and abilities. However, if you want to be greater than the norm you do what greatness requires.