Step One: If You Want to Find True Happiness, You Must Do Something

happy-7.pngSeveral years ago my wife and I went through a series of four classes at our church. Each 2-hour class was offered once a month. The classes were about the purpose and values of the church; how to grow spiritually; how to get involved in ministry at the church, and how to tell other people about Jesus.

Four months later, the teacher of that fourth class asked if we had taken all the other classes. We responded, “Yes.” He asked,  “Well, you know what you have to do now?” My wife and I looked at each other. Then responded, “No, what?” He smiled and said, “Somethin’”.

In a very simple way, that was extremely profound advice. If you want to find true happiness and joy, you must do ‘somethin’. Happiness will not just show up on your doorstep. Get out and take action.

Nothing happens until somethin’ happens. John Maxwell puts it this way, “What separates the developer of a successful dream from a mere daydreamer is committed action.” If you want to be happy, if you want to be successful, if you want to climb to your God-given potential you must get up and do somethin’.

happyIf you have a dream, write down some actions to take and then pick one to do right now. If you are going to make a significant change in your life it must be done immediately and enthusiastically. Do it now and do it with enthusiasm. If it is worth doing then why put it off? Do it now!

If you do not know what to do or maybe you do not have a specific dream to work towards, then just do something constructive. Volunteer with your church or community, go visit someone in the hospital, call someone you have not talked to in a long time. Do somethin’!

Happiness and joy will not find you, it must be sought out. However, if you only self-indulge to make yourself happy, you will never find happiness. If your actions are only for your benefit, then happiness will elude you. The more “others-centered” you become, the bigger difference you will make in your own joy. That is a principle and not a tactic.

So, step one in finding real happiness is “do something”. Tomorrow we will look at step two.  But first, do step one by writing down an action you will take and then get up and do it! DO IT NOW!!  Take a moment and send it to me using the form below…. I’d love to hear your first action step!


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The Secret Code Behind Remarkable Communication

 

in-sWe discussed where people get their energy by looking at the differences between extroverts and introverts in the last blog. Today we will look at people’s style of communication, the way they best exchange information, by looking at the difference between those who have a preference for sensing and those who are more intuitive.

Sensors tend to communicate more concretely while intuitors tend to communicate more abstractly. In the book “Please Understand Me II” David Keirsey explains the difference this way, “Abstract words refer to things that cannot be observed but only imagined, while concrete words refer to things that can be observed and therefore need not be imagined” (p. 120).

Sensing

If your tendency is toward sensing, you communicate through what you can see, touch, smell, hear, and taste. You communicate what you can observe. You tend to start with the facts first, then move toward the big picture.

sensing intuitionSensors like to recall events as snapshots of what literally happened. They put experience first and put less trust in words and symbols. Sometimes they will focus so much on the facts of the present or past that they miss new possibilities.

Intuitive

If your tendency is toward intuition, you communicate through what can be imagined. You see beyond just the facts. You tend to start with the big picture first, then move toward the details and facts.

Intuitives like to recall events by what they read “between the lines” at the time. They place great trust in insights, symbols, and metaphors and less in what is literally experienced. Sometimes they focus so much on new possibilities that they miss the practicalities of making that new possibility into reality.

Everyone has some of both sensing and intuition. However, we all have one that is more dominate than the other. This is your preference for how you best and most naturally communicate.

Neither style is good or bad. We need both. When we are aware of what each person’s communication style is, we can better work towards better marriages, healthier churches, and more productive businesses.

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After reading the descriptions of the two different communications styles which one do you feel you are? What about your spouse? Kids? Co-workers? Supervisor? Understanding you’re your communication style and the style of those you interact with on a regular basis can help you be more effective in your communication.


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Will You Take Extreme Steps To Start Saving Money?

Zig Ziglar used to say, “If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them the day will come when you can do the things you want to when you want to do them.” That statement is true in all areas of life, but especially when it comes to saving money.

If we will save money when we need to save it (NOW) the day will come when we can use our money the way we want to use it; whether it is having enough money to cover emergencies, to cover large expenses, or having enough to truly bless someone who is struggling. Whatever our motivation, it will be nice to have the money when the time comes.

burninghouseIf your child, or someone you love, was in a house that was on fire, what would you do to get that person out of the house? …. Yep! Anything you possibly could, and maybe even more than what is possible, to save your child or loved one. In other words, you would not make excuses.  You would go to extreme measures to save your child or loved one.

We will save money when it becomes very, very, very important to us. Not when the economy changes, not when this person moves out or when that person gets a job, not when the new president takes office. We will only start saving money when it becomes very, very, very important. Just like saving the child from a house fire, when it becomes very, very, very important to us, then no excuse is strong enough to keep us from taking action.john wesley
John Wesley said, “Earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” We will not have the money to bless others if we do not save the money we need to bless others. Again, whatever your motivation for saving may be, it will not happen because of outside circumstances. It will only happen when we make an intentional decision to save money no matter what happens. It is kind of like saving your child from a house that is burning down around them.

When will you decide to start saving?


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Is Money Evil?

 

One of the most important things we can do when it comes to money is to save it. Unfortunately, sometimes we have a negative connotation about saving money.

Saving money does not have to be a selfish act. It really depends on the attitude of the one saving. However, the antidote is not for us to avoid saving money. The antidote is to change our attitude towards money.

money-evilMoney is not evil. Our love of money can be evil, but not money itself. Money is amoral. It is neither good nor bad. It is our attitude toward money that is either good or evil.

1 Timothy 6:10, says; “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (NIV). It becomes a problem when we love money or are eager for it. There is nothing evil about being wise with our money as long as we are not eager, greedy, and in love with it.smiley dollar

Saving money is a wise action as long as it does not come from a place of greed. Saving money for an emergency, to make a specific purchase, or even wealth building is not an evil act. It is actually more biblical than going into debt which our society seems to have little to no problem with doing.

I would like to suggest a paradigm shift…. a change of thinking about money. It’s what I would consider a wise a biblical approach to money.

romans-12-2.jpgRomans 12:2, says; “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (NIV). Our view of money may need a paradigm shift, a change in thinking, a renewing of our mind. The last I checked the average savings in the United States is  -2.2%. That is correct, we have more debt than we do savings in this country.

dollar signsI want to leave you with one more passage out of the Bible. Proverbs 6:6-8, says; Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest” (NIV).

According to this verse, it is wise to save. If you want to reach your God-given potential it may be time to have a “renewing of your mind” when it comes to your finances. Just a thought.

We will look more at the basic reason to save money in this week’s upcoming blogs.

What are your thoughts on saving money?


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First Step to Getting From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

     Several years ago my wife and I attended a series of classes at our church. During that last class, the teacher looked at us and said, “You know what you have to do now right?” We looked at each other baffled and then looked back at him and asked, “No, what?”

In that moment, he looked us right in the eye and gave us some of the best advice ever.

“Sometin”.

     That was it. “Sometin”. That is great advice for how to get from where you are to where you want to be. Just get started. Zig Ziglar says, “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you learn to do it well.

I do not know where this originated but it is great advice, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Just get started. Those New Years Resolutions, goals, plans, whatever you want to call them…Just get started…

On your mark, get set, GO!

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If you wait for all the lights to turn green before you get in your car to drive somewhere you will never get anywhere.

Yet, that is often how we live our lives. We wait for everything to be just right before we move. Go ahead and move. Make mistakes, learn from them, and keep going.

Isaiah 32:8 says, “But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds, he stands” (NIV). Make the plan and take the stand. In other words, decide what action you are going to take and immediately take action.

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     Do something right now you have been putting off. You know what it is. You do not have to think that hard about it. Do it. Do it now!
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