If You Want to Truly Climb to Your God-Given Potential, Never Settle

In 1 Thessalonians 4:1, Paul says to the church in Thessalonica; “Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact, you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more” (NIV). Notice how Paul commends them on what they have done and are currently doing and then he encourages and “urges” them to do “more and more”. Paul did not want them to become common or too comfortable in their God-pleasing lives. He encouraged them to keep growing.popeye5

I wrote in yesterday’s blog about how the enemy of the great is the good. Sometimes we become so satisfied with how good we are that we never reach our greatness. Craig Valentine puts it this way, “Are you too good to be great?”

popeye3Bill Hybels talks about having a “Holy discontent for the status quo.” Hybels started Willow Creek Community Church in the 1970’s with a group of enthusiastic young people and no money. Now Willow Creek is one of the largest churches in the world. Bill Hybels’ whole desire was to reach people with the gospel and connect them to Jesus. Hybels also talks about having your Popeye popeyemoment. Your Popeye moment is when you finally say, “That’s all I can stands, ’cause I can’t stands no more!” This is the point at which things must change. You have developed a Holy discontent for the status quo.

popeye2Waylon Jennings, after finishing an album, was asked if he was satisfied with the album. His response, “If I ever become satisfied with an album then I am finished as a country singer.” Jennings seemed to be indicating that no matter how good an album was he was never quite satisfied. He continued to look for ways to make the next one even better.

popeye4My dad used to build bird houses. I can remember, as a kid, he would spend what seemed like hours continuing to work on a bird house that already looked perfect to me. He would continue to look for blemishes and imperfections until he could get it just right.

What do Paul, Craig Valentine, Bill Hybels, Waylon Jennings, and my dad all have in common? They never settled! They never said that is good enough. They kept working on their craft. They celebrated their accomplishments but they never allowed their accomplishments to cause them to just be satisfied. They continued to improve. They never settled!

Never settle! If you want to truly climb to your God-given potential then never settle. Celebrate your victories and accomplishments, and then look at how you can climb to the next level. God is not done with you… so never settle!

Do you have a story of someone who never settled?


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Who Do You Know and What Are You Reading? 2 Keys to a Successful Future

Yesterday, as I was rambling through Half-Price Books, I found a book that is a tribute to Charlie “Tremendous” Jones. I immediately picked it up, flipped through the pages, and bought it.

tremendousCharlie “Tremendous” Jones was a speaker and author who passed away a few years ago. As I was flipping through the book I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes and probably the one he is best known for, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” What a powerful quote.
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” We are typically the average of the 10 people we spend the most time with. Tony Robbins says that every individual is a direct result of the expectations of their peer group.

With that in mind, surround yourself with people who are where you would like to be. First of all, if you want to grow spiritually then get involved with a healthy, growing church. That is one of the main reasons Jesus established the church so we could help each other grow (Ephesians 4:11-15).

However, in any endeavor, who you surround yourself with will help determine your success or failure. This is why recovering addicts cannot rejoin the same group of people they were drinking or doing drugs (or whatever their addiction may have been) with. The people you hang around the most will determine your success or failure in life.

tremendous2This is why, as an emerging speaker, I am a part of the Kentucky division of the National Speakers Association. I get to learn from those who are better than I am. If you want to get better than you are, at whatever you do, you must hang around people who are better than you. It may not be comfortable, but it is more comfortable than not reaching your goals.

tremendous4As a life coach, I am a part of the International Christian Coaches Association. I also have attended the American Association of Christian Counselors World Convention numerous times to be a part of their life coaching track where I get to meet the best and the brightest in Christian life coaching and leadership coaching. This year I get to tremendous3present my “Coaching Different Personality Styles” (similar to my “Great Minds Think Together” program)  to fellow coaches from all over the world at this conference. I love being a part of this group of people.

Let me also touch on the other half of Charlie “Tremendous” Jones’ quote “the books you read.” If you want to be closer to reaching your God-given potential in five years you must become a reader. Leaders are readers! Become a life-long learner!

First of all, if you want to grow spiritually you must read the Bible on a regular basis. Learn to love God’s Word. It is literally a love letter from God to you.

Secondly, read books that pertain to what it is you do or want to do. As a speaker and coach, I frequently read books about coaching and speaking. As a husband, I read books about marriage. As a dad, I read books about parenting. If you want to be better at something five years from now than you are today then read good books about that subject.

BECAUSE…tremendous5

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” –Charlie “Tremendous” Jones


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