Are You Wasting Your Life?

How many times have you heard someone make the comment, “I am the same person I have always been”? I am not sure exactly what they mean by that, but I cannot help but see that as an insult to themselves. To say, “I am the same person I have always been” is to say “I have never grown up” or “I am not any smarter now than I ever was” or “I just don’t give a crap about getting any better in any area of my life”.

I know many people reach a plateau and never really grow beyond a certain point. That seems sad to me, not something to brag about.

If you are the same person at 40 as you were at 20 you have wasted 20 years of your life. As we grow older we should be growing in other areas as well. Unless we are perfect, (and none of us are) we should always be growing.

ludicrousThe reason most people do not grow is that growth means change and sometimes change can be painful. There is no growth without change. We have to consistently be changing if we want to grow. That means we will not be the same person we have always been. When we grow, we become different. We change and become better.

If you want something you have never had, you will have to do something you have never done. That is the process of growth. If we just settle, then we will never reach our God-given potential. God is not done with you. So, do not settle. Keep growing. Keep learning. Keep stretching. Do whatever it takes to get from where you are to where you want to be.

I can remember being so shy, I would not look the cashier in the eye as I made a purchase. I hoped they would not talk to me so I would not have to speak. Thankfully, today I am not the same person I had always been.

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I  can remember a day when I hated school or any kind of academics. I had no desire to stretch myself in this area. Thankfully, today I am not the same person I had always been.

Before I got married, I would preach and teach often on marriage and relationships. After I got married I stopped! I realized I was clueless about marriage and relationships. I was married for almost 15 years before I felt mentally, emotionally, and spiritually prepared to teach on marriage and relationships again. It has been a brutal learning process for me; but I have learned from experience, books, audio programs, classes, and especially from other married couples who were much better at this marriage thing than I was. As I have learned, I have become a much better husband, dad, and teacher. Thankfully, today I am not the same person I had always been.

You can change! You can grow! But not if you are satisfied being the same person you have always been.

God is not done with you…so, never settle, live with enthusiasm, and turn the world upside down… Here we go!


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_MG_6842cropTommy Lanham is a dynamic, award-winning speaker who has been training individuals and organizations to reach their God-given potential for 25 years. With a unique blend of Ziglar motivation and ragamuffin faith, Tommy delivers powerful, life changing messages filled with humor, hope, and enthusiasm.

Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

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Can We Afford NOT To?

 

What do I wish I had known when I was younger?

I wish I had known my value. I think the more valuable we see ourselves the better choices we make. I only saw a fraction of my value before I started listening to Zig Ziglar and reading personal development books.

ziglarI was 25 years old when I bought my first Zig Ziglar tape.  It was titled “How To Be A Winner”. That tape helped set my life on a journey of personal growth that gets more and more fun the further I travel. I am learning better every day how to be a winner.

When I was 28 years old, I asked my brand new bride if we could afford to buy one audiobook a month. (She was and still is, the financial brain in the family and at the time we had limited income because we had just started a ministry where we were paid entirely through donations. Sometimes finances were tight, but that is another blog for another time.)

Her response, “Can we afford not to?” I bet sometimes she may regret that answer. Especially when she walks into my office to the sight of several hundred and maybe over a thousand tapes and CDs of books, seminars, conferences, and other various forms of audio teachings.

It has been 20 years since I bought that first Zig Ziglar tape. That lead to the reading of “Untapped Potential” by Jack Lannom (No relation because he spells his name funny), which lead to the reading of “Over The Top” by Zig Ziglar, which lead to audio programs and books by Brian Tracy, Dennis Waitley, Jack Canfield, John Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, and the list goes on and on and on.

tracy-waitley-ziglarI have never regretted the purchase of that first Zig Ziglar tape in 1997, or the eventual commitment my wife and I made back in 2000 to purchase one audio program a month. All of these have helped me better understand my value in this world and to be honest they have helped my value grow.

What has added value to your life?


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Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message.

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