Busting Through Roadblocks to Your God-Given Potential

roadblocks2It was 20 years ago when I bought my first Zig Ziglar cassette tape at a local bookstore in Corbin, Kentucky. That tape sparked something in me that has grown for the past 20 years. It sparked the desire to climb to my God-given potential.

I had read and listened to some material before that time. I had read some books by John Maxwell (John Maxwell is where I first heard of Zig Ziglar), I had read “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey, and I frequently checked out cassette tapes from Johnson Bible College’s library so I could listen to them while I traveled to and from the weekend ministry I served during my college years. The seed of personal growth and development was already planted before I bought that Zig Ziglar cassette. But it was that cassette that sparked a flame that would glow for the next 20 years.

roadblockbuster1I continue to feed my mind with audio programs and books that help me get from where I am to where I want to be. Not only that, but I now devote my life to doing for others what Zig Ziglar, John Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, and many others have done for me through their books, audio programs, and live events. I do all I can to climb to my God-given potential and to help others climb to their God-given potential.

What is your spark? What is it that sparks such an intense passion in you that you can see yourself doing it for the next 20 years or even the rest of your life? What is it that you love to experience so much that you must help others experience the same thing? What is it that God has put in your heart and soul that it is your vehicle for climbing to your God-given potential?

roadblockbuster2Unfortunately, we experience roadblocks along the way that try to stop us from reaching our God-given potential. Over the next four blogs, I will address four of these roadblocks and prescribe a blockbuster for each one.

I hope you will journey with me this week as we look at four potential roadblocks and how to bust through each one of them. I desire to climb to my God-given potential and I have the same desire for you. Let’s go on this journey together!


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A Tribute to Mom

mom2With Mother’s Day in just two days, I got to thinking about the contribution Mom’s make to the world. I am under no illusion I can adequately explain the immeasurable influence of Mother’s on our world in just a short blog. However, I would like to honor the Mothers out there and thank you for what you have done for the world and specifically what my Mom has done for me.

Throughout history, moms have played a significant role in the course of events. Abraham Lincolmom.pngn once said, “God bless my mother. All that I am or ever hope to be I owe to her.” A Spanish proverb puts it this way, “An ounce of Mother is worth a pound of clergy.” Even the name of the first mother in this world, Eve, means; life-giving.

One of the ladies on the T.V. show “The Golden Girls” said, “It’s not easy being a mother. If it were, fathers would do it.” There is a whole lot of truth in that statement. I have also heard it said that, “if being a mother were easy it would not start out with something called labor.” Moms have a tough job, but for one am very thankful for the contributions of moms.
20160513_114850My mom has always been an encourager. When I was eighteen and considering leaving home (I was still in high school) it was the encouragement of my mom that kept me home until I finished high school. I am probably not fully aware of the amount of relationship damage that would have created between my dad and me. It was avoided because of my mom.

When I was asked to leave college because of my poor grades, it was the encouragement of my mom that convinced me to not give up. I went to the college and asked to be allowed back in under the condition I would improve my grades. They let me back in. I improved my grades and eventually graduated. I later went on to get my Master’s in Life Coaching graduating with a 4.0. None of that would have been possible without the encouragement from my mom._MG_9490

So, thank you, mom. Thank you to all the moms of the world. Thank you for being the ones who encourage us and inspire us to be more than we thought we could be. Thank you for being our positive voice in a negative world.

Thank you for being…MOM!


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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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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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What Can You Do With a Lot of Money?

 

On Tuesday we discussed saving money for an emergency fund. Yesterday we discussed saving money to make cash purchases to avoid debt. Today let’s look at a third reason to save money, wealth building.

Remember, I am not talking about being eager for money I am simply talking about being wise with money. There is a difference. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10), but to be wise with money…well…that is just wise.

savingProverbs 28:20, says; “A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished” (NIV). Please do not misunderstand me. I am not advocating a prosperity theology here. I believe this verse describes just the opposite. God does bless those who are faithful. All those blessings are not necessarily financial, although they can be. God blesses in many ways.

However, if your goal for faithfulness is to become wealthy, that would be “eager to get rich” and as this verse says, those will be punished. Again, do not be eager for money, but be wise with it. Saving money for wealth building does not have to be an “eagerness for”, it can simply be gaining wisdom with our money.

Someone who is faithful about saving a little money every month over a lifetime will build wealth. Being wealthy is not a sin. It is the attitude behind the wealth and the accumulation of it that makes it right or wrong. There are many wealthy people who use their money for godly purposes.

saving moneyDave Ramsey often uses the following equation: If you save $100 per month, every month for 40 years at 12% interest you will build it to $1,176,477. Then he goes on to say, “what if I am half wrong?” Well, the answer would still be $588,238.50. That is still not a bad retirement. Imagine the people you could help with that kind of wealth!

What do you want to do with your wealth in retirement?


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Are You Dying From Debt Related Stress?

Yesterday we discussed saving money for an emergency fund. Today we will look at what is becoming a lost discipline: saving money for purchases. We live in an instant gratification society and we feel that just because we want something, we should have it right now – whether we can afford it or not. How do we make it happen? Debt!

IDebt Word And 3d Character Showing Bankruptcy And Poverty believe debt is financial cancer and it is killing people financially. Proverbs 21:20, says; “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has” (NIV). It is unwise to just blow all we have and then when we find something we want, we just go into debt for it.

young couple worried at home in bad financial situation stress asking for helpDebt-related stress destroys marriages, reduces productivity in the workplace, and in some cases, it is literally killing people (Check out “Maxed Out” by James D. Scurlock). It is okay to purchase material wants if you are financially responsible when you do so. A big part of being financially responsible is saving up the money to make big purchases instead of going into debt.

Dave Ramsey says, “One definition of maturity is ‘delaying pleasure.’” Remember, “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has” (Proverbs 21:20, NIV). The wise and mature thing to do is save up for big purchases.

debtDebt is a killer! As I said before, debt is financial cancer that is killing people that would otherwise be financially stable. By the way, the belief that the poor must go into debt to get by is a myth. I realize I may get some backlash from that but it is true. As a matter of fact, the less money one has, the more fatal going into debt will be.

debt stressI have had money and I have not had money and in neither case has debt been an asset.   To be honest, over the last 17 years, other than a mortgage I had for about 13 years, I have not had any debt. The freedom I have had during times of plenty and times of…well… not so plenty – I can greatly attribute to my and my wife’s refusal to go into debt.

So, go ahead and get you some “stuff’, just make sure you can pay for it without going into debt. And if you cannot pay for it, at least have the wisdom and maturity to delay that pleasure long enough to save up and pay cash!


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Are You Prepared to Lose Your Job?

 

Image result for tax time imagesTax time means we typically become more aware of our financial situation. We look at our income and what we have spent over the past year. We come to the conclusion that we need to spend less and save more.

Cars break down, people get sick, houses needs immediate repairs, and people lose jobs. Emergencies happen.  It is a fact of life. It is wise to be prepared.  We need an emergency fund.  Some people call it a rainy day fund. Whatever you call it, there is much wisdom in preparing for financial emergencies. We might as well go ahead and plan now so they will be less devastating. emergency-fundIn Genesis chapter 41, Egypt is about to have seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine. In verses 35-36 Joseph gives this wise counsel to Pharaoh; “They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine” (NIV).

Image result for car breaking down imagesWe may not always receive a dream of when an emergency is coming like Pharaoh did, but sometimes you can foresee a coming expense.  You know – when the car sounds like the motor is about to explode every time you stop at a traffic signal…. there may be an automobile repair in your near future. Go ahead and save up now… before the explosion!

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Dave Ramsey suggests you save up a beginning emergency fund of $1,000 while you get out of any debt (other than your house). If you have no debt (other than your house) most financial coaches suggest saving up between 3 to 6 months of expenses in an emergency fund. My personal opinion is to save more towards the 6 months than the 3 months.

Pinterest is a great resource for tips on saving your emergency fund.  Check it out!

What is something you’ve done or plan to do to save up for emergencies?  Leave your suggestions in the comments below (find “comments” just below the red submit button)!


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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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2 Keys to Help You Reach Your Potential

What two key words separate those who reach their God-given potential and those who do not?
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Image result for commitment definition  imagesThat is it. Those are the two key words that separate those who move toward their God-given potential and those who do not.  Intentional Commitment.

John Maxwell says, “What separates the developer of a successful dream from a mere
daydreamer is committed action.”

Tony Robbins says it is when something becomes a must that people move forward.

Intentional commitment, committed action, developing your “must”, however you want to say it, it comes down to deciding exactly what you are going to do and then doing it no matter what. (Dave Ramsey calls this your “no matter whats.”).

Zig Ziglar tells the story of when he was a little boy during the depression, he always tried to be at the neighbor’s house at dinner time. The reason?  He thought his neighbors were rich. Why?  Because they had their own cook and the cook had something to cook.
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One day the cook brought a pan of biscuits out of the oven and they were not any thicker than a wrist watch. Zig asked the lady, “What on earth happened to your biscuits?” She laughed a little bit and answered, “Well, these biscuits squatted to rise, and they just got cooked in the squat.”

Often times we get cooked in the squat. We get ready to do something, or we talk about doing something or we seek affirmation and approval from others before we do something, and we inevitably end up getting cooked in the squat.

Be intentional, make a solid commitment, and take action. This is how you get closer to reaching your God-given potential.

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