5 Questions That Help You Succeed

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Success is defined as “the achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted” in the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, and there are 5 key questions that you must ask yourself if you want to succeed. These questions will help you start thinking of what needs to happen for success to be part of your life.

1. What is God’s will? To truly be successful in life, you must follow God’s will. The desire to accomplish things should come from him. Think about what God has in store for you in life. No one can become successful in life without following the will of God. Do you already know what God wants you to do but you’re hesitant to do so? Are you trying to figure out what God desires of you, but cannot figure it out? If you do not know what God wants you to do, there are plenty of resources for you. There are life coaches that can help guide you. There are books out there for you to read. You can spend time with the Lord, listen to his voice, and try to find out what God has in store for you.  Sometimes we know what God’s will is for us but we run from it like Jonah running from Nineveh.   If you know what God wants for you run in that direction until he shows you something different.  If you are not sure what God’s will is continue to seek him.  Some of the questions below will help you as you seek to find God’s will for you life.

2. What do I love to do? What do you enjoy? What makes you feel a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment after you do it? Always remember what you are drawn to. Remember what you love to do, because you will only burn yourself out if you are stuck doing things that you do not enjoy, even if you are outstanding at it. So identify what you love to do. You may not be able to do exactly what you wish to do, but try to find a way to incorporate what you love into what you already do. For instance, if you love to play basketball but cannot find a job as a professional basketball player, you can train to be a manager or a physical trainer.

3. What am I good at? Usually, what you are good at goes hand in hand with what you love to do. If not, you can always find what you are good at and fit that into what you love to do. It is important to identify what you are good at, because if you do a mediocre job at something, you will not succeed. You have to capitalize on your gifts and talents. It is what makes you stand out from the rest.

4. What more can I do to become better in what I do? There is always room for improvement. Never stop growing. Never stop learning. Never stop improving. This is a huge key for becoming successful and staying successful. Keep the motivation up and running. Figure what you can do to become better, and apply that to your life.

5. What roadblock is keeping me from reaching my highest potential? Are there any barriers? Anything hindering you from reaching your highest potential? First, identify the things that are keeping you from being the best that you can be. Next, figure out how you can eliminate this road block. Better yet, if you can figure out how to make this roadblock enhance your highest potential, it would be even better! If you cannot completely eliminate or use the roadblock to your advantage, find a way to suppress the effects that it has on you.

Remember to ask yourself these five questions if you want to become successful. Once you know what God’s will is, what you love to do, what you are good at that can be implemented into what you love to do, what you can do to improve, what is keeping you from being your best, you are 5 steps closer to being successful. Being successful is not easy, and it’s not just a destiny but a journey.  As you keep these questions in mind, you will see yourself transforming into a successful person and it will be the kind of success first of all that brings honor and glory to the Lord and then brings you joy and fulfillment as well.

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3 Characteristics of a Real Leader

Leadership: The act of Leading

Leadership: The act of Leading

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Leaders hold the most important roles in our society. They act as an example for others, they tell others what to do, and they define how we should live our lives. With such great responsibility it becomes imperative for a leader to be not just a leader, but a great leader. There are 3 characteristics every leader can have, and must have to be a great leader. They are faith, hope, and love.

A leader who has faith believes in themselves, in others, and most importantly, in God.

They believe in themselves by challenging themselves and taking on difficult, but possible tasks to complete. Leaders with this characteristic won’t shy away from jobs or responsibility. They will do what they need to do and take the blame if they make a mistake.

A leader with faith believes in the workers and people under them. They delegate and give responsibility to others and allow others to offer input. They don’t micromanage others and they don’t create countless rules to follow. They are flexible, yet require results from people under them.

Most importantly, a leader must have faith in God. Faith that God will support them, provide for them, be the source of authority, and supplier of justice. God is the one from whom all authority is given. Keeping this in mind a leader will also stay humble. You could say that God is the ultimate leader, thus, putting for faith in Him and following his commands seems only reasonable and even logical. Wouldn’t you want to put your faith in the ‘best’ leader?

Hope is the second characteristic. Hope for the future, forward thinking, vision, and goal focused are all aspects of hope. A leader should be thinking about what their plan is for tomorrow; what their long-term goals are for both themselves and those following them. Their hope should create passion for what they do and desire to do it well. The hope that a leader has should also be spread to their followers, giving them an idea of what is to come and what the leader’s plans are for the future.

Finally, love is the last and greatest characteristic. A leader must have a love for their work, their family, their followers, and for God.

Naturally a leader who loves to lead will certainly lead better than one who doesn’t. Their love for what they do will be infective in the way it will cause those around them to work a little harder and perform a bit better. A leader’s love for what they do is vital to preventing failure and burnout.

Love for their family will be like a beacon proclaiming their true character for all to see. If a leader neglects or places their family behind other things then people will take note and recognize the leader’s lack of care for those closest to them. Yet when a leader does love their family first then many other aspects of their life will seamlessly fall in place. Those under them will respect their leader and readily follow their commands.

A leader’s love for their followers is directly related to their love for their own family. Often, a leader’s family is their first followers and when a leader is placed in charge of others, their love for their family will also change into a loving and caring attitude towards all who follow them. A leader’s love for their followers will inspire them to achieve and complete things to the best of their ability. When a leader loves his followers he will look out for their interests and, when possible, place them before his own interests. This does not mean that a leader should compromise on goals and objectives, but merely that they should take an interest in the lives of those the lead.

Lastly, a leader must love God with all their heart, soul and mind. There is much that could be said about loving God, but all that will be said here is that God is the giver of all authority, so we must follow God, and follow His commands, and the greatest of his commands is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Mat. 22:37b, NIV).

How can you improve as a leader? How can you start implementing these characteristics in your own life? The time is now, don’t wait until tomorrow, change today, and see the results forever.

Break in Posts

Sorry there haven’t been any posts the last few days. I was at a military resort called Okuma and the internet was not cooperating with Mac Books. Imagine that. :-) I have to admit it was nice not to check my email, facebook and twitter for a few days. I wonder if that would be a good regular spiritual discipline for people these days since we are so connected to our technology.

I’ll try to upload one video later today and pick up with daily videos again starting tomorrow.

Blessings on your journey as you seek to Live, Love and Lead like Jesus.

-Buddy

Zig Ziglar Free Gift for Military

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I really like Zig Ziglar and I love the United States military so I was stoked to see that Zig’s son Tom has opened the Ziglar Vault of all the best audio and video for free to any active duty member of the United States Armed Forces.  Makes me want to join the military.  OK, I know that God hasn’t created me for that but do take advantage of it and pass it on to any of your friends that are in the military.

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Cut that out

Do you ever wish that there were just big scissors around the things in your life that it made sense to cut out? Probably some of us would love that and others would rebel that we were being told what to cut out of our lives. I think in this picture the paving crew was being told where to cut the road. :-)

Well for better or worse (mostly for better I think) it is left almost entirely up to us what to cut out of our lives so that we can make time for the really important things.

Here are some things that you might want to cut out of your life so that you can make time for reading.

1. TV. Especially now with being able to download TV shows commercial free on Itunes it might be a good time to get rid of the TV. I have met a few families or friends over the years that haven’t had TV and I think they were better off for it. We went a year without a TV and we will be without TV starting in September again and I can’t wait. If you can’t cut out TV just try reading during the commercials.

2. Eliminate Unnecessary commitments. Perhaps you have been locked into somethings that aren’t in your areas of strengths or that someone else could be doing much better. Think of clubs, civic organizations, church activities that aren’t what God has for you. Many of these things might be really good. But really good is the enemy of great.

3. Facebook, MySpace or Surfing Online. If you track the time that you spend online that isn’t purposeful you might be able to read a book a week. Seriously the amount of time that people spend online is eclipsing the amount of time that they spend in front of the TV.

4. Unsubscribe from Email Lists. I started unsubscribing from email lists about 3 weeks ago and literally every day I have more email lists that I am getting off of. It’s not just the time it takes to delete the emails each day but they often distract us from what we need to be doing when we are at our desks in front of the computer. An additional idea is to have a seperate email for mailing lists that you check once a week.

5. Don’t Shower. OK. I admit this one is a little extreme. But it just goes to show you that things really can be cut from your life so that you can read. I heard a guy speak that makes about $50,000 a month online and he was talking about the things that people do instead of accomplishing things. There were the typical things like TV and procrastinating. When he talked about not bathing to accomplish things I realized he was serious about what was important in his life.

6. Work Less. You might have scoffed at this one. I am a firm believer in working hard and giving whatever you are doing your all. The hours that we work continues to increase and I am sure that most of us could accomplish what we do in less time if we worked a little less and worked a little smarter.

Hopefully those ideas get you jumpstarted about what you can cut out of your own life so that you can make time to read.

Saint Patrick’s Confession in American English

I had a special treat for you that I wanted to send out on Saint Patrick’s day of this year but I was so saddened by what Saint Patrick’s Day has become that I didn’t want to send it out and cheapen the life of Patrick.  Over the last few years I have read about Saint Patrick from others.  They often talk of his willingness to depart from the tradition of man and the church to reach people with the love and message of Jesus Christ.  Some of the stories that circulate are obviously legend but some miraculous things seem from history to be true.  It’s funny how the Catholic church that now celebrates and exhalts him with the rest of the world actually put an end to the type of ministry that he was doing with lay ministry and the priesthood of believers and decreed that church should be done in the Roman way.  I think the world would have been a much better place and the Church would be much stronger today had Rome not stepped in and quashed the way church as done in Ireland in the 500′s.

This year, for the first time, I read Saint Patrick’s Confession and heard form him in his own words.  I think as I heard the stories about him in Ireland and read his words I was struck not by his missional ways of conforming to the culture but of how he stood up for things that he felt God would have him to do and his strength of character.  When he heard the voice of God he reacted in obedience.  I was inspired by his willingness to follow Christ no matter what he thought the consequences might be.

I have a modern translation of his confession that I changed to American English.  It is less than 11 pages long and well worth the read.  Saint Patrick’s Confession