Monday, June 28, 2010

It Takes Work!

Anything that is important to YOU, is worth a struggle -- getting a new job, financing college, paying off your mortgage. Many times, discouragement enters the picture.

When you get discouraged, don't give up! Nothing worthwhile ever happens without endurance and your energy. When an artist creates a sculpture, he chips away at it and it becomes a great art piece. The same holds true for life. Anything important, happens gradually.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Change and Growth

"I'll start tomorrow." Tomorrow after tomorrow comes and NOTHING. Why is that? Why are so many people unable to move forward? Well, 2 reasons:
  • Slow learners -- It takes the average person maybe 40 times to finally learn something. We can think that we learned our lesson the first time. "Lessons" comes in different packages. In order to learn a lesson, you have to pay attention and understand that repeated exposure is key.
  • Unlearning old stuff -- Many folks like a quick fix to a problem. Deep-rooted  problems take a while to understand and then change. Old habits and thoughts didn't develop in a day so it's unrealistic that they can be fixed in a day!

Growing up (growth) can be scary. In order to grow, you have to face change. There is no change without loss. And you know what? We all fear LOSS. In order to experience the new, you have to let go of the old.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Ya Gotta Have Faith!

Faith is defined as a verb. It's active, not passive. You have to put energy into it. You also have to understand that it's invisible. Faith is belief in a "good unknown." When you operate in faith, you've stepped forward into the good unknown.

When you operate in faith you do two things. 1) You invest your time and energy. You lay things on the line and trust God. 2) You let go of your safety net and sense of security.

When you walk in faith, you have to let go of the past and move forward. Think of a trapeze artist. Their art and skill requires a leap of faith. Every time they swing out and let go, they trust that their partner will catch them. Your partner in this faith walk is God. When you swing out, you trust and believe that God is there.

He will not let you go. But "ya gotta have faith!"

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Faith in a Dream!

ALL things happen WHEN God decides! Many times we try to control an outcome. Here are 5 stages of "faith in a dream."

1) Dream: Do you have a dream? If not, get quiet and pray on it. Connecting to your Higher Power is the best way to get clarity.

2) Decide: Many times the realization of the dream can be overwhelming. When you're overwhelmed, you get stuck. Walking by faith is key here. Once you decide on the dream, you take a leap of faith in how it will happen.

3) Delay: "My dream is not happening fast enough." Sometimes, we have to wait on God. Don't jump and try to control the outcome. Many times we self-sabotage  situations because we want them to happen in "our time." God's timing is perfect. Wait on God to show Himself.

4) Obstacles and Snags: You're gonna be tested to see what you're made of. The "tests" develop your character. Remember to pray and persevere. God's got your back.

5) Finish Line: It may take a while but with faith and perseverance comes the  finish line. All good things come to those who will wait. When you wait on God and trust in His power, you get a dream that is realized, powerful and fulfilling.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Month of EMPOWERMENT!

Follow us through out June on Facebook for a month of EMPOWERMENT. We will feature a daily selection of songs to EMPOWER and assist you to be the best that you can be!

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