“Well, our ancestor Abraham pleased God by putting his son Isaac on the altar to sacrifice him. Now you see how Abraham’s faith and deeds worked together. He proved that his faith was real by what he did.” James 2:21,22 The Message Bible
In December of last year, God dropped in my spirit the endless possibilities that He had for my business. He showed me where He wanted to take it this year 2011. I was so excited and was in a place – spiritually and emotionally – where I believed what He was showing me. So I started to confess it and thank Him for what is to come. I shared it with key people, people that I know pray for me. Over a month later, I woke up one morning, and the spirit shared something profound that I want to share with you.
My faith talk was expressing my belief in what God had shown me but my actions were not. My actions were reflecting my old way of thinking. In order to get what God was showing me in my spirit, my actions had to change in the natural. I was not going to go to the level God showed me, if my actions didn’t change to produce the results I needed. I needed to do something different and more than what was done last year. You may have believed God for something last year that never occurred and you may have been wondering why you believed God for it.
But lets put last year where it belongs—in the past. Today is a new day. Do the following to exercise your faith and make your faith visible to yourself and others:
- Write down what your faith is telling you in your situation
- Now write down the actions that match the belief
- Don’t allow your fears to cloud your actions
- Now be courageous and do what you have written down.
This is faith in action.
Today choose to turn your faith into action.
Let me know how you do with this! J
Remember when you were a child and you were reprimanded for doing something wrong? You’re parents or guardian probably said something like this, “Don’t do that again!”. However, telling you not to do it is not telling you HOW not to do it. But as we grew, we painfully discovered, if we touched that stove again we would get hurt. Through our little challenges, we learned to not do it again! ‘ [Of course there were a few things that we just didn’t want to LET GO of! -- BUT maybe I'll talk about letting go in my next blog ]
Fast forward to adult hood. You are in the 1st month of the year 2011 and some of you have New Years resolutions. Others don’t. Here is a message for you. Don’t do that again!
Don’t make another New Years resolution that you are going to break.
Don’t keep passing up promotions that you want in your heart, but don’t feel you qualify for on paper.
Don’t eat another piece of chocolate cake and then beat yourself up after weighing yourself on the scale.
Don’t remain in that debilitating, unhealthy relationship.
Don’t continue to be unreliable and then blame everyone else.
But I’m not going to just leave you there.
This is a New Year, so we need to use my N.E.W. method to achieving success.
NAVIGATE THROUGH YOUR CHALLENGES
“And I will lead the blind by a way they do not now, In paths they do not know I will guide them.” Isaiah 42: 16a NASB
Like the captain of a ship who has to navigate through rough seas, so we have to navigate through the rough waters of our own lives. The best sea captains are those who have had to navigate through treacherous seas. If you were going on a six month expedition on a boat, who would you want to be the captain? A person that had been a captain for 10 years, but never experienced rough seas only calm waters, or a person who had 5 years experience, but had experienced 10 different storms that he had successfully navigated through. The latter I’m sure.
See your challenges (rough waters of life) as a way for you to learn how to navigate through challenges so that you will know how to handle the next situation better. Your challenges are designed to help you to develop your own HOW TO manual. Don’t just allow the waters of life to beat you up, but learn from your challenges and learn HOW TO rise above that challenge or through it the next time. In other words, navigation is a choice. Choose the path that you are going to take.
And remember to SHARE your navigation tactics with others.
“And for this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.” Colossians 1:29 NASB.
When you are empowered it gives you the drive you need to reach beyond your limits and press to success. When you are empowered, it is encouraging to your spirit and when your spirit is encouraged, it is more likely to select more positive, wise thoughts that will then drive you to more positive, wise actions.
Read books, listen to CD’s or watch positive, empowering programs or information. Feed your spirit with positive things this year. Learn how to empower yourself instead of waiting for others to empower you.
And remember, your ultimate empowerment comes from the Almighty Himself!
“Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.” Proverbs 4:5 NASB
When you use wisdom, you may have some mental or emotional frustration (or pain) up front, but you will reap a magnitude of benefits later. It’s saves you from problems down the road.
Wisdom tells you to be silent when you want to speak. But then later, you discover your silence reaped you great rewards. (I’ll share one of my experiences later).
Wisdom tells you to be patient when you want to rush on.
Wisdom tells you to partner when you want to do things alone.
Three years ago, I had a meeting with a potential client to provide training for her staff. I had done my homework on sales and how to solicit new business. During our meeting, the individual asked me the fee for a half-day seminar. I shared the fee. The prospect was quiet. The silence made me uncomfortable and so I decided that I should justify the fee and maybe even throw in another workshop for good measure (I really needed the money and didn’t want to lose this client). Just as I was about to open my mouth, to justify or rectify, I remembered the article I read on sales. It said something like this. Silence is golden. Whoever speaks first win!. Enjoy the silence and allow the prospect to think about what you have said. Let them speak first. I immediately closed my mouth and though I was uncomfortable, I decided to choose wisdom this time. My prospect spoke first and decided to do a full day seminar with me instead of just one or two workshops!!
Imagine that. I doubled my contract with them. If I had spoken, I would have had half of what I ended up with, and at a lesser value.
Wisdom maybe painful at first, but trust me, you reap the benefits later.
So in this New Year, decide that you are going to do something N.E.W!
Don’t make the same mistakes or the same habits.
Learn through your challenges.
Apply what you have learned through your challenges and grow.
Navigate Empowerment with Wisdom. It is another way to say choose empowerment through wisdom. If you choose wisdom it will empower you to make it through your challenges. So Navigate Empowerment with Wisdom and have a very Happy N.E.W. Year!Read More
Most people allow their thoughts –I should say negative thoughts – to dictate the type of day they are going to have. I Corinthians 2:16 says “…but we have the mind of Christ.” Therefore we have the ability to think more positive [see
You can change your thoughts to dictate the type of day you
would like to have. When most people wake up miserable, they automatically believe that they have to be miserable and that the day is going to be miserable.
They get stuck in that misery. You can change the direction of your day by simply making a decision that you are going to have a good day no matter what. Let me be clear. Speaking positive things will not change negative circumstances to positive, but it can change your response to those negative situations.Read More