Friday, February 2, 2018

Quote - Self-Image

"People never out-perform their self-image."

~ John C. Maxwell

This is so true.  It's like a wall that we erect that we can't get past it. Look past what you think you are then you may be able to see yourself as God sees you.  It is nothing like what you see.  Our tendencies are to put ourselves down while building up others.  Our self image is created from a very early age. 

Do you know anyone who has been changed by a comment that someone made that broken their spirit and they live with that for the rest of their lives?  I have seen so many times people being affected by a hurtful comment made by those who are suppose to love and protect them.  At the time they don't see that the other person had their own issues.  They take in the negative and decide it must be a part of who they are which will be part of every decision they make for the rest of their lives.  Words can wound just like they can build up.  Why do we focus on the negative words and ignore the kind comments? 

The devil knows that if he can get us early in life then there may be a chance that we will remain stuck in our mess and won't be able to work for the Kingdom of God in any way. 

If you are in this position right now I hope you will take some time this year to focus on your thoughts.  Look into what you think and how it makes you feel.  You deserve a good life.  It does not matter what was said to you because God is more than those hateful words.  He loves you right in this very moment.  If you are thinking of all the bad things you have done because of the path you were set on by others, God can forgive that to.  It will be difficult to love others if we don't love ourselves.

Be kind to yourself, you may be the only one to do so.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Quote - Character in Leadership

"It is not wise or even possible to divorce private behavior from public leadership."

~ John C. Maxwell

This came from an email where John was talking about one of the worst president's - Warren G. Harding.  We can learn from the good and bad people from history, both are vital for learning life lessons.  Unfortunately people often repeat patterns from the past and many should stay as history.  Just like in the Bible, we are to learn from the choices people make and apply the lessons to our lives.  Everyone has hundreds of choices to make each day, but over time that is where our patterns develop into who we are as a person.  John also spoke about the people we choose to hang around with, those are the ones we will be more like than anyone else.  Mentors are important unless they are defeating your ability to grow as a person and holding you back.  We all have different levels of leadership (parenting, teachers, business leaders, etc) this applies to everyone not just CEO's.

Who are you choosing to spend your time with?  Do they lift you up and try to make you a better person or do they hold you down, not letting you grow in any way.

Why are you spending time with them?  Is there a need to be included or needed?  I would rather be alone than to be around someone who wants to drag me down.

Where to do you get your self-worth from?  If it's anything other than God then we will be disappointed. 

People will let you down throughout your life, but God is always there for you even if you pick the wrong people to be around.

Unfortunately people often repeat patterns from the past and many should stay as history.

Friday, January 5, 2018

New Year, New Plan

I haven't been on here that much this past year.  I'm not sure what is going on with me.  I am going to try to do better at posting more this year.  I would write in my planner to post on the blog last year and then just never do it.  The past year or so has been rather strange.  I never pretend I have it all together and this past year has really shown me that I am way off from where I should be.  I am trying to work on different areas this year, the most important ones that really matter.  As far as writing goes I want to post more and write a little every day.  I don't worry about starting on January 1st, I am slowly working on organizing my to do list (it's a mess) and making sure that I get things done.  I am one of those people who have a master to do list a mile long, I can write thirty things to do today in a couple of minutes.  The problem is that I don't have a very good system in actually doing the things on my to do list.  Thank you for stopping by even if I haven't been posting that much.  I'm a WIP (work in progress). 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Quote - Fear

"Courage is resistance to fear, not the absence of it."

~ Mark Twain


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Quote - Impact

"We impress people with our success, but we impact people with our failures."

~ John Maxwell

John Maxwell is an amazing speaker and his focus is teaching leadership to the business world, but he has such great advice for everyone who wants to make an impact in their lives.  I think you can learn from looking at success stories, but to learn how people made it you often have to look at the beginning of the story.  The beginning is the unknown, where mistakes happen in the greatest number and fear can take hold.  Instead of looking back at our failures and being mad maybe we can look at them in a different light.  Often time and age will start to show how something we thought was a mistake becomes exactly what we needed in the place we are right now.  We can learn the most from those mistakes and make changes so we can move forward to where we were mean to be.

I have not been on here in a long time.  I'm not sure what is going on with me.  Lately I feel like I am floating down a river without a paddle, just watching everything, not doing anything.  I don't seem to have a vision or mission so I am going to have to figure out what is going on.  Maybe read a John Maxwell book to jump start my soul again.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Quote - Pride

"When folks get too wrapped up in themselves they make very small packages."

~ from the movie Joyful Noise


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Quote - Compassion

"Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace." 
~ Dr. Albert Schweitzer


I don't believe that we should narrowly pick only a few things to care about (while leaving others out).  We should care for all people, animals and everything that makes up the earth.  When lines of division are created it ultimately hides entire groups from someones mind, which can be very dangerous.  This is happening all around the world.  With everything going on today we should look to care for everything around us.  This is not a political issue, although many find it easy to justify their beliefs due to party over humanity or compassion.  We may look, speak, dress and act different but we all are human.  We have the same emotions, concerns, limitations and the same internal structures yet all you have to do is look at the news and you see divisions among religions, class, casts, race, and gender.  

I had some DNA tests done because I am very interested in where I come from.  I am a redhead who can get very tan, which I don't do anymore.  I have always wondered why I seemed to be different than other redheads or other light skinned people who only burn.  It was amazing to see all the countries my maternal line had come from (haven't done the paternal line yet).  Our DNA is suppose to have all of our history in it so the test showed the women in my family going back centuries.  I will share about that in another post.  I think if everyone tested their DNA they would discover we are indeed family, more connected than anyone could every imagine and I think it would completely change the view so many people have of others who look different than themselves.