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You Are Equipped with Powers

In our family, we love “The Incredibles!”

The idea of a family working together to protect and solve the world’s problems is appealing to all of us.

Apart from their every day lives, they have something more to offer the world. They have special powers. The most interesting thing is that they had nothing to do with it. They were born with it and their creator decided the specificity of each of their powers.

Just like them, you were born with special powers. You are equipped to handle all the ups and downs, brokenness and completeness, success or failure, sickness and health, as well as life and death.

You did not ask for them, but God has equipped you with the powers you need to live your life. It is up to you to discover your powers and use them. Regardless of what you decide to do, you are a powerful person who can make a difference wherever you are.

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You Want Knowledge, Go Get It

Imagine going to college having no idea what you are going to major in. Having absolutely no idea who you will become and what you will do. You see, some people are born knowing who they want to be. Because of that knowledge, they can easily eliminate all the clutter that life brings and focus on what they know to be reflective of where they want to go in life.

I was not one of these people. I wanted to do everything. My transcript is reflective of that frustrating but exhilarating time of my life. Premed, theatre and dance, business, nursing, English, British, Caribbean, and African-American Literature, and criminal justice were some of the areas I dabbled in.

College years were frustrating because I could not make up my mind. I felt like the squirrel in Ice Age that wanted all the acorns but could not seem to hold on to all of them.

The experience was exhilarating because for the first time, I saw my likeness in the textbooks. Taking classes in Caribbean and African-American literature was life-changing. I knew for sure then that success was possible for me.

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I was so overwhelmed with all the different and interesting classes that I did not take advantage of the people resources at my disposal. Looking back, it would have been eye-opening to sit down and talk to all these professors who are experts in their fields. Now, there is no way of knowing how their insights would have influence the trajectory of my life.

One of the hurdles people often complain about concerning their personal growth is a lack of knowledge. Often, they claim they do not have enough and do not know where to get some.

Do you have a phone? Do you have access to the internet? Do you have access to a computer?

When was the last time you use your local library? It amazes me how libraries are bending over backward to serve you knowledge. They can deliver to your doorstep almost any resource you may need. You can conduct research and listen to audio books or music CDs right on their websites.

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So, there is no excuse. You want knowledge, go get it. You cannot attempt to comprehend how to effectively use knowledge before you possess it. That is why it is important to have a personal growth plan. All of learning does not have to be via the trial by error approach where life teaches you at random.

You will not be able to predict what you will learn because you have no clue what you are after. Know this, having a personal development plan helps to clear your vision and helps you to be intentional about your future.

For example, if time management is problematic for you, there are books, workshops, seminars, calendars, and systems out there to help you maintain the discipline to keep going.

Knowledge is everywhere, you must invest in yourself if you want your world to expand. Everything you need to create a personal growth plan and to exercise that plan is available to you. Go get it!

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Power Your Potential

My husband loves watches.

Over the years, we have brought quite a few of them. Most of the watches we have in our collection require batteries in order for the watches to function properly. When the batteries expire, my husband would change them himself.

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But life got in the way and frustration set in, so the wide ranges of watches – Seiko, Invicta, Movado, and others were left for a long time, perhaps between three to five years in the jewelry box waiting for the day to once again tap into their potentials.

Potential, that’s a loaded word. It speaks of the wonders that are possible in our lives and the optimistic hope that we can be more than the eye can see. Potential promises possibilities for peak performance. It implies that success and greatness are for the taking only if you would tap into what is already in your possession.

So for my husband’s birthday, I decided to make one simple decision to help the watches once again tap into their potential and to do what they do best–tell the time. I took a total of ten of them to a repair shop and for just $75 and less than 24 hours, the watches were once again doing what they were designed to do.

We are very similar to these watches. Life can often get in the way of us fulfilling our potential, what we were designed to do. Know this, despite the fact that you have put your potential on hold does not mean that it is no longer working or functionable. Your potential is there waiting for you to power it up in order for you to succeed and develop that greatness that has been dormant inside of you for so long.

How can you power your potential now to radically change your life from moment-to-moment?

Share the small steps you are taking.

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Top 20 Rich Habits for Your Success

I stumbled upon this list via www.DaveRamsey.com

Tom Corley, on his website RichHabitsInstitute.com, outlines a few of the differences between the habits of the rich and the poor.

  1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.
  2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.
  3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this.
  4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.
  5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of poor.
  6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% of poor.
  7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% of poor.
  8. 80% of wealthy make Happy Birthday calls vs. 11% of poor.
  9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor.
  10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor.
  11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% of poor.
  12. 79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of poor.
  13. 67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% of poor.
  14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% of poor.
  15. 44% of wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of poor.
  16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% of poor.
  17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% of poor.
  18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% of poor.
  19. 86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.
  20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% of poor.

You and I know the world is not fair and it is not equal. Knowing what you know now and the resources at your disposal, where do you think you can begin to make a bit of improvement in your life?

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7 Simple Keys to Help You Enjoy Work Every Day Part II

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Work is what you make it. Our attitude determines whether or it work is going to be a place of many blessings or a place of many curses. Understand that what we focus on expand, what we invest in grow, and what we plant, we harvest. Therefore, we must intend to focus on, invest in, and plant the specific benefits we want to enjoy

2. Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23

When we understand that we are working not to please people but the Lord, we develop a different perspective toward our place of employment. Any job that we do can become a form of worship, giving thanks for being able to contribute to society by serving others.

3. Develop a new way of thinking about work.

When we develop a new way of thinking about work, we will realize that work is one of the most important places in our lives where we can focus on building our character. It is a place where we can take on tasks and projects to help us test out what we really enjoy doing. Adding on a new skill and learning more about ourselves can be strategic tools for career advancement or change.

4. “Whatever you do, do it with kindness and love”.I Corinthians 16:14

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Everything we do is about people. We cannot escape not working with them one way or another. We are here to serve each other, which is at the core of our existence here on earth. So, loving the people we work with is a tremendous opportunity to share our love and to treat them with kindness. In return, we will enjoy a more pleasant work environment.

5. “If anyone requires you to go one mile, go two miles with him.” Matthew 5:41

When we value and enjoy our work, we make it a point to do more than what is expected of us. We don’t have to be asked. Success does not only come with caring for people. It also comes through proving how valuable we are to the company. So, it should be our intention to exceed expectation as often as possible.

6. If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success. Ecclesiastes 10:10

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“If you want to get ahead, you must fill your head.” Decide to make continual learning part of your every life. Working on improving skills that can potentially help to gain a promotion or an increase in pay can be worthwhile. In this way, we will not have to apply much strength to bring success to our lives.

7. “Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

It is good to know that we’re never on our own. Our work may be difficult or it may be easy. It does not matter what issues we may be facing at work, knowing who we are working for makes a very big difference. Putting everything in God’s hand is a sure way to grow and achieve success.

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The Consistency Difference

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Success sounds wonderful. Who wouldn’t want to have it? So many have made it sound so easy and beautiful in every way.

However, that is far from reality. Success requires hard work and is at times not very beautiful.

Achieving daily success includes:

  • Waking up early to review your goals and to perform your morning routine.

  • Pushing back the “I don’t feel like doing it” to the aside and proceed to your agreed commitment to yourself.

  • Working hard when others around you are having “the time of their lives.”

The truth is success is hard and it is not for the faint of heart. It requires consistency.

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Inherent in the word consistency is the promise that if you take consistent action towards your goal, you will be rewarded with consistent success. We get better at things when we do them repeatedly or consistently.

Consistency does not in any way demands perfection.

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Consistency is a decision to:

  • Do something every day no matter how small it seems to you.

  • Refusing to give up when you face negative people, obstacles and emotions.

  • Keeping your eyes on the goal.

No matter what the pursuit, consistency is the key.

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Potential Unleashed

Man was designed for accomplishment,

engineered for success, and

endowed with the seeds of greatness.

Zig Ziglar

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Fresh start. New beginning.

That is what a new year provides. An opportunity to learn from the past and start anew.

That is precisely where you start today, prepared to unleash your potential to do better and accomplish more than you have ever done throughout the course of your life.

Deep down you know you are capable of more. You aim to have better relationships, physical and spiritual health. You want to increase your performance at work. You want to take your career to the next level. You want to be happy.

Applying a few strategies to your daily routine will help you to breakthrough and tap into your abundant potential.

  1. Talent is not enough, you must believe in your potential for greatness. According to John C. Maxwell, “Belief lifts your talent. Your talent will not be lifted to the highest level unless you also have belief.” There is ample room there to grow since John Powell, the author of Fully Human, Fully Alive: A New Life through a New Vision asserts that the average person utilize only 10% of his or her potential. Imagine how much more you can do if you increase this estimate to 15 or 20 percent.
  2. The power to drive your success has to be more than 100%. You have to be all in. In his book The Art of War, Sun Tzu emphasizes that troops who lose the fight within their minds are 50% more likely to lose the battle. So, the commitment to unleashing your potential and breaking through success is imperative. Nothing less will do.
  3. You will reach your highest potential when you choose to serve others. You are here to add value to the lives of others. The search to add value to the lives of others will provide the fertile ground to unleash your potential and breakthrough success. Money, power, and pleasure afford us with temporary and fleeting satisfaction. Your lasting fulfillment will evolve through your engagement in service above self.
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Today’s Habits = Future Results

We have heard that “your habits determine your future.”

We have heard it so much that we have neglected the power of these simple words.

We have neglected the power to change our future for the better.

We can unrecognizably change our lives from failure to success by focusing on the few habits that matter the most.

What habits will you change this year to maximize your success?

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The Power of Connection

Why do we often think we can accomplish anything of significance on our own and by ourselves?

I had an opportunity to speak at The Yes Network in Orlando, FL last weekend where I connected with women with great passion and zeal for their businesses and calling. I could not help but to immerse myself in their zealousness to serve and to help others. The reality is only a purpose bigger than ourselves will sustain us beyond monetary success.

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Here are a few of the takeaways:

1. Know yourself as the leader your are. If you cannot lead yourself, it will be difficult to lead others.

2. Passion makes it worth pursuing. It is the oil in your engine that keeps you running smoothly and consistently.

3. It is never too late to pursue your dreams and to make a difference.

The power of connection is evident when we learn from each other by sharing our experiences of the good and the not so good in our every day lives.