Bandwidth

There is a certain number of interactions you’ll get to have today, a certain amount of words you’ll get to speak, and  a certain number of minutes you get to fit it all in.

Our bandwidth is limited. 
We can optimize and work our way into extreme efficiency, but we’re all limited to 1440 minutes a day. Nobody can change that.

Our bandwidth is filled with our inputs.
People – Music – Books – Thoughts – Technology – Work – Etc.

Choose to fill your bandwidth with the right stuff.
Turn off the TV and have a conversation.
Put down the Cheetos and pick up an apple.
Listen to music that lifts you up.

Eliminate the negative so there’s room for the positive.

Inputs

The reason resolutions don’t work…we don’t believe.

I AM NOT saying you can believe your way to physical fitness or a better relationship with your spouse. But I assure you, you’ll never reach a destination if you don’t truly believe it’s the right thing to do. What we believe creates consistent actions that move us toward endpoints. 

If you believe you can, YOU WILL.
If you believe you can’t, YOU WON’T.

Let me repeat a quote from sports psychologist Treavor Moawad, “Your willpower will always lose to what you really believe.”

With this in mind, how can we change our beliefs? It all starts with our inputs: our friends, music, books, entertainment, hobbies, etc.

Your inputs set your beliefs.
Your beliefs set your actions.
Your actions set your destiny.

Turn in the right direction and humbly work on your inputs.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7 KJV

Choices

“Buy the truth, and sell it not…” Proverbs 23:23

But what if the truth is… 
I’m 50 lbs overweight.
I have a quick temper that is killing my marriage.
My life is messed up and I’m going nowhere.
I’m always behind.

Just because something is true doesn’t make it right!

If you want to change the truth about yourself, try some of these.

Choose who you spend time with. Change your friends.
Choose what is on your playlist. Change your music.
Choose what you think about. Change your thoughts.
Choose what you do in your free time. Change your hobbies.
Choose what to study. Change your learning.
Choose what you do. Change your actions.

Your choices become your beliefs.
What you believe is who you become.

The Last Time

While we were eating at the Mexican restaurant, I leaned over and asked my sister how she was taking all this in. She said, “this is the last time Tiff will live at home.” My niece, Tiffany, is officially moving away from home to start a career in video and marketing. New apartment, new furniture, new job and a whole bunch of new opportunities! From the air, it’s easy to see this is just a bend in the road. From the windshield, I’m sure it looks like a dead end. 

-The last time you change a diaper.
-The last time you smoke a cigarette.
-The last time you go to school.
-The last time you are here.

-The first time you don’t smell like poop.
-The first time you are a non-smoker.
-The first time you have a career.
-The first time you are there.

Be encouraged… “THE LAST TIME” is never “THE END”.

I SWEAR!

I promise.
I give you my word.
I SWEAR… on a stack of Bibles… on somebody’s grave… on my firstborn!!!

Whatever happened to plain old, yes? I get nostalgic from time to time. Thinking about simpler days. When people just said what they meant and your word was worth something. You could literally “take it to the bank”.

Humans have a strange way of forgetting one side of the story as time passes. The good-ol-days weren’t always so good. Ever wiped your backside with the pages of a Sears & Roebuck catalog? How about a corn cob? Ouch!

I am very fond of the internet, cell phones, automobiles, and toilets.
Should our progress negatively affect our character? No.

But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Matthew 5:37 KJV

Optimism

“A Fresh start”
“A New adventure”
“The best is yet to come!” 

According to Trevor Moawad, in his interview with Tom Bilyeu, “if somebody says something out loud, it’s 10 times more powerful than if they think it.” He goes on to say, studies show that negative statements have a 4x multiple over positive ones!

Got some sorry negative thoughts? Crush them.
Got some positive and optimistic thoughts? Speak them.

Optimism and positive words aren’t magic, they’re just a step in the right direction.

Zero-Sum

Suppose there is only one well in your village. It produces just enough water for your tribe with very little to spare. A rival tribe moves into your village and tries to take the water for themselves.

What do you do?
Well, it depends on what you believe. (pun intended)

If you have a scarcity mindset, you go to war over the water.
If you have an abundance mindset, you dig another well.

We often think, if I win then someone else must lose. This is absolutely true in competition sports and board games, but in life it just ain’t so. Life is a little more like golf. Did you know…the 100th ranked golfer on the money list, Charles Howell III, made over 250k last year?

Life is not a zero-sum game. 
Even if you don’t rank #1, you can still win.

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

Deuteronomy 30:15 KJV

Time-Money-Fear

Hurry! There’s only one left at this price!

Limited time offer. 
New lower price. 
Fear of missing out.

The stereotypical used car salesman is a master at pressing all three buttons. That’s why you often feel a sense of remorse as you walk away with the keys. 

Wouldn’t it be better if we marketed our product or service with sincerity?

We can save you time and make your work easier.
We charge a fair price and deliver a great value.
We are here if you need us. No FOMO.

We are getting more and more savvy as consumers.
We don’t like remorse and we don’t like to be lied to.

Where I Come From

My family does it like this.
My grandma taught me this.
I’ve always done it like this.

Right or wrong, it’s what we learned; the experience is real. But, an experience doesn’t always teach the truth. To a certain extent, we are all handicapped by the unfinished business floating around in our heads. 

Search out the truth. Put to rest the lies, doubts, fears and insecurities. It’s your responsibility to surround yourself with people that will help you identify, confront, and correct. Then, help someone else do the same.

There is nothing wrong with where you come from, but don’t let it keep you from where you are going. 😉

And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

Deuteronomy 24:22 KJV

Position vs Status

Position is earned by practice, persistence, and patience. 

Status is an artificial construct we use to rank each other.

You tell me which one is honorable.

That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren…

Deuteronomy 17:20 KJV

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