Association

Your associations determine your opportunities.
Your opportunities determine your possibilities.
Your possibilities determine your life.

People who consistently focus on other people are creating distraction not opportunity.
Seek out and hang out with people who expand your life.

Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Proverbs 9:6 KJV

Resist

Show up and do the work.
Steward your possessions and your position.

Resist the temptation to measure yourself against the success of others.

But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. [3] For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalm 73:2-3 KJV

Outward and Inward

Tokens and Emotions
Do whatever is necessary to remember your commitments.

Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

Proverbs 7:3 KJV

The Opposites

Pride – Humility.
Lie – Truth.
Kill – Restore.
Evil – Kind.
Hurt – Help.
Deceptive – Honest.
Conflict – Nurture.

If you don’t know what’s right, start with the opposite of wrong.

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: [17] A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, [18] An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, [19] A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV

Stand

Some things are negotiable; some things aren’t.
If your anchor is in the right place, you won’t be moved.

He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

Psalm 62:6 KJV

Wisdom

Wisdom can be found everywhere.
The question is…are you looking for it?

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Proverbs 4:7 KJV

The Truth

What we believe to be true and “The Truth”… ain’t always the same.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5 KJV

Handle A Mess

I messed up. Now What?
Psalm 51 has a solid plan. Here is the condensed version.

Acknowledge – All change starts with understanding and believing you are wrong.

Desire – Move from head to heart so you can do something about it, the right way.

Purge – Knowing and doing are two different things. Remove. Repent.

Create – Removal always leaves a place for something new.

Restore – Make amends with others and yourself. Let it go.

Teach – You have a story, share it. It helps you as well as others.

Resist the temptation to just “pay the fine” and move on. Real life altering peace and freedom comes from within. The key to the whole process is desire, it’s always a heart matter.

For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it : thou delightest not in burnt offering. [17] The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psalm 51:16-17 KJV

Say What You Mean

I was having lunch with my friend Bret, and he told me about the 7-38-55 rule of communication. Studies have shown that the effectiveness of our communication falls into three buckets, each of which carries a different weight.

7% – Verbal
38% – Tone
55% – Body Language

Sadly, I proved this rule the same day I met Bret for lunch.

I was paying bills on Friday around noon, trying to get out of the office to go to lunch, and I noticed one of our vendors had increased pricing without notifying us. That prompted me to fire off a quick email to accounts receivable and the owner. The heading read “Price Increase??” and the body was short and direct.

An apologetic reply hit my inbox within a few minutes. AR had made a mistake and they were fixing it shortly. As I read the reply… I also read my initial email again. That’s when I realized I had made a huge mistake. My raw email taken as written, without tone or expression, was accusatory and mean. Immediately I emailed an apology and called the person in AR so they could hear me say… I’m sorry.

Remember 7-38-55.
Communication is king.
Communication is key.
Guard your words and your keyboard.
Say what you intend to say.

I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

Psalm 39:1 KJV

The Right Road

The first seven verses of Psalm 37 show us the right way to do just about anything. Successful businesses and great relationships don’t happen by accident.

1. Fret Not – Fear is the barrier that stops most. Overcoming the fear and stepping out puts you in the game.

2. Trust – There will be bumps in the road. Believe you made the right decision and keep moving.

3. Delight – Emotional involvement, loving what you are doing, puts fuel in the tank. It’s the glue that holds it all together.

4. Commit – DO THE WORK. Sunshine or rain, sickness or health, good or bad…. Just keep doing the work.

5. Rest – This doesn’t mean stop and sit on your hands. It means…Don’t Stress. Be patient and rest assured; the compounding of the investment will pay off.

There are no guarantees or magic formulas; but taking the right road will increase your chances of success. 😉

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