I heard a powerful sermon preached many years ago which spoke to being a pioneer or a settler. In this BLOG I want to use this metaphor of PIONEER versus SETTLER to challenge someone who may be reading this and thinking it is too late for me, my time has come and gone. To that thought I say “hogwash” don’t let negative thoughts highjack your potential at any age. The real question has to be HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT!
I know a young man who had a very safe and cushy job but couldn’t let go of his dream to have his own company. Many people advised him against leaving a well paying position with tremendous benefits for a risky dream. But he listened to his own heart and went for his dream. In three short years his new company is successful, he and his family are doing well, and he keeps right on dreaming and his company keeps on growing leaps and bounds.
I know a man in his seventies who retired from a corporate career but rather than lay back in a hammock in the tropics, he embarked on a whole new career. This new career is flourishing and he has found the challenge of learning something brand new to be exhilarating, exciting, and even physically, emotionally, and relationally exciting. There is fresh new life after retirement.
Sometimes finding yourself out of work is a blessing in disguise, as they like to say. So whether forced to do something new, or just following a dream, or looking for a fresh new life; Pioneering, breaking a new path, leaving the mediocre herd behind can be an exciting time.
What about you, have you a dream or a need to try a new and challenging path? Well I am here to help, it is what I am all about, helping others discover a strategy for realizing a dream.
How easily are you able to say no when it is a diversion from what you had planned to be using that time for?
If there is ONE THING that keeps one from accomplishing his or her plan, it is allowing other people or other events to be a distraction to accomplishing your own carefully developed plan.
What makes us so vulnerable to buy into costly interruptions? Do ringing or vibrating phones interrupt? Do text messages or email dings interrupt? Do wonderful and well-meaning friends drop by or make contact to do some fun thing in the exact timeframe you had planned for developing your business, or work on the book you are writing, or have a bit of solitude, etc., THEN DON’T ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN. Are you going to be in charge or are circumstances going to dictate to you?
I love the Warren Buffet quote in this opening image! The important question truly is AM I GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL? I answer that question with YES I AM so will mostly say NO to outside distractions!
HOW ABOUT YOU, what will you do with this POSSIBILITY GENERATOR? WILL YOU SAY NO?
Yesterday morning at 10:30 AM I looked up from my busyness and couldn’t believe my eyes, there was a large schooner in full sail going past the mouth of Port Clyde harbor. We now summer in my restored family home in the little fishing village where I was raised, Port Clyde, Maine. The view in this photo is from our living room picture window (this is the true meaning of picture window).
I thought WOW, how good You are Lord to provide this special moment which is exhilarating and uplifting!
Are you TAKING TIME to stop and smell the roses or notice God’s handiwork at various points in your day?
I don’t know about you, but I struggle to stay focused on and actively engaged in pursuing my desired and set goals. Obviously, and also like you, I have the best of intentions and fully expect to be reasonably disciplined and work steadily towards achieving those goals, but life happens and much of it is unplanned. There are continual interruptions from just this life happening or also from my own thoughts drifting or even me allowing others to decide what is more urgent. How frustrating when I arrive at the end of another month and see how far I fell short from pursuing my own life goals.
What is the answer to this continual dilemma? Well, I answer it this way by making sure; 1) I have a well-defined and written down plan, 2) a good calendar/reminder tool (software today), 3) and finally and probably more importantly, an ability to say no to very well-intentioned ideas or activities that come from many places but interrupt my ability to achieve my written down, well-stated and planned goal.
How frequently I find my coaching clients struggling to keep attention on their ultimate and desired prize. A coach is an indispensable tool for guidance in staying the course in achieving your ultimate dream of life. What do you want your life to be like? If you don’t decide what you want your life to be like and pursue it doggedly then circumstances will take over and determine your direction.
What is it you want to achieve for yourself over the next 6 months or over the next 6 years?
How are your New Year’s resolutions doing? Is it time to hit restart? If your anything like me you had the best of intentions but busyness and other people’s sense of urgency have robbed me of my original initiative. Sit right down, refresh your goals and start over! It isn’t too late, the last train hasn’t left the station.😉 Don’t let someone else set your agenda! Need help, www.alongsidecoach.com
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As I read Psalm 5 this morning I realized, with help from a G. Campbell Morgan commentary, that this scripture directs specifically how we are to walk with The Lord. Obviously this was the method used by King David as he reveals in this Psalm.
From Psalm 5:3 (NASB) “In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order…to You and eagerly watch.
David started early in the morning with The Lord, worshiping Him and also receiving how to order his day while having this time together with God! David then eagerly watched throughout the day to make sure he stuck to the plan received while he was with The Lord.
I’m afraid I have many times made my plans and then prayed about it and moved on. David worshipped God, then received plans, and the stuck to the plans received by keeping watch.
I am amazed how specific God instructs us from His Word. I shouldn’t be surprised when I see how specific God was with Moses in Exodus about the specifics of the tabernacle. Exact blueprints with size, color, and even the gifted worker to make it accurately.
We can ALWAYS trust God when He gives us plans to follow. The only question is, will I stay the course and follow my own God given plans?
I grew up in a commercial fishing family on the coast of Maine. My grandfather was a mentor to me both spiritually and in life. He was hardworking and extremely successful no matter which type of fishing he was engaged in based on the particular season. He had a crew of seven when we were catching herring for the sardine factory, a crew of two for lobstering and a crew of three when dragging for ground fish. When I was young (age 7-20) I was most of the time one of those crew members.
Gramp didn’t know failure, maybe set backs but never failure. However, he had to go after success it never came to him. How about you, are you determined to find success in your endeavors, no matter the odds? Finding and then catching fish for the income to support his crew and family was never a sure thing but his never accepting failure attitude inevitably yielded success.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO KEEP YOURSELF IN THE GAME? SUCCESS ISN’T GOING TO COME LOOKING FOR YOU!
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