Archive for April, 2008

April 30, 2008

6 Steps to Achieving Your Dreams


I posted a brief write-up on achieving dreams not too long ago (read it here). But because I’d planned to use it for my newsletter, I did not post the full article here. Well, the newsletter has gone out this month. So I can now post the full stuff here.

I hope you enjoy reading this and it speaks to you. If it does, why don’t you leave a comment and let me know.

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Achieving Your Dreams

Is there really any fail-proof model or are there any specific steps you can employ to achieving your dreams? Specialists and self-help gurus have come up with various and often contradicting plans and procedures. But do they really work?

I have discovered that as diverse as most folks are, in the same way, their motives differ and what catapults those motives into action, also differ. However, certain things are basic to every man; the craving for love, the need for peer or self validation, the unrelenting desire to achieve are just a few. How can one channel these desires (dreams) into reality?

The following steps have worked for me and for most people whom I have asked. Other terminology might be used but the essence is still the same.

  1. Define the Dream: Some dreams come clearly defined, others yet need to be spelt out. Get a sheet of paper or an open page in your word processor (if you are using a paper, get a notebook; if you are using a computer, open a file). Write down as precisely and concisely as you can, what your dream is all about.
  2. Set Goals: Next list out what steps (even baby ones) you might need to go through to get to the destination which is your dream. Ask yourself this question; what do I need to do to get to my dream?
  3. Pray:This is a very important yet often overlooked step. God gave Joseph a dream and He probably gave you yours. So ask him what he wants you to do with yours and how he intends for you to do it. Do not be afraid to ask for help!
  4. Re-define Your Goals: Go back to those goals you wrote and thoughtfully and prayerfully cross out any that is not necessary to achieve your dream. Add fresh goals, if there are any and re-write those that are left. Set time limits.
  5. Seek Accountability: Look for 3 People (or more) that you trust and share the dream with them. Copy out your goals and give them a copy each. This is for accountability. These people will make up your support group; they will remind you to keep the time limits you set; they will encourage you when you get discouraged; cheer you on every victory (however minor) and pray for you.
  6. Go Ahead and Achieve Your Dream!Do not just sit there and stare at the goals you have written down… GO DO IT! Go write that book, get that new job, climb that mountain (ask that girl out?), whatever. You need to be pro-active. Ask the Lord for strength and go conquer the land.

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April 29, 2008

Praying for my Husband-to-be: Day 15


Pray that your husband will choose his friends wisely. Pray that God will bring him men who will encourage his accountability before God, and will not lead him into sin.

(Prov. 13:20; Prov. 27:17)

 

There is an old proverb which goes show me your friends, I’ll tell you who you are.

This is definitely a true saying. Who do you hang out with? Are they people who influence you or do you influence them?

When I was younger I was so sure that I could not be influenced – not negatively anyway. I was quite stubborn and I felt nobody could get me to do what I did not want to do. But as I grew older, I began to realise that influence had such power because of its subtlety. No one got me to do what I did not want to do, they instead, got me to want to do stuff I had no business doing! Your friends will ALWAYS affect your thinking. Your friends will definitely affect your purpose.

So look around you again; who are your friends?

 

April 29, 2008

Purpose


 Discovering Your Purpose in Life
By Marenda Hughes Taylor

Everyone has a purpose. The question is, are we living up to our purpose and do we even know what our purpose is? There is so much more to life than going to work, making money, paying bills, having 2.5 kids, a house with a white picket fence, and a dog named Spot.

Our purpose has little to do with material possessions, financial gain, and luxurious lifestyles. When we focus on those things and make those things our purpose we create an imbalance that impedes our ability to achieve living life abundantly.

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” -Woodrow Wilson

Purpose= The reason something exists.

While we each live separate lives, we cannot escape our dependence on one another, nor can we ignore our connection.

We all serve a purpose to each other.

Think about the people in your life and how they all serve a purpose in your life. Think about how you serve a purpose in their lives…..Do you see how our lives serve a purpose much greater than our own lives? Our lives affect the lives of others daily!

How Do We Serve a Purpose in Each Others Lives? It’s often the little things that matter most in life. You serve a purpose to someone just by being you. You serve a purpose to someone every time you:

Comfort

Console

Encourage

Counsel

Have Empathy

Show Mercy

Have Compassion

Give

Help

Intercede

Share

Teach

Lead

Love

I believe that our greatest area of opportunity and the biggest way to serve a purpose in the lives of others is by way of LOVE. Love is the higher purpose that drives other purposes. Everyone needs, seeks, wants, and deserves Love. Imagine how different the world would be if we all really truly loved each other.

What if your purpose is simply to LOVE?

Love suffers long and is kind; Love does not envy; Love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. -1 Corinthians 13:4-8

About the author: Marenda Hughes Taylor is Chief Operating Officer of 1st Love Records, a living life abundantly Motivator, and a Cash Gifting Mentor

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Marenda_Hughes_Taylor
http://EzineArticles.com/?Discovering-Your-Purpose-in-Life&id=1133245

 

April 25, 2008

Giveaway


I am giving away a free copy of the eBook, 7 Secrets to Success by Will Edwards.

Click on this link, sign up for my free eNewsletter and receive your copy!
Drop a comment here to tell me what you think about this book. I absolutely loved it! It was not just your average self improvement ebook; it had the God factor and that is unbeatable.
April 25, 2008

Rest


It’s the last working day of the week; Friday. There is nothing I want better than to rest in the arms of my everlasting father. To just allow myself be still…
April 24, 2008

Thankful Thursday – Rest


Today, Iris who hosts the TT meme at Sting My Heart picked ‘Rest’ as her theme for