Monday, December 22, 2014

All the Best For The Season


     As we draw closer to the end of another challenging year, the staff at Rowe International wishes you all the best for the season.  The new year will not be any easier than the old.  That's just the way life is.  We live in a world that is unpredictable, however, success does a good job in leaving clues.  We can find these clues through observation and making a habit of reading the relevant books on a daily basis.  
     We are reminded by the apostle John that, "Blessed is he who reads," (Revelation 1:3). Numerous research have shown that successful people read the most.  As a matter of fact they read for at least thirty minutes everyday.  This is nothing new. Modern research has only confirm what the bible teaches.  Patriarchs such as Daniel, studied the writings of the prophets before him such as Jeremiah.  Moses encouraged the children of Israel to study, practice and teach the lessons of success to their children and their children's children. Charles 'Tremendous' Jones modernized it best when he stated, "You will be in five years the person you are today except for the books you read and the people you meet." 
     As you begin to make your 'New Year's Resolutions' remember it begins with a new heart and a new spirit.  The Psalmist David knew what it took to bring about a change for a permanent renewal.  He prayed for his passed mistakes to be forgiven and for God to create in him a clean heart with a steadfast (or) determined spirit (Psalm 51:10).  Wipe the slate clean.  Know your starting point and what outcome you would like to see within a certain period of time.  Don't make too many plans all at once.  Begin by having one and break it down into small parts to have an idea of your starting point.  
     Do your research (here comes the reading part again) and find mentors or partners who will help you stay on track.  Your plans to succeed is just as strong as the amount of time you dedicate to the planning stages. 
     On behalf of my wife Genel and the team at Rowe International, thank you for making us your resource to living a life that gives glory to God, shows love to your fellowman and leaves you fulfilled.  Close out 2014 strong and all the best in 2015.  God bless you all.   

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Undercover God

   


    The Undercover Boss became a hit with viewers when it first aired in the United States in 2010.  The show features the experiences of senior executives working undercover in their own companies.  Though a number of the executives were themselves founders of the companies it is amazing how many things they didn't know at the ground level.  They were able to set the policies and best practices that they presumed would minimize cost and maximize profits, however, they didn't spend as much time analyzing how it would affect those doing the actual work.
 
     God, who created the earth, stepped into the role of Savior to show us how we should live.  No task was below Him as in the washing of his disciples' feet and neither was any task too great, like raising the dead.
   
     Jesus' favorite designation for himself was 'Son of Man'.  He referred to Himself as Son of Man more than eighty times. Other people never addressed Him that way. He, of course, selected this special designation for Himself with a purpose in mind.
This idiomatic expression was common in the Old Testament. With just one exception, it always referred to a human; thus, Jesus used it in order to emphasize His humanity.
Scripture presents Jesus as a true human being. He was born as a baby, grew up as a child (increasing in wisdom and in stature [Luke 2:4052]) no one had to teach Him anything as He knew everyone's core role.  He had sisters and brothers (Matt. 13:55-56). He ate (Matt. 9:11), slept (Luke 8:23), was tired (John 4:6), and suffered hunger and thirst (Matt. 4:2John 19:28). He also experienced sorrow and distress (Matt. 26:37).
     To the casual observer, Jesus seemed to be a common man who walked among the people as one of the multitude. Many of His contemporaries did not recognize in Him anything more than a man (John 7:46). People treated Him as one of them; they laughed at Him (Luke 8:53), criticized Him (Matt. 11:19), even mocked and beat Him (Luke 22:63). To them, He was just another human being. 

     The workers saw the Undercover Boss as a regular person until close to the end of the episode the revelation is made.  In some cases individuals lost their jobs while others who showed exemplary skills were either promoted or rewarded for their contribution to the company.  With Christ the same fate awaits.  

     These senior executives gave up their lifestyles for a week to experience how their policies affect the average worker.  They were amazed at what was being accomplished by the many who were rarely recognized and showed appreciation.  God is just and rewards everyone according to their works.  Not only did He set and implemented the policies, He showed us how they are to be worked into our lives.      



Monday, June 9, 2014

Congratulations to my graduates.

Another school year has come to an end.  As I looked at my mentees I could not help but wonder how will they fare in the future.  On Thursday June 5, 2014, I gave them one final a session.



Enjoy.



Monday, May 12, 2014

How Do You See Yourself?



Many people are struggling today with their self image and their life.  They are 'stuck' and are feeling helpless as they wish to move forward but see themselves as lacking direction.  Here is some advice from life coach Brian Tracy on the subject.

Your self image is made up of three parts, each of which affects the others.  Understanding these three parts enables you to put your hands on the keyboard of your mental computer.  When you learn to take charge of the development of a new positive self-image, you can then control life for the future.    



Determine Your Direction
The first part of the self-concept is the "self-ideal."  Your self-ideal largely determines the direction in which you are going with your life.  It guides the growth and evolution of your character and personality.  Your self-ideal is a combination of all the qualities and attributes of other people that you most admire.  Your self-ideal is a description of the person you would very much like to be if you could embody the qualities that you most aspire to. 

Strive Toward Excellence
Throughout your life, you have seen and read about the qualities of courage, confidence, compassion, love, fortitude, perseverance, patience, forgiveness and integrity.  Over time, these qualities have instilled in you an ideal to which you aspire.  You might not always live up to the very best that you know but you are constantly striving to be a better person in light of those qualities that you value so highly.  In fact, everything that you do on a day-to-day basis is affected by your comparing your activities with these ideal qualities and you striving to behave consistently with them. 

Clarity is Essential
Successful individuals have very clear ideals for themselves and their careers.  They are also very clear about being excellent in every part of their work and personal lives.  Unsuccessful individuals, on the other hand, have fuzzy ideals.  They do not give the subject much thought.  One of the primary characteristics of successful people, in every walk of life, is that they have very clearly defined ideals and are aware of whether or not their current behaviors are consistent with their idealized behaviors.

Set Challenging Goals
Part of your ideals are your goals.  As you set higher and more challenging goals, your self-ideal improves and crystallizes.  When you set goals for the kind of person you want to be and the kind of life you want to live, your self-ideal rises and becomes a greater guiding and motivating force in your life.

Your Future is Unlimited
Perhaps the most important thing for you to realize is that whatever anyone else has done or become, you can do or become as well.  Improvements in your self-ideal begin in your imagination.  The wonderful thing is that your imagination sets no limits except for those you accept.

What is your ideal vision of the very best person you could possibly become?  How would you behave each day if you were already that person?  Asking yourself these questions and then living your life consistent with the answers is the first step to creating your ideal image.

Remember you were made in God's image and His ideals for you are achievable.







Monday, April 14, 2014

He Refused To Give Up

     When Puerto Rico was acquired by the United States after the Spanish-American War in 1898, an army surgeon named Dr. Ashford made a startling discovery: Many of the poor islanders who were thought to suffer from malaria were actually infected with hookworm.  Dr. Charles Wardell Stiles, the son of a Methodist minister and a frustrated dreamer on the federal payroll had been circumventing the South for years on behalf of the U.S. Public Health Service.  Acquainted with Ashford's work, he was captured by the wild surmise regarding the poor whites he observed on his trips.

Popular Myth
     It was held by popular myth that the indolent look and sluggish lives of the residents were due to laziness and not an illness.  In September 1902, armed with a microscope Dr. Stiles set out to examine the root cause of their appearances.  His findings were exhilarating, as he discovered that they were actually infected with hookworm and they could be cured with 'fifty cents' worth of salts and thymol.  
     On reporting his findings at a medical convention that December in Washington D.C., he was greeted with both outrage and mocking amusement. The following day, the New York Sun published the lecture under the headline, "Germ of Laziness Found?".

Ridiculed
     For several years Dr. Stiles was ridiculed but that did not deter him from his crusade to locate private money to apply his theory.  Life has a way of opening doors when you least expect them and for him it came in 1908 when he was appointed to a commission on country life by President Roosevelt. While touring the the South in November with Walter Hines, another member of the commission, he happened to point out to him that a misshapen man they observed on the train platform was suffering from hookworm and with only fifty cents worth of drugs the man would once again become a useful citizen.  As a board member of the Rockefeller Institute, Page was the perfect ambassador to bring Stiles to the attention of the philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller.

In Passing
     Unknown to Stiles, Page had set the wheel in motion for him to present his discovery to the other members of the board at the end of their tour.  On his return to Washington, he was requested to attend a meeting in New York.  The meeting lasted two days and by the end of the last session, after years of ridicule and useless speeches, the board members of the Institute were sold on a mass mobilization program to eradicate hookworm from the south.  With its success the program was adapted for the rest of the country and then taken worldwide.
     It is easy to give up on our ideas especially when we are face with adversity and criticism.  Stiles was verbally attacked by members of his own profession, medical doctors and the press.  Laughed at and scorned for years he never gave up telling his story until it came to the attention of those who could help.  Today his work lives on though he died years ago.

The Ultimate Story-teller Sacrifice
      Over two thousand years ago a young child was born in Bethlehem not to rid the world of one of many diseases but the save mankind from the cause of all sickness, pain and death.  "I am come," said Jesus, "that they might have life and have it more abundantly."  He too was ridiculed and crucified for our transgressions even though, like Stiles, his work was self-evident.  Today his work continues, however unlike Dr. Stiles, he still lives.

Doesn't come Easy
      Do you have a desire to bring about change?  Are you willing to make the sacrifice needed to bring about this change?  Being successful at anything doesn't come easy.  It takes time, patience and sacrifice. There is a price that has to be paid.  The greater the goal the greater the sacrifice and preparation required. Those willing to pay the price have enjoyed the rewards.  Others have done it and so can you. Have a great day and be blessed.
      

Monday, March 31, 2014

5 Tips for Turning Your Tiny Habits into Big Results

Change your life and reach your goals, all by making small tweaks to your daily routine.

Following Stanford researcher and professor BJ Fogg's principles in behavior design can painlessly and seamlessly change your life, all without using willpower or motivation. But it can be a bit tricky to master at first. Dive into our full-length feature on the life-changing Tiny Habits program, read our tips below, and then visit Fogg’s website tinyhabits.com to begin your journey.

1. Make your Tiny Habit “crispy,” or specific.
 Be very specific—“crispify” your Tiny Habit in a way that everybody understands the behavior. Think of your Tiny Habit as a solution you design for. Unlike aspirations, when you design for a solution, you don’t leave it to chance. Crispify, design for a solution and then iterate or repeat as needed.
2. Top Habit-eers think, “The starting point is never too tiny.” At Fogg’s SXSW presentation on Tiny Habits, he mentioned that his top Tiny Habit program participants generally think that you can never start too small with designing new behavior. Participants whose Tiny Habits weren’t effective only had to make their starting point even smaller in order for their desired behavior to effortlessly stick.

3. Design for ‘DO stuff’ behavior. 
When thinking of your desired goal or behavior, Tiny Habits work best when you design for “DO stuff” behavior—do a new behavior, do familiar behavior or increase an existing behavior’s intensity or duration. Behaviors that you don’t do are trickier to design.

4. Springboard your way to success! 
Behavior-wise, goals that are big leaps generally don’t work, unless you’re using the momentum of Tiny Habits. Fogg states, “As long as you’re doing these little tiny behaviors and succeeding, there comes a moment when it seems like you just step up to the plate for something big. You think, I CAN do this big thing that I’ve procrastinated for a long, long time.”

5. The more Tiny Habits you create, the better you get at it. 
Just like the skill of practicing an instrument, the more you design for Tiny Habits, the better—and more successful—you get at it. Don’t feel guilty when something doesn’t work. Revise, practice and design your Tiny Habits to become even “crispier” and more conducive to change. Here are a few suggestions from Fogg, along with a Tiny Habit I’ve been working on.

Remember, the formula for creating a Tiny Habit is: After I (routine), I will (tiny behavior).
- After I check into a hotel, I will see where the hotel gym is located.
Professor Fogg has a set of Tiny Habits for when he travels, and immediately walking to the hotel gym makes the behavior of going to the gym much easier as his hotel stay continues.
- In the morning, after I first sit down at work, I will put a glass of water on my desk.
This was an example Professor Fogg used in his SXSW presentation. Instead of just saying you’ll drink more water, taking the small action of filling a glass of water encourages the natural behavior of drinking from it, and refilling it as the day continues.
- After I delete a batch of emails, I will take one deep, 5-second breath.
I generally delete emails after reading or completing the task associated with them, so this has helped me feel much more calm, accomplished and in control throughout the day.
Common routines that you can use as “triggers” to form your Tiny Habits:
- Pour coffee
- Park your car
- Sit down on subway
- Turn on the shower
- Pee
- Brush your teeth
- Enter your home after work
- Hear the phone ring
- Drop off kids at school
- Put on contacts/glasses
- Start the dishwasher


Monday, March 17, 2014

Single Handle Every Task

This was written by Brian Tracy.  I found it useful and thought I would share.



Eat that frog! Every bit of planning, prioritizing and organizing comes down to this simple concept.

Your ability to select your most important task, to begin it and then to concentrate on it single mindedly until it is complete is the key to high levels of performance and personal productivity.

The Requirement for Every Great AchievementEvery great achievement of mankind has been preceded by a long period of hard, concentrated work until the job was done. Single handling requires that once you begin, you keep working at the task, without diversion or distraction, until the job is 100% complete. You keep urging yourself onward by repeating the words "Back to work!" over and over whenever you are tempted to stop or do something else.

Reduce Your Time By 50%By concentrating single mindedly on your most important task, you can reduce the time required to complete it by 50% or more. 

It has been estimated that the tendency to start and stop a task, to pick it up, put it down and come back to it can increase the time necessary to complete the task by as much as 500%.

Each time you return to the task, you have to familiarize yourself with where you were when you stopped and what you still have to do. You have to overcome inertia and get yourself going again. You have to develop momentum and get into a productive work rhythm.

Develop Energy and EnthusiasmBut when you prepare thoroughly and then begin, refusing to stop or turn aside until the job is done, you develop energy, enthusiasm and motivation. You get better and better and more productive. You work faster and more effectively.

Never Waste TimeThe truth is that once you have decided on your number one task, anything else that you do other than that is a relative waste of time. Any other activity is just not as valuable or as important as this job, based on your own priorities.

Action ExercisesEat That Frog! Take action! Resolve today to select the most important task or project that you could complete and then launch into it immediately.

Once you start your most important task, discipline yourself to persevere without diversion or distraction until it is 100% complete. See it as a "test" to determine whether you are the kind of person who can make a decision to complete something and then carry it out. Once you begin, refuse to stop until the job is finished.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Life We Don't Live.



Jesus told us, "I have come that they (you) may have life and have it more abundantly.  Focus more on what you have and less on that of others and you will see how much you have to give thanks for.  I leave you today with this inspiring video.




Be blessed and be thankful just as Nick.


Monday, February 17, 2014

The Laws of Success Part Three

Sir Isaac Newton
     
The founding father of modern political philosophy, Thomas Hobbes, described human beings as physical objects, sophisticated machines all of whose functions and activities can be described and explained in purely mechanistic terms. Even thought itself, therefore, must be understood as an instance of the physical operation of the human body. Sensation, for example, involves a series of mechanical processes operating within the human nervous system, by means of which the sensible features of material things produce ideas in the brains of the human beings who perceive them.  Its this deep appreciation for what he observed and experienced that caused, the Psalmist David to proclaim, "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works.." (Psalms 139:14). 
      Newton's third law explains the mechanics behind the successful movement of the human body both physically and mentally.  This law recognizes the coexistence and cooperation of opposing forces. This law states: When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to that of the first body. In summary, this law states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  
     For every thought considered another appears which is counteractive.  Choosing which thought to act upon paralyses most people.  Most times they look outside of themselves for answers.  Here we see the second law (teamwork) being applied.  Based on the advice received, the first law (continue in the same state or take action) will be applied.  Most people hold themselves back due to their ignorance of the existence of these laws.  These laws are called the 'whys' to success and are mistaken for the 'whats'.  "To be successful what must I do?" many ask.  In search of answer to this question many purchase or borrow books, but quit reading after completing only two or three chapters.  They enrol in school and take classes, only to end up deeper in debt and depression.  
     The search for success and life's meaning isn't restricted to those who are lacking.  The new testament chronicles the life of a rich young ruler who came to Christ asking the same question many are asking today, "How can I find true success and fulfilment?" (Mark 10:17-27).  Looking at him with compassion Jesus realized he was more consumed with 'taking' than with 'giving'.  "Sell what you have and give to the poor," Jesus told him.  Shocked and disappointed he turned and walked away.  
     'What can I do for others?' is the question that everyone seeking success in life should be asking.  Reciprocity reflects Newtons third law.  To receive something you must be willing to give in return.  In the human body, in order for the red blood cells to receive oxygen it must be willing to give up carbon dioxide. If this process is broken the body becomes toxic and dies.  There has to be a trade.  You don't have to be a millionaire to begin the process of giving to be successful.  You can give of your time as I do with seventh and eighth graders.  You can also give of your knowledge as Dr. Diane Thompson through her blog and radio program:  (http://drdianethompson.com).  Others do it in an art form as Marlon Ming (www.marlonming.com).  
     Newton's Third Law warns of the setbacks and struggles we all have to overcome.  However, application of these three laws of Newton have taken us all a long way.  Your reasons to succeed is the fuel that will take you to your greatest achievements and its force must be greater than that which keeps you settled and content with your present situation.  

ACTION STEPS

Are you satisfied with your current situation?  If yes congratulations.  If no - make a list of reasons why you are not.  Now turn these into your 'whys' or your fuel to move forward.

Seek advice from individuals who are willing to help you.  However, if the answers make you uncomfortable adjust your internal thermostat so you can go to the next level.  Don't be like the rich young ruler.

There will be obstacles along the way.  Prepare to meet them.  To orbit in space a rocket has to breakaway from the force of gravity that is pulling it back to earth.  

Remember in all things I pray that you may prosper and be in good health.     

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Laws of Success Part Two








Sir Isaac Newton

Two weeks ago we looked at Newton's first law of motion as it relates to the initiation of success in an individual.  It is eighty per cent psychological and twenty per cent physical. Once a burning desire or great fear of loss is present, the mind puts the body into motion.  This week we examine Newton's second Law which states:

The alteration of motion is ever proportional to the motive force impress'd; and is made in the direction of the right line in which that force is impress'd.

This law broken down simply means:

If a force generates a motion, a double force will generate double the motion, a triple force triple the motion, whether that force be impressed altogether and at once, or gradually and successively. And this motion (being always directed the same way with the generating force), if the body moved before, is added to or subtracted from the former motion, according as they directly conspire with or are directly contrary to each other; or obliquely joined, when they are oblique, so as to produce a new motion compounded from the determination of both.

     It is a well-known fact that some minds are naturally adapted to each other.  The second law highlights the power of team work or the meeting of the minds. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich wrote, 'the effect of the meeting of these minds is obvious to even the most casual observer," and called this phenomenon, the Mastermind Effect.
     Though some individuals are able to get things started on their own, to establish momentum, a team with the same goals in mind needs to be in place. God taught us this important concept in creation when after assembling His team said, "Let us make man in our own image!" (Genesis 1:26).  The powerful beings needed no help from each other, however, to demonstrate the need for us to work together, they led by example.  In creating Adam they wanted him to learn how it felt to be alone.  Before creating his "help mate" God declared, "It’s not good for man to be alone."  In putting the man to sleep a rib was removed from his side and was used to create his companion whom he called "woman".
     As Newton's law suggests as the number of members on your team increase, the more you are able to do and make.  Teams can be independent of each other and yet dependent.  For example someone's family constitutes his "home team".  If he owns his own business, then he develops his business team.  If his home life is in shambles; it may affect his business as well as everything else.  Individuals such as Bill Gates have practiced this concept over the years and have retired from the company he and his good friend Paul Allen established in their teenage years.
     John D. Rockefeller is known to have read few books as much as he read the bible.  He applied as much of its principles in his personal and business life as he could.  At times it was overdone; however he lived a long fulfilled and successful life.  He made it his duty to enjoy every breath he was blessed with.
     Who do you associate yourself with the most?  Are these associations taking you closer to your goal or further from them?   Are you looking to increase your momentum or are you burning yourself out trying to accomplish everything on your own?  
     To accomplish extra ordinary things in life you need a team and God is always willing to help His children.  He knows what is right for us and only asks us to trust Him.  “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart,” the wise King Solomon recommends, “and lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” 


   




Monday, January 20, 2014

The Laws of Success Part One

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton the established mathematician, philosopher and physicist was born in Woolsthorpe, England, January 4, 1643.  A devout christian, he considered his discoveries proof as to the existence of God.  His most acclaimed work, Philosophiae, Natrualis, Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), which was published in 1687, has been called the single-most influential book on physics. Few realize Newton's laws of motion are equally applicable to success as it does a body in motion.  You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand the application.  In my study success, all my case studies have one common thread; the individuals have all applied Newton's Laws.

Law #1: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. 
     
     This means an individual will continue to act in a manner that is normal to them until alerted or by an unbalanced force.  There are two forces that normally causes a change in the awareness in the life of an individual and thus create an unbalanced force.  These are (1) a fear of loss and (2) a desire to gain.  One day I met a friend who was spiritually bankrupt and was looking for a reason to reignite his faith. I told him he was not hungry enough.  Observing his shocked expression I explained, "Imagine it's winter and the temperature has dropped dramatically with a wind chill of below zero and on top of that it's snowing." He leaned against a wall as he listened intently. "You looked," I continued, "at the miserable weather from your bedroom window and thanked God you are home.  However, as you arrive in the kitchen and begin to prepare breakfast you realized you had forgotten to pick up supplies from the supermarket.  You knew you should have a few days prior but you kept procrastinating.  A co-worker was heading your way last night and because you wanted to get home before the storm arrived you elected to get a lift instead of picking up the things you needed and taking the bus.  You look everywhere in the house but there was nothing. The refrigerator and the cupboards are empty.  To add insult to injury, your stomach begins to growl.  
     You begin cursing yourself for being stupid.  You need to get rid of the hunger; so without thinking about the weather condition outside, you layer up, open the front door and head to the nearest supermarket.  At this point what is your most pressing concern?  The weather or your your stomach?" I asked.  "My stomach," he replied.  "You have answered well," I said smiling. 
"Now, if you had a few packets of that three minute soup, a half loaf of bread and some cheese in the cupboard would you have left the house?" I asked. 
"Most likely not.  I would have used that up and put off going out for as long as possible," he replied. "Exactly! Until you have a desire within you which surpasses your level of comfort with your yourself and your present situation spiritually then you will remain in the state you are currently in."
     To be successful there needs to be a burning desire or a hunger to achieve the goal that one has set. If there is none then one will remain at rest or keep going along at the same pace one is accustomed to.  This is considered  'the constant'.  The fear of loss creates a momentum as well. 
     Man's inventions have all been born from his desire to create the solution to a problem or from the fear of losing something dear to him.  It can also be something intangible as in the case of the Psalmist in his hour of distress prayed, "Create in me a clean heart, O God and a steadfast spirit within me (Ps. 51:10).  David knew if his desire to serve God was not greater than his state of depression he would continue dwelling on the negative aspects of his life.  He cried out to God for help.  
     Like my friend there may be things holding you back from moving forward, however, if you think it's impossible for you to achieve, like David ask God to create in you a clean heart and a renewed spirit.  With self all things are impossible, however, is there anything impossible for God?

Have a great week and remember in all things be prosperous and in good health.

Don't the next Blog - The Laws of Success - Part Two    
     
            

   

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Fresh Start

With the new year comes resolutions of every kind; to lose weight, to make more money, to achieve more success and the list goes on.  Resolutions are never easily achieved.  Success in this area takes more than saying, "I plan to" in your head or making a list that will never be looked at again after it's complete.  Though an unlikely source for inspiration on the topic of resolution, the actions of Nicodemus in the new testament, is worthy of consideration.    

Nicodemus (John 3), was a Jewish Leader who after listening to Jesus on a number of occasions was impressed to know more about him.  He was presented with success in a different format and made the resolution that he wanted to know more.  The thought of being seen with Jesus was a bit embarrassing, however, he had a burning desire to speak with him.  So one night, under the cover of darkness, he met with Jesus. “Rabbi," he said, "we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered, “I assure you, unless someone is born anew, it’s not possible to see God’s kingdom.”  Nicodemus asked, “How is it possible for an adult to be born? It’s impossible to enter the mother’s womb for a second time and be born, isn’t it?”

Before You Begin Do Your Research
Go to the source.  After listening to Jesus, Nicodemus' curiosity was aroused.  He didn't sit quietly by and allow his shyness or his feelings of what others would say hinder him from finding Jesus.  Before beginning something new, do your research. There are many sources available to you. There are books in the library and various articles on the internet that you can read on just about every topic imaginable.

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone.
To succeed you will have to move out of your comfort zone.  Nicodemus was uncomfortable with the thought of being seen with Jesus, however, that didn't stop him from finding an opportunity to meet with him. Jeff Olson, a very successful entrepreneur, once said, "Successful people do what unsuccessful people aren't willing to do.  They play outside their comfort zone. They do the little things that don't appear to matter at the time they are doing them but they do them over and over again until the compound effect kicks in." Nicodemus, though fearful, found a way to move out of his comfort zone by meeting with Jesus. 

Change Your Way Of Thinking
When Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again, he was confused.  "How can an adult be born?" he asked.  Many people see success of any sort and think of it only as something tangle and external.  They run to the gym and the dealership to buy the new BMW to give the false impression.  Only to be burnt out and be left in more debt over time.  Mother Teresa was viewed by many to be successful but she never owned a car or a mansion.  She died, what many would consider - poor.  However, many prominent individuals made it a priority to attend her funeral. Becoming successful at anything takes a different mindset.  The late Steven Covey once stated, "The problems we face can not be resolved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.  To succeed at our resolutions we need to change our way of thinking.

Its Not All About Understanding - Its About Believing.
Nicodemus said, “How are these things possible?”  “Jesus answered, “You are a teacher of Israel and you don’t know these things? I assure you that we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you don’t receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?"  You don't have to know the complete fat burning process of the body or how money is made at the US mint to lose weight and get healthy or to make an extra dollar.  All it takes is a firm belief that you can do it.  I have seen many people who stumble out of the gates by their lack of belief.  They spend too much time wanting to know the how and too few on belief. Nicodemus didn't fully understood everything he heard but he believe the source and took action.  

Action Steps
Doing your research is important.  If you plan to lose weight talk to your doctor or a fitness trainer who will go over the best plan for you.  For those looking to make more money, talk with a financial planner or a life coach.  The answers they give may make you uncomfortable, however, like Nicodemus you will walk away a new person with a plan of action.  If done in faith and worked at daily you will succeed.  

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