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.  

Thank you for making us your source for inspiration and as we assist you in your spiritual journey to success, in all things we pray that you may prosper and be in good health.