“There are no victories at bargain prices”

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“There are no victories at bargain prices” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Many of you who have followed this blog are aware of this slide. My Balance Sheet It is at the
heart of my life management philosophy.

In a nutshell, this slide summarizes all of the areas of responsibility in our
life. Above the heart on the slide are two questions that we can use to pursue
a life characterized by excellence. My deeply felt belief is that each of us
will enjoy a greater satisfaction in this life when we are being very
intentional in striving to be our best in all these areas.

I’m referring to this slide in conjunction with President Eisenhower’s quote
because I don’t believe we will ever experience consistent victories in life
without hard work. Success doesn’t come easy.

Our victories in these different areas of our life will only come when we are
willing to make the costly investment to give it our best.

How to increase your productivity by 25%

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Here are some insightful time management nuggets from Brian Tracy- The Way to
Wealth- part 1

* “According to time management specialists, the first day that you begin
working from a list, you will increase your productivity by 25%, if you are not
doing so already.

* The starting point of excellent time management is to make a list of all the
things you have to do. All top time managers work from a list for every week,
every day, and every project. They think on paper.

*When you write your tasks on a list before you begin, your work appears more
organized and takes on a different perspective. You can see it spread out in
front of you. You gain greater clarity as to what is more important and what
is less important.”

Why not start today? Make your list(s) and plan your day.
Try it for just one week and see how things go. I think you’ll be surprised by
what you are able to accomplish through organizing.

I can’t take it any longer…..then what? —Holy Discontent -book review

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Holy Discontent by Bill Hybels

Have you ever reached a point where you just can’t take a situation any longer?
It concerns you so much that you must do something about it. You become convinced in your mind that you have to be a part of the solution.

Holy Discontent is written with a superb balance of humility, challenge, humor, application, and transparency by Bill Hybels, pastor at Willow Creek Community Church.

I believe this book will not only encourage you to evaluate your own life and motivations, but it will also challenge you to consider what is important enough to give your life for. Hybels writes that we are all wired differently, and we will all see needs around us that we will feel compelled to be doing something about. These may be described as our passions.

Identifying that area in our lives, responding to it, and going after it is our destiny. It is what we were meant to tackle.

Pursuing our area of holy discontent will also bring us the greatest satisfaction in our lives. We long to satisfy this ache in our souls .

I would strongly recommend this book.

what is your mind thinking about?

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That which occupies your mind is like a lighthouse near the sea. It moves you in
that direction. Like a bug that is drawn to a bright light, so we too are led to
what our mind is thinking about.
This is one area the Bible proves itself to be both practical and helpful.
Recognizing the power of our thought life, it instructs us to:

*Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you
have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:2-3)— the
Bible gives us eternal perspective

*Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but
those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So
letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the
Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is
always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. (Romans
8:5-7 NLT)- The Bible encourages us to quit trying to fight our spiritual battles in our own strength, but to give up the battle and seek to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit who lives
within us.

*Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything
is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. (Phil. 4:8- NIV) – as a
spiritual lighthouse,
The Bible gives us direction regarding the kind of things we should think
about– the thoughts that will be the best for us. We need to evaluate if the things we are doing, thinking on, and looking at, pass the filter of this guidance.

Remember, God’s desire for each of us, because He wants the very best for us, is
not that we just know these Bible verses, but that we apply them—that we put
these truths into practice. Think about that!