One major concern of the devil…

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“The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from prayer. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray… prayer turns ordinary mortals into men of power… it brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God. There is no power like that of prevailing prayer.”

Samuel Chadwick

Your choice: being proactive or reactive

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The first step in changing is to realize where you are now. Once you have identified that true starting point, you can begin to cast a vision for where you want to be, and then, plan the steps that will help you accomplish your goals.

With this process in mind, please take a look at this slide: Proactive or Reactive

Which “symptoms” describe you: the ones in blue or those in the red font? Notice the differences between the two because seeing the differences might be exactly what you need to comprehend. People who operate with a “blue font” mindset can calmly, and logically think through their goals and what steps they will need to do to accomplish their goals. They can attach time frame goals to their plans. They take responsibility for their lives.

Those who are acting with “red font” mindsets are yielding their responsibilities for managing their circumstances (and their lives) to someone else. Most likely, their life is typically in crisis mode. Why? Because they rarely anticipate or plan for their own future. They don’t “take it to life”, they allow “life to take it to them”. Because of that, they typically don’t have any margin in their life. They go from paycheck to paycheck, decision to decision, play by play. Stress (and often failures) are rampant!

Step 1 is to begin to take responsibility for your life. Are you doing so in every area of your life?

“Sleepless in Hollywood” book review – Lynda Obst

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I can’t imagine anyone who has not been impacted in the past 20 years by two main things: globalization and the internet.

For some reason, one of the industries that would not have immediately come to my mind as having changed a lot is Hollywood. However, after reading this book, I’ve realized how totally naive I’ve been. With the rise and fall of DVD income, the increase in distribution outlets like cable and Netflix, the huge increase in movie revenues coming internationally, and other issues, the Hollywood of today will never again resemble the Hollywood of the ’80’s and before.

I found this to be a very informative read looking at the business side of Hollywood and how it has changed over the years.

Here are some Leadership gems from John Maxwell

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*Motivation without organization equals frustration
*The strongest organizations are the simplest
*Leaders love everybody, but move with the movers
*Good organizations establish clear lines of authority
*People do what you inspect, not what you expect
*Leaders provide a supportive climate
*Successful organizations recognize and reward effort

taken from “A Leader’s Heart” by John Maxwell (pg. 369)

If you are busy, try this …

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George Shultz, former secretary of state said in the midst of the whirlwind of incoming information and outgoing decisions, he purposely paused for undisturbed intellectual labor: “its easy to get totally dominated by the events –something is always happening. So I would try–at least twice a week during the day when I was still fresh (not at the end of the day)- to take three quarters of an hour off. I said, “if the president calls or my wife calls, put it through, but no other calls. “and I make a pact with myself not to look at the stuff in my inbox, and I go over and sit in a comfortable chair with a pad and a paper, take a deep breath and say, “What am I doing here?” “What am I trying to achieve?” “What are the main problems?” So you try to get yourself out of all of the details of day-to-day stuff and try to look a little more broadly from your own perspective”

taken from “View from the Top” by D. Michael Lindsay (pgs.62-63)

What’s ahead ?… you can choose the way

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We are coming to a time in the year when people begin to envision how they would like to see their future. Judging by what they see for themselves, many will make new year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, by Jan 8th, a week later, a large percentage of people will have already failed at keeping these resolutions.

So, as we reflect on life this year, let me encourage us to expand our vision beyond areas such as weight loss, watching less tv., or curtailing use of social media, etc, and look to other areas affecting life. What “troubles” do we have? What conflicts, areas of bitterness, or weaknesses come to our minds? What areas in our lives need improvement?
Keep in mind we have and make choices. We are the ones in charge of how we will respond. We are the ones responsible for what actions we will take.

If we want to see positive outcomes in life, good relationships, etc. we need to steer clear of the negatives. We need to give grace and not complain or criticize others about their situations. When we complain and criticize, the situation does not change – nothing positive happens.

Let’s choose, instead, to follow this example taken from Apollo 13 (about choosing to think of positive solutions rather than focusing on the problems):

Take a minute to really examine your situation. Deal with reality. Don’t panic. Focus on the solution(s) for success. If we need to, move away from the issue at hand to give ourselves time to look at the big picture and collect our thoughts. As we get to a more
clear-headed state, take things one step at a time and start to think in terms of solutions.

For anyone interested in further support to help bring guidance and solutions for your areas of challenge, please e-mail me at hwalter850@aol.com to set up a free life coaching consultation.