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Activated February 2010

Success - February 2010

Succeeding in today's world is a complicated and tricky business, but God knows all the secrets and wants to share them with you. He's just waiting for you to ask.

01-02-2010
How to Succeed
How to Succeed

There is a common force that drives most of us: we want to be successful. Regardless of who we are or what our specific goals may be, we want the security and comfort that material success provides, as well as the satisfaction of knowing that our lives are turning out well and count for something.

If we all want the same basic thing, why then are some people so much more successful than others? Circumstances alone aren’t the deciding factor, because some people succeed despite incredibly difficult circumstances. Neither is success determined by natural ability alone, because many gifted people fail,...

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01-02-2010
Better As a Team
Better As a Team

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.

—H.E. Luccock

 

Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

—Andrew Carnegie

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01-02-2010
Be a Maximizer
Be a Maximizer

Most people, it seems, fall into one of three broad groups when it comes to their level of dedication and initiative, their work ethic, and how much they’re able to accomplish.

These three groups are the minimizers, the maintainers, and the maximizers. Minimizers do as little as they can get away with, and maintainers do only what is needed to maintain the status quo, but maximizers are ready and willing to go the distance; they are focused on moving closer to their goal, even though they know it will cost them in time and energy.

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01-02-2010
When Clashes Are Good
When Clashes Are Good

Synergy—the working together of two or more people or things in which the result is greater than the sum of their individual effects or capabilities—has become a workplace buzzword.

We’ve all heard lots about the benefits of teamwork. Pool your talents and work together, and you get more ideas, greater effort, and better results. Two and two don’t always equal four; in teamwork they can equal six or eight.

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01-02-2010
The Resting Place
The Resting Place

I usually enjoyed the ride into town on my motor scooter, but that day my mind wasn’t on the beautiful scenery or the perfect weather. It had been a busy previous two months. One coworker and I had tried to keep up with every aspect of our volunteer work while the rest of our team was away, and now that they were back, instead of the rest I had hoped for, the workload had increased.

I really deserve a break, I thought, but there’s not much chance of that! Enveloped in a fog of self-pity, I never saw the speeding motorcycle...

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01-02-2010
Work Smart
Work Smart

One of the best things to keep in mind when organizing your work is to not give yourself more to do than you can manage. Set priorities and work through your to-do list at a sustainable pace, starting with the most important or urgent items and doing what you can each day. Then you will have the satisfaction of knowing you used your time and energy wisely, and you will be that much closer to your goals when you start work the next day.

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01-02-2010
Bring out the Best
Bring out the Best

One quality that good leaders seem to have in common is the ability to bring out the best in others. Whether they are bosses, managers, team captains, or role models, inevitably they have learned to not think in terms of problems, but rather in terms of people and their potential.

When those leaders see others doing something wrong or working inefficiently, rather than fuming or stepping in to do the job themselves, they challenge those people to keep trying until they get it right, and then praise them when they do.

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01-02-2010
The Rule of 5
The Rule of 5

It never ceases to amaze me how much Jesus wants to be a part of our lives by giving us practical, tangible help. When I was discouraged about my inability to get organized, I took the problem to Jesus during my quiet time with Him. “There is no way that I will be able to meet my life goals with this serious state of disorganization,” I told Him. “I try to change, but I need Your help, because without it I keep slipping into my old pattern of doing nothing because I cannot do everything. How can I overcome this...

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01-02-2010
Blank Spaces
Blank Spaces

It has been said that when it comes to helping those we care about, prayer is not the least we can do, but the most. The Bible promises, “This is the confidence that we have in [God], that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”1 That’s a lot of power!

There are many times during the day when our thoughts wander aimlessly, and those thoughts usually involve others—friends, family, colleagues, or those we’ve crossed...

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01-02-2010
Success with People
Success with People

Look for the good in others.

Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Titus 3:2: To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

 

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01-02-2010
Enemies of Success
Enemies of Success

Today’s armies of life coaches and business gurus often seem to build their strategies on a fundamental bit of advice from the 6th-century bc Chinese general Sun Tzu in his treatise, The Art of War—“Know your enemy.” Not until we identify and understand the attitudes and conditions that threaten our success can we take the steps necessary to overcome them.

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01-02-2010
Appreciate the Good
Appreciate the Good

After I commented on my blog about a Christian song that I had found particularly inspiring, someone wrote and asked if I was aware of certain personal details about the singer/songwriter. I wasn’t, and learning these things about him came as a bit of a surprise.

I still appreciate the song, though, and I don’t feel that this man’s lifestyle choices change the fact that the song contains a beautiful truth. I’m thankful for the way that song moved me, and for how it is reaching people with God’s love.

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01-02-2010
Building Habits
Building Habits

Believe it or not, they used to build bridges by first flying a kite from one side of the river or gorge to the other. Someone on the opposite side caught the kite and tied a little thicker, stronger string to the end of the kite string, and the men who had sent the kite over pulled the new, thicker string back across. The teams on each side kept repeating the process, next with an even stronger string, then a cord, then a thin rope, then a thicker rope, and so on. Eventually they could pull a small steel cable...

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01-02-2010
Make Your Day
Make Your Day

There are three things you can do to make the most of your day.

Number one, talk to Me first thing or even the night before about what you need or want to do. It doesn’t have to take long—just long enough to get your bearings on the day and to let Me remind you of anything you may have forgotten.

Number two, each time you are about to start a new task, ask Me if you’re on the right track. It may seem like the logical thing to do, or you may have done it a thousand times before, but perhaps...

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