The Part Faith Plays In Life And Business

121414-blog-postIf luck is a major factor in life and business success, then effort and developing an unbreakable work habit is a waste of time and energy.

Are you unconsciously sabotaging your own success because somewhere in your subconscious you believe there are people who have had a little extra gold dust sprinkled on them than you have? If this is the case, a person with expectations to enter the world of business might as well just get ready to roll the dice or spend the roulette wheel. In either case, according to some rich celebrities, you’ll be lucky just to have some luck.

I don’t believe in luck; however, I do believe in faith. I strongly believe faith in life and business plays a vital part of any accomplishment. Whether success comes from installing a competent team of people around you or studying the trends and buying habits of groups in your region—success is neither chance nor unintentional. And, we who are successful owe it to our protégés and followers, to present them with the hard true facts that life doesn’t happen without their input.

The days of sitting on the sidelines hoping to have some success without applying your head with your heart are over. It’s tougher than ever before to experience phenomenal success. However, success without the ‘phenomenal’ attached to it is relativity easy; but I must warn you that some elbow grease is required. Faith is necessary in life, luck isn’t. Chance is nothing but prior mental training and developed life patterns, which creates for a person the propensity to make decisions, which place them in a place they call good luck or bad luck. In actuality, it wasn’t good luck or bad luck at all, but rather a well developed mental profile which created life’s trends.

Faith is a powerful force. Life cannot exist without faith. It doesn’t take luck to build a skyscraper; it requires knowledge and belief in one’s own dream that enables building a towering skyscraper to be possible. Imagine seeing acreages of undeveloped land with your natural eyes. However, you look again and you see houses, communities, businesses, etc. Are you seeing this with your natural vision, or are you seeing it with what some may call ‘your mind’s eye?’

Take a moment, use your imagination and think of yourself as an architect. An architect is anybody who designs, invents, creates, or engineers anything from buildings to computers, from music to business concepts, and from communications to weapons of war. From whence did their creativity emerge to produce such brilliant products and services? It came from their hearts and their faith to turn their dreams into the material of reality.

You are a prime mover. You were created to be that way, but somewhere along life’s process, you were unintentionally programmed by parents, teachers, ministers, and friends who told you all you can be in life is some cheap copy of someone’s great original. Therefore, people are always thinking of duplication. However, someone had to originally come up with the first idea. I’m not saying that you can’t take someone’s product or services and improve it. What I am suggesting to you is why not produce what God placed in you? There will never be a person on this planet like you, that makes it unequivocally clear that you are an original. If this is true, which I believe it is, you have residing in you exactly what you are; original ideas.

Now listen, faith doesn’t make life or business easy; it makes them possible. Have faith in the Architect of architects. You were created after His likeness and His similitude and He is fully aware of your capabilities, but are you! Stop trying to produce for your life what you see in the life of others. Your life is unique and so are your ideas. God gave you life, but you made your life what it is. If you continue to pursue someone else’s dream as your own, you will also encounter the problems they have encountered to get where they are.

You cannot live Richard Branson’s dream, but you can live yours. Ask the Architect to give you clarity of your dreams, purpose and destiny; and I’m certain He will make it plain to you.

LIVE BY FAITH NOT BY LUCK!

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Why Do What You Always Wanted To Do?

wanted200When will you be ready to live the life you really believe you were destined to live? When will you finally decide to get up from your slumber and get on with the business of losing weight? When will you go back to school and get the college degree you always wanted to earn, or start that restaurant with your proven family recipes, or even open that merchandise store?


It is a travesty when I hear all the stories of people who found and used every excuse to avoid reaching for that one thing they always wanted to do. I can only imagine how it must feel to arrive at the end of your life, and realize how much you cheated yourself out of your best life. I say, I can only imagine because I decided over thirty years ago, I will only die once, but I get an opportunity daily to reach for my goals, to go to places others only dream of, and to enjoy the life I have. Why would I want to be stagnated by others whose only desire is for me to be as underachieving as they are?

I make no apologies for the amount of money I make, the best hotels I’ve stayed in, the cars I drive, the many books I’ve written, the famous and wealthy people I’ve met and spent time with, the amount of money I’ve given to religious charities, …the list goes on. And, I will continue doing these things and reaching for more until I have exhaled my last breath.

Why not go for it? Why not do all you believe God has placed in you to do? What are you afraid of? I believe one of the reasons why most people are so sad and unfulfilled is they have not figured out their happiness is attached to their purpose. I asked one middle age woman once, when do you feel you are at your happiest? To my surprise, she said when she is crocheting. When I looked at all the creative designs she has crocheted, I was amazed. In fact, I actually purchased several from her. I asked her if she ever thought of selling them since it could help her with the extra income she needed. She said she had only thought of giving them away. I replied, that sounds noble, but did you know the thing you love to do most is designed to feed you? Therefore, your labor of love is supposed to support you financially. She later took my advice, started selling her crocheted quilts, and averaged an additional $1400 a month in income.

Why stay miserable, settling for a life you know brings you no joy at all? Don’t give up on your dream because that would mean you’ve given up on life. You have so many awesome intrinsic qualities. Don’t sentence your life to a life of mediocrity because a few years have passed without you accomplishing anything worthwhile. Get up, and refuse to sit on a couch of ease. You shouldn’t want to stay in your house with your window shades down, blocking the sunlight; hoping someone will come by and spend some time with you in your misery. In case you haven’t noticed, you may be deliberately trying to make other people feel responsible for you making a decision to do nothing with your life.

I understand it is your life to do with as you please; however, it is not your right to make other people feel guilty because they don’t want to live their lives alongside yours. It is difficult to follow a parked car. If you are not going anywhere in life, can you please move out of the way so others can get by you without the threat of tripping over you? If you want to waste your time, why would I want to give you the opportunity of wasting mine? Stop suffocating your dream under the pillows of discouragement and disappointments. Both of these are a part of life. Haven’t you heard all success begins with failure? If you never give yourself the chance to fail, you will never reap the rewards of knowing how to get up again.

Let me tell you a story about John, a young man who really loved to run. John lived in a small town with a population of approximately 15,000 people, along with a couple of hogs and cows. John ran about three to four times a week. He didn’t do it simply to stay in shape; he did it because he loved it. At the ripe old age of 87 years, John decided to run the marathon hosted in a large city located about 220 miles away from where he lived. John first started entertaining the thought of running the marathon when he was about 55 years old, however, he was too busy making a living to take care of his family. He kept putting it off, and putting it off, although he would runs for miles for enjoyment. At seventy-five years old he decided he was going to enter the marathon, but his wife fell ill. Several years later, John’s wife died. John continued to walk and run for miles during the course of a week just to stay in shape.

One day, John’s only son came to visit him and told him about the marathon kicking off in two months. John thought for a moment and sighed, “I’m 87 years old; what can I do at my age?” “Dad, you are in better shape than most 40 year olds. Why don’t you go for it?! I took the liberty and signed you up.”, John’s son said. John said, “I always wanted to run a marathon, but I’m too old now and it will take too long for me to finish.” His son said, “Dad when I was only 10 years old, you taught me one of the greatest lessons of all, when you spoke to me about finishing last in a race.” You said, “it matters not how long it takes to finish what you’ve started, what matters is that you finish.”

So at 87 years old, John fulfilled his lifelong aspiration and ran and finished his first and only marathon. John died later that year with running shoes on his feet, as he sat on his porch in his chair, ready to run that evening. After running the marathon, John would hardly speak of anything else. John died doing what made him happy.

It matters not how long it takes to finish what you’ve started, what matters is that you finish.


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The Strength of Perseverance

refuse-200 If I could give in a single word the missing ingredient that people seem to lack in their pursuit of excellence, or in reaching their goals or avoiding discouragement, it would be perseverance. To define perseverance in its most generic term, it would be described as the ability to ‘keep on keeping on.’ Most people have no idea as to how critical these words are to your success.


How do you continue doing the things that you have committed yourself to doing, when it seems to be no fruit production from your labor?  How do you continue doing something when you no longer like doing it?

This matter of perseverance is so critical to life that above all human traits, the perseverance characteristic should be built into the psyche and life of every child. The Greek word for perseverance literally means “staying power”.  The ability to remain focused under the pressure is the key while traveling on the road of success. If success is a journey than perseverance is the vehicle used. While you are traveling on any road, there will be some bumps (disappointments) and potholes (obstacles) in the road that you must learn to avoid.

It is easy to start the race with exuberance, but it is not so easy to finish.  Every marriage starts with the blissful thought of a couple being together forever, but today approximately 60 percent of them end up in Divorce Court. Every dreamer starts off with the idea that their business concept is the best on the market and that they are going to be on the fast-track to sell tons of their products, only to discover that they produced a ton, but only sold a few. If you think that life is a sprinters paradise, you are sadly mistaken. Life is a marathon; therefore, it should never be viewed as a 100-yard dash.

What happens with a marriage that ended in divorce? This question is easy; rather than preparing for 40 or even 60 years, which takes work, they thought that the marriage would take care of itself and so they made no preparations at all. This is why we have such great starters out from the gates, but very few ever make it to the finish line. They end up making some lame excuse so that they do not look bad in the eyes of their contemporaries. However, what does it matter what other people think when you yourself realize that you didn’t fail because you did not have the right stuff, you failed because you quit.

The opposite of perseverance is giving up. I personally know what it feels like to be in a dark place in life as if you are in a dark tunnel and that you have been traveling for days with no light in sight. It can be hard to concentrate when the darkness literally impedes your view. However, making the conscious decision to move forward is a matter of knowing what you want and how bad you want it. When you are faced with turbulent times is when your faith is tested, your resilience is stretched, and your toughness is brought into question. I know, I know…no one likes to be in this station in life, however, life goes on. What each person has to decide in a situation that seems to have no visible options is does the dream go on, does the marriage go on, or does the business go on.

If ten percent of the population controls wealth, then ninety percent might be scrubbing the bottom of the barrel. Most start up businesses, especially restaurants, fail with its first year, while others may have a window of two to four years. Why? Good question. To be willing to survive tough times, you have to be willing to learn. Learning is fundamental! You can learn a lot by what you go through, but you can learn a lot more by listening to others who outlasted the tough times you are presently experiencing.

Get inspired! Get turned on! Never, never quit because you will never get to see what the end will actually look like. Your dream is worth the fight, and so is your life. Hold on and keep on keeping on.


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An Interview with Dr. Mikel Brown

This is an excerpt of an interview with Dr. Mikel Brown about various important topics.

An Interview
An Interview
Q: What is your view on business?
A: It depends on what kind of business you are referring to; or are you asking me about business in general? Business in and of itself relates to exchange, agreements, acquisition, bartering, relationships, marriage, etc. All of the components I just mentioned define business. Business cannot truly be identified without these components because these components are business. If I were to define it in my own words, I would simply define it as the act of dealing with others in and for personal or corporate endeavors.
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The Power to Make Decisions

“If the right choices are made, then the appropriate rewards must be given.”
~Dr. Mikel Brown

Decisions

There was a Doctor who was at his wit’s end about making decisions and seeing all the patients he had in the waiting room. His nurse came into his office and said, “There’s a patient in the waiting room who claims to be invisible.” The Doctor replied, “Tell him I can’t see him!” (LOL)

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Secret Strength

Headline Reads: Whitney Houston, Dead at 48
This headline could have read something entirely different had Whitney Houston learned to tap into, and explore her inner strength which would have caused her to push through all of her life’s challenges.

Whitney Houston Dies at 48
Whitney Hoston Dies at 48
Headline Reads: Whitney Houston, Dead at 48

This headline could have read something entirely different had Whitney Houston learned to tap into, and explore her inner strength which would have caused her to push through all of her life’s challenges. Instead of the headlines reading what is stated above, imagine the headlines reading; Whitney Houston killed it at the Grammy Awards Show. Wow, everyone would be searching the internet to hear her sing and dazzle the audience with her voice. Could her death have been avoided? Yes!

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The Advantage Coach

The aim of a life coach is to teach you how to make a difference with your life. Business coaches are focused on the strategic and methodology to help your business succeed.

Advantage Coach
Advantage Coach
The aim of a life coach is to teach you how to make a difference with your life. Business coaches are focused on strategy and methodology to help your business succeed. Both life and business coaches are able to help you get Twice the Results in Half the Time.

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The Law of Exchange Part 2

If you have not read Part One of this article, I suggest you read the first part of “The Law of Exchange” before reading this part.

The Law of Exchange
The Law of Exchange
If you’d like to become part of today’s elite group of men and women who are making extraordinary amounts of money, there’s no better way to start than with understanding this colossal principle called the Law of Exchange.

I first became aware of this principle after experiencing a divorce in the late 1980s. I was struggling with depression and living under major financial problems without knowing the first thing to do. My car was about to be repossessed, my house payment was overdue and to add insult to injury, people left me holding the bills for all my business expenses. In hindsight, difficulties can become rewarded with opportunities if one can only maintain their sanity while under such stress. Continue reading “The Law of Exchange Part 2”

The Law of Exchange

The Law of Exchange
The Law of Exchange
Do you want to be rich and successful or successfully broke and needy? Do you want to be a mover and shaker? If so, one key is a necessity to have and understand if your personal desire is going to meet your expectation.If any person is going to succeed in business or in life, they must have some degree of understanding about the law of exchange. You will never escape the financial cell of imprisonment if you do not fully understand this colossal law. Continue reading “The Law of Exchange”

The Average 90

Average 90
The Average 90
Whether you heard of this group or not, the most important thing about this group is that you do not want to be a part of it. People in this group are not necessarily bad people, but if anyone from this group has your undivided attention, they may be a deterrent to your progress. The Average 90 is a group of people who may be stuck in a box without any desire or passion to break out of it. They avoid risk, abandon conflict and run from attention. This class of people believes that the Uncommon 10 are a small elite class of people with special heavenly endowments, which gives them the excuse for living in mediocrity.

There is a reason, which may not be apparent to all, of why 10% of the population continues to get 90% of the prosperity pie. It may be that the average 90% are content with making the uncommon 10% richer. As long as “The Average 90” have a job, it matters not if they are restricted in their income. Where many may have quit along the path to success and financial freedom, the few who continued to the end, are simply ordinary people who made up their minds to go all the way and not be average. The difference between the average 90 and the uncommon 10 is that the average 90 wait for opportunities to be exposed, while the uncommon 10 create opportunities.

If you desire to escape the mundane of the average 90, you have to be willing to learn how to unlock your personal potential for self-confidence, self-esteem, and personal power. This will catapult you to become a leader in business, earn more money, and get more out of life than ever before. When you learn to maximize your performance, it will be because you have displayed the mindset and developed the critical characteristic for achievement. When you comprehend time management for results, you will double your productivity. When you are motivated to become a high performer, you have positioned yourself to mentor others to become high performers. My aim is to help you to think strategically, make better decisions, and get faster, more predictable results.

It takes perseverance to break loose from the mediocre to do something other than what most people do, which is get a job. Of course, owning a business is not a piece of cake. Among the downside to being your
own boss can be:

  1. the lack of time off
  2. no paid vacations or holidays
  3. no health-care coverage unless you purchase your own policy
  4. no pension unless you purchase your own
  5. the possibility of losing the money that you and others have invested should your business fail.

On the other hand, making money is one of the easiest things to do and making more money is even easier. Ninety percent of the population leaves more money on the table then anyone can access, if they have half the passion to get out of the Average 90 crew.

They said that Walt Disney, a man who drew a mouse and named the mouse Mickey, had no imagination. If Walt Disney can build an entire financial empire with a mouse and with no imagination, imagine what you can do with a DREAM. Read to become inspired. Aspiration comes from inspiration.

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