Life is comprised of opportunities to create teachable moments if we are intentionally looking for them. This is extremely important if we are parents and/or leaders in other organizations. Now I will start off by admitting I am not impressed by Colin Kaepernick and I do not agree with his recent decision to disrespect our nation’s service men and women by sitting during out National Anthem before his NFL games. It is unfortunate. I am however also disappointed in how so many of my friends whom I agree with have decided to respond to his decision to protest social injustice in this manner.
Has there ever been a time when you were so sure of something only to find out at a later time you were mistaken or misinformed about the truth involving the person or event? I know I have experience the many, many times. I have even argued in direct opposition to the truth for years some times to later learn I was actually wrong about the whole thing. I would like to think you and I are intelligent and view ourselves as a well-intentioned people. If this has happened to you too, how could this happen to us so many times before? What can we do to avoid this mistake in the future?
Have you ever planned on doing something you had plenty of time to accomplish, but somehow managed to not get it done until the very last minute? I know I have. While some people struggle less with procrastination than others I believe it is a constant challenge we are all faced with on a daily basis. I have heard it said, “Work expands to all time available.” In most areas of life we can juggle this and still seem to get by. While delaying action with homework assignments and getting to work on time can certainly create stressful situations they rarely carry life changing consequences. What if there are some areas of our lives where we are procrastinating and could potentially do so for years and years? Is it possible there are some areas that we must take action in now? If so, what could force us into taking action?
Are you a concerned American? Do you believe November 2016 will be one of the most important elections of all time? Do you see America is at a critical decision point where if we do not elect the right president or pass the right laws it could set us down a path we may never recover from? Have you identified who the right candidate is? Do you know what the right sides are of the most important issues? Do you feel compelled to tell others what are the right ways to vote and why? When someone shares an opposing view to yours do you fulfill your obligation to correct that poor misled fool as to what is the right path or who is the right candidate?
If you answered yes to these questions may I offer you some helpful advice?
Did you know all forms of income are generated in one of four ways? In Rich Dad Poor Dad: Robert Kiyosaki teaches us about the CASHFLOW Quadrant. We can either earn income as employees, self-employed specialists, business owners, or investors. The majority of us earn our income as employees or self-employed specialists. When I began to look at this fact and evaluate my circumstances I asked myself the question, “Do I want to do and have what the majority of people do and have?”
Being a husband and father is tough. It is definitely the hardest and most worth-while experience of my life. I am willing to bet all spouses and parents would agree with this. Leading our families requires very intentional thinking and actions to create the outcomes we desire. We face so many challenges, but there is one challenge I see families faced with more and more every day that places a stranglehold on millions of families across America – finances. Perhaps I should say lack of finances. Early on this was a huge struggle for our family. It was the number one stressor in our relationship and often the only thing Beth and I ever fought about. I learned to create and focus on one simple word which has radically transformed our family life and completely removed this stress from our household.
Getting the best results in our life is really a two part process. In my last post I shared how to start asking the question, “What is the best?” for the results we want to create in every area of our lives. That is the first step. We must do this if we truly want to live an extraordinary life. Life is a journey. Just like going on a road trip we have to know where we want to go before our GPS can give us directions on how to get there. This is why we must first determine what the best results are before we can determine what our next steps should be.
You have probably heard the quote,
That is completely true and I have never really met anyone who disagrees with that statement. Yet somehow too few people ever make significant changes in their actions to yield those different results. Why is that? There are several reasons, but I think the simplest answer is because it’s DIFFERENT.