How to Transform Your Life in 4 Steps and 8 Minutes

This post was inspired by a recent episode of the Ray Edwards’ Show – absolutely one of my favorite podcasts. Ray is a copywriting expert, loves Jesus, and promotes prosperity with purpose. Find him here.

Life Transformation

If I were to ask you “what do you want to change about your life?” you could easily list  four or five specific things.

  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Income
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Bla bla bla

Bla bla bla? Why…bla bla bla?

Because if you’re like most people, this list hasn’t changed in years! 

This is embarrassing to admit…

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Altar Calls, Conferences, and Why Change Is So Hard

I live in a state of constant frustration. Well, frustration is a strong word. Maybe “dissatisfaction” is more appropriate. But some days it sure feels like frustration.

  • Frustrated with the gap between where I am and where I want to be.
  • Frustrated at the level of discipline it actually takes to create new habits.
  • Frustrated at how I spend time on pointless activities instead of keeping first things first.

The Process of Personal Growth

I’m on the worship team at my church, so I get a front row view to the ministry times at the end of each service. Every Sunday people will come forward for prayer for healing, needing direction, needing encouragement, etc.

God knows I’ve been down to the front myself for prayer many times.

These are wonderful times of introspection and great for making decisions that can change your life. But too often, people expect the “life change” to happen in the 10 minutes that they’re down there praying. Then they get frustrated when they’re still the same person on Monday morning.

In the same way, I’ve been to dozens of conferences…listened to greats like John Maxwell, Dan Miller, Michael Hyatt, and Andy Stanley. And man do I love the energy and motivation that comes with a conference.

Until about Wednesday.

Usually the excitement wears off rather quick.

And you’re left with the tedious discipline of making daily decisions to either change your life, or drift back into mediocrity.

You see…altar calls and conferences are the same in this respect. They are excellent for getting clarity on a matter so that you can make a right decision on that matter.

But that’s (usually) not where the change happens!

The change occurs day after day as you put in the time and the discipline needed to change! It is not easy and it is never automatic. You must put in the work.

Or in the words of Solomon, “The sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.” Proverbs 20:4

Never confuse making a decision to change with the actual daily discipline of changing. I’m sure the sluggard made a decision to plow…but when the time came to put in the work he was nowhere to be found.

[reminder]Identify one area of life where you are being a “sluggard” – where you’re not doing what you know you need to do in order to reach your goals. And if you’re brave enough…please share what it is in the comments![/reminder]

How To Fill Your Tank (MUST WATCH!!)

I watched this video at a business breakfast last year & absolutely loved it! Speaking to leaders, Wayne Cordeiro gave this message titled “Dead Leader Running.” Below is a short excerpt on How To Fill Your Tank.

Wayne also shares the following:

  • What causes burnout & how to prevent it
  • The unconventional advice he got from his doctor
  • How he almost ruined his marriage
  • A simple exercise that prevents burnout and leads to fulfillment

How to Fill Your Tank – Wayne Cordeiro

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[reminder preface=”Action Step:”] Take five minutes and identify five things that fill your tank and five things that drain you. What can you do this week to replace one of the draining activities with one that fills you?[/reminder]

Perfection or Excellence?

[callout]This post was inspired by a quote shared by Michael Hyatt. If you haven’t discovered Michael’s blog or podcast yet, I can’t recommend them enough! You can find him here: http://michaelhyatt.com[/callout]

We all readily admit perfectionism is usually a bad thing. It often keeps people from sharing their best work with the world because it’s just not quite good enough.

But in the effort to not be a perfectionist, some folks swing too far the other way and settle on average or mediocrity. That’s why I love the quote below. Perfection is impossible, but excellence is not. Set your sights on excellence, and never allow yourself to settle for anything less.

Vince Lombardi Quote

[reminder]Perfectionism is often a high level of procrastination. What have you been procrastinating on because you just aren’t “ready yet” to get started?[/reminder]

Action Always Precedes Success

Action Always Precedes Success

I love Proverbs 10:4. It’s a verse that inspires me to push through fear and take action. I don’t see myself as “lazy” (who does?), but it is a temptation for me to spend my time planning to do something, rather than just do it. This verse is a reminder from God that the things we want in life are usually on the other side of action. What action do you need to take today to move forward towards your dreams?

Action Always Precedes Success

How $20 Can Change Your Life

Twenty Dollars

Photo courtesy of Jane M Sawyer, www.morguefile.com

As you can imagine, I’m a big proponent of creating a vision for your life and then setting specific goals to fulfill that vision. Statistics overwhelmingly enforce the power of goal-setting.

Yet after years of failing to achieve simple New Year’s Resolutions, the majority of the population has given up on goal setting.

Why?

Well…there’s many reasons, such as setting goals that aren’t specific (“get in shape”), not giving the goal a deadline (“learn a new language” great…but when?), not making it measurable (“fall in love”), etc.

But one of the biggest reasons that people fail to achieve their goals is simply this: they forget them.

The solution?

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Three Reasons You Must Succeed

Both of my grandpa’s smoked. One of them died of a heart attack when I was four, and I essentially never got to know him. The other overcame his addiction and I was privileged to know him well into my twenties. He pursued success that mattered (in the area of his health) and his success had an impact on my life.

Your Success Matters

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My Best Advice On Productivity

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Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

There’s so many gadgets out there to help you be productive, such as software, apps, planners, and systems. But to be honest with you, I’ve found that I tend to use the gadgets as a way of re-shuffling my stuff rather than doing it (it’s a fun way to procrastinate).

Yet productivity is incredibly simple. All it comes down to simply knowing what needs to get done and then…

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The Art of the Start

The Art of the Start

Start. Just…start.

For the love of your family and your future…start.

You won’t regret starting, I promise. Even if you quit, it’s still better to start than to do nothing. God loves steering people, but you have to get moving.

The Art of the Start

You can either move mountains or make excuses. Your choice. Just don’t say things like…

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