Turkey hunting isn't as easy as people might think since you see them all over the place. You have to wear a lot of camouflage and be really still since wild turkeys have great eye sight. With turkey hunting, you have to make a plan to try and put yourself in the best position for success. Many times it doesn't always work out.
If God were looking over your shoulder, would you be doing things differently?
Would you be going through the motions or are you consistently giving 100% in all you do?
Colossians 3:23 created a big shift in my mentality.
If you have been reading my emails lately, you'll notice they all incorporate a Bible passage meaningful to me. I was recently ordained as a minister and I believe in the power of scripture in every aspect of life. This is why I start my emails with a message for you.
Today's message is "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6
It never ceases to amaze me how we will meticulously take care of our automobiles but completely neglect our bodies.
Only to act surprised and shocked when our health takes a nosedive after years of filling our body with junk food while starving it of exercise and proper nutrition.
The body we have is the body we've earned.
Would you be surprised if your car quit running if you never changed the oil or took it in for a tune up?
"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth." Revelations 3:15-16
A lot of people deceive themselves thinking they are hot in pursuit of their fitness goals, when really they are lukewarm.
They have convinced themselves they are 100% committed, but their deeds prove otherwise.
I remember when Tracy our manager, was first training with me. She kept getting frustrated about not losing weight. But every time I looked in her food log, it was filled with soda crackers and she was washing them down with TAB.
"So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin." James 4:17
I work with a lot of people. So many of them know the right things to do, but they rarely do it. I hear it all the time - just like the scripture says.
I call it the "Should Syndrome."
Do you know the #1 way to smash a plateau?
The answer is really simple....GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY.
Having sat through hundreds of consultations with people who have hit plateaus, it has become very clear...
Most of the time the problem is not the plateau - it's you.
"The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." John 10:10
Life can steal your joy.
Age, injuries, stress, and mental health issues are all thieves of joy.
Your big "WHY" is important in EVERYTHING you do.
If it's not there, your motivation will only carry you so far. Eventually you will quit or backslide which leads to a mediocre life at best not the rich and satisfying life you deserve.
Here's a story of how knowing your "WHY" is essential if you want to see success.
In Numbers 25-31 we see fear preventing God's chosen people from entering the promised land.
Here's the story..
There are at least two significant moments where encouragement changed the course of my entire life.
"And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?" Mark 8:36.
A few years ago an old school friend of mine retired from a successful military career.
He told me he wanted to something with "real meaning and purpose." He had been disciplined with his finances plus had his military pension so he told me he did not some "big fancy corporate job."
I remember how excited he was to start the second chapter of his life pursuing significance instead of success.
Galatians 6:5 says "For each will have to bear his own load."
Simply put, this translates to personal responsibility. We are ALL responsible for ourselves, our actions, our emotions. Unfortunately, many of us continue to struggle with this.
"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
This is my favorite passage because I believe we can achieve great things but we sell ourselves short because we don't approach them the right way.
The other day I had an intense conversation with a close family member. Constant complaints and feeling sorry for self are on the forefront of their mind. It's always someone else's fault, excuse after excuse followed by blame after blame. They were acting as if they were "powerless" and playing the victim card. It was time for some tough love.
"Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them." Proverbs 26:12
This passage reminds me of one of my DIY projects that became an OMG project - all because of my foolishness.
Years ago I had a plumbing issue at one of my rental properties.
Since I had grown up working in a hardware store and have some basic plumbing knowledge, I thought "Why hire a plumber when I can fix this myself?"
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
This passage fuels me whenever I feel like quitting.
Being a type A fitness guy I set some aggressive fitness goals to end 2020 strong. I was on track to finish strong.
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