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Because we can

Here is a Section from a hillsong blog by Catherine Thambiratnam called Because We Can.

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BECAUSE is all about the need, there are so many “BECAUSES” in this world. “BECAUSE” represents the injustices towards humanity, and there are many. BECAUSE represents our cause, our mandate and our purpose.

WE is intentional. We believe in the collective action of a people united in love and a just cause. “WE” is inclusive, it tells a story of unity and of people choosing to put their strength and resource behind a BECAUSE that is bigger than what one individual can respond to.

CAN is simply that there needs to be no other reason to get involved apart from because it is possible, within our reach; because we are able to help and contribute no matter how small or large. Because We CAN.

When we see injustice we often say “someone should do something” Because We Can says “and that someone might as well be me”.

The church does not need any other reason to move into action. We are called to love people and that love is not a sitting back and saying come to us but a going out and pursuing people. There is a need and it is for people to take responsibility as the church and stand up and fight for the people it is built for. Let’s stop saying someone should do something. God is showing us that something needs to be done because he wants us to say “That someone might as well be me.”. Let’s change the world because we can.

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The First Step to Success in ANY Endeavor!

I walked into a small business yesterday ran by two women under the age of 21. They have great products and a great location and the best part was they had great prices. I was happy with my purchase and felt as though I made a friend with the owner when I had left. On the way home I told my wife how I thought they could become an extremely successful business and she informed me that they, in most circles, already are a success. Thinking back on my experience I believe what surprised me most is how young they where.

So what does all of this mean for us?

When we meet the elusive character we call opportunity most of us stop thinking logically. We instead pull out a list that we have been keeping since we were kids of reasons we can’t accept opportunities challenge. The list usually looks like this.

I have kids, I am to old, I don’t have the money, I could never do something like that, The risk is to high, I wouldn’t be successful, I am busy, I have to much debt, I am to young, I don’t have a degree, It could never happen for me, I have a degree and can’t waste it, I have tried that before and it didn’t work, The economy is to bad, I already have a job, etcetera.

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So what separates those who are successful and those who are safe? Napoleon Hill has this great quote

“If you think you are beaten, you are, If you think you dare not, you don’t If you like to win, but you think you can’t, it is almost certain you won’t. If you think you’ll lose, your lost For out of the world we find, Success begins with a fellows will– It’s all in the state of mind. If you think you are outclassed, you are, You’ve got to think high to rise, You’ve got to be sure of yourself before you can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man, but soon or late the man who wins is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!”

Let’s throw the old list out. Make a new list of reasons I can and need to. Fill yourself up on stories of others who have captured opportunity and persevered through failure to join the ranks of those who are in the club of the successful. These two girls started by thinking right. They started by believing they CAN. And that is all it takes for you to start your journey as well.

What would you try if you believed you couldn’t fail?

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Keep it simple or …….

Have you ever found yourself trying to help someone by giving them all the information that you can at one time. How did that work out for you? The person seemed interested then slowly started saying they were going to start but never got around to doing anything?
Dont feel bad you are far from alone. It had happened to me at least a thousand times. So what do you do to fix the problem?

Make it simple and keep it there.

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When we are given too many choices or too much information we become indecisive. So make it simple. Clear cut goals and steps to get there make it easy to get into action. And let’s be honest getting moving is the hardest part. Taking that first step seems impossible but once in motion momentum takes over. I have to remind myself KISS and I don’t mean the band.

So if the goal is to help someone by getting them on the right track and going, don’t overdo it on the information. Reproduction in business or in discipleship or any other area is a long process where each step builds off of the last one. So Keep It Simple! Just give them enough information to make a decision then enough to take the first step.

The gospel is simple. “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.” Colossians 1:21 Then
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. So what that means for us is:
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Romans 10:9-11.

If you want to see the church grow rapidly keep it simple. When you add to the gospel you lift up yourself instead of Christ and put stumbling blocks in the way of those who could run with the message. You don’t need a seminary degree to share the gospel. Jesus picked a prostitute to be the messenger to the Samaritans. Everyone who believes is qualified. So help them get moving and trust the Holy Spirit. C.T. Studd said it like this “How little chance the Holy Ghost has nowadays. The churches and missionary societies have so bound him in red tape that they practically ask Him to sit in a corner while they do the work themselves.”

Don’t make it harder than it is!

What is the best way once we have made it simple to keep it simple?

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No means not right now

In sales there are a lot of NO’s! And some people can’t take them so they don’t pursue a carrier in sales. I want to encourage you to keep going. For if you don’t quit you will reap your reward. If NO is the reason you are getting discouraged let me shine some light on the word and hopefully take some sting out of it.

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There are a lot of good reasons to say NO. So don’t let someone’s no discourage you. It is not a personal rejection of you and sometimes it’s not even a rejection of your product it is simply No not right now. Here is a list of some good reasons to say No. and what those NO’s mean

1. No- I don’t have the money but instead of saying that I say NO

2. No- I don’t think I need that product or service. (on this one you haven’t sharing with them why they need your product or service. You tried to close the sale before you thought about what is in their best interest)

3. No- I haven’t talked to my spouse yet and they will kill me if I spend this much money without asking first. But I will never tell you this so to you I say NO

4. No- I have medical issues and need to check with my doctor.

5. No- I have an emergency going on and I can’t focus or think about it right now.

6. No- I have been “burned” before and have never heard of your company/product so until I am comfortable with them NO.

The list can go on but I believe that is adequate enough to get the point across. No is not a personal rejection. Sometimes all it means is I’m not comfortable sharing why I am saying no so all you get is a simple no. No just means not righ now. I couldn’t tell you the number of times I have heard NO from someone who then turns around 1hr 1wk or 1yr later and say Yes. So here is a few tips.

Don’t be offended or upset.

Don’t ruin the eventual Yes by being a jerk when you hear No.

Act as if you don’t know the meaning of the word NO! (This is my kids personal favorite. I can tell them no 1k times and they will still be smiling asking expecting me to do what they want.)

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4 steps to selling (skip one and you’ll be the pushy guy everyone avoids)

Everyone is in sales. If you have ever asked someone on a date, gave advice, lead a group etcetera you are in sales. If you are a spouse, parent, friend or mentor you are in sales. Now that we all know we are in sales We need to know the process to follow to keep from being the pushy guy everyone avoids.

There is a 4 step process to selling/buying. When you have all of the steps you will not be pushy but if you skip a step you will be. And in following these steps you decrease the amount of NO’s you get because you don’t finish the last step until you have dealt with the issues that would make them say no.

1. Qualification (Customer needs my product/service and has the resources to pay for it)

2. Build rapport (Builds relationship in order to serve customer. It has to be about them. Meeting their needs)

3. Teach (Educate customer on product/service why they need it and how it is in their best interest. Sales is about serving others in a way that meets their needs)

4. Close (The customer is in a position to buy your product/service, you have found out that it meets their needs, you have communicated to them your thoughts and feelings of your product and how it meets their needs and after all of that you can ask for the sale.)

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If you skip any of these steps it makes you pushy and when you push you will get a NO. So take the time to make sure you go through every step with someone. And Ask for the sale. If you believe in the product and believe that it is in the best interest of the customer to buy then don’t hesitate when it comes to the close (asking for the sale).

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Why I don’t share the Gospel

Why I don’t share the Gospel.

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Are we contributing to the Average?

We hear all the time it is the people who go against the flow who make a difference. It is the people who do something different who rise above mediocrity. Even last night while watching The Lorax (great movie by the way) with my kids you hear things like. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better – it’s not.” And, “It’s not about what it is, Its about what it can become.”

I think we all know that statements like that are true. We have the results of peoples lives that prove these things but the pressure to be normal the pressure to go with the flow is huge. The pressure to do things the way everyone else says is good enough and the way everyone else is doing them can can drive you to lead a mediocre life. If you havent proven to yourself or had it proven to you that a different way of thinking creates different results, then you will likely default back to that normal way of thinking. That results in living average lives.

If you are doing what everyone else is doing if your thinking what everyone else is thinking then you are doing and thinking something wrong. The thing is everyone else doesn’t make the money that you want to make. They are not doing what you want to do. They are not creating the kind of kids and the kind of life that you want. If you are doing what everyone else is doing then by definition you are only contributing to the average. Do you want to be average? No!
Nobody wants to get to the end of their life and say well I created an average life.
“We want people to be amazed at our kids. We want people to be amazed at how much we give. We want people to be in awe of the lives we live. Not because we want to be admired. But because they are inspired to greater giving and to greater service to other people by what they see you do. You want people to be in awe of your life not for any pat on the back that you get but because it will inspire them to think outside of average, to think in a different way.” Andy Andrews.

So if you want to live that kind of life you can’t fold into the pressure of the average. You have to be different think different and live different than everyone else.

It is harder to go up stream but so worth it. It will take a lot more effort than the ordinary to live extraordinary.

Will we contribute to the average?
It’s your choice.

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Please leave a comment: What are some things that you do different that separates you or will seperate you from the average? What is the best advice you can give someone wanting to rise above the average.

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