May 23, 2019

Be Mindful of Little Increments Forward! Always Be a Progressionist!

I want to apologize to those on my list for the break in receiving my daily blog. I was writing a number of articles to cover the time of my hospital stay after surgery, when an unexpected set of circumstances sent my life into a tail spin. On the morning of May 15th, the day ahead of my surgery I came to the realization that my catheter had become blocked. The trip to the hospital allowed me to experienced levels of pain that made the surgery a play in the park. Thus no extra articles were written.

I am so thankful for nurse Stephanie in the emergency room at Toronto General Hospital. She was like an angel in a time of great need. Not only did she address the physical challenge, but celebrated with a short dance and a hug when the pressure had been relieved. Words of encouragement and high fives throughout the day meant so much. She also pushed for the emergency doctor to contact my surgical team, who in the end agreed to let me stay in the hospital overnight. This alleviated much stress for our family. Thank you God for Stephanie who stood in the gap for us.

The surgery proceeded as scheduled and was three and a half hours in length. I am grateful to the team of doctors and those who assisted through that successful procedure. I was sent home on the Saturday May 18th and sat at the back of the church for the service the next day. Your prayers and support made this possible. Thank you.

I will not go into a lot of the details, but the doctors are talking about a six week recovery process and then will talk about what lies ahead. As I write this article it will be a week since the surgery. I will admit it has been a long week and I have not been on top of my game every second of the time. However, I suspect my progress has been significant when everything is considered. The fact that I am writing this on my computer, having climbed the 16 steps to get to the office is an important milestone. Having not had any pain killers since I left the hospital is allowing my body to detox and my mind to begin to be less foggy. This is important for me. So much to be grateful for.

While is article is more of an update on my progress. There is one very powerful thought I want to leave you with. Thank you Joel Bauer for this training tip. I am seeking to understand at greater depths, as I apply this practical and important concept to my recovery process: “I am a progressionist.” Finding the little things that reveal forward movement, and improvement, even an inch at a time, is extremely important. There have been many of these “inches”this week that give me hope and strength to keep on going. Be mindful of little increments forward! Always be a Progressionist!

May 17, 2019

Express a Positive Spirit Wherever You Are Present! It Matters!

Whether you are a speaker, preacher, teacher, trainer, closer, life coach or anyone who deals with people there is something you ought to know. Oh, by the way this applies to parents and children as well. This principle has an incredible impact on your life and you have the choice as to how you will deal with it. To we aware of this principle is an important part of achieving a positive outcome.

When you walk into a room you bring an energetic presence with you. It does not matter if there is one person, or a whole group of people, your energetic presence and intention will set a tone for the connection and communication that will transpire. If there is tentativeness, reluctance, frustration, worry, arrogance, or enthusiasm, calmness, confidence conviction, humility, it will be reflected back to you.

In Joel Bauer’s mentoring process it is much more than learning some tactical marketing, or presentation techniques. It is also about learning who you are and how you can best express who you are in an unforgettable way to those you come in contact with. Access to this knowledge is life changing for you and those who come across your path.

Dean del Sol, in his book, “Shift Your Thinking” writes, In a world of too many words and too much content, people aren’t moved by the words we say as much as by who we’re being and how convicted we are with our words. . . . the value can never be found in our content or our delivery alone; the value reveals itself in our authenticity, conviction and how much we genuinely want those in the room to benefit from what we have to say.”

Much is transmitted not by our words, but energetically through our perceived passion and commitment for the benefit of others. Express a positive spirit wherever you are present! It matters!

May 16, 2019

Your Mission: Love God, Love Others and Love Yourself!

By the time most of you will read this my surgery will be over and my road to recovery will have begun. I am trusting you will not take this day, or any day for granted. The present moment you have is a gift. Live it as such and passionately pursue your purpose and destiny. It does not matter whether you are closer to the beginning of your journey on this plain of existence, or nearer the end. You still have the rest of your life to live. So live it to the full. As I wrote in yesterday’s article, seek to continuously grow in every area your life. Do not become complacent, make a difference in the lives of others and this world. You owe it to yourself and others to be the best version of you possible.

I will keep this short today. Say YES to the relationship with God, through His Son Jesus, the Messiah. Live your life fully committed to Him and in so doing He will guide your path to be who you were created to be.

Your mission: Love God, love others and love yourself. (Luke 10:27).

May 15, 2019

Determine to Enhance Your Personal Growth Daily! Take Action Now!

Charles F. Haanel begins his book, “The Master Key System” with these words, “Nature compels us all to move through life. We could not remain stationary however much we wished. Every right-thinking person wants not merely to move through life like a sound producing, perambulating plant, but to develop – to improve – and to continue the development mentally to the close of physical life.

This development can occur through the improvement of the quality of individual thought and the ideals, actions and conditions that arise as a consequence. Hence a study of the creative processes of thought and how to apply them is of supreme importance to each one of us.”

The call to continual growth is an inherent element within us, however many people make choices which stunt or even halt their ability to grow. Whether deliberately, or by ignorance and neglect allow their seed of life to fall on the hard path, rocky soil, or amongst all the weeds, rather than on good soil where it can produce an abundant harvest (Matthew 13).

Jesus set the example for us. We read in Luke 2:52, “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.” He knew the importance and value of Proverbs 1:7 which tells us, “Moral reverence for Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and disciple.”

Growth comes when we are connected to God, the Source of all perfection. At the same time we must develop the disciplines that allow growth to take place. A long time friend and peer recently shared the following on Face Book, “I am taking a look at the impressive life and writings of Clarke Pinnock late of Regent College and McMaster University.

Of this significant theologian it was written In Christianity Today upon his passing… ‘he was reputed to study carefully, think precisely, argue forcefully, and shift his positions willingly if he discovered a more fruitful pathway of understanding.’

If that could be said of anyone in their pursuit of truth that would, I think, be sufficient!”

I am reminded of a thought from one of my mentors who suggested we consider whether we are building out years of experience, or simply spending an increasing number of years doing the same thing over and over, resulting in only one year of experience.

Determine to enhance your personal growth daily! Take action now!

May 14, 2019

Faith or Fear? Which Side of the Coin Do You Choose?

What do you fear? Charles Capps in his book, “The Tongue: A Creative Force,” writes, Fear is the reverse gear of faith. Fear is produced by believing wrong things. Fear is faith in the enemy’s ability.” Are the outcomes in your life the product of fear, or faith? Matthew records the words of Jesus in his gospel 12:35, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”

The universal law of attraction, like attracts like is true, whether in the quantum field or the spiritual realm. Fearful words will attract an abundance of fear. Faith filled words will attract more faith into your life. Choose your words carefully. It really does matter!

Every day you face a coin toss, or coin flip, and you must choose whether you will respond with faith or fear. You choice will dictate your outcomes. Bob Proctor says,”Faith and fear both demand you believe in something you cannot see!” This comes as a surprise to some people. If they knew making a faith choice was just as easy as a fear choice, perhaps they might be willing to choose faith more often.

Fear has a whole range of family behaviours. They include disbelief, worry, and anxiety. These expressions in our life run in a neural, emotional network-like rut that takes us deeper and deeper down a hole that can feel like a bottomless pit for some people. The challenge and bondage of such a position is it must be addressed much like an addiction in order to be overcome.

Faith on the other hand brings you into alliance with the fruit of the Spirit, which includes, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). I personally think this is a much better family clan of behaviours to be associated with, how about you?

Faith or fear? Which side of the coin do you choose?