Happy New Year!!!
Let’s start 2018 with Christ in our minds and hearts as we glorify Him by living for Him in everything we do. Living with an eternal perspective encourages us to live with purpose.
If you want to make a change this year and need a resolution, think of the word “perseverance”. With perseverance comes consistency, and with consistency comes commitment. When you stay committed, you will see success towards achieving your goals. This year, persevere through every goal and every task as you live for Him.
There are two types of people in this world. There are those who live to succeed and there are those who live to survive.
Which one are you?
Living to survive is living without purpose, meaning there is nothing to live for but the next day. No goals in sight, no vision and no dream, nothing but the daily toils that lead to nowhere.
Every day should be a new stepping stone toward a larger picture, but if there is nothing to look forward to, then every day you leave yourself stranded on the same stone.
Living to succeed is living with a purpose to achieve the things in your life you grind for everyday with ambitious intentions that lead to greater life results.
Challenge yourself every day in some way, and watch the transformation.
Quality Effort (QE) is a combination of two important elements: understanding and attempting to perfect the little things. These two elements combined together bring your execution to a whole new level. QE is about being diligent toward every task by maximizing effort.
Let’s define these terms, quality and effort. I define quality as high-grade excellence and something as being superior. I define effort as the output of mental and or physical energy under a determined mindset. That’s a lot to swallow but I don’t see effort any other way.
The first element I mentioned is understanding: applying thought into everything involved as you perform a single task. Everything from the most immediate impact to how it affects other tasks and your ultimate goals. As you look at a complicated piece of equipment like a car engine for example, the engineer that built it understands every moving part and its purpose. If you have a vision and a dream that you want to achieve, you have to understand every task that is involved and its purpose. When you put purpose behind what you want to achieve, you put value into achieving goals. Just as the engineer knows how valuable every moving part is to the engine for its success, you need to apply the same approach toward tasks and goals.
As you begin to understand everything involved toward your success, its time to focus on the small achievements. Perfecting the smallest efforts means to perfect every little element to the BEST of your ability. If you keep applying your best effort, then you keep raising the bar for even better effort the next time around. Quality effort maximizes your ability to achieve goals during execution. Some people beat themselves up over the word perfect or perfection. They say “well no one can ever be perfect”. That is right! But, this does not mean you can’t strive for perfection by attempting everything you do with the best of your abilities. Striving is a part of the quality. It’s not about being perfect, its about attempting perfection!
Fear is a common emotion which has the power to crush your dreams, take you captive, and imprison you by turning your thoughts and feelings against you. Fear is stressful, debilitating, weakening, discouraging, and produces nothing but negativity toward your plans, your execution, and your commitment. It is an emotional prison. You can see everything outside, but you can’t experience or feel it and cannot touch it. It is the worst because you can see your dreams right in front of you but fear has you trapped within its boundary. What makes fear so difficult to deal with? I don’t have the answer for everyone but the key to getting out of this cage is right in your hand. The problem is that most people do not know how to use the key. A simple key moves in two directions, left or right to lock or unlock. Your key is the decision you make to either face it or not to face it. For most of us it is a process because fears are powerful and we can experience some very uncomfortable feelings when dealing with them. The best way to grow out of fear is to experience the inevitable over and over again. The more you experience the more you grow. Through growth, you are expanding your comfort zone. It’s basically winning a territorial battle by taking back territories that were consumed by fear.
Be strong and take courage! Don’t let fear keep you from your potential.