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.
A reminder to those who are vigilant and awake!
An important feature of the Framework to Life and what will be an integral part of the content of the book is character. Character is important because it makes up who we are as beings and what people see on the outside. Most important, it is what God sees in our hearts as we live for Him.
Achieving success as you live for God’s purpose is no easy task and requires certain qualities. Qualities such as strength, courage, and perseverance are easy and quick to remember when you are talking about achieving success. The qualities I am referring to, however, are those of conduct which a lot of people tend forget about during times of struggle or in the heat of the moment. Most of the time life can get so busy that we easily forget about God’s Word and how He wants us to conduct ourselves. The more time we spend away from scripture, the more we separate ourselves from Christ. When I went through the Armor of God series last year, I mentioned that the only weapon we have is God’s Word which the Apostle Paul referred to as the Sword of the Spirit. Just like any sword used for battle, knowledge of God’s Word must be maintained and sharpened consistently. Our mind is what takes the knowledge of God’s Word in, before it is inscribed into the tablets of our hearts. Having consistent knowledge of His Word will keep us sharpened so we do not forget the principle values that we must strive to live by every day.
For this article I am listing a segment of scripture that relates to Godly character and conduct as a reminder for all of us. Everyone knows the fruits of the Spirit which Paul presented in Galatians 5. If you have not read Galatians 5 then I highly recommend you sharpen your sword over Paul’s words. Also read Colossians 3 for extra sharpening of character.
The segment I want to discuss is coming from the Old Testament in the Book of Psalms. Particularly Psalm 15 which is titled “A Psalm of David”. This Psalm is about a person’s character as they dwell with the Lord. As you walk with the Lord throughout your life, do you exhibit the kind of character He wants you to project to the world? By looking at the character traits written in this Psalm, most of us can say, this looks pretty simple. But, think about how you conduct yourself during times of hardships and struggle. Do these character traits suddenly get thrown out the window?
I simplified each character trait from chapter 15 for easy reference and mixed in three different versions: NKJV, NIV, and ESV. When I read scripture I normally go through different translations to get a better understanding of God’s Word. Read through these traits below and ask yourself if this is how you conduct yourself as a child of God. If not then lets get to work. For me personally, I can say I have my weaknesses and I also have work to do.
Look at each character trait listed below and think of a recent time where you might have failed to meet one of the standards listed. Also, think about a time where you feel you exhibited this character. Its good to study God’s Word so we can see where we may fall short and see where our strengths are when it comes to personal conduct.