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The Power of Perception

 

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One day a man finds himself in a dark room. He searches tirelessly for the light switch to no avail. To make matters worse, there appears to be somebody else in the room. His heart skips a beat. As he takes a step, so does the image. Perspiration begins to flow freely down his petrified face. In utter desperation, he cries out, “who is there”? But silence greets him. Finally, about six feet away from the image is the light switch. As fast as he can, he flips the switch. In an instant, there he is staring back at himself in the mirror.

Indeed, things are not always exactly like they first appear.

How we perceive a thing will determine its size and the kind of threat it poses.

Two men go to a junk yard. One sees useless metal pieces, the other sees a spare parts business.

So what do you see?

“Perception travels half way around the world before reality gets out of bed”

Perception determines response; response determines outcome.

Have you ever noticed two people tackling a similar problem? One proceeds effortlessly while the other struggles. Have you then noticed the previously struggling individual tackle another problem effortlessly. He shrinks from the first problem because he has been programmed to see it as impossible. He confronts the next problem fearlessly because he is more familiar with it.

What dilemma have you found yourself in lately? Are you about to make a major decision, one you have never made before? Are you getting married? Are you starting a new job? Are you about to take a difficult exam? Are you launching out into a ministry? Or are you starting a business?

Regardless of what it is, life can seem overwhelming from time to time.

Isn’t it true that every day we are presented with opportunities to make decisions that may affect major parts of our lives? For many of us, we feel like we are in a dark room. We cannot find the light switch. So we proceed cautiously. We are sweating mentally, and our hearts are crying out, “who is there”? Our fears are further compounded as no answer seems to come. Then we open the Word of God. The lights come on, and there is the object of our fears staring us right in the face.

For the most part, it is not really the decision that makes us fearful. We doubt our capabilities to make the right ones. So we encourage others to take leaps of faith, while we tremble to take steps of our own.

In many cases, it is all in our minds!

Every one of us is faced with complicated circumstances in life. In most cases they appear complicated because we have never faced them before. So our natural inclination is to react instead of respond.

Response suggests that an assessment of the situation has been made. It is while assessing the situation that we realize that other people have faced similar situations, and survived to tell the story. More importantly, God is on our side. There is therefore hope in our case.

There is nothing in life beyond the power of God’s Word! There is nothing we have faced or will face that supersedes the power of God.

It is time for every one of us to come to a higher level. We must cease to view life from a mere human perspective. When we gain God’s perspective on any issue, suddenly, we realize that it is not as bad as it first appeared.

 

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Practical Tips on Changing The Way You Think.

 

 

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As a man thinks in his heart so is he- The Bible

In the past few weeks our posts have focused on the power of your thoughts and how thoughts shape lives. If you have not done so already, I encourage you to read: Change your thoughts, change your life and The power of selfless thinking.
Think about this scenario:

You car needs an oil change,  you take it in to an auto repair shop. The mechanic  drains the old oil and put in fresh oil. What  would you think if he opens the engine and pour in new oil without draining the old oil?

The human mind operates the same way. To change the way you think, you need to stop feeding on the wrong information and start feeding on the right one

1. Stop feeding your heart with the wrong information: To change the way you think the first step is to check what you read, watch or listen to. Spend time looking through your iTunes song list and delete some songs from your list. I once heard someone recount his experience listening to a song over the radio, the song had a very nice upbeat music to it but the words repeatedly said: “..you are a loser, you are a loser, baby you are a loser”. Critically look through your collection of books, music, videos and ask the important question: “do they add value to me or not?” If they do not, it is time to get rid of them. Remember the car analogy I made earlier, you have to drain the old oil before adding the fresh oil. The first step is to stop feeding on the wrong material.

 

2. Feed you heart with the right information: Now that you have drained out the old oil, start pouring in the clean fresh oil. It is necessary to start the process of renewing your mind which only comes by feeding on the right information.Start reading inspiring books and I will start by recommending the most inspiring book I have ever read till date: The Bible. No matter the topic you are seeking inspiration or encouragement on the Bible has it covered. I love reading and I have read after most of the world renowned authors on the subject of personal development and success strategies. One thing I found out is that all the principles described in these books take their root from the bible, some authors refer to it others do not. If your are looking for trusted life changing principles, I will confidently refer you to the Bible.  There are several inspiring books  you can read, books such as : As a man thinketh by James Allen or How to stay motivated by Zig Ziglar. Search for resources that add value to you and add them to your collection.  Consciously feed your spirit with the right information. You will not only change the way you think, you will completely change your life.

 

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Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

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As a man thinks in his heart so is he- The Bible

A friend once resigned from her job to open her own pharmacy, it has always been her dream. Starting out was quite challenging but she never gave up. Several years later, she opened the second pharmacy and more recently she opened the third. If you ask my friend why she succeeded in business she will tell you: 1. She believed she could be successful in business. 2. She persevered when everything around her was trying to prove her wrong. Thinking about her journey, I could not help reflecting on the power of thoughts

If you think you can do a thing or you think you can’t, you are right”- Henry Ford.

Have you ever set out to carry out a task you were sure you could accomplish but turned out to be more rigorous than expected?  Did you give up or persevere? If you persevered, why do you think you persevered? Could it be because you believed you can get the job done? Your thoughts are powerful and  so are words . Interestingly there is a connection between the two. Whatever you believe will shape your world, if you believe that you will be successful you will be.  Your words flow from the abundance of thoughts in your heart.  Once you start thinking about something, it is just a matter of time you will start talking about it.

Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.-David Joseph Schwartz

Have you ever had anyone in your life that believes in you and speaks positively into your life? The person might say something like you are an amazing speaker, at first you might dismiss the comment. If  this compliment is repeated a few more times you start believing it. Your confidence gets a good boost, and you start talking about it. If you carefully think back you will realize there are several instances when this principle has played out for you .  The way you think, affects what you say, how you act and ultimately shapes your reality. If you do not like the way things are with you change the way you think. Free yourself to think  and think big

You have to think anyway so why not think big? – Donald Trump

Action Plan: Start paying attention to how you think and what you spend time thinking about.  Carefully guard your thoughts and start thinking big.

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Enrich Your Life…Give!

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We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.  – Sir Winston Churchill

I was recently captivated by the story of Ronald Read, a Vermont gas station attendant and janitor who amassed an $8 million personal fortune. Upon his death at age 92, Read bequeathed $6 million to his local hospital and library. In my book, that janitor is a class act!

Stories like Read’s remind us that the quality of our life’s work is better measured by our contribution, rather than our accumulation. Giving is a proven way to make a difference. Chuck Feeney is a visionary philanthropist who has given away billions of dollars in his lifetime. Chuck said, “I see little reason to delay giving when so much good can be achieved through supporting worthwhile causes today.” Through his example, Chuck has inspired others to embrace the philosophy of “giving while living.”

Giving is not the sacred preserve of the billionaires or multi-millionaires. Anyone with a generous spirit can make a difference through giving. You enrich people’s lives and you enrich your own life as well. If you’re waiting to amass a fortune before considering giving, you’re waiting too long. Start from where you are. Start with what you have.

Do you have a giving plan? Giving is such a noble act but for maximum impact, giving must be intentional. Consider the following elements of a well-formulated giving plan:

How much will you give? Think not just in absolute dollar terms. The spirit of generosity is aptly measured in proportion to your means. What proportion of your income will you give to enrich others and your community? A lot of people track their income tax bracket. Do you know your giving bracket? Aim to increase the level of your giving relative to your income.

When will you start giving and how frequently? Consistency in giving is key. Don’t wait to make the big splash donation when you reap some financial windfall. Who knows if and when that’s coming? Give regularly, say from every pay check, and you’ll be surprised how much this will amount to over time.

What cause(s) will you support with your giving? Peter Karoff, chairman and founder of The Philanthropic Initiative said, “the alignment of one’s passion to one’s giving is often elusive but worth the search. The reward is that your gifts become the best possible articulation of your values, your belief systems, and at the same time, become a direct link to those issues within the communities and societies that you deem of greatest significance.”

Getting is important and it pays to enhance your earning power. After all, you can’t give what you don’t have. That said, don’t just make money, make a difference. Get a life … Give!

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