Month: April 2011

Quitting is more about who you are than where you are.

This post is written by John Maxwell, for more blog postings by him click on his link in the blogroll section of this site.

Back in December, I wrote about the importance of starting well. In the comments, many people agreed with me, but they also pointed out the critical nature of continuing after you start. They were right. Like I said at the time, starting and finishing are the two covers of the book. The main part – the pages – represents the day-to-day labor needed to achieve your goal.

Unfortunately, in many ways starting is the easy part. Ralph Waldo Emerson observed, “The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.”

What about you? Are you merely a starter? When the enthusiasm for a new idea fades, when the passion cools, when the odds against you increase and the results diminish, when it looks as if success is impossible, will you maintain your intensity and keep going? Are you tenacious?

Consider the fact that Admiral Robert Peary attempted to reach the North Pole seven times before he succeeded. Oscar Hammerstein produced five shows that were flops on Broadway before staging Oklahoma, which had a record-breaking run of 2,212 performances. Thomas Edison failed in his attempt to create a workable lightbulb 10,000 times before creating one that finally worked. To achieve your dream, you need to be able to keep going when others quit.

To develop tenacity, keep in mind that…

Quitting is more about who you are than where you are.

Everyone faces difficulty when working toward a dream. And if someone fails, he can make excuses for what went wrong, how the unexpected happened, how someone let him down, how circumstances worked against him.

But the reality is that the external things do not stop people. Those who achieve their dreams don’t have an easier path than those who do not. They just have a different internal attitude about the journey. The great artist Leonardo da Vinci once declared, “Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed on a star does not change his mind.”

The one who achieves the dream sees the journey differently.
Instead of thinking, “Not enough people believe in me. I’ll never make it,” he says,

“My belief in myself is enough; I can make it.”

Instead of, “It’s taking too long to realize my dream,” she reminds herself,

“Dreams are realized one day at a time.”

Rather than, “Enough is enough! I’ve taken enough hits!” she declares,

“I’ve come too far to give up now.”

Instead of, “I don’t have the strength to hold onto my dream,” he tells himself,

“Hold on a little longer. The darkest hour comes just before the dawn.”

Novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe said, “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

And I love how H.E. Jensen expressed an achiever’s way of thinking: “The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn’t hear the referee.” The only real guarantee for failure is to stop trying.

So when things go wrong, when the obstacles seem too great, when the difficulties get to be too much, when your dream seems to be impossibly far away, your job is to simply keep going. If you stop, it won’t be because of what happens around you. It will be because of what happens in you. Choose to see things differently. Success is probably closer than you think. Just keep moving forward.

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Random Thursday

1. I have a birth certificate.  There are various things I have had to use it for.  It is in a secured location in my house.  At a moments notice I can go get it.  I also have a passport.

2.  Looking forward to Sunday….

3. My head is itching

4. We have my wife’s birth certificate in a protected location and can produce it with in 24 hours or less if we needed it.

5. I’m not a “birther”… just think its interesting.

6. I have a wedding this weekend…. looking forward to it.

7. “You’re going to miss this” is an eye opening song…. so true. And I do not like country!

8. My mom and dad have a copy of my birth certificate… and I am married and out of the house.

9. Looking over the sermon for Sunday.

10. The last random Thursday was very popular…

11. This is a “Love” sermon series summer?…. everyone seems to be doing a series on Love… I may have missed a memo.  Oh well… God has something else in-store for FBC, and I am looking forward to it!

12. I wonder if the ink has dried on the birth certificate?

13. There are flies in my office… they now have an appointed time to die.  I hope they had a prophet to declare their hours were numbered unless they repented.

14. Come to think of it Nicole and I had to present our birth certificates before they would give us our marriage license.

15. Those two flies.. their luck ran out.

16. So, if the birth certificate is a distraction from the real issues facing our country… why are we talking so much about it?

17. Listening to the Prince of Egypt Inspirational Album.

We Got Em!

Have you ever noticed that no one tries to take a pot shot at a loser.

For example – Apple – There is a headline today with the Apple Logo that says “This ones been a long time coming.”  They are saying FINALLY WE GOT EM!  But the article is rubbish, so they will have to try again.

Other  headlines…

Google Forgives Overstock – They are saying –  “We knew they were up to something… we got em, we spun the story and now they must forgive!”

Starbury and the 50 most overrated Stars in NBA History. They are saying – “not only are these people not who they were promoted as, they are also the worst ever.”

Bank Meltdown forces Eviction of Blameless Homeowner. – This one is the most ligament one in the bunch. A guy refinanced his house and the bank he refinanced with did not pay off his former mortgage company, so he faces eviction. Now that is bad, real bad. The title “Bank Meltdown” and the first line of the article “The grease fire that is the home mortgage business…” Says “Ha we told you those people who loaned you that money was bad, they were out to get you and take your homes.”  When in fact not all loan companies are bad and we the “debtor” are also responsible for getting into any loan, whether we can pay it or not.

We Got Em!

Often this game gets played in church.  Something happens and it gets blown out of proportion. People have been waiting and waiting for a “We Got Em!” moment.

I told you they were liberal! And you find out it has to do with musical instruments not theology.

I told you they were carnal! – And you find out the pastor in a moment of weakness said something he should not have said, has apologized and made it right.  But He is doomed from that point on.

They don’t care about women! – And you find out its not the church doesn’t care about women they just do not feel lead to have a certain type of women’s ministry.

That church doesn’t care about its members! And you find out the church loves its members, wants them to fulfill the great commission and make disciples, there are new people coming into the church as a result and things are changing.

The Bible says, we… the Children of God, have won the war.  That means we’re on top and now we have a enemy that is out to get us, and he will use any method or person he can…

We just need to make sure he doesn’t use us…

and that takes prayer.

BTW – The Apple commercials, as funny as they are are based on the We Got Em! Principle.

BTW – there is nothing going on that prompted this posting…. so rest, be at ease. I was just reading through some headlines and had these thoughts…. nothing more.

The way you talk…

Peter has followed Jesus, from Gethsemane to Caiaphas’ court room.  As he stands there with a group of people, people from various walks in life, he is approached for a third time and here is what they say…

You really are one of them! Look… the way you talk makes it obvious! (Matthew 26:73)

The way you talk.

So what does Peter do?  He changes the words he has been using and speaks words that no follower of Christ would use. “Then he began to curse and swear… I do not know the man.”( Matthew 26:74)  He uses his words to show he is not a follower of Christ.

Because the way you talk makes a connection.

Does your speech make it obvious you are a follower of Christ?

FREE Cat – for a limited time.

Yep, there she sits… a cat that isn’t mine.

Not sure how long she has been there but it has been a while.  She is sleeping, in the shade under a wooden bench.

(Of course I am not looking close enough to tell if it is a girl.)

Now, I do not like cats.  Just not my thing.  If you have a cat that is ok with me, but if we owned one that would bother me.

I just hope this one hasn’t laid down to die.

Last year we had something die in our backyard while we were on vacation. Some say it was a rabbit, others say it was a cat, and the accurate ones say it was a skunk.

All that aside… what we do know is when we arrived back home from the beach the house stunk and all that was left of the varmint was bones.  I buried the bones in the flower bed in the corner of our backyard.

Now I do not like cats, but I do not mind if this one takes a nap on my deck.   However I do mind if it dies there.

So… FREE – Yard Trained Cat – only available for a limited time.

So if you want a cat… let me know.  If she is still here when you arrive you can have her.