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3 Actions That Turbo-Charge Your Life

Written by Les Dahl on May 5th, 2016. Posted in Peace, Sage's Scroll

Balance on Rock

 

F-E-A-R has two meanings:

‘Forget Everything And Run’

or

‘Face Everything And Rise.’

The choice is yours.”

Zig Ziglar

 

The desire to be powerful—to overcome fear—is embedded deep in the human soul. Made in our Creator’s image, we are gifted with power—the capacity to responsibly manage the earth and to creatively resolve personal issues.

Personal empowerment is like a flame. The embers of its fire must be fanned and kept ablaze. Like a seed, it must be nurtured if we would taste its satisfying fruit.

 

3 Turbo-Charging Actions That Empower

 

 

1. Tweak – “improve by making fine adjustments”

 

Personal empowerment rests on health, work-life balance and relationships. Without proper attention to these, our power to deal effectively with situations and people is compromised. The capacity to make transforming choices is not achieved by overhauling but by tweaking.

 

Small steps made consistently form new habits,

and new habits change old outcomes.

 

Instead of a crash diet to improve health, replace just one bad eating habit. A healthy lifestyle is exactly that, a style of living that is cultivated over time.

Similarly, just one “fine adjustment” to priorities at work (or at home) can dispel unnecessary stress.

Something as simple as smiling, listening attentively, or saying “thank you” can transform relationships.

 

2. Retool – “adapt or alter to make more useful or suitable”

 

The measure of personal empowerment is affected by character and personality.

Character is your personal brand. It is who you are and what you stand for defined by your values.

Personality is how you market yourself. It is how you represent yourself as you interact with others, the image you create by which you are identified.

 

When failure erodes self-confidence,

step back, identify the defect, and retool.

 

A flaw or a quirk can sabotage your success, undermine your resolve, jeopardize your command of situations and tarnish your relationships. Continual failure erodes self-confidence.

 

3. Re-calibrate – “adjust points of reference to take external factors into account”

 

To maintain optimum power, goals, perspective and attitude must be re-evaluated regularly and re-calibrated as necessary. The standard by which progress is measured and the points of reference by which our course is charted must come under the scrutiny.

  1. Does my standard truly reflect who I am becoming?
  2. Do my points of reference keep me on track?

 

Goals

Circumstances are designed to produce two outcomes.

(1) Experience which makes us wiser and stronger. Wiser—we don’t keep making the same mistakes because we learn from them. Stronger because we’ve been there, done that, so let’s move on to the next level.

(2) Clarity to see things as they really are. With distractions removed, we can see where we are heading and make the necessary adjustments to get there.

Jamaican reggae icon Jimmy Cliff says it well.

 

I can see clearly now the rain is gone.
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.
It’s gonna be a bright , bright sunshiny day.”

 

Perspective—

Under the pressures of work and of personal responsibilities we easily lose sight of the bigger picture. At work, our engaging tasks demand intense focus while at home, children and spouse demand consuming attention.

Exhausted and frustrated, we blame our family for our less-than-satisfactory performance at work, and we blame our job for the hopelessly dysfunctional performance at home.

The discontent brewing within will destroy us if we don’t take external factors into account, and make some necessary adjustments in perspective. Empowerment comes with a broad, positive perspective of work and home.

 

Oh, yes I can make it now the pain is gone.
All of the bad feelings have disappeared.
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for.
It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day.”

 

Attitude—

Sometimes when we’re going through hell, the ONLY thing we can control is our attitude—the way we think or feel about the situation.

When conditions are dark and overwhelming is not the time to think about goals. In that state, positive perspective is overshadowed by the encroaching storm. And I can tell you, there will be times when the storm is a Category 5 Hurricane.

Our experience of Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, left us with a sober regard for one the most devastating forces of nature. There is absolutely nothing you can do but wait it out and pray!

We have since gone through personal situations that rank Category 5. It has taken several years to recover from one such devastation. (I still have mental, emotional and spiritual scars from it!)

 

You might be saying at this point, “Wow. I’m not so sure I can do all that personal empowerment stuff. If only there was an app.”

Well, there’s something even simpler and better than an app, and it’s already embedded in you.

Say what?”

That’s right…simpler and better than an app…Your tongue!

The simplest, quickest and most effective way to tweak, retool and re-calibrate your life into turbocharge mode is to

 

(1) Speak positively about yourself as you acknowledge your strengths and weakness (which will in time also transform into strengths). Research shows that a person’s self-image is affected by the words used to talk about themselves.

 

(2) Use active words, especially about the future. Replace “I’m gonna try my best…” with “I will complete this task and I will do my best!”

 

(3) Most importantly, define your own space and your own identity with your own power words.

 

Failing in this, you relinquish personal power to others. They will clip your wings and confine you to a box, their box.

 

I urge you, don’t scratch in the dirt with the chickens. You were born to rise above the ordinary. Soar in the skies with the eagles. No limits!

 

Shalom

 

Wishful Thinking or Faith?

Written by Les Dahl on October 25th, 2014. Posted in Uncategorized

Prayer by stockimages

 

What is the difference between faith and wishful thinking?

The dictionary defines faith as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something”. Wishful thinking is “feeling or expressing strong desire or hope for something not easily attainable”.

The difference?

Complete trust and confidence vs feeling and strong desire.

But, isn’t feeling and strong desire part of faith?

Most certainly!

Sadly, ‘religion’ conditions us to exercise faith devoid of feeling and strong desire. Jesus referred to that when He said, “You worship Me with your lips, but your heart is far from Me”. (Mark 7:6 paraphrased) Our heart is not in it! Neither feeling nor strong feeling is attached.

Another difference. Wishful thinking sees the object of desire as something not easily attainable. Faith sees the same object with complete confidence, even though, in fact, it may be not easily attainable. Faith, however, dispels limiting beliefs lurking in the inner recesses of the heart, replacing them with complete trust.

How do we transition from wishful thinking which leaves us with unfulfilled pipe dreams to faith which moves mountains?

An important key is prophetic act–a simple action that seeds our mind and heart with confidence that grows, as we nurture it, into the manifestation of the very thing for which we hope.

The following story illustrates.

A severe drought held a small town in a stranglehold. Prayers were lifted toward heaven in hope of rain, but the heavens remained brass.

At a meeting of pastors and lay leaders, an elderly saint announced, “Two things prevent the answer to our prayers, faith and unity. We must urge our congregations to believe. United and sincere, our prayers will be answered.”

The elderly pastor proposed a date at which all the believers in the community would gather for united prayer. “I assure you,” he continued, “if we come together in faith and unity, no one will leave that prayer meeting without getting drenched!”

For the next weeks, sermons, Bible studies and prayer meetings throughout the community focussed on faith and unity.

On the designated day, believers from every denomination gathered on the community field for the special prayer meeting. Anxious faces, haggard from the affects of unbearable drought, turned to the podium as the service commenced.

Anticipation mounted as the elderly pastor rose to address the crowd. His eyes slowly scanned the men, women and children standing before him. A hush settled upon the multitude.

The sage’s countenance fell; he shook his head in dismay. “This will never work,” he muttered. “The rain will not come.”

The stunned crowd watched him turn and slowly leave the stage. In shock, the chairman of the meeting questioned, “But brother, don’t you see all are here united in purpose?”

“No,” sighed the seasoned saint, “It is true, they have all come hoping for the rain; but as I survey the crowd, not one has even brought a raincoat.”

A simple prophetic act initiates the process whereby wishful thinking is transformed into faith. Faith is that attitude in which we are “confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 CJB)