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What’s Ahead in 2014?

Written by Les Dahl on January 1st, 2014. Posted in Uncategorized

 

Shalom!

We are on the brink of 2014!  

Who knows what lies ahead?  

 

Personal experience,  study of the Bible, & wisdom of sages 

   have taught me. . . 

...my future is a creative partnership between myself and God.   

 

King David testifies of this creative partnership in Psalm 37:23-24.

   "Adonai directs a person’s steps,

            and He delights in his way 

           He may stumble, but he won’t fall headlong,

            for Adonai holds him by the hand."

                   (Complete Jewish Bible translation)

 

Here's how it works. . .

 

Adonai (Hebrew for 'Lord') comes alongside us and says,

    'I have prepared a special pathway for you in 2014. 

        You may not see what is around the bend--

           take courage, press on, the best is ahead!

 

    'On this path you will meet people, encounter circumstances and visit places. 

        Each has a purpose and all fit into my plan for you.  

        Your attitude, your thinking & your emotions will be challenged.

        You will exercise power of choice ('free will') as you respond 

           to the people, situations and places along your journey.  

 

     'Sometimes you will stumble & fall, make a bad decision, choose the wrong way;

           but never fear, I won't let you fall--

        I'm right beside you ready to steady you with my strong hand,

           just as a loving father watches his toddler stumble through his first steps,

              ready to catch him as he falls.

 

     'And when you do fall on your face. . .

        I am at your side to help you back on your feet again. 

 

      'Eventually, with practice, 

        you will walk with steady step, 

        with perfect balance,

           ready to take on bigger challenges that I have prepared for you.    

 

     'In the meanwhile, as you begin the road marked 2014, remember this . . . 

        I'm directing your steps--

           I enjoy ('delight in') watching you learn to walk--

        I'm right beside you ready to catch you when you stumble or fall. 

 

     You will make it through 2014 and be a better person for having travelled that road!'

 

Here's a prayer to help you on your way . . .

 

     Father, 

     I completely and unconditionally trust You to direct my steps today. 

     I won't try to figure everything out on my own,

        nor will I assume I know it all;

     instead I will look for Your guiding, helping hand,

        I will listen for Your still, small voice--

           speaking wisdom to my heart.

     I have no fear, 

        because You love me completely and unconditionally

           and You will keep me on track.

     Thank you . . . I love you.

 

Blessings,

The Sage

What’s Ahead in 2014?

Written by Les Dahl on January 1st, 2014. Posted in Uncategorized

 

Shalom!

We are on the brink of 2014!  

Who knows what lies ahead?  

 

Personal experience,  study of the Bible, & wisdom of sages 

   have taught me. . . 

...my future is a creative partnership between myself and God.   

 

King David testifies of this creative partnership in Psalm 37:23-24.

   "Adonai directs a person’s steps,

            and He delights in his way 

           He may stumble, but he won’t fall headlong,

            for Adonai holds him by the hand."

                   (Complete Jewish Bible translation)

 

Here's how it works. . .

 

Adonai (Hebrew for 'Lord') comes alongside us and says,

    'I have prepared a special pathway for you in 2014. 

        You may not see what is around the bend--

           take courage, press on, the best is ahead!

 

    'On this path you will meet people, encounter circumstances and visit places. 

        Each has a purpose and all fit into my plan for you.  

        Your attitude, your thinking & your emotions will be challenged.

        You will exercise power of choice ('free will') as you respond 

           to the people, situations and places along your journey.  

 

     'Sometimes you will stumble & fall, make a bad decision, choose the wrong way;

           but never fear, I won't let you fall--

        I'm right beside you ready to steady you with my strong hand,

           just as a loving father watches his toddler stumble through his first steps,

              ready to catch him as he falls.

 

     'And when you do fall on your face. . .

        I am at your side to help you back on your feet again. 

 

       'Eventually, with practice, 

        you will walk with steady step, 

        with perfect balance,

           ready to take on bigger challenges that I have prepared for you. 

  

     'In the meanwhile, as you begin the road marked 2014, remember this . . . 

        I'm directing your steps--

           I enjoy ('delight in') watching you learn to walk--

        I'm right beside you ready to catch you when you stumble or fall. 

 

     You will make it through 2014 and be a better person for having travelled that road!'

 

Here's a prayer to help you on your way . . .

 

     Father, 

     I completely and unconditionally trust You to direct my steps today. 

     I won't try to figure everything out on my own,

        nor will I assume I know it all;

     instead I will look for Your guiding, helping hand,

        I will listen for Your still, small voice--

           speaking wisdom to my heart.

     I have no fear, 

        because You love me completely and unconditionally

           and You will keep me on track.

     Thank you . . . I love you.

 

Blessings,

Les Dahl

 

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*V.I.P* DISTINCTION

Written by Les Dahl on October 24th, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

My goal for each of you in the Teens4Real community

is to achieve *V. I. P.* distinction.

 

I firmly believe each of you is capable of achieving

*V. I. P.* status.

 

As I write this blog each week,

I envision what you might be 10 or 20 years from now!

 

As I let my vivid imagination soar,

the possibilities I see are limitless.

 

I ask myself,

'What can I say that will help these teens see

the amazing future available to them—

completely within your grasp?'

 

Sir Edmund Hillary said, “People do not decide to

become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish

extraordinary things.”

 

It's the little things that make the difference.

 

*V. I. P.* distinction emerges as you

persistently do everything extra-ordinarily well.

 

Everything means everything

     from the most insignificant task

     to the most important job—

persistently do everything extra-ordinarily well.

 

Sir Edmund Hillary, by the way, was a mountaineer &

explorer from New Zealand. On May 29, 1953, he & his

Nepalese Sherpa became the first climbers to reach

the summit of Mt. Everest. He is cited as one of the

100 most influential people of the 20th century.

 

That's *V. I. P.* distinction!

 

Hillary's climb was achieved step-by-step;

at times, inch-by-inch.

Some of his journey to the summit was

comfortable & easy;

other parts demanded every ounce of

his strength, determination & courage.

 

The same is true of your journey

to *V. I. P.* distinction!

 

Let me break it down.

 

'V' – VISION

 

  • Begin each project by clearly defining exactly 
    • what you want to accomplish 
    • what it will look like if accomplished perfectly 
      • whether its a homework assignment or 
    •            some chore asked of you
    • visualize the end result BEFORE you begin 

 

  • Think on paper
    • Draw, diagram, 'mind-map' the end result
    • Brainstorm, outline, plan the step-by-step procedure 

   that will take you to the end result

    • Studies have shown that goals & plans written down on paper

are consistently achieved!

 

    • That is the power of your Day Plan!
      • Be consistent...Be specific...Be detailed!

 

'I' – INDEPENDENCE

 

  • Make Nike's slogan your motto—Just Do It!
    • Don't wait to be told...Don't wait to be reminded!
      • Just Do It...and...Do It NOW!
      • The sooner you do it, the sooner it is done!

 

  • Become a self-employed entrepreneur!
    • Consider each assignment, each task, each chore,
           as a contract that you, as a project manager,
           have been hired to do!
    • Believe me, every 'project' you take on now will
           contribute to your wealth potential 5 – 10 years from now!
    • Be diligent...Be thorough...Be creative! 

 

'P' – PERSISTENCE

 

  • Every skill you need to climb your Mount Everest
       can be learned—some easier than others

 

  • To MASTER a skill, however, takes practice, training & grit!
    • LOTS of practice, training & grit! 

 

  • We Jamaicans swell with pride 

when we hear the name Usain Bolt

 

    • Ask Usain how many times
           he has run the 100-meter sprint in training!
    • Ask him how many times
           he's practiced his starts!
    • Ask him how many times
           he's been tempted to quit
           after hours of grueling, exhausting workouts!

 

  • Why does he do it?
    • “I want to be a legend!” is Usain's answer.
    • Not just the best! Extra-ordinary!!!
  • That's *V. I. P.* distinction! 

 

Blessings,

The Sage

   

A Journey of 1000 Miles – The First Step

Written by Les Dahl on August 15th, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

 

document.write(" fantasy;">Have you heard the proverb, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”?  That pearl of wisdom was made by the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu around 500 B.C.  The advice is simple, 'Just take the first step, and you are on your way no matter how far away your destination may be.'

Life's journey may seem difficult and tiresome.  You may feel overwhelmed just thinking about it.  So you decide to simply live one day at a time—enjoy life while you can!

Here are a few journeys taken by some.  Note the final destination of each journey.

  • Going around in circles, always ending up where you started – Destination: Lost
  • Starting out with no idea where you are going – Destination: Nowhere
  • Trying real hard, not making it and then giving up instead of giving it one more shot – Destination: Failure
  • Doing the same thing over and over again and again expecting a different result each time - Destination: Insanity
  • Starting out with the end clearly in mind, feeling the thrill of the journey pulsating in each step, and becoming a better person with every experience whether it be a success or a failure - Destination: Success

So what's involved in taking the first step?

I'm assuming, of course, that you've chosen the road to Success.

Smart choice.

Because while you were still in your mother's womb, your hard-drive was programmed for success.

That's why you feel so horrible when you fail at anything—you are wired for success!

Let me give you three tips on how to take the first step on your personal journey to success.

  1. Decide exactly what you want in life.

You say, “I have no clue what I want!”

No problem,

Let me help you.

Imagine you could wave a magic wand and be, do, and have anything you wanted...

“I can think of a hundred things I'd like to be, do and have!” you say.

Perfect.

Make a list of 100 things. Write them down on a piece of paper.

Put your '100 List' somewhere safe.

Every year or two or five take a look at your list.

You will be surprised to see how many things you can check off: 'Been there/Done that!'

  1. Make a plan.

“I've never planned anything in my life...I don't know where to start,” you say.

No problem. Let me help you again.

If from your list you had to choose only one thingthat you would have to do for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

What would you have to do to excel at that one thing? I mean, to become one of the best in the world!

Also, what would you have to do to really enjoy--I mean really enjoy doing it?

Answer those three questions and you are well on your way to creating a plan for success!

By the way, you don't have to be stuck on one thing.

Ask yourself,

'If I could add one other thing to what I do for the rest of my life, what would it be?

What would I have to do to excel at it?

What would I need to know or do to really enjoy it?'

And now that you're in the groove, you can work your way through the rest of you '100 List'.

  1. Act like it is impossible for you to fail.

“What!” you say, “how do I do that?”

Once more, let me help you.

Imagine yourself enjoying the accomplishment of your goal.

Create a detailed mental picture of you enjoying your completed goal.

Feel the thrill.

Wallow in the emotion.

Feel the feeling!

Now, when you've got that picture clear in your head, when you've got those emotions stirring up some excitement inside you-- start to think, talk, walk, act like your dream is already reality.

Call it swagger, if you like!

Just do it!  Feel it!  And then show some swag!

Start living with that sense of accomplishment, that self-confidence, that inspiration and motivation every day.

Don't wait...live your dream today!

“What about all the mistakes I'm bound to make along the way?” you ask.

Mary Pickford, a former movie actress, has a good answer: “If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.”

In other words, if you are willing to fail with no fear, make lots of mistakes with no shame, get up and keep trying, you will most certainly succeed!

So here's the crunch--

the next thought you think...

the next decision you make...

the next step you take...

is the first step of your thousand mile journey.

The steps that follow will lead to a certain destination:

Lost, Nowhere, Failure, Insanity or Success.

You're programmed for success—

decide exactly what you want in life,

make a plan,

act like you can't possibly fail!

 

Live your dream—today!

 

Blessings,

Les Dahl

 

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My Shepherd, My Friend

Written by Les Dahl on July 4th, 2013. Posted in Peace


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O Yahweh, my Shepherd, my Keeper, my Companion, my Friend...

Under Your loving, watchful care,

I cannot fail nor do I lack of any good thing.

Your gentle but firm Hand brings me to repose,

And as I feed on the tender green shoots springing up in Your pastures —

the affirming, invigorating promises in Your Word —

my anxieties are relieved;

Your shalom settles my heart and my mind.

The tender nudge of Your Spirit carries me

to the peaceful, healing streams

that flow from the watersprings of Heaven;

my soul is restored —

made like new again by the breath of Your Spirit

by which Adam became a living soul...

I am alive...

I am confident...

I am able...

I am ready...

Lead me on, my Shepherd, my Friend.

Amen — so be it — so it is...

(Psalm 23:1-3)

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