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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

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document.write(" palatino, serif; font-size: 20px;">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

 

BLUEPRINT FOR SHALOM (Peace, Health and Prosperity)

Written by Les Dahl on November 30th, 2015. Posted in Health, Peace, Prosperity, Sage's Scroll

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document.write(" geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Life is not without struggle and we are easily burdened with its pressures. Often we have more than enough on our plate on a daily basis and we are weary from the load we carry. It is precisely to us in our battle-worn condition that Yeshua (Jesus) extends the invitation:

“Come to me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest (shalom). Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Shalom—peace, health and prosperity—is a gift of God's grace. Although we have a part to play in procuring shalom, it is not the product of our will-power nor of our self-help. It is an endowment from our Father in heaven. However, conditions apply and shalom is not obtained in our daily experience until these conditions are met.

Condition #1: “Come to Me...”

We must want shalom.

That is self-evident, you say. Who wouldn't wish for peace, health and prosperity? I am surprised, however, how many people are quite happy in their misery, sickness and lack (poverty). You very likely know some of these people—probably have to put up with them at work. They complain a lot and prey on your sympathy. No matter what you say or do, they really have no intention to change. They love the attention and pity drawn to them by their doleful condition and whining.

Condition #2: “Learn from Me...”

We must be willing to learn.

Creating shalom is a process that involves learning and comes with a learning curve. It takes time, study and practice to develop of shalom. We apply ourselves to His Word (the Bible). We attune ourselves to the lessons (parables) embedded in Nature. Fueled by our quest to learn, we discover insights otherwise hidden. We pay attention to people around us, particularly our elders, and garner knowledge. We hearken as experience teaches us discretion and wisdom.

If we are willing to learn, our Father rewards us with insights and promises relevant to the shalom (peace, health and prosperity) we need to live well. As a loving, caring father mentors his son and daughter, teaching them the art of living well, our Father in heaven disciples and instructs us.

Condition #3: “Take my yoke...”

We must be willing to change.

One of the great obstacles in our pursuit of shalom is the comfortable and familiar. We just don't like change. Change requires giving up old habits, thoughts, beliefs. Change demands letting go of hurts, bitterness, anger. Change calls for surrender of our will and way to His. That's not easy.

Fully aware of our struggle, our Father reassures us with the words, “I am gentle and humble in heart.” Have you ever thought of God as humble? But that's exactly what our Father is like—rock solid and firm (tough love) but gentle and humble with a big heart of love for us.

So if you accept the conditions which apply, here is a blueprint for shalom that I have discovered in my quest. (In subsequent articles, I will elaborate on each concept. Your feedback is greatly valued.)

THE BLUEPRINT for SHALOM

1. Set your compass
Prepare for the day by properly aligning yourself.

2. Chart your course
Determine your path from here to there.

3. Create your aura
Create the eye of the storm and stay in it.

4. Activate universal laws
Cultivate good seed in good soil and give generously.

5. Engage in active personal development
Make necessary changes to achieve clarity and growth.

6. Expand your power source
Cultivate spiritual growth.

7. Stay in rhythm
Sing your melody, play your instrument in symphony of the universe.

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of His Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises. (Romans 15:13)

 

Blessings...

 

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Shalom!

Written by Les Dahl on July 3rd, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

Welcome to Bedrock Life Strategies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

document.write(" geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Conflict arises as we interact with people.

Challenges emerge in every circumstance.

Such is the nature of life–there is no easy ticket!

Shalom is refuge in the midst of conflict

     not the absence of conflict.

Shalom is creating peace, health and prosperity

     in the midst of circumstance.

Minimalism is a journey from chaos to shalom

     guided by two simple questions:

  • Do I really need this?
  • Does this add value to my life?

A minimalist determines what is really important,

     removes what is not necessary (the clutter)

     to give place to only that which adds value

     to the true essence of life.

Bedrock Life Strategies are insights learned

     through real-life experience.

Small steps form a habit. Habits create a lifestyle.

Shalom is a lifestyle of peace, health and prosperity.

Blessings...

 

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