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“The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.” – Proverbs 10:9

 

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While listening to Brene Brown, Researcher, Author and Public Speaker, talk about vulnerability, being brave, having courage, and being happy to just be who God made me to be, I was inspired to create this Life Satisfaction chart. On the Y axis is Financial Satisfaction, which is a basic part of our lives in order to make a living and support ourselves. It measures how financially stable we are.  Are we financially stable now, or are we moving towards being more financially stable so that we can fully support ourselves and give to others. The X axis represents our Soul Satisfaction. Soul satisfaction is how content you are with your overall lifestyle and the level of emotional peace you have.

Every day we make decisions and do things that will put us someplace on this chart. Which quadrant are you in now?  Which quadrant do you want to be in?

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This week is all about restoring the mind, body and soul.  We are on the island of Barbados.  Warm weather, warm people. 

The unknowns in life are scary.  Will I make the right decisions?  Am I happy where I am?  What can I do to make my life better?   Will I be better or worse off if I… move, take that other job, start my own business, say no, say yes, do nothing?

You have to start down a path to find out where it takes you. You might be pleasantly surprised along the way.

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Yesterday, a new acquaintance said to me, “If people can’t see that we are living in heaven on earth, then they need to take a good look around at the natural beauty found all over our planet.”  I think this starfish is a great ambassador of the earth to we humans. Let’s pay attention.  We need to be aware and intentional (everyday) that the footprint we are making is not putting what is naturally amazing on our planet in jeopardy.  The good news is that millennials seem to be getting it.  Let’s make sure little guys like this don’t go away. Starfish(paulshaffner)

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.               – Proverbs 23:18

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Many years ago, I heard a Pastor at our local church say this phrase and it stuck with me. He said, “Faith is believing, even if it’s not, so that it might be.”  None of us knows what will happen in the next hour, the next week, the next month, or next year.  And if fear is involved, the road ahead may look scarier than it will actually turn out to be. At the bottom of it all, all we really have is faith. If we truly believe in who we are and that what we are doing today matters, there is a really good chance our dreams will be realized. Good actors practice and rehearse for roles they may never get. But they rehearse like crazy anyway, believing they will get the part. Faith and belief are the fuel and spark that light the fire on dreams.

What are you believing in today, so that it might be tomorrow?

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In my book, Your Ultimate Life Vision, I talk about three circles. They are the three aspects of reality in terms of what we do for a living. Their proximity to each other can make life amazing or make it miserable. Here they are: 1) What do I like to do? 2) What am I good at? and 3) What can I get paid well to do? More often than not, two of these three intercept, but that doesn’t get you to your ultimate life.  I want to do what I love, be really good at it, and get paid well to do it.  This is the sweet spot where the three circles collide.  I’ve been operating in one or two of these circles for a lot of years. I’m now taking bold steps forward to pull those three circles together and step right smack into the middle. I’ve learned the circles don’t magically come together by chance, pure luck, or fate.  To get them to overlap, they need intentionality, a plan, and a lot of hard work.

How are your circles lining up?

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I’m navigating through stormy water right now career wise, steering my life into the direction of the future. Going through turbulence is just a fact of life.  It stinks, but there’s not much we can do about it but keep putting one foot in front of the other and focusing forward. I’m reading a great book right now by Bob Beaudine, called The Power of Who.  I’m finding encouragement in his book as he talks about bad weather (unforeseen circumstances) might blow you off course temporarily, but as soon as possible, you reestablish the correct heading.  He goes on to say, discernment is the ability to see things deeply – beyond the obvious and below the surface.  If you’re going to successfully traverse the unpredictable, often rough and treacherous waters of life, you’ll need the ability to read the currents below.  And this is my favorite part… “Take hold of the wheel, you’re closer than you think.”

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