I don’t know about you, but I am lagging behind lately. It’s already March and my brain just shook out the holidays. That also means that I generally think it’s Tuesday on Friday and even though today is Wednesday I am just getting to my normal Monday activities.
It could be partly because I have been traveling a lot, or it could be something that happens when you pass 50. I remember my grandfather telling me every time I saw him that he couldn’t believe how quickly time was passing. I wonder if he thought Thursdays were Tuesday.
But that’s not what I want to tell you about. I want to share some of the lessons I learned at a seminar I attended last weekend.
I thought I was going to a marketing and business seminar, but it turned out to be so much more. It was filled with so many great messages that I am going to have to spread it out a little. It focused on personal growth and it was so, so convicting….in a good way! Like when you rip off the Bandaid. It hurts for a second then you feel better than you expected.
If I could I’d just pour out my thoughts on the whole thing, but that would turn into a book. I’ll give you the Cliff Notes.
- You are responsible for your problems, not anyone else, no more excuses, you hold yourself back.
2. We were divided into 4 personality types and shown ways to understand and communicate with those different from us. I want to explore this part of the lesson more since, according to what was taught, my personality type is misunderstood a lot. It’s on me to try to communicate in ways the other 3 styles understand. I tend to be blunt and most people receive that as me rejecting them or judging them when that’s not what I am doing at all.
3. We as a country are teaching our kids to live in a poverty mentality. This is the one message that I brought home and am really exploring. I want to stop wasting time and money, start being more faithful with what I have and teach my kids to live on less. In other words, no more fro yo.
4. You can succeed! Anyone can. In life, in finances, in relationships, you have more control than you think. But you have to be willing to really make some changes and most people don’t want to do that. They kept mention the “2%”. The idea is that 98% of people don’t want to make the changes necessary to really make a difference in their lives. They want comfy, easy lives so they stay stuck. Stuck in debt, stuck in addictions, stuck. I want to be a part of the 2% who gets free from those bonds.
So I came home all pumped and ready to make some huge changes around here. I sat down with the kids and we had a meeting, planning ways we can cut back and stop being wasteful. I asked them to give some thought to ways they can take charge of their own lives. One of the boys said he knows he wastes a lot of time and he wants to change that. Another said she was excited to save on our grocery spending. All in all…..we are on a road to success.
Of course, it’s not going to be easy and I was tempted the first day to go back to my lazy ways. But I didn’t. I’m fighting my sin nature and that’s a battle I’m ready to face. Prayer and determination….here I come.
So how about you? Do you have a problem you’re ready to really tackle? Even if it means facing the person in the mirror?
I’d love to hear more and hear how God is working with you. Hop over to Facebook and continue the conversation!