“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently”

I echo the words of Henry Ford, but in reality it takes time to sink in. Learning from one failure doesn’t necessarily make you immune from failure in a totally different way; it just makes you more cautious. Hopefully, having failed in a couple of different ways puts you in a stronger position to succeed well eventually.

You have to overcome the fear of failure and have faith that transcends the norm when choosing to pick up the pieces and start over afresh. But with enough passion, self belief and the motivation to keep going no matter what, SUCCESS HAS TO COME!

When you’ve lost your home, your car, your bank balance and any chance of getting credit, then remember the words of Anthony Robbins:

“The defining factor is not your resources but how resourceful you are”

 

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Defining Faith

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

Hebrews Chp 11 v1 –  The New Testament

How do we define what Faith really is? Is it just believing with greater intensity? Is it something that we just have? How do you believe something with such intensity that it’s as if you already know the outcome. Does it just happen and how does it happen? And, what is the difference between Hope and Faith?

The answer lies in the verse itself. It’s the Substance that provides the Evidence

So how do we give Substance to Hope that it becomes Faith?

Faith is not something that we just say we have, it is something we feel. I’ve heard it said, “It’s all about Faith not feelings.” I’m afraid that’s just absolute nonsense.

Faith is something you FEEL. It is the eyes of the heart. Let’s look at what the Bible says:

Faith comes by HEARING and hearing by the word of God

TASTE and see that the Lord is good

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities have been SEEN, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse

Then he said to Thomas, “PUT YOUR FINGER HERE; see my hands. REACH OUT YOUR HAND AND PUT IT INTO MY SIDE. Stop doubting and believe”

For we are to God the AROMA of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

Our senses work together to give us a ‘glimpse’ so that which we previously hoped for becomes a present reality in our hearts and minds by Faith. There are stories of countless people who have done extraordinary things because they have played out a desired outcome in their minds first.

The reason Faith is so powerful is that it gives us a GLIMPSE. We procure that glimpse through our senses which provide us with the SUBSTANCE we read about in Hebrews. For example, you hear a story of someone who has overcome or you listen to a certain piece of music and it stirs your heart. You see something that stirs your imagination. You smell something that reminds you of something or makes you feel a certain way. You take a test drive in the car of your dreams. That SUBSTANCE is the EVIDENCE we need, so we become convinced of the outcome. That’s the difference between just hoping and having Faith.

So what is the difference in just believing in God and having Faith in God?

I think that faith in God is something that grows in us from childhood whether we know it or not. As a child we are in awe of the world around us, our minds going into overdrive as we strive to have questions like why, which, when and how answered.

Paul writes in the first chapter of Romans For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without any excuse.”

Architects who see a particular famous building can tell you instantly whose mark is upon it. Artists walking in a gallery containing famous works of art will tell you instantly who painted what by the style and composition of the painting.

We can tell a lot about the nature and character of God by the world in which we live. That’s why some people say they have some sort of spiritual connection with God when they stand on a mountaintop, or sit on rocks looking out at the ocean, or walk amongst a field full of daffodils, or stare up in absolute wonder at the night sky. God has left the very stamp of His nature for us all to see.

Our senses allow us to feel His presence and we choose to either accept or reject what our senses are telling us.

Today let ‘Faith’ find a way

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“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”

 

When you ask people whether they believe in luck or not they will often refer to others as ‘being lucky’ or say that fortune has favoured them, or they just got a ‘lucky break’, when really they couldn’t be further from the truth.

When we look at the definition of luck we see something like this:

Fortune, Fate, Success, or a force that seems to operate for the good of a person, being in the ‘right place at the right time’.

The best definition I have ever heard is by Senaca, a 1st Century Roman philosopher. ‘Preparation meets Opportunity’

 

Preparation – If you are not prepared for something then the chances of you seeing an opportunity when it arises are very slim indeed. Here’s the proof. I want you to look around the room you are in for 30 secs and mentally make a note of all the objects you see that are blue. Ok, can you remember them? Now without looking around the room again can you name any objects that are red?

Why was it so hard? Because you were not prepared for it. You were not on the lookout for red objects. If you are not looking for an opportunity the chances are you won’t see one when it presents itself. ‘Lucky’ people are more relaxed and open to things, so they tend to see what is there rather than just what they are looking for.  ‘Unlucky’ people are generally tenser than ‘Lucky’ people and their anxiety tends to disrupt their ability to notice the unexpected.

In 1993 hundreds of people took part in an experiment to examine luck, and some interesting findings came out of it all;

Quoting from an article by Professor Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire who carried out the experiment,

“Lucky people generate good fortune via four principles. They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self- fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good”

After one month of adopting these principles, 80% of the volunteers that were deemed ‘unlucky’ were now happier, more satisfied with their lives and perhaps most important of all, ‘luckier.’

So if you want to be ‘lucky’ in life try to do these 4 things daily:

1 – Listen to your gut instincts- they tend to be right

2 – Be open to new experiences and break your normal routine

3 – Spend some time each day remembering things that went well

4 – Visualise yourself being ‘lucky’

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Inspiration is all around you!

Have you ever stood looking over the ocean or a great view, listened to a great piece of music, read a great book, heard a great speech, watched a great film, or listened to a great life story? Me too! In fact I now go out of my way to experience some if not all of the above on a daily basis. Why? You might ask. Because Inspiration, I believe, gives us the fuel to power the ‘dream machine’ in our lives.

Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

I always used to think Disneyworld was for kids. It is, BIG KIDS! The experience of just being there in 2001 with my family made a dramatic impact on my life. Just soaking up the atmosphere, the creative inspiration, especially at Epcot, just made me believe that ‘anything was possible.’

Over the last few years I have become a veracious reader, having an appetite for information and stories that build up and inspire. I’ve listened to beautiful music more than ever and songs with words that really mean something. I’ve watched videos of people who have overcome against all odds, visited places I had previously only ever dreamed of, and surrounded myself with a team of mentors who have helped me expand my thinking to believe and strive to deliver to the world the greatness that lies within me. Guess what? It lies within YOU also.

Inspiration really is all around you, you’ve just got to look with a fresh pair of eyes. Dig deep and re discover your passion that has been buried through life’s conditioning, and set yourself free!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  Mark Twain

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From Good to Great!

“When I grow up I want to be an astronaut” 

The dream of a young boy whose imagination had been fuelled by Science Fiction books, Lost in Space, Land of the Giants….and the black and white pictures of man setting foot on ‘another world’ on July 20th 1969.

You see, imagination is the ‘Field of Dreams,’ it’s what separates the ordinary from the extraordinary. It creates scenarios in the mind that inspire us to be more, do more and give more. It can be suppressed by the conditioning of society turning us into mindless zombies that follow a well trodden path of normality, the tried and tested safe ideals that allow us to be GOOD, but never GREAT.

We live our Stepford lives chugging along with the marriage, mortgage, kids and debt until we reach an age one day when we wake up one morning and wonder ‘what the heck happened’ Middle age just crept up on us and my goodness, “I’m a Granddad at 45; my baby has just had a baby!” Yikes!!

You start to get what I call Age Concerned, and wonder what happened to those childhood dreams. Becoming an astronaut with NASA may be out of the realms of realism for most of us but becoming an astronaut on a paid flight with VIRGIN GALACTIC, well that just makes it a little more accessible. I just need a spare hundred grand or so and ‘I can do it’ Whilst having that kind of cash readily available is beyond the reach of the average JOE, it’s just a few months work for those who know how to leverage their abilities to create real wealth.

Whilst becoming an astronaut for 30 minutes is something I would dearly still love to do, it’s no longer my number one priority. You see I have a fantastic wife of 26 years, 3 wonderful grown up children and a Grandson, and Grandaughter. Family is my number one source of happiness and fulfilment but the only thing lacking in my life is the finance to ice the cake. What I mean by icing the cake is financial freedom, following my passion and giving back in a new and meaningful way. Whatever you believe about money, it does give you the ability to be not just GOOD but GREAT. If you become a bad steward of it, it will run and ruin your life.  Money in itself is NOT your enemy, but a wrong attitude towards it is.

So, come with me on a voyage of self discovery, and on that quest you will discover the real you just waiting to be set free on a world that that is waiting for the average man or woman to step it up from GOOD to GREAT.

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