Receiving Wise Council

Recently, a quote was shared with me that came from a man I greatly respect. He lived a life that was full of work and commitments. When asked, he always gave very wise council. He words can be trusted. The dilemma that I now face is a personal one. I know that you may be wondering what the quote is … which aside from my personal decision doesn’t really matter.

My life has been spent in the pursuit of wisdom and council from some very well known individuals and by some not known outside of my religious life. My desire to learn and grow and become a better person has challenged me in many ways. Most have dealt with changing my thinking and actions. Each time I select a quote is because in some way it spoke to my heart and soul. It gave me a glimmer of hope that I could change myself enough to become more like the ideal encapsulated in the quote. I could see the quote as a stepping stone to becoming the old man I desire to be. I know an old man! I say that because I see becoming a better person as a marathon not a sprint. A journey that will take my whole life. The life a christian is to be spent following Christ; in subjugating our will to His. He does not subjugate us, He provides the law by which we are to live and we are the one that must chose to walk the path or not.

Since the day I chose to walk this path and committed 100% to the cause of Christ; I strive to be a better man. As always, some days are better than others and the cost is one I do not count. I made the choice to give somethings up; not for any another reason, than I felt it would help me on my way.

Again, wisdom from a tried and true source can always be trusted and those values that have lasted for thousands of years … and see controversial today will stand you in good stead. A man can live a life with a clear conscience when he is right in his heart and if he be religious, he can stand before his god with a clear conscience. That is a feeling that gives the ultimate confidence in oneself and the journey he has been called to serve.

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This is Your Life

A few weeks ago I came across Michael Hyatt and his This is Your Life podcast., his co-host is Michele Cushatt. Michael and Michele deliver great content! I was a bit unsure about it at first. I found it because, I was looking for a new mentor to add to my repertoire for weekly listening and edification.

I listened to a podcast then downloaded everything that he had in the feed, over 80 podcasts! I hand picked some episodes up to season 3. I then listened to those one offs and moved on to Season 4. Three episodes are now saved in my podcast app, they are; Season 4 Episode 8: Goal Setting for Beginners, Season 7 Episode 7: 6 Strategies to become a Better Conversationalist, and Season 7 Episode 11: Ways to Build Trust with Your Tribe. There are many, many other good episodes and I really have been drinking in his thoughts and ideas! I have gained insight into how to do things better for this site and my FB page.

I have also picked up his free eBook “Shave 10 Hours Off your Workweek”, which I am looking forward to reading and I have put his book “Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want” in my audible wish list for my next read. If you are looking for a really great podcast to provide you with ideas on leadership, self-improvement, self-motivation, writing tips, platform management, and a host of other topics to improve your work life balance; I recommend that you subscribe to his podcast and use his experiences and stories to help you work through your own challenges! In the latest episode, Michael said he listens to Dan Sullivan and Joe Polish’s 10xTalk podcast. Get this one too! I started with The Power of Your Personal Story and this episode is off the hook!!

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American Legend: John Henry

American Legend

I recently watched Disney’s American Legends with my boys. I have always liked the story and legend of John Henry. I know that there are many interpretations and his image has been used in different ways.

What I loved about John’s story is that he was brave and courageous; that he faced his challenges with conviction! He has been celebrated for his faith in himself and his fellow man! To me he was always larger than life! Because of his example; I have always believed that if I could dream it, I could achieve it!

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Life’s a Dance

This song was popular many years ago when I was a teen. I am not sure where I heard it first … which doesn’t matter really. It is however part of my personal playlist, songs that are attached to personal and poignant times.

The lesson that I take from this song, is that life is learned as one goes along. If we are lucky, we might have someone that acts as a mentor and can help us learn and avoid mistakes. Sometimes that person is a parent, teacher, church leader, or neighbor. He could be a coworker or even a boss. The concept is that if we are willing to be humble and teachable, we can find mentors and enlist them to our cause. I have been able to find mentors that have helped me through tough personal times and that have helped me navigate difficult office politics. My college advisor was also a mentor, he constantly encouraged us (there were 3 of us friends) to reach for high goals, he also encouraged us to start a student organization on our campus. While we left because of another professor, the organization we put in place was strong and thriving when I last checked on it.

I have found mentors in good books and holy scripture, while they couldn’t always speak to me and offer me words of encouragement; I was able to learn from them and overcome personal and professional challenges. The dancing is life, which needs to be negotiated like a dance floor. We should be aware of our surroundings and the “lay of the land”; always “reading” those around us and working to make personal improvements. One of the hardest aspects of changing is that those we are closest to may not understand or accept our metamorphosis. In some instances that means we have to let go of that partner and move on. They may still be part of our lives (especially family) and it doesn’t mean that we have to cast them off; it may mean we have to spend less time with them until they can accept the path that we have chosen.

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