How Will You Change the World?

Today the world is mourning the loss of a giant in the technology industry, Steve Jobs. The innovations he inspired as the CEO of Apple changed the way people listened to music, watched videos, operated cell phones, and utilized computers. His impact reaches far outside the technology industry. His fans and foes alike have praised him with words such as “genius”, “visionary”, “legend”, and “iMortal”. The fingerprints of his legacy will be visible for decades to come (and maybe longer).

You may never get famous, invent an iconic device, or build a spectacular product. Regardless, you still have the opportunity and ability to have a spectacular impact and change somebody’s life with your love, skills, and ideas. Because the truth is when you die God is going to ask you what you did with the time, talents, money, relationships, and other assets that He entrusted to you. How will you answer Him?

What will you do to change the world?

Thrive on purpose!
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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The Last Shall Be First by Patrice Tsague

 

So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I’m the least in my father’s house. ~ Judges 6:15

by Patrice Tsague

Have you ever felt like the black sheep of your family? Are you surprised by the prophetic words that the Lord has spoken to you concerning His will for your life? Do you feel that your business is among the least in the industry?

I’m always amazed at the people God chooses to use for His purpose, he chooses those you would least expect. In Judges 6, Israel cries to the Lord for help because it is facing defeat in the hands of its enemy due to disobedience. God calls a least likely fellow, Gideon, who, by his own account, is from the weakest clan in Manasseh and the least within his family. However, God calls him “a mighty man of valor“.

Gideon defines his destiny based on where he was born and the family he was from, but God defines it based on His purpose for him. I, like Gideon, was the least likely to succeed in my family. I did not take school very seriously throughout my youth and I played more than I studied. Furthermore, I was raised by a woman who had an 8th grade education and whose first child was born out of wedlock, my father left her when I was a baby, and she became a second wife to a man who was already married. Very few people thought she would amount to anything. In spite of this, she became very successful in business and politics.

We were not a Christian family and my family supported a corrupt government. I even made a case against Christianity while in high school during a class debate because I saw Christians as hypocrites. To many people’s surprise, the Lord would save me, call me to preach the Gospel and start a ministry that teaches people how to do business based on His Word. Now I’m one of the “hypocrites” I once argued against. God has a sense of humor. In spite of all this He calls me “a mighty man of valor“!

You too are a “mighty man of valor“. If you have accepted God’s call to deploy your gifts, skills and abilities for His Glory, and to honor Him in the marketplace, you are God’s mighty man of valor. You are God’s warrior. Your background is insignificant, your circumstances irrelevant, and your smarts unnecessary because God will do it all, He just needs you to yield your members to His use.

God loves taking small, insignificant, least-likely-to-succeed individuals and businesses and turn them into success stories. This way, He and He alone will get the glory for the outcome.

Do you feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities before you but assured of your call? Are you certain of the direction but have limited resources? Are you intimidated by the competition but strong in your faith? Get ready because God is about to make the last first so that He can show you and others that He is God, and God all by Himself. He will elevate whom He chooses. Reflect on the passage below and give Him the Glory for He alone is great.

“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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Fighting for Your Dream

A championship fight took place this past weekend that most people in America probably had no idea was happening. This was a fight between the UFC Champion and the Pride Champion. Most of you still don’t know what I’m talking about. That’s ok, keep reading.

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In the last few years Mixed Martial Arts (i.e., Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride Fighting Championship) has had a meteoric rise into mainstream sports and entertainment. I am amazed at this, because what was once on the fringes of the sports world – many considered it not much more than barbaric street brawling – is now more accepted as a legitimate sport.

While I am not necessarily a fan of the sport overall, there is a lot that you and I can learn from these athletes. They have a passion, intensity, and drive for what they do that exceeds the average person (and maybe even the average athlete). The amount of punishment they give out and receive in one match is astounding. But one thing is for sure, they are not going to quit unless they get put into a submission hold or they get knocked out – whichever happens first.

Are you like that with your dreams? Do you have a fighter’s mentality about your vision? Are you so committed to your idea that you won’t quit until its accomplished? How resilient are you when you have setbacks? How resourceful are you when you run into roadblocks? What is your level of “stick-to-it-ness?” How much punishment are you willing to endure to ensure that your goals get accomplished?

They say the 3 P’s of entrepreneurship are passion, patience, and perseverance. Of the three, I believe perseverance is the hardest to develop. The reason is that you usually have to get “beat up” a lot in the pursuit of your endeavor to develop a high level of perseverance. This is probably even harder for talented people, who are used to things coming to them very easily.

* If your vision or dream can be accomplished easily, it’s too small!

* If you don’t need anybody else’s help to accomplish your vision or dream, it’s too small!

* If your vision or dream only impacts you or your family, it’s too small!

The truth is that nothing that’s going to be great is going to be easy. So how do you develop a fighter’s mentality that will allow you to dream big and then persevere to accomplish that dream? Here are 12 training pointers that will help you in your personal and professional development:

  1. Set big goals and small goals – Dream big! If you don’t think you can win, then you’ve already lost. Establish intermediate milestones that represent mini-victories that you savor and cherish along the way to accomplishing the big goals. Reaching these milestones also helps you to grow your confidence, which you will need a lot of.
  2. Focus your vision on others – When your vision purposefully encompasses the impact that you expect to have on others, you will develop an internal motivation to see it all the way through to the end. So when your situation gets so challenging to the point that it seems overwhelming, think about all the people that will lose out if you don’t accomplish your vision.
  3. Create a vision board – This is a visual tool that you create using words and pictures that you find in magazines or on the web that symbolize your vision, values, goals, personality, etc. You can post in your home or office in an area that you see all the time. So when times get really tough you can look at your vision board to help you get some motivation.
  4. Streamline your focus – Don’t try to be “good” at 10 things. Strive to be “great” at 1 or 2. This will also help you to better manage your resources and time – which is your greatest resource.
  5. Challenge yourself – The skill of a sailor is not developed on calm seas. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and take some risks.
  6. Find a training coach – Connect with people who are “refiners”. They push and challenge you to grow and develop. They have the ability to drive you harder and further than you would typically go on your own.
  7. Get some training partners – Connect with people who are “refreshers”. These are peers who are fighting similar battles and can relate to what you’re going through. They are not going to let you quit on your dreams and you don’t let them quit on theirs.
  8. Eliminate distractions that discourage – Get rid of people or things that could derail you from your dream. This could also include negative personal habits that steal your time and thoughts away from activities that are healthy and productive. You always need your mind to be fresh and uncluttered so that you can receive new ideas.
  9. Learn from your experiences – Don’t keep making the same mistakes. Actually apply what you learn so that you don’t keep going around the same mountain unnecessarily. Also be flexible enough to make adjustments to your plan, because the pathway to your dream may take some unexpected twists and turns.
  10. Learn from other people’s mistakes – You don’t have to personally experience every class in the “school of hard knocks” if you can learn from other’s mistakes. Whether you know them personally or learn about them through different media, simply read their life/business “cliff’s notes” and apply what you learn.
  11. Embrace the journey – Perseverance is a developmental process not a destination. Write down your experiences and feelings in a journal as you go through this process. When you read about yourself 6 months or a year from now, you will be amazed at how much you have grown.
  12. Don’t quit! – Make a pact with yourself that you will keep going no matter what happens. Prepare yourself to bounce back from setbacks. Develop a resolve that you will not stop fighting until your vision is accomplished.

Any dream that’s worthwhile will not come easy. I heard a speaker once say that the theme of almost every success story has 3 key phases: 1) big dream, 2) big struggle, and 3) big success. If you have a dream, understand that you will have to go through a struggle to see it accomplished. And if you are in the midst of your struggle now, just keep fighting and believe that your success could be just around the corner!

Empowering Champions,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Get the Kink Out of Your Think!

Your thoughts drive your beliefs, which drive your choices, which form your lifestyle, which determines your destiny.

There is a scripture in the Bible that reads, “A double minded person is unstable in all their ways” (James 1:6, paraphrased). A practical understanding of this scripture would be a person driving a car who is looking out the back window while driving the car forward. Unless he turns around and commits all of his attention to the same direction the car is going, he is going to crash.

Many people live their lives or run their businesses this way. Rather than focusing their mental energy and attention in positive areas, they spend too much time battling conflicting thoughts and perspectives. This type of battle usually results in confusion, frustration, and fatigue. They exist in a constant state of mental and emotional conflict.

What you focus on the most is what you will become. Contrary to what many people will admit, we all talk to ourselves. That’s not the issue, though. The issue is what we are saying when we talk to ourselves. If we spend all our time reinforcing the negative thoughts that come to us, then most of the outcomes of our lives – which are really the sum of the decisions that we make – will be negative. However, if we spend more time dismissing those negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones, then the outcome of our lives will be much more favorable.

You are what you eat. This is not just a principle of your physical health. It’s also a principle of your mental health. You simply can’t eat a mental junk food diet and stay mentally healthy. If you consistently feed your mind with media or conversations that are full of negative and destructive words, actions, and images, then you will spend a lot of your time dealing with negativity in your mind. Conversely, if you spend more of your time filling your mind with positive or constructive words, actions, and images, it will be much easier for you to engage positive thoughts to counterattack the negative thoughts when they come. The result is that over time, your actions will prove to be more constructive rather than destructive for yourself and others.

Know thyself, feed thyself. Many people say their media intake doesn’t affect their behavior, yet over time their actions become a representation of what they have been eating. Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Similar to a world-class athlete who disciplines her body to beat her competition, you must condition your mind to beat your competition in business and in life. You will not be able eat what everyone else is eating and stay ahead of them at the same time. If you want to move beyond your competition, you have to do things differently.

Some key benefits of feeding your mind a healthy diet include:

  1. Convictions – These are the collection of your non-negotiable core values and beliefs, which over time are influenced by your thoughts. A steady, healthy mental diet will allow you to develop personal integrity and a firm foundation of values on which to build your life.
  2. Clarity – Conflicting thoughts create confusion. Clarity comes when you are able to streamline your thoughts by deflecting negative thoughts with positive ones. You will then be able to find a clear direction when making key decisions.
  3. Confidence – It is difficult to be confident in challenging situations when you have unstable values and/or internal conflicts that cloud your direction. Being able to solidify your convictions and find your true direction allows you to develop boldness and a relentless “I will not lose” attitude in the face of adversity.

To get the kink out of your think, change your intake. Be very selective with what you watch, what you listen to, who you listen to, and what you read. Eat only those things that will build and edify your character and propel your life in a positive direction. You will gain the courage you need to make positively powerful decisions that benefit you and those connected to you.

Empowering Champions,

Paul Wilson, Jr.