A Few Thoughts on Whitney Houston and the Grammys

Most of the world knows by now that Whitney Houston passed away on Saturday. The outpouring of sympathy and sentiments has been what is expected for who may have been the greatest singer of all time. She was given a wonderful tribute last night at the Grammys. And in countless news stories, interviews, and programs people are expressing shock, dismay, sadness, and a multitude if other feelings.

This is an extremely sad story of a wonderful talent who met with a tragic end to her life. However, the question has to be asked: Why do people seem to respond differently when a superstar dies unexpectedly than when a “regular” person dies unexpectedly?

One reason I believe this mindset exists is because secretly in the hearts of “regular” people lives the same distorted perspective that lives in the heart of many superstars. It’s the human tendency – and for many a conscious choice – to chase the dream vs. The Dream Giver (God).

I can’t say this is what happened to Whitney Houston, but this is what happens to a lot of people in our society. Actually this mindset is nothing new. It was actually addressed by God in Deuteronomy 8 when He admonished the nation of Israel before they entered their promise land. He told them that life was about to get really good. And when it did, they had better not forget the One who made it happen, or else it would cause them to lose everything.

Why is it so important that you don’t pursue your dream at the exclusion of the Dream Giver? When seasons of attention, fame, and stardom pass, and it seems like your dream is now fading from memory instead of flowing into your future, what will you have to hold on to? Whether you are in front of big crowds or not, when the Dream Giver is your focus, you will have the foundation, inspiration, and direction for the next adventure of your life. Transitions don’t have to be tragic, they can be triumphant.

In today’s cult of celebrity, as exhibited by the Grammys and other award shows, people are worshipped for their talent and exploits as much as if not more than God. When that happens, celebrities are ascribed glory that should only be given to God. In Hebrew the word “glory” originally means “weight” or “heaviness.” Humans were not created to carry the weight of God’s glory, only to reflect it. When the weight and pressure of carrying the glory of man-made fame, i.e. having to keep pleasing people or shocking them so you stay relevant in their minds and wallets year after year, people eventually crack under the pressure. They end up doing things they felt was necessary to temporarily or permanently escape the pressure of their lives.

No matter how we have idolized them, superstars – like all of us – are frail human beings who eventually will break down if enough pressure is applied. The list is staggering of those who “died too soon” over the last couple of years (or even the last 40 years) under tragic circumstances that involved drugs and/or alcohol:

  • Michael Jackson
  • Heath Ledger
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Elvis Presley
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Chris Farley
  • Janis Joplin
  • Judy Garland
  • Many more…

And sadly we must now add Whitney Houston to that list. We may never fully know the circumstances of her death, but we have heard by her own admission some of the struggles of the last few years of her life. I pray that we all learn from these individuals and ask God to give us a new mindset for the proper way to appreciate our own and others’ talents, achievements, and accomplishments.

James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights. He loves to bless His children with amazing talent that blesses the world. What He doesn’t love is when His children worship the talent – their own or someone else’s – more than they worship Him.

So let me ask you, are you chasing the dream or the Dream Giver?

Thrive on purpose!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Thrive on purpose,

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in the marketplace!

Are you aware that up to 97% of Christians surveyed disclose that they don’t hear sermons or messages that specifically connect their work life to their spiritual life? Are you one of them? If so, Dream B.I.G. in 3D will be the missing link for you to activate your gifts, find your niche, and fulfill God’s calling for you in the workplace.

This highly regarded book is a powerful tool to help you align your purpose, passions and professional skills. Learn more at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

And A Child Shall Lead Them…

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

If you desire to maximize the potential of your time, talents and ideas, find some people with whom you can cooperatively pursue significant opportunities. Exponential results are awaiting your business!

Thrive on purpose,

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in 3D!

Are you aware that up to 97% of Christians surveyed disclose that they don’t hear sermons or messages that specifically connect their work life to their spiritual life? Are you one of them? If so, Dream B.I.G. in 3D will be the missing link for you to activate your gifts, find your niche, and fulfill God’s calling for you in the workplace.

This highly regarded book is a powerful tool to help you align your purpose, passions and professional skills. Learn more at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

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Dying to Live Your Dream

“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” ~ John 12:24

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of one of the greatest dreamers of all time, Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s interesting that many of the things he eloquently spoke of in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 didn’t become a reality until long after his assassination. Fortunately the dream didn’t die with the dreamer. That’s because thousands (and maybe millions) took ownership of the dream. Its magnitude and reach actually multiplied after he was gone.

How powerful is your dream? Will it die with you or grow after you’re gone?

Happy New You!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in 3D!

Are you aware that up to 97% of Christians surveyed disclose that they don’t hear sermons or messages that specifically connect their work life to their spiritual life? Are you one of them? If so, Dream B.I.G. in 3D will be the missing link for you to activate your gifts, find your niche, and fulfill God’s calling for you in the workplace.

This highly regarded book is a powerful tool to help you align your purpose, passions and professional skills. Learn more at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Create A Game Plan for a Great 2011

It’s just about that time of year again when people start writing their New Year’s resolutions. Did you know that surveys show 40% of resolutions will be failed by January 31st and 75% will be failed by Valentine’s Day. Resolutions are great, but they are not the total solution to a changed life, because they will only take you so far. You need more than resolutions. You need a customized game plan to help you ignite a personal revolution – spirit, soul, and body – that will propel you to reach your thriving potential.

My book, Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative, God-Inspired Life!, is an effective tool providing inspiration and practical instruction to help you craft a comprehensive life plan based on your purpose, passions, and professional skills. By the way, Dream B.I.G. in 3D would also be the perfect Christmas gift for you or someone you know…

I want to be your Dream Catalyst. Contact me today to learn how I can help you craft a personalized life plan that will elevate your life in 2011.

Happy New You!
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

GO Get Your Dream!

The other day I was talking with a friend who was contemplating the jump from employee to entrepreneur. She told me that she felt everything was pointing in the direction of starting her own business. And as she explained her situation to me, it was quite apparent that everything was in place for her to make a successful transition. The issue was not a matter of “if” but “when“. However, she just couldn’t bring herself to hit the “GO” button on her decision.

I believe many people are in this same situation, where you realize it’s time for a change, new direction, or fresh start, but you’re not quite ready to hit the GO button. You feel caught between “a rock and a hard place.” You sense you are being pulled toward something greater, but the relative safety of where you are keeps holding you back – even though you’re not satisfied where you are. The truth is safety leads to complacency which eventually leads to misery. Don’t do that to yourself.

You won’t find the fantastic until you leave the familiar. You won’t experience the spectacular until you leave what’s safe. You won’t get the great until you give up the good. Your rewards won’t come until after you take a risk.

Like I told my friend, you just need someone to tell you to “GO!” I’m here to do that for you. GO for your dream! GO for your passion! GO for your purpose! GO for your destiny! If you don’t you will later regret it.

There’s no better time than the present to pursue the life you were created and destined to live.

Live Passionately!
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Fix Your Faith Focus

Where is your faith focused? The interesting thing about faith is that it works, whether it’s focused at something positive or negative. Faith is the alignment of your beliefs, mental attention, and energy toward the expectation of a specific outcome. This means that faith has the power to bring into existence almost anything that you focus on long enough – good or bad.

So many people wonder why “bad things” keep happening to them. One reason is because they direct their words and faith toward things like “Murphy’s Law” and other detrimental beliefs that reinforce their pessimistic attitude. If that’s you, STOP IT!!!

Quit applying your faith to things that you don’t want to happen by allowing fear to point your faith towards negativity.  Philippians 4:8 says it like this, “… Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” If you follow this advice and focus your faith on healthy, positive, optimistic outcomes, you will experience amazing changes in your life.

Is what you’re focusing on worthy of your faith?

Live B.I.G.!
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Inspiring B.I.G. Life Transformations

As I mentioned in one of my recent posts, we have just crossed over the one year anniversary of my book, Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative, God-Inspired Life! It has had a profound impact on many people’s lives. If you don’t believe me click here to watch some testimonials.

If you are not familiar with my book I wanted to give you a brief introduction so that you can see how your company, church, youth ministry, small group, team, or mastermind group might be able to implement it…

This motivational resource equips people to find, follow, and fulfill their God-given purpose. It contains timely inspiration, practical instruction, insightful questions, and fun exercises that help individuals uncover, clarify, and drive toward the dreams God has placed in their hearts. It has proven to be an effective tool in Bible study and small group discussion settings. The feedback from both youth and adults has been similar in terms of the impact on their lives. Additionally, I can provide a teacher’s curriculum that would allow you to easily facilitate discussion sessions.

You can learn more about Dream B.I.G. in 3D at www.paulwilsonjr.com/Thrive/Dream_BIG_in_3D_Book.html

Let me know what you think. I look forward to connecting with you very soon.

Dream B.I.G.!
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D!  Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

What Does Dreaming B.I.G. Mean to You?

What does Dreaming B.I.G. mean to you?

As I mentioned in a previous post, this month is the one year anniversary of the release of my first book, “Dream B.I.G in 3D!” This past year I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in promoting the book and the message of living out purpose-focused dreams. One of my challenges is getting people to see the difference between dreaming big and dreaming “B.I.G.“, i.e. Bold, Innovative, and God-Inspired.

Dreaming “B.I.G.” means that your are living purposefully, passionately, and prosperously – doing exactly what God created you to do and loving every minute of it. The focus is on increasing the size of your significance (positive influence) instead of focusing on the significance of the size of the things you have. The ultimate outcome of your manifested dream is that you live and leave a powerful legacy that impacts multiple generations. So are you  really dreaming “B.I.G.“?

Special Motivational Dream B.I.G. Message

Sweet Dreams!
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D!  Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.