It’s December! Yes the year is not over, but next year is not far away. Some write off December and use it as an excuse to slack off. I use it to plan for the next year and get a grip on the transition that will be needed. To get ready for 2014, I must reflect on the lessons I have learned in 2013. I share with you now, my top . Hope you enjoy!
1. Unknowns cannot stop you from taking risks and trying. Most people won't achieve what they have been called to do because they are fearful of trying. I have learned whether or not you think you will succeed, this cannot stop you from trying. You must be faithful to what you believe you have been called to do. I have found the most peace in my life after I have tried, regardless of the outcome.
2. Bad investments are to be celebrated once you learn from them. Celebrating failures and allowing them to teach you will allow for little to no regrets. This does not mean it will hurt any less, but not quitting after taking the hit is what makes the difference.
3. Experiencing God's mercy builds faith. When you miss the mark and experience the redeeming empowerment of God, where you should have been judged and condemned, there is nothing like this. This stretches your faith when pursuing your dreams and calling.
4. God will see you through if you truly commit. Life is not always about knowing what to do upfront, but more so having a ready and willing heart prepared. The more prepared you are, the more opportunity you qualify for. Once you commit to an opportunity, the resources that will be provided are endless if it is the right door. This is not always in the way you desire, but they will be provided if it is in His plan.
5. If you believe it's worth it, you have to share vulnerability. If you believe something is worth it, I believe the best thing you can do is to be honest, truthful, express what you feel about the situation, and get after it. No risk, no reward.
6. Opportunity has a timed window. Opportunities are not limited. The windows in which they are provided are however.
7. Help and dependence are two different things. Allowing people to help you does not mean you are dependent on them. Allowing people to help you provides opportunity for the helper to sow a seed. Asking for help does not make you "needy." Excessively asking for help with things you can and should be doing yourself does.
8. Trust your gut above all else. Some call it gut, some call it intuition, some call it sixth sense, I call it the Holy Spirit. Through this view, I often believe it's God’s way of trying to help you make the right decision. Discernment is key in deciphering through this types of scenarios.
9. Encouraging someone to make emotional decisions for personal gain is unethical. I have been to business meetings where provoking emotions in order to have people sign up for a financial investment was the marketing strategy. Directly taking advantage of someone’s vulnerability and insecurities to gain finances from them is something that should not be done in business or in daily life. Self Control is a discipline that should be encouraged and this includes the influence of emotions. Sound decision making, prayerfully consideration, these are biblical sound processes when planning for financial investments and potential opportunities. We may all be guilty of making emotional decisions, but we understand how we felt afterward too. Don’t lose your soul trying to gain the world folks, you will have to answer for these types of practices.
10. Intent can still be good even when results are not. A good friend of mine told me that people would like to be judged by their intent but are measured by their results. I believe this to be true. When you see someone trying for the right reasons but their results do not match their intent, help them to achieve their goal instead of criticizing.
11. Others free will can affect your path, not your destination. Opportunity is everywhere. Where one says no, someone else will say yes and the objective will be met by the determined. I have seen this over and over this past year. If you know where you are going, people can help you or not help you to get there. But if you are determined, you cannot be stopped by anyone. They can only stop you if you allow it. Objectives are the destination; opportunity is the type of transportation you use to get there.
12. Humility will allow for the biggest growth. Humility encourages growth when embraced. Humility maximizes growth when leaned on as if it were a necessity to survive.
13. Seeing the potential in someone does not mean they see it in themselves. Be patient with people. Some people have a hard time believing in themselves. Some people cannot see the hidden talent and energy they possess. Not seeing it is different than seeing it and running from it. If you know that a person can see their potential and chooses to run from it, be careful about how long you stay involved with these types of people. When it’s time to move on, move on.
Talk soon & God bless,
Edited By: Jeni Watanabe