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Obstacles or Opportunties

Posted on 23. Jul, 2014 by Julia Mitchell.

The needs of other people are not obstacles to overcome; in actuality, they are the very opportunities we have to lead.  In light of what I have gone through over these last few months and years even I believe it is all for a reason and all leading to the place that where I am now.

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Obstacles and difficulties in life can be challenging! B.C. Forbes was a Scottish financial journalist and author. He once said: “History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They finally won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. Disappointments acted as a challenge. Don’t let difficulties discourage you.”

Often our obstacles can be used to activate dormant giftings within us that we have failed to realize. These difficulties can also bring new strength to our lives. Don’t you love the way the very situations we hate and avoid at all costs can be used to propel us into something wonderful?

Men and women throughout history have allowed life’s hard places to be turned into opportunities for good.

  • A diving accident in 1967 left 17-year-old Joni Eareckson Tada a quadriplegic. She was confined to a wheelchair and unable to use her arms. Tada developed a determination to overcome her handicap. Her name is now recognized around the world as a person who encourages others to break free from their limitations. She is an artist, musician, author, radio host and founder of Joni and Friends, a ministry to the disability community. In 2005, she was appointed to the Disability Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department.
  • Sheila Holzworth lost her sight at age 10 when the orthodontic headgear attached to her braces snapped. Her eyes were gouged, and she was blinded. In spite of her blindness, Holzworth climbed Mt. Rainer’s icy summit in 1981. She also became an international figure in athletics for the disabled. In 1989 Holzworth was named an Outstanding Young American by the United States Junior Jaycees.
  • The apostle Paul wrote of times when he was beaten and left for dead. He describes being stoned, experiencing shipwreck, enduring dangers all around him and surviving many hardships (2 Cor. 11:22-30). He learned to turn these obstacles into opportunities for God.

Opportunities can be defined as “a set of circumstances that provide a chance or a possibility.” These opportunities can be blessings that present themselves to be grasped, or they can be lost. Circumstances are all around us. As these circumstances are grasped, opportunities surface.

The Lord uses adversity and difficult obstacles to strengthen us. He does not always cause the situation, but He will take every hard thing in our lives and use it for our good. I love what James Dobson says in his book When God Doesn’t Make Sense:

“Is there a logical reason why the Lord asks us to strengthen our resolve and meet our difficulties head-on? We cannot be spiritually stable and emotionally unstable at the same time. We are in a spiritual war with a deadly foe tracking us every hour of the day. Flabby, overindulged, pampered Christians just don’t have the stamina to fight this battle. Thus, the Lord puts us on a spiritual treadmill every now and then to keep us in good fighting condition.”

A good verse to hold on to when obstacles try to limit your progress is Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

God has a high calling and a purpose for your life. Allow the obstacles along your path to strengthen you—and turn them into opportunities for good. This probably sounds good, but how do we do this?

  • Identify the greatest obstacle hindering your progress. That obstacle may be a mindset of failure or defeat. Often, the greatest battlefield is in our minds. Henry Ford once said, “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” Get up and begin again. You learned some valuable lessons during those difficult days. You are now ready to move forward.
  • Find the redemptive quality in your obstacle. Find the ingredient necessary for lemonade in your bucket of lemons! History tells us that Winston Churchill was defeated as prime minister after World War II. His wife tried to encourage him. She told him his defeat was a blessing in disguise. “If it is,” Churchill replied, “then it is very effectively disguised.” Although he was devastated over his defeat, he learned through the hard place. Later he went on to fulfill his very illustrious career. He found a redemptive ingredient in the midst of his great obstacle, including winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953.
  • Let the Lord bring comfort and strength to you during this time. David woke up one morning rejoicing over the prospect of going home to Ziklag after a victorious battle. By the end of the day, he and his soldiers felt like the rug had been pulled from under them. Their wives and children were captured. Their homes were burned. His own men turned against him. Someone described that day as the worst of David’s life. But David learned to encourage himself in the Lord (see 1 Sam. 30:1-6).

When our circumstances are not encouraging, the presence of the Lord encourages us. When no person is around to encourage us, the Lord will speak to us and encourage us. When you feel you have had the worst day of your life, allow the Lord to comfort and encourage you. He will never leave you and will not forsake you.

Allow the Lord to give you a new plan that turns your obstacle into opportunity. J. Sidlow Baxter, a pastor, author and a theologian, said: “What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty and every difficulty has an opportunity.”

Begin to create opportunities out of your obstacles. Fight for the right to fulfill God’s destiny for your life. God’s future for your life is waiting for you to apprehend it.

About the author: Barbara Wentroble is a gifted apostolic and prophetic minister and the founder of International Breakthrough Ministries and Breakthrough Business Network (internationalbreakthroughministries.org). She has written several books, including Praying With Authority and Rise to Your Destiny, and lives in Irving, Texas, with her husband, Dale.

 

 

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You Can Change

You Can Change

Posted on 27. Mar, 2014 by Julia Mitchell.

You can’t change your entire life.

You can only change your next action.

You can’t change a relationship with a loved one.

You can only change your next interaction.

You can’t change your entire job.

You can only change your next task.

You can’t change your body composition.

You can only change your next meal.

You can’t change your fitness level.

You can only start moving.

You can’t declutter your entire life.

You can only choose to get rid of one thing, right now.

You can’t eliminate your entire debt.

You can only make one payment, or buy one less unnecessary item.

You can’t change the past, or control the future.

You can only change what you’re doing right now.

You can’t change everything.

You can only change one, small thing.

And that’s all it takes.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.—Ephesians 3:20-21

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Keys to Profitable Productivity

Keys to Profitable Productivity

Posted on 24. Mar, 2014 by Julia Mitchell.

Trick to productivity is decide what you want to work on other then in the moment and then practice that high value work it over and over again until it is natural, habitual and becomes auto pilot and engages.

Direct and place your mind and direction on your breathe, notice how long you concentrate on that until your mind switches back onto autopilot and you are aware with the fairies.  We need to practice putting our body mind on autopilot directed to where we want to go.

1.  Focus on what you want to create not what you want to avoid.  We are twice as motivated to avoid something bad happening, by fear compared  to the motivation by our desires or our goals.  This is more of a challenge to overcome as we are unconsciously thinking about what we don’t want to do rather than what we do want to do.

We can’t get somewhere if you are avoiding where you don’t want to go.  You could end up anyway.

2.  Focus on what produces the most value not what produces the most busyness.

We confuse busyness and activity with results.  Busyness and activity are two different things.  If at the end of the day you spent all your time effort and energy on being busy you may be surprised to see you have no results.  Learn which activities create the results  and which ones don’t and focus on the ones creating the results and not the ones keeping you busy.

3.  Focus your time in chunks of 90 to 120 minutes minimum and don’t multitask

If you don’t focus on one thing for a chunk of time you won’t get the results or make much progress.  If you are muti tasking which I have to say I am doing at the moment you won’t get the desired results.

4.  Focus on what will work in the future not what worked in the past

We don’t live in the time anymore where you can learn a job and just do that over and over again for 10, 20,30  40 years.  Things are constantly changing and evolving. Focus on producing value not just for now but for the future.  Greatest challenge is to manager ourselves and to do your new habit at the beginning of the day when you still have the willpower.

Focus on what will work in the future, not what worked in the past.

★ Steven Covey: “Time management is a misnomer, the challenge is to manage ourselves.”

★ It takes about 30 days to imprint a new habit, so it becomes automatic and natural – and you must overcome Habit Gravity and achieve Escape Velocity by practicing every day until it’s “in.”

★ Make big commitments personally, socially, in business and financially to get yourself into action, and to make sure you complete the important money-making projects in your business.

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Quick And Easy Ways To Feel Happier

Quick And Easy Ways To Feel Happier

Posted on 18. Mar, 2014 by Julia Mitchell.

It is a choice as with anything in life as to whether we be happy or whether we allow the situations around us  dictate our moods.

I know as I work in a very stressful environment dealing with people 8 hours straight a day and I have had to learn how NOT to allow these people rob me of my joy.

I’m sure you have experienced days where you wake up in a bad mood and from then on in you have a bad day.  You know that if you don’t change your attitude it will carry through into all areas of your life.

Achieving a better state of mind is going to make a difference to the outcome of your day.  So much power is given over to us.  It is our decision our choice and I know it can be difficult but it is worth taking action and changing your mindset.

Our emotional dumps can spiral us downward and we then forget how good it feels to be happy.  Here are a couple of steps that you can implement that may help you.  Let me know.

1. Go for a walk.

I know you are at work but you are entitled to a break.  Get up out of your seat and go for a walk, doesn’t have to be a power walk just get out and get some fresh air.

Walking is a great form of exercise and I find a walk along the beach to be one of the most calming walks for me.

Find your place to go whether it’s in a natural environment with plants and birds or by the beach.  Take a moment then to notice the colours, the sky, the water the greenery, listen to the sounds of the birds, the ocean, the animals.  Feel the sunlight shining and allow it to brighten up your soul and spirit.  Breath deeply, shake it off and smile.

2. Listen to quality music.

I found a great site the other day that you can play whilst working at home, check it out.  Music, it can life your spirits instantly.  Think of a song right now that makes you happy and notice how different you feel as you hum along.  Create yourself a cd or download music onto your ipod that you love and makes you happy.   When you feel yourself spiralling downwards put on some music and enjoy.

3. Be creative, discover something new and different.

Create a bucket list, write it up, add some pictures and begin to take action to achieve these things.  Be creative take up something different like an art class, cooking class or scrapbooking.  Visit the local library and get a great book to read.  Books are wonderful and so full of knowledge, wisdom and ideas.  Make a date with yourself on a monthly basis to do something different and share the experience with others.

 

4. Have a good laugh

Laughter triggers a lot of healthy physical changes in the human body. It helps the pituitary gland release its own pain-suppressing opiates.

When was the last time you threw back your head and roared out loud? When was the last time you threw back your head and roared out loud?

The ability to enjoy and laugh frequently is a tremendous resource for good living, enhancing relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

Go to youtube and search for funny videos that will get you started.

5. Simple breathing meditation.

Your breath is a powerful and simple way to anchor yourself in the present moment. Whenever you are having a hard time staying in the now, take deep breaths, and focus on your breathing.  This is something you can do anywhere at anytime.  Take time out to close your eyes and breath deeply in and out.  That’s all there is to it. Do this for 10-15 minutes. Notice how pleasantly surprised you can be at how you feel afterward.

6. Doodling for the fun of it.

Most people can remember when they were young and used to doodle for hours. Kids love drawing silly little pictures. Drawing is not just for kids or artists. Whoever you are get some pens, pencils, crayons or whatever you have and just draw for the fun of it. Notice how your state of mind shifts.

7. Think of others less fortunate.

Thinking of others helps us to humble ourselves and see our situation in a different way.  Do a good deed and offer a helping hand to someone who is less fortunate than yourself.

Doing good deed and helping others who are less fortunate is not only a good way to make your soul feel giddy, but also a way to have karma bless you with the opportunity to find you. Meeting other people whose lives are vastly different from your own can help you see the world from a new perspective and open your eyes to how fortunate you really are.

Do some research and find a cause that is close to your heart and begin to support them in whatever capacity you can.  I helped create http://encouragementfoundation.org/ .

These are all pretty simple. There’s nothing profound or life changing, but when all you need is a quick pick me up these may be just the thing you need.  So what are you waiting for?  Love to hear what you have done and if it has helped you out.

Julia

www.toptierwinner.com

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Admitting you are wrong

Admitting you are wrong

Posted on 10. Mar, 2014 by Julia Mitchell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I was wrong, and I am sorry”.

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.

John C. Maxwell

As a leader, owning your mistakes is your greatest opportunity to learn and grow.

All of us will have opportunities to admit that we’ve been wrong.

A careless word, a thoughtless action, a missed opportunity, a self-serving act; they just happen.

When we realize we are wrong, how we react will often define our character.  When pride sets in, it can become difficult to admit our mistakes or apologize, and because of this, the most common reaction for many people is to respond angrily or defensively.

When you deliver an apology make sure you are sincere and often requires you explaining what happened and why.  With any mistake, no matter how small, there is a way to prevent it from happening again so be aware it is very empowering.

Practice honesty whenever you are confronted with truth.  You will not only feel more comfortable when people tell you are wrong but you will get better at admitting it and not only that… It is one of the most liberating experiences. You get better not by trying to be better but by being honest. That’s the core of a good heart!

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.—1 John 1:7-9 NLT

 

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When I am weak, You are Strong

When I am weak, You are Strong

Posted on 26. Feb, 2014 by Julia Mitchell.

 

When I am weak, You are strong

Do you feel strong in your weakness?  The pain we may all experience, that can be found in our weak times, although challenging, can be rewarding when all is said and done. It may not seem like it while you are going through the pain, but power is made perfect in our weakness.

Be Brave when you are scared.

Although we can’t always see the big picture of why we go through the things we go through, it truly is for our best interest and we will only become stronger for having gone through our trials, if we allow God’s power to be made perfect in our weakness.

 

A little piece of wood once complained bitterly because its owner kept whittling away at it, cutting it, and filling it with holes, but the one who was cutting it so remorselessly paid no attention to its complaining.  He was making a flute out of that piece of ebony, and he was too wise to desist from doing so, even though the wood complained bitterly.  He seemed to say, “Little piece of wood, without these holes, and all this cutting, you would be a black stick for ever–just a useless piece of ebony.  What I am doing now may make you think that I am destroying you, but, instead, I will change you into a flute, and your sweet music will charm the souls of men and comfort many a sorrowing heart.  My cutting you is the making of you, for only thus can you be a blessing in the world.  [M.R. Dehaan]

C. S. Lewis“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains:  it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

 

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What’s Prettier Than Freckles?

What’s Prettier Than Freckles?

Posted on 12. Feb, 2012 by Julia Mitchell.

An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with bright freckles, spent the day at the zoo. Lots of children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist who was decorating them with tiger paws.

“You’ve got so many freckles, there’s no place to paint!” a girl in the line said to the little fellow.

Embarrassed, the little boy dropped his head. His grandmother knelt down next to him. “I love your freckles. When I was a little girl I always wanted freckles,” she said, while tracing her finger across the child’s cheek. “Freckles are beautiful.”

The boy looked up, “Really?”

“Of course,” said the grandmother. “Why just name me one thing that’s prettier than freckles.”

The little boy thought for a moment, peered intensely into his grandma’s face, and softly whispered,

“Wrinkles”

 

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Live Life

Live Life

Posted on 23. Sep, 2011 by Julia Mitchell.

“Live life and take chances. Believe that everything happens for a reason and don’t regret. Love to the fullest and you

will find true happiness in life. Realize that things go wrong and people change, but things do go on. Sometimes things
weren’t meant to be. What is supposed to happen will work its way out.”

– Author Unknown

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Five birds and good intentions

Five birds and good intentions

Posted on 31. Aug, 2011 by Julia Mitchell.

Five birds are sitting on a telephone wire. Two decide to fly south. How many are left?

Most people would say three. Actually, all five are left. You see, deciding to fly isn’t the same as doing it.

If a bird really wants to go somewhere, it’s got to point itself in the right direction, jump off the wire, flap its wings and keep flapping until it gets there. So it is with most things. Good intentions aren’t enough . . . It’s not what we want, say, or think that makes things happen; it’s what we do.

I frequently think of writing thank-you, birthday, and congratulatory notes. Unfortunately, only a sad few of these good sentiments ever make it to paper. Still, if I don’t look too closely, I can delude myself into thinking that based on my good thoughts I’m a gracious and grateful person. A truer and less admirable picture of my character is drawn by my actions.

In the end, we either do or don’t do. We either make the time to do the things we want to and should do or we make excuses. As Alfred Adler said . . . ‘Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.’

What do you want to do? Do you want to take a course, change your job, lose weight, make new friends, or spend more time with and appreciate more the ones you have?

What’s stopping you from jumping off the wire and flapping your wings?

Written by Michael Josephson

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