Getting on the bus and making sure your in the right seat

Cameron Herold talks about some business strategies to improve the performance of your company in his book “Double Double.”  I first heard about him on Jordan Harbinger’s podcast called “The Art of Charm.”

The basis for his ideas about business came from his experiences with other jobs that he had as he was learning about how to succeed in business.  I want to take a few minutes to convey this to you as it is worth repeating.

Semi-Annual Employee PlotCameron explains that it is critical to have the right people in your organization and it is critical to have them in the right positions.  The chart above is a tool that you can use to figure out what to do with your employees.  By making the necessary changes, you can increase the profits in your company drastically.  I’ll break down the concept below.

Low Values/Low Productivity

These employees just cost your company more than they are worth.  They cause other employees to be less effective in lost productivity from either covering the poor employees tasks or frustration over the poor employees work and pay.  The low value low productivity employee is not helping the company in any way.  You would have better success divvying out their responsibilities to other employees and giving them a raise.  While letting this employee go, you don’t have to be a jerk.  Kindly let them know that it just isn’t working out.  You may be doing them a favor.

Low Values/High Productivity

I’ve heard this dozens of times from Owners, Supervisors and Managers.  I would like to get rid of “Joe,” but he is my most productive employee.  Joe frustrates me because he doesn’t follow protocol or Joe does what he wants.  What employers don’t realize is that Joe is costing the company 5 times his salary in lost productivity, lost business, lost potential new employees and lost opportunities.  While the high producing employee is doing a good job, other employees are not producing at their peak.  They will lose productivity spending time discussing Joe, his performance, and why the company lets Joe get away with anything and everything.  When you have an employee like Joe, there are potential customers that will not do business with you because they know Joe works there.  Just like potential customers won’t do business with you, potential employees won’t be attracted to your company to work there.  The law of attraction is very powerful when you have good and bad employees.  Lastly, your company will miss out on opportunities to grow the business because Joe will stagnate fresh new ideas for growth from your employees.  Instead of thinking about how to make the company better, they are focusing on how can they make it through the day working with Joe.

I worked with Joe once and here’s what my experiences were.  Joe was a supervisor in one of our shops and he had about 15 guys working for him.  So he was not only a guy with poor values, but he was also an influencer among his guys.  The company had lots of injuries on the job and our Workers’ Compensation Modification Rate was growing.  One of my jobs was to change that.  Joe wouldn’t wear his safety glasses in the shop.  If fact, it became a game to Joe as he would purposely remove them when I came around.  As a result of Joe’s actions, I was frustrated and spent a lot of company time and money trying to figure out how to make Joe comply.  We wrote policies, made penalties for failure to comply, etc., but nothing worked.  You see, I learned from Joe that the company valued him, more than they valued me.  He was a high producing employee and that was the most valuable trait in that company.  I was just the guy paid to take the fall if OSHA showed up or the insurance company wanted to do an inspection.

My battles with Joe raged on for 4 years.  I finally had enough and left the company to find a better, less stressful, more peaceful job to do.  Of course I maintained contact with the company and followed Joe’s actions from afar.  What the company owners learned after I left was that Joe was stealing from the company and performing work during his off time to pad his pockets.  I also learned that Joe was chasing off good quality employees who had a conscience and saw what he was up to.  The management only saw Joe’s productivity.  They didn’t see how his attitude affected the organization as a whole and how Joe brought down their people, their products, their profits and their potential.  Joe is gone now from that company and they are doing well, but so am I and others too.  Don’t let Joe rob your company.  Figure out how to duplicate Joe’s skills, abilities, tasks, and let Joe go.

High Values/Low Productivity

Cameron explained that the natural reaction is to provide more training to the employee.  In his experiences, this is the easy choice, but not always the best.  Employees with high values who are not performing well are probably in the wrong position.  You would spend less money and get faster results if you analyzed the employee to find a better position for them in your company.  Chances are that you hired them because you liked their values and thought they aren’t perfect for the job, but you can train them to do the job and they’ll succeed.  The overarching problem is that they will try to do a good job, but their heart just isn’t in it.  They have to motivate themselves to do the job and sometimes, they just can’t muster the energy to do it.

I had a direct sales job for 2 years.  The hardest task was prospecting new clients.  I hated that task, but that task was the single most important task that I could do to generate revenue for myself and my company.  I would psyche myself up every day when it was time to do that job.  Some days I won and some day’s the prospects won.  The salesmen that produced the best results were the ones that excelled at prospecting and when you had conversations with them, you could tell that they loved to do that.

I’ve had other employees that have worked for me that were good at tasks that no one else liked to do.  When they moved on to other opportunities and I had to hire a replacement, I found it difficult at times to find someone who loved to do the same tasks.  Once I did, the magic happened and I didn’t have to spend a lot of time pushing them to do their jobs.  John Maxwell has said that you hire for your weaknesses and perform for your strengths.  That idea speaks to getting the right people on the bus and into the right positions.

High Values / High productivity

When you find someone in your organization that is a high producer and they have high values, you need to handcuff them to your organization for the next 5 years so that other companies don’t hire them away from yours.  These employees will take your company far into the future and it’s in your best interest to figure out how to keep them bought into your vision and the vision of the company.  Incentivize their employment with the company so they have much to lose if they chose to leave.

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Culture

The last ideal that I want to leave you with is what is the culture of your organization or what is the pulse.  Your people create your culture and having negativism in your ranks dilutes the culture of your organization from what it was when you started it.  If you are the CEO hired to run the organization, then it’s up to you to mold the culture into what you want it to be.  Hire the right people, fire the wrong ones, and move the ones that aren’t in the right positions.

 

Getting rid of the parasites

 

There are so many parasitic problems in life today and those parasites drain people of their ability to perform everywhere.  In my opinion, distractions are the biggest drain to productivity.  When I was first entering the work force, I didn’t have computers, cell phones, access to everyone I know and people I don’t know at the touch of a finger.  In essence, I could only be distracted by my immediate environment and by whatever was going on in my head.  I had the ability and the expectation that I would go to work for 8 or more hours, work hard, and return home before I had to check in with someone who would expect me to share what my experiences were for that time I was gone.  While I was working, I produced what was expected of me so I could keep my job and I only had to interact with fellow employees who worked in my department.

Fast forward to today and we have the world at our fingertips and our schedules in the hands of anyone with a smart phone, computer or email address.  Be honest, you know this has happened to you.  You had a plan of the tasks you needed to accomplish for the day, showed up at work, opened your email and Bam you were off to the races responding to all the emails you got while you were at home.  Or worse than that, you have your smart phone connected to your work email so you can respond to work related crisis while you are supposed to be at home relaxing and enjoying your time with your family.  The reason we are not getting our work done or accomplished is that we are allowing distractions and people to insert themselves into our schedules and we aren’t blocking out time to respond to their requests at a time that we chose.  These distractions are like parasites that attach themselves to our life and suck everything that is good out of us until we are overwhelmed with too much to do and not enough time to do it.  It’s time to take control of the distractions and kill the parasites that are draining us of our ability to get the job done.

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Here are some steps you can take to take back control.

  1. Block out time in your day to read emails after you have accomplished #1 and #2 on your “To Do” list.
  2. Turn on your auto responders letting people know that you respond to emails at “x” time daily.
  3. Take 1 hour per week to unsubscribe to spam or unwanted emails or send them to your spam folder automatically
  4. Turn off notifications on your phone from sources like Facebook, email servers, text messages, etc.
  5. Tell your friends and loved ones that you don’t respond to text messages and emails while at work.  If it is really important, they need to call.

Communicating with family and friends is important; however, good communication is best in person or over the phone.  Texting and emailing loses the emphasis and body language that you get from voice inflections and face to face conversations.  Just think of the good conversations you can have with your family if you wait to talk to them when you see them.

You’ll excel at work because you’ll be more productive than your peers who let the distractions keep them from getting their best work done.  Also, you’ll be able to leave your work at work and enjoy your time with family.

There is nothing new under the sun!

There is nothing new under the sun! Chapter 1 of Ecclesiastes is about vanity and verse 9 says that which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done and there is nothing new under the sun. Simply put, history repeats itself.

I have been reading, consuming, and studying a lot of business, management, leadership, and self-help material for quite some time trying to challenge myself to grow and to help others to grow as well by sharing what I have been learning. My goal with for doing this was to learn what the author was trying to teach, compare it to the bible and implement the good material into my daily life so that I could change the trajectory of my life.

What I found was much of the material when boiled down to its base was biblical truth or laws that had been personalized, customized, or branded so that person could either convey it as their own material or explain how it worked in their life.

I know millions of people have read Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich,” and have applied his theories about wealth to their lives and have attained a better life for themselves and their families. I wanted to break that book down to see if there were biblical principals at work in each of the chapters and Surprise, there were.

The big push today is marketing yourself or branding yourself to stand apart from the crowd so that you can pull a portion of the market to you and thus increase your market share and profits. While I am in business to make money, I believe that people should be able to get free information for free. I am choosing to break down the principals of the book and explain what biblical principles they were founded on so that you can read for yourself what God already put into his word for your use. I will break down 1 chapter per day and compare it to the word of God so that you can apply the scriptures to your life, develop a relationship with God and see him move in your situations to cause growth, change, and deliverance. The next post will be on “Thoughts are things.”

I will be posting the breakdowns of these chapters on my Facebook page.  You can get there by clicking here

Faith begins where the will of God is known-for you!

I knew that I wanted to write about what God was doing in my life to help me pick up the pieces and restore the losses in my life, but I had so much to share I didn’t always know where to start. Today I want to break down a scripture and use it to illustrate what God has done for me and what he will do for you. Remember God is no respecter of persons, but he is a respecter of faith. He doesn’t have favorites, he just has his kids and if you are born again, that includes you.

We see in Psalms 51:10-12 that David was asking God to create a new clean heart in him, renew his spirit, and keep him close and to restore him. David had just committed adultery with Bathsheba and he cried out to God for forgiveness.

Psalm 51:10-12

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.

The bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart. David spent a lot of time with God and God was continually renewing David’s mind. David was passionate about God and you can see that when you read book of Psalms. God was with David wherever he went and God kept David from harm, just like he has kept me from harm all the days of my life.

I was a trouble maker growing up. I caused a lot of pain and suffering for my mom and my step dad. I didn’t mean to cause them to get upset with me, but I just wanted to run free, play and have fun. I spend most of my years growing up grounded for failing to make it home on time. I just didn’t have a sense of responsibility and I didn’t have a relationship with Jesus that gave me a standard of right and wrong to go by. Shortly after graduating high school I got born again. God changed my life forever that day.

I was a sinner and I was very guilty making many mistakes and I carried that guilt, shame and regret with me as a young man, but when I asked God to forgive me, he created in me a clean heart like he did for David. David was asking God to give him a steadfast spirit or one that doesn’t waver or isn’t subject to the circumstances going on all around him. God started me on a journey that brought stability to my life. He gave me a perseverance that kept me going even when I would have given up in the past. He helped me establish new goals in life and see them fulfilled.

David knew he messed up. He knew that he was not where he was supposed to be when he decided to act on the impulses that were flowing through him. David also had had a close relationship with God and he feared that God was going to take that away from him. It was like he was begging God not leave him alone in his guilt and shame. Once you have felt God’s presence in your life, you never want to let that feeling go away and so I know how he felt when he asked God to stay and not go. Since becoming a Christian I have made some blunders and felt the guilt and shame come back and felt like God was so far from me that I couldn’t find him. The facts couldn’t be further from the truth. God was right here waiting for me to cry out, ask for forgiveness and ask him for his help in the situation I found myself. I have learned from those early years in my walk with God, that when I mess up, I need to repent right away. I need to ask Jesus for forgiveness and I need to turn away from doing what I was doing that caused me to end up in that situation. You see, repenting is not just saying you’re sorry for what you’ve done, but it is turning away from that activity so that you don’t end up repeating the cycle. Sometimes I have found that I needed to repent several times as I learned to overcome the temptation to sin in that area. Other times, I just had to repent once and it was done.

When David said don’t take the Holy Spirit away from him that was significant because in the Old Testament days the Holy Spirit was only on select people like Kings, Profits, and individuals selected for a specific cause. Today, we can have the Holy Spirit live in us and lead us where we should go and what we should do. In David’s time, if the Holy Spirit departed the King then they would no longer have God’s protection or leadership over their kingdom and it wouldn’t be long before their time was up. Today, we can have the Holy Spirit with us always as long as we follow God’s word. God says that he will never leave us or forsake us, but if we are choosing to live our lives without following him, he will let us do that until we figure out that the best we can do without God is fail.

Lastly, David asks for restoration and sustainment. David knew that God could restore him and only God could sustain his life. I have seen God’s work in my life to restore parts of my life that were stolen and parts of my life that I gave away. God is a good God and he is in the restoration business. He wants to restore people who have struggled with anything in their lives that are not good for them. The only person who is too far gone to be restored is the person who is dead. As long as you are living, God can restore you. You just have to have faith that he can do it and that he will do it. Mark 11:23-24 (Amp) says:

Mark 11:23-24Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and [a]does not doubt in his heart [in God’s unlimited power], but believes that what he says is going to take place, it will be done for him [in accordance with God’s will]. 24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you.

You activate your faith by speaking out God’s word over your life in the face of what the circumstances are saying. For example, if someone receives a diagnosis of cancer they could say what the bible says about that and proclaim that they are healed. Someone might say, “Well does that mean that they shouldn’t get treatment then?” No, they should get the medical treatment recommended by their doctor, but still proclaim that they are healed until they get the full manifestation of what they are believing for. If that is you, and you need healing in your body today, I want you to go to the bible and read the following scriptures out loud to yourself.

Power of your tongue scriptures

Proverbs 18:21

Luke 6:45

James 3:2-7

Proverbs 18:7

Mark 11:23-24

Healing Scriptures

Colosians 1:21-21

Mathew 6:12

Romans 5:5

1 Peter 2:24

Romans 6:11

2 Corintheans 5:21

Psalms 107:20

John 6:63 & 10:10

Proverbs 4:20-22

Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

Do you talk to yourself?  Do you ask yourself questions and do you answer yourself?  Sure you do.  Do you routinely ask yourself were do you see yourself in 3 years?  What job will you have? What position will you hold in the company? Where will you live? What car will you drive, etc.?

Why is this important? It’s important because you need to dream.  You need to set goals and you need to attain them.  Goals drive behavior and behavior creates habits and habits create who you become.  We tend to think forward and dwell on the past.  What I want you to do is a combination of both.  Get a piece of paper, and write down everything you can about where you see yourself in 3 years.  Make sure the description is so go that you can actually picture in your mind everything you have written down.  Go ahead and spend a few minutes doing that and then come back.

Ok, so your back.  Now that you have the picture in your head and have captured it on paper we can break it down into actionable steps.  We can break it down and work backward to set small goals easily attainable until we have hit our mark.  You will need to refine your goals from time to time, but this will make it easier than just saying in 3 years, I see myself making $1,000,000.  Let me give you an example of backwards planning that you probably do everyday, but you just have done it so many times that it’s on auto pilot.

What time do you get up in the morning?  For you, it may be different than for me, but we both do the same math.  I have to be at work by 7:30 and it takes me 30 minutes to drive to work so I need to leave the house by 7:00.  In order to leave by 7:00, I have to get in the shower by 6:15, so that I can get ready.  In order to get in the shower by 6:15, I need to get up by 6:00.  You get the idea.  We take the stated goal, getting to work by 7:30 and backwards plan until we figure out what time we need to wake up in the morning, complete our morning routine, and get to work on time.  The procedure will be the same for setting your short term and long term goals.  I recommend setting 30, 60, & 90 day goals in lieu of 6 month, 1 year, and longer goals.  We tend to lose focus and lose the drive because the reward is so far down the road that after awhile, we may feel that it is unattainable.

So let me give an example of breaking down a 3 year goal with some action steps and finish with talking about SMART Goals.  One of my goals for the next 3 years could be to run a marathon.  So if I break that down, I know that I will need to be able to run 26.2 miles in one shot and today, lets say that I cannot run at all.  So first thing I do is break the goal in half and say that in 18 months, I want to run 13.1 miles.  Now I’m going to break that down again and say that in 9 months, I need to run 6 miles. Now that I have the goal down to 9 months, I can break it up into 90 day segments.  If I broke it up equally, I would strive to run 2 miles in 3 months, 4 miles in 6 months, and 6 miles in 9 months; however, starting is always slower than you think.  I usually back off my first 90 day goal by 15-25%, then add that back into the next 6 month’s worth of training.

Ok, I know that I can’t run at all right now because I recently had hip surgery and I haven’t been cleared by the doctor yet, so my plan might look something like this.

  1. Get cleared by the doctor to run (schedule appointment w/in 30 days).
  2. Once cleared, start walking at a brisk pace every other day for the next 7 days 10-20 minutes.
  3. Week 2: walk brisk paced daily for 5 days of 7 days 15-20 minutes.
  4. Week 3: slow jog as tolerated for 10-20 minutes 3 days per week.
  5. Week 4: continue jogging 3 days per week, but increase intensity one week, then time the following week.
  6. You will continue on this cycle until you can get up to running time up for 15-25 minutes and your distance to 1.5-2.0 miles.

You should evaluate your progress every 30 days to ensure your on tract to complete your 3 month goal.

This is just one example for you to use.  The other tool you can use for setting goals it to set SMART Goals. Using the word smart as the acronym to define your goal.

S-Specific

M-Measureable

A-Attainable

R-Realistic

T-Time bound

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Here is a good goal.  I would like to lose 10 lbs. in 30 days.  It is specific because you want to lose 10 lbs. It is measurable because you can step on a scale and see where you are now, subtract 10 lbs. and that’s your target.  It is attainable because losing 10 lbs. in 30 days is 2.5 lbs. per week. It may not be realistic if you don’t have 10 lbs. to lose, but for a lot of people 10 lbs. would not be too much weight to lose.  Finally, it is time bound by completing the goal in 30 days.

Here are some poor goals.  I want to lose some weight. I want to make more money.  I want people to like me.  Can you see the difference?  I hope this helps you create some good goals for the future and helps you break them down into actionable steps.

Why am I passionate about helping you renew your mind?

December 2014, the person I loved the most in this world told me she wanted to cheat on me. Who says that? It was a desperate cry for help from the woman I loved and the woman who I had invested the last 22 years of my life with. A week later she was gone. Eight months later we were divorced. My life was falling apart all around me and I couldn’t keep ahold of anything that was stable in my life except this one thing. That one thing that changed my life so many times before in the past, that one thing that I could count on to be there when I had nowhere else to turn, that one thing was my relationship with Jesus Christ. When all else was failing, he wasn’t letting me down, instead, he was picking me up, dusting me off and helping me get my life back in order.

The reason that I am so passionate about helping others is that I have been helped along in my life. I have been delivered out of dangerous situations and I have seen God change me for the better over my lifetime. Sure, I was your typical kid who got into trouble from time to time, but I wasn’t that crazy. I just wanted to have fun, enjoy life and have the best life. I was jealous of those that had more, but it was mostly ok. I had two big events happen in my childhood that God aka Jesus saved me from. The first was a near drowning incident located at Falls Park in Sioux Falls, SD and the second was being molested by a friend of a family member when I was in my early teens. God delivered me from both situations. One was instant and the other took years to undue, but it’s done.

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I know what God wants for my life and I know what he wants me to communicate to you too. This blog is the chance for me to share life lessons, personal challenges, struggles, deliverance and what happens when you dare to put your trust in Jesus. I will be writing about my adventures and tying the word of God into what I write so that you can see that it’s not me just figuring out how to be a better person, but instead it is God leading me, guiding me, directing me and intervening from time to time. I understand now why we have to renew our minds with the word of God and I want to share that with you too hoping that it encourages you to make positive changes in your life through prayer, reading the bible and stepping out by faith when things may be uncomfortable.

If you have a comment, please leave it in the comments section or you can email me directly info@chris-buckley.net

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me-WRONG!

The old nursery rhyme told as far back as the late 1800’s was meant to keep children from bullying one another by building that inner strength to tell the bully that it doesn’t matter what you say, I’ll be ok. That phrase couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Words are the most powerful force in the universe. God spoke everything you see and what you don’t see by speaking creative words. You have this same ability to create because you were created in God’s image. You also have the ability to destroy by your words. Your words once spoken go out into the world to create what you have spoken. They will either create life or they will create death, but they will produce after their own kind.

The law in affect is called seed time and harvest. Everything produces after its own kind. The danger here is that it doesn’t just produce one fruit or seed, but instead produces a harvest of more seeds which when planted will produce even more seeds. Yes, some of those seeds will die just like in the natural, but most will take root to keep reproducing the harvest of what was originally sown in your life. Likewise, you can sow seeds that are good and that are good for you and those around you. It’s not just about speaking positive words like, “Today I’m going to get a million dollars,” because you may not have the means to make that possible. Instead, speak and say what God says about you and about your situation and see the fruit of those words spoken produce a harvest in your life.

Now, you may say, “I tried that and it didn’t work.” Well, there are two factors at work here, one is unbelief and the other is double mindedness. First, if you try something, you may not be fully committed or persuaded that it’s going to work. You have to have faith that what God says in his word is truth. You also have to know the context of what God is saying. You cannot pull scriptures out of context and wrongly apply them to your life. Every scripture of promise has a condition of obedience associated to it, i.e. Give and it shall be given unto you, press down shaken together…shall men give into your bosom   . You can’t receive people giving back into you if you don’t first give. There are many more examples throughout scripture.

The second part of that is double mindedness. If you quote and apply a scripture to your circumstances, then go away and speak negative words to those circumstances, you are canceling out your blessing. The two messages spoken cancel each other out. Paraphrasing what the bible says in Mark 11:23 you shall speak to your problem and tell it to go away and don’t doubt it but believe it and it shall come to pass. After speaking and quoting the bible over your problem you may say to another person at another time, “I never can get ahead.” You may have just cancelled out the blessing you were believing for.

If you’re like me, when I heard this I was worried. I started to take an account of what I had been saying and I knew I had been speaking out both sides of my mouth. I had to change my actions and I had to dig up those seeds that I had planted like you dig up a weed in your yard or garden. I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins. I asked him to help me dig up those misspoken words and I started to speak what he said about my life and my situation. I got into the word and I found out what God wanted for my life and I started speaking that for me.

Back to sticks and stones, we are products of the words spoken over us by our parents, teachers, friends and family. As we grow, we tend to fit into the mold that others have set for us, unless we get into the bible and discover for ourselves what God says about us and what he wants for our lives. When we do that, we can say what he says about us and see the changes come. You are a WIP, that is a Work In Progress and you are subject to change your entire life if you will be coachable and teachable. You just have to be careful who you let speak into your life.

Good day and God bless!

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Doubt, Fear, & Unbelief-Don’t walk by sight

There are many examples in the bible of people who were afraid by what they saw.  Peter became afraid when he saw the winds and the waves in the story of Jesus walking on the water in Mathew 14:25-31. And the disciples were afraid of the storm in Mark 4:36-41.They were afraid because of the outward circumstances. The waves were big and the wind was blowing and the boat was filling with water. It didn’t look good for them. When they woke Jesus up, he said to the sea “Peace be still!” and the wind ceased and there was a great calm. In verse 40 he asked them why they were fearful and why didn’t they have any faith.

God tells us to walk by faith and not by sight, because when we walk by sight, we can lose our heart. We can lose our faith and doubt and unbelief can set in. Doubt and unbelief rob us of the blessing that God has for us. Many times people can believe for a miracle or a change in their life only to give up too soon or to get into fear and unbelief before they get everything they are believing for. I don’t want you to give up and I don’t want you to get into unbelief. When you don’t believe in what God has promised you or you did believe, but then start focusing on your circumstances fear sets in.

This blog is about renewing your mind. When you renew your mind with the word of God, you begin to understand that God is for you. He wants the best for your life and he’s not the one causing you all the trouble. If fear sets in, the enemy can take you for everything you have. Sometimes when I have battled fear in the past, I have thought of Job. Job became afraid for what his kids could be doing, so he gave an extra offering to cover the sins they could be doing. He was afraid to lose his kids. In one day, his worse fears came knocking on his door and he lost everything. God eventually restored everything Job lost and gave him more, but what he was afraid of came to pass.

Don’t be afraid. If you’re afraid of something now, there is still hope. You can renew your mind and change the direction of the course of your life. You can grow your faith enough to overcome the fear you are facing. Here are some steps you can take.

  1. Read the bible to discover what God’s promises for your life
  2. Quote God’s promises over your life daily.
  3. Get your eyes off your circumstances and get them on Jesus.
  4. Speak to your circumstances and tell them what God said.

Here is an example you can use.

If you are afraid of something, here are some of God’s promises regarding fear and unbelief

1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body, and individually [you are] members of it [each with his own special purpose and function]. Amp.

Roman’s 12:21 Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good .Amp.

1 John 4:4 Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind]. Amp.

Psalms 23:4 Even though I walk through the [sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me. Amp.

Isaiah 54:14 You will be firmly established in righteousness: You will be far from [even the thought of] oppression, for you will not fear, And from terror, for it will not come near you.

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you will succeed; and every tongue that raises against you in judgment you will condemn. This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from Me,” says the Lord. Amp.

Psalms 1:3 And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity]. Amp

Galatians 1:4 Who gave Himself [as a sacrifice to atone] for our sins [to save and sanctify us] so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, in accordance with the will and purpose and plan of our God and Father. Amp.

Psalms 91:10, 11 No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent. For He will command His angels in regard to you, to protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. Amp.

Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death [but immortality—eternal life]. Amp.

These are just a few of his promises regarding fear and unbelief. When faced with circumstances that don’t look good, focus on God, on Jesus Christ and what he has done for your life.

Speak to your circumstances.

Mark 11:23-24 “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain be removed and be cast into the sea and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says.” Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

How do you renew your mind and why would you want to?

Have you ever had negative thoughts about yourself? I’m too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, or too ugly. How about I don’t make enough money or they’ll never give me what I’m asking for or worse yet, I’ll never succeed? I’ve heard that on average you think over 60K thoughts each day and that 60-80% of those thoughts are negative. You cannot help what thoughts initially come into your brain, but you can choose whether you are going to meditate on those thoughts or dismiss them.

The bible says that you should concentrate or meditate on good thoughts. It says in Philippians 4:8 whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.. The bible says to take these thoughts captive and to cast them down or basically dismiss them (DO NOT MEDITATE ON THEM). There reasons why negative thoughts come so easily. We remember the bad easier that remembering the good. I heard someone say it like this. We have Teflon coated good memory center and Velcro coated bad memory center. Also, if the thought is tied to something from our past, our brain is trying to protect us from getting hurt again. I call those fears. In that moment, we might be experiencing something that is making us uncomfortable and the fight or flight mechanism is kicking in. The thought may have validity or it may be our imagination getting away from us. Either way, you can analyze the thought. Determine if it is valid. If it is valid, determine if you need to do something to resolve an issue related to the thought. If not, dismiss the thought and move on. If the thought is self-defeating, ask yourself this question. If that is true, and it happens, then what is the worst thing that can happen? If the worst thing happens, what would that do to me? Can I live with that? Is that really a big deal or am I just uncomfortable with that outcome. If you are uncomfortable with the possible outcome, then you have to decide if you are going to stay the way you are or are you going to challenge yourself to get better?

So how do you renew your mind and why should you do it? The bible says that faith begins where the will of God is known. God wants you to be an overcomer in life. He wants you to be the best you that you can be and you can renew your mind by reading the bible. There are many versions and you can find one that fits your reading preference. I like the King James Version for memorization, but there are other versions that explain the topics better.

The reason why you should do it is that you have everything you need inside of you to be great and maybe you already are great, but maybe you’re not. I struggled with feelings of inferiority, doubt, and unbelief. When I read God’s word in the bible I discovered he had a plan for my life and I discovered that he gave me everything that I needed to be successful. All I needed to do was believe that, then take the necessary steps to achieve what I was capable of doing. It is the same with you. God says in Deuteronomy 28 that He gave you the power to get wealth. When you learn what he wants for your life, you start to have the faith necessary to do it. Faith walks, it has legs. If we had a spiritual scale we could measure it. I want to challenge you today to do a few things that will start the transformation process in your life.

  1. Stop meditating on all the negative thoughts coming to you daily
  2. If you decide to meditate on a negative thought, ask yourself why are you thinking about it? Then determine if there is an action step necessary so that you can change this negative thought to a positive one.
  3. Read your bible and determine what God has planned for your life. If you don’t know where to start, then start in the book of John.
  4. Pray and ask God what he has planned for your life and believe that he will show you the answer.
  5. Meditate on Scriptures with promises like. John 3:16, 1 John 4:4, Psalms 23:4, Isaiah 54:14, Isaiah 54:17, & Psalms 1:8. I can give you others if you want to request them by sending an email to me at info@chris-buckley.net
  6. Speak out loud God’s promises for your life.

Hello world!

Welcome.

I’m so glad you took a moment out of your time to read my blog.  I am writing this blog to encourage you to take the necessary steps to transform your life.  After going through some devastating events in my life and coming out the other side victorious, I decided to share my experiences with you.  My hope is that I can motivate you to challenge yourself, step outside your comfort zone like I have and make the necessary changes in your life.  I was not happy with my life, but I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel.  I hope you aren’t either.  You can change your situation, if you are willing to renew your mind.  Let’s journey together,

Chris