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29Jun/107

The Law of Attraction

Have you ever heard of the law of attraction? Do you believe it? It's basically the belief that what you focus on will expand in your life. 

If you constantly think about how difficult life is, you are attracting more difficulties to yourself, conversely if you focus on what is good, the good in your life will expand. 

Some people take this a step further by focusing on very specific things such an amount of money, their dream house, the body they want, or something they want to buy. They post pictures of their goal on their walls, verbalize it, and regularly devote time to focus on it.

Studying business theory and reading biographies of famous businessmen, I've found that many very successful people attribute their accomplishments to this principle.
"When you focus on and start moving in the direction that you believe is your destiny, the universe will surge forward to help you"

I've had to ask myself how does this work? Is it a replacement for prayer? Can it do the same things that Christians believe to be miracles? Is it ok for me to believe in this principle? Then I was reminded of something I learned as a child, and it went like this:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
(Philippians 4:8 KJV)

I think that Paul here is applying the principle of the law of attraction! Think (focus) on the things above enough and they will expand in you giving you a better quality of life, and will bring you close to Christ.

I've adapted the application of this verse in my life and started mentally focusing on specific, achievable, quantifiable, time-specific goals which will bring me closer to where I want to be in life, and no, it has not reduced my dependance on prayer, but rather enhanced the time I spend in it.

15Jun/102

So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore

I recently read the book "So You Don't Want To Go To Church Anymore" by Jake Coleson, except Jake Coleson does not exist, but is a pseudonym for the combined work of Dave Coleman and Wayne Jacobson.

Although this work of fiction creates a story which most people would agree is the epitome rather than the norm, it does so in order to very clearly illustrate the points the author wants to bring across. As I read the book, it sometimes reminded me of the very simple parables that Jesus used to illustrate his teachings.

In the story, Jake Colsen, a disillusioned pastor of a dysfunctional church meets someone who he believes may be John the Beloved from the New Testament. He repeatedly meets this man throughout the story and discovers new truths and observations comparing what Jesus had taught in the Bible versus the way most churches operate and teach their parishioners to live today.

If you haven't read this book yet you just might want to, because it's helped me to formulate so many of the thoughts that have been floating around in my head lately.

As many of you know and may be experiencing yourselves, I'm facing some pretty big changes in my lifestyle and the future of my personal family. As a Christian I want to be effective in my life and service for the Lord, while at the same time successful as father and financial provider for my wife and children.

This is nothing new for Christians worldwide, and I deeply respect those who have gone on before me and successfully found their balance between the two. I believe that I will find my balance by becoming financially successful with my business endeavors and through this new level of success I will be able to, as a peer, reach those who I would previously not have had access to.

Community, friendship, and support are some methods through which we modern-day Christians can demonstrate our love for our brethren and neighbors and at the same time show our love to Jesus.

"In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

24Feb/101

The Alchemist

Last night I sat down and read the entire book "The Alchemist."
I had never even heard of this international best-seller until a couple of weeks ago when I happened to see an interview with Will Smith talking about this book, and how much meaning it had to him and his personal success.

I thought I might give it a try. It arrived from Amazon three days ago, but I didn't open the box until just yesterday.

30Jan/102

E-Myth

I've been listening to an audio-book the past few days by Michael E. Gerber. It's called E-Myth and covers a lot of good information on entrepreneurship, namely the pitfalls which cause most small businesses to fail within the first five years.

He said something that really stuck with me: we all have three people in us. The entrepreneur (forward thinking, disorganized, inspirational, and visionary), the manager (organized, efficient, dislikes anything new that will mess things up), and the technician (skilled at doing technical work ie: cooking, graphics, mechanics, computer, video, etc. Dislikes being managed, works very hard).

The majority of those who have what he calls an "entrepreneurial seizure" and one day decide that they want their own business are technicians in one way or another. At the time of their "entrepreneurial seizure", they are being controlled by the technician in them, and think that because they know a skill very well they can run a business with their skills.

I used to think that too. I thought, until just a few days ago, that if I'm good enough at a certain skill then I should be successful at running a business out of it.

What I've learned from him is that your most important asset when going into any new business is your business savvy. The ability to have long term plans and stick to them. The ability to abandon what you love for something else that can and will become your main business. When you love something too much then it will cloud you. You will not see clearly when it's time to stop certain things, start chopping some limbs, and focus on what aspects of your business really do work.

From now on I want to make an effort to not be a professional ... whatever! Whether it be a cameraman, editor, effects guy, web designer, or layout guy. I realize that there are so many like me who could do better than I can, and for leas then I'm willing to do it for. Just look at China and India! No, I refuse to compete on those terms!
I can, however, see a future instead in using their skills instead of competing with their skills and at their rates. Coming up with a turnkey solution, a business plan that will capitalize on this trend instead of fighting it.

I wish no longer to be a technician but a true entrepreneur who can have a hundred technicians like myself, doing what I am doing right now, contributing happily to the hopefully successful plan that I will have laid I place.

24Jan/100

Family Day

I know for a fact that if it wasn't for my iPhone there is no way that I'd have ever started a blog, with the hope of any kind of consistency. But then again, this is still just a hope, to be consistent, that is. (I'm at Macdonald's watching my children play in the playroom as I write this.)

I'm going through an audio-book by Jim Collins called "From Good To Great", which I REALLY like and would recommend to anyone who like me wants to make significant progress in their lives or businesses.