10 Ways To Increase Your Confidence

August 8, 2012

I have done an extensive study into the power of the mind to enhance the quality of life. One of the most helpful resources I’ve encountered is the book, “The Power of Positive Thinking”, by Norman Vincent Peale. The book is loaded with information to help increase positivity and power. He also provides simple, easy to use action steps to carry out in order to reach your desired goals.

One of my favorite parts of this powerful book is a list of tips to increase self-confidence. I can testify first-hand that these steps work if used on a regular basis. As mentioned, they are simple, logical, and easy to carry out. Here are the 10 steps:

  1. Hold a picture of you succeeding in your mind. In every situation, view yourself as successful, and avoid doubting the success that you are seeing. Instead, hold onto it and continually watch these scenes of success.
  2. Whenever a negative thought about yourself enters your mind, immediately replace it with a positive one. Be sure not to fight the negative thoughts. That only seems to make it worse. Instead, acknowledge it, but remind yourself that the positive thought is the real truth about yourself, and let it gradually take over.
  3. Do not build up obstacles in your mind. Deal with them accordingly, but instead of seeing them as mountains, see them as a temporary challenge that will only increase your confidence and character.
  4. Be your best self. Avoid comparing yourself to others.
  5. At least 10 times a day, affirm “God is for me so no one can be against me” (Romans 8:31).
  6. Seek help when you need it. No one ever said you have to do everything on your own. Know that people are there to help, and utilize their services.
  7. At least 10 times a day, affirm, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philipians 4:13). This is an extremely powerful statement, the most helpful for me. When this is drilled into your head, you will feel virtually unstoppable,
  8. Make a true estimate of your ability, then raise it 10%. Do your part the best you can, then let God help you go above and beyond.
  9. Affirm the following, “I am completely in God’s hands. Then actually put yourself there, knowing He is fully in control. His outcomes are better than anything you can come up with.
  10. Believe that you now and constantly receive power from God.

Honestly, how difficult are these to do? They don’t take much time, and when done consistently, they put your mind in a positive, powerful state, helping you firmly believe you can accomplish anything. I certainly recommend you take a few minutes a day to affirm and visualize these thoughts. As always, I would love to hear about how this information helps you. Have an excellent day : )


3 Power Steps To The Next Level

August 8, 2012

I am a firm believer in doing what it takes to bring life to a higher level. I am very happy with many things in life, but at the same time, average just doesn’t do it for me anymore. Many posts I write here are geared to help my readers and I take life to a higher level.

I received a newsletter from one of my favorite pastors/authors Joel Osteen the other day. It is titled, “3 Keys To Experiencing the Next Level”. As you can imagine, it certainly had my attention in a hurry! I found the information very helpful and interesting, and I would like to share it with you. Here are the 3 keys Joel mentions:

  1. Believe that God has great things in store for you and wants to bless you. He quotes Psalm 37:4 which says..take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
  2. Release every negative thought and bad experience to God and trust His plan. The verse he mentions here is 2 Corintians 5:17…if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here.
  3. Receive the promises of God for your life and live with confidence. He uses Matthew 21:22 which says…you can pray for anything, and if you have faith you will receive it.

I agree with Joel Osteen and firmly believe God wants to take us to a higher level in our lives. I find his 3 step process very helpful, and very simple to do consistently. It can certainly work for you too. For more information on this, go to http://JoelOsteen.com/elevate

Have an excellent day!


A Faithful Defintion

August 2, 2012

There are many words in our language that have several defintions. One such word is faith. When you ask someone to define this word, you may receive a different interpretation from each person you ask.

For most words, knowing the defintion is nice, but usually no big deal. Knowing the true definition of this faith words could be potentially life-changing. We look up most words in the dictionary. However, I believe this one is best looked up in the Bible. It is defined as the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). Another translation says it makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.

Breaking this down, I see it as two things. One is confidence that what we are hoping for will come about. It is also a confidence that our desires will be realized even though we cannot yet see it. It’s a simple definition to me.

Knowing this defintion and living by it can have powerful impacts on your life. When you are confident that things will turn out your way, even if you can’t see it yet, you tend to act in a way that brings success. Also, there are countless stories in the Bible about people who were rewarded for their great faith. Please know that those stories continue in today’s world.

You may ask…can I develop my faith? If so, how? The answer…you certainly can! Besides prayer and asking for divine help in that area, you can also develop your own faith. When you visualize success in your mind, you are developing proof of it, even though you don’t see it in reality yet. This then helps create the assurance of what you hope for. Do this on a regular basis, and your faith will grow. It’s worked for me. If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself. As your faith grows, you will see miracles in your own life.

Many people have dreams, but lack the faith to carry it out. Focusing on this definition for your desires can help you create that faith. Your faith will grow as your successes pile up. I can tell you in faith that it’s true : )


Walk By Faith

July 30, 2012

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7.

Imagine how much better our lives would be. Imagine how much more empowered we would feel. Imagine the greater impacts we could make during our time on this earth. All if we would take this Bible verse completely to heart, and live it out on a daily basis.

The good news is that it is entirely possible. When we live our lives walking in faith, all of the above situations and more are possible. Is it easy to do? I would say yes and no. It is sometimes difficult to live in faith, especially if things have been difficult and haven’t gone your way. However, it is easy, because it is fully in your control to do. You don’t have to wait or rely on someone else before you can walk in faith. It is fully in your control to begin this instant. Once you start doing it on a regular basis, it becomes easier each day.

So how do we take this new walk of believing before seeing? There are several things you can do. The main thing is to get your mind right. Faith is a mindset. Get it firmly entrenched in your head by telling yourself each day that you choose to live by faith, regardless if things are not going your way at that time. Accept nothing less than a faithful attitude.

Another important idea is to constantly see events and situations in your mind as you want them to be. This again is not easy, especially if your desired outcomes are not taking place in reality. This is the key to faith right here. Keep seeing the positive outcomes in your mind. Replay them over and over. Feel the joy as your desires play out in your mind. What happens when you do this is that your subconscious begins to take hold of it, and you start believing it. How is this important? You need to take some action yourself as you let God do His part. When your mind is in this positive mindset, the action you take is more positive and likely to lead to success. When you take action without the necessary faith, your mindset actually causes you to fail. That is because you will lead yourself to situations that will cause failure. You may have heard of this as a self-fulfilling prophecy.

As your faith grows, keep doing what you are doing. The positive thoughts and success will snowball, and your faith will grow even more. I am also a firm believer in prayer. When you ask God for wisdom and faith, He generously provides it. Not only that, but there have been too many times in my life where He makes things happen to show that He is behind me, and to build my faith even more. He also protects me from any avenues I shouldn’t venture to. The same will be true for you.

The bottom line is that when you only focus on what you are seeing, you are limiting yourself to those circumstances. When you focus on negative or average  thoughts, you only bring more negative and average into your life. In order to break the chain of negative circumstances, and go above the normal routine, you need to change your thinking. Live instead by believing and seeing the desired outcomes coming to pass in your imagination. Before long you will not be imagining it. You will be living it out for real.

I will end with another powerful Bible verse, my favorite of all…Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24). This is walking by faith and believing, and the blessings are beyond imagination. Enjoy : )


Be Aware Of Your Magnificent Power

April 19, 2012

Do you know how much power you have within you? If you are like most people in this world you probably don’t. I was listening to a speech from author/speaker John Bevere the other day. He discussed a study of Christians (a group of people that certainly should be aware of the power they have) where only 2% were aware of how much potential power they have.

Humans are very good at not using their full potential. After all, studies show we only use about 10% of our brains. This includes some very smart people, so can you imagine how smart they would be if they even used twice that amount? In the sermon mentioned earlier, John Bevere discussed the concept of God’s grace. He explained that, besides being a free gift from God that forgives our sins and rewards us with eternal heaven, it is the spiritual empowerment that God provides. It’s the stuff that miracles come from. This is what he found that 98% of Christians don’t know.

There is a magnificent power within every one of us. The Bible is full of verses. Luke 17:22 specifically says, “the kingdom of heaven is within us” Not just the spirit, but the entire kingdom! 2 Timothy 1:7 says God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. In John 14 God says he sends His spirit to empower us, and there are many examples of this, especially in the book of Acts.

The bottom line is that we are all blessed with incredible power. The problem is that most people ( I often include myself in this category) often rely on their own limited power instead of the unlimited power available to them. Why would I want to take on the challenges of life with my many limitations while I have a power with no limits? I don’t know, but I often do. However, that ends now, and I challenge anyone reading this to do the same. Instead, let us constantly be aware of and rely on the wonderful powerful within. That power knows so much more, can be so much more, and accomplish so more than we could ever think of in our own power. Let us prayerfully summon the assistance that God can provide, and use the power as we go through our lives. Let us use it to improve our own lives, and to serve and be an example to others.

We can take our worlds and those of others to a much higher level. That power waits in every one of us. However, don’t let it lay like a dormant volcano. Instead, let it explode and take you places you’ve never even dreamed. I promise that when you stop relying on your own power and ego and instead rely on the Godly spirit and power within you, you will see rapid positive changes in every area of your life. I’ve experienced it and seen it in too many other places to know any different. Remember…you have the power. Now use it fully! Enjoy the blessings : )


A Crazy Man’s Way To Rapid Manifestation

April 14, 2012

I have read many different articles and books that talk about using the Law of Attraction to manifest the things we desire in life. Before I go further, I will say that I am one who doesn’t often talk about the Law of Attraction. I strongly believe in it and know that it can add a great deal to our lives. However, as a Christian, I believe it is ultimately God that brings us the blessings we are seeking in life, and I am not big on using this law to attract a Mercedes, million-dollar home, etc.

Upon saying that, I will again say that this is a powerful law, one we can use to enhance the quality of our lives and the lives of those around us. If you’ve read some of the popular books on the topic, like “The Secret”, you will know that some people have come up with a number of different strategies to create the positive feelings that make the law work.

I decided to take this to the test the other day. It’s a bit crazy, but it’s helped me already, and I welcome you to try it too. I was feeling a bit down as the beautiful tax return I had received was gone before I knew it, and we couldn’t even use it all as we had planned. I decided then that drastic measures had to be taken. What I decided to do was take the amount of money I desire to earn this year ($120,000) and broadcast the fact that I was receiving it. I was driving, and as each car on the road passed by I said the following to them…”God is giving me $120,000″. Anyone I saw walking on the side of the road…same thing. Then I went into the supermarket. What do you think? No, I didn’t have the guts to actually tell these people I was receiving $120,000. I don’t want anyone else (besides me and my readers) thinking I am crazy, but in my imagination, I did tell these people about my new wealth.

At first, I thought I had officially flipped. However, as I continued to do this, I realized it was following many of the Law of Attraction manifestation guidelines. Here are some examples…first, a great deal of the Law is based on feeling. I was only going to make my situation worse by feeling bad about my lack of money. Instead, I was having fun with this! As a result, I was creating good feelings about money that were replacing the bad. Another positive factor was affirmation. It’s a fact that the more we tell ourselves something, the more we believe it. I was actually beginning to create the belief and convince myself that this money was coming my way. Here’s another fact. As a teacher, I have researched that the best way for my students to retain knowledge is to share it with someone else. I set up activities regularly which enable them to do this. In this case, I was doing the same thing. I was sharing with others that I was receiving this money. Even though it was only imaginary,  this was helping engrain it into my mind. Once again I was beginning to believe it more and more. I was feeling the feeling of having this money now.

Those are some examples of effective Law of Attraction guidelines that were being followed by this exercise. It was also amazing how my whole demeanor changed because of this. I was walking around with a smile on my face as I was enjoying this. As a result, some people that passed me by in the store actually smiled back. And they didn’t know what I was thinking, so I don’t think it’s because they thought I was crazy! I honestly think it’s because they felt the positive vibrations.

You may now be asking…Joe, what’s the bottom line? Did this work? I will say that I’ve never been more convinced of the power of this great law. No, I haven’t yet received $120,000. However, in the three days, since I began doing this, I received the opportunity to earn $75 extra dollars that I hadn’t planned on receiving. Another powerful part of the Law of Attraction is gratitude. Believe me, I expressed major gratitude after this which continued the positive feelings.

So why not try it? You don’t have to do it exactly like this, but why not have fun in proclaiming a victory you are looking for, whether it be financial help, better health, more fulfilling relationships, or anything. Before it happens, give God the credit, and tell as many people as you can either for real or hiding in your car. Enjoy proclaiming victory, create positive feelings, create faith, and be ready for opportunities to capitalize on making it a reality. Be thankful for every small victory, you will see your success accelerate, and your desires will manifest rapidly.

There was an old song that asked…aint it great to be crazy? I say sometimes it is. Enjoy the blessings : )

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A Great Way To Increase Your Positive Energy

January 22, 2012

I have always admired people who have a constant, positive energy about them. It is contageous, and you can often feel their positive energy without them saying a word. This is the type of person I desire to be. When I am at my best, I exhude this quality. The challenge is for it to be an everyday, all the time thing.

I also continue to read how, the higher our positive energy level is, the more we open ourselves up for high level opportunities and blessings in our lives. When we are at this high energy level we become that magnetic person that lights up a room with our presence, and that people instantly know they can count on for positive energy and results, If only there was a consistent way to maintain this high, positive energy.

I received an e-mail from Dr. Robert Anthony today. It talked about this subject of maintaining positive energy. His idea was so powerful that I felt the need to share. His suggestion is this…the best way to maintain and increase our positive energy is to go out of our way to increase the positive energy of others. The more we do this, the more we keep our positive energy high and experience those desired blessings.

In his message, Dr. Anthony gives some simple suggestions. Besides doing acts of service lovingly, he says we can do this without even saying a word. I love this next suggestion, even though many would never even think of it. He says to project postive, loving thoughts to every person we come in contact with, whether we know the person or not. Simple things he suggests are a smile, or a silent saying of “I hope your day goes great”, or “God loves you”, or anything like that. If you do this in a sincere loving way, and invite God to get in the middle of it, great things happen. The other person will be blessed (even though you may not see or realize it), and it works to maintain and increase your own energy level as a result of the love that you are sending.

I believe this is a great way to, not only increase your own positive energy level, but to positively impact your entire environment. That is a constant goal of  mine, and if such a simple step can be used to do that, I am all for doing it. I’ve already seen how this works in my life. As mentioned, it is when I most love myself and those around me that I most feel the positive energy and receive the most blessings in my life. These are the times where I can just walk into a room and know that the positive energy is there with me and all of those around me.

Don’t let the simplicity of this idea prevent you from doing it. If you do it regularly and sincerely, you will be blessed beyond belief. Have an awesome, positive energy day!


What Are You Worried About? – 3 Ways To Turn Worry Into Faith

January 16, 2012

Many of us do it. It’s a fact and a reality that many of us worry. Even those of us who look on the bright side of things and whose lives are under control still sometimes spend time worrying. Is it wrong to worry? I don’t know if I would say wrong, but I do know that it does us no good at all. Matthew 6:34 says…”Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.” If you go back to verse 27 it says…”who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

I have found that it does not pay to worry. Instead, there are numerous verses throughout the Bible that describe how faith (the opposite of worry) can add so much to our lives and to those around us. As I continue to study ways to bring life to a higher level, I have found several ways to turn worry into faith. Here are the top 3:

  1. Seek God first – In my opinion, this is the key to all success in life. In the same Bible chapter, verse 31 says…”So do not worry saying ‘What shall we eat or what shall we drink?’ …For your Heavenly Father knows that you need these things. But seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be given to you as well” When we focus on God and His power that is in and around us, we focus on the positive things instead of the negative obstacles in front of us. Instead of worrying about the negative things that may happen to us, we focus on the accomplishment of the goals we have in our lives. Also, when we are consciously aware of the presence and power of God, we have an enormous peace, and we will be led to the right people and the right areas to take action. More about that coming up shortly.
  2. Focus on the present – If we are placing our full attention on the present moment, it is impossible to worry. This is because we are not thinking about things that can possibly go wrong in the future, even if that future is only a few minutes away. The present moment is what we have to work with, and is the only time frame that is fully in our control. If we make the most out of every present moment, it secures our future, giving us even less of a reason to worry. It is the people who best take advantage of present moments that receive the greatest future rewards.
  3. Take action now – This step goes had in hand with the first two. As mentioned, when we seek God first, He leads us to the people who can help us and places and situations where we need to act. However, it is up to us to follow through and take that action. As mentioned in step two, it is when we focus and act fully on the present moment, and do the best we can at that time when great blessings take place. The even better thought is this…when we follow the first two steps, taking action is so much easier. This is because we are taking God-inspired action, we know His power is with us, and we have the peace of knowing it is His will because it is for His kingdom and glory. This is when miraces happen.

In my opinion, these are three very simple steps to take, especially knowing what the rewards are. This philosophy is great too because it doesn’t take weeks or months to implement. It can be done in minutes, and as we continue to focus on God first, keep our eyes on the present, and do our best in everything at that time, it will be a habitual way of life. The result is great faith and blessing instead of worry, doubt, and procrastination. It can be effective for anyone. Let it be you today. Have a blessed day : )


God Does Not Hold Back

January 11, 2012

I will start this article with one of the most famous Bible verses in the entire Book…For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

I share about a message I’ve heard in several places lately. Do you think God is trying to tell me something? The messsage is this…if God would not hold back from giving His only son for us, why would He hold back anything else? I’ve reflected on this a great deal in the past few days. God loves us so much that it goes far above anything we can imagine. The more we focus on this love the more empowered we are.

I ask the question again…If God did not hold back His only son from us why would He hold anything else back? I’ll add this too. Matthew 7:7 says ask and you shall receive. So why are so many not asking?

I believe it’s time to take Him at His word. God has more great things in store for us than we can even ask or imagine. Ask for blessings according to His will for your life and then expect them. Consciously remain aware of His love and share it with others. It’s a simple equation. When we pray, believe, dwell on His love for us, and share it with others, we live a successful life full of blessings. God will not hold back!!


A Powerful Way To Move Forward

January 5, 2012

As we enter a new year, many of us seek to grow, move forward, and accomplish unrealized goals. We long to take advantage of this annual fresh start we are granted and take our lives to a higher level.

As I seek Heavenly guidance on how to accomplish these new feats in my life, I am continually receiving the same message. I feel as if God is revealing the key to moving ahead in life. That key is…be fully content exactly where you are. What??!! How can I ever move ahead if I’m being told to be happy where I am now? It’s an interesting question, but one I think we need to pay a great deal of attention to.

I have found two Bible verses that summarize this concept. The first is from I Timothy 6:6, and it says: Godliness with contentment is great gain. One version says the combination of Godliness with contentment is great and abundant wealth. This tells me that those of us looking to grow and advance need to do two things. One is to rely on God and obey His commands. The other is to be consciously thankful on a regular basis for the blessings we have already received. Also, this tells me that, no matter how much we want to move ahead, we must place our full focus on our current situations and responsibilities.

The defintion of contentment from another Bible version leads me to our next verse. The simple definition according to the Amplified Bible is a sense of inward sufficiency. I see this as being a constant satisfaction with my self and circumstances, even when things may not be going according to my desires. Another excellent verse is Philippians 4:12-13. The apostle Paul says, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want”. The key comes in verse 13…I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.

Remember that defintion of contentment…a sense of inward sufficiency. When we rely on God’s strength, He who lives inside us provides all of the inward sufficiency we need! Knowing this, we can move in step with HIm, and be led to the places and opportunities that will move us ahead. However, that can only happen if we focus on and appreciate our current situations.

I live with the firm belief that, the more thankful we are, the more blessings we will receive. When we are content in our current circumstances, we continually maintain an attitude of gratitude that will bring us to the situations to take us to the next level.

In conclusion, if you are looking to move ahead in life, the best way to do so is by appreciating your current circumstances, devoting your full energy to them, and trusting in the God that does all things for our good. If you follow this formula, you will soon be in the higher place you are seeking, and enjoy blessings beyond your imagination. I’m sure that’s something you can definitely be content with. Have an excellent day : )