Are you a self-made man or woman?

Doubt it.

Contrary to popular belief, there are no such things as self-made men and women.

Everybody needs friendship, encouragement, and help. What people can accomplish by themselves is almost nothing compared to their potential when working with others.

Why?

For Starters, doing things with other people tends to bring contentment. I’m all for that, aren’t you? Long Rangers are rarely happy people.

King Solomon of ancient Israel stated the value of working together this way:

It’s better to have a partner than go it alone.
Share the work, share the wealth.
And if one falls down, the other helps,
But if there’s no one to help, tough!
Two in a bed warm each other.
Alone, you shiver all night.
By yourself you’re unprotected.
With a friend you can face the worst.
Can you round up a third?
A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Everybody needs somebody to come alongside to help. If you understand that, are willing to give to others and help them, and maintain the right motives, their lives and yours can change.

Anybody Who Helps Somebody Influences a Lot of Bodies

When you help one person, you’re really impacting a lot of other people. What you give to one person overflows into the lives of all the people that person impacts. That’s how influence works – it multiplies.

It even impacts you because when you help others and your motives are good, you always recieve more than you can ever give. Most people are so genuinely grateful when another person makes them feel special that they never tire of showing their gratitude.

So it’s a win-win for all! I’m here to help you succeed. You don’t have to be a lone ranger. Let’s pour value into others together! Who do you know who needs to hear this message? Be a pal and send them this post.

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By John C. Maxwell

I’m convinced that most people want to live a life of purpose. The vast popularity of Rick Warren’s book The Purpose-Drive Life was in part based on this desire, which became evident when millions of people bought the book.

Rick writes, “Humans were made to have meaning. Without purpose, life is meaningless. A meaningless life is a life without hope or significance. This is a profound statement and one that everyone should spend time pondering. God gives purpose. Purpose gives meaning. Meaning gives hope and significance. There is awesome truth contained within that logic.”

Just think of the difference knowing this message would make to a young person just starting his or her life. When I read Rick’s book, it was an affirmation of how I have lived. I got so excited about it that I wanted to buy it and give it to every twenty-year-old I knew. Purpose empowers significance.

Everyone Has a Why
I believe every person has a why and has the ability to find it. Do you believe that too? If not, are you willing to accept the idea? If you haven’t already found yours, I believe you can. Why am I convinced of that?

• Every person was created to do his or her part to better mankind. That includes you!
• Every person has talents that will help them better mankind. That includes you!
• Every person is given an opportunity to better mankind. That includes you!
• Every person has a purpose for which he or she was created. That includes you!
• Every person must look within to discover his or her purpose. That includes you!

Maybe you already have a strong sense of your why. If so, you already have a great head start on your significance journey. However, if you’re like most people, you would be grateful to have some help figuring out your why. I want to help you with that.

Ask Yourself a Lot of Questions
The process begins with questions. I love to ask questions. They have unlocked more doors of opportunity for me than anything else I have ever done. So I ask questions in any and every kind of situation. And then I listen to the answers. That’s where learning begins to happen.

The first question you must ask yourself is this: How can I add value to others? If you can quiet yourself enough to listen for that answer from within yourself, you will begin to understand your why. I have to tell you that this question has been the foundation and driver of every significant act in my life.

Did you get that? Having a life that matters comes from the ability to add value to others. This is where significance starts. Let that idea stir within you while I show you more specifically how to find your why.

Start with One Word
Another way to help you discover your why is to focus on the core of who you are and see what grows from that. In his book Aspire! Kevin Hall writes, “The first thing I do when I’m coaching someone who aspires to stretch, grow and go higher in life is to have that person select the one word that best describes him or her.

Once a person does that, it’s as if he or she has turned to a page in a book and highlighted one word. Instead of seeing three hundred different words on the page, the person’s attention, and intention, is focused immediately on that single word, that single gift. What the individual focuses on expands.”

What is your one word? What best describes you? That single word may inspire you, focus your attention, and help you to understand your why. Where will that one word take you? How does it relate to adding value to others? Why is it significant?

Keep that one word in your mind as you go about your day in the coming weeks and see where it leads you.
~ Adapted from John C. Maxwell’s new book Intentional Living

Here is a link to a free assessment created by the world’s #1 leadership expert, John Maxwell. It will help you find your sweet spot for making a difference and living a life of happiness: Click here.

He asks you 20 questions. How you answer them might change your life.

Warmly,

Dr. Linda Travelute,

The Personal & Professional Growth Doctor

Of The John Maxwell Team

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How bad do you want to become the best version of yourself? I know you want to go to the next level, but you’re not sure how, right? You want to have better relationships, a richer life, and be a better leader, but you’re stuck not moving forward. I hear ya, and I’m here to help! As a certified John Maxwell Speaker, Trainer, and Coach, I’ll show you 3 steps to creating a growth plan so you can become the best version of yourself.

Dr. Linda Travelute with John C. Maxwell

Dr. Linda Travelute with her mentor, John C. Maxwell

In this podcast episode, I’ll describe the easiest path to growing yourself personally and professionally so you can do more and be more.

Stick with me till the end of the podcast, as I give away over $700 worth of coaching goodies you may scoop up!

You’ll also hear special mentions of my mentors and favorite personal development books. Insights from Jim Rohn, Darren Hardy, Zig Zigler, Myles Munroe, Brian Tracey. Bishop T.D. Jakes, and of course, John Maxwell. Personal and professional development starts here!

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Are you in a tough spot right now? If things aren’t going well, how are you going to push through? If you’re feeling like you’re lost, this idea will keep you going when times are tough.IMG_0934

As hard as this may be, let’s push aside your current state right now so we can look ahead. You need a view from the top that peeks into your future.

That view is called vision.

With vision you can construct a picture of what you want to see in your future. Then you’ll know what to go after. Having a mission, something to pursue, will put some wind back in your sails.

Walt Disney’s vision or picture of the future, for his theme parks was that his guests would have the same smile on their face leaving the park as they had six, eight, or even ten hours ealier when they arrived. His vision was making people happy.

President John F. Kennedy callenged the American people to put a man on the moon and return him home safely by the end of the decade. That mission was accomplished when he accomplished his vision.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a vision that still fuels people today. He passionately described it in his “I have a dream” speech. He painted a picture of a spiritually transformed nation, and more than forty years after his assassination, his vision continues to stir passion and hope.

Ok, great, so these guys had great vision. So what?

Let me ask a question so you see the connection between them and you…

Do you think Walt Disney woke up every morning with a smile on his face?

I’m sure Walt had tough days just like you.

But because he had a vision, he had something to look forward to.

Vision will keep you from looking back.
Vision will keep you from being focused on your present problems.
Vision will keep you hoping for something more.

This is why vision will keep you going when times are tough. 

Jesus spoke of what his vision looked like too. And it’s a good thing he drew that picture for his disciples so they could stay focused during their tough times. He talked about the kingdom of God, its values, teachings, parables, miracles, purpose, and the final outcome.

He gave his followers a clear picture of the future and they joined him in accomplishing his vision.

When the disciples had a tough day, when they felt all alone because their leader had died a criminal’s death, it was the vision that got them out of bed in the morning.

It was the vision that put a bounce in their step.

It was the vision that kept them from being focued on their present problems.

It was the vision – that Jesus would rise again and redeem the earth that kept them hoping for more.

If you don’t already have a vision for what your future could look like, it’s time to paint one.

I’m about to hand you a paint brush.

Pick up the brush and spend some time asking God to help you paint a picture of the vision he wants you to pursue. 

Your vision will keep you going when times are tough.

Making the most of a bad experience
How hard have you been hit? And how much pain are you in? When you feel the pain of bad experiences, creativity gives you the opportunity to turn that pain into gain. Here’s a secret to changing pain into gain.

There’s a story about a chicken farmer whose land was flooded just about every spring. He didn’t want to give up his farm and move. He wasn’t a quitter. Yet.

But when the water backed up onto his land and flooded his chicken coops, it was always a struggle to get his chickens to higher ground. Some years he couldn’t move fast enough and hundreds of chickens drowned. I’d be crying right now, you?

After experiencing the worst spring he’d ever had, and losing his entire flock, he walked into the farmhouse and said to his wife, “I’ve had it. I can’t do this anymore. I can’t afford to buy another place. And I can’t sell this one. I don’t know what to do.

Thinking creatively, his wife said, “Buy ducks.”

Use the energy that comes from either adrenaline or anger and use it to solve problems and learn lessons. 

John Maxwell says, “Creativity begins at the end of your comfort zone.” When you feel the pain of heart-sickening experiences, creativity gives you the opportunity and the fuel to turn that pain into gain.

When you have a tough experience, one that discourages you in a big way, let it prompt your creativity.

Pick one big bad difficult situation in your life. Take some time to think, and write down 3 ways you can think up a creative way to use that situation to your advantage.

One of the challenges my husband and I have faced all of our married life (24 years and counting) is that he can’t hear well. He was born without ear drums. He didn’t even have holes in his ears like most of us do!

After multiple surgeries, learning how to read lips, and now having a super-sonic hearing aid, Ted hears better. But not perfectly. But I tell you what – we’ve had a choice to make regarding his inability to hear well.

We could allow it to annoy us, we could complain that it’s hard to communicate. We could be mad that it’s hard for him to have one-on-one conversations with people. We could even be bitter that he sometimes misses out on important information because he doesn’t hear it right.

OR we could think outside the box and learn other ways to communicate. Over the last 24 years, we’ve developed quite a few tricks in sending and receiving messages.

Just a look, and he knows what I’m thinking. Just a touch and he knows what I am trying to express. Just a nod and he catches my drift.

Our communication has risen to another level than what most people experience – all because we decided to use our angst about a problem or situation and solve it creatively.

How are you going to solve your big problem? How are you going to turn your pain into your gain?

Yes, that one that makes you angry…
That one that disappoints you…
The situation that isn’t fair, but it’s yours…

Use that experience to get your creative juices flowing. You’re backed by the power of God in this situation and he’s at your disposal. Tug on his ear, he’s just a whisper away. He’s ready to dive in and help you figure out a way to make the most of your bad experience with creative ideas.

You can do all things if you believe… (Phil 4:13)

You can turn your pain into gain…if you believe.

Comment below and let us know how you’re making the most of your bad experiences with creativity.

imagesWhat are you doing to slay that big hairy audacious goal? You know, that giant goal that’s been in your dreams for years but you’ve YET to make it happen? Are you ready for a shift today? Let me show you how you can use this giant goal slaying technique I call, “David’s Sling Shot Method,” so you can accomplish your dream goal easier than you ever thought possible.

After having her 3rd child, Debbie decided it was time to go back to school. Earning her master’s degree had always been one of her giant goals. And because it was a gigantic goal, it was daunting.

Debbie didn’t know where to start. Especially now that she had a baby in tow. There was more laundry than ever before, more mouths to feed than ever before, and more clean up than ever before.

And did we even mention that there was more children to care for than ever before? How in the world would she pull off working a full time job and going back to school while raising 3 small children? Can you imagine how impossible this goal feels?

Mike, her husband was continuously encouraging her to decide on her field of study. He wanted to help her achieve the goal that was in her heart.

Everyday Mike sent her links to different graduate programs. He was eager to see her go after her big goal. He was even willing to help with the children and do more than his share around the house to help Debbie make this happen.

But getting started was still the biggest mountain to climb for Debbi. She was overwhelmed with decisions.

  • What graduate program should I choose?
  • How much is this going to cost?
  • How will I pay for it?
  • When will I find the time to study?
  • Will I find a program that’s close enough to home so the commute won’t burn me out?

As you can tell, she didn’t know where to start.

Does this sound familiar to you? Are you drowning in a sea of goals that seem over your head?

If you’ve ever had a giant goal you wanted to slay, you too, may have fallen prey to “starter paralysis.” Let me show you how you can slay your giant goals starting today, using David’s 5 Stone Method.

There’s a story in the Bible about David killing the giant. Yes, I’m sure you’ve heard the story, but did you ever wonder why David took 5 stones with him to slay one big giant named Goliath?

We know David took Goliath down with just one stone. So why did he pack four extra stones for his sling shot? Could it be that he didn’t think one stone was enough to do the trick? Was he over-thinking it?

Did David wonder if he was going to miss and he would need extra ammo to get the job done? Did he seriously think he’d even have 4 more chances to bring his giant down?

If you dive deeper into the Bible, specifically 2 Samual, you find Gioliath had 4 sons. That means there were 5 giants. Holy Crap!!! Yeah, that’s what I’d be thinking! Not one Goliath…5 Goliath sized giants.

David picked up 5 stones – one stone per giant.

So how do you slay 5 giants?

One by one.

He was going to take them down one at a time.

Even though the Bible doesn’t tell us if David killed all of those giants, my point is this: David’s sling shot method is a great way to tackle the giant goals in your life, especially when you feel overwhelmed and don’t know which giant goal to slay first. You take them down one by one. 

Determine How Many Stones You Need In Your Bag
What are your giant goals? It’s list making time.

  • Get a piece of paper out. Or grab that journal that’s been collecting dust. Find a pen, and let’s start writing.
  • Jot down your goals. Big. Small. And everything in between. You’ve got to know how many giants you’re dealing with here.
  • Jot down what resourses you need. College catalouges, a list of job openings, phone numbers, books or training programs, people you need to support your goal, etc.

Now, look at all your goals.

Take one giant at a time.

Which giant are you going to take down first?

Military strategists teach their armies to fight just one front at a time. Let’s do that too. Pick one goal. Just one. Slay that goal. Once you’ve taken that giant down, move on to the next giant.

As you successfully begin to slay your giant goals, write them down. Record your successes. Check them off your list. 

You’ll be picking up momentum each time you check one goal off your list and you’ll find the process encouraging. You’ll also have energy to keep going.

So remember, to begin slaying your giant goals with David’s sling shot method, just pick one giant at a time and take em down one by one! Ready?!

Ever wonder how some people seem to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time? Don’t you just want a little of that? If you’re success minded and are looking for the right opportunities, let me show you how to be in the right place at the right time, every time.

What Most Success Gurus Teach You That’s Wrong

You may have attended seminars by people who teach you how to be a self-made success. They’ll teach you about preparing and positioning yourself for that golden moment that will open doors. But they won’t teach you what I’m about to unfold for you.

You may have a plan for your life, you may have a plan for your day, and you may follow your goal planning sheet religiously. But let me rock your self development world and show you how to position yourself for opportunity in a way that will give you an edge over everyone else.

Proverbs 16:9 says,

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”

I have found that I can plan my day, I can plan my year, and I can plan my life all I want, BUT…

At the end of the day…it’s the Lord that determined my steps. 

Opportunities You Can’t Plan:

I know people who have been experiencing huge financial blows and just like that – they bump into someone who gives them a job. A check. A unexpected miracle. Even a new car.

I know someone this past week who was searching for a home to rent, and they met someone in the parking lot who just happened to have a rental home become available the same day.

The home has the right amount of bedrooms for their family, the home is in the right location, close to the school their kids already attend, and the home is in their price range.

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Know what? You can’t plan for that!

That’s not luck. That’s not coincidence. That’s not even due to diligence.

It just happened…but not by chance…By God.

Being in the right place at the right time happens because God makes it happen.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says,

He has made everyting beautiful in its time…

But what about preparation?

  • What about training?
  • What about talent?
  • What about discipline?
  • What about education?
  • What about all the things the success guru’s tell us we need to do to make sure our preparation meets opportunity?

Let’s see what the Bible says…

Ecclesiastes 9:11-12:

I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.

Notice what Solomon says:
“The fastest runner doesn’t always win.”

This means that the winner is not necessarily the fastest or brightest person. (That takes a little pressure off, huh?)

Solomon also said:
“the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle.”

This means the one who wins the battle is not necessarily the stronger person. (And all the weaklings say, YAY!)

And Solomon also said:
“The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy.”

This means wisdom and skill don’t automatically bring you financial success.

And here’s the best part of all:
“And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.”

He’s saying, those who are better, wiser, and stronger don’t always win the war, don’t always win the race, don’t always get the riches, and don’t always get the favor. Don’t always get the opportunities they’ve prepared for so diligently.

Oh snap!!! What about all of your hard work? Hang tight…

Solomon is mapping out a God-development plan for us not a self-development plan.

The ones who are in the right place at the right time are the ones whom God puts in the right place at the right time.

God is the only one who can put you where you need to be at the right moment.

You can try through self-effort to better position yourself for success. You can try working harder. You can try studying more. You can try networking more.

Yes, you might end up being slightly faster, slightly stronger, and more connected with movers and shakers, but only God can put you in the right place at the right time and give you good success.

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Yes, plan. Yes, prepare. Yes, be ready.
But know that it’s really up to God.
When He says it’s time, it’s time.

  • I spent years – decades actually – preparing and training for the things God uses me to do today.
  • I went through four years of Bible College to get my bachelors degree in pastoral theology.
  • I put myself through grad school while working full time as a pastor, with 2 school aged children at home to get my masters degree.
  • And even continued by pursuing my post graduate work and received my ph.d in clinical psychology.
  • Then I became a certified life coach and also a certified temperament analyst.
  • And I have 25 plus years in leadership and ministry training.
  • I’m also a voracious reader of books and personal development materials.

See, I’m not discounting preparation. I’m still preparing because I’m committed to life long learning. It’s important. But know this…

Just because you’re prepared, doesn’t mean the time is right. 

No amount of self effort on your part is going to open the door for you. You have to rely on God to position you and give you the opportunities you need.

And guess what? He will. Because God is interested in your success more than you are. He’s got a plan and you fit into it. He’s making all of heaven come together and your days are lining up perfectly.

Right now, at this moment, he’s orchestrating your steps behind the scenes. You have no idea the things he’s up to right now positioning you for your destined moments.

Jer 29:11:
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

So what do you do on your end?

You trust. He’ll move. Let his plan give you hope. That’s how you can be in the right place at the right time – every time!

And that too… is fusing faith with personal development. Liked this? Please share.

Got fear? Pick one and let’s start solving your fear problem with these 3 simple steps.

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Last night our dog Latte, was in fight mode. My son had some friends over late – like after the rest of us were in bed kind of late – to plan a chapel service for his alma mater, City of Life Christian Academy.

So we’ve got a group of 5 college ministry students entering the house. Good kids. Not a bit of malice in any of them. Latte’s sitting there unaware in the dark. She’s surprised by the crowd that’s pouring in the front door. Tyler’s not worried. He’s thinking she’ll calm down.

Great idea Ty. He’s doing a good thing, planning a great event for over 300 students. Except he forgot that when Latte smells danger she goes into fear mode and fights. In fact, she attacked Hank, one of Tyler’s best buddies.

No problem, Latte’s just being a good little watch dog, right?

Well, sorta. See, Hank is a regular at our house. She knows him. She sniffs him. She licks him. But last night she bit him.

What was Latte’s deal? Why did she fear something she’s familiar with? …Hank?

Seriously…Hank is such a sweetie!

I’m no dog whisperer, but Latte WRONGLY perceived Hank as a danger. Maybe because he trimmed his beard and looked different, maybe he wasn’t wearing his favorite plaid shirt…I don’t know. All I know is that Latte smelled fear and she choose to fight instead of take flight.

Have you ever done that? Feared something you’d been ok with in the past? Feared an event that you have handled with ease years ago, yet for some reason, now it seems too much for you to handle?

If so, you’re about to either fight or flight.

What is the fight or flight syndrome? When our brain interprets a situation and tells us that we are in danger and we have two choices, either to stand and fight or to flee from danger, that is known as the fight or flight syndrome.

One of the most famous scriptures about fear is Joshua 1:8 and it says:

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

BUT, how do you do that?! How do you remain strong and courageous without fighting or flighting?

Here’s how to start:

Overcoming Fear

Sometimes the only way to overcome a fear is to face it head on; however, this can be daunting and even frightening at first. However, if you take small steps in the beginning, see, and recognize your small successes, chances are you will go on to bigger and better things.

1. Take Inventory

If you have areas, like we all do, that you would like to improve upon, then you should definitely take inventory of where you feel you are lacking and what your strengths are, as well.

For example, if you are weak in networking and social gatherings, you may want to look at some videos, take a class or attend a seminar on the subject. Look within and find the answers that you know are already there.

Once you have identified your weak areas, now it is time to take action.

2. Take Action

Taking action means that you take those areas that you have identified and taken action in each one of them. Now, you don’t have to take action in all areas at the same time – that may be too much at once.

Start with one small area and when you have finished working on that area, move on to another area. I love that scripture that says: “Don’t despise the day of small beginnings.” Start small.

Let’s say for example, you’re weak in public speaking. Take a class, watch a video, read a book, talk to a professional and you will see that you will begin to feel more empowered right away.

After all, knowledge is power and when you take action you give yourself the ability to minimize your weaknesses and enhance your power.

3. Take an Inside Out View

Sometimes your strongest suits are the ones where your weakest areas live. For example, if you always disliked the fact that you were quiet, shy, and withdrawn, perhaps you have a creative side that simply needs an outlet. (I tell my story about being shy on this podcast, you can listen by clicking here.)

Moses was shy too, yet he ended up becoming a public speaker. Even though, Aaron at first, rescued Moses by speaking on his behalf. Eventually Moses pushed passed his fear giving the Israelites speeches and instructions that directed them to their destination.

If you look at your weak sides and find a way to turn them inside out and turn them into your strong suits, you will find success was there all along.

So there’s your 3 steps to begin solving your fear problem.

  1. Take inventory.
  2. Take action.
  3. Take an inside out view.

Go get em! God’s right behind you. And here’s how I know that…

Psalm16:8 says:
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Like David, the Lord’s at your right hand, and you will not be shaken!

If you’d need more help – check out this resource, 5 Fear Busting Prayers You Can Pray On The Fly.

If you need a dose of hope today, I’ve got you covered! If you’re feeling down, sucking rug, depressed, or stressed…Let me be your hope coach.

In my prayer time this morning I felt I needed to make a personal audio recording just for you. It’s quick but you’ll find long-lasting relief. Peace is about to brighten your cloudy sky! Save it. Share it. Enjoy and be encouraged. – Dr. Linda

Staying happy all day long can be challenging especially when crap hits the fan. If your morning doesn’t start off with a happy-bang you’ll find it hard to make a comeback later in the day when things go wrong. And I guarantee you – something will go wrong. Find out how to start your day in happy-mode and stay there all day with these quick happiness starters.

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Zig Ziglar once joked with his audience that he wakes up in the morning and reads his Bible then he reads the local paper so that he knows what both sides are up to. Love that! What about you?

  • What do you pour into your mind first thing in the morning?
  • Do the first few minutes of your day set the foundation for a happy day?

If you want to guarantee you’ll stay in happy-mode all day long, here’s what you can do:

Make a list of a few quick things you could do in just a few minutes that flood your mind with joy producing thoughts. (Little hint, don’t be so quick to turn on your TV for the morning news or hit up Twitter or any other social media outlet.)

Make the FIRST thing your HAPPY THING.

Here’s what I do. The minute I wake up and my feet hit the floor, I’m thanking God that I’m alive, strong, healthy, and happy. In fact, one of the first things that comes out of my mouth is, “Thank you Jesus”. Just starting my day off thankful and acknowledging that I am what I am and I have what I have because of what Jesus gave me – puts everything into perspective.

Then I walk downstairs, make my pre-workout drink, gulp it down, get fresh cold water in my bottle, and head back upstairs… and as I do, I’m intentionally thinking about what I’m grateful for.

I spy things on the counter and say, God, thanks for those coffee beans! I see something in the living room like my daughter’s backpack and I thank God that Tiffany is an amazing young lady. I trip over my sons size 14 basketball shoes and it triggers thoughts like “God, thank you that Tyler is healthy and able to play ball.” Now, before you think I’m ALL heavenly minded, know this…

There have been days when I’d instead be like

Are you kidding! Why did that boy leave his basketball shoes in the middle of the floor for me to fall over?! Wait till I get my hands on him!!!

Thankfully, I’ve learned that an automatic response like THAT sets me up to be angry and mad and guess what? Unhappy. So I’ve learned to find the positive even in something that could tick me off.

When I get back to my bedroom, as I’m getting my workout clothes on, I’m talking. Out loud. Thanking God for everything I can think of at that moment. Caring nothing about who hears me. Usually everyone else is still asleep, BUT if one of my kids hear me…great! Because they’re learning how to set up their day in happy-mode!

I love that old Folger’s commercial… “the best part about waking up is Folders in your cup.” Let’s change that up and make this our morning motto: “THE best part about waking up is happy in your cup!” 

So here’s a few happiness starters to get you thinking about positive and joy producing things that will help you stay in happy-mode all day:

  1. What could I be telling myself the instant I wake up that is good?
  2. What could I thank God for the moment my feet hit the floor?
  3. What could I look forward to today?
  4. What scripture or promise of God could I think about that will fill me with hope?

You could jot these 4 happy starters down on a piece of paper and put them on your nightstand so you see them when you wake up. Or maybe tape them to your bathroom mirror – since I’m thinking you’ll be in that room before you go anywhere else. 

One last question for you: Do you believe God wants you to launch each day in a happy way? Then take a cue from Matthew 6:33…

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.

THAT is how you kick off your day in happy-mode, no matter what!

PS – I’ve been developing something you may find helpful in your quest to live happy. It’s called Happy Academy. Do you want to know when it’s ready? Just pop one of the buttons below and you’ll be one of the first to hear about it when it rolls out.

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