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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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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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.


Why We Need to Sweat the Small Stuff If We Want the Big Stuff
How can great leaders come out of nowhere? Ready? It’s because they have been hidden, plugging away at the small things first. Let that sink in. See, you don’t usually SEE a great leader in the making because you don’t SEE them taking care of the small stuff. The stuff behind the scenes. So when they finally do emerge, it’s like, “Hey, where did this chick come from?” “Does anyone know this guy? He seems to have come out of nowhere.” That’s right. They did come out of nowhere. They were busy taking care of the small stuff when all of a sudden heaven opened a door and BAM! They came into bigger things.

Small stuff is the stuff kings are made out of

Like King David, they’ve busied themselves for decades on the backside of a pasture, tending sheep, ankle-deep in manure, swatting flies, sweat dripping off their brow, and developing yucky yellow sweat st ains under their armpits. Then something shifts. They are given a throne. Prior they had anointing, but no crown. Now they have both. It’s because they paid the price. Majoring in the menial led to the magnificent! That small stuff is the stuff of kings.

My scary, ugly thought

I had a thought that scared the snot out of me one time. I was sitting on my back porch having a talk with God. I was tired of looking over my life and unfulfilled dreams. I actually said to God, “How come I’m more faithful to you than you are to me?!”  Whoa, I couldn’t believe I actually thought that. As soon as it shot out of my thinker, I repented. How brazen a thought! For a moment I actually believed that throughout the years, all of the ways I have been faithful, were more than how much God has been faithful to me. Yikes! How dare I think such a thing? After asking God for forgiveness, I wondered where that thought came from. Was I tired? Exhausted? Had I totally lost my mind? That’s not the right one to have! I was shocked at what was going on in my head.

Sticking with small stuff leads to the bigger better stuff

After I regrouped, I rediscovered once again, that it’s really the small things that are the big things. You may have heard of the book, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”. Great title. But for our purposes here, we really do need to sweat the small stuff. Sweating the small stuff is a guaranteed lead to the big stuff.

How do I know? The Bible tells me so. A scripture in Matthew 25 says: “You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much.” Cool! If I work my butt off taking care of the things I’d rather not, I will eventually get to do what I’d rather do! (Well, right motives and good attitude do play an important part here too, so don’t leave that out.) All this to say…playing the part that no one else sees or gives a rip about is a lead-in to something greater. There are no short cuts, so quit looking for them.

God’s watching and smiling

Allow me to toss a little something to you from the book of Zachariah. It’s found in chapter 4, verse 10: “Do not despise the day of small beginnings. The Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”

This verse helps us reframe our manure filled pasture moments. It shows us that God is not only watching, but rejoicing. He’s got his eye on you, me, and all the others as we busy ourselves with the stuff of our pre-king seasons. Let’s keep it up. Our crowns are on order and they are just about ready for wear if we will stay at it long enough.

Soon someone will see you and say, “Hey, where did YOU come from?”

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