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Patience Day 11 -Times To Be Patient vs. Times To Act

August 30, 2018 Leave a comment
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Times To Be Patient vs. Times To Act

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We’ve already talked a bit about when patience can be a bad thing. I’d like to expand on that a bit today by addressing how to know when it’s time to be patient and when it’s better to take action. There’s often a fine line in these matters, so let’s take a look at some signs to know a leap of faith may be in order. Telling the difference between times to be patient versus times to act is delicate, but knowing just a few tips can help you move from indecision to positive action.

When You Truly Want Something

Have you had a dream for so long that you can’t remember a time when it wasn’t something you wanted? If so, why haven’t you acted on it? Wanting something desperately is a clear sign you need to take some kind of action. Being patient simply isn’t cutting it anymore. Reflect on the goals you’ve always wanted or those that have been at the back of your mind for a long time. Decide which are of most importance to you and then start to make a plan for how to reach them. Even if you’re just starting with baby steps, you’re at least taking some action. And that’s better than doing nothing. “Faith without works is dead.”

When in Doubt

If you’re starting to have a nagging suspicion a promise someone has made you is never going to come to fruition, it’s probably time to stop being patient. Waiting around for others can be frustrating and, frankly, a little demeaning. It can take away your awareness of action. Instead, hop into action and let them know you’re no longer depending on them to come through for you. Go ahead and do the thing you’d been waiting for on your own or find someone reliable who will help you. It can be difficult to realize that not everyone has your best interests at heart, but also quite liberating. Hear my testimony about waiting patiently for someone to help me who never did and a testimony about one of my family members who was waiting patiently for someone to change in a relationship on the teaching audio. Here is again is the link https://stme.in/RCOzXUbF03

When Perfection Is Holding You Back

Sometimes perfectionism is disguised as patience. You may think you’re being patient by not going for what you want or trying something new. What may actually be at play is your intense need for perfection or some other negative emotion such as fear or insecurity. Dig deep to discover what it is that’s keeping you from making that move. Once you’ve identified it, kick that bad boy to the curb. You don’t need to let fear, insecurity or perfectionism keep you stuck. Take action to push past them and live the life you deserve.

These are merely a few examples of the times you should act rather than being patient. I’m sure you can think of more. It’s my hope that today’s teaching will help you to recognize when you may be relying on patience as a means of not taking the action you desire. Once you start noting the difference, you’ll start to feel much stronger and in control of your life.

 

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Patience Day 10 – Reflect On When You’ve Been Too Impatient

August 29, 2018 Leave a comment

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It’s a fact of life. Sometimes we’re going to be impatient, and we’re also going to feel bad about it. Perhaps we’ve hurt someone’s feelings due to our lack of patience or maybe we’ve made a fool of ourselves because we let our frustration get the best of us. It happens. We’re only human. It’s what you do about these lapses that really matters. Let’s take a look at how to reflect on what you’ve been too impatient and how to handle such situations.

Recognize Impatience Has Occurred

First, it’s important to recognize your impatient transgression. Sometimes it can be tempting to just push such things under the rug, but doing so rarely helps us to do better in the future. It’s when we acknowledge our weaknesses or mistakes that we can correct them. So take time to admit what has happened so that you can deal with it. You definitely need to admit the issue to yourself. It can also be helpful to admit your mistake to others if you’ve hurt someone or caused hard feelings.

Reflect on the Incident

Once you’ve recognized what you’ve done, the next step is to reflect upon it. Think about the underlying reasons you might have acted so impatiently. Consider how you were feeling at the time, whether there were specific things that triggered you and if this might be a pattern you encounter often. The more questions you can answer for yourself, the better you will be at resolving the problem and getting better at avoiding such un-pleasantries in the future.

Make Amends

If you have hurt someone’s feelings, you really should take time to apologize. You’ll feel better, and so will they. In addition, you’ll be letting go of any negative feelings that may hold in a pattern of continuing to exhibit such behaviors in the future. It’s easier to make change when you’ve freed yourself from the burden of regrets. Starting with a clean slate will let you move on in a positive manner.

Plan for the Future

Finally, you need to learn from your mistakes and plan for ways to avoid making the same ones in the future.

Assignment Day 10

Write down the specific things you have done wrong that caused some impatience in your life.

Beside each one, make a note of what you could have done better. This is a fantastic exercise for gaining perspective and for making real, lasting change. Seeing your proposed actions steps on paper is a powerful tool for pushing you forward along your journey to do better.

Follow these steps when you feel you’ve been impatient. Doing so will feel so much better than wallowing in your regret or simply trying to forget about the incident. The hard work of self-reflection is all a part of your journey to becoming a more patient person

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Patience Day 6 -Patience Is A Virtue! Or Is It?

August 26, 2018 Leave a comment

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Patience truly can be a virtue. It can assist you in a number of ways across various settings in your life. But are there times when being patience can actually be a hindrance? Yes, I believe there are. I think it’s important we address them so that you don’t find yourself getting stuck in any negative patterns in the name of being patient. Allow me to share with you just a handful of the things you may need to be wary of when it comes to your idea of patience. Don’t let patience be an excuse for any of these three things…..

  1. Missed Opportunities

“Good things come to those who wait.” This is not a phrase I’m terribly fond of. The reason is that those who wait may often be doing so out of negative emotions like fear or insecurity. When you settle in too patiently, you can sometimes miss out on a really great opportunity. It can be tempting to wait for just the right time or to tell yourself you’re being patient when, in reality, you’re giving into negative emotions and failing to leave your comfort zone. If there’s something you want and you find yourself waiting around to get it, I think it’s important to take some time for self-reflection. Ask yourself why it is you’re not taking action to go after what you desire. Be honest about those answers. Then take just one step toward your goal. You may just find yourself moving onto taking big leaps and going for your dreams.

  1. Hanging on Too Long

What about those times we hang onto things that are bad for us, just waiting for them to get better? I know I’ve fallen into that trap, and I imagine you have, too. Whether it’s an abusive relationship, a job you hate or something else entirely, you probably can identify a time you’ve stuck around waiting for someone or some situation to change. Again, this is a time for introspection. If you’re dealing with something like this right now, decide what’s keeping you from making a move. Then address the problem with proactive action. Being patient by relying on false hope is never in your best interest.

Scripture: Proverbs 13:12“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”

     3. Becoming a Doormat

On a similar note, do you find yourself being far too patient with people who don’t seem to treat you with as much respect as you give them? That’s what’s known as being a doormat, and it’s no fun. Please understand that the character flaw is not yours; it belongs to those would take advantage of you. However, you do hold the power in this type of situation. Rather than sit around patiently accommodating others who don’t give you the same courtesy, try setting some boundaries. A simple “no” to an unwanted request can be an incredibly empowering tool.

These are some common ways patience can be less than a virtue. Be on the lookout for such traps. Be savvy and aware when you see them. Give yourself the power to let go of patience during these times and do what’s right for you.

Assignment Day 6:

1.  What opportunities have you missed in the act of “waiting patiently?”

2.  What area or areas of your life are you “hanging on too long?”

3.  Name the people in your life who disrespect you or who are using you as a doormat.    What do you plan to do about it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patience Challenge Day 3 – The Importance Of Becoming A More Patient Person

August 22, 2018 Leave a comment

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We talked a bit yesterday about the benefits of having patience. In today’s post, I’d like to expand on that by covering some of the reasons why it’s so important to be a more patient person. Being calm and tolerant in the face of discomfort is a big part of patience. Like any skill, it takes practice, time and dedication to become proficient, though. Let’s talk about just some of the ways being patient is important so that you can see how high the return on investment for your efforts will be.

Increased Empathy

It’s true. Learning to be patient with people is key to developing empathy for them. Rather than react negatively to things that irritate you about others, try to stop, take a breath and put yourself in their shoes. Such a small exercise in restraint will pay you back with big rewards. You’ll find yourself feeling much more relaxed on a regular basis, as well as discover you get along with others better.

Better Relationships

Yes, when you’re more patient with those around you, particularly the people who are closest to you, you’ll begin to notice your relationships change for the better. Others will sense your empathy and your effort on their behalf. People appreciate it when you take time to be sensitive with regard to their experience. You’ll also find yourself involved in fewer arguments and strife when you employ just a bit more patience with the people you encounter every day.

Improved Decision-Making

By being patient, you stand a better chance of making good decisions, rather than impulsive ones. Patience allows you to invest the time needed to research your options and to consider the big picture. It’s when you allow discomfort and anxiety to take over that you give into hype, fear tactics or temptation.

More Control

When you exhibit patience, you have more control of your emotions and your actions. Taking the time to sit with any feelings of discomfort and to think things through can truly give you the upper hand in most situations. Allowing yourself to be led by your emotions is exhausting and takes away your self-help. You’re not truly taking charge of your life; your emotions and impulses are. Patience is the antidote to impulsivity and recklessness.

Stronger Resiliency

You become more resilient and adaptable when you gain patience. Things roll off your back much easier. As noted above, you aren’t inclined to be led by your emotions. Instead, you can take the time to look at situations objectively and to make decisions accordingly. It’s quite liberating to be able to bounce back like this in the face of pressure.

These are just some of the ways patience is important. All of these benefits can be gained across various settings in your life. You’ll find your interactions with colleagues, clients, family and friends will go much more smoothly when you’re able to demonstrate this newfound gift.

Assignment Day 3:

Write in a journal how these five areas will improve when you develop or practice patience in each one.

Revive Me Again, O Lord!

July 23, 2018 3 comments

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It has been some time since I have written on my blog. This year so far has been one that has required me to focus on others. My dad had some medical challenges at the beginning of the year and I did some traveling with him to make sure he would be okay (not to mention I got a trip out of it). He still has some challenge with getting his blood count number up, but things seem to be going well. If you know of any foods he can eat to bring the number up, please post below. I will be very appreciative for any information that will help him. 

After doctor appointments and several trips (fun trips!), I find myself saying the words that can be found in Psalm 51:10-12, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence,  and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.”

I know my life’s purpose and assignment and my prayer now is to be restore with joy and renewed with a loyal spirit.  I love my family, but it is mid-July and time for me to regroup and refocus on what I am suppose to be doing in the earth. I have a trip planned in September that will bring a “time of refreshing” opportunity so that I can “get myself together!”

Keep me in your prayers as I finish this year strong and on top.

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3 Powerful Ways to Recognize an Opportunity

November 8, 2016 Leave a comment

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If you want to be a successful entrepreneur one of the things that you’re going to have to do is be able to recognize opportunity when it knocks. An opportunity to fill a much needed gap in the market or to change your business to take advantage of a trend could mean the difference between a little bit of success and a huge amount. But you must know what these opportunities look like so that you can grab them when you see them. Here are three ways to recognize an opportunity.

1.  It Might Not Be Perfect

One of the earmarks of a good opportunity is that it doesn’t sound too good to be true. A true opportunity that has great potential isn’t going to be perfect when you encounter it. You’re going to have to do the work to make it into a successful venture. However, one thing that should have is potential. If you can see it becoming a great idea in the future than it might just be the opportunity that you been looking for but just be sure that just because an idea is imperfect that you don’t discard it completely.

2.  It Is Built on Previous Failures

The best ideas are the ones that have evolved over time because they have been honed through past failures. If an idea has been through the furnace of discovery, there is a much greater chance of it working when you decide to implement it. In other words, you might want to give an idea time to fail a few times before you decide to run with it yourself, because otherwise, you’ll be making all of those mistakes yourself and that won’t result in the grand opportunity the you’re envisioning.

3.  It Might Not Be What It Was Intended to Be Used for Originally

Some of the best ideas that have ever been thought of were completely different takes on what a product or service was originally intended for. The idea might’ve been a failure as it was intended but it sparked an entire new thought process and brand-new applications. These accidental inventions ended up being something completely different because someone had the ability to see past the original application. For example, both the slinky and silly putty toys were intended for industrial application. However, they failed as intended and instead became some of the most popular toys ever invented.

Are you looking for an opportunity to learn how to help people in a big way? Register for my  FREE Signature Masterclass  starting November 10th- “Discover Your Calling To Coach” here http://www.gingerlondon.com/DiamondCoachingMasterClassReg.html.

 

 

25 Days of Power – Self-Improvement Challenge

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25 Days of Power – Day 1 “You Are Empowered By God”

Did you know God has provided ways in His word to empower His children? Did you know there are specific things you can do to contribute to answered prayer, good health, a peaceful life and more? It’s true!

Once we are saved, we don’t just float through our days hoping to catch God in a good mood when He is willing to answer prayer or provide for our needs. His word gives us many things we can do continually to set His hand in motion.

If we do what God instructs us to do then He will give us all He has promised to give. This if/then type of promise is called a covenant promise. It operates the same as when an attorney draws up a contract between two people. One party agrees to do a particular thing and – after it is done – a second party agrees to do something else. God empowers us to have control of certain circumstances by offering us these covenant promises or blessings.

You Go First

God usually wants us to take the action He has laid out in His word before we are rewarded. He empowers us to do what we should then rewards us once we have done it.

Today’s Self-Empowerment Challenge:

Read through your Bible today, make note of the times God empowers you. You may want to make a list or mark the verses in your Bible as you find them so you can remember when to act and what to do to release God’s best in your life. Many times your actions are all that stand in the way of answered prayers. Is God waiting on you?

 

 

 

 

 

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