Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday's Word for Your Work: EDUCATION


Education

1: having an education;
especially: having an education beyond the average
2a: giving evidence of training or practice
 b: befitting one that is educated

 c: based on some knowledge of fact6

We live in the age of information.  Every question; every answer is at our fingertips,
however are we developing beyond the average or practicing what we have been taught?
 Let’s be honest. Most of us are working towards a life degree in being average at many
skills.
With so much knowledge coming at us it is easy to become a “Jack of All Trades”.
But most of us are not named Jack.  And even those who are may “chow down” on
information only to find themselves hungry for more - never satisfied. Why not satisfied?  
Because deep down we know that we have been designed for more than average.
We have a desire to be great at something not average at most things.  Jim Collins
wrote a whole book based on the principle, “Good is the enemy to great.”  Through
all of his research he came to the conclusion that, “For, in the end, it is impossible
to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life.  And it is very difficult to have a
meaningful life without meaningful work.” 6

Even as an AWIP we should choose meaningful work as we progress! Therefore, let
us become educated in the things that matter most to the plans God has for us. If that is
fulfilling degree requirements so the right doors open; pursuing being apprenticed by
someone who is an expert in the strengths that we are trying to develop; mastering a
discipline through reading, research, and application - whatever the education we seek
let us first seek an education from our wise Heavenly Counselor, who brings meaning to
our work!


"A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,"
(Prov. 1:5 NKJV)



6. Collins, Jim. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the    

   Leap...and Others Don’t. Random House, 2001.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Wednesday's Word for Your Work



Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”
(Prov. 16:3 NKJV)

Commit:
to carry into action deliberately;
to pledge or assign to some particular course or use.
Establish:
to make firm or stable; to introduce and cause to multiply;
to bring into existence; to put into a favorable position.

How do we battle thoughts of lack of confidence or purpose? We do this by deliberately acting upon our assignments.  What do we know that we should be doing? The answer is what we do - with deliberate action. When we do this our thoughts concerning our purpose are made firm.  

As we continue to fulfill the work before us more thoughts are brought forth
concerning the work we should be doing.  
This puts us in a favorable position - for promotion, peace, and fulfillment.
Our thoughts begin to multiply - this pattern encourages us to be A Work in Progress.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Determination: A Bite Size Serving Part 2


Bite Size Serving #1:

Determination

a :  the act of deciding definitely and firmly;

also :  the result of such an act of decision
b :  firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end
Synonyms include: decidedness, purposefulness, and resolve4

Determination is determined when we determine that we are “A Work in Progress”.  
The term, “A Work in Progress” means that we are not perfect;
that we are “lifelong learners”; that we work to move towards a goal.  
Being “A Work in Progress” takes Determination.


Life happens fast, but with determination we can slow life down each day.  

Remember from last week that we do this by doing things on purpose; by not allowing the days to run together, but instead doing things daily - with decision. This will look differently for each individual.  

Determination maybe a big word, but it requires small spoonfuls to swallow. Replace the “Ations” - Procrastination, Frustration, and Hesitation by substituting these Determination portions in your life…


Write Down your To Do’s

When we write down what we need to accomplish we have made an act of determination.  We have decided to know longer simply think about doing something, but to act on doing that something.  

Action influences Determination. Writing down a list of things to do does not make one do those things, however it is a transition of  intention into action.

Whatever we act upon is what we are determining to do.  And how better to begin than with a To Do list.

Last week I began sharing To Do Tips... 

To Do Tip #1. Make ONE
I am convinced that one To Do List is enough.  One To Do List determines much of our success. One To Do List helps us…

  1. Determine how much we need to do
  2. Determine how full our plates truly are
  3. Determine if we need help to do what we need to do
  4. Determine our discipline for writing things down

This week I continue with...
To Do Tip #2. Take it with you!


To Do Lists work best when they are mobile.  
To do Lists are not our pets; They will not make noise when we leave them at home
and come running to greet us the minute we return  
To Do Lists will easily hide from our sight.
Once we determine to have one To Do List we must determine to carry it along
for the ride.

To do Lists can come in all shapes and sizes.  
To Do Lists can be electronic or written on paper.  Over the years I have talked
with many different people regarding To Do Lists.  I have found that even with
all of today’s technology - no matter when you maybe reading this it will always
update itself.  Writing a To Do List on paper with a pen or pencil strengthens
our Determination. There is something about the effort of writing down a
To Do List that encourages completion.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Determination: A Bite Size Serving



            A few weeks ago my Dad cleared some land on our property revealing a stunning display of determination.  Of course, my Dad's determination to cut down overgrown vines was nothing to shake a hand saw towards, unless you were an intrusive plant in his path.  We stood in awe at the sight of one tree's determination to grow towards sunlight. Is there a tree in your way that seems to massive to chopped down? Why not grow through it.  


          Be encouraged today with an excerpt from my new book coming in early 2019.  This book is about how to eat that elephant in your life in small portions; portions like DETERMINATION.


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Bite Size Serving #1:

Determination

a :  the act of deciding definitely and firmly;
also :  the result of such an act of decision
b :  firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end
Synonyms include: decidedness, purposefulness, and resolve4

The “Pioneer of American Cuisine” had a key ingredient - Determination.  In 1940 south of Opelousas, LA Paul Prudhomme came into this world as the son of a sharecropper and his wife.  By seven years of age he took to his mother’s side cooking up family style cajun dishes in a kitchen with no electricity.  As a teenager he made a decision to open his own burger place. Closing its doors in less than a year he decided that he had a lot to learn.  

        With only the culinary education of his mother’s kitchen, although serving thirteen children he said it felt like a restaurant, he decided to travel and work under other chefs to gain knowledge.  After traveling across America he eventually returned to Louisiana. Prudhomme took a sous-chef position in New Orleans and at the age of thirty-five became the first American- born executive chef at the famous Commander’s Palace.  

Wanting to keep to his cajun family style cooking in 1979 he opened a modest reservation free restaurant that encouraged strangers to eat at tables together.  Unlike his first restaurant, K-Pauls became world famous and reservations became a necessity. Paul Prudhomme’s style of cooking became known around the globe.  He authored over a dozen cookbooks and his spices are sold in over thirty countries.4

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Determination is determined when we determine that we are “A Work in Progress”.  The term, “A Work in Progress” means that we are not perfect; that we are “lifelong learners”; that we work to move towards a goal.  Being “A Work in Progress” takes Determination.

How do we embrace being “A Work in Progress” and be like Paul Prudhomme and eat up Determination?  We take little bites of Determination each day. We must decide firmly and actively to do the things that need to be done in order to receive the things to come.  Life happens fast, but with determination we can slow life down each day.  We do this by doing things on purpose; by not allowing the days to run together, but instead doing things daily - with decision. This will look differently for each individual.  

Paul Prudhomme did not become an executive chef overnight.  For years, each day he worked, developing his skills. His determination led him to his destination - a life long dream fulfilled.   

Determination maybe a big word, but it requires small spoonfuls to swallow. Replace the “Ations” - Procrastination, Frustration, and Hesitation by substituting these Determination portions in your life…

Write Down your To Do’s
Einstein said it best - “Paper is to write things down that we need to remember. Our brains are used to think.”.4  When we write down what we need to accomplish we have made an act of determination.  We have decided to know longer simply think about doing something, but to act on doing that something.  

Action influences Determination. Writing down a list of things to do does not make one do those things, however it is a transition of  intention into action.

Whatever we act upon is what we are determining to do.  And how better to begin than with a To Do list.

Let’s talk about To Do Lists for a moment.  From home to school to leading organizations or businesses I have written my fair share of To Dos.  You may have a To Do system that works well for you, but if you are open to suggestions here are a few tips I have learned about making To Do Lists.  

To Do Tip #1. Make ONE

What? Did she just say - Make One?  How will one To Do List be sufficient? Does she know how busy I am; how many people I lead?  How many projects I coordinate? How much I have going on?

Believe it or not, I probably do.  

Here are a few “snap shots” of different To Do List  seasons of my life:

In high school I was president of three organizations at once including the student body as well as on the honor roll, editor of the paper, show choir, cheerleader, and the lead in school plays - with one To Do List.

In college I was a campaign manager, worked two full time jobs, volunteered at a non-profit, worked in the theater department and was an active member of the choir. - with one To Do List

In my twenties I traveled for three years opening thirty-two restaurants, coordinating teams for corporate and thirteen franchises, leading training teams and advising owners and managers how to effectively launch a new site within ninety days of breaking ground - with one To Do List.

In my thirties I left my career to homeschool our children, support my multi-media director husband as his producer, write a blog, serve on volunteer staff at my church, and help launch a tutorial school with one To Do List.

In my forties I became a published author and started my own consulting business, produce ministry videos for an international church website as a staff member, continue to teach middle school and high school courses, and enjoy life with the best husband and children and dog on the planet - all with one To Do List.

I am convinced that one To Do List is enough.  One To Do List determines much of our success. One To Do List helps us…

  1. Determine how much we need to do
  2. Determine how full our plates truly are
  3. Determine if we need help to do what we need to do
  4. Determine our discipline for writing things down

Join me over the next few weeks as we explore To Do Tips of Determination.

References:
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         http://www.kpauls.com/faqs/ online 2017   
         online 2017
         http://blog.bookbaby.com/2014/01/einstein/ online 2018