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Staying Focused

Staying Focused

How do you stay focused on your hopes and dreams? There are so many things that we all go through in life that tends to bring us down. The most common is a family member, a negative boss, supervisors, negative co-workers, financial hard times, starting a business that is not taking off, marriage problems, relationships and etc. We can sit down right now and list all the things that come at the wrong time but that is not what this post is about. Today we are talking about staying focused.
To often we let those things get within our skin and yes they can be a burden. Trust me. I have had my share. Have you ever left work arguing with someone in your mind? I have. The same can go with your spouse or friend. You know what I mean. Yet during this entire time you have goals that you want to accomplish and you want to prosper and live life to its fullest. You want more out of life you currently have and when you begin on your own personal journey and things begin to some what take off, boom here comes someone’s famous speech about success and yet they have nothing to show. When something happens to you that takes your mind off your goal, all of a sudden you’re not focused anymore. We begin to get distracted and that is an indicator that its time for you to set your priorities straight. I want to talk about staying focused and being persistent. It’s time to become a lion, a shark if you will and kill anything that tries to come your way.

KEEPING YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE

Keeping your eye on the prize can be tough and it is never easy. Especially when quitting seems easier and most people who make their choice of quitting always always regrets it. Your coveted goal can be anything. For the longest time I have desired to do something fulfilling in life because I want more. Many of you know that I have read Think and Grow Rich about a year ago which I highly recommend by the way, and that book literally changed my life. I began to think differently about the possibilities of success and what I can accomplish. And let be honest here for just a second, we all dream of having some kind of success. It can be anything from music success or leaving an inheritance to your kids. I think most of us want a good career or having your business grow but the honest truth is God has a plan for you and for me and it’s not poverty. I do not know anyone who dreams of living pay check to pay check and barely making it in life. Most people dream about traveling and while some are living their dream and traveling all over the world. So how do you stay focused and have a steadfast mind on the things that you want to accomplish in life? I can’t tell you others do but I can tell you what I do. Almost everyday I listen to something that will remind me that success is what you put in it. Success is not over night or get rich quick program. Success is hard work and it is also a discipline. You have to develop a discipline, a muscle that you will do what ever it takes to get what you want in life. Quitting is easy. Like I said before most people who do, always always regrets their decision.
Don’t live life in regret, instead live life moving forward. You have to take a hard look in the mirror everyday and say to yourself “I am going to make it today because my wife and kids are watching.” You have to begin to think differently about yourself, your future and how others see you.

Refuse to be burned out and become a beast!

Staying Focused

Become obsessed with your passion and hate being average. The people who hate their lives right now who live in poverty are living an average life. They have do direction. Get Direction! Come on man, you need to be fired up about life. I refuse to be burned out. I know that with all my heart that I will make it. When you begin to think like this, you will begin to move in areas that others will see as weird. When you do things that others see weird who cares what they say about you when you are moving ahead. When I was telling everyone that I was waking up at 4 am, to read books and work on me, people looked at me like I was crazy. You should have seen the faces that they were making. It was awesome. I had moved into new territory and I knew something was going to change this year of 2016.

Staying Focused

Time to make a decision

It is time to do what ever it takes to become successful. Having a mind that is focused is better than a mind that is not focused. Look at the end of the day you need to stay focused. Forget about the nay sayers and become obsessed with your future, your destiny and what others will say when you make it.

Staying Focused

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Why you can be Successful?

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     Among many Christian circles, there are contrary beliefs that having success and money is bad. Well, they can have their opinions. I have come to believe that God wants you to become successful and wealthy but to use money for His purposes. I heard Dave Ramsey say “The poor cannot feed hungry children. The poor cannot build shelters for the homeless. The wealthy can.” Hearing this statement impacted me personally. I think many Christians would love to give a lot of money when it comes to give their tithes and offerings but unfortunately many Christians are bound and crippled by debt. Bad choices of handling finances for their families and themselves have put a serious chain of fear over their home and their minds. We have everything from major credit card debt, Student loan debt, and uncontrollable spending that has put many Christians in financial bondage. I can relate because I know what it feels like when that bill is due and the hard earned money that I worked for is going to someone else. Living pay check to pay check sux! Lets be honest here, when your income is limited and you have a family to support, it plains sucks! Poverty sux!Low Income sucks! and Debt Sucks!
     Now that I have a fresh outlook on finances, I had to learn how does God look at debt and the handling of finances. I needed guidance and wisdom so I came across “Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey. Let me tell you that this book was God-sent. I needed a harsh reality about me and how I treated money. I didn’t blame anyone else for my poor decisions but myself. At the end of the day it was me. Growing up, my family didn’t know any better. I was always told, “Go to school, get your college degree and get a job. When you get a job, pay your bills and whatever you have left you can spend.” Although that doesn’t really cut because many people go to college and rack up so much student loan debt that they up loosing their minds trying to pay that debt off and they have mouths to feed. Most people end up changing their careers because what they thought would be a good job doesn’t really pay enough.  There are millions of families in the same predicament. So I was determined to do something about it. As I read the book I was learning about what would be the foundations of how I would manage my finances and while I was reading Dave Ramsey would hit on the importance of building wealth.
     So after reading what the Bible says about money and reading Total Money Makeover, I knew that I had to change my ways of managing my finances. One Proverb stands out to me while I was seeking wisdom and that is “The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their calamity.Proverbs 10:15. I once heard a saying and it goes like this, “If you save money, money will save you.” Many people do not have a emergency saving account and when trouble comes to our door, it comes kicking down the door. Most people go and take out a loan or use their credit card and like all people, they end up back in debt. So why am I saying all of this? Why am I am talking about finances first before starting a business? Because if YOU cannot manage your finances now, you will not know what to do when huge lumps of money comes to you. Most people will jump for joy and spend it without seeking wisdom on how to handle it. Trust me, if you can build the discipline and focus on managing your personal income now, and that is being faithful in the little things, you will be ready for bigger financial blessings when they come. In my opinion, this is the 1st step to success. If God can trust you with what you have in your hands then He will give you more and that means MORE RESPONSIBILITY! You can bet on that. Once you have become faithful in this area first and give like your are supposed to, then I honestly believe that God will open the windows of Heaven over you that you cannot contain.
     The moment I got the revelation of this message in my spirit, I had to begin the process of setting up a budget and sticking to it. The hardest part of this process is sticking to the plan. Saving first, giving and budgeting third. Its tough but I am seeing results. Now that I finished Total Money Makeover, I was ready for my next book because I was hungry for wisdom and knowledge.
Alex

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