Chapter 2014: Page 3

Power Up Your 2014

Having gorged ourselves during the past Christmas and New Year celebrations, many people are now thinking of dieting and exercising. Here’s an interesting one somewhat discussed during the last Salcedo Feast of 2013. It was the conclusion of the series Power Up, and the title of the talk was Are You Acting Enough?

Consider the passage Matthew 21:28-31:

There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

“‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did what his father wanted?

Feast builder Jan Silan hashed out the difference between Intention and Action. Right now, you might be thinking of going to the gym or buying an exercise machine to help you shed the excess pounds gained from indulging during the holidays. But did you know that 95% of exercise machines don’t get used after three months?

Good intentions don’t bring success. It’s not enough to have a good plan if there is no action right after. It is action that attracts abundance.

It’s a good thing Bro. Jan shared the Steps to be an Action Person.

Step 1: Make a Mess.

Sometimes you might be afraid to act because you think whatever you do won’t be good enough, or you can’t contribute much. This kind of thinking will cause you never to take that first step. So what if you make a mess? Make a mess, make a miracle. It’s alright to mess up. What’s important is you keep on trying. Remember, your good intention won’t be realized if you don’t act at all.

Step 2: Be a Fool.

When successful people were starting out, people may have laughed at or mocked them. But they didn’t let that stop them. Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney… all started seemingly as failures. But they did not let the opinion of others stop them from pursuing their path. And now they have changed the world.

 If you’re afraid of being misunderstood, God can’t use you. – Steve Furtick

Remember this, successful people are disruptors. Now that they have become famous, where are the people who laughed at them?

Step 3: Eat Your Frog.

Here’s the type of diet I mentioned. The frog represents the most difficult task for the day.

Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. – Mark Twain

If you delay eating the frog, the constant thought of it will drain your energy. Champions eat the frog first. When you eat your frog – your most difficult task – you gain power. So, what is your frog?

Step 4: Do Your Thing

Successful people didn’t start out as successful right away. They all started as amateurs.

If you want to be expert on one thing, work on it 10,000 hours. Invest more, if you want to be a genius.

Step 5: Make a Mess Again

Is it really necessary to keep on messing up? If you want to keep on learning, you won’t be afraid to make a mess again.

Have you experienced your plans not coming to pass? Don’t be disheartened. God will wreck your plans when He sees that your plans are about to wreck you.

This New Year is the time to rise again. Prepare your plan, to avoid committing the mistake of failing to prepare thereby preparing to fail.

It is a bit strange that the last installment of the last series for last year present very good insights on how we should start this year. Maybe that’s just meant to be, to guide us on the path to take as we begin a new year.


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