A Pack to Keep You Safe While Hunting

For many years I have been using a small fanny pack when going on day trips hunting.  It carried what I needed, a small emergency kit, an extra pair of gloves, knives, my licenses, etc.  But over the years I have found that having something a little bigger, something that can carry a full sized water bottle for instance, would be much more convenient.

Cabela's Ally Hunting Pack

My biggest concern was price.  I know that I could find exactly what I needed if I wanted to plop down $200 or more, but that was far beyond my budget.  It’s simply not worth the premium for something I would use so rarely.  I searched online, and found that the Cabela’s Ally Hunting Pack would most likely suit my needs.

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How to Have Your Voice Heard

One of my goals is to learn how to be more persuasive.  This stems from John Maxwell’s book Thinking for a Change, and specifically a little blurb on page 52 where he talks about how he wants to be so influential and be filled with so many good things, that whenever he opens his mouth good stuff flows out.  Being filled with so many good things is a great goal, but in order to get people to stop to listen you have to be persuasive.

10 P's of Persuasion

Recently, while going through some sales training, we talked about the 10 P’s of making a sale.  These are attributes that you have to have, and attributes that you have to think about, in order to be a good salesman or woman.  While going through them I couldn’t help but to think that these are actually the 10 P’s of persuasion.

As your read through them, you will probably think of more attributes (and many that also start with the letter “P”).  Add those to your list, and grab the power of persuasion.

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Get More Done Before the Heaviness of Day

There are two schools of thought out there when it comes to working.  Some people say, “I’m not a morning person, I do better work in the afternoon or evening!”  And other people say, “I do my best work first thing in the morning, productivity drops off as the day goes on.”  Over the years I have found that it doesn’t matter what you say; mornings are better for productivity.

Avoid the heaviness of day

The reasons are numerous, but one shines above the rest.  Mornings are different than the rest of the day.  Not just because it’s early, or because the world is asleep; there are certain biological and natural instances that happen that create a change for the morning hours. More »

Don’t Let Life Pass You By

There is a car commercial that aired recently.  It showed a group of young people, getting out and having fun.  The commercial goes on to say, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”  It’s a good quote and it encourages people to get out of their comfort zone and explore and go do things!

Be strong and courageous

But what about those that are a little nervous to do so?  How do you gain the courage you need in order to get out there and live life to the fullest?  It starts with claiming God’s promise.

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How to Eliminate the Stressors

Every day there are things that cause us stress.  These can range from mild setbacks, to workloads, to family and friends.  Stress is a way of life, and it’s going to happen no matter what stage of life you are in.  The only thing that we can do is manage the stress, and reduce it as soon as it pops up.  We can eliminate almost all of it by carefully monitoring how we react to it.

Now it is important to note that stress and adversity are not the same.  Recently in a Biz to Biz meeting we talked about how we handle adversity.  I commented that I define adversity as something much worse than stress.  Adversity pops up every few months; stress comes daily.

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How You can Become Better

A couple months ago I wrote about being a failure.  We took a sneak peek into Dr. Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.  The idea was that there are two types of people.  Those that see failure as a permanent reflection of their abilities, and those that see it as a growing opportunity.  The sad reality is that a majority of people are in the fixed mindset category.

Adopting the Growth Mindset

That doesn’t have to be the case.  The first step to moving from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset is understanding the two, and then carefully training yourself to make a conscious effort into the growth mindset.  Here’s how you can get started.

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We aren’t All Supposed to do the Same Thing

Years ago I read the book “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper.  The basic idea of the book was that we shouldn’t get caught up in material things and forget about our Savior.  Instead we should keep God at the front of our minds, and everything we do should serve to bring about his glory.  On the surface it’s a great message.  But the book wasn’t quite just that.

Use your gifts the right way

While Piper does emphasize that the point isn’t to have everyone pursue a life of missions work, the underlying theme was just that: if you’re not spending your life in full-time mission work, then you’re wasting your life.  It even starts out with the story of a couple that worked hard and enjoyed an early retirement.  Piper talks about how when they’re standing before God, they will have nothing to show except their collection of sea shells.

What Piper fails to realize is that we all have different gifts; and we should be able to enjoy the fruits or our labor without fear of judgment.  In essence, we can feel free to make a bunch of money and spend it lavishly on ourselves.

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7 Words to a Successful Career

Growing up we have been taught the Golden Rule.  We’re supposed to treat others the way we would like to be treated.  It’s great advice to help keep the peace and to promote working together instead of working against.  What many people don’t realize is that the Golden Rule is actually rooted in the Bible.

love one another, even in Business

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14 (ESV)

But what I have seen in modern business is that we tend to create our business as one persona, and our personal and spiritual lives as another.  For some reason many feel the two cannot mesh.  There’s no reason that we should treat others the way we want to be treated in our personal lives but not business.  In fact, there should be no discrepancy between the two.

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Make your Business Stand Out

In the book of Matthew, Jesus talks about how Christians should position themselves in society.  He compares us to salt (a common ingredient that had a wide variety of uses in an age before refrigeration was available), and how if we’re not going to do the job correctly, then what use are we?

Be a city on a hill as a writer in Billings

Jesus goes on to compare us to the light of the world.  He says in Matthew 5:14 that, “a city on a hill cannot be hidden.”  It’s a great analogy that we should let the love of Jesus shine so brightly in our lives that we cannot hide it; and others ask why we are different.  But we can expand those principles to a business standpoint as well.

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It Just Takes the Right Attitude

There are a lot of people out there that are stuck in jobs they don’t like.  Every now and then I talk with them and they rant about how terrible their work is.  I encourage them to plan out a business and to branch off on their own if they’re that miserable.  Often I’m met with the same answer: “I could never run a business.”

You can run a business

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

The reality is that anyone can run a business.  It’s a lot of work, yes.  But it’s also very rewarding, and you get to see it grow as much as you want it to.  You are in full control, and there are a few mindsets that you have to maintain to know that your business will succeed.
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