Fri, 27 March 2020
When it comes to facing the uncertainty in our world today, there are a lot of people that have given into fear.
At the time of this recording, the whole world has been in upheaval because of the Coronavirus. But even before this, and I’m sure after this is over, there is always something going on somewhere that is causing uncertainty. But we can’t allow ourselves to give into the fear.
I want to take just a couple minutes to share some thoughts about this.
You are not in control
If you’re listening to this, then chances are that you like to plan your life and have a certain level of control. But the truth is, that none of us really has control.
God is the only One that control in this world.
Yes, we have free-will and the ability to decide what we want to do, but we don’t get to control the outcomes from those decisions. We don’t have control over other people. We don’t have control over natural forces like storms or diseases.
So, while we like to have control in our lives, we need to learn to trust God. He’s not the cause of the turmoil we’re in, but He has control over it.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
You don’t know the future
This may be obvious, but we don’t have access to see the future or travel through time. While we can follow trends and make educated guesses on how things will turn out, we really can’t know for sure.
The Bible tells us, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow…” While a level of planning and preparation is good and wise, we don’t know what will happen tomorrow. In fact, we’re not even guaranteed that we’ll even have a tomorrow.
This can be difficult for those of us that like to make plans and eliminate uncertainties. We like to know what to plan for so we can make everything as smooth as possible. We want to reduce or eliminate risk.
But, when things happen that we didn’t plan for or expect, we see that we really don’t have control.
And it can lead to fear, if we let it.
Fear doesn’t come from God
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear…” This is probably a well-known (or at least semi-well-known) verse, but it’s easy for us to forget it. We still find ourselves with various fears.
We may try to rename the fear as ‘worry’ or ‘concern’, but it’s still fear.
It’s not what God has planned for us. God doesn’t want us to live in fear.
The rest of that verse says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
So what does this mean God wants for us?
When we really understand this and trust God, we’ll have a peace that others around won’t understand. Not because we’re being naive or ignorant of what’s going on, but because we’re putting everything in God’s hands instead of in our own limitations.
When we live in fear, we won’t be making the best decisions for us or those around us. We’ll be limiting ourselves in our personal growth, and we won’t be able to become the people we ought to be - the people God wants us to be.
But when we turn everything over to God and trust Him, we enable ourselves to operate with power, love, and a sound mind - opening a path to further growth.
Please share this with anyone you think needs this information, and I’ll look forward to talking with you next episode. God bless!
Fri, 13 March 2020
This podcast is finally coming back!
This was my first podcast and I started it back in February 2013 as Quality Living Made Simple. I have taken some time off and made some changes (including the name of the podcast).
In 2018, I shared a short 10-part series called Side Biz Start, documenting a little of my journey having a side business as well as bringing some tips for people wanting to get started with their own side business.
Well, since that time, I left my full-time job and took my side-business full time. There are several lessons that I learned as I made that transition, and maybe I’ll share some of that in the future.
Over the last year, I have wanted to come back to this podcast, but between the learning curve of self-employment, trying to grow the business, and navigate homeschooling and activities with the kids, I just haven’t had the proper time to invest in this podcast.
So it sat.
But, we have an odd schedule for homeschooling, so we are now at a break between school years. I have gotten better at managing the home/work balance. And now I’m ready to devote some time to share some things on this podcast again!
So, what are we going to be looking at?
Well, the Success Road podcast is about the journey to reach success – and that means different things to different people.
While I’ll be sharing things that are under the broad topic of self-development, there are a couple areas I really plan to focus on:
I plan to share these both with interviews with authors or other experts, various forms of case studies, and personal insights and examples.
About every other week, I plan to focus on health. I have struggled with my health and weight for years, but for the first time, I am actually getting help and guidance from my doctor. I have only visited the doctor a handful of times during my 20 years as an adult but am just now working with my doctor and we came up with a plan for me to get back down to a healthy weight. So, I’ll be sharing my own personal progress and insights that I’m learning, as well as bringing on guests to bring additional perspective.
Another thing that has really become interesting to me is with reading books and actually implementing what I’m reading. I have a habit of read a book – actually, usually listening to an audiobook – and mentally making notes of what I can do to improve myself. I may even write a couple quotes down…on a piece of paper that gets lost. I have observed that I have this pattern of inaction, even though I’ve gone through dozens of great books.
Last summer, I was able to be part of an online book club that met about once a week for 30 minutes. We went through two books over a 2-3-month period each. It was great to reach 1-2 chapters a week and then have a time to discuss and reflect over the content. It helped me to start to implement more that I had ever done before.
I also realized during that experience, that I kept thinking about and referencing other books, podcasts, or other resource. And that’s when I got a great idea (well, I think it’s a great idea):
I want to look for and share topics and ideas that are found in multiple resources and bring the different perspectives together. For example, comparing or contrasting ideas in books like Procrastinate on Purpose, The One Thing, and Getting Things Done. Each book focuses on certain aspects of being to accomplish things, so what can we learn from each one individually AND what can we learn by combining the lessons to create a broader view.
I’m not exactly sure how this would look for the podcast, but I do plan on at least sprinkling some of this into some of the episodes.
I hope that you’ll be joining me on this journey, and I welcome your feedback as we go through. Maybe you have a personal story that you want to share as well. Just send me an email, email@example.com, and I’ll be happy to talk with you, and maybe even bring you on the podcast!
The first full episode will be released in about 1-2 weeks, so stay tuned for more!