Friday, December 15, 2006

Power in an Hour

by Dale Shumaker

The hit-home theme in The Power of an Hour is focus.
Author Dave Lakhani coins the concept "fearsome focus."
He shows how to be focused, productive and exceptionally effective in business and life.

As a trained kick boxer and SWAT Law enforcement officer, he learned how to execute high levels of concentration in very critical short episodes of time. When applied to our lives you can gain precise powerful focus. An hour is the best period of time to stay at one's peak in mental concentration and getting and staying in a great work flow. The rule is to organize the day in one-hour focused blocks of time. Here's his structures for doing it.

First you must discover where you need to change.
Clearly identify what you want to change.
Apply both critical and creative thinking structures for finding new solutions.
Identify the next steps and schedule change.
Take action.
Finally, you evaluate, measure and reward your success.

The process is much more powerful than appears. The power comes from following the processes precisely. The greatness of it is that it can easily be molded into our behavior to make it a functional style of work. Some see this as too simplistic. Although, if and when you do it, it works.

After you have identified what you want to change,
Lakhani gets you into the process for focus. This is his signature theme...fearsome focus.

The first four steps set the stage. This precedes the "delving into" part that gives you a fearless head start mentally.
1. Clearly define on what you'll focus your effort on.
2. Define, simple and clearly, the action steps necessary to accomplish the project.
3. Surround yourself with the tools, all the tools, materials, resources you will need while on the project. (This is so important as when you don't have them and break from your focus, you lose great amounts of mental momentum. This can break flow, which creates productivity power and helps you produce at extremely high quality levels.)
4. Do not allow distractions to divert your attention. (The 45/15 rule helps with this. Explained later.)
5. Launch into the project. When you have your plan for the project (#2) before you, you just start. You then move from step to step, dismiss distractions, and get right back to your focus.

6. Evaluate your progress by checking action steps, and instantly reengaging.
7. If you are confronted with interruptions, mental distractions, just acknowledge them. Do what you need to do to dismiss it and instantly reengage. "Instant" re-engagement is also critically important. With your plan at hand, you can do it... instantly.
8. Continue all action steps until completed.
9. Acknowledge completion and relax.

His 45/15 rule applies to all his processes, except critical thinking(where you stay engaged the full hour). Lakhani advocates working for 45 minutes on the project and then taking 15 minutes to send the email, return the phone call, get a drink, go to the restroom. He feels 45 minutes is a good momentum time, but after 45 minutes higher levels of quality effort begin to wane. So break, do a few other things, take care of the, email, or anything mental that is bugging you, or something you can handle quickly. This frees your mind for full engagement as you move into the next hour.

Now with your plan at hand, reengage again on the next project or the next part of the project you were on. Again, with your tools at hand, your next 45 minutes defined on what you plan to accomplish, you start.

Some ask about writer's block. He says with his method he doesn't get writer's block because you have prepared the brain to reengage. When you condition it to start... it starts. It gets used to just starting.

Tips for focus success:
--Schedule specific times that you focus. Try to make them the same everyday or week. Focus responds very much the same way to predictable times.
--Create an environment that supports your focus, and focus in that environment consistently.
--Expand your ability to concentrate. (This skill is learned by working through his book-- one hour at a time.)

"What specifically do I what to focus on?"
--Evaluate the areas of my company that I most want to improve and develop a complete plan with action steps to improve.
--Evaluate the information collected from previous questions and work through the answers to fully understand why I am undertaking this action.
--List the specific steps that are necessary to achieve the desired results.
--Add deadlines to each step.
--Note who will be involved in or responsible for each step if others are involved.
--Allocate and schedule the time for this action plan and associated steps to be implemented.
--How will you define success so you know that you've been successful?
--What is the one action step you can take this very moment that will initiate this action plan?

Then in the rest of the book he continues to lay the ground work for critical thinking, creative thinking, setting the stage, identify blocks, destroying blocks. He has a chapter for each of these.

He features personal areas: relationships, finances, self-improvement, mental vacation, life visioning, overcoming fear and reinvent yourself. Plus he has nine business hour chapters: business focus, time management, management, sales and marketing, customer experience, making connections, mentoring, giving back, the final hour and calling it a day.

All these areas can be assigned priorities for change. He leads you through making it an hour of power.

I have found in reading books, an hour of reading time at a sitting is the most productive, focused, mentally attaining hour I can have. It is better to split a more ambitious read in three separate hours during the day...morning, midday and late day. I can read most books in three or four days. The more you do it, the more your concentration increases to pull important information off the page. It's like anything...the more you do it, the faster and better you get at it. I overview a book, create a plan for reading and then stick to the plan. It works for me.

Dave Lakhani’s website is:

Life coach, Lora Newman, elaborates on how the law of attraction works the same way to bring into our lives what we focus on. It has strategic effect on us at work and at all times.

Where you focus will expand. If you think about your woes and worry about things that have not happened, you are putting energy into those things and likely to bring them about. The trick is to focus on and have faith about the things you do want. This breathes life into them and increases the probability of them happening. You find what you look for.”

Then there's the power hour to add to the list.
It's the power hour that Jesus used. It's the power that can come to you in Spirit. The power that over comes temptations, life's most cruel events. It leads you from death to live in everything. It gives you the power to live Super-naturally. A power that goes out to elicit every force available in the universe that will come jettisoning to your aid.

Jesus said, “Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Couldn't you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak." (Mark 14: 37, 38, NLT)

Jesus asks... can't you pray just one hour.
Why is this so significant?
After His intense, highly focused hour in prayer Jesus was able to:
--overcome a beating that should have killed him... the most barbarous beating a person could face;
--carry a splintered, piece of wood on a back of raw torn flesh;
--then keeping enough composure in the most excruciating pain a person can't even imagine, asking God to forgive those who are doing this to Him.
This is just not possible in human means.
And it is not possible in a human context.

This is what the power hour can do. Jesus had the most incredulous experience ever.
What He faced and went through was unimaginably horrendous.
He even died... but more than that, remarkably... He didn't stay there.

The Spirit of God itself re-entered His body and He appeared in just three days to those who knew Him.

What's this all about?
It's about the Power Hour. Just one hour.
The same Spirit that Jesus had can enter you in the Power Hour.
The Spirit will come to you to strengthen you, and move you into a Super-natural life. This Spirit draws to you every conceivable and inconceivable force that exists and can come to you. All the forces that are available in the endless structures of the universe… come running to you.

This one hour, put in your routine of the day can mobilize the strength you need, deter distractions that may rob from you, and give you unfathomable results. This is the Power Hour in Spirit.

It is a focus on God's Great Spirit that brings you all you can imagine, plus more… more than you can even dream up. Add the Power Hour in Spirit. Tap into what Jesus tapped in to.

And no matter what you face, the seemingly unattainable achievements that loom just ahead of you, you can Super-naturally rise from the face of death to Super abundance in life. This Spirit brings love, happiness, contentment. Your day will walk in the Super-natural systems from above that control what is here on earth.

Take time for your power hour focus in Spirit
and see Jesus Spirit, death defying power
work in you!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Starbucks Experience about Knowing

by Dale Shumaker

The Starbucks Experience by Joseph Michelli...
5 Principles for Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary.
It is an idea that many thought would not catch on in America. Why buy European-style coffee costing $3 a cup, when you can get it faster and cheaper at your local convenience store. It has become a phenomenon of growth that is still sweeping America. Using the principles of "being" that establishes connection with the customer is the cog turning out more cups of coffee most could ever imagine.

Those who work for Starbucks are made to feel part of the company. They develop skills in people connection, respecting differences in people's tastes, and service beyond what they would normally be expected to do.They have gained loyalty with those who work for them by making them feel like they own the place. Everyone with at least 20 work hours a week gets health insurance and they can participate in the company's stock option program... which in other companies it is a special benefit only for the high level executives.

Everyone is trained in coffee fundamentals. They know coffee. According to Starbucks knowledge is power. When employees have the knowledge they make the company powerful in what it sets out to do. In light of this, the work force has grown from 100 in 1987 to 100,000 in 2006. The secret under the knowledge factor is the Green Apron Book. In this 100 page training manual, each employee masters the information and learns the art of "ways of being."

The ways of being are:
be welcoming
be genuine
be knowledgeable
be considerate
be involved

The 5 principles they brew throughout the company are:
1. Make it Your Own
2. Everything Matters
3. Surprise and Delight
4. Embrace Resistance
5. Leave your Mark

1. Make it your own. To do this they all embrace the Green Apron Book. They not only remember the names of the customer. They know them. They know about their families, their daily routine, their good and bad experiences, their loves and dislikes... The process taught is connect, discover, and respond. Do for the customer what matters to them based on what you know is important to them.

They also know their business. Starbucks teaches coffee. What it is; where they get it; why they roast it the way they do; what it is good for. The "partners" as Starbucks calls them, are taught coffee thoroughly. The anthem they sing to is "be knowledgeable, love what you do, and share it with others." This is all part of the connecting reciprocation that goes on every day with the partners and their "friends" who drink coffee.

2. Everything matters.They pay close attention to detail by design. Everything in the environment matters...napkins, open space, floors, how they do it, what is served...skim, whole, half and half, soy milk. The details matter. Everything matters. The culture is fun... that matters. Details on customer's lives… that matters. Recognition for small things well done… that matters. Be playful and being profitable all in one... that matters. Starbucks looks at it all and it all matters.

3. Surprise and delight. Whoops! Showed up an hour before the Starbucks is scheduled to open. "Shucks, no coffee now." But wait. A partner opening that day sees you at the door, runs to the door, opens it and asks, "Want some coffee?" When you don't expect it, they want to surprise you. Give you a card on your birthday, a free shot and say "have a happy birthday"... now how did they know that.

The partners, in getting to know you, look for the little things to do that absolutely delight you. Just came back from a big exam, "hey how about some tranquil tea today to calm you down." Now was I acting a little stressed today?

The partners are trained to observe behavior and respond accordingly that will surprise you. Be attentive, see how you can help and anticipate surprises the customer will enjoy is a theme line. Be spontaneous and a delight for the customer. When there is a need...BAM... the partners see it and immediately fill it.

4. Embrace Resistance Motto: "Never try to beat them; Always try to join them."
Regardless of a customer's attitude, consider if a complaint is valid. If it is, respond in a resolving way. If a customer is unreasonable, try to be as reasonable as you can, and realize there is more to the complaint than maybe the complaint itself. Help them through it.

Complaints may be your best friend because they may let you know when you are slacking. These experiences can make you better, when responding to make things better from them, and they will bring you back more customers when the ways you handled it so courteously gets around. Make friends with potential enemies and make them your ally. Correct mistakes quickly.

5. Leave your mark. Starbucks has a social conscience. They are involved in the community, and encourage their partners to be too. "Corporate social responsibility should not be a fad, but in way global business is done. "

More on the author Joseph Michelli:

When you read Paul the Apostle,
it looks like Starbucks took some things out of Paul's play book:
“Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don't be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” (Romans 12: 15-18 NLT)

Relating to people is being happy when they are happy, consoling when they are sad and doing all things to live in harmony with them. The foundations for building great relationships come out of these principles. The issue is about knowing people, listening to them and responding to their likes and dislikes.

Quite simple actually, but it seems we get so much in the way in doing this. When in Spirit, dealing with people is easy. When we stay in love, the love of God with us, we respond lovingly to all things. The key area is "knowing."

Everybody wants to be known for who they are,
be known about,
and have someone care about what they know.

Jesus made a very stern comment on God's feelings about "knowing."
"Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, 'Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!' "But he called back, 'Believe me, I don't know you!' (Matt. 25: 11, 12, NLT)
"You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it...."
"On judgment day many will say to me, 'Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.' But I will reply, 'I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God's laws.' (Matt. 7: 13, 14, 22, 23 NLT)

Knowing is important in relationship and God is saying that if you don't have a relationship knowing Him for who He is, that He then doesn't know you. He knows us for who we are but "knowing" here is more than that.

Knowing is about having a close, intimate, interactive relationship.
Knowing God and God knowing you is an interactive intimacy. He is saying that if you are intimate with Me, I am intimate with you. He comes to us, but then we must come close to him. Those who seek Him with all their hearts will find Him the Scriptures say. Our Heavenly Father knows all our concerns (Matt 6:32).

All He asks is we enter in His Presence with Him. To really Know Him, just like people want us to know them for who they are. He wants us to know Him for who He is. He asks us to talk to Him and listen to His Divine thoughts of unlimited wisdom. He will share them with us if we just take time to get to know Him too.

The reasons people want us to know them are the same reasons God wants us to know Him. He is a personal person and wants to be known personally too.

Jesus did what the Father told Him to do. So Jesus explained, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. (John5:19, NLT)

Jesus’ desire was to know the Father and do exactly what He said. Again, we see the picture of intimate relationship… a knowing and understanding of each other, an appreciation for each other.

He wants to show us too and He wants us to see what He is up to. We can see this when we go into His inner presence and intimately interact with Him. It happens, WHEN you spend time there.

This Spirit brings the very Spirit of God close into our working, everyday activity of our lives. This is the Spirit Jesus had in all He did. Read all of John 5 and you see how He lived in the Father, and the Father lived in Him and He only lived to please the Father.
" I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me."
" Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life."

Being loving, kind, compassionate, forgiving, understanding are part of Spirit virtues
and since it IS Spirit, when we allow Spirit in us,
we Are that too.

When we know Jesus,
live in Him, He is us, we know Him and He receives us into the kingdom.
He will say... I know you.
But we must live interactively, intimately, listening to Him and following His directions only.

What is most important is what God thinks of you. Although when dealing with men, when you live in Spirit the Character of Spirit is a very sweet aroma to every one you meet. Everyone wants that. And in Spirit, you also "know" people, are naturally caring and will do things that surprise them. ( Because you "Know" them and know how to respond to them.)

Spirit in Jesus is the higher road and the path that leads to a knowing beyond our naturally abilities as is what Jesus is saying in John 5.

God already knows you. He wants you to Know Him, to be intimate with Him, in intimate communication with Him and allow your Spirit to have intimate intercourse in Him, in Spirit.

When we know each other, we express the Spirit of God. This is also a profound mystery. But taking time to know each other, living caring, and believing in each other, within that the Power of Spirit is manifested.

When we love, care for and live in harmony, the Spirit of God goes to work on behalf of all involved.

Live in Spirit. Take time to Know God. And express His love to everyone you meet, and the Greatness of God will be around you in a most surprising way.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Failing Forward to Spiritual Heights

by Dale Shumaker

Failing Forward by John Maxwell will guide you step by step in turning mistakes into stepping stones for success. It is emerging as a business classic text for bouncing back from setbacks.

Most everyone in the world who's achieved has a failure, set back, or major obstacle story. The average entrepreneur has 3.8 failures before they finally make it in business.

The key to overcoming setbacks is not so much about changing circumstances, but very much about how you respond and how much you will change yourself. This is one of the major differences between average people and achieving people.

Failing forward is changing your perception and response to failure to what would you attempt to achieve now. Failing forward is about taking responsibility, learning from each mistake, knowing failure is part of progress, maintaining a positive attitude, challenging outdated assumptions, taking new risks, accepting something didn't work and persevering.

Maxwell has a 15-step process for failing forward. The above was the first... changing your perception.

2. Re-define failure and success. Success is more about seeds you plant than rewards you reap. Redefine failure as the price you pay for success.

3. Tell yourself, I'm not a failure, I just failed at doing something. Get "you" out of the way. A failure does not make “you” a failure. Consider the seven abilities for failing forward. Achievers reject rejection, see failure as temporary, isolate incidents, keep realistic expectations, focus on strengths, vary approaches to achievement, bounceback.

4. Get moving, build momentum, maneuver mistakes, move on. Taking action removes fear.

5. Take responsibility where it is your fault. Be real, be honest with yourself, change, get going again. Wake up, but don't give up.

6. Don't let failure form outside you. Failure is an inside job. It's a state of mind--expect the best, remain upbeat, pursue solutions, believe in yourself, stay hopeful--keep a positive attitude.

7. Your past wants to hold you hostage. List the negative events in your life, then release them. Acknowledge the pain, grieve the loss, forgive the person, release it... say goodbye to yesterday.

8. Change your mind. See yourself clearly, flaws honestly, strengths joyfully, and strengths passionately. Win the self battle "to excel, do what you do well." Let others help in what you don't do as well.

9. Get over yourself--everyone else has. We punish ourselves, over play ourselves more than anyone can remember. Put others first, find out others' needs. Start giving of yourself.

10. Treat adversity as a friend. Adversity creates resilience, develops maturity, pushes you to greater performance, provides greater opportunity, prompts innovation, brings unexpected benefits, motivates. It's life's way of making you into who you need to be for greater success... in whatever that is for you.

Grasp the positive benefits of negative experiences. We over estimate the event and under estimate the process. Every fulfilled dream occurred because of dedication to process. Find the benefit in every bad experience.

11. Take risks. We avoid risks because of potential embarrassment, over rationalization, unrealistic expectations, unfairness, waiting for perfect time or inspiration. If at first you don't succeed, try harder. "I'd rather try something great and fail, than try nothing at all."

12. Make failure your best friend. Learn from it. What caused it? Was it really a failure? What success did I have? What can I learn from this? Can I turn it to a success? Who can help me? Where can I go from here? Learning is a change of behavior. So what action can you take now?

13. The top ten reasons people fail. Poor people skills; negative attitude; bad fit; lack of focus; unwillingness to change; short-cut mind set; relying on talent alone; response to poor information; no goals. Find your weaknesses and be willing to work on them. Use a friend for accountability.

14. The little difference between failure and success makes a big difference. Purpose fuels persistence, which you must have. Find compelling passionate purpose, eliminate excuses, develop incentives that motivate you, cultivate a die-hard determination. Write down your dreams, desires with compelling reasons, consider what could go wrong and personally commit to fight through every potential battle.

15. It is what you do after you get back up that counts. Create a new focus and plan to get back up and move forward. Create a new plan. Order your plans. Risk failing and take action. Welcome mistakes and willingly learn from them and change. Advance based on your character. Re-evaluate your progress constantly.

Develop new strategies to Succeed!
Stay determined, work according to a plan and keep getting up when knocked down. Get up, get going, get over it.

Be willing to be a constant problem solver. That's how you eventually get ahead. "Now, that you know how to fail forward, you won't have to give up either. Keep dreaming, and keep failing forward."

If a person would work on one step a week from these 15 steps, team with a friend, they can become a great over comer. Failing Forward is a superior resource for making come backs. More on Maxwell at:

When things go wrong, we don't always have the answers to why. There are many things we can start doing to explain things to ourselves and others. The Hebrew writer had an interesting view on this:

"Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever." (Hebrews 10: 32-34, NLT)

And then the Apostle Peter also shares:
"Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world." (1 Peter 4:13, NLT)

He acknowledged this as sharing with Jesus and we will see a wonderful joy through it as we Partner with Jesus. When you compare what the early Christians faced and some of our problems, ours may not seem as bad. But in other cases we may be facing some terrible circumstances in our lives, and we have comfort and direction in that others understand too.

Even beyond that, God Promises His very Spirit that overcomes all things. He promises the very Powerful Spirit that created everything to be there to assist us.

In all things, we always have Jesus Spirit right with us. Jesus said He will be with us Always. I believe the reason for the Spirit is whether alone, in trials, in undesirable situations, we cannot only know He is there but sense, feel, live in Spirit that Jesus Spirit is right there.

Paul reminds us that Christ lives in us.
With that in mind, and knowing that, we in faith have an irrefutable Power for overcoming anything.

How do we make that a living reality? Look at Hebrews 10.

1. We can spend time in the very Presence of God in meditation and prayer. In His Presence we receive His Spirit. His Spirit gives us strength to stand, take beatings if necessary, and to be powerful in action. Because His Spirit will then go before us. When we receive His ideas, His Spirit goes with those ideas we then carry out.

The opportunity is beyond explanation, but the discipline for getting absolutely alone in His presence is the hard part. If we can master it, its benefits will pour into our lives.

The promise: "we can boldly enter heaven's Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. ...let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him."
(Hebrews 10:19-22, NLT)

This is not a small thing. In the old days, man was killed in God's Presence in the Most Holy Place. Now, we have the privilege to be right there with God. This is highly significant... a powerful promise.

We can enter the very Presence of God, all of His Power for strength, ideas, peace, hope is made available to us. It is the secret to accomplishing anything, coming back from everything. But it doesn't stop there.

2. In Spirit, in the Presence of God, we get ideas for ourselves and to encourage others, and others who do this then encourage us. "Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works." (Hebrews 10:24, NLT)

So what happens there is we get incredibly great ideas, God shows us exactly what to do, and we get wonderful ideas for motivating others. We get help and it doesn't stop there, we in turn help others.

3. Meet and communicate to share these. Don't stop with the ideas but get together, call, email others and share with them, inspire them with what has come to mind from being in His Presence.

In faith move on this, because you got the very power of God
working on your behalf now,
and what you say to that person(s) will have wonderful results.... beyond your imagination!

What an incredible God Inspired system for inspiring others to greatness!

"…motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another," (Hebrews 10:25, NLT)

When we meet with someone else who does this too,
we have a fireworks display of ideas, strategies, creative solutions of problems, a wise track to follow, and the Almighty Power of God the Creator at work going before us.

Jesus suffered a serious blow. He was captured and killed. But miraculously He came back from death. His mission was not defeated. He lived again and his mission was an overwhelming success. We too can come back from seemingly total defeat with a success story people can't stop talking about.

We have a miracle-performance formula for moving forward from failures, defeats, and discouragements.

Enter God's Actual Presence;
get His ideas, power and direction;
and meet, communicate with, pray with others
for a motivational and enacting force that is the most powerful force with us from anywhere.

This is the ultimate personal process for failing forward.

We do not then get discouraged or give up.
We press on in the face of anything knowing we share in the Love and Power of Jesus and we not only endure suffering, but will overcome it with great victory.... some day!

When faced in difficulty,
go into the Inner Chamber of Spirit,

and you will over come and rebound overwhelmingly!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Why You Should be Rich

by Dale Shumaker

Why did Donald Trump, the skyscraper developer billionaire, and the multi-millionaire, Robert Kiyosaki, jointly write,
Why We Want You To Be Rich?

They point out that Social Security and Medicare combined need $72 trillion to break even. If we add up all the equity in stocks and bond value we may have about $67 trillion. We are running a little short and keep pushing our national financial problems forward. Kiyosaki exclaims that we can't keep doing this. We can't expect the government to solve the mammoth problems our country is in financially.

There is one solution. That is that we all become rich. The gap from rich and poor is widening and we are heading to ending up like we were before we left Anarchical rule to find new hope in America. The middle class will begin disappearing and there will be two classes again. They feel it is possible for many to become rich. The government leaders don't run things. Rich people do.

With influence we can turn the ship to change course and save an economy and a mighty power from crumbling. What's lacking is education. We simply don't know how money works and how to make wealth. It is an educational problem, and they wrote the book to begin to educate us on how to do this. That's why they want you to be rich.

"Today more and more people must change the way they think about their finances and their financial future." (Donald Trump) The book is more philosophical and principle laden in approach. But it is their first step to re-educate and redirect how we think.

The problem: the national debt, shrinking dollar, massive baby boomer retirement and most without retirement provisions, the increasing rich and poor gap, Social Security and Medicare going broke, little savings, and most without any real world know how on how to build wealth.

So how do you make money?
The best solution is to leave entitlement out of your mind and all become business enterprising. Learn how to make money. Those who make money are skilled creative problem solvers.

The key concept is leverage... the skill in learning how to use a little to make more, doing more with less.

Learn focus and make one thing work.
Create a love affair with what you do... you naturally work harder and are more productive, learn on your own and enjoy growing when your are using your innate gifts and abilities.

Some things may be scary at first, but realize if you face what you fear, move out of your comfort zone, you will do more that will then make you be able to live comfortably.

What to avoid is passive investing and become active investors. Passive is investing money in a savings account, get a job, and just try to stay out of debt. Active investing is investing in time and invest in business enterprises, real estate and more advanced money multiply vehicles. It's more fun and makes a whole bunch more money. We have to move beyond the emotions of the fear of doing something to what will get bigger results.

Education is the indispensable factor for getting results.
Know well what you do and doing it as well as possible. If it's going to affect your life, you need to know as much as you can about it. It's how you spend your time that affects making money.

Golden rules for making money: leverage, control, creativity, expansion, and predictability.

Leverage: The strategic use of others' resources including time, mental ingenuity, money, influence that can create returns for all involved. Strategic collaboration among many creates greater results for all of the many.

Control: In a job or mutual fund, you don't choose the level of return. Someone else determines that for you. You must be in control for how much you make. Owning a business venture, in real estate you can control your returns. Working and being in control of what you do is a rudimentary rule to wealth building.

Creativity: When you own, you can be free to create what you do that creates more value. In a business you can create a unique management team that fits your ingenious effort, or you can create a business model that produces more efficiently, or you can invent a brand that hits selective markets. As Trump mentioned he can look at a piece of land in middle of town and with creativity, make is a highly valued spot.

Expansion: With what you have, you can expand it to do more, be valued more, and grow more. You don't have to go ask permission, but you have the latitude to apply persuasion and return to others to get them to work with you. With a great idea, you can publish it and sell it to make money from many who buy it; with a business you can expand it to make money off many locations, add more products. Trump says, "Think Big, Think Expansion." Seeing what is possible and making it happen, being innovative and moving on your ideas.

Predictability: "It takes both sides of your brain to be successful. Taking control and being creative requires both financial education and experience."(Kiyosaki) The more you learn and have experience, the more you can predict your results. Risk becomes less risky with knowledge and experience. You can calculate effectively and do more with actual less risk.

They come back to education. The more you know and understand what you do, the more you can do with it. They talked about the benefit of experiences they had in life... parents, school, military, sports, business and then share three areas to make money.

To learn about business,
one way to start is to get involved in a good network marketing company.
Make sure they have a good training program, then you can carry these business principles over into other areas.
Start your own business.
They point out the best education is learning by doing. You get educated through the process. Franchises are good, if you can afford them, because they provide proven systems to follow.
Also, strongly consider acquiring business skill coaches to help teach you as you go.

Their favorite approach to building wealth, of course, is real estate.

Why We Want You To Be Rich also covers Kiyosaki’s prized Rich Dad, Poor Dad formula for wealth building. This addition makes this a nice comprehensive book of two notable views on wealth building… along with the noble cause to do it for good reasons.

Trump and Kiyosaki also offer a "think on paper daily motivational journal":
Trump’s web:
Kiyosaki’s web:

Andrew Carnegie, by David Nasaw (a new biography about Andrew Carnegie), reveals some interesting philosophies toward wealth in Carnegie's Gospel of Wealth.

He was one of the richest men in his day as a steel industry mogul in the late 1800's. He abhorred the wealthy who did not give their money away. People with money are the "trustees" for their communities. He said there is nothing special about someone being rich, but a responsibility to share his fortune with need. "The rich man who abjured his responsibility that came with his wealth-- of wisely administering it for the good of the community--did that community a grave disservice." Carnegie advocated the steepest inheritance taxes. "By taxing estates heavily at death the state marks it condemnation of the selfish millionaires unworthy life.... I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar, and admit to himself that it is not the welfare of the children, but family pride, which inspires these legacies."

Carnegie followed John Wesley's teachings on being industrious and earning as much as you can, then after you have cared for your loved ones, use the surplus to contribute to those in need and communities at large. He said it's disgraceful to have money and not support those around you.

As a millionaire, he condemned other millionaires not bent on generosity and dispersing wealth while alive. "The millionaires wealth was not his to spend, but his to wisely give away. Rich men should be thankful they have the power during their life time to busy themselves in organizing benefactions from which masses of their fellowman will desire lastly advantages and thus dignify their own lives."

Having condemned as misguided, vain and selfish most of his fellow millionaires for not giving away their money during their life time, Carnegie's one regret was that he couldn’t give away everything during his own life time.

Why have wealth… look at Psalm 112
1 Praise the LORD!
How joyful are those who fear the LORD
and delight in obeying his commands.
2 Their children will be successful everywhere;
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
3 They themselves will be wealthy,
and their good deeds will last forever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
5 Good comes to those who lend money generously
and conduct their business fairly.
9 They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor. (NLT)

With wealth used for noble, God-inspired purposes it is considered to be good. Good is a spirit of generosity, compassion and to things for right reasons.

When you have the compassion of man in your heart, wealth can serve excellent purposes and build rewards for us in heaven. What we see now will eventually be totally destroyed.
“In a single moment
all the wealth of the city is gone!
The ship owners became wealthy
by transporting her great wealth on the seas.
In a single moment it is all gone.
For your merchants were the greatest in the world,
and you deceived the nations with your sorceries.”
(Rev. 18: 17-20, NLT)

Wealth in the hands of corrupt or selfish people is considered one of the worst conditions to be in. What pride invests in will be totally annihilated some day. Because investing in just material things on earth will not have lasting properties.

Invest in Heaven's properties.

When contributing to the heart, someone's calling, and the plight of needs of men, it builds up credit for us in heaven.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared.
And the sea was also gone, Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
(Rev. 21:1-4, NLT)

Jesus gave us the biggest insight to the benefits of those with wealth.
“Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.” (Luke 16:9, NLT)

John the Apostle elaborates on what Heavenly investments are while on earth: "If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in Christ in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?" (1 John 3:17, NLT)

When you see someone who is rich, don't resent that person, but desire to become rich yourself so you can serve good purposes. Desire to make friends with that person as God may use them to teach you some things that will help you.

When we use wealth for helping others, it builds an ever expanding network of friends. We take this with us. This brings eternal rewards and an investment in our eternal home.

When we live for riches in Spirit, and use what we have to assist in being compassionate, generous, thoughtful of others, we can create impact in the Kingdom of God.

Spirit is the true riches to be sought.
But wealth as one’s gift, a result of being industrious and using God’s gifts in us to the greatest degree possible, can be of great significance for building the true kingdom of God.

Everyone can be rich in Spirit,
some may be gifted in building wealth.
The Scriptures exhort us to whom much is given,
much more is required.
So Andrew Carnegie seemed on tract to believe that a great amount of responsibility rests on the shoulders of the rich to establish equality in people’s well being and the community. Being able to contribute our gifts to others is the greatest privilege we have in God’s Kingdom on earth and it is the beginning of our rewards for the Kingdom in Heaven we all will share equally.

"I will certainly bless you richly,
and I will multiply your descendants into countless millions...
Abraham was patient,
then he received all that God promised. (Heb. 6: 14-15)

"Do what is right and good.
Blessed are those who carefully do this."
(Isaiah 56: 1-2)

Friday, November 17, 2006

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind... in Spirit

by Dale Shumaker

In Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker states we have a Money Blueprint and it affects our abilities to acquire wealth.
"When the subconscious mind must choose between deeply rooted emotions and logic, emotions will always win."

Our Blueprint is formed by
1. Verbal Programming... what we have heard about money (hearing)
2. Modeling... how parents viewed and handled money (seeing)
3. Specific incidents... an experience we had about money (experience)
To change our money blueprint we must change what we have learned that is contrary to building wealth. To do that requires:

First, be aware of how you think.
Second, understand how this affected you.
Third, disassociate your thinking with what created an adverse impact.
Fourth, declare your new money mindset.
And affirm this in your thinking by putting your hand over your heart, saying out loud your new affirmation about your attitude about money. Touch your hand to your head and say "I have a millionaire mind."

We must reset the blueprint to be the blueprint of those who have millions.
"Choose to think in ways that support your happiness and success, instead of ways that don't."

Eker outlines the wealth files in his book. Here’s a summary of the seventeen wealth files Eker lists that are the way of thinking to attract wealth.

Wealth File #1
Rich people believe "I create my life."
Poor people believe "life happens to me."
Wealth Principle: Money is extremely important in areas in which it works, and extremely unimportant in the areas in which it doesn't. When you complain you become a living "crap magnet." There is really no such thing as a really rich victim.

Wealth File #2
Rich people play the money game to win.
Poor people play the money game not to lose.
Wealth Principle: If your goal is to be comfortable, chances are you'll never get rich. But if your goal is to be rich, chances are you'll end up mighty comfortable.

Wealth File #3
Rich people are committed to being rich.
Poor people want to be rich.
Wealth Principle: The number one reason most people don't get what they want is they don't know what they want. If you are not fully, totally, truly committed to creating wealth, chances are you won't.

Wealth File #4
Rich people think big.
Poor people think small.
Wealth Principle: The law of increase states that you will be paid in direct proportion to the value you deliver according to the marketplace.

Wealth File #5
Rich people focus on opportunities.
Poor people focus on obstacles.
Ready, fire, aim is about taking action quickly and working things out as you go.

Wealth File #6
Rich people admire other rich and successful people.
Poor people resent rich and successful people.
Wealth Principle: Bless that which you want.

Wealth File #7
Rich people associate with positive, successful people.
Poor people associate with negative or unsuccessful people. Your mental energy affects circumstances in the same way. Negativity creates the undesired; positivity creates what you desire.

Wealth File #8
Rich people are willing to promote themselves and their value.
Poor people think negatively about selling themselves.
Leaders earn a "heck" of a lot more than followers.

Wealth File #9
Rich people are bigger than their problems.
Poor people are smaller than their problems.
Wealth Principle: The secret to success is not to try to avoid or get rid of or shrink from your problems; the secret is to grow yourself so that you are bigger than your problems.

Wealth File #10
Rich people are excellent receivers.
Poor people are poor receivers.
Wealth Principle: If you say you're worthy, you are. If you say you are not worthy, you're not. Either way you live into your story.

Wealth File #11
Rich people choose to get paid based on results.
Poor people choose to get paid based on time.
Wealth Principle: There's nothing wrong with getting a steady paycheck, unless it interferes with your ability to earn what you're worth. There's the rub. It usually does. Never have a ceiling to your income.

Wealth File #12
Rich People think both.
Poor people think either/or.
Wealth Principle: Rich people believe you can have your cake and eat it too.

Wealth File #13
Rich people focus on their net worth.
Poor people focus on their working income.
Wealth Principle: The true measure of wealth is net worth, not working income. Where attention goes, energy flows.

Wealth File #14
Rich people manage their money well.
Poor people mismanage their money well.
Wealth Principle: Until you show you can handle what you've got, you won't get any more. The habit of managing your money is more important than the amount.

Wealth File #15
Rich people have their money work hard for them.
Poor people work hard for their money.
Wealth Principle: Rich people see money as seed that can be planted to earn a hundred more dollars, which can then be planted to earn a thousand more dollars.
Financial Freedom: The ability to live the lifestyle you desire without having to work or rely on anyone else for money.

Wealth File #16
Rich people act in spite of fear.
Poor people let fear stop them.
Wealth principle: Action is the bridge between the inner world and the outer world. It is not necessary to get rid of fear in order to succeed. Training and managing your mind is the most important skill you ever own.

Wealth File #17
Rich people constantly learn and grow.
Poor people think they already know.
Wealth principle: You can be right or you can be rich, but you can't be both. New files means new ways of thinking, new actions, new results.

Declaration: positively affirm each day a wealth file and put your hand over your heart when you do. Then point to your head and say...."I have a millionaire mind."

In the book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, Eker has exercises for each wealth file. These are worth doing and invaluable for making them really begin to work for you.

For more on making this part of your life check out:
where Eker has declarations, thoughts of the week, action reminders, and net worth tracking tools.

When our minds operate consistent with Spirit, we operate with the Mind of Jesus. The creator of all things…“God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” (John 1:3, NLT)
“But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life.” (1 Corinthians 8:6, NLT)

Jesus created everything. We share in that. When we operate as One in Him, we create with Him. How do we do that?
“Study this Book of Instruction continually.
Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey
everything written in it. Only then will you prosper
and succeed in all you do.This is my command—
be strong and courageous!
Do not be afraid or discouraged.
For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
(Joshua 1: 8-9, NLT)

The mind and the Spirit must interrelate and be One in Spirit. The challenge is reprogramming our minds to be consistent to what Spirit already is. Spirit has all the laws, provisions, dynamics of God, who is Spirit, in it.

When we allow this to be transposed in our lives, we naturally carry out all the Law or principles of the Universe. But our minds have been conditioned by all of our experiences... what we have heard all our lives, what we have seen and model and what we have experienced. So we must intentionally work to change the way our mind works.

This is where the Bible comes into play and what Joshua recorded and what David says in the Psalms. “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the river bank, bearing fruit each season.Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do."(Psalm 1:1-3, NLT)

If we meditate on the teachings of Jesus and principles of the Bible and ingest them into our minds, and function consistently with Spirit we then, as One in mind, heart, soul and Spirit, we then have the Power of All things going with us.

We can go boldly, and be strong and know with certainty that the wealth of the universe is at our disposal. When we do, and follow the Ways of God and Spirit prompting us(which we get when we meditate and pray) we are plugging into all the power of God... that then goes ahead of us. He gives us Spiritual intelligence and we get Divine strategies that see beyond, deep into, and through all circumstances.

When this directs us, we have all of Spirit, as One in us, all things will prosper and Great Power is with us.

And what is true success?
Oswald Chambers defines it in My Utmost for His Highest (Nov. 15).
“The true test of a saint’s life is not successfulness but faithfulness on the human level of life. We tend to set up success in Christian work as our purpose, but our purpose should be to display the glory of God in human life, to live a life 'hidden with Christ in God' in our everyday human conditions.” (Colossians 3:3)

Meditating day and night is getting
The Actual Spirit of God fixed as One
in both the conscious and subconscious mind.
These Two
working as One
where the power is.

To be One with ourselves, with Spirit, and then with someone else,
who does the same,
is very powerful.

This is the secret formula to see all the miracles of the Bible to be part of our every day life.

Meditate on the Instructions of Scriptures
and allow Spirit,
through prayer and meditation,
to become One in all of our daily functions.

…One Mind, One Spirit…

It takes effort and a personal discipline, a daily routine, but the rewards are more than worth the time and discipline required to live like this.

So Be bold, Be strong, for the Lord God of all the Universe
is with you.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Deliberate Practice... secret to greatness

by Dale Shumaker

What it takes to be great?
According to Fortune magazine, (10/30/06),
What it takes to be great
takes "deliberate practice."

Deliberate practice is a discipline about learning more on your own initiative. "The evidence we have surveyed... does not support the notion that excelling is a consequence of possessing innate gifts."

"There's no evidence of high-level performance without experience or practice." It is a consistent constant personal program to develop skills in an area. It is constantly looking at everything you do and thinking of ways to do it better. And it "goes beyond the current level of competence, provides feedback, with high levels of repetition."

In their new book, Fortune: Secrets to Greatness, the Fortune editors compiled numerous short personal stories of acclaimed successful people..."advice from the World's top CEO's and Entrepreneurs."

Michael Dell, Dell Computer's founder, was fascinated by the computer in high school. He bought an Apple II, took the whole thing a apart, learned how it worked, and began buying old computers and upgrading them for his friends. He learned while doing phone sales to sell newspapers for the Houston Post, that most of his sales came from those just moving in the area or newly marrieds. So he went to the county court records and collected all the new married names and began calling them. His sales skyrocketed.

Combining his computer rebuilding wizardry with sales prowess, his rebuilt computers continued to out sell his locations. He constantly was moving and renting out larger offices. He constantly was exploring how to put together a better PC according to what his customers wanted and searched out effective market methods. This is an example of deliberate practice.

It is done regularly with a goal and plan to improve targeted areas in one's life. Fortune: Secrets of Greatness shares those who are successful but constantly work to improve themselves( personal business skills) and re-tool their business model. This two-part emphasis propelled many to greatness over time.

How do you practice business?
"Instead of merely trying to get it done, you aim to get better while doing it." Always be working on "mental models of your business--pictures of how elements fit together and influence one another."

"The striking, liberating news is that greatness isn't reserved for a preordained few. It is available to you and to everyone." And it takes practice, practice, practice.

Refer to Fortune, Oct. 30, 06, and their new book Fortune:Secrets of Greatness.

In the classic Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki says we become rich, above average, by systematically building assets that produce revenue. This revenue then pays expenses.

When income is used to pay expenses we mount up liabilities such as mortgage payments, taxes, interest. This method does not produce wealth. The core of the Kiyosaki plan is to build assets that pay for things. When our assets grow, it can pay for more, consequently we create wealth. Assets that produce wealth include:
Businesses (that we own and have others run),
stocks, bonds, mutual funds,
income-generating real estate,
notes (IOU's),
royalties from intellectual property (music, scripts, patents),
and any thing else that has value, produces income or appreciates and has a ready market.

What limits wealth growth is working for the owner,
paying the government (taxes)
and paying the bank (interest).

Build assets.
To protect yourself, incorporate so liabilities do not fall on your personal shoulders. Your place is to control assets that your corporation owns. The Golden Rule is he who has the Gold Rules.

His big lesson is to work to learn, don't work for money. Those who treat all experience as personal education will gain lessons for stronger future wealth building.

i.e., Deliberately Practice.

Note Kiyosaki's website as he has over 30 title spins of Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

The Apostles in the New Testament deliberately practiced living Supernaturally. They saw their kingdom greater than the earth and invested in assets that kept their value forever.

Those who walk in Spirit continually Crave Infinite Greatness.

In Spirit, no matter where you are, you know there is more.
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. Acts 2:42

This life of discipline (stalwart devotion) produced enormous return, creating everlasting assets in the Kingdom and they lived in unprecedented power. Although they had about 3 years of direct observation of Jesus and practice before this power came into their lives.

This power included having all needs met among them,
living a life of sharing all things in love with each other…
investing in each others efforts with what they had and what was needed.
(With this method they grew exponentially.)

They miraculously healed people on a regular basis and many continually came to live the life of the Way(as they called themselves.)

They studied relentlessly and reviewed over-and-over the principles of Jesus and Spirit-based teaching. Their daily discipline (deliberate practice) included:
--Studying to improve their Spiritual lives to stay steady in Spirit and get better.
--Interacting with others and each sharing what the Spirit was saying to others. So impressions in Spirit were cross-taught and it expanded their growth.
--Having lunches with each other, and interacting with each other.
--Constantly celebrating the new life they lived in Spirit.
--And spending a lot of time in prayer where the original power of Spirit came into their lives to do great feats.(Acts 2)

What caused the explosion of power to came into their lives is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.This record says they were continually in Prayer. Prayer included Worship and interacting with the very Spirit of God. (Acts 1:14)

Spirit power is something that Deliberate Practice produces great benefits to the one who practices this… daily, regularly and a personal plan.

Andrew Murray had a plan for this in Prayer Power. Geffry Fields, Jesus is Us, summarized this practice in Prayer routine.

Hints for the Inner Chamber of Spiritual Power
1. As you enter the Inner Chamber, focus first on what the Power of Spirit is really about.
Take 5 minutes to think on all the creative, unique, spectacular things the very Spirit of Jesus has done and can do.

2. Prepare for prayer by contemplating on the Scriptures from the Bible. Prayer... Murray defines as a dialogue....time listening, responding, interacting, asking, listening, reviewing, asking, writing, pondering, etc.... it's interactive.
(Psalms, the Prophets from Isaiah to Malachi, Jesus teachings are great faith builders.)
For this time, read until you find the verse that totally captures your imagination, gives you a spark of faith, makes you want to grab it and run with it.
Note: E-Word Today Daily Bible reading plan...

3. When you feel you have put this faith word in your heart, then turn to praying. Praying again is conversation, knowing the Inner Chamber of God's very own Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, is taking it all in, and all the thoughts and impressions you get then, are Jesus literally talking to you. Take a note book and begin writing down what you ask Him for... be specific and "definite" as Murray says. Carry this with you, make notes in it daily, date it and note when you see the answer materializing.
Seeing it before it happens as if it is, has already happened is very powerful.

4. As we pray for ourselves, include what others want also. Begin seeing what friends, spouse, others are asking for, to happen for them too. See them as God sees them and pray for the Greatness in their lives as the Spirit of Jesus would want to see in them.

5. Then seal it... know the Inner Chamber controls the world around it and what you have meditated on, see happening through your eyes of faith and vision, see all this as in motion and now happening. Remind yourself through the day, this has been sealed in the Inner Chamber. The very Most High presence of God Himself, outstanding presence of Jesus in you, has taken in this matter.
It is sealed, done, on its way. When you leave your quiet meditative times with this fixed in your thoughts the Spirit comes dramatically alive in you. He walks along side us in our lives with an extra set of confidence, boldness accompanying all we do. (Prayer Power by Andrew Murray, Whitaker, 1998)

Note: Jesus is Us, "Our Body... Jesus’ Spirit lives there," for the full article

Deliberate Practice builds Spiritual assets.
"And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness... secret riches.
I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel,
the one who calls you by name.”
(Isaiah 45:3, NLT)

“Store your treasures in heaven,
where moths and rust cannot destroy,
and thieves do not break in and steal.”
(Matthew 6:20, NLT)

The Apostles deliberately practiced and stored up treasures that never go away.

If we follow the disciples’ discipline
we will have Spiritual Greatness expressing It-self through us
We will have love, friends, family
and a never ending trail of resources follow us.

Keep examining the Scriptures, reflect on them, stay in prayer, master the discipline of prayer and the secrets of Spirit will be revealed to you!!!

Then share with others what the Holy Spirit is teaching you and the mysteries of Heaven will be revealed to you here on earth. The “all-knowing knowledge” of Spirit will direct all you do. Live in Spirit, listen to Spirit and you will be Super-natural in your performance. And you will begin to see Spirit in Power working in your life every where.

Those who walk in Spirit continually Crave Infinite Greatness.
The authors of Secrets to Greatness said greatness is not about innate ability but one’s diligence in practice, to practice strategically, deliberating an area of life where someone wants to perform exceptionally well.

So, you, everyone can be exceptional with Spirit ability and Spiritual Power as part of your life. Follow the strategic practice methods of the Disciples of Acts.

Your life will be filled with incredible, inexhaustible Acts as well.
Deliberately practice…
and watch your invaluable assets grow… forever!