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October 31, 2012

One Choice


One Choice

One tree can start a forest,
One smile can begin a friendship,
One hand can lift a soul,
One word can frame the goal,
One candle can wipe out darkness,
One laugh can conquer gloom,
One hope can raise our spirits,
And…one choice can change your life.
Think about that. One choice, just one, can change your life forever. Simply put, your life today is what your choices have made it, but with new choices, you can change directions this very moment.

One Choice

That’s what this powerful, life-changing book is all about…how we’re always one choice away from changing our life.
In One Choice, you’ll meet people from all walks of life who made life-changing choices, whether it’s switching careers, losing weight, finding financial freedom, adopting a child, giving back to others and many more. I wrote the book with one goal in mind…to give people ideas and courage to choose better lives for themselves.
For me, the idea of changing your life with a single choice is highly motivational. It offers tremendous hope, regardless of your circumstances, for a better tomorrow. And, that’s why the book is filled with inspirational stories from people, like you, who had the courage to make that choice and to change their lives forever.
You’ll be inspired and you’ll be motivated by their personal stories. You’ll think, if they can do it…why can’t I?
Here’s a "snapshot" of the table of contents so you can see the themes behind the stories…

Choose Your Career Passion
Choose to be in the "Driver’s Seat"
Choose to Make a Difference
Choose Your Attitude
Choose to Take Back Your Life
Choose Financial Freedom
Choose Kindness…and Watch it Change Your Life
Choose Not to Give Up
Choose to Start a New Business
Choose to Change Your Environment
Choose to Look at the Possibilities
Choose Discipline in Your Life
Choose to Love
Choose to Simplify Your Life
Choose to Take a Chance

For more information, to look inside this great book or to watch the 3-minute inspirational movie, just click here.
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October 31, 2012

Increase Your Empathy

Increase Your Empathy

In order to empathize with the suffering of others, make mental images. When someone experiences suffering and pain, make a picture in your mind as if it were happening to you. Whatever you would want other people to do for you in such a situation, you should do for others.

This is the way to master the attribute of compassion and sharing the burden of others. Compassion may cause us a bit of pain, but it enables us to alleviate the far greater pain of others. Because when someone sees that you are suffering with him or her, it helps alleviate some of their pain.

Today, think of someone you know who is in great pain. Then ask yourself how such a person would most appreciate your help.

(see Rabbi Simcha Zissel Ziv – Chochmah Umussar, vol.1, p.2)

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October 30, 2012

Jesus Chooses and Uses Failures


October 16, 2012 by JohnPiper

“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was grieved. Sitting on the beach after breakfast, Jesus had just asked him for the third time if he loved him. Peter had already wholeheartedly answered yes twice. What else was he supposed to say?

With these questions, the Lord was putting his finger on a very tender wound in Peter’s heart. Peter’s failure on the night of Jesus’ trial had been simply horrible. In the hour of his Lord’s greatest anguish, Peter had denied even knowing him. This sin shook Peter to the core of his being.

Jesus had told him that he would do it.1 But in the Upper Room, over the Passover meal, with his fellow disciples around him, Peter did not believe it. He could still hear himself proclaim, “I will lay down my life for you.”2

He had had no idea how weak he really was. He had imagined himself boldly standing before the Sanhedrin side by side with Jesus, come what may. But that night, as Jesus was doing that very thing, Peter couldn’t even stand before a servant girl. “You also are not one of this man’s disciples are you?” He had completely caved: “I am not.”3

I am not. Those words had kept Peter up at night. He was supposed to be a rock.4 That night he had crumbled into pieces. He was not who he thought he was. Peter had never been less confident in himself.

So when Jesus questioned Peter’s love for a third time that morning, Peter grieved that he might have lost the Savior’s trust. He had failed. But he did love him. All he could do was appeal to Jesus’ omniscience:

“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”

And Jesus did. In fact, later Peter realized what Jesus had done in that painful conversation. He had not doubted Peter’s love at all. Rather, he had allowed Peter to confess his love for every wretched denial he had made on that dreadful night. Amazing grace.

And the Lord had a word for Peter. In the future there would be another opportunity to confess his love publicly in the face of great cost. And then he said, “Follow me.”

Shame over past failures and sins can haunt and inhibit us in many ways. And Satan seeks to steal and destroy our faith by shoving our failures in our face. But Jesus intends to redeem us completely.

Read the rest at Desiring God

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October 29, 2012

Think before you speak

is it True?
is it Helpful?
is it Inspiring?
is it Necessary?
is it Kind?

October 29, 2012

What Are Interpersonal Skills

What Are Interpersonal Skills

Posted on August 28, 2012 by Janet Cortright


It’s simple, people who have highly developed interpersonal skills are usually more successful in their personal and professional lives. That’s because they present themselves by using qualities that are more appealing to others.

So what are Interpersonal Skills?

Interpersonal-SkillsInterpersonal skills are the talents that you use every day as you interact with people. You already have a unique set of interpersonal skills, people skills, social skills, or soft skills.

But it’s your awareness of your interpersonal skills that helps you develop and enhance relationships. You do this by observing others reactions to what you say, how you say it, what you do and by observing how our actions make others feel.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelo

While volumes have been written about the importance of interpersonal skills, it’s often difficult to determine just what they are, and which ones are most important.

Daniel Goleman tells us that “Emotional Intelligence” is a greater contributor to business success than IQ. In his book “Working with Emotional Intelligence, he states: “On average, close to 90 percent of success in leadership was attributable to emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence is defined as having the following four competencies.

  • Self-Awareness: Being aware of your own needs, values and emotions
  • Self-Management: Keeping your emotional responses in check, and behaving appropriately even when you experience feelings that could result in negative and destructive behaviors.
  • Social Awareness: That is being in tune with other’s needs and feelings.
  • Relationship Management: The ability to build relationships based on mutual respect and trust.

In addition, the following interpersonal skills are important for working effectively with others.

  • Listening Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Verbal Communication
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Assertiveness
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Stress management

Take some time to develop your Interpersonal Skills. It can help you to improve personally and professionally.

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October 28, 2012

Without God … by Ronald Reagan

"Without God there is no virtue because there is no
prompting of the conscience … without God there is a
coarsening of the society; without God democracy will
not and cannot long endure… America needs God more
than God needs America. If we ever forget that we are
One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone
— President Ronald Reagan, 1984

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