Stephen’s HeartBEAT 4.24.19
April 25, 2019Words Of Encouragement Standard
|Hello Team,“Is anyone out there?” This question comes to mind from an interesting and humorous film, Julie & Julia, in which the young cooking blogger is struggling with her commitment to fully experience every recipe from a cookbook written by the late Julia Childs in 365 days. (https://youtu.be/ozRK7VXQl-k) Julie & Julia Movie Trailer (please don’t spend all day on Youtube!) I think this movie relates well with our concept today. The inherent personal danger of meditating and writing a heartbeat email on a weekly basis is that Father God works on my heart first, BEFORE the encouragement is sent out to you. All the content directly connects to me and the daily journey, complete with struggles and joy, that we walk as human beings in this dark world. A culture of people who choose everyday to be humble, hungry, and smart in their interactions with others is our main goal. We have many opportunities to succeed and fail, leaving our minds wondering if the pursuit of excellence is worth the cost. |
It is sooooo easy to step back and stay in a comfortable position mentally, instead of choosing to take another step in the direction laid out before us. “Should I stay, or should I go?”As promised in last week’s email, we continue to explore the better alternatives to complacency.
[Here are five steps to avoid complacency once you’ve achieved your dream goal.Start every day from scratch. Sustainable excellence is about getting better every day. …Surround yourself with people who will tell you like it is. …Focus on process instead of outcome. …Continuously learn and adapt. …Recharge the batteries.Here are five steps to avoid complacency once you’ve achieved your dream goal.CREDIT: https://thetobincompany.com/5-steps-to-avoid-complacency/1. Start every day from scratch.Sustainable excellence is about getting better every day. Great performers don’t think about past accomplishments. They don’t take days off when they show up to work. They come to work every day with the goal of getting better. The best performers I’ve worked with have trained themselves to set goals for every practice session, important meeting or presentation. Continuous improvement is not a cliché but rather a way of life. (See ‘Do One Thing Better Today‘.)
] I am still gaining full understanding on what sustainable excellence looks like for me and our family at multiple locations(that would be YOU). Lamentations 3 covers one of the beautiful aspects of God’s loving nature:22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[b]
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth. The key to beginning every day in a new, fresh, hopeful way is to be eternally connected to the source of LIFE in the midst of a dying world. I stay close to King Jesus and He gives me strength to communicate well with others as a direct result of solid relationship. If we can work on ONE thing to be better everyday in our team environments within our local communities and families, it would be allowing ourselves and others to have a fresh beginning. It involves many details and nuance in conversation, a lot of forgiveness, and freely giving others the opportunity to build trust once again. It is not a comfortable or easy task in any culture. Deuteronomy 30 gives a choice and the proper answer to the choice. 19 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 20 You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This[c] is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”Please see attached document for a quick synopsis of research on what we will now call “KEY Conversations.” Think back on conversations with key people in your daily life that need to be improved. We are here to listen and assist with your personal development!
Blessings,Stephen P. Shain