Stephen’s HeartBeat 6.3.19
It is the June already! I owe everyone an apology for missing an entire month of emails. Please forgive me. My heart was consistency in order to gain another discipline of writing and gaining your valuable feedback on the issues we all face in this crazy, beautiful life. PAUSE. Hit that mental restart with me and thank God we have made it this far in the processes of our lives. It has been scientifically proven that the very thoughts we choose to dwell on the most become solid pathways in our pliable brains. This means that my lousy weakness of putting off a TASK with procrastination tactics is slowly being destroyed as I am typing. I highly value face-to-face connection and conversation with real, live humans. In order to have any standing for true, honest conversation, we must always start with our hearts. Hence, the weekly Heartbeat email. Hopefully, you will take the moment to process the written thoughts and we can discuss your perspective in the near future. For this week, I am striving to complete Dr. Tobin’s list of 5 steps to avoid complacency, even though I fell FLAT on my face in May. : )
[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.
3. Focus on process instead of outcome.
Successful people, organizations and relationships develop a process for achieving and sustaining excellence. They follow this established approach with discipline. If they don’t achieve their goals, they adjust the process. People who focus only on outcomes may achieve success, but it will not be sustainable. There is no way to repeat success consistently without a method, formula or approach — that is, a process. (See ‘Understanding Process and Outcome‘.)
There is no way to repeat without a disciplined process. Oh boy! This one is truly my Achille’s heel. All my life I have rushed through any process to achieve the desired outcome set before me, never stopping to fully recognize or understand what or how made it even worth the pain. There are many amazing people who are gifted to create processes, day after day, so that life can be enjoyed whenever another person chooses to buy in and work the process with diligence and discipline. Best example of this a farmer. I truly enjoy good food and fellowship. The time-honored process of getting all the tasty food to a plate for human consumption is most arduous, time-sensitive, and requires much sweat equity. Every ear of corn, potato, chicken, cow, and slice of bread began as seed placed in the proper environment for growth.
Q: Do we really have the patient endurance to see the full outcome of all the dreams and visions placed in our hearts and relived daily in our thought life?
https://youtu.be/k082dEqWj7A Kung Fu Panda: scene of PO with Master Oogway at the peach tree.
https://youtu.be/DLpUev1FvS0 Kung Fu Panda: scene of Master Shifu with Master Oogway at the peach tree (Warning! Death scene at end)
James 5:7-8 (MSG) Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time.
Romans 5:3-5(TPT) 3 But that’s not all! Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. 4 And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope. 5 And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy,[a] because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us![b]
Blessings from our good Father in Heaven to your family, Stephen P. Shain P.S. We are in prayer and support for specific families in our organization that have suffered direct material loss due to the excessive flooding in northern Oklahoma. Our hearts are with you!!!!