Many years ago I had a high paying job as an aerospace engineer. I saw videos of poor people overseas that need help in many different ways. I wanted to help people like that. So I networked to raise the support I needed to live overseas.

I found that networking was a huge blessing. It caused me to meet new friends and develop good relationships.

Now I am working a new business so that my wife and I can help street kids in the Philippines. You can do this kind of work too. You really can make extra income.

Do you know someone who needs a job with a company that really cares about people? If you are willing to start part time to build a business with lots of help from this company, watch the video below. It’s a great way to make extra money or transition into a new career. The great thing about it is that anyone who is willing to work hard and be persistent can do well with this. Many people make an extra $1000 per month, and many build this business into a six or seven figure income, earning over $100,000 a year.

Just recently I sat and talked with a  man who is in this business. He makes over $100,000 a year and works about ten hours a week. That’s ten hours a week, not ten hours a day! Think of all the time he has to help people! Click on the link below for more information.

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1495781_1Success is whatever you define it to be, but most of us want success in our relationships, health and career.

Happy relationships are important to us all. Happy people are almost always more fun to be with than angry people. Bringing happiness into a relationship helps make it stronger.

But what about success in your career? Does happiness help? Dr. Martin Seligman, an eminent psychologist, says that it does. Happy people get better performance evaluations and high pay he says in his book “Authentic Happiness.” This agrees with many scientific studies. The evidence from many different sources shows that happy people are successful people. See the links at the end of this article.

Sales people are told that if they are in a good mood it is easier to persuade people to buy or to do anything. If you work with people and need to persuade them, this will help. We all have to persuade people from time to time, whether we are salespeople or not.

Psychologist Shawn Achor says that happiness gives you a definite advantage in life and business. “Every business outcome shows improvement when the brains is positive.”

Silicon Valley tells us that taking a break during the workday and doing something fun improves productivity. It might be watching fun videos of cats and babies or playing a short game of ping pong.

Here are some things you can do to increase your happiness.

  1. Meet with friends regularly. This actually boosts your immune system and makes you happier.
  2. Count your blessings, be grateful every day. Write a list of a few things you are grateful for every day. It really does help.
  3. Laugh often. The old saying is true, laughter is the best medicine.
  4. Do things that make you happy. Maybe it is playing the guitar, working in the garden, exploring or anything else that you enjoy.
  5. Read for enjoyment for 20 minutes. This means read anything that you enjoy reading. The bad things happening in the world that you read in the news probably don’t qualify.
  6. Keep a mood diary. There are many apps for mobile phones that help you track your mood and help you focus in on what brings you happiness.

Try apps like Track Your Happiness, (opens in new window) iMoodJournal (opens in new window), or MoodPanda (opens in new window).

Studies show happiness brings success, a  review of 225 papers (opens in new window).



successful give upIn the book Law of Success by Napoleon Hill, (and also Think and Grow Rich) the author lists 6 steps to success. I added step 7 and 8 to his 6 steps. Over many years, Hill studied hundreds of people who had achieved what they considered to be success in their lives. His books still sell today, even though they were written many years ago. You can get the free ebook Law of Success here.

1. Fix in your mind the exact goal you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say, “I want success.” Be definite as to what that means to you. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness which was described in earlier posts).

2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the goal you desire. (There is no such thing as “something for nothing.”)

3. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the goal you desire.

4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

5. Write out a clear, concise statement of what you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for it, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to achieve it.

6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before sleeping at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ–—SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE GOAL. Notice it says you must FEEL the good feelings of achieving your goal. I can’t overemphasize this point. If you don’t feel it, you probably won’t achieve your goals if the going gets really tough.

7. Jesus said more than three dozen times that faith is the key to answered prayer. Pray for your goal. Believe that you have received it, even before you see it appear in your life.

8. If the date arrives and you have not accomplished your goal, think of different ways that you can accomplish your goal. Don’t give up. Read or listen to books and lectures that motivate you to keep striving for your goal. Most people have to do this daily.

Jack Canfield tried 144 different publishing companies before finding one that agreed to publish his enormously successful “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of books. He suggests trying five different things every day to accomplish your goals. He has sold over 155 million books in many languages.

It is important that you follow the instructions described in these steps. It is especially important that you observe, and follow the instructions in the sixth paragraph. You may complain that it is impossible for you to “see yourself in possession of a goal” before you actually have it. Here is where a BURNING DESIRE will come to your aid. If you truly DESIRE something so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. It is critically important that you are clear about what you want, and to become so determined to have it that you CONVINCE yourself you will have it.

The God of Abundance

Brad Stanton —  June 19, 2016 — 1 Comment

Many people think of Christianity as a set of rules that ruin their fun. Actually it is just the opposite. The rules are there to protect us from harm.

God is a God of abundance. Jesus said he came so that we can have life and have it more abundantly.* He never runs out of resources. God never stops blessing us. His love and well-being constantly flow down upon us. Romans 5:5 says that God pours out His love on us.

We can’t comprehend how lavish God’s provisions are. There is no danger of Him running out of his blessings. When you sit on the beach and look at the ocean it can help you understand how big God is.

When we spend time in God’s presence we begin to understand His overflowing vastness. When we praise Him we get a taste of the peace and joy that flow to us in his love. When we love him we understand a little bit of His love for us.

*John 10:10

Are you where you want to be in life? Do you have the relationships you want, the job you want, the house you want?

Life is a journey. Sometimes we make mistakes that bring us down the wrong road and we have to turn around and come back. That wastes time. It’s like driving from Dallas to Kansas City. The road takes some turns and sometimes it is easy to miss the marker that shows which highway need to be on. The roads are marked, but it can be easy to miss the mark.

The word “sin” in the Bible actually means to miss the mark. When we sin it is always self destructive, whether we know it or not. Often it hurts other people too.

Oswald Chambers said that all sin springs from the suspicion that God is not a good God. Many believe that God does not want what is best for them, so they go outside his will to try to find something better. Trust me, that doesn’t work.

Adam and Eve suspected that the forbidden tree was good for them. They suspected that God was harsh and unloving, and that he didn’t really want what was best for them. So they made the decision to disobey. That didn’t work out very well. They got kicked out of paradise. That was not what God wanted. He wanted a perfect relationship with them as they lived in paradise.

Does God cause suffering or does he allow it? I have found that most suffering occurs when we don’t follow the path God has planned for us. Moses led the people out of Egypt to the Promised Land, the land of abundance. However, due to their lack of faith, they didn’t go into the land. They were afraid to fight the giants. So they wandered in the desert for 40 years. The trip to the Promised Land should have taken a few weeks. God allowed them to suffer, but that was not his plan for them. His plan was that they quickly enter the land of abundance.

I’ve heard people say “I may not like where I am in life but I’m right where God wants me to be.” I don’t agree. The only way we could be right where God wants us to be is if we made perfect decisions our entire life. None of us does that. Some get a lot closer to that goal than others. The beautiful thing is that God can use us no matter how badly we messed up in the past. In fact, he can use our hurts, hangups and habits to glorify him if we choose to do that.

I’ve heard people say “We can’t all be Billy Grahams.” That is what the world says. Jesus said just the opposite.

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:12

God has a beautiful plan for your life. You can get back on track for that plan any time.