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Quotes for success

Brad Stanton —  January 9, 2013 — 9 Comments

There is one quality one must possess to win, definiteness of purpose. Napoleon Hilllincoln1
If you want to be happy set a high goal. Andrew Carnegie
Your true passion should feel like breathing; it’s that natural. Oprah Winfrey
Your life is what your thoughts make it. ~Many people
To let life happen to you is irresponsible. To create your day is your divine right.
You attract more of whatever it is you are feeling. ~Many people
Once you make a decision the universe conspires to make it happen. R W Emerson
Your mind and your thoughts are incredibly powerful.
Your actions have a ripple effect, moving outward to touch many people for good or bad.
Your subconscious mind is much more powerful than your conscious mind–and that is really powerful.
What you can conceive and believe, you can achieve. W Clement Stone
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jer 33:3
The more u love life, the more you attract good into your life.
Desire, determination, love your work, work hard: these are the most important keys to success
You can deliberately create and get more of what you really want in life
We are responsible for the state of the world we live in.
Greater fulfillment in your life is always possible
To bring more love and joy into your life, give more love and joy.
Want more miracles? Become aware of the miracles already happening in your life.
You can choose the path of more joy, love and abundance.
It is not a coincidence that you aer reading this. Abundance ahead
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.~ Ayn Rand

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Faith is powerful

Brad Stanton —  December 21, 2012 — 7 Comments

English: Resurrection of Christ

English: Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About 4 dozen times, Jesus says faith is the key to answered prayer. Here are just a few of those:
Matthew 9:22 Jesus said “Your faith has healed you.”
Matt 9:29 according to your faith it will be done to you.
Matt 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer
Mark 9:23 everything is possible for him who believes
Mark 11:24 Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe you have received it and it will be yours
Luke 8:50 Don’t be afraid; just believe and she will be healed
Luke 18:1 Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up
Luke 18:42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”
John 14:14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you
John 16:23 I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
Matthew 7:8 for everyone who asks receives.

What do you think about this? Leave a comment please…….

Better to be rich or poor?

Brad Stanton —  November 29, 2012 — 16 Comments

English: President Reagan presents Mother Tere...

English: President Reagan presents Mother Teresa with the Medal of Freedom at a White House Ceremony, 1985. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Russell Conwell was a writer, lawyer, orator, university founder, philanthropist, and Baptist preacher about 100 years ago. He delivered one speech over 6000 times, called “Acres of Diamonds.” This speech was about a man who traveled to the Middle East and heard his guide tell a story about a man who left home looking for wealth. The man didn’t find it and became so discouraged he killed himself. Later, someone else found acres of diamonds on his land, right under his feet. The dead man would have found them if he had bothered to look for wealth right where he was.

Many say this story means that true wealth and happiness are right where you are if you know how to find them. Tens of thousands of people heard this speech and many were so moved by it that they found motivation to seek wealth right where they were. One man, for example sat listening to the speech and saw a lady with a hairpin that looked rather difficult to insert in the hair. The man sat thinking of a way to improve the design.  He did and made a fortune selling the new hairpin.

Another man used the few pennies he had to buy needles and thread to sell on the street. He didn’t sell the products and realized he should find out what people want to buy before investing in the product. He observed that many were buying certain kinds of clothes and he invested in them. He began to sell his wares very quickly and after some years became the richest man in New York City at that time.

Conwell believed strongly that anyone could become rich if they had strong desire and worked toward that goal. He said

 “I say that you ought to get rich, and it is your duty to get rich…. The men who get rich may be the most honest men you find in the community. Let me say here clearly .. . ninety-eight out of one hundred of the rich men of America are honest. That is why they are rich. That is why they are trusted with money. That is why they carry on great enterprises and find plenty of people to work with them. It is because they are honest men. … … I sympathize with the poor, but the number of poor who are to be sympathized with is very small. To sympathize with a man whom God has punished for his sins … is to do wrong…. let us remember there is not a poor person in the United States who was not made poor by his own shortcomings. …”

I don’t fully agree with Conwell’s statement, because people are poor for many different reasons including poor health, living in an area of the world where everyone is poor, mental retardation, and some choose to be poor to spend time helping people, such as Mother Teresa.

Some feel it is a sin to be wealthy and some people even believe Jesus taught that. I believed that for awhile, but while reading the Old Testament I saw over and over again that God promised prosperity to everyone who followed his commands and did certain things. Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1; Deuteronomy 30:15; 1 Kings 2:3; Psalm 37:11; Psalm 25:12-14 Proverbs 8:17-19; Proverbs 19:8 Jeremiah 29:11 are a few examples of many promises in the Bible. But unfortunately, they have to be accepted by faith, which is extremely difficult. Also, it can take years, and lots of hard work for promises to come about.

I find that in general, rich people can do more good for the world by donating money and time than people who are not rich. It doesn’t have to be that way, but it usually is. Poor people who have lots of free time could become very powerful prayer warriors, but most do not. They could spend time helping people, some do, but I find most don’t. It is usually the wealthier people who do this. Strange, but that is just what I have observed.

I know many will disagree, feel free to leave a comment expressing another viewpoint.

The invisible world

Brad Stanton —  November 9, 2012 — 15 Comments

Rainy day people always seem to know when it’s time to call. ~Gordon Lightfoot

Have you ever been feeling down and someone who cares about you calls out of the blue even though he had no way of knowing you were down? It is as if they could sense your sadness even though they were not with you.

“When I saw the policeman at my door, I knew my father had died.”

Many years ago a friend told me that one day she was at school and she suddenly felt that something terrible had happened. Later a policeman came to the door of her house and she knew without a doubt what had happened. Her father had died. He was killed in a car wreck. How could she know? Was there a “disturbance in the force” like they talked about in Star Wars? Is there really a collective unconscious, as so many psychologists believe?

I remember another close friend who moved away from the town I lived in to Cape Canaveral, Florida. She said that she actually felt closer to our little circle of friends after she left than before. She said it was as if she was with us in spirit.

The invisible world is much more beautiful than the one we can see with our eyes. Faith, hope, love, joy, peace and people’s spirits are in the invisible realms. We can’t see love, but sometimes we can feel it. Just because we don’t feel it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

Napoleon Hill studied 500 extremely successful people such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, US presidents, Andrew Carnegie and others and found that a common belief they had was that there is something like a collective unconscious available to give us insights into the secrets of the universe and ideas for success. Isaac Newton, the most brilliant scientist that ever lived, died long before the term “collective unconscious” was made by the psychologist Carl Jung, but he believed that God gave him insights into the secrets of science.

One day a girl was walking down the street in Seoul, South Korea. As she walked she felt that something was telling her to go to a house down the street. She had no idea why she should do that, except that she felt she was supposed to pray for someone, she didn’t know who. She timidly walked up to the door of the house she had not been to before, not knowing who would answer. A lady answered. The girl asked if anyone in the house needed prayer. The lady said,

“My son is in bed. He is dying. Would you pray for him?”

She went to the boy’s bed and prayed for him. He began to recover. He later became a pastor and through powerful faith built the largest church in the world. His name is Dr. Cho.

In John chapter seven Jesus says that Christians are one with God and with each other. I suppose that means we are one in spirit. The more we tap into the oneness of spirit, the more we can learn the secrets of the universe. Our spirits are set free, we love others more and more, and we can experience more love, joy and peace.

Memorial Stones

Brad Stanton —  November 7, 2012 — 10 Comments

Throughout history, people have erected stones to memorialize victories in war, great achievements, historical events and religious ideas. Not long after the tsunami hit Japan over a year ago, I saw a picture of memorial stones on the sides of the hill above the Fukishima nuclear power plant area. The stones were very large, about six feet tall and in the Japanese characters it said:

“DON’T BUILD YOUR HOUSES BELOW THIS POINT”

Apparently centuries ago there was a tsunami that destroyed towns along the coast and the houses farther up the hill were spared because the wall of water didn’t go up that high. But as time went on, people built their homes just a little below the danger line. Generations passed and more people began to build their homes farther down the hill, closer to the beach. In modern times they build a protective wall in the sea to prevent waves from crashing into the buildings on the coast. But we all know what happened, a huge tsunami, much taller than the protective wall crashed into the buildings along the coast.

A woman’s husband died and she inherited a $20,000. But after the funeral she complained to her friend that she was broke.

“Broke?” her friend replied, shocked. “But where did all that money go that you inherited?”

“Well, I spent $10,000 on the funeral and $10,000 on the memorial stone.” the widow answered.

“That must have been some memorial stone!” the friend said.

“The widow held out her hand and showed it to her friend. “Yes, about three carats.”

Anyway, the point of this post is that it is good to remember your victories, whether you do it with a memorial stone or some other way. We all have lots of failures and it is easy to focus on those. Focusing on failures only brings us down and doesn’t energize us for victory, focusing on our successes does.

People who are depressed and accomplish less than their best in life almost always are the kind of person who dwells on failures and unhappy things of the past. Remembering what that person did wrong to me is a sure way to become unhappy. Remembering all the times I failed to stay on my diet is a recipe for disaster. Remembering my mistakes at work only deflates my motivation.

Remember to remember your victories. They will lift you up and help you have more victories in the future. You reap what you sow. If you think victory and happy thoughts you will sow more of these thoughts and good things in life.