Reboot Your Joy by Changing Your Perspective

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This is the second in a series on Rebooting Your Joy.  Last time, we talked about how gratitude reboots your joy.  Today, we’re going to find that elevating our perspective also reboots our joy.

So, what does rebooting your joy have to do with leadership?

I wrote a book called “Parenting through the Mirror.” It’s not so much about kids as it is about allowing God to change you.  Your kids become who you are, not what you tell them to be.

Just as parents reproduce kids who are mirrors of who they are, leaders produce followers who look like them.

If you want better followers, become a better you.  Remember Paul said, follow me as I follow Jesus,”?

So why is joy so important to a leader or anyone for that matter?  

Nehemiah 8:10 says, “the joy of the Lord is our strength.”  We all need strength to fight the fight of faith.

Joy is simply a product of our thinking – It is a choice.

I love this quote

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” 

Do you ever wonder if you’re seeing life through a clouded lens?

So how do we make sure that what we’re seeing is what God is seeing?

Here’s the cure for cloudy vision.

 Change your perspective.  

Exchange your perspective for His perspective.

If you’re like me, to do this you have to change your thinking.

Last time, we focused on 2 of our 3 key Scriptures Romans 12:2 and Philippians 4:8.

Today, we’re going to zero in on Ephesians 2, because when you get this one, it’s easier to get the others.  The chapter opens

up like a Dicken’s novel  . . . ONCE YOU WERE DEAD

Picking it up in verse 4.

BUT God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much,

that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)

For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-6 NLT

Notice:  Past tense – done deal – already happened . . .

One of the easiest ways to lose our joy is to forget our true spiritual position. This happens when we are sucked into our circumstances.

Circumstances are the devil’s playground.  If he can get our eyes on our circumstances instead of our answer, he’s got us.  Then . . .

This causes us to lose perspective.

When we try to fight in our circumstances, we are fighting in our own strength and in the devil’s territory.  No matter where we turn, we are trapped in our circumstance. It’s all we can see!  Circumstances everywhere, oh my!

Plus we are right in the line of fire for his firey darts. You know him, the liar.  If he can manipulate our emotions he can defeat us.

However, when we take our designated seat, our rightful seat because of what Christ did for us, then we can see things through the eyes of the Father for what they really are and not what they feel like.

Here’s the amazing thing about God . . . It’s OUR choice . .   

Rightful seat – child of God seat or . . . 

Circumstance seat – slave seat

I never do anything right seat vs righteousness of God in Christ seat

Why is this happening to me seat vs I am more than a conquerer seat

This is too hard seat vs I can do all things through Christ seat

I suggest you pick your rightful seat – it is already bought and paid for.

It is an elevated perspective. God’s perspective.

Instead of being locked into our circumstances, we can see beyond them because we have God’s elevated view.

2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Circumstances are sight – they are in this realm and want to make us their slave.

Seeing from God’s perspective is faith beyond circumstances – we’re in God’s realm.  By faith it sees the options, God’s big picture, and our answer.

When we are seated spiritually speaking in the heavenlies, it has lots of perks!

5 Benefits of Taking Your Rightful Seat

and I’m sure you can think of many more.

1. The enemy’s firey darts can’t pierce us, because our emotions are safely out of his reach. 

2. We see things the way they really are from God’s perspective – and His view is perfect – his lens is not clouded.

3. We see beyond the circumstances to our answer.

4. Our thinking becomes renewed – Romans 12:2 & Philippians 4:8

5. Our joy is rebooted, because our focus is on the eternal and not locked into our circumstances.

So if you want to change your life to one that is filled with joy, just choose to change your perspective.

What are some things you do to keep life in perspective?

 

Make 2017 a Year of Breakthrough

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I am so grateful for the wisdom of Michael Hyatt.  He is an amazing mentor in my life. He has so much real world experience and wisdom.  He is an expert in life management; and you owe it to yourself to tune in for his free webinar on goal setting.  If any of the below describes you, this webinar will really help you achieve your goals and become all God created you to be.

Do these sound familiar?

Do you ever struggle to hit any of your goals…

Or if you have BIG plans for this year and need every
possible advantage…

Make sure you reserve a spot for this:

http://bestyearever.me/a19403/2017webinar

It’s a free presentation but it will fill up super
fast (which is why you need to reserve your spot).

New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt is
going to show you, step-by-step, how to use
goal-setting to take control of your days and turn
them into the life you really want.

You’ll hear Michael share things like:

* The one single strategy that will instantly make
you 42% more likely to accomplish your goals —
it’s shocking how many people miss it

* How to “quit-proof” your goals and ensure 2017 is
the year you finally cross “that big one” off your
list (you know which one I’m talking about!)

* Why detailed action plans work against you and an
alternate strategy that will take a huge weight off
your shoulders

* The secret to sustaining your initial momentum and
keep making progress toward your goals no matter what
life throws at you

* The common and seemingly positive goal-setting
strategy that is likely sabotaging your success
(and what to do instead)

and so much more!
There are several different times to accommodate your
schedule. See what works for you here:

http://bestyearever.me/a19403/2017webinar

By the end of the presentation, you’ll be crystal
clear about how you can have your best year ever
in 2017.

Here’s to success in 2017!

Sandy
P.S. All registrants will get a special workbook designed specifically for this
presentation. Here’s the link to sign up:

http://bestyearever.me/a19403/2017webinar

How to Have the Family You Always Wanted – Part 8

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Put Others First

It’s not all about you.  In our “take care of number one” culture, this goes cross grain with our logic. Humans by nature tend toward self-centeredness. After all to give is to lose – right?  This philosophy can create such a fear of loss that if we aren’t careful, we can get swallowed in a vortex of selfishness.  Then, we lose sight of the simple fact that true joy comes from giving not from getting.  When we decide to put others needs before our own, something almost magical happens, our soul feels truly fulfilled.  Over the holidays we experience a microcosm of this truth as we exchange gifts, or when we hand out Christmas dinners at a homeless shelter.  Giving just makes us feel great.  The truth is, at the very core of our being we were designed to find our life when we give it away.  “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 6:25

So how does this apply in our family?  First, let me make it clear, I’m not talking about taking your kids to the homeless shelter, although that’s not a bad idea.  What I’m trying to bring out is, putting others first through random acts of kindness should start at home.  Nothing says, “I love and believe in you,”  like a demonstration of putting another family member’s wants, needs, and desires before your own. Maybe the next time someone in your family wants to go one place and you want to go to another, you could defer to them and put them first by doing what they’d like to do.  Here’s an assignment if this whole idea strikes a chord with you.  Take some time and jot down a list of ways you can put each member of your family first, and then start doing your list this week. You might be surprised to see a love revolution in your family.  Please share your best ideas with us so we can spread the love.

Evernote and goal-setting

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This week is important for your 2015.

If you’re like most, the New Year marks a great time to reflect and reset.

It’s a time when we can craft a plan for making 2015 our best year ever.

The problem is, you and I both know that the average “plan” just doesn’t work.

FUN FACT #1: Did you know that the average person sets the same New Year’s resolution 10 times!

FUN FACT #2: After just one week, a full 25% of people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions.

Crazy right?

That’s why this week (Tuesday specifically) is a significant date for you.

Michael Hyatt’s course called 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever will change the “average” outcome. It’s designed to help you get clear and actually accomplish more of what you really want.

The reason Tuesday is important is because he just announced ANOTHER extra gift for anyone who purchases before Tuesday at midnight.

It’s called the Goal Tracker System and it works seamlessly with Evernote.

In it Michael shares:

* 3 reasons why Evernote is a better goal-tracking solution than more robust, dedicated applications. (Remember: “Complexity is the enemy of execution.”)

* 2 simple tricks for using Evernote to keep your goals visible, so you don’t fall victim to out-of-sight-out-of-mind syndrome. This is the #1 reason people fail to achieve their goals.

* 4 click-by-click steps for setting up your personalized Goal Progress-tracking System (GPS). You can watch him do it on-screen, then do it yourself.

* An importable Evernote template you can use to track your key motivations, next actions, progress reports, and random notes for each goal. Simply double-click on the included file and start
tracking.

So if you’d like to have your best year ever, I recommend you go register for the course while the Evernote Goal Tracker System is still available.

http://bestyearever.me/WLE4SV/register

All the best.

Sandy

P.S. The Evernote Goal Tracking System bonus will expire on Tuesday (December 30th) at 11:59pm PST so make sure you register today and get the extra goodies 🙂

http://bestyearever.me/WLE4SV/register

Modeling the Gift of Giving to Your Kids

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Over the holidays, we can get so caught up in the hustle bustle that we can forget the true meaning of exchanging gifts.  I don’t think we should take lightly the giving of gifts; it is far more than an annual obligation.  It’s so much more . . .

3 Powerful Insights About Giving Gifts You Can Model for Your Kids

1.  It takes your eyes off yourself and on to someone else.

“You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35b NLT

2.  You’re showing honor to those to whom you give the gift.

“They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold,frankincense, and myrrh.”  Matthew 2:11 NLT

3.  You’re imitating Jesus who gave the gift of himself.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NLT

Beyond the giving of the physical gifts, remember your gifts are giving a little piece of yourself that honors the receiver.  So this Christmas, first take time to cherish the most important gifts in your own life, your family and friends.  Then, gift them with the most important gifts you have to give . . . your time, your full attention, and your unconditional love.  Help your kids to learn to give these priceless gifts of self.  Then, help them select or make gifts from their hearts to bless and show honor to others . . . the make their day kind of gifts! That’s modeling a lifestyle of meaningful giving to your kids, and that’s a great gift in itself.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

#parenting  #parentingisleadership

How to Get a Free Copy of Transform

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I’ve been following Michael Hyatt for several years now and consider him to be one of the biggest mentors in my life.  He has great wisdom and insights into living a balanced and successful life.  Kip and I are loving this 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever Course.  I truly believe it will be a game changer for 2015. That’s why we’re partnering with him to share this great course. To encourage you to take a look for yourself, if you purchase the course today before midnight, and send me the receipt, I will send you a hardcover copy of the book Transform, the book I was privileged to help write.

Tonight at midnight marks the end of your Early Bird discount for the 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever course.

http://bestyearever.me/WLE4SV/register

I’d hate for you to miss out on the savings.

The course will be available until January 8th, 2015 but the discounted rate ends tonight (Thursday, December 18th) at midnight.

So if you want to accomplish more in 2015, I highly recommend you get this today, plus, you’ll get your free copy of Transform as well. Here’s a chance to double your chances for a better 2015!

http://bestyearever.me/WLE4SV/register