Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday I asked where you find your source of strength to face the giants in your life – those challenges, problems or opportunities that seem so huge and insurmountable, from a human perspective.

For me, I look to God as a source of strength in my life, and I’ve realized that many times he has already given me the strengths and skills I need to overcome the giants in my life, with his help.

As America celebrates the life of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, I recognize that he was an example of someone who looked to the Lord for strength and guidance, and he used the skills and abilities God had given him to shine the light on immoral laws and policies that fostered segregation and racism in America.

Today I’m re-reading Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, and it has been a great reminder to me that Dr. King was a man who understood his calling, faced many serious challenges and obstacles, and overcame them with strength, confidence, and the abilities God had given him.

I hope and pray that I will always do the same.

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Reboot Your Life: A Lesson from the Forbes 400 Richest People in America

“Reboot” is often a term used in association with computers – to reboot a computer is to restart it.  But recently, I’ve heard of people who are rebooting themselves or rebooting their lives, meaning that they’re starting over, or recreating themselves.

I can understand why you’d want to reboot yourself if things aren’t going as well as you’d hoped, or if you want to make some significant change in your life – like start your own business or find a new career.   But reboot yourself when you’re at the top of your game and enjoying great success?  Doesn’t seem to make sense, does it?

Last week, I bought a copy of the Forbes 400 Richest People in America. It is a special edition that Forbes has published each October for 29 years, featuring, as the title implies, profiles of the 400 richest people in America.

I’ve read the Forbes 400 since I was a teen.  My dad would buy it each year because he found it interesting to read the stories of how the rich and famous got to be, well, you know, rich and famous.  Somehow, I got interested in it myself and have been reading it each year since.  I was especially fascinated to read about the people from Michigan (my home state) who made the list.

While reading the 2010 Forbes 400, I was particularly interested in an article entitled, A Select Breed:  The Rebooted Rich.  It describes how a few notable entrepreneurs, having found great success in their lives, refused to rest on the laurels of that success, but went on to reboot themselves and create new levels of success – sometimes in the field that first brought them success, but many times in brand new fields. [Read more…]

The Secret to Self-Motivation? Fake it Until You Feel it.

Last time, in Struggling with Self-Motivation:  Why Most Days I’d Rather Sit on My…,we talked about the battle that goes on in our minds between two competing desires:

1. The desire to be productive
2. The desire to be lazy

I don’t know about you, but I find it incredibly easier to do things, even hard things, when I feel like it and have the self motivation to do so.

The problem is that, sometimes, I just don’t feel like doing the things I know I need to do.  There’s no emotion, passion or drive to do them, so they don’t get done.

I’ve observed that something interesting happens if I make myself do what I ought to do, even though I don’t feel like it.  I start to feel like it.

Eugene H. Peterson, in A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, said, [Read more…]

The Drive of My Life

Somewhere in Southern Utah

Two weeks ago I was in San Diego, California, to attend the Christian Leadership Alliance conference.

I’ll tell you more about it in future posts, because I heard some great speakers who shared some great insights for anyone looking to make change in their life and live to their full potential.

Anyway, my pastor heard that I was there, and he called me to tell me he’d been searching online for a certain car he wanted to buy…and it just happened to be in San Diego.

His next words were, “So if I buy it, you wouldn’t want to drive it back home to Grand Rapids, would you?”

I called my wife to see if she’d mind if I came home a few days later than I had expected…actually it was 3 days…and 2,400 miles later.  She agreed that it would be great to help them out, and I’d be able to enjoy a little adventure driving across the country, so we said yes. [Read more…]

Your Habits: Friend or Foe?

One of my mentors gave me this many years ago.  I don’t know who authored it, but it speaks to how powerful our habits are to shape us for better or worse.

Who Am I?

You may know me, I’m your constant companion. I’m your greatest helper, I’m your heaviest burden.  I’ll push you onward or drag you down to failure.  I’m at your command.

Half the tasks you do, you might as well turn over to me.  I’ll be able to do them real quickly.  I’ll do them the same every time, if that’s what you want.  I’m easily managed, all you must do is be firm with me.  Show me exactly how you want it done.  After a few lessons, I’ll do it for you automatically. [Read more…]

How One Blogger Made a $200,000 Difference – And How You Can Too!

Today I want to brag on my friend “FMF” who blogs at Free Money Finance, an excellent personal finance blog.  FMF gives away all the profits from his blog.  So far, he’s given away over $200,000 to charity!

If you’ve ever doubted that you could make a real difference in the world, FMF proves you can.  He says:

It’s pretty cool that by simply writing (me) and reading (you) a personal finance blog that we all can help so many people from around the world.

Pretty cool, indeed!  Way to go FMF, for showing us that anyone can use what they know, have, and do to make a difference. Here’s the list of FMF supported charities in 2009.