Be the Change you want to see
You Are the Creator reminds you that there is no shortage of opportunities in the world. Shortages of opportunities are only limited to your ability to think creatively and empowers you to think and act outside the box.
You are What You Think
The power of your presence makes a difference in everyone that you encounter. It also affirms that change begins and ends with you.
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He has successfully worked in corporate America for one of the largest computer firms in the world, owned his own Mortgage Company for sixteen years and now travels the world in the Airline industry inspiring and sharing with every one You are the Creator, Seven Powerful Principles to Engineer the Life You Deserve..
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Principle of Desire
Desire is the first of the seven principles you must have. Without desire, when those tough times come — and they will come — you will want to give up and quit. It is the principle of desire that drives you through those tough times, the desire to want something so bad that you make sacrifices. You keep going when you feel like quitting, but it is your desire for what you want that drives you through to success.
There once was a young man who was looking for the secret to success, and he met a highly successful person and asked him to teach him how to be successful. The successful man (teacher) stated, "Meet me at the beach at five in the morning and I will teach you."
As requested, the young man (student) appeared at the beach at the designated time the following morning.
The teacher stated, "Step out into the water ankle-deep." The student did as he was told.
The teacher said, "Good, now let's go waist-high in the water."
The young man begrudgingly did but began to feel he was wasting his time, that the exercises he was performing were of little value in teaching him how to be successful.
The teacher said, "Now go in up to your chin."
The student was seriously beginning to get upset and felt this was a total waste of his time, energy, and effort; the teacher was not truly sharing the secrets of success with him. So the student began to voice his thoughts and asked the teacher to show him how to be successful or stop wasting his time.
The teacher grabbed the student's head and shoved it under the water, holding him there, and the student began to fight and struggle for air. The teacher let him up to breathe.
Furious at the teacher, the student demanded, "Why did you do that?"
The teacher stated, "When your desire to succeed is as strong as your will to breathe, you will be successful."
Desire is a strong emotion. When we have a strong desire for something, we will not be denied. When we have desire, the universal intelligence that guides all things, pulls the desired thing, person, state of being, or element to be drawn inexorably like a magnet toward us. Our job is to prepare to receive the object of our desire into our lives. In the midst of pain, sacrifice, and commitment to our cause, we tend to fight through whatever adversity we are dealing with to satisfy our desire.
Olympic athletes are an excellent example of this. The training can be grueling, with ten- to fifteen-hour days over years, and they must work through pain and sometimes rehabilitation after painful injuries in order to accomplish their success. They forego fun and time with friends and family to accomplish their dreams. A driving desire is the core ingredient that pushes them through the pain and through the sacrifices that they so often need.
Let's take a moment to understand the word sacrifice. Unwillingness and lack of courage and/or willpower to make the necessary sacrifices are often the killers of dreams. Many times the things we need to give up or let go of we choose not to. A dear friend once shared a quote that I often refer to: "We don't always want what we need." We often need to let go of the very things we don't want to let go of or give up on. We have to make these hard choices if we want that desired life.
If there is a person, place, or thing that inhibits you from reaching your true potential and is unwilling to assist or even encourage you in achieving your goals, this is one of those moments you may have to make a tough choice and sacrifice to remove or change the inhibiting factor involved in the situation. Sometimes it's bad or irresponsible spending habits; sometimes it's a drug or alcohol addiction; sometimes it's bad eating habits; and sometimes we have to move to a different place, giving up what is familiar and known to us. But this is where you really need to understand what's important to you as an individual. What are your ethical standards? What things do you value and place priority on? This is one of those areas where a wrong decision could be detrimental to you and your well-being. But only you can decide, and a decisive decision is necessary to move you forward to your dream life.
I once read a quote by Bill Gates, describing one of his guiding principles for making Microsoft so successful. He stated that he took massive decisive action on the decision he had to make. Some decisions you make will be right and some may be wrong, but the power lies in your deciding and then taking massive decisive action on it ... So evaluate yourselves and ask these most important questions:
What are my desires?
What are my passions?
What are my values?
What are my priorities?
What are my ethical standards as they relate to my desired life?
What sacrifices am I willing to make to reach my goal?
It is important to understand the answers to these questions. These answers will become the guiding barometer for those tough times. These questions will help you understand those things that may compromise your moral, business, and spiritual ethics as well as provide guidance to you in making the right decisions. You've surely heard the saying that a person who stands for nothing will fall for anything. So know your constitution, know what you will stand, fight, and sacrifice for.
I've found that many people don't know what their desires are. People always seem to tell us what they don't want, but if you listen closely, they never mention what they do want. People live their lives each day not recognizing the power they have over the moment, the power to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others whom they touch. Instead, they transfer their power to others to make the decisions for them. It is critical that you realize the power that you have in shaping your destiny.
God has given each of us a unique talent that is as specific to us as cells are to one's DNA. This talent, your gift, is to be shared with the world. It's your responsibility to develop your unique God-given gift. For some, it is easy to identify and develop that gift; others have to work at identifying and developing their gifts or talents.
Regardless of how easy or difficult it is to identify your gift, you must realize that you are unique to this earth and within you are precious jewels that only you are blessed to bestow upon others. For example, a diamond found in its natural state looks nothing like the diamonds we see in the jewelry stores. A diamond in its raw state looks like an ugly rock. Before it becomes that beautiful jewel, a diamond must go through a process. It should endure enormous pressure, fire, and heat. It must be developed. This is the same with your talent, your jewel.
To reach the full potential of your gifts, you must decide to develop those skills. It is a conscious decision to evolve and live our dream lives. A natural law applies here: "Every action has a reaction, even if there is no action at all." So your actions or lack of actions define those conscious decisions you make from moment to moment, which will determine your end results. Those quantitative results are the directives that will lead you to that desired life ... or not.
How do I find my desire? This question puzzles many individuals. There are strategies that you can use to define that desire. One strategy you could use is to first start with a self-evaluation. For thirty days, keep a log of the things you enjoy doing as well as those things that seem to be a chore or task for you, things you truly don't like doing. While keeping this log, ask people who know you well what they think your strongest characteristics and weakest characteristics are. Ask this question of your family members, your friends, and your coworkers. Keep a log of their responses and evaluate that against what you enjoy doing and what you don't enjoy doing. This is an excellent way to flush out your true desire. You will find that those things that are sometime the easiest to do or the things you enjoy the most could be your desire. There are no guarantees, but this is where it starts for those who are serious about living their desired lives.
Once you have identified your true desire, it is time to develop those skills. Move boldly on these characteristics and develop these skill sets. Look for specialized training in those areas that you have identified. Read everything you can find on the subject matter. Interview and talk to people who are already in that field. Your commitment to learning and developing the skills sets required is so focus it becomes your goal to evolve into a recognized leader in your chosen field of study. This process won't happen overnight. It requires a commitment of time, energy, and resources. But keep things in perspective. We are talking about engineering the life you deserve, a life that will be fulfilled with a lifetime of happiness and balance. So begin acting today!
Principle of Passion
What exactly is passion? How do you know when you have passion for something? These are just a couple of questions that people may ask themselves. The dictionary describes passion as "a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for doing something or about doing something." To live the desired life, passion is essential. Your true passion reflects the love you have for the innate gift that you have been born with, those works that bring you the greatest senses of accomplishment and joy. You do them not because of the money you can earn but because they feel so natural. Those things don't feel like work.
My stepfather, Talmadge Gibson, was such a man. He was a pianist and loved to play big band jazz music. Some days he would play for hours upon hours, never playing the same song twice. Watching him play, one could see and feel the passion he had for playing the piano. He would sometimes serenade my mother, who is visually impaired, and she would dance around the house and sing with him. They were living the desired life.
My grandparents owned a flower shop for over sixty years. They had the passion of designing and arranging flowers in an artistic way. Sometimes they would work all night long, and as a young man, I would wonder how they did it. It wasn't like work for them. They loved the work that they did, and they brought happiness to thousands of people over the years, whether they were arranging flowers for the loss of a loved one, the marriage of a couple, or the birth of a newborn baby. They made a difference. It was their passion, and everyone around them could tell.
There are many such stories in your community. It is always clear which people are walking with their passion. They do what they do for the love of it. Each of us has within us that special thing that brings happiness and joy to the world.
Your passion is the vehicle that allows you to have the potential power to influence and make a difference in the world of all those who encounter your unique gifts and work. Your passion has a rippling effect on all those with whom you share it. This is the reason you should be passionate about what you do.
Just imagine if Benjamin Franklin had not been so curious and passionate about electrical storms. Our world today as we know it could have been very different. Do you think he thought that one day humans would be able to walk into a dark room and hit a light switch and the room would light up? I sincerely doubt it.
Imagine when the Wright brothers took that very first flight for about three hundred yards. Do you think they even thought about sheets of curved metal in an oval shape that would fly hundreds of people at a time to the other side of the world within hours? More than likely, they didn't even conceive of such a thing.
These are just a few examples of how your passion can changed and impact the lives of humanity. However, your passion doesn't have to affect people lives in such a monumental way. Your passion has impact on the small child who sees you passionately working every day or the neighborhood coach who enjoys transferring his learned skill to a group of youngsters. Whatever your passion is, it's important to share it. The rippling effect of your passion affects the outcome of others. Had Benjamin Franklin or the Wright brothers not had the courage to pursue their visions, we might still be in the dark ages. So let your passion be all it can be.
Principle of Faith
Faith is fundamental to success. When we think about living our potential desired lives, we must have faith that God the Creator has supplied us with everything we need to be successful. Hebrews 11:1 shares the following verse: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
We must have faith that we are one with the universe and are an intricate part of this creation called life. It is through this paradigm that we know our contributions to life are significant and have a rippling effect on all those that encounter our works. It's like dropping a pebble in a lake and watching the rippling tide grow from the center outward. The rippling effect changes the direction of each droplet of water forever, and so it is with you, potentially changing those lives you have encountered and made an impact on. Your family members, friends, and those who observe you from afar become inspired by your success. It is through this inspiration that we grow as individuals as well. However, it is our faith that gives us the courage to act boldly on our thoughts. In the Bible, Matthew verse 17:20 states the following: "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove and nothing shall be impossible unto you." You see, someone has moved mountains, tunnels have been carved through them, and roads have been built over them. The people who first thought of these things only had a dream, a vision, and the willpower to see those dreams and vision through to the end. So I challenge you to have the faith and confidence that your Creator has given you everything needed to engineer the life you deserve.
You may have heard this expression: "What we think and concentrate most on is what materializes in our lives." This is such a true statement. Our thoughts reflect our faith or lack of faith that God, our Creator, has provided everything we need to accomplish our dream lives. This is played out in our daily lives through our routines.
How many times have we desired something so much and had little chance of receiving it? But something extraordinary happens. We find ourselves so engaged in the thought of what we desire and suddenly the very thing we desire comes forth. The reason for this is that our thoughts and faith are so strong that those things we desire are drawn to us. The reason is that we begin to act in faith. Our physical actions begin to display that faith, and the universal law of attraction begins to respond to our behavior and actions. I read an unknown quote that stated, "We don't go to our dreams; our dreams come to us." Some call it destiny. But I believe those things we think most about are what we attract in our world. Our actions are a mirrored reflection of our mental thoughts.
Faith gives you the courage to act. In the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, there was a scene where Indiana Jones had to cross a bottomless ravine. There was not a visible bridge to the other side of the ravine. However, in the secret map that he possessed, there was an invisible bridge that would appear only after he had taken the first step off the cliff. I'm not suggesting you step off a cliff, but metaphorically speaking, going after your dream life has similarities. It has the feel of taking the leap of faith. You don't always know if you are going to make it to the other side, but there is one thing for sure: if you don't try, you will never make it to the other side. Therefore, act with courage and faith; know that in your heart, your mind, and your spirit that your Creator (God) has given you everything you need to achieve your desired life.
Principle of Belief
What is belief? Belief is an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists. It's a trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something. We all have heard the phrase that if you don't believe in what you are doing, no one else will either. Or consider this one: "If you can believe it, you can achieve it." These metaphoric statements have power. They have the power to transcend one's thoughts and ideas into tangible actions. Without our belief mechanism, we would not have the courage or strength to tackle the ideas and thoughts that we have been blessed with. It is through our belief in our abilities and our faith in a higher power that our visionary thoughts are released and the ability to dream the impossible dream is realized.
Many people ask, "What's the difference between faith and belief?" There is a fundamental difference between faith and belief. Faith is the belief in things you don't yet see, but you act upon them with the faith that your Creator has provided you with everything you need to succeed. Belief is seeing and believing that you have the ability to bring about any tools, resources, and needs required to bring forth your desired results. It's about believing in your own ability and skill set to either accomplish the goal yourself or accept the responsibility of galvanizing the talents needed to accomplish the goal.
Excerpted from "You are the Creator"
Copyright © 2018 Derrick Fennell.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Principle of Desire, 1,
Chapter 2 Principle of Passion, 9,
Chapter 3 Principle of Faith, 14,
Chapter 4 Principle of Belief, 18,
Chapter 5 Principle of Action, 22,
Chapter 6 Principle of Reevaluation, 28,
Chapter 7 Principle of Adjustment, 34,
Chapter 8 Conclusion, 41,