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One of the biggest lies people like to believe is that we are not responsible for our own actions. We blame our mother, our employer, our neighbor, the government, or society. But in Romans 14:12, the Bible clearly indicates who is responsible and accountable for our deeds: "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."

We may attempt to shift the blame to others, but there is no escaping the truth; every time we point the finger at someone else, three fingers point back at us.

Throughout my career as a consultant, I met many businessmen who were looking for answers. It was amazing to me to see how many were anxiously searching for help from other people when they had everything they needed to succeed. They were willing to give up control of their vision to others in exchange for money or even companionship. Their mistake was in looking to others instead of looking to God.

The false sense of security they found in others led them to unbalanced relationships, which eventually resulted in destruction of people and their dreams.

God sends people across our paths to bless and help us, but we should be directed by God and be very cautious when entering into any partnership. We must be sure that the reason for the relationship is right, and be sure that we are not merely looking for a shortcut.

For every successful partnership, there are hundreds of disasters. Exercise great caution when you are affiliated with someone else. In Exodus, God gave Moses some good advice that is applicable to us today. He said, "Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going or they will be a snare among you" (Exodus 34:12 NIV).

I believe that God wants us to learn most things for ourselves. Mark Twain wrote, "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn no other way."

Decide for yourself. Learn for yourself. Answer for yourself.

(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")

Most often we hear people talking about their situation mostly putting the blame on others, the circumstance, on luck, position of the moon and stars, etc. Seldom do we hear people accepting responsibility for his life. Yet in this modern era, we are confronted with the truth, that we are the ones responsible for ourselves. Decide. Learn. Answer. For yourself. 

Today, I hope that you start deciding for yourself, you start learning for yourself, and answering for yourself. After all, it's your life anyway. It's your gift. Live it! It's called a present!

I hope you are encouraged by this short write up. And may your continue to be joyful, energetic and prosperous!

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In Habakkuk 2:2 the Lord tells the prophet, "Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, the he may run that readeth it." This scripture reveals the key to successful goal setting.
The vision must be written. When you keep a vision in your mind, it is not really a goal; it is nothing more than a dream. There is power in putting that dream on paper. When you commit something to writing, commitment to achievement naturally follows.
God wrote His vision for us in the form of the Bible. He does not rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us; He put His directions in writing. We are told to make the Word of the Lord plain upon "tables" (tablets) so that the vision is clear and "so that he may run that readeth it."
The key word is "run". God desires that we run with the vision in our lives. As long as we are running with the vision, we will not turn around. When you walk with a vision, it's easy to change directions and go the wrong way. You cannot stroll a goal.
In Proverbs 24:3-4 (TLB) we read: "Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts." Simply stated; effective goal setting provides an opportunity to bring the future to the present so that you can deal with it today. You will find that achievement is easy when your outer goals become inner commitment.
Even though we have the Holy Spirit, we still need to prepare; He just makes us better equipped to do so. God does not desire for us to disorderly or to waste funds. That's why proper planning is so important. Plan for potential. Believe for God's biggest dream. When you plan, look to the future - not to the past. You cannot drive forward effectively when  you are looking out the rear window.
Always involve yourself with something that's bigger than you are because that's where God is. In the beginning every great success seems impossible. We all have opportunity for success. Having a bad life requires as much energy as having a good life, yet most people live meaningless lives because they never decide to write their vision down and then follow through. If you cannot see the mark, you cannot press toward it.
"Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established." (Proverbs 4:26). You will find that what you learn on the path to your goals is actually more valuable than achieving the goal itself. Columbus discovered America while searching for a route to India. Be on the lookout for the "Americas" in your path. Put God's vision for your life on paper and begin to run with His plan. 

Seize the moment! Oral Roberts once said, "Miracles are coming by you or to you every day." Today was once the future from which you expected so much in the past. Horatio Dresser said, "The ideal never comes. Today is ideal for him who makes it so." Live for today. Don't let what you have within your grasp today be missed entirely because only the future intrigued you, and the past disheartened you.
Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. When can you live if not now? All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today. Seneca said, "Begin at once to live." Ellen Metcalf remarked, "There are many people who are at the right place at the right time but don't know it." It is okay to take time to plan, but when the time of action has arrived, stop thinking and go for it!
The Bible says, "Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom" (Psalm 90:12). Marie Edgeworth said, "There is no moment like the present. The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh on him can have no hope from them afterwards; for they will be dissipated, lost, and perished in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence."
John Burroughs said, "The lesson which life repeats and constantly reinforces is, 'Look under foot'. You are always nearer than you think. . . . The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour." The most important thing in our lives is what we are doing now.
Know the real value of today, I agree with Jonathan Swift when he said, "May you live all the days of your life." The future that you long and dream for begins today. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year."
The regrets that most people experience in life come from failing to act when they have an opportunity. Albert Dunning said, "Great opportunities come to all, but many do not know that they have met them. The only preparation to take advantage of them is. . . to watch what each day brings." Heed 2 Corinthians 6:2 "Now is the accepted time." I agree with Martial when he said, "Tomorrow life is too late; live today." Wayne Dyer observed, "Now is all we have. Everything that has ever happened, anything that is ever going to happen to you, is just a thought." Today we'll lived, will prepare you for both the opportunities and the obstacles of tomorrow.
Few know when to rise to the occasion. Most only know when to sit down. Many spend too much time dreaming of the future, never realizing that little of it arrives every day. I agree with Ruth Schabacker when she said, "Every day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons."
(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")
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Persistent people begin their success where most others quit. We Christians need to be known as people of persistence and endurance. One person with commitment, persistence, and endurance will accomplish more than thousand people with interest alone. In Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) we read: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great could of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." The more diligently we work, the harder it is to quit. Persistence is a habit - so  is quitting.
Never worry about how much money, ability or equipment you are starting with, just begin with a million dollars' worth of determination. Remember: It's not what you have; it's what you do with what you have that makes all the difference. Many people eagerly begin "the good fight of faith," but they forget to add patience, persistence, and endurance to their enthusiasm. Josh Billings said, "Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in its ability to stick to something until it gets there." You and I should be known as "postage stamp" Christians. 
In 1 Corinthians 15:58, the Apostle Paul writes, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." Peter tells us, "Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless." (2 Peter 3:14), And wise Solomon points out, "Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings" (Proverbs 22:29),
In the Far East the people plant a tree called the Chinese bamboo. During the first four years, they water and fertilize the plant with seemingly little or no results. Then the fifth year, they again apply water and fertilizer - and in five weeks' time the tree grows ninety feet in height! The obvious question is whether the Chinese bamboo tree grew ninety feet in five weeks or five years? The answer is that it grew ninety feet in five years. If at any time during those five years the people stopped watering and fertilizing the tree, it would have died.
Many times, our dreams and plans appear not to be succeeding. We are tempted to give up and quit trying. Instead, we need to contine to water and fertilize those dreams, nurturing the seeds of the vision God has placed within us; because we know that if we do not quit, if we display perseverance and endurance, we will also reap a harvest. Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, "By perseverance the snaiil reached the ark." We need to be like that snail.