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I am sharing to you statements that may have been a quotable quote. A truism that you believed in. Hear what John L. Mason have to say about them. 

The way to guarantee success is to work smarter, not harder.

This is losing idea. You will find that effective leaders do both. They work smarter, and they work harder.

Activity equals accomplishments.

Activity is not accomplishment. Hard work is not results. We should not ask ourselves whether or not we're busy, but what we're busy about. We serve a God who is interested in results. Each of us will give an account of our own actions, not someone else's.

Take care of things, and they will take care of you.

We should not take care; we should take control. If you don't take control of your own life, somebody else will.

Don't waste (kill) time.

Although this truism expresses a good thought, it is really not accurate. When you waste your time, you waste your life.

If it's not broke, don't fix it.

Even when things are working, they still can be improved.

What you see is what you get.

Christians are not to be moved by what we see but by the Word of God. We are to see the unseen in every situation. The unseen is really more real than the seen .

He is a self-made man.

There is no such thing. A person can succeed only with the help of God and others.

Talk is cheap.

Talk is very expensive. What people say is ultimately what they get and is what they pay for.

Practice makes perfect.

No, perfect practice makes perfect. Wrong practice leads to wrong habits. Perfect practice leads to productive action. Make sure that whatever you do on a regular basis is right.

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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Smiling, proof that you are happy and enthusiastic, is always a choice, not a result. It is a decision that must be consciously made. Enthusiasm and joy and happines will improve your personality and people's opinion of you. It will help you keep a proper perspective on life. Helen Keller said, "Keep your fact to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadow."
The bigger the challenge you are facing, the more enthusiasm you need. Philippians 2:5 (NIV) says, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus." I believe that Jesus was a man who had a smile on His face and a spring in His step. 
Our attitude always tells others what we expect in return.
A smile is a powerful weapon. It can break the ice in tough situations. You will find that being enthusiastic is like having a head cold; both are very contagious. A laugh a day will keep negative people away. As enthusiasm increases, stress and fear decrease. The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10)
Many people say, "Well, no wonder those people are happy, confident, and positive; if I had their job and assets, I would be happy too!" Such thinking falsely assumes that successful people are positive because they have a good income and lots of possessions. But the reverse is true. Such people probably have a good income and lots of possessions as a result of being positive, confident and happy.
Enthusiasm always inspures action. No significant accomplishment has ever been made without enthusiasm. In John 15:10-11 (NIV) we have a promise from the Lord that says, "If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete."
The Lord's joy and love are yours - so smile!
(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")

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. 

Don't quit. There is a big difference between quitting and changing, however. I believe that when God sees someone who does not quit, He looks down and says, "There is someone I can use."
In Galatians 6:9 (NIV) we are told, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Look at this verse carefully. It urges us not to become weary, assuring us that we will - not might, will - reap a harvest of if we do not give up.
God does not quit. It is impossible for him to do so. In Philippians 1:6 (NIV) the Apostle Paul writes about "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." There are several important points in this verse. The most crucial is the fact that God does not quit. Therefore, we can have great confidence that He will complete the good work He has begun in us. He will see us through every step until we reach our ultimate destination.
One of the best scriptural examples of a person who did not quit is Joseph. He had many reasons to justify giving up. When he was trapped in the pit where his brothers had thrown him because of their jealousy, I am sure he said to himself, "This is not the way  I dreamed my life would work out!" Later, he had a marvelous opportunity to become discouraged adn quit when he was thrown into prison for a crime he did not commit. Again he could have said to himself, "This is not right; I'm not supposed to be here." Although Joseph did not understand the steps through which the Lord would lead him, he remained true to his God. Despite the trials he faced, he did not quit. Eventually the dream that God had given Joseph became reality. he was elevated from a prisoner to a prime minister in one day!
There is no greater reward than that which comes as a result of holding fast to the word and to the will of God. Only you can decide not to lose. Most people quit when they are on the verge of success. Often, success was at their fingertips. There is only one degree of difference between hot water and steam. 
In Luke 18 (NIV) Jesus told the parable of the persistent widow. The Bible reveals His purpose in relating this story. Verse 1 says, "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them they should always pray and not give up." The psalmist tells us, "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." (Psalm 37:5).
The only way we can lose is to quit. Quitting is the only decision we can make that can keep us from reaching God's goals in our lives.

Status Quo (Latin for "THE MESS WE'RE IN")

Change. I hope this word doesn't scare you, but rather inspires you. Herbert Spencer said, "A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it." Change is an evidence of life. It is impossible to grow without change. Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. The truth is, life is always at some turning point. 

What people want is progress, if they can have it without change. Impossible! You must change and recognize that change is your greatest ally. The person who never changes his opinion never corrects his mistakes. The fact is the road to success is always under construction.
Yesterday's formula for success is often tomorrow's recipe for failure. Consider what Thomas Watson, the founder of the IBM Corporation, said, "There is a world market for about five computers." Where would IBM be today if Mr. Watson had not been willing to change?
You cannot become what you are destined to be by remaining what you are. John Patterson said, "Only fools and dead men don't change their minds. Fools won't. Dead men can't." If you don't respect the need for change, consider this: How many things have you seen that have changed just in the past year? When you change yourself, opportunities will change. The same kind of thinking that has brought you where you are will not necessarily get you where you want to go.
Do not fear change, for it is an unchangeable law of progress. The man who uses yesterday's methods in today's world won't be in business tomorrow. A traditionalist is simply a person whose mind is always open to new ideas, provided they are the same old ones. Odell Shepard observed, "There are people who not only strive to remain static themselves, but strive to keep everything else so. . . their position is almost laughably hopeless."
Mignon McLaughin said, "It's the most unhappy people who most fear change." When patterns and tradition are broke, new opportunities come together. Defending your faults and errors only proves that you have no intention of quitting them. All progress is due to those who were not satisfied to let well enough alone. They weren't afraid to change. Change is not your enemy - it is your friend.
(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average" if you want more of these, please buy the book. I gave you the title and author here.)

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Here are some important questions we should ask ourselves:

  1. What one decision would I make if I knew that I would not fail?
  2. What one thing should I eliminate from my life because it holds me back from reaching my full potential?
  3. Am I on the path of something absolutely marvelous or something absolutely mediocre?
  4. If everyone in the Philippines were on my level of spirituality, would there be a revival in the land?
  5. Does the devil know who I am?
  6. Am I running from something, or to something?
  7. What can I do to make better use of my time?
  8. Would I recognize Jesus if I met Him on the street?
  9. Who do I need to forgive?
  10. What is my favorite scripture for myself, my family and my career?
  11. What is impossible thing am I believing and planning for?
  12. What is my most prevailing thought?
  13. What good thing have I committed to do that I have quit doing?
  14. How have the people I respect earned that respect?
  15. What would a truly creative person do in my situation?
  16. What outside influences are causing me to better or worse?
  17. Can I lead anyone else to Christ?
  18. In what areas do I need personal development?
  19. What gifts, talents, or strengths do I have?
  20. What is one thing that I can do for someone who has no opportunity to repay me?
(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")

Indecision is deadly. Have you ever noticed that some of the most miserable people you know are those who can never make a decision? When the mind is in doubt, it is easily swayed by slight impulses, opening the door to many wrong decisions. Many times indecision causes things to go from bad to worse. The middle of the road is the most dangerous place to be. 
We believers should be the most decisive of all people. Leaders should have wills, not wishes. In James 1:8 the Bible says, "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." An indecisive person allows instability to creep into every area of life. If we don't decide what is important to us, we will do only what is important to others. The greater degree of wishful thinking, the greater degree of mediocrity. Being decisive, being focused, and committing ourselves to the fulfillment of a dream greatly increase our probability of success, while closing door to wrong options.
The challenge is to be decisive dreamers. Harry Truman once said, "Some questions cannot be answered, but they can be decided." Even when we do not have all the facts available, we usually have all the facts needed to make a decision. The Bible says to let the peace of God rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15). The Amplified Version tells us to let the peace that comes from Christ act as an umpire in our hearts. His peace can literally say "out" to that relationship. His peace can say "safe" to that business idea.
Of all matters, we should be most decisive in spiritual matters. If we're neutral in spiritual matters, we'll eventually find ourselves operating against heaven. Thank God we serve a decisive Lord. he has given us His peace and His Word so that we can make wise decisions. We should not be the kind of people who claim that God has told us one thing this week, and the very opposite next week. God does not change His direction that dramatically, nor does He ever direct anyone to act contrary to the good sense and sound judgment shown in his word.
God wants us to be decisive. As His children, we should be like our heavenly Father, with whom there is "no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17). We should be people of great wills. If the devil controls our will, he controls our destiny. But if God controls our will, then He controls our destiny.
The choice is ours. Let's be decisive. Let's make the right decision. Don't be a person who says, "My decision is maybe, and that's final."

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