What do you suppose made King David say that in Psalm 139?
He didn’t have access to the science we do today. Sure, you don’t need to know the details of how our bodies function to see that our bodies function amazingly. Still, I happen to love learning about the science of our bodies.
What about you? Do you like to learn science facts? Are you fascinated by how our bodies work?
Here are some facts that I learned from the video below:
Microbes outnumber human cells in our body by a factor of 10:1 [That was news to me.]
The medical paradigm for the last 70 years can work to disrupt the way microbes work in our body [I knew that. Bet you do too.]
Restoring the balance of microbes in our body is possible through the use of prebiotics and probiotics
Not all probiotics are effective
What do you think? Who knew we were more microbial than human?
The Gran Faro Resort had the obligatory gift shop.
Nimpha did not see her job working there as obligatory.
I guess I don’t really know how she saw it; but I do know that she made visits to that gift shop a treat.
My first visit included the truly obligatory bottled water.
Nimpha spoke fairly good English. I spoke fair Spanish and wanted to use it. She graciously allowed me, encouraged me, to pull out my rusty language skills and use them.
Nimpha had a disarming smile and I returned often, partly because I needed more water. But I liked visiting with Nimpha. And she never made me feel like I was wasting her time.
I believe that Nimpha represents the best in selling.
The best of the best understand that people do business with people they like. People do business with people they trust, and people do business with those who make them feel special. Robin S. Sharma
Nimpha demonstrated this quote from Robin S. Sharma.
When my trip was coming to an end, I considered where I wanted to buy souvenirs.
Souvenir comes from the French and literally means the act of remembering. I wanted to have the items I took back home with me to have significance.
That meant that who I purchased from was as important as what I purchased. The resort gift shop where Nimpha worked was, of course, my choice.
Nimpha represented the best of my Attraction Marketing lesson from Los Cabos.
Nimpha acted the way you and I need to if we want to attract people to us and our business.
How do you do that?
Here are my thoughts from observing Nimpha.
Focus on the need of the other person.
I cannot guess whether Nimpha was paid based upon how much she sold or not. If she was, her need to earn money did not control her manner with customers.
She was helpful; but she did not pressure me to buy.
She was committed to serving me with what I wanted, which included letting me converse with her in my faltering Spanish. She didn’t make me feel that I was wasting her time.
When I was looking at items to purchase she didn’t try to influence my decisions. She was ready to answer all my questions and didn’t show frustration when I decided to wait.
Nimpha went so far as to agree to have her picture taken with me.
I explained to her that I planned to write a blog about her and wanted a picture. She agreed although I am not sure she really understood what a blog is.
But even her willingness to be photographed is impressive to me.
How willing are you to help the other person even if it doesn’t help you? That is the level that you need to reach.
That means listening first to learn of a need.
How do you do that?
You can take a cue from a friend of mine who shared with me that she could always get someone engaged in conversation. Her secret was to ask questions until she found out what interested them. In other words, she was focused on them and their interests. Once she had done that a conversation was ensured.
I find that it makes all the difference when I don’t start a conversation with a goal in mind.
You can make it a game. You win if you connect enough to learn what their need is.
For instance, a cashier at the grocery store is an easy opportunity to practice.
You have a few minutes to visit while they process your purchases. They are trained to greet you and be personable. So you ask questions. You can start with something as simple as, “How long have you worked here?” Maybe you can try, “How do like working here?” Or “How long before you can go home today?” Their reply to one of those questions usually provides you with something else to ask.
There is no script because that would mean that you have a goal. Just pick a question you like. Where the conversation goes is up to the cashier. If you can have a conversation until it is time to pay for your groceries you win the game. Then if you feel like you would like to keep in touch, ask if you can friend them on Facebook.
Practically everyone is on Facebook, except Nimpha. Almost no one objects to having another person friend them.
Once you are friends, just keep in touch and then suppose they indicate that they could use extra money, message them. Say something like, “I saw that you are thinking about a part time job. Are you open to looking at what I do to earn extra money?”
Julie Burke used Facebook to build a large team and then trained her team to do the same. I love her approach. You can check it out by getting her Social Media Frenzy Guide. It’s free and introduces you to her Social Media Recruiter.
To be successful in marketing you need to be motivated and action oriented without pressure.
Nimpha was motivated and action oriented.
She showed up for work. She was dressed to impress. She was friendly and helpful.
By all means, the list of people you need to contact needs to be large and growing. Your list has to include at least 50 people when you initially start; but it needs to be growing.
How many people you invite everyday will depend upon how much money you want to make and how fast you want to see your results. But it makes sense that you have to be adding more names than you are contacting, doesn’t it? That is where using the internet is vital in growing your business while allowing you not to pressure the people on your list.
Calling your list, continuing to grow it, that’s showing up for work.
I find an unexpected benefit from using the internet.
Because I have that resource, I don’t feel like I need to sign up anyone.
I feel free to talk to people about what they are interested in. As I do that, I can truly focus on what they need without being influenced by my need.
The fact is the bigger your list is, the more you are free to focus on the needs of the people you talk to. The more you focus on their needs, the more likely you are to find the people who need to join you.
Are you open to talking to me about what you need? Feel free to message me.
Is your routine giving you the workout you need? Are you like me and wondering if you should do more but not sure how to fit it into your schedule?
Check out this blog and let me know which one of the suggestions appeals to you.
Look, we get it: just doing the bare essentials of living is enough to make you exhausted. Of course you want to be healthy, but there isn’t enough time to commit to a gym routine. So what’s the answer? Ditch the gym.
After your commute, work day, cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids, walking the dog, and maybe squeezing in a few loads of laundry, working out is the last thing you want to do. Getting to the gym just eats up more of your day: you’ve got to change, drive to the gym, do your workout, drive back, and then shower. We get how impossible and frustrating it may seem to squeeze in a workout routine, but luckily there are options. And they don’t involve the gym.
1. EXERCISE WHILE YOU NETFLIX
There’s a pretty big chance you make time for a few episodes every night. Guess what? That’s workout time. Pinterest has a giant collection of workouts to do during commercial breaks or during your favorite show. Take the Walking Dead workout, for example: every time a walker is killed, you do 5 crunches. Every time someone cries, you do 3 squats. It’ll add up quickly. From Harry Potter to Gossip Girl, if you have a favorite show, chances are there’s a workout to accompany it. No gym required.
2. SUBSCRIBE TO POPSUGAR
There are loads of YouTube channels with high-quality, no-cost fitness videos. We happen to love POPSUGAR because there are dozens of fantastic, fun workouts updated regularly and totally free. Most of them are about a half hour long and they don’t require any special equipment, so you can click “play” when you get home from work, get your heart pumping for a half hour, and then get on with the rest of your night. Only have 15 minutes? No problem. They’ve got videos for that too.
3. UTILIZE THAT LUNCH BREAK
You’re legally required to have a lunch break, so that’s a half hour to an hour available to work out away from the distractions at home. There are hundreds of suggestions for a lunch break workout online, but we really like this simple one from The Love Fit Life. Follow the infographic below for your first workout, then branch into some of the other suggestions online. Oh, think you can’t work out because you didn’t bring a change of clothes? Let me introduce you to the wonders of dress pant yoga pants. They exist and you need them. Problem solved.
4. RUN FROM ZOMBIES
You’re on your phone all day anyway, so you may as well use it to get moving. If you hate running aimlessly around your neighborhood, Zombies, Run! is the answer, and it will both terrify and delight you. Set the workout to however long you have (15 minutes is fine), and a zombie story will start playing. When you hear the zombies start to come, you’ll need to start running even faster. The app relies on GPS to narrate a story based on what you’re seeing in real life. It’s way less terrifying than the gym changing room and a lot more fun.
5. DO A QUICK HIIT WORKOUT
Even ten minutes is better than not getting any exercise at all. With that in mind, Daily Burn has fantastic high intensity interval training routines that can be tailored to fit in your day, even if you only have ten minutes. Using nothing more than your own body strength and a chair, you’ll feel an intense burn that’s just as satisfying as a longer workout. Check out their free workouts here.
There you go, five fun and free workouts that can absolutely fit into your day, no matter how busy you may be. Even if you only have 15 minutes, you can spend that time getting fit and feeling more prepared to handle the other 1,425 minutes in your day.
What do you think, can we learn from a Chihuahua with attitude?
Max came to live with my mom and I about a month after my son died.
I didn’t plan on him being a comfort to us. It just happened that way.
I remember the overwhelming desire to find a dog after Rich died. It didn’t seem like a good time but I kept looking up dog rescue sites in our area. I could not help myself!
Max was rescued from the Walmart Garden Center. Unbelievably, someone let him go.
He is mostly a chihuahua. The vet said he probably has a little pug in him. When he wants outside he jumps up and down at the door like he is a jack russell terrier. Outside he runs circles as if he thinks he is a greyhound. And when there is a big dog around he acts like he is the biggest, baddest dog there ever was.
Max is a bit bossy and high maintenance. He gets away with that because he is all attitude and totally adorable.
He provides comic relief. One evening I was holding him just before I put him to bed. He was making me laugh. Suddenly, I remembered my son and started crying.
Max immediately quit his funny antics and sat still, listening to me. He was more compassionate than some humans.
We had chosen Max for his name after seeing him just once. In fact, we made the decision to adopt him based upon one time of seeing him.
We hadn’t even held him. But after we got home, my mom asked me, “Now why didn’t we get that little dog?”
After the third time, I asked her if she wanted to get that little dog. She said she did if I did. I told her I did indeed want that little dog who after just a few minutes viewing had already found his way to my heart.
There was no other name for a dog with that kind of impact than Max.
So Max came home to help my mom and I grieve the loss of her grandson and my son.
But Max is teaching me so much about relationships and incredibly how to succeed in life and business.
This is the first of several blogs on how to Max-imize your business.
In the meantime, look around you. Do you have a furry friend? I’ll bet if you consider how they approach you and life, there are lessons that they are teaching.
Will you comment below on what they are teaching you?
Today I was asked about whether a loved one can be our guardian angel.
I wanted my answer to be Biblical so I did a little research.
There are many Bible references to angels. Some indicate the guardian role of angels. But this is the one I was drawn to. It has been a spiritual riddle to me in the past. Today I find it’s strong promises to be comforting even when circumstances challenge its truth.
Here it is the 91st Psalm.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
This Psalm used to perplex me. I wondered about the promises made that didn’t feel like they were being kept.
These were promises that God had made.
Granted, God had tied specific qualifications to these promises; but I was sure that I was within those requirements.
And yet my life didn’t look like God was keeping His part of the bargain.
I knew that wasn’t true. I was pretty sure I was where I needed to be. God definitely was.
So what was the deal?
I had friends who wondered with me. I eventually found other promises that were more helpful for me.
But today when I was drawn to Psalm 91 I realized it is an old friend. I don’t truly understand the paradox of the truth of God’s unbreakable promises and our lives.
I just know that God’s Word is Truth. Circumstances are not.
As I read the promises made by Holy God who cannot lie, I realized I was reading the best affirmation for life.
Psalm 91 is an affirmation that we claim as truth even when the circumstances of life say that it is a lie.
The neat thing is that I realized that I read that Psalm so many times that it became truth for me. Today it didn’t perplex or frustrate me. It is truth for me today!
It also became for me another confirmation of the need for our human mind to base our affirmations on God’s promises.
When I was first introduced to affirmations, especially affirmations that involved the universe, I was uncomfortable and unconvinced.
My question was why ask, basically pray to, part of the creation when I could ask the creator?
Affirmations based upon the Bible, God’s Word, are a different matter.
I am comfortable with affirmations based upon the Bible. Today, I believe even more that they are the key to our life taking the direction that God designed for us; to claiming the purpose God intends for us.
Psalm 91 is a powerful prayer and affirmation.
Our prayer from Psalm 91 claims God’s promises; our affirmation is a way to center our thoughts around God’s promises and bringing our actions into agreement with God’s promises.
Father God, I am dwelling in the shelter of your promises and resting in the shadow of your protection and care.
Thank you that you will protect me as carefully as a mother bird protects her chick.
Thank you that in life’s circumstances I can know that you will keep me from danger that those who don’t claim your promises experience. I know that your care is sure; even when I don’t feel that is true; even when my circumstances seems to make your truth void.
In Jesus name, Amen.
I dwell in the place that God has designed for me. My circumstances are part of God’s plan for me. I refuse to see temporary obstacles or setbacks as a negative development but rather a growing experience.
When I don’t sign the customer or business partner that I felt was so ready and right, I am grateful because I know that God has something even better planned.
When I fail in engaging with a person or giving a presentation, I am grateful because I know that God will grow me through the process.
When nothing has happened, when my paycheck hasn’t grown and I haven’t rank advanced, I am grateful because I know that God is working behind the scenes in ways that I am unaware of.
That is my suggested prayer and affirmation.
However, I would also suggest that you read and even memorize Psalm 91. There are so many promises in Psalm 91 that you want to have tucked away in your memory.
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If you are reading this your eyes aren’t closed, are they?
That’s okay. I have one or two other instructions.
When you close your eyes, I want you to imagine you when you have reached all your goals. Imagine a totally successful you.
Get a good picture of what you look like. Just get used to that you.
Also get a sense of what you feel like. Hang on to the image in your mind and how you feel.
So I am going to join you in the exercise. Take time to really see and feel a totally successful you. Meet you back here in five minutes.
How was that for you? Were you able to see and feel a totally successful you? That look and feeling is what you need to project to the world everyday.
The rational part of your mind is already arguing with me, isn’t it? So let me talk to your rational mind for a minute.
Rational mind, you were created as part of a package that God intended to be successful.
You have a God ordained purpose.
It was decided before you were born. Nothing can keep you from achieving your purpose, if God has ordained it.
Nothing except you.
You can hold back and not realize your purpose. But no one and nothing else can spoil what God has planned.
Let’s start with verses that prove that God has a plan for you.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:13-18 NIV
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
It’s a fact.
God has a plan for you.
It is good. Claim that even before it shows up in your life.
Now I want to tell you a story that has a lesson for you and me. You may know this story but I love to tell stories, so humor me. The story comes from 1 Samuel 17.
The future king of Israel was only a shepherd boy at the time of my story.
But David had already been anointed king. God had already chosen him to succeed King Saul.
As a shepherd, David had killed wild animals to protect the flock. He had proven himself to be a warrior.
But I don’t think it was David’s experience with wild animals or his understanding of being anointed king that gave David confidence in the unique situation he found himself in.
David’s father had called him in from herding the sheep to send him to take provisions to his brothers who were with the army of Israel. David’s father wanted to know how his sons were doing. So he sent his youngest son.
When David arrived where Israel’s army was encamped, he found a frightened, cowering army. The Philistine army had a champion, a giant named Goliath, who proposed a terrifying challenge. Goliath was challenging the Israelite’s to send one of their army out to fight him. The winner’s side would win the war; the loser’s side would lose the war and serve the other side.
Everyone was sure that no one could beat Goliath.
Everyone except David. He accepted Goliath’s challenge, even though his brothers and King Saul thought that he wasn’t able to win.
David’s brothers chided him.
Have you ever had family and friends tell you that you don’t know what you are doing. We all have at least one memory of a comment from someone whose opinion matters to us. Someone who said, you can’t do this. What are you thinking? What a fool you are to even try.
They used different words probably but the effect was to shake your confidence.
David had a confidence that could not shake his faith in what he knew he could do.
You need that kind of confidence.
King Saul tried to equip David with his spear, shield and armor.
David tried them and refused them because they weren’t what worked for him. He refused to be weighed down by tools that he had never used.
Have you tried to use the tactics of others only to find that they didn’t work for you? I have. It is your business. You should be the one to decide how you will build it. You need to find and use the tools and tactics that work for you.
David confidently walked out to challenge Goliath with with five stones and a slingshot. He had used, tried and tested that weapon; he knew it would work for him.
David was confident in spite of the lack of faith those around him had in his ability to conquer Goliath.
David was taking the weapon he had tried; but David’s confidence wasn’t in his ability.
His confidence was in God.
The prophet Samuel described David as “a man after God’s own heart.” I believe David came to be that man as he spent time alone with God while he was watching the sheep. He wrote many of the Psalms and he clearly had a faith that sets him apart from the crowd.
David’s confidence facing the evil giant Goliath came from spending time with God. He had been writing and singing affirmations like these:
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.
1 Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”
3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. 6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.
7 Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.
8 From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.
1 I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. 2 Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. 3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.
4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. 5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
6 When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.” 7 Lord, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.
8 To you, Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: 9 “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? 10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.”
11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, 12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. NIV
There are more Psalms of David. As you are growing your faith in what God wants to do in you and for you, the Psalms would be a good place for you to be. Read one or two a day and find Psalms that resonate with your heart. Claim them for your daily walk.
As you spend time with the Psalms, write your own affirmations. Those will be the best ones for you.
In the meantime, use this Prayer and Affirmation:
Father God, God of David, God of Jeremiah, you know me. You have a perfect plan for my life. You want good and not evil for me. Teach me to rest in that truth. Lead me in trusting You and Your plan for me. Build my confidence in You. Draw me closer in my relationship with You. In Jesus name, Amen.
I stand before my terrifying giant _____________________________ [making phone calls, doing a Facebook Live, making a presentation in front of people]; I recognize as lies the negative comments that have discouraged me; I embrace God’s plan for me; I boldly step out to engage the future and carry out God’s plan for me; I celebrate what God has for me in the future.
Remember, that affirmations are to be worded in present tense, as if what we are working toward is already reality.
The prayer is directed toward God.
The affirmation is directed toward our brain and aligns our thinking with what is God’s will. That makes it important to base our prayers and affirmations on the Word of God.
Your feedback is important to me. Your positive comments are an encouragement; but your critique is vital to helping me improve. Thank you for both.