Navigate your problems

“Problems are just unborn solutions”

-John Maxwell

Problems are never easy, and many people deal with their problems in their own way. The ones who seem to get through their problems a lot quicker usually have a slightly different view of what the obstacle is.

If we all took a step back and looked at the problems we’re facing… for me, many times (for me more often than not) I find that this mountain is not that big from the other side. I think getting through quickly and efficiently comes from the approach the problem is usually stands at a fork in the road.

This way:

This approach to problems will have many come up on it with full intention to destroy it, seeing it as the next step to get to where they want to be. With that attitude they somewhat know what their answer may look like. The problem itself is not really a problem it is life teaching a lesson to go to the next level. Just about everything you have is the result of a solved problem, the product was the solution. Name anything, and it solves some sort of problem, no matter how minor it was.

That way:

Another approach is to give up. What it was, was just too tough to deal with. Usually with this approach the problem never moves, and if it does, it moves to get bigger until you deal with it. Most of the time the problem is there to teach you. Not learning the lesson will result in you repeating the mistakes, and you dealing with the same old crap over and over again. We don’t want that.

The last is that other way:

The other way is that unknown “other way” where you don’t know where to go, or really bother to care, the thought is, “well, it might just take care of itself”, or, “I’ll just see what will happens”. Because I’m a procrastinator I try not to do this, but I do a lot. I have to encourage myself to make a decision to go this way or that, because that other way will have control of me and everyone involved in the circumstance.

I remind myself to the conversation between Alice and the Cheshire Cat:

  • “Would tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?”
  • “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the cat.
  • “I don’t much care where-” said Alice
  • “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the cat
  • “-so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
  • “Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

How long are you willing to walk in some unknown direction?

At some point we have to face it, if too big ask for help, or turn tail and run.

I just want you to know that when we look close enough a the problem, really close by will be the solution to it. Help or no help we will find it when we get close enough to study and think of how to get around the obsstacle!

I believe in You!

Stabilizers are for stabilizing

I forgot to mention on our last trip, just before take off to go home, our main door was stuck. I couldn’t open it at all, and the girls were inside. I think the trailer shifted earlier from all the wind (a tornado came later that day). I tried to push the trailer and the chocks I had under the stabilizers slipped from under them, causing the biggest boom ever! No one was hurt and the trailer was fine, except the stabilizers.

This is kind of funny, ironically before the trip I saw a video on mistakes people make while setting up. This was one of them. I thought I understood, but this still happened. The saying was stabilizers are for stabilizing, not jacking up the trailer. I didn’t try to jack up the trailer, I was just leveling it. (But it did the same thing to get it level)

Anyway, this post will go in both categories, my thoughts, and glamping (for the tip on what NOT to do).

How often do we know what to do, but use things to do functions it was not purposed for? Like using a waffle maker to make grill cheese sandwiches, or use a knife instead of a screwdriver… etc. Sometimes its a good idea, but you do have to understand that what we are doing is going against the purpose of it, which lessens the integrity of the product.

Our bodies and our minds were created to do great things, but when we abuse them or lessen the integrity of the purpose, we don’t function to full capacity. Have you ever felt the calling to do something and you ignored it to do something else? Most of the time, like with products (like stabilizers) we can get by with what we have, but it is only for a season. Things last longer when they are doing what they were intended to do.

Something to keep in mind when tempted to go the easy route.

Post post:

This was preinstalled on our trailer:

Our next ones will be a little more sturdy, I was looking at:

Open to any suggestions!

Your Morale Filters Down

As I was thinking and reflecting on how I and most everyone feels around me, how morale at this time is little low, and then I thought about how this phrase from one of my favorite mentors of all time says, “Leadership is Influence, Nothing More, Nothing Less” -John Maxwell.

Earl Nightingale stated, “Morale cannot be raised, it is filtered from the top”. At first I was shocked, because I spend a lot of time trying to boost morale in my teams, family, even in myself.

Morale is the confidence, enthusiasm, and discipline of a person or group at a particular time… and he says that this in a sense “cannot be raised”. So what am I doing? I had to listen to it again. “Morale cannot be raised, it is filtered from the top”. Now I understand a lot more. Here is my thought on this.

Who is trying to do the raising of morale? Usually The Leadership. Who is morale filtered down FROM? That’s right, The Leadership. As John Maxwell stated, “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less”. This influence does not care if it is positive nor negative, it is whatever within you. When we think of leadership we think about the people above us, but I want you to think about this. We are all the heads of our own company. The job you hold is just a sponsor for your company, in which you happen to barter your services to fund your company. You may be the only employee, or you may have a team, (a real team or just your family) but the way you feel sets the tone for the people under you. It’s filtered from the top.

Motivation will be the key for your morale.

  • What motivates you?
  • How do you motivate yourself to accomplish big things?
  • Knowing what you now know, what can you do to lift morale in your company?

how to Increase your worth at a time like this

The way you increase your worth in good and bad economies is simple, but very hard for most people achieve.

First, note that the amount of money you recieve is directly tied to:

  • the demand for what you do
  • the difficulty of what you do
  • how hard it would be to replace you

Your business value is not how much you’re worth as a human, because ALL humans are precious in God’s sight.

Your value is directly tied to whom you serve. Huh?

A man working as a fast food cashier probably can be replaced almost at anytime, so he is paid less. ESPECIALLY if he does not provide much value to the company by serving the customer in a satisfactory manner. Nope, won’t be in that position long at all. Let’s give him $10 an hour.

But this same man, to his family and church family serves with all his heart and does all he can to help meet their needs, this same man would be paid millions of dollars by these people if they could pay it. He is worth that and so much more to them.

The same principle goes for our worth in this economy.

If you would like to increase your value:

  • Increase who you serve
  • Increase in the quality of your service
  • Increase your service to meet more needs
  • Make your services irreplaceable

In short: Increase your personal growth -> increase your effectiveness -> increase who and how much you serve.

Formula is pretty straight forward, but many are not willing to do it.

You get back out of life the effort you invest into it.

A few of books I love to help increase personal growth are:

Be Rooted and Driven

This picture tells a story of two people traveling along in the sea of life. People float along going where ever life takes them, this way and that way. But the big iceberg will float in a certain direction and stay its course due to the underlying current deep below the shallow waters.

Today, with so much going on people will panic and follow the crowd. Please take time to check your beliefs, character, and integrity, so they will not allow you to compromise yourself. It’s easy to do things you wouldn’t normally do when everyone is doing it. But it takes courage and belief in one’s self to do the things they feel their entire existence hinges on and the very fiber of their being is calling them to what they feel is right.

We develop strength to do this by focusing on the inside: the learned experiences, those things life taught you growing up, and the vision you are working toward. The outside voices will try to persuade you to bend a little here, and compromise a little there, to fit their needs for you at the moment. How you hand your situations and persuasions will cause you to wither be the ice, or the iceberg.

I believe you are the iceberg!

Success Is In The Scheduling…

The thought I had for this comes from me sitting home, playing animal crossing with two of my kids, passing time. I noticed that so much time passed that I had no idea what time it was, nor what day it was. You see, our business had to temporarily close due to all the restrictions placed on us to slow the spread of COVID-19. This is a first. I have time. Time to breathe. But in all this breathing I find myself falling away, no focus, no direction. Then I remembered.

There is success in scheduling. Scheduling is the routine that causes success. Success is the accomplishments of tasks and goals being crushed because you are not wasting your time. These past few days seemed like a test to me, and hearing my character within me begging me to wake up. “Go get things done!” Now it is up to me to act:

Live life. See the world. Serve my purpose. Feed my 5,000.

This is just the first thought of many.