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The Key to Heaven – Dreams and Baseball

Dreams can be conceptual, teaching us a specific lesson, or they can be prophetic, a promise of what is yet to come. I dreamed last night that one of my stepsons asked about coming to Christ. He inquired if simply being a good person could get one into Heaven? Of course, the answer is “No”.

Imagine you are the coach of a youth baseball team (an analogy my stepson would identify with.) At the beginning of the season you told the kids that if they each played well they would go to the ultimate tournament in a great location, a trip every player was hungry to take. No one wanted to miss such an unparalleled opportunity.

The deal was, each player had to make a real commitment to practice, to improve, and to stay focused on the coach.

At the end of the season the team paid for a slot at the tournament. Travel arrangements were made for the trip. As the roster of players was read, certain names were not included…some of them the best players. What?

My stepson asked me how that made sense. The team had earned the trip; why would a coach leave some really good players behind?

The answer was one of commitment. The ‘team’ had not earned the trip, but each player had worked to secure their seat on the flight to the tournament. The deal made at the start of the season was between each individual player and the coach. Personal growth was the basis of the offer made to earn this trip of a lifetime, not team success.

Sure, there were some gifted kids who demonstrated naturally superior skills for the elements of baseball. However, they had not accepted the offer made at the beginning of the season. They did not commit; they did not improve; they simply rested on their innate abilities and offered nothing more. They rejected the offer; therefore they were not invited to the tournament.

The tournament was the reward for commitment, work and responsibility. Those who stepped up received the reward. Those who looked good without commitment failed to live up to the agreement. They refused the offer; they did not gain the reward.

Natural ability is seldom an important ingredient when life lessons are learned. It is what we do with our natural gifts that matters most. The stories that teach and touch us the most are those where a person does amazing things through effort and endurance – far surpassing what their natural abilities would indicate was possible. What glory does the Lord receive by the demonstration of our natural abilities? None. He chose uneducated fishermen to be His disciples. Their ministry success could never be considered the result of their personal achievement. Their stories are meaningful because only God could be the author of them.

Should we reward a pretty girl for simply being pretty? Sure, it happens, but physical beauty fades. It is learning to overcome our shortcomings that builds character and self-esteem. Faith allows us to accept the offer made by Jesus Christ. We must come to Him – only by making the commitment and putting forth the effort will we gain the reward.

The narrow gate to heaven is never opened by natural ability. The combination is only discovered through faith and commitment.

So, how did the dream end? The fact that my stepson asked the question in the first place indicated that his ears were now open. He left our conversation and went to speak with his family, his wife and our grandchildren. They accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, though someone else led that prayer.

It is often the case that someone other than the one who planted the seed or watered the crop brings in the harvest. It doesn’t matter how, it doesn’t matter whom. What matters is that when we enter the narrow gate to heaven our family will be complete.

Only time will tell if my dream was conceptual or prophetic. I pray it is the latter. Are you betting your life on just looking good? There is only one key that will unlock the narrow gate – Jesus Christ.

Lynn M. Baber is a Christian writer, business woman, and retired equine professional. She shares the lessons learned in thirty-five years at the business table and in the round pen with her readers. Lynn frequently uses the human-horse relationship as a metaphor for the God-human relationship. Her mission is to share a message of God’s grace and encourage His children to gather closer to “home.” Her new book, “Amazing Grays-Amazing Grace” is scheduled for release in early 2010.
Visit Lynn at http://AmazingGrays.us

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Goals Are Dreams With Deadlines: How Goal Clarity Will Get You Where You Want

Recently, many of my students have told me they CANT set goals because everything is changing and they arent sure what tomorrow holds. Changing economies is exactly WHY we should set goals!

To start thinking about goals, reflect for a moment on this quote by Diane Scharf Hunt”Goals are dreams with deadlines.”

Who couldnt use a little dreaming today? And once we know our dreams, we need to capture them into specific, written and measurable goals. That is what goal clarity ishaving specific, written and measurable outcomes that we are working toward. And we can make this easier by following a 5-step process to make it efficient and successful.

The following is a goal clarity strengthening process to implement right nowreally, RIGHT now. Take out a piece of paper and pen and make 5 columns on the page for your own Goal Planner.

1. In the left column write at least 5 things you want to happen in the next 60 days. These are outcomes like Make one new sales appointment each work day. or Close $ ___ in business each week. These are your goal statements.

A caution: Review the outcomes for measurability and specificity to see whether you can identify whether it is accomplished or not. For example, if your goal is More time with my family, be specific about what that looks/feels like. Does it mean a certain amount of time each night or weekend? Certain activities completed together? I will eat dinner with my family 3 times each week, allows me to know whether I have achieved this or not.

2. Look at each statement and identify the actions needed to take to get there. Write 2-3 actions that will move you toward each outcome in the 2nd column.

3. Write a specific time/date when you will take that action in the 3rd column. Is it each day? Week? How often? A date is another checkpoint on the road to success.

4. Next, identify your reward for completing those actions or the goal. Think through the BENEFIT of completing the action that leads you to the goal or outcome. Will you sleep better? Will there be self-satisfaction? Will it be a treat like a special coffee or candy? Be prepared to reward yourself when you have completed the action/outcome. Write these in the 4th column.

5. And in the 5th column write the name of a stakeholder for this goal or outcome. A stakeholder is someone who will care about this outcome – it might be a manager, a spouse, a colleague, a friend. You may have different stakeholders for each goal.

Finished? Congratulations! Look at this paper – you have at least 5 goals and a plan of action for the next 60 days to get there!

Whats next? Take action! Share each goal with your stakeholder for that goal. Your stakeholders may be able to:
Clarify the outcome with you to make sure it is specific enough for you to know whether you reach it or not.
Identify other actions that can get you there quicker or easier.
Help you in some way to achieve the goal.
Celebrate your progress and ultimate success!
Add accountability.

After your stakeholder is ready to stand by your side, its all up to you. The 5 steps to goal clarity will allow you to progress where you want regardless of changing market conditions. It starts today with the action you take!

What are some of the goals youve set for yourself? Let us know in the Comments section.

Sharpenz is dedicated to providing sales managers the resources and tools they need to motivate and equip their sales team to sell more each week. Our 30-minute power sales booster programs help companies increase sales by providing the right tools and training fast. Designed with the busy manager in mind, Sharpenz ready-to-go sales training kits will give your sales team the opportunity to grow and earn more all in a half hour of power. To learn more, visit www.sharpenz.com and sign up for your free sales training kit today!

Goals are Dreams with Deadlines: How Goal Clarity Will Get You Where You Want

Recently, many of my “students” have told me they CAN’T set goals because everything is changing and they aren’t sure what tomorrow holds. Changing economies is exactly WHY we should set goals! 

 

To start thinking about goals, reflect for a moment on this quote by Diane Scharf Hunt…“Goals are dreams with deadlines.”

 

Who couldn’t use a little dreaming today? And once we know our dreams, we need to capture them into specific, written and measurable goals. That is what goal clarity is…having specific, written and measurable outcomes that we are working toward. And we can make this easier by following a 5-step process to make it efficient and successful.

 

The following is a goal clarity strengthening process to implement right now…really, RIGHT now. Take out a piece of paper and pen and make 5 columns on the page for your own Goal Planner.

 

1. In the left column write at least 5 things you want to happen in the next 60 days. These are outcomes like “Make one new sales appointment each work day.” or “Close $ ___ in business each week.” These are your goal statements.

 

A caution: Review the outcomes for measurability and specificity to see whether you can identify whether it is accomplished or not. For example, if your goal is “More time with my family,” be specific about what that looks/feels like. Does it mean a certain amount of time each night or weekend? Certain activities completed together? “I will eat dinner with my family 3 times each week,” allows me to know whether I have achieved this or not.

 

2. Look at each statement and identify the actions needed to take to get there.

Write 2-3 actions that will move you toward each outcome in the 2nd column.

 

3. Write a specific time/date when you will take that action in the 3rd column. Is it each day? Week? How often? A date is another checkpoint on the road to success.

 

4. Next, identify your reward for completing those actions or the goal. Think through the BENEFIT of completing the action that leads you to the goal or outcome. Will you sleep better? Will there be self-satisfaction? Will it be a treat like a special coffee or candy? Be prepared to “reward” yourself when you have completed the action/outcome. Write these in the 4th column.

 

5. And in the 5th column write the name of a stakeholder for this goal or outcome. A  stakeholder is someone who will care about this outcome – it might be a manager, a spouse, a colleague, a friend. You may have different stakeholders for each goal.

 

Finished? Congratulations! Look at this paper – you have at least 5 goals and a plan of action for the next 60 days to get there!

 

What’s next? Take action! Share each goal with your stakeholder for that goal. Your stakeholders may be able to:

· Clarify the outcome with you to make sure it is specific enough for you to know whether you reach it or not.
· Identify other actions that can get you there quicker or easier.
· Help you in some way to achieve the goal.
· Celebrate your progress and ultimate success!
· Add accountability.

 

After your stakeholder is ready to stand by your side, it’s all up to you. The 5 steps to goal clarity will allow you to progress where you want – regardless of changing market conditions. It starts today with the action you take!

 

What are some of the goals you’ve set for yourself? Let us know in the Comments section.

 

Sharpenz is dedicated to providing sales managers the resources and tools they need to energize, engage and equip their sales team to sell each week. Our 30-minute power sales booster meetings help companies increase sales by providing the right tools and training – fast. Designed with the busy manager in mind, Sharpenz ready-to-go sales training kits will give your sales team the opportunity to grow and earn more – all in a half hour of power.  To learn more, visit www.sharpenz.com and sign up for your free ready-to-go sales training kit today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Boswell: How Lance Armstrong shattered my boyhood dreams

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After the end of Lance Armstrong Griffith Park ride. It wasn’t that long of a ride and only a few crashes. I was caught up in the herd that swarmed him post-ride.

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Ian Boswell: How Lance Armstrong shattered my boyhood dreams
For the best part of a decade, Armstrong, and his story, played a part in driving the popularity of the sport in the US, inspiring youngsters like Boswell on to bikes. But today, mud sticks. "If I'm in the US and I say I'm a cyclist people say, 'oh …
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The Football Years – The Football Years: Rangers Euro dreams dashed by Marseille – Ally McCoist

The Football Years - The Football Years: Rangers Euro dreams dashed by Marseille - Ally McCoist

Ally McCoist remembers being suspicious in 1992 over the Champions League group stages.
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The epic battle is over. Our 16 winners fought their way through the biggest challenge of their lives to earn a place on the ultimate football tour. Early next year, the 16 Chance winners will train at Nike’s World HQ sports research lab in Oregon, play against Juventus in Turin, Manchester United in Manchester, the US Soccer Federation in LA and the final leg of the tour sees them play the Nike Academy in Loughborough. Watch all the action from The Chance Global Finals.
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