Make This Your Year Of Independence 

If you want heartburn try eating everything.

No matter what you do you will not be able to please everyone.  So why try? You know coming out of last year I felt the need for detoxification.  No, it is not what you think! I wanted to detoxify from people.

Yes, people.  I have watched others,  including myself, at times fall viticm to people pleasing. I have allowed some people knowingly and unknowingly to control parts of my life. It is one of those behavioural patterns that left me scratching my head.  I would sometimes say to myself, “what were you thinking signing on to that crap.”

People pleasing can become counter-productive to your success, if not, checked at the door.  I find myself becoming so irritated when I see people allowing themselves to become someones doormat for a, “that’s a good boy!” 

I have witnessed over the years the destructive effects of people that have loss a since of themselves because they have allowed others to control their lives.  Witnessing adults that can’t make sound decisions because they are so afraid of being singled out and ostracized is a sobering reminder, people pleasing is a destructive behavior. 

Possessing within oneself the strength to say, “No” is a powerful and sought after quality in my opinion.  To have ownership of ones life is a must.  It is a sobering reminder that we must harold and respect appropriate boundaries for our lives. 

I believe that if we live our lives to please God then we won’t spend so much time trying to please others.

So I have come up with my mantra and you can rock it too…,

“It’s time to detoxify.”

 I have made up my mind that I will rid myself of hurtful and harmful habits and emotions such as people pleasing.

People pleasing can be extremely harmful to our mental health and self-esteem. You don’t have to look any further than social media to see the devasting effects of people addiction.  

Likes and dislikes have become the new form of people pleasing and some people will almost kill themselves to trend in likes.

We have to combat and confront such harmful patterns of self-deprivation and ineptitude.  We must begin to form and practice good habits of self-love. We must strive to see ourselves in a positive light.

How we see ourselves is so important to how we treat and let others treat us.  Why should someone else respect you when you don’t respect yourself? We must practice good habits and detoxify our minds from the grips of people pleasing.

Serving others and caring for them with respect and love can be extremely valuable.  However, when we allow ourselves to be self-serving trying to please others to please ourselves, we cause great emotional and mental harm to ourselves.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to see people happy.

The problem comes in when we allow other peoples desires to become idols to us.

For example: We can’t sleep unless everyone is pleased with our decisions.

This kind of behaviour is a problem. We should do our best to be fair to all. But the key is not to lose ourselves in pleasing others to the point of making idols out of them.

Stop waiting for people to sanction your every move. We must trust God to direct us and put the right people in our paths to take us to the next level. 

Pray while you’re moving.  Make a God sought decision for your life by prayer, thoughtfulness and trusting that God will not steer you wrong.

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   Where Is The Love?

It is amazing how God ranks love over works.  We may be the best Deacons, Usher, Pastors, Singers, Servers and Churchgoers this side of heaven.  But if we are void of love everything we do amounts to nothing.

Wow! Deep huh? Lord, I helped little Katy rescue Ms. Fuzzy out of the tree. I gave my entire check to feed the poor. I donated cases and cases of water to Flint Michigan. However, I can hear God say, “But without love these works amount to nothing.”

I can truly say, I have been guilty of offering God works packaged in a box called love. Nevertheless, my box was probably worthless because it wasn’t wrapped in true heart felt love for God or my fellow man.

Do you know we can preach doctrine that is correct but be morally out of the will God?

Scripture tells us in 1John 4:20-21, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

There is so much hatred in the world for our fellow man because of their skin color, religion, gender or ethnicity in my opinion. We should be able to disagree with a person on the foundation of the scripture and not harvest hatred for them because they are different.

If we are Christians then we should be leading the way in love.

Nevertheless, Christians can be some of the most hateful and mean-spirited people all in the name of God.

If our hearts are filled with this kind of impediment then we need to ask Jesus to heal our hearts. We need to ask the Lord to wash us from our shortcomings and then begin to do His will.

Love must be that which can transcend beyond the physical and impact the spiritual. The only way to possess a love like this is to accept the love that Jesus shows all humanity. Jesus loves humanity with a supernatural love. His loves goes beyond the limits of earthly means and loves us in away that can’t be fully comprehended.

We are the most undeserving people in the world. However, Jesus’ love covers us. His love comforts us and His love keeps us.

Jesus’ love transcends Christanity, it even extends to non-believers. However, non-believers can’t receive the free gift of life (Salvation). Subsequently, His love does offer them a chance to inherit eternal life barring that they (The non-believer) accept Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord.

You know…God is not like man. He doesn’t champion the construction of tall skyscrapers or super important jobs.  God wants us to focus on the hardest job there is…Love.

He wants us to love without limits.  He wants us to love our enemies, backstabbing friends, difficult spouses, pain in the neck family memebers.

Lets us seek to build a life of godly love. Let us aspire to please God with a love that brings him glory. Love that does not disqualify our works is a love made by God.

God is so amazing because he had to do the same with us.  He had to love the unlovable, he had to love the sneaky, he loves the rude and uncaring.

And you know what? He is still loving us today.

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Strategic Thinking


Spend time thinking life through.  I have discovered that thinking with strategy in mind has become a lost art.  

We will be surprised how much better our lives can become with just a little strategic thinking.

 Strategic thinking entails seeing life in a way that is clear and concise (one thought at a time). This kind of thinking can be cumbersome. If you are anything like me I like to just do. 

However, the just do mentality has got me in trouble often.  I have become to appreciate strategic thinking. I love to mind map.

Mind Mapping to figure out my thoughts.

When we think strategically it helps us to become more mindful of our duties and responsibilities.  Strategic thinking also helps us rid our minds of the clutter, unwanted thoughts and time wasters that only comes to slow us down.

In this post I will be dealing with only one thought technique in this post.  Okay here it is…thought technique #1.

  1. Make yourself think not react to thoughts.

This principle is easier said then done.  Thinking must be an intentional part of our lives.  This is something that I have not mastered but constantly work at.

Our minds naturally wants to save the world, go shopping, make millions and find happiness and excitement all at once. 

 This approach to thinking sounds good but sorry this is not reality.  My wife tells me all the time, “Mike you can’t do everything.” And you know what she is right!

This is exactly why we must make ourselves think on purpose.  We must choose a direction, vision, goal or purpose we want to flush out and go with it.  

We must make ourselves think Strategic.  This type of thinking is learned, practiced and learned some more.

Well,  I am going to stop there.  I have been making my post short on purpose because I think it’s better that way.😂😂😂

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Becoming A Finisher 

This is a preview of an interview I had with Businesswoman, Executive, Mother, Wife and Accomplished Organist Nicole Walker. 

Link to the preview of Become A Finisher.

We had a conversation on Becoming A Finisher.  One very important ingredient to success is having the will and know how to be a good finisher.  

We also in this interview discussed how to build a good resume and how to interview well.  To listen to the entire interview click the link below.

Becoming A Finisher

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4 WAYS TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

This was a great article very practicle and easy to apply principles. Thank you for this great read.

There is no magic wand in this journey called life. It is up to us to focus and put our feet to the grind.

However, in this article the author challenges us to leave our comfort zones per say and think outside the box.
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Source: 4 WAYS TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Words Of Life…Spoken Word – SoundCloud

Listen to Words Of Life…Spoken Word by Mike Anthoni 

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