Seeking Counsel 101!

Hi there!

Today I want to talk a little bit about seeking counsel. Now this may seem like a straightforward topic, but it’s not. Many people seek counsel from people who are not qualified to give them advice. For instance, if you want to seek relationship advice then why would you ask someone who’s been divorced three or four times? Would it not make sense to ask someone who has a strong healthy relationship?

In the business world it is amazing to see what sources people trust. I do not want to slam your friends or family, but if they do not have the lifestyle that you have or have never done what you want to do, then why would you seek counsel from them? I think they can be great people to bounce ideas off of, but a word of caution. These same people that you “trust” will often be the first to smash your dreams. In fact, anytime you decide to take a step in a different direction than society expects from you, then you are going to meet people who try to change your direction or make you stop and turn around.

The bottom line is that if you want honest and accurate advice make sure to look at the qualifications of the person (or source) giving you the advice. Although, you may think they are there to support your best interest, they may not be.

I challenge you to reevaluate your counseling decisions. Make sure you have good mentors and coaches in your life who have done what you want to do and will provide advice based on experience, not emotion, hearsay or Google.

Remember, Success Is A Choice,

Devin Sizemore

A couple of points on success!

Good Monday morning! I want to share a couple points with you from a book I’m reading, so that you can think them over.

“For what is success other than a state of mind?”- Og Mandino

“In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits.” -Og Mandino

With these two quotes or success principles, I challenge you to do two things. First, I challenge you to change the way you think for since success is a state of mind shouldn’t you be thinking in terms of success? Second, I challenge you to change your habits, for success is driven by habits. Shouldn’t you have positive habits only? Use the slight edge principle today and everyday forward and watch your success grow.

That is it for today.

Remember, success is a choice!
Devin Sizemore

What is more valuable TIME or MONEY?

I am still in the challenging mood so I think it is time for another question. What is more valuable TIME or MONEY? You may be thinking that this is a trick question and it has to be MONEY or maybe you are thinking it is TIME. Well, let me ask you some questions:

  • Do you ever dread waking up to the alarm clock?
  • Have you ever wished that you could spend more time with your family?
  • Have you ever wanted to take a vacation, but not been able to take the time off work?
  • Has there been a day when you have woken up and not felt 100 percent, but dragged yourself to work because you had bills to pay?

At this point, I hope that you are starting to see that time and money go together. In order to have more time in your life you need more money. With that said which one seems more valuable to you? Would you rather make all the money in the world and have no time to spend with your family or would you rather make enough to get by and have a lot of time to spend with your family? Chances are that you want to spend more time with your family. Or for the single people out there, you probably would like to spend more time doing what you love with the people you love to be around.

For me and for the majority of people I talk to TIME is more valuable than money. Now that you have identified which is more valuable, how are you going to get more time? There are two principles I want you to think about that I will talk about in the coming weeks- Duplication and Residual Income.

Remember, Success is a Choice,

Devin Sizemore

What is your biggest fear?

Let me start today by asking you a question- What is your biggest fear? Okay now lean back in your chair and take a second to think about it. What is your biggest fear? Is it the fear of spiders? Public speaking? Death? Sales? Do you have an idea yet of what your biggest fear is? If you do great, and if you don’t I will help you out. I believe that the majority of people are scared of CHANGE!

I know you are straining your brain to figure out why I would say this? Do me a favor and stick with me. Is it fair to say that change is uncomfortable? I think you know the answer to this question. You know that in order for you to change you would have to give up part of, if not all of, your currents habits in order to change. Have you ever wanted something more in your life? Chances are that you have.

In order to get more you have to work more, do more, or change! Working more and doing more has limits. There are only so many hours in a week. Does change have a limit? Well it does if you are scared of it. Sometimes you have to be uncomfortable in order to get more out of life.

Today is your day. If there is something that you want in your life, now is the time to change! If you want success, figure out how to change to get it. If you want more money, get uncomfortable and make it happen. If you want to lose weight, then change your eating and exercise habits.

Get out of your own way and let change happen. I bet that once you start on the path of change you will realize that the things you said were uncomfortable become habit.

Remember, success is a choice,

Devin Sizemore

Rev. Liesa’s Service Recap: Go For It and Do Not Look Back

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Are you like the puppy in this YouTube video? Chances are that you are or have been in the puppy's place.

During the Sunday service at the Center for Spiritual Living in Reno on March 21, 2010, Rev. Liesa used this used this video to talk about forgiveness. She explained how we may try to forgive, but will only reach out and forgive a little at a time. We do this because we are uncomfortable or unsure of the action. When we should just "reach out and embrace it. We might just like it." You notice after a certain amount of time, the puppy realizes that the ice cube tastes good and is actually not going to hurt it. Doesn't this resonate with your actions concerning forgiveness and moreover with your actions in your business ventures.

"Forgiveness creates an opening so that we can be touched by the Grace of God."- Rev. Liesa.

The puppy's parallel with forgiveness is identical to most people's actions with their business ventures. Often times we may know what actions we need to take to expand our business, but we may be uncomfortable or unsure of how to perform these actions. We may try a couple times and get somewhere, but if we just go for it, we, like the puppy, will realize that it is not scary and in fact tastes good, or is exactly what our business needed.

The last thing I want to discuss from Rev. Lieasa's service is that she mentioned a crutch that many people have. Once you decide to be all in and to move on with what you are doing, DO NOT LOOK BACK.

"If you turn around and think about the stuff in the past then you are stuck where you are!"- Rev. Liesa

As a business owner you need to remember these two success principles: (1) there may be things that you are uncomfortable with, but you need to just go for it and (2) once you have set out, DO NOT LOOK BACK.

Remember, success is a choice,

Devin Sizemore