Total Access

Sierra-Workforce-Solutions-Workplance-Security-AccessControl-e1389048310112We live in a world of access codes, security measures, digital barriers, and restricted use. We need ID cards to enter certain buildings, we need thumbprints to access our smartphones, we need passwords to retrieve particular computer files, and we need PIN numbers to get money from our bank accounts. We need security clearances to enter certain buildings and other restricted areas. Continue reading “Total Access”

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Do “NOT” Fear “ME”

encounter-your-shadow-self-1The British philosopher, Bertrand Russell once said: “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are so certain of themselves and wiser people so full of doubts.” Most people reach a point in life where they are caught up trying to “figure out” who I am, why I’m here, and what MY life purpose is, yet rarely do we stop long enough to consider whether any of this really matters, to begin with. Perhaps the idea of MY “identity” or “finding MYSELF” hinders ME just as much as it helps ME. Perhaps it confines ME in more ways than it frees ME. Continue reading “Do “NOT” Fear “ME””

An Appointment to Keep

AppointmentI’m sure that your life, like mine, revolve around “keeping an eye on the time.”  Whether for personal or professional obligations, we can’t get away from our time obligations and the need to stay on schedule for fear of turning our whole world upside down.  Yet it continues to amaze me that I still must deal with people who seem to have no regard for, and place no value on, the importance of keeping appointments or who are perpetually late for everything. Continue reading “An Appointment to Keep”

Enough with All the Noise

Stop the noiseWorship services abound in our nation. Sadly, most churches today are nothing more than social clubs, spiritual museums, and greedy businesses. We have more megachurches than ever before. We have worship services brought into our homes by television, internet, and podcasts. Many churches are filled with loud music and raised hands. Some even resemble rock concerts with the music being so loud that you can hardly hear yourself sing. Many churches have become focused on the unchurched  and have Saturday night worship services or very informal services on Sunday morning so not to scare anyone away. We have experts and coaches teaching pastors how to  worship. We have books on preaching and worship. We have seminars and teaching on how to conduct worship services, how to preach, speak and keep people in the seats. We have the latest state of the art audio and projection systems in our churches. We have well-trained worship teams to lead us. Worship abounds in evangelical churches. Yet, in all of this are we pleasing God? Is He really the focus, at the center of our worship? Continue reading “Enough with All the Noise”

When Feelings Contradict Reality

blogPicWhen we speak about reality, we are referring to that which we can objectively perceive through our senses. It is not our subjective interpretation. The difference can determine how we feel and it is essential to keep it in mind. Subjectivity is a perspective; it doesn’t create anything. We’re quite quick to declare that our thoughts create our environments, as if they didn’t exist beforehand, and give far higher power to the effects of our emotional states that exist. Therefore, when faced with a situation, what happens is not the same as how we may feel or think about it. Continue reading “When Feelings Contradict Reality”

WAKE UP!

panic-at-the-disco-skullsIt does not take an Einstein or even a social psychology researcher to tell us that people lie—and lie often. A prominent study found that people tell, on average, one or two lies every day most often to partners, family members, friends, and co-workers many of these untruths are categorized as little white lies that many would consider harmless. The fact is lying is common. People in business such as executives are no exception. Judging from a few studies executives regularly use unfavorable tactics to gain leverage during negotiations to obtain a better position often making statements that are technically true but are purposely skewed to mislead the other side. Roughly half of the people making business agreements will lie when they have a motive and the opportunity to do so. It is a distinct form of deception called paltering: the active use of truthful statements to influence a target’s beliefs by giving a false or distorted impression. Unfortunately, it is not just businesspeople who palter. There is a solid chance you have paltered at some time in your life. Deception is thus one of the intangibles that people must prepare for in life. Continue reading “WAKE UP!”

Shattered

At some time in your life just as many of us, you have been disappointed. You’ve been misled, deceived, purposely or unconsciously. Many people have stood in disbelief at the remains of discarded promises that were made but never kept some to self some by others. We have all experienced broken promises, broken and even shattered dreams. Whether you were a kid, a young adult, during mid-life, or even in the later years of your life, we all have experienced shattered dreams. It may be the heartbreak of a divorce, perhaps your parents divorced when you were a child leaving your world devastated. For some, it may be the loss of a job or a home, or maybe failing health has been the cause of your dreams not coming to fruition. Continue reading “Shattered”