bENCOURAGEd to: Apply a Champion's Formula

Tuesday's Tip to bENCOURAGEd...

I am a true Olympic fan. I have always enjoyed watching sports, but there is something special about the Olympic competitions that ignite a passion inside of me for our patriotic participants. My favorite sports are those events that put an athlete to the time test. Whether while racing in tandem with other athletes or against a competitive clock I sit on the edge of my seat holding my breath awaiting the finish line. These champions, the best in the world, lay it all on the line for one match, one race, one run, and it all comes down to who can cross that line or raise their score above their opponent first so they can claim their victory. But it is when it is all over that we usually discover, through instant replays or back testimony stories, that the gold medal was snatched because of one or a series of little changes that their competitors did not apply. It is so true that from the Olympics to our everyday lives that minor adjustments equate to major accomplishments.

I am not an Olympian, I do not even play one on TV, but this equation can help me to bENCOURAGEd. If the luge competitors can point their toes a little to the left in order to bring home the gold for their countries I am able to see hope for the small disciplined adjustments in my daily walk. I am not belittling the Olympic athletes, on the contrary, I am inspired by their dedication. Because of a decision to eat one more or one less item per meal, the choice to spend an hour or more a day in the gym, the mindset to learn how to stretch your body an extra inch during each morning warm-up just in case you need the upper hand - all could be the daily decisions that seal a person’s place on the podium as the best in the world.

Think how minor adjustments in our own lives could alter our futures and keep our work geared toward progress. I believe that when we focus on our strengths and apply the principle of adjusting minor areas of our gifts we see more fruit produced in our lives than if we try to work on our weaknesses.

As for me - I have never been great at memorization, but have always had a passion for the communicative arts. Many years of my life were wasted on trying to memorize lines, scripts, speeches, verses, and the like only to become frustrated with the lack of results. One day I began focusing on what I did well, which is writing & reading. Anything that I need to memorize I would write down and read out loud. Before plays, speeches, or teaching seminars I would carry with me scripts or outlines that I would re-read out loud during any opportunity that I had available. I began to notice that as I took the stage or podium I was more free to walk away from my notes, and allow my gifts of communication to stretch.

Minor Adjustments = Major Accomplishments

God has shown me that gifts will get us so far, but daily disciplines are what carry us the distance. Many people have been given, by God specific talents, but only a handful of people choose to discipline themselves in their daily routines so that their gifts become usable at a level of a champion. I think that the reason why many people, including myself, fall short of our victory, is because we lose sight of what we need to do today in order to be ready for tomorrow. Sometimes we try to make the simple complicated, but daily success is more like a straight forward equation than rocket science.

Over the years I have applied this equation to my disciplines and have noticed major improvements in my finances, parenting skills, health, my writing, and beyond. I remember a specific time when I was typing and I noticed some discomfort in my back. I stopped typing, prayed health scriptures over my body, and then went back to working through the annoying pain. After typing a few more sentences I noticed how far my laptop was sitting from my fingertips. I pulled the computer a few inches closer, which made me sit up straighter and finished my composition. By the time I saved and closed my document I realized that I had been typing with no discomfort. A minor adjustment made for a major accomplishment in my lower back!

When we see our growth as simple as applying a formula it helps to not over complicate our development. Anyone can make minor adjustments, but few actually do. Make the decisions of champions to apply the formula: Minor Adjustments = Major Accomplishments and be Inspired, be Productive, be Fulfilled - bENCOURAGEd Today, so that you can encourage others!

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,..."

~ Ecclesiastes 9:10

Dedicated to my fellow Olympic fan and friend - Kandice, you are a champion!

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