Category Archives: Work

Its Always Bigger Than Me…

How do I blurt out that it was God that helped me do all that while in this meeting. All that stuff, that was His strength and wisdom that brought us through. I didn’t do it alone. I’m fairly certain it all would have blown up if not for God’s involvement.

That’s the key. He cares about me and you and our day job work. Our work is worship if we do it as if we are doing it for the Lord and He’ll help us if we ask.

We have to be careful to give Him the praise when the time comes for the celebration at the end of an epic journey.

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

Colossians 3:23‭-‬24 NASB

Dale Carnegie’s 5 Strategies For Conquering Fear and Anxiety

Original Article by Shana Lebowitz

Dale Carnegie is one of the most trusted authors in the self-improvement space. Thanks largely to his bestseller “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” originally published in 1936.

His 1948 book, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living,” deals with tactics for liberating yourself from anxieties that make you less happy and less productive.

Below are Carnegie’s five most compelling strategies for reducing everyday anxieties.

1. Ask yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen?”

There’s a simple three-step technique that can help when you’re besieged by personal or professional worries.

First, ask yourself what’s the worst that could possibly happen. Second, prepare to accept the worst. Finally, figure out how to improve upon the worst, should it come to pass.

This technique is based on an anecdote from Willis Carrier, founder of the modern air-conditioning industry. While working for the Buffalo Forge Company as a young man, Carrier found that a new gas-cleaning service his company provided wasn’t as effective as he’d hoped.

Carrier realized that the worst that could happen was that his company would lose $20,000. He then accepted it: The company could qualify the loss as the cost of researching a new strategy. Finally, he figured out how to improve the situation: If the company bought $5,000 worth of new equipment, they could resolve the issue. Ultimately, that’s exactly what they did, and they ended up making $15,000.

2. Gather all the facts in an objective way.

As Herbert E. Hawkes, former dean of Columbia College, told Carnegie, “If a man will devote his time to securing facts in an impartial, objective way, his worries will usually evaporate in light of knowledge.”

Carnegie offers two ways to go about collecting facts objectively. You can pretend that you’re gathering this data for someone else, so you’re less emotionally invested in what you find.

Or you can pretend that you’re a lawyer who is preparing to argue the other side of the issue — so you gather all the facts against yourself. Write down the facts on both sides of the case and you’ll generally get a clearer picture of the truth.

3. Generate potential solutions to the problem.

Leon Shimkin, then general manager at Simon and Schuster (he later became the owner), figured out a way to cut the time he spent in meetings by 75%.

He told his associates that every time they wanted to present a problem at a meeting, they had to first submit a memorandum answering four questions: What is the problem? What is the cause of the problem? What are all possible solutions of the problem? What solution do you suggest?

According to Shimkin, once he instituted this new system, his associates rarely came to him with their concerns.

“They have discovered that in order to answer those four questions they have to get all the facts and think their problems through,” he told Carnegie. Once they did that, they typically found that “the proper solution has popped out like a piece of bread popping out from an electric toaster.”

In other words, action replaced worrying and talking.

4. Remember the law of averages.

The law of averages refers to the probability of a specific event occurring — and you should consult the law to find out if it’s worth fretting. Chances are good that whatever you’re worried about isn’t likely to transpire.

Carnegie writes that the US Navy employed the law of averages in order to boost sailors’ morale. Sailors who were assigned to high-octane tankers were initially worried that they would be blown up when the tank exploded. So the Navy provided them with exact figures: Of the 100 tanks that were hit by torpedoes, 60 stayed afloat and only five sank in less than 10 minutes, leaving time to get off the ship.

5. Place stop-loss orders on your worries.

This strategy is based on a principle in stock trading. One investor said he set a stop-loss order on every market commitment he made. Here’s how it works: Say you buy a stock that sells for 100 dollars a share and set a stop-loss order for 90 dollars a share. As soon as that stock dips to 90 dollars a share, you sell it — no questions asked.

You can use this principle in everyday life. For example, Carnegie once wanted to be a novelist, but after two years of toiling away without much success, he decided to cut his losses and go back to teaching and nonfiction writing.

Original Article Link by Shana Lebowitz

“Every day I pray. I yield myself to God, the tensions and anxieties go out of me and peace and power come in.” Dale Carnegie

“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”
Dale Carnegie

Be Humble As Christ Humbled Himself

Humility is a loaded word. What does it mean to be humble? We know it isn’t what Drax thinks it is. (Guardians of the Galaxy 2)

We do have an example in Christ, who humbled himself and became flesh and was obedient unto death.

Sometimes we think we are humble, but then we challenge the prompting of the Holy Spirit when something is “hard” or too time consuming. Maybe we don’t want to mess up our freshly manicured nails.

Whatever the issue is for us, we have an example in Jesus and the apostles of how we are to humble ourselves and be servants of our Lord.

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:5‭-‬11 NASB

Let People Know You Appreciate Them

A very timely verse of the day from the Bible app.

Yesterday I attended the funeral of a mentor who helped me learn and grow in my functional and technical knowledge at the company I work for.

I had started straight out of college with the company and I’ve been working in tech now for over fifteen years in the same company.

While I have moved around and learned different parts of the business, the principles that mentor taught me still hold true.

I was able to speak with this mentor back in the January timeframe about how he helped me and about what purpose God had for us in life. It was a good discussion.

I never saw him again after that day.

But I can at least say that I was able to speak to him and let him know that I appreciated him.

Coworkers are just as important in your life as anyone else. You’ll probably spend more of your day time (awake) hours with them than your family over a lifetime.

Make sure you let them know that you appreciate them and don’t conceal it.

Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
Proverbs 27:5‭-‬6 NASB

Are You A Goose Sitting On A Powerline?

At the risk of Sounding like I am trying to tell some kind of bad dad joke, I’d like to tell you that you are not a goose sitting on a powerline.

I was driving to work this morning and I saw a group of canadian geese flying over the road and it looked like they were going straight for a group of very tall high-powered lines on their descent.

And it looked like one goose was going to try to land on one of the power lines. I immediately have a thought in my mind that that’s not going to work very well. Geese don’t have talons how is it supposed to hang on to the powerline.

Geese have webbed feet, webbed feet can’t wrap around a high-powered powerline very well. At least in my mind it wouldn’t work well.

God didn’t make webbed feet on geese to wrap around powerlines.

Well, sure enough, that goose barely clipped the powerline but didn’t attempt to land on it. I’m sure if it had tried it would have been a terrible failure worthy of Canadian Geese Funniest Videos.

Are you doing what God intended for you to do? Or are you a goose attempting to sit on a powerline?

I know we all struggle at some point trying to figure out what God’s purpose is for our lives. We want to know what God created us to do.

Many times it’s a lot easier to see the things that we think we can’t do.
I do know this, that we were all created in Christ Jesus for good works.

If you can’t find your calling quiet yet, start with loving others via actions and not just words. In the process of doing those good works you may just find your calling.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 NASB