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Prayer Simplified

Spirituality is not about doing everything right, but it’s about embracing the most important part of you.

Prayer is to spirituality as reading is to the mind and exercise to the body. You need to do all 3 to live from your highest place.

We need balance to live from our highest self; whenever we lack in some area, I believe it’s because we are out of balance in our mind, body, or spirit. The way to recapture that balance is primarily through the spirit, which illuminates where we need to focus our energy. The Bible says the spirit of a man is the candle fo the Lord. It sheds light on our innermost being. Prayer builds your trust in the often forgotten part of you.

How often should you pray?

I believe daily. As with any habit, the more you do it, the better you get at it. If you pray, but 5 minutes a day, every day, you are doing more than the vast majority of people in this world.

How should I pray?

Ah, this is such a good topic. So let’s dive right in.

Another word for prayer is a petition.

When you think about a petition, think about a current law or part of your society that is causing harm to several people. Let’s use at the example of the confederate flag flown at the South Carolina state capitol.

Many people were offended about the flag being there.

So a petition was started.

The petition stated the reasons why the flag should not be flown at the state capitol because South Carolina has a diverse population, some of which are deeply offended by its continued presence. The petition simply stated (in simpler terms) We, the people, demand that the state removes the confederate flag from the State Capitol grounds.

(For the record the flag is still there, but it was moved to a less prominent location)

If we see things in our lives that we don’t like, we can ask for help from God. You are appealing to a higher power to do something that you have until now been unable or perhaps unwilling to do. In prayer, we have an audience with the creator of the universe. We have His ear. He is listening to us. It is a privilege, and we should treat it as such.

So how should you pray?

The Bible says in the book of James:

We have assurance if that if we pray according to His will, we are heard.

The will of God is that the believer is healthy, has sufficiency, and is at peace, among other things. These are all things for which you have a right to petition God.

When you pray, God sees it as done.

Start with gratitude:

Thank you for everything you’ve given me, Lord. 


Thank you for my health, for what I have now, thank you for my family, my children, my employment, my business. 


According to your word, you said I was healed by the stripes of Jesus Christ. So I thank you for healing. You said that I was the lender and not the borrower, so thank you for the abundance you’ve given me. You told me my joy would be full, so thank you for more comfort. You said that if I commit my activities to you, that you will see my plan through.

I will do a separate post of God’s promises in specific areas and feel free to use them as you please.

Count your prayer as done.

You have your answer once you pray as far as God is concerned. Your job now is to know you have a granted petition. You will only realize it if you do your part.

What is my part?

Summed up, I am saying: if you do what you can do, God will do what you can’t do.

What are some examples of what we CAN do:

  • Start and keep a budget
  • Work as hard as we can on a project or a job
  • Read and study
  • Exercise regularly
  • Make good choices with our eating
  • Forgive
  • Treat people fairly
  • Keep our word

What are some examples of what we (probably) CAN’T do

  • Fix or change others
  • Things that are outside of our present ability
  • Change the past
  • Make someone buy our product
  • Make someone love us
  • Make someone like us
  • Heal ourselves 

If we max out on what we can do, God will max out what we can’t do. 

Choose to add prayer to your routine. If you are a little confused, the best prayers will always be thank you.

Gratitude can shift your entire life.

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The Lion in Us

When I watch a lion on one of those nature shows, I see the aggressiveness of the animal, known as the king of the jungle. It’s important to note that the lion is not the most massive creature, nor the fastest, or the smartest, but it is the king.

Why?

Because of his belief.

The lion believes he will defeat any adversary no matter the size, or skill, or speed the opponent has.

There is a belief that the lion has.

In the same way, as men, we used to have this belief. We were born thinking we could defeat anyone.

Society domesticates men by and large into house-cats. We were born lions. We were born kings. But we are forced into more agreeable states of being even if that isn’t our destiny.

Playing it safe or being average is not in your DNA

We are aggressive by nature.

We are risk-takers by nature.

Why is the lion the way he is?

Because if he isn’t aggressive, he will starve. Everything he needs, he has to take.

He has to be aggressive because the bear doesn’t want to die. T]

The wildebeest doesn’t want to be food.

The lion doesn’t care because he and his family have to eat, which means survival comes at a cost.

The lion eating means tearing a family apart.

The lion doesn’t care.

When it comes to our goals, we have to adopt this aggressive mentality the lion has.

There is no option B for a lion.

Option B means he starves and dies.

So he must kill. He must interrupt whatever the other animal is doing. He has to be oblivious to it. Because it’s either kill or starve.

There are no supermarkets in the jungle. Amazon doesn’t deliver there.

You have to kill to eat.

In the same way, we have to adopt the mentality of kill or die when it comes to our goals.

Kill or die means sending cold emails, cold calls, bothering people who don’t want to be bothered. Waking up early or going to bed late, or both.

It’s kill or die….

If you don’t kill enough, your business dies.

This reality is your reality. Most people don’t have this mentality, and it shows through their daily effort. Most people in the West want to be comfortable. The way of the lion is very uncomfortable. But it will lead to success. Decide to kill or else.

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The Wisdom Exchange

Today I am going to talk to you about the wisdom exchange. If you want to be financially independent, you can do so by trading on the exchange. Do you know how people become wealthy trading in stocks and bonds?

Well, you can become more prosperous trading on the wisdom exchange. 

So my idea came from a bible scripture in the book of Proverbs. Proverbs 3:13-15 to be exact, which reads like this 

Blessed are those who find wisdom and gain understanding. For she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. 

Think about that. 

Wisdom yields better returns than two of the most precious metals on earth. 

Wisdom is knowledge applied. If you know a bunch of things but never implement them, it won’t profit you because it’s not wisdom. 

Wisdom is a long game. People are trying to win the short term, but the long run is where the wins usually happen. 

Perhaps you are struggling financially right now. 

Here is what you do to change that: 

Learn one new thing about money a day and start applying it. This can be learning about investments and investing real money. Or learning about budgeting and writing out a budget. If you don’t know about money, there is much to learn. Applying one new thing a day will keep you very busy. Sites like Investopedia, Smart Money, and From Pennies to Pounds are great places to start. 

Make a wisdom inventory. 

What are the things you know how to do? It can be anything from baking a pie, to washing or fixing a car, to building a website to operating a piece of recording equipment. Don’t be shy. You probably know how to do a lot of stuff. Ask friends and family what is something you do that they would like to learn is? Ask them. 

Take one thing off that list and write an ebook. Take notes and write them in the instruction form. If you don’t feel like doing that, ask a kid or someone who isn’t working to do it and give them a few dollars. 

Once the instructions are in an easy to understand format, go to fiverr.com or download the app to your phone. 

Type in ebook writers on the site. There are TONS of people who will write your ebook for $100 or less. (One hundred dollars is an amount of money you can make driving Uber, taking the trash to the landfill, raking leaves, shoveling snow or cutting grass.) 

Find a writer with relatively good reviews. Make them sign an NDA (Here are some examples). Let them do the magic

Read over for typos, omissions, etc. Once everything looks good. Finalize it. 

Congrats, now you’re an author. Now is the time to sell it. Post it on social media and talk about the book.

Do FB lives about some of the components of the book. You can distribute the book on Amazon Kindle, Etsy, and Apple Books for starters .

Directions on how to upload it to Kindle are here. You can also hire someone to do that for you too.

Or you can sell the book from your website. Don’t know how to build a website?; Some folks can help you do that too!! 

Congrats, now you are in the wisdom marketplace. 

Now, how do you get someone to invest in your book?

First, you have to get their attention:  

Which means you have to start talking the language of the person you are selling 

This is where Google Suggest comes in. 

If you go into Google Chrome and start typing how to build a website, pay attention to what comes up 

There are multiple topics to start your marketing copy. 

People are actively looking for these search phrases. It also means potential customers. You don’t want to sell something for which you have no customers. 

Now, if people are searching on Google, they are likely searching on YouTube as well. So you have an opportunity to connect with them there.

Think about getting a customer like getting someone to date you. Playing it shy will probably mean being alone.

So you need to find ways to get their attention. Facebook ads are a great way to do that, and they are still cheap. 

When people like your ad, you can then message them for more information. The person liking the ad is a warm lead because they have expressed interest in what you’re selling. 

You don’t have to buy ads, but it doesn’t hurt. 

So our initial goal as $1000 a month. 

Your book is done. 

You need 40 people to buy your book to reach that $1000 goal. 

That means we need to find 400 people. You can buy ads to find that 400, or you can do it organically through social media engagement.

You have to state the specific benefit your book provides. 

Why would people buy a stock? It’s simple. They are acquiring it to make money. They are buying it because they hope that the value of the stock increases. That is it. There are no other significant reasons. 

Most stocks go up 5-20% each year. You don’t have to convince people to invest in a stock. 

That’s because the investment is sold as being safe. 

Investment companies sell their products well. 

It doesn’t mean that it’s always the best investment, however.

Let’s say you are writing a book on building your own Squarespace website. Squarespace is a website building tool for people who aren’t super technical. But still, the average person might need help working with it.

 So, you decide to show people step by step how to do it. 

Now designers can charge anywhere from $200-$5000 to build a site. 

There is a large segment of people who can’t afford that, especially on the higher end. 

These folks are seeking a more cost-effective alternative. You can write the book and then make a companion video that only people who buy the book can access it. 

So now your book becomes an offer. You can make and upload a video and make it private. Here is a short video on how to do that. 

In general, people are way more motivated by making money than saving it. Saving money is a temporary desire; making money is a more constant desire. By showing them how to create their website quickly, you are empowering them now and in the future. 

In the marketing portion, remind them how much web developer costs. And then assert how much cheaper is buying this book. 

Your book is not about winning a Pulitzer Prize. 

It is an investment. 

If they invest $1000 and sell $100 worth of product, was it worth it? No. That was a bad investment.

If they invest $25 with you and sell $100 worth of product, that is 400% ROI. 

Damn good. 

Now I have to say, you have to be pretty bad at marketing to only sell $100 of anything in a year.  

You have to illuminate the investment example to the customer. 

This is the purpose of your copy. Boil everything down to dollars and cents because that is the way your customer thinks. 

Saving money is important, but not as much as making money in the eyes of most people.  

You make money the same way a stockbroker does. You sell a product with the promise of returns. Your job is to deliver value far beyond the $25 asking price.

Try this method out and see if it works for you!!! 

Let me know in the comments how it goes! 

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Write the Vision

The Bible has a verse that reads,

Write the vision and make it plain. That he may run that reads it.”

Successful people understand the power of vision.

But your desired image of yourself should not just stay in your head.

You should write your goals down daily.

Think about how much is on your mind during a given day. And how many things you need to remember, be it PINs, passwords, names, places.

The memory gets a workout.

Our visions get pushed to the side.

If you have an idea for your life, you should write it down.

Documentation is a big deal in the business world. It’s also essential when it comes to our lives.

Napoleon Hill talked about the importance of a definite purpose. This purpose is a statement of what you want to do in a given period.

Most people lack purpose and subsequently drift throughout life with no real goals or direction.

Having no definite primary aim can be very easy to fall into the busier you are.

Of course, the antidote is to conjure a primary chief goal in life. Once you come up with it, write it down. Let’s take the example of losing weight.

I would write a vision like this:

I weigh 200 pounds and am healthy by August 1, 2019.

Once that vision is written down, I would read it over and over. Some studies suggest that a child learns its name within seven months.

We learn and recall primarily through repetition.

As you write the goal down and recite it to yourself, it starts to register in your subconscious mind.

The subconscious mind, according to multiple experts, can be reprogrammed. Writing down your vision programs it into the subconscious mind.

Which then works to create that vision in your life.

The creative process happens all the time, but most people do it unconsciously.

If you have a vision of lack, you will reproduce it even when you have all the ability and skill in the world.

Countless educated people are broke and struggling because somewhere along the way, they got a vision of defeat and shortage.

Writing your purpose down cements it in your mind. Get a clear idea and then continually go over what you wrote. You will be amazed at how different your life will look.