Mar
19
2009
0

How to see the GOOD in EVERY Bad Situation (Really!)

In the United States where I live at… there is a time of year that we Americans enjoy (even more than Christmas and other holiday seasons). Can you guess what it is?

Tax Season!!! Yeaaaah!

Okay, so I was being pretty cynical and sarcastic when I made that remark… because we Americans HATE paying taxes… and now that I think of it, all of you who are

living in other parts of the world in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and are reading this… probably hate paying taxes too!

During this past week as I was getting my business taxes done, Mr. Positive (a.k.a. Daniel Wiafe) was feeling pretty negative and hateful towards “the Man”… because of the amount of time I had to spend in preparing all the forms, figuring out how much I had to pay to the government, and because the IRS audited me for the year 2007, saying I owed them $xx,xxx… when I really owed them about $500.

So yes, it was a bad situation… and yes, I was negative and somewhat vexed for a couple days… but I was reminded of a phrase that a young Israelite man in Egypt once said:

“Even though you planned evil against me, God planned good to come out of it. This was to keep many people alive, as He is doing now.” (Genesis 50:20)

This young man’s name was Joseph, and he was the second-highest in command in the Egyptian empire… behind the great Pharoah himself. This was quite an accomplishment for anyone… but the path that lead Joseph to that destination, was remarkable in it’s own!

Here is Joe’s story. As you read it, ask yourself if Joseph had a good reason to be mad and angry… at any point in the story:

Thirteen years previous… Joseph was a cocky 17-year-old teenager living in Israel, who was adored by his father… but hated by his brothers (who were jealous that their father showed more favor to Joseph, than them). Long story short, some of his brothers wanted to kill him… but one of Joseph’s older brothers convinced everyone else to just sell him to some slave traders… and tell the father that Joseph got killed and eaten by wild beasts.

So they sold him to some Egyptian slave traders and told the father that Joseph was dead and eaten by wild beasts. Did Joseph have a reason to be mad and negative? Yes he did.

The slave traders took Joseph and sold him to a well-to-do, influential man named Potiphar. God showed favor to Joseph even in that bad situation… and caused Joe to have favor with his master… to the point where Joseph was promoted to be in charge over all the servants in a short-time.

The problem for our hero, was that he was a young, strapping, handsome-looking fellow… and Mrs. Potiphar (the wife) liked what she saw… and came after Joseph sexually.

Joseph, being a man of God and a man of morals… denied her strong and aggressive advances, and it EVEN came to a point when Mrs. Potiphar bluntly demanded to the young man, “Sleep with me now”… and Joseph did what every single, young man in his predicament should probably do.

He RAN and didn’t look back!

In running away from Mrs. Potiphar, she grabbed and tore off his robe… and told all the other servants that the Israelite slave tried to rape her… and when her husband came home… his fury RAGED against Joseph, and he had the young man thrown into prison! Did Joseph have a reason to be mad and negative at this point? I imagine he did.

Joseph was thrown into prison… and again, being the favored man of God he was… he was shown favor by the head jailer of the dungeon. During his time behind bars… Joseph interpreted dreams for two of the Pharoah’s officials who were thrown into jail, and lo and behold… Joseph’s predictions came true for both of the men.

One of the men PROMISED Joseph, that if he ever got out… he would tell Pharoah about Joseph (and get him set free). The man got out of jail… but forgot about Joseph… and Joseph sat rotting in jail for TWO more years. Did Joseph have a reason to be mad and negative at that? You better believe he did!

Two years later… the Pharoah had a dream, and none of the wise men in Egypt could interpret it… and then the official remembered about Joseph’s special talent for interpreting dreams… and told Pharoah about him.

Pharoah was intrigued… and commanded Joseph to be brought up out of the dungeon, bathed and shaved. Joseph proceeded to interpret the King of Egypt’s dreams and this was the prediction:

“The land of Egypt will go through seven (7) years of plenty and abundance… and then after that, there will be seven (7) years of world-wide famine and drought. My advice to you is to find someone to collect all the grain and food during the 7 years of plenty… so that the people in the land of Egypt won’t starve to death during the 7 years of drought and famine.”

Who do you think Pharoah put in charge? He put Joseph, the former slave and the former prisoner in charge. He gave Jospeh a new name, a mansion, a beautiful wife, wealth, and put him at 2nd command over the ENTIRE Egyptian empire… if he would oversee the project of saving up grain during the 7 years of abundance, thus saving the land of Egypt from certain destruction!

Nice turn of luck for Joseph wasn’t it?

The seven years went by quickly, and enough food was saved up for Egypt and the surrounding lands. During the years of famine… people from all over Egypt and the world came to Joseph, who sold them grain and food to keep them alive. Amongst those who came, was Joseph’s brothers! And when Joseph’s brothers saw him, they didn’t EVEN recognize him…. can you believe it?

Here was Joseph’s BIG chance to get even with these worthless “scumbags” who sold him into slavery!

No, he didn’t take it there… because he would have been just as wrong as they were 13 years earlier.

He took them aside (after playing a few tricks on them) and what he told them in essence was this:

“Yeah, you meant evil and bad towards me because you hated me… but God knew what He was doing in the long run, because if I hadn’t gone through all the hell I went through… I wouldn’t have been promoted to Pharoah’s right-hand man, who is in charge of food distribution… and all of you brothers and the rest of my family would have STARVED to death. So yes, I am happy I went through my mess… because God brought something GOOD out of the bad situation you put me in!”

So basically, I began to turn my attitude around and get joyful and positive… yeah it stinks to have to deal with a bunch of tax headaches and hassles for the short-term… but I am glad that God has blessed me to even be able to bring in income, and not have to be tied down with debt, and not have to be confined to a 9 to 5 job, and to have a happy and a peaceful home, and to have a new baby on the way!

Whatever may be going on in your life that may be a negative situation, be thankful for it… and look for ways that God can use it to make you stronger, wiser, more faithful, and a better person through it.

Through every horrible and dark situation that affilicts us in life… there is always at least a little light and a little good that can come out of ANY situation… even if you lost your job, even if you lost your mind… and yes, even if you have lost a loved one!

God is good in ALL situations… and so His good, will always OUTWEIGH any evil… if you are able to look for it.

This week… look at the glass as half-full, instead of half-empty… walk in abundance, be blessed… and look for the GOOD, in every bad situation!

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Written by Daniel Wiafe in: Attitude,Encouragement,Goals,Inspiration,Money | Tags: , , , , , ,
Mar
11
2009
1

How to NEVER Succeed in ANYTHING in Life! (Read on…)

Ouch, that must be the most NEGATIVE title I’ve ever given any of my weekly TodayAbundance messages… but it’ll make sense in the end, *TRUST ME!*

Okay let’s face it… if you’ve ever read more than one book or article on motivation or inspiration, you’ve surely come across some titles that make it seem like being a success in life is a simple ONE step process… and that if you JUST find the right “magical” formula for success, all your problems and issues will fade away… world peace will envelope the whole entire earth and bring a standstill to all these world wars… and all of our unfortunate brothers and sisters starving to death in 3rd world countries will be fed.

Well the news is this: There is NOT a magical formula for success… and there never will be, because success for everyone is different.

Webster’s Dictionary defines success as “attaining wealth, fame, fortune, status”… but the great motivator Earl Nightengale once said on his recording, “The Strangest Secret”, that the definition of success is summed up by this definition: “To progressively move forward towards a worthy goal that you set for yourself”

Think about that. Being a success in this guy’s point-of-view is “Progressively moving towards a worthy goal, that I set for myself”.

Which definition do you like better? Basically in a nutshell, Webster’s tells you that you are NOT a success unless you are either rich, famous, or popular. Webster’s “success” tells you that you are only at the top of your game if you are focused on attaining worldly items… and the love of people (who probably don’t care anything about you in the first place).

Let’s be real… money, fame, and fortune is good… and for me to tell anyone to NOT have money would be totally foolish, but we have to get ourselves to the point where money (or our drive to acquire money, if we’re broke) is NOT our first priority… or our measurement of success. If money, fame, and fortune was all that people needed to be a total success… then why do we hear about rich & famous people committing suicide, jumping from relationship to relationship, abusing drugs?

Yeah, I know… it’s a good question, isn’t it?

Is that the type of success we truely want? Even if you had a hundred million dollars in the bank account now… how long would you be happy? How long would all the big, fancy stuff you bought with your money keep you happy? Our wants are always a lust that can NEVER be satisfied, because we will always want more!

Our desire to attain more money should just be a MEANS TO AN END, and not the end itself… meaning that I desire to get more money, so that I can satisfy my goals that I set for myself… and past that if I get more or less money, who cares.

The Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:10 that, “The LOVE of money, is the root of all evil”. Notice it DID NOT say “Money is the root of all evil”… but it said “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil”.

Where our heart is… that is where our treasure is at… and where our treasure is at, that is where we’ll find out how we can be a success in life… and truely enjoy it!

Nightengale’s definition pretty much says that as long as you (1) Have a goal or goals set for yourself…. and (2) You are actively moving towards accomplishing your goal… you are a success.

So a woman whose goal is to be the perfect mother to her 3 children, and loves her kids unconditionally… is a SUCCESS.

The student who aims to the best in his class, and studies like crazy to achieve this goal… is a SUCCESS.

The woman who desires to be an entrepreneur, and studies everything she can about management, marketing, and accounting… is a SUCCESS.

The pastor who aims to be the best pastor he can be, and actively seeks to see the people healed both spiritually and naturally in his church… is a SUCCESS.

Our success is NEVER measured by anybody else… it is NEVER measured by anyone else’s standards… the only person who even has the right ruler or yardstick to measure how far you will succeed… is you and only you. Not your parents, not your friends, not co-workers, but you and ONLY you.

You are a master of your own destiny… and you will NEVER have true success if you are trying to chase someone else’s success. You’ll end up being just like a dog who always chases his tail… and NEVER catches it.

Make goals for yourself to attain today… and then ACTIVELY work at achieving them, and then when you have achieved them, set more goals for yourself!

I typically tell people to set at least ONE goal in the 4 primary areas of life:

(1) Spiritual Goal (ex. Pray for at least 15 minutes every morning, Read the entire Bible in a year)
(2) Relationship Goal (ex. Give my wife flowers everyday, Have dinner with my parents every Sunday)
(3) Financial Goal (ex. start a Internet business by May, make $75,000 a year by 2010)
(4) Physical Fitness Goal (ex. lose 15 lbs. by May, bench press 200 lbs. by December 31st)

You will ALWAYS be a success when you set goals for yourself that you are passionate about and you actively seek to accomplish them. It will give you a NEW sense of vigor… and excitement as you accomplish each one of your goals.

You will ALWAYS be a success, when you focus on attaining enough money to provide a very comfortable life for yourself, family, and loved ones… get yourself out of debt… and provide long-term financial security for yourself. Past that, use your excess money & time for a higher calling — such as helping people who are less fortunate and less blessed than you are, and you will be a SUCCESS in God’s eyes!

Until next time, be blessed, be good to yourself and others, and walk in God’s rich abundance for your life… today!



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Feb
10
2009
0

Need More Money in Your Pocket? Keep Reading if You Do… Part #2

Back in late December, I wrote a blog post on TodayAbundance.com titled “Need More Money in Your Pocket? Keep Reading if You Do…

In essence, I wrote down 3 major & practical rules that my wife and I have followed… which have brought us tremendous financial success these past few years.

The rules that we follow to a “T” are as follows:

1) Give away the first 10% of your income (church, non-profit agency, etc.)
2) Save the second 10% of your income (savings account, investment, debt reduction)
3) Pay all Your Bills on Time (this shows God, you are a GOOD steward of the money that you already have… and that you are responsible to handle even more money)

Do these 3 rules sound crazy? Well who cares… they work! While everybody else complains about the economy being crazy… while everybody else complains about their mortgages skyrocketing through the roof… while everybody else complains about job insecurity… me and my household sleep GOOD and PEACEFUL at night.

To read the original blog post, CLICK HERE NOW:

At the end of that original blog post, I promised more tips… and here are 2 more tips:

#1) FOCUS…. FOCUS…. FOCUS!

Whatever it is that you do for income (or aspire to do)… focus in on it and become GREAt at it. Let the main thing be the main thing. Don’t be a jack of all-trades… and a master of none, because the only thing you’ll have at the end of the day in your bank account… is jack squat!

So whether you are in business for yourself… or you work at a company or organization, set the limits high for yourself… and make it your prime goal to become the BEST at your job and position, and watch the dollars follow behind you.

Learn all that you can & master your work position through books, seminars, classes, videos, online research, through mentors, whatever it takes… do it and don’t complain, because losers gripe and cry… but winners tough it out and accomplish what needs to be accomplished by “any means necessary!”

#2) Need to Increase Your Income Level? Try any of these 3 ideas.

The following are the 3 ideas at the top of my list for increasing your income long-term:

A. Sales Position (the highest paying job in the world)
Yeah, I know sales jobs in general suck… but they are still the “highest paying job” in the world! A good salesman (or saleswoman) can earn a 6-figure… and even 7-figure income salaries a year, depending on what they are selling and how high the commissions are.

Sales positions are good, because very rarely do you need a college degree… all you need is ambition, drive, and a friendly personality. Sales positions you can get into include: car sales, insurance sales, real estate, medical, pharmacutical.

B. Go to a 2-Year/4-Year College
This is GREAT option for younger folks, obviously. I won’t go into the details of why getting a 4-year or Master’s degree can increase your income, but did you know that there are a few positions (such as a registered nurse, radiology tech, information technology, etc.) that you can go to a 2-year Junior college… and start making $60,000+ a year? Not too bad of a salary for 2 years of your life… is it?

C. Start Your Own Business
Yes sir…. this is my favorite one. Why work for “the man”… when you can become “the man”? There are many businesses that you can start… that allow you to supplement your current income… and even replace it, that don’t cost a lot of money or capital to start up.

Some businesses that come to mind include: Selling goods on eBay, housecleaning, lawncare, daycare, life coaching, painting, roofing, being a virtual assistant, importing/exporting goods, and anything Internet related.

Trust me, you can make good money with little capital or money in your bank account. I started up my little Internet business in 2004 with $50 for advertising expenses and to build a website… and while I won’t tell you how much profit I made in 2008, I can tell you that my advertising expenses were well over $150,000 last year… and was still able to eat pretty nicely at the end of the day.

It is possible for ANYBODY to go from zero to hero in a short amount of time… and I’m a witness to that.

Until next time, walk in the full blessings, favor, and abundance… which are in Jesus Christ!



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Dec
22
2008
2

Need More Money in Your Pocket? Keep Reading if You Do…

Okay, so it’s Christmas time and we all hear the bells ringing… and see the snowflakes falling… and some of us feel our bank accounts crashing.

Ouch… you know that hurts!

Whether we might feel the “holiday pinch”, because we have spent too much of our hard earned dough on expensive Christmas gifts, or trying to impress certain people, or paying

high heating bills… I have a tried and tested solution to ALL your problems.

Well, not all your problems… just the financial ones :o)

The Bible states this fact and law of nature: “Give, and it shall be given to you. In good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will men pour into your lap.

For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Simply put… if you want more… give more.

Yeah, I know this sounds pretty funky… and might seem highly contradictory to common sense and everything others have told you about money.

But the fact is this: If the common methods of making and saving money worked… your average American wouldn’t spend 103% of their income, be thousands of dollars in debt, and be 3 months away from bankruptcy if they were to lose their job today.

So let me throw down a few BASIC guidelines that I and my wife have personally used in our financial life… and which brought me from bankruptcy, bad credit, and low paid jobs in 2001… to having increased my income by over 1500%, having 747 credit, and having 3 paid off cars and a soon to be paid off house in 2008.

In the coming weeks I’ll share a few tips on finances, but this 3-Step Giving Principle is a great beginning step for anyone and everyone to use!

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1) GIVE GOD THE FIRST 10% OF YOUR MONEY

Oh my God… did he just say give away 10% of my money? And to church??? I sure did! God richly blesses us all with jobs and income to the point that as Americans… we are better off financially than 97% of the world’s population.

It is a way for us to give thanks to Him for blessing us with what we already do have (even if it is a low-paying job, or a “dead-end job”). Be thankful for what you do have now… knowing that as you work faithfully at your current position… God is preparing to exalt you to a higher position when the time is right.

A good church helps to build up the community around it both spiritually and naturally (through feeding programs, shelters, clothing ministries, programs that keep kids off the street, jail ministries, etc.) and these houses of God need more than just prayer to keep them running…

For those of you not in church (which I highly recommend you find a good one if you don’t)… give your 10% to a charity or non-profit organization that is devoted to a cause that truly touches your heart.

It could be an organization that feeds hungry children in Africa… or saves the rainforests in South America… or helps to shelter the homeless tsunami victims in Asia… or even something as local as giving to a charity that serves victims of domestic or child abuse in America.

When you start taking care of those less fortunate than you… God will start to take care of you!

2) GIVE YOURSELF THE SECOND 10% OF YOUR MONEY

By saying this, I mean become a good steward of your money and pay yourself. You do this by saving at LEAST 10% of all the money you make in a savings account, retirement fund, investment, etc.

We all have plans in life and sometimes life can be a tool… and throw a wrench in our plans… so it is always good to have an account full of money to keep yourself protected in case of unexpected bills (such as a car breakdown, etc.)

After 10 months of saving your money… you will have exactly 1 months of paychecks saved up in you account. In 6-8 years depending on how much interest your making, you will have ONE year of your salary saved up!

People who have savings are less stressed, worried, and anxious than those who have NO savings or very little savings… because we’re not worried about common issues like: What if I get laid off, or what if the furnace needs to be replaced, or what if I get sick and can’t work for a week or two.

3) PAY YOUR BILLS ON TIME

Okay, so if you followed my methods and are somewhat good at math… you now have 80% of your income left. By know you’re probably asking this question: “How can I possibly survive off of 80% of my income???

Good question — but how about this question, “If you’re job was to cut your pay by 80%, and you couldn’t find another higher paying job… could you survive?

The answer will probably be a resounding ‘Yes!’. You would survive by cutting back on non-important expenses that wastes your money.

So what to do with the other 80% of your income?

Pay your bills with a smile on your face.

Don’t let bills go late, or go in default and get late fees, don’t wait until the water company sends you a 3-day cut-off notice before you pay the bill.

Devise a system to pay off past debts that you owe… such as school and car loans, medical bills, etc. as SOON as possible. The less debt you have, the easier life will be.

TRUST ME!

By paying others in a respectful and timely manner… and by having a heart of giving, God will open up HUGE doors for you that cannot and will not be shut… and He will open up opportunities for you that you couldn’t ever fathom with your bad self!

The giving principle works with ALL aspects of your life. If you are feeling lonely, give time to someone else is who is lonely. If you are sick in your body, give time and volunteer to help old folks in the nursing home. If you are sad, give kind words to people all around you.

I challenge you to take a 30-Day challenge and make it your New Year’s Resolution to Give Your Way to the Top in 2009!



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