How to Invest in Your Self (Part 1 of 3)

Happy Thursday to everyone around the world. Depending on what time you read this post, you have less than 48 hours to go until the weekend comes… so keep on pushing hard in your work week and don’t give up, friend!

Today’s post will be about an important subject (I guess I could say that about everything I write, LOL). It is about investing in the MOST important asset in the world… it is about investing in the security that will bring you in the MOST R.O.I. (return on investment) for your buck!

Today’s post is about Investing in Your Self!

To make it more clear… it’s specifically about investing in your mind and your spirit, and this is part 1 of a 3-part message series.

The issue we have is that across the world, we have too many people who perhaps may love to invest in money… but fail to invest in self. These next three posts won’t really focus too much on money (although you can check out the Money & Wealth Category for more on money).

When you invest in yourself or anything in life… what you are doing is saying, ‘Hey I am going to sacrifice time, money, blood, sweat, tears, my 1st born child (just kidding!) TODAY… so that I can attain something  greater TOMORROW!’

But remember, in whatever you do… be like Jesus and “count up the costs” (Luke 14:25-35)

So let’s get started… Here are the few things in no particular order that I think of when it comes to investing in yourself… or personal development:

* Spend 15-30 minutes a day in Personal Development
* Put God First, Family Second, Self Third, Others Fourth
* Make Own Lifestyle Decisions
* Whatever U Do for Money… Make Sure Ur in Business 4 Urself
* Exercise
* Make the Most of the Money You Bring in to Your Home
* Map Out Your Own Financial Future

(1) Spend 15-30 Minutes a Day in Personal Development
I learned this from J.B. Glossinger of Morning Coach. This is important for us all to do. At the beginning of the day (Monday through Friday)… it is vitally important to fill your mind and your spirit with good stuff… that will motivate you, challenge you, enlighten you, teach you, and lift you up!

So what kind of things should you do in your 15 – 30 minutes of personal development during your work week?

Well that really depends on what you do in life… and what you’re passionate about.

I am a preacher, blogger, and run a highly successful Internet Marketing business. As I am always on the go hustling and bustling around… I mostly use iTunes and the iPod for my personal development. I listen to spiritual things on the iPod (Daily Bible Reading, Various Christian messages, etc.)… and then I listen to motivational things that will pump me up on my iPod (MorningCoach, Zig Ziglar)…

I listen to things which will help me to become a better businessman (Internet Marketing Tips, How to Be a Better Sales Person, etc.)… and then I listen to things which will help me become more financially astute (Dave Ramsey, Ray Lucia, etc.).

I also try to read various blogs each week in a wide variety of different genres… and also read at least 2 books a month (or at least try to – LOL). I try and get a wide variety in, because as both a business man & a man for Christ… I am called to be well-rounded in not only Scripture and making money… but in psychology, counseling, speech, homiletics, accounting, marketing, leadership, theology, etc.

(2) Put God 1st, Family 2nd, Self 3rd, Others Last
Now this is just my opinion… so watch as I explain my opinion:

When you put God first… I am not saying you DO this solely by going to church (which you should do by the way, because being around those with the same beliefs strenghtens you). I am mainly saying that you need to give Him (God) personal time each day. This can be 10 minutes, 15 minutes, an hour… whatever is comfortable to you. After all, He made you, created you, and blesses you on a daily basis… we can’t afford NOT to give Him his time.

You can do this through prayer, meditation, and/or reading His Word.

When you put your family second… it is NOT saying you let them run over you and use you and burn you out like a cheap cigar! I am not even talking about putting your whole family first…  I’m just talking about your immediate family & household (spouse, kids). Put them first… because friends, jobs, businesses, associates will come and go… but your immediate family is always there!

Make sure that in your busy day… you spend QUALITY time with them. You can always make money, but can you ever replace the time that you missed watching your children grow up? No, you can’t.

When you put yourself third… it means that you spend time to develop yourself and take time to recharge yourself when you are worn out (spiritually, mentally, or physically). It means you don’t allow people to push you around… or use you… or harm you in anyway.

It means you take the time and money to invest in yourself,  and build your self-esteem up, and build your self-worth up… because you are a million-dollar creation, in fact you are worth even more than that!

When you put others last… it’s not saying that you’re being selfish by putting them last. Sometimes you will have to make a sacrifice in order to help someone (even when it means putting yourself last). But what it means is again, don’t ALLOW people to use you. Help people when it is in YOUR power to help them… and it won’t cause damage to yourself or your immediate household in doing so.

I personally would love to help everyone in the world with all their issues and problems, but I simply can’t.

I would love to give money to everyone who is broke, but I can’t… because I myself would go broke sooner, rather than later… and my wife would probably kick me out of the house if she seen the bank account was drained to zero!

I would love to spend time listening to everyone’s problem and offering to help them find a Godly solution… but I can’t, because I only have 24 hours in my day… and on top of that, I need to deal with Daniel issues!

More stuff to come tomorrow at… so tune in! Kris Trujillo, if you’re reading this… I’m still only 29 years year-old (LOL). What do you think about today’s post? Anything to add on or take away? Agree or disagree? Let me know by commenting below!

Be blessed and walk in God’s abundance today!

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How to Get MORE Done… in LESS Time (Part Two)

If you missed Part One of How to Get MORE Done… in Less Time, you can read it here. Basically, last week’s post stated that back in the 1920’s, Charles Schwab, a steel corporation tycoon… used a SIMPLE system to generate hundreds of millions of more dollars in a short amount of time. That system is detailed in last week’s post.

This post will be fairly short and simple also… so be blessed by it!

Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule before? If you haven’t… you’re missing a big opportunity for yourself! The 80/20 rule (also known as Pareto’s Principle) states that 80% of an OUTPUT you want… comes from 20% of the INPUT that goes in.

Hope I didn’t lose you right there! So what does this mean? I’ll tell you…

* 80% of all the income earned in America, or any other country… is earned and held by the top 20% of the population.
* 80% of a business man or woman’s sales… comes from the top 20% of their customers.
* 80% of the amount of money that comes into a church on Sunday morning… comes from 20% of the church members.
* 80% of the food we eat… comes from 20% of the world.
* 80% of the clothes we wear throughout the week… comes from 20% of the clothes that are in our closets!


* 80% of the results that we want… will come from the TOP 20% of the work we put into it!

This means that if you have a business, a job, a ministry, take care of a household, whatever you do… if you concentrate your efforts and your work on doing the MOST important things first (or the top 20% of your work)… you will have automatically accomplished 80% of everything that needed to get done!

But if you concentrate on doing the bottom 80% of the least important work you need to do (as most people do)… you will only accomplish 20% of the job you need to complete!

Amazing, huh?

Taking this further… most people work 8 hours a day on average. Most of this time is spent goofing off or doing irrelevant stuff (surfing the Internet, chatting on IM, talking on to friends on the phone, daydreaming, shuffling paperwork, checking e-mail too much, etc…)

If we simply went to work… and concentrated on doing the big things which were PRIORITY that needed to be done in order to get a job done, or make money for our business (ex. making those calls to the sales clients, selling our products/services, etc.)… it is possible that we could accomplish that in 1.5-2 hours time instead of 8 hours… and have completed 80% of ALL the work that was needed for the day!

In any typical workday… we tend to put off the boring or the more dreaded things (top 20%) to the latter part of the day… and we do the fun or easy things such as Internet, chatting to co-workers, etc. (bottom 80%) first.

If we would simply flip this around… and spend the first two hours of our day working HARD at accomplishing the important tasks (20%), we will accomplish MOST of the vital work that needs to be done (80% results).

So How Do I Put That into Action?

(1) Write down all the tasks you need to get done for the next day on paper… the night before you go back to work.

(2)Most of the times… there are 2, sometimes 3 very important tasks that we need to do in a day. Do these tasks first… and don’t allow ANYTHING to interrupt you from accomplishing these tasks.

(3) Try this for 30 days and see how free it makes you! If you own your own business… you will be WAY more productive, as much as by 800%. If you work a job… your boss will bend over backwards for you and might even promote you… If you are able to use the 80/20 rule effectively, you will have a less stressful and more enjoyable job ahead of you!

What do you think? Let me know! Be blessed of God in all you do and have an AWESOME weekend!

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How to Get MORE Done… in LESS Time (Part One)

“Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things… I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:23 KJV)

This verse describes a parable Jesus told His disciples… about a servant who was responsible with the FEW talents his Master had left him. This servant in the end, MULTIPLIED what was given to him… and his Master told him to enter into his joy!

Do you ever find yourself working hard at your business… but at the end of the day… it seems like you never really get the most important things done? Do you sometimes bang your head on the wall… wondering how you could’ve spent 8 hours working… and all you “accomplished” was mailing a few letters and surfing on the Internet?

Then this is a MUST read for you!

We are responsible for the time that God blesses us with on this world… and that includes the time we spend working. If we are faithful with the “few” hours a day we have to make a living… I sincerely believe that He will RICHLY bless us in our time and in our business earnings.

The following is a story about a man named Ivy Lee… who revolutionized the business world with his SIMPLE, yet EASY way to seize control of our time while we are at work at our businesses…. Keep Reading…

About a hundred years ago, Charles Schwab was in charge of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation in the USA. Things were not going that smoothly so he asked Ivy Lee, an efficiency expert, for advice for himself and his managers to help them be more productive.

Lee told him that he would increase his company’s sales and the efficiency of his management team if he could talk to each man for about 15 minutes.

Charles Schwab asked: “How much will it cost me?”

Ivy Lee replied: “Nothing, unless it works. After three months, you can send me a check for whatever you feel it’s worth to you.”

He spent ten minutes with each executive and told them to follow the instructions below:

1. In the evening, write down the six (6) most important tasks that need to be done the next day and arrange them in order of importance.
2. The next day, start the first task and finish it before starting anything else.
3. After finishing the first task, start the second most important task. Finish it and then start the third and so on.
4. After the day’s work, spend five minutes making a list for the next day. Unfinished tasks can be moved to the new list.
5. Do this for the next ninety days and check the results.

Ivy Lee’s plan worked well with the executives of Bethlehem Steel. Charles Schwab was so pleased with the results that he paid Lee $25,000 a huge sum in the early twentieth century.”

Time Management Steps that Work by John Watson

As Watson notes, effectiveness is about doing the most important tasks even if minor tasks get left undone. “A merely efficient person may get lots of tasks done, but they may well not be the tasks that move their life forward.”

Please read that last paragraph again… and again… and again until it sinks in.  “A merely efficient person may get lots of tasks done, but they may well not be the tasks that move their life forward.”

Part Two will come next Monday… and until then… be blessed!

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