Monday, October 16, 2017

A Conceiving Mind

Our minds are imagination machines.  We dream, we form ideas, we devise plans to bring about what our minds imagine.  When an idea is born in our minds, and we partner that idea with a huge belief mindset, then watch out.  We, perhaps, have jump-started a chain reaction toward a worthy and worthwhile achievement.

Napoleon Hill and others state this so well:
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

This idea prompts me to want to go back to what John Maxwell calls his “thinking chair”.  It is his place to go to when he wants to commandeer those illusive and fleeting thoughts and ideas.  Next to this chair, John keeps a pen and note pad in order to capture the thoughts that come to mind.  My version of this is the always-present Mole Skin notebook.

Ideas call at odd moments of our lives and we have to be ready to capture them in the wild. 

One of the synonyms for ‘conceiving’ is ‘apprehending’.  We capture ideas.  I’m in the beginning days of launching my podcast.  My wife, Carolyn, has been a major influence on me in starting this, for she is an avid podcast listener.  Over time she has ‘apprehended’ dozens of ideas for making a good and a bad podcast, and now she is passing along her wisdom to me. 

I remember the day when I ‘apprehended’ my ideas on what I do best.  I did exactly what John Maxwell recommends and locked myself up in my room and began a serious assessment of what is it that I do best above all else. 

The answer, for me – I am best at encouraging others.  I often see a spark of something good in someone and I want to help bring that spark to a roaring blaze.  If I see a person down on themselves, I begin looking for something positive and good about them and find ways to point that out.

My mind is nothing more than a birthing room for my next great idea.  And so is yours. 


P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Monday, October 9, 2017


I have a very nice microphone to the right of my desk.  I’ve had it for four years, and just recently decided to take advantage of the opportunity this mic affords me.  I’ve launched my podcast.

It’s a $100 microphone.  And it’s an opportunity to spread my version of Up-Words to those who will listen. 

I’ve had jobs presented to me as “opportunities”, and projects on the job presented as such. 

What opportunity is starring you in the face?  What tool in your toolbox could open up a thousand doors if used and exploited?

I know a violinist who is second fiddle with the Seattle Symphony.  He could have held out and said, “No way.  If I can’t be first fiddle, then I won’t fiddle at all.”  Instead, he says, “I love playing second fiddle.  I get to make harmony, and I love playing.  So, bring on all the second fiddle opportunities you want.”

You can hold out for a TITLE if you want, and you may miss some opportunities disguised as 2nd fiddle.  Beware, every opportunity, large or small, important or seemingly insignificant, is nevertheless an opportunity to lead us on down the road to our own personal best and personal fulfillment.

Bring on that opportunity and let me see what I can make of it.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Monday, October 2, 2017

It Still Comes Back to Belief

We know the mantra … You Can If You Think You Can.  This lies at the heart of everything we are about. 
~Can we do a certain job?
~Can we learn a new skill?
~Can we launch that new project?
~Can we survive in a relationship?

“Belief” is the bedrock of our life journey. 
Every experience we will ever face rests on our belief in our ability to meet and properly engage with that moment in time. 

I’ll never be a ballet dancer.  I don’t BELIEVE.
I’ll never be a rocket scientist.  I don’t BELIEVE.

And look at what I can do. 

At the present moment, I’m learning podcasting.  It is a multi-step process in getting this launched.  However, I believe – BELIEVE I can learn these steps and skills, therefore, I’m on my way.

First comes desire. 
Then belief. 

Belief comes, sometimes, with time and seasoning.  I didn’t start writing seriously until I was sixty.  I had thought about it, dreamed of becoming a writer, and one fine day I said, “Today is the day.  I believe I can.”  And so, I am. 

It is okay to let your beliefs simmer on the back burner for a while.  Some ideas need more cooking time.  Maybe you and your desire need that one spark that tells you “today is the day.”  And when that day comes, CHARGE with a full tank of belief.

This is what is on my mind today.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time