Monday, February 20, 2017

Doubts Kill

A thought …


“Doubt kill more dreams 
than failure ever will.”
~Suzy Kassem

Doubts stop us in mid stride. 
They bind us in the death-grip of fear.
Doubts kill our most worthy ambitions and dreams.

Doubt is nothing more than a huge lack of self-confidence.

Self – that is the critical work here.

We fail to believe in our dreams.

How tragic.

What are we going to do about that?

If doubts kill … then belief must have reviving powers.

You think?

Maybe, perhaps, it is time to kill doubt with a big dose of belief.

Could it be?


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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Ideas Don't Come with a Guarantee

We love guarantees.  I have one for this computer I use.  One came with the printer we just purchased.  I love guarantees as much as the next person.

But ideas … they don’t come with a guarantee.

That is when we live on the edge … when we have an idea and attempt to make it come to life. 

No guarantee.
No assurance any part of it will work.

All we have is the gut sensation within ourselves and a tremendous amount of belief. 


Ideas Don’t Come with a Guarantee.  

Never have.

Never will.

And ideas are born and raised every day. 

What is your idea?
What is your plan?
What is your ability to see it succeed?

And if it doesn’t … what then?

Those are the real questions for any noble endeavor.

Somewhere in there you might indeed find your guarantee … your self-insured guarantee policy against failure.

It’s really up to you!


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

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Will We Try Again

What if nobody shows up?  Will we try again?

What if nobody buys our book or CD?  Will we try again?

What if we’re down 21 to 3 at the half in the
Super Bowl?  Will we keep trying?

What if we go through bankruptcy?  Will we try to recover?

How’s your faith?
How much do you believe in your dream, your widget, your team, your talent?  If you have enough belief, enough faith, then, indeed, you will try again?

The 51st Super Bowl just ended.  The New England Patriots pulled off a miracle.  They came from behind and won the game in overtime.  I would dare say they had belief on their side. 

And when we fail … when breaks fall away from us instead of toward us, then we decide.  We screw our courage to the sticking place and try again.

Life doesn’t come with a golden parachute.  There are no guarantees for success.  We just keep trying. 

WE KEEP TRYING!


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

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Unprepared

Even in some moments when we are unprepared, we leap.  We leap and discover the joy of the leap.  We leap, and it is like unto an act of faith.  Where we will land is unknown.  What will happen after we land, we have perhaps only a vague idea.  And we leap.  

~We leap, because there is no guarantee of
success.
~We leap, because the dream is greater than the risk.
~We leap, because we must know what our dream, our wants, our desires, our destiny is all about.

Unprepared realizes that sometimes we’ll never be fully prepared.  We’ll think and rethink, we’ll guess and second guess, we’ll dream and back away because we fear.

Sometimes we just make the leap. 

We make the leap and discover the edge of our fear, and sometimes in leaping we plough right on through the edge and find new edges. 

Leap!  Don’t wait for the guarantee.  It may not work … yet, it may. 

LEAP!



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

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Danger of Shallow Wells

“You can’t draw 
much water out of 
a shallow well.” 
~Jim Garlow – Pastor Skyline Church 
San Diego, CA

If you are thirsty, find a deep well.  Find a reservoir in which a person could almost drown – at least metaphorically.

I read or I die!  What a profound statement.  And it is true.  I can measure the goodness of my content by my reading life. 

 And so I go and find good wells of insight, good books, and authors who can stretch me, inspire me, make me pause in mid-sentence and say “Wow!”

I’m just now discovering Hemingway and Steinbeck.  These are two deep wells from which I am just beginning to drink.

Other wells that I love to hang around are …
~TED Talks
~Christa Tippet – On Being
~Brennan Manning and Philip Yancey (for
   the Christian mindset)
~Bob Goff - what a fresh drink he is.
~Julia Cameron (The Artist Way and others)
~Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich and
   others)
~Earl Nightingale (The Strangest Secret)

And how could I ever forget Seth Godin.  He’s the man!  Insightful, on-purpose, challenging, astute.  I get a daily dose of Seth in my in-box.

Shallow wells don’t do it for me.  Lead me to deep wells and I shall drink deeply.


P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Moments of 'Stupid'

Moments of ‘Stupid’
January 16, 2017

Carolyn and I got new iPhones a while back.  For two or three days, I felt stupid.  I knew my old phone so well, and now this – this stupid-maker needed to be unlocked and turned into a functioning tool. 

For a while I felt stupid.  And then it worked.  I learned. 

This happens to all of us, doesn’t it?  And isn’t that the way we learn?

I have a friend who is a biological researcher.  She probably feels stupid for most of her work hours, for she is working on a cure for a certain strain of cancer.  Can you imagine leaving work every day and having feelings of ‘stupid’?

And she keeps going back to work.  She keeps trying to unlock the code to success.  Aren’t we glad she does, and others like her?

Stupid has a partner you know.  FEAR!

When we feel stupid we are afraid. 
~What if I never succeed?
 ~What if I never get another date?
  ~What if I flunk this test?
   ~What if I fall on my face in front of everybody?

And we try anyway.  We continue to get back up, swing the bat a few more times or run the quarter-back sneak play one more time.

Unfortunately, our mighty Seahawks lost their chance to play in this year’s Superbowl.  I don’t know all the emotions running through their collective minds but I’m sure some feel stupid over a certain out-of-position move on a certain play.  And perhaps there is a touch of fear of “will we ever win another Superbowl?

The answer to all of this?

Yes!  We can win again.  We can find the cure.  WE CAN!

And how? 

Maybe through some simple changes.  My biologist friend doesn’t keep doing the same test with the same ingredients hoping for a different answer.  She changes. 

SHE CHANGES!

Change hurts.  Change is often no fun.

And we do it anyway. 

Change can bring growth.  Change can be a great thing. 

Change might may us feel stupid for a while.  And we hate the feeling of stupid. 

However … how about looking at life this way …




Stupid could be a good thing.  What if stupid simply means …

I may not know the answer today, but I’m closer than yesterday, I’m better than last week or last season.  And ‘stupid’ then becomes our motivator toward knowledge, skills gained, and making an iPhone work.

Stupid can be a very good thing.

Very good!


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