“Together, one mind, one soul, one life, one small step at a time, let’s see how many people we can encourage, impact, enrich, empower… and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
Picture: Paddleboard Nelson by Gemma Campbell in the scenic and tranquil “little” haven that is New Zealand
Don’t worry about the world ending today…
it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil “little” New Zealand
“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
“Life is about finding, then following the dream… and
one’s dream/vision comes to reality through believing in
yourself, making the commitment and then creating it.”
“Some men see things as they are and say: ‘Why?’
I dream things that never were and say, ‘Why not?’”
– George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist, essayist and critic (1856-1950)
“All big men are dreamers.
They see things in the soft haze of a spring day;
or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening.
Some of us let great dreams die;
but others nourish and protect them,
nurse them through bad days,
till they bring them to the sunshine and light,
which comes always to those who sincerely hope
that their dreams will come true.”
– Woodrow Wilson (1856-1925)
President of the United States (1913-1921)
“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even ‘impassible’) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”
“When I let go of what (and who) I think I am, I become all that I can be… and am capable of being.”
– craig (as adapted and inspired from Lao Tzu)
Picture by my old friend John (whose “photographic talents” I definitely do not possess!)
web site http://jetpix.wordpress.com/
“Together, one mind, one life, one small step at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact and encourage to reach their fullest potentials.”
Article Title: How to Follow your Wildest Dreams through Faith (from Inspirational Books by Dr NV Peale)
Submitted by Craig Lock
Category (key words): NV Peale, Self Help, Personal Growth, Inspiration, Dreams, Faith
This article (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print
“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
The submitter has been studying and researching the overlap between the mind the spiritual, the blend between psychology and theology for some time. This article was extracted from my notes on reading the most inspiring book ‘A GUIDE TO CONFIDENT LIVING’ by Dr Norman Vincent Peale (author of the Power of Positive Thinking), who did so much ground-breaking work in this fascinating field. Thank you sincerely, Dr Peale for sharing your insights and wisdom in encouraging me through your words down my ‘untrodden path’; but most of all, for serving as a vessel to illuminate God’s unlimited love for ALL of us, His children.
Only faith is stronger than fear. What is the technique for developing faith? It is to affirm the positive faith. Faith begins as a thin trickle across the mind. Repeated it becomes habitual.
Fear can never defeat faith.
Rid yourself of the thoughts that are poisoning your mind. THINK your way to success and happiness. Keep your mind free from confusion and all the creative ideas you need will be yours.
A man is what he thinks. “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” As a man thinks habitually in his conscious and subconscious mind, that is what he becomes. Marcus Aurelius: “Our life is what our thoughts make of it.” The famous American philosopher, RW Emerson: “A man is what he thinks about all day long.
Here’s a great philosophy for you:
Trust God, work hard, put your business in God’s hands, and serve people.
Scientist Alexis Carrel: “The most powerful form of energy one can generate is prayer. Prayer, like radium is a luminous and self generating form of energy.”
We get what we need by:
3. by prayer
Jesse Owens, the famous black American sprinter in the thirties was born into an extremely poor, yet very loving family. Jesse was a frail, not at all rugged and skinny kid. His mother, a devout Christian, was a very positive person, who constantly encouraged her son to “become somebody”.
“But I’m just little and black.”
“Never talk that way, son. God made you and loves you, and if you believe and follow our dear Lord Jesus Christ, you will make your old mother’s heart glad.”
One day at school assembly, Jesse listened to the great athlete named Charlie Paddock, hailed by sports writers as the “fastest man alive”. Paddock was going to schools and motivating kids. Paddock looked over kids and there was absolute silence.
“Do you know who you are? Well I’m here to tell you. You are children of God. You are Americans and you have it in you to become what you want to be, if you know what that is, if you will form a goal, if you believe in that goal and in yourself, if you work hard and never give up. If you trust God all the way, you can be what you want to be; and that is the plain truth about every one of you.”
These remarks burned into Jesse’s young mind and in that instant he knew precisely what he wanted to be. Indeed he saw an image of himself as being just that. Jesse Owens ran to his coach, shouting: “Coach, I’ve got a dream. I’m going to be the next Charlie Paddock. I’m going to be the fastest man alive.”
The coach, a wise and kindly man, put his arm around the shoulder of the slight, skinny kid. “That’s right Jesse, have a dream. You can never go higher than you can dream. But you can go as high as you can dream.” Then the coach added: “But you will have to climb a ladder to your dreams and it can be steep and hard going. And on that ladder to your dreams are four rungs:
1. the first is determination
4. the fourth is attitude.”
The coach emphasised the importance of each rung, but stressed the extra importance of ATTITUDE. “Your attitude towards your goal, towards yourself, towards life, and toward God Almighty will determine or not whether your dream will come true.”
At the Berlin Olympics in 1936 Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals. He was the winner in the 100 and 200 metre sprints. His record in the long jump had not been equalled for 24 years. High on the list of American sports immortals was the name of Jesse Owens.
What a person can do in life to counteract the pernicious mental attitude that comprises the “3 L’s”: lack, loss and limitation. Use the positive words of that often-used expression, “It’ll be right on the night” (or “this too shall someday pass”) and imprint them deeply on your subconscious mind.
A positive attitude may not take all of us to Jesse Owen’s level of success; but it can lift us to heights we would not otherwise attain in our endeavours.
CHOOSE who and what you want to BE (and BECOME)
You have to have a PLAN to make your dreams come true.
You need PERSISTENCE in following it through
MAKE the DECISION today … to be all that God created you to become.
Craig Lock (Eagle Productions NZ)
“Create a dream and give it everything you have,
You could be surprised just how
much you are capable of achieving.
If you don’t have a dream…borrow one!
Any what way, you must have a dream.”
– Jesse Owens, famous American sprinter who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
“Lord, broaden my horizons for all the rich promises you have in store for me”.
About the submitter:
Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information and insights to try to make a difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life’s magical journey to live their dreams and be all they can be… and that brings him the greatest joy. In his life mission Craig hopes to help, encourage, motivate, uplift and perhaps even inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials. His dream is seeing people finding, striving for the “seemingly impossible” and one day perhaps even realising their personal goals and dreams.
The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at
Hard-copies and e-books, fiction and nonfiction: self help, novels, travel, humour, writing, inspiration and money management
All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE!
Cut out that negativity and practice what you “preach”, by showing some faith now, craig. Immediately. “Yessir”!
“A book is small enough to hold in your hand; but when you read it, the walls fall away and you’re in a room as big as the world.”
Together, one mind at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.
“We have it all within, but we get all from without, the Ultimate Source.”
“You are as great as your thoughts, as big as your heart and as vast as your imagination.”
– my good friend, Dr Andy Eastcott, Gisborne, New Zealand
This article may be freely published, electronically or in print
“It was always seems impossible….until it gets done.”
– my inspiration, Nelson Mandela
Article Title: Put Your Dream to the Test by John Maxwell (from “Motivational and Inspirational Self Help Books“)
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Category/Key words: Dreams, dream information, self help books, motivational and inspirational books, John Maxwell, success, success principles, achievement, self help, personal growth, motivation, inspiration, empowerment, life purpose (enough there for now, craig)
Web Sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig
This article (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print.
“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
Craig has been studying the amazing powers of the human mind for the past two decades (now his “life-long hobby”). These are some notes I took from an uplifting and inspiring address by Dr John Maxwell from the ‘Hour of Power’ television programme (he has written a new book), so (even if you are not “religiously-minded”) I am sharing the contents of this author’s work in the spirit of encouraging and hopefully even inspiring those people to just GO FOR IT with all you’ve got. Nothing is impossible, if you earnestly desire it and work hard at achieving your dreams. Thank you sincerely, Dr Maxwell for sharing your most uplifting words of wisdom in encouraging me to follow my passion and reach for my personal dreams down the “un-trodden path of self fulfilment”. I in turn am passing them on through the amazing power of the ‘net’. Enjoy…
PUT YOUR DREAM TO THE TEST AND HOW TO SURVIVE THE SURPRIZE by Dr John Maxwell
“It took me twenty long years of blood, sweat and floods of tears to become an overnight success.”
– an anymoose writer”
In his new book, ‘Put Your Dream to the Test’), John Maxwell is talking about the dream journey of the bible-character, Joseph. And there are parallels that each one of us can learn from Joseph in following the path of our own dreams. A first lesson: Each great journey has a great price. The questions to ask yourself to make your wildest dreams come true:
1. Am I willing to pay the price for my dream? Don’t be limited by your thinking (eg fleas in a bottle learnt not to jump high). There is always a cost to reaching your dreams. Family and friends often react negatively to your dream. Always remember, along the journey, you will have more “downs” than “ups”.
3. Always remember, God is with you in the tough times, the “dark ” days and hours in the valleys. Along the journey we become closely attached to God, our “closest companion” through our “ups and downs”… to guide, strengthen and comfort us. God is ALWAYS faithful “If God is with us, everybody else might as well be too!” – John Maxwell
* Attitude is a CHOICE The attitude I have today is a choice. It’s my responsibility… TODAY! Invest in others. Put others first. Help them achieve THEIR dreams. Add value to them (and their lives) There are four ways to do that:
1. Value people, first
2. Add value to what others value.
3. By making ourselves more valuable
4. By doing things God values – that have an eternal nature.
NB: Be forgiving – no matter what someone has done to you. Have a forgiving spirit.
Part Four: In his address (based on his new book, ‘Put Your Dream to the Test’), John Maxwell is talking about the dream journey of Joseph. Joseph went from being a “believer” into a “buyer of the dream”, he really “bought into” his dream and “survived the surprise”. He fully trusted God (though “bad things can still happen to good people”).
NOW THAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED YOUR WILDEST DREAM(S)… WHAT NEXT?
Once we achieve, receive our dream, how to make the most of it? My dream is HERE. Often we can impact others more through sharing our failures more than our successes (a failure is just a person, who hasn’t succeeded …YET!). Now that you have achieved your dream…
* Be GENEROUS
* HELP others.. through adding value to them…. through your success (and what you’ve learnt along the way). Remember: ” God will not give to us, what will not flow through us” So share the benefits of your dream with others. Ask yourself: “Does my success, achieving my dream, benefit others in some way?” “Will other people be blessed with the God-given dream inside me?” .
1. Be GENEROUS
2 Be HUMBLE. “If the Lord makes you successful… one day, I’ll keep you humble.”
– a wife (I won’t say whose!)
Remember: “divine promotion is better than self promotion”) God raised me up. God helps those who can’t help themselves, when we are in over our heads and God makes the difference in achieving our dreams. Keeps us humble. CHOOSE to give God the glory, pass it on . Say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:3)
3 Have an attitude TO WIN Say “I CAN…one sunny day!
4. Live with an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE Always remember… God has already equipped you with all that you need to achieve your goals and even your wildest dreams . It usually takes a long time for your dream to lift off (the bigger the dream, the longer it takes). So be PATIENT. Wait on your dream. Trials and tribulations bring patience. Dreams are conceived in the mind long before they are realised. Dreams are like a large aircraft, a Jumbo jet on the runway. It takes a lot of energy for them to lift off, but then you soar freely. You can, if you THINK you can. Just believe in your dream…and yourself!
5. Use the great power of the human imagination to the fullest.
“Whatever the mind can conceive, can be achieved”.
Do all this in following YOUR dream and you WILL soar high and allow you to be all God intended you to be and become. You CAN do it … and in doing so you’ll surprize yourself at what is “humanly” possible!
Makes your dreams BIG enough for God, the Ultimate Source to fit in!
BELIEVE it (first) …then SEE your dreams come true
Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)
“Believing is seeing”
“I believe that God creates us with different gifts; so that in life’s journey each one of us, experiences challenges, things that give us joy and using our gifts allow us to bless the world around us.”
“Look within and you will find and receive from Without.”
“We have it all within, but we get all from without, the Ultimate Source.” – craig
“You are as great as your thoughts, as big as your heart and as vast as your imagination.” – my good friend, Dr Andy Eastcott, Gisborne, New Zealand
and one’s dream/vision comes to reality through believing in
yourself, making the commitment and then creating it.”
Craig has been following his dream for many years. He likes (rather loves) to share knowledge and insights from his life experiences with dashes of humour to try and help others in ‘every little way’ he can… without being too much of a “Mr goody-goody boring two shoes” (although they may be different colours and he’s lost the other one) . Craig believes the spiritual dimension is something we can all “tap into”… like ‘a sixth sense’, which gives each person ‘superior wisdom’ (“Infinite Wisdom from the Ultimate Source”) in making decisions and choosing one’s path in life.
He loves encouraging people to find, then follow their dreams in life… truly believing that with hard work, dedication, faith, and patience absolutely ANYTHING is possible to achieve (accomplish) in life
The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at:
‘The Awakened Spirit’ and ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’, based on some true and inspiring stories
of the unquenchable, the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us. Stories of ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Unlimited (Grand) Horizons’.
These ebooks are already available at the above web sites.
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“Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, lets see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED
PS: I love these words of inspiration, so am sharing. Enjoy…
“I wish you well on a rainy day I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth to remind you that happiness can happen when you least expect it.
I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile to show you the simple beauty of life and to give you the magic of dreams come true.
I wish you rainbows I wish you well.”
– Larry S. Chenges
Click on John Maxwell’s great Youtube videos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcKbfmukP9U