With holistic principles and simple action steps, author Anthony Q. Knotts shows you how to be MORE, do MORE, and have MORE:
*Confidence *Money *Time *Balance *Hope
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YOU CAN BE M.O.R.E.MOTIVATING OTHERS TO REACH EXCELLE
By ANTHONY Q. KNOTTS
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2012 Anthony Q. Knotts
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Chapter OneYOU CAN BE M.O.R.E.!
The Japanese have developed the most dynamic and prosperous economy in the world since the close of the Second World War, with the help of a business philosophy from American William Demery) called "Kaizen."
Kaizen essentially means "continuous improvement". Japanese companies made it their number one priority to constantly improve their products, services, and business processes. The dominant question in the minds of Japanese executives and managers was and still is, "How can we improve on these products, services or business processes?" The effectiveness of this way of thinking is evident in the success of the Japanese economy and the availability of Japanese products and services throughout the world.
Over the years companies who employ the Kaizen approach have managed to develop and maintain a strategic advantage over their competitors. On the other hand, the majority of those companies that do not make continuous improvements inevitably go out of business. This book is all about a Kaizen approach to Being, Doing and Having MORE in Life. Your life is your business and your main business is your life. In order to maintain your own advantage in life and be more, you must make continuous improvement a major priority. An approach that can make a country like Japan, among others, successful can work as well with any individual that embraces this philosophy.
Personal Improvement is not an option; it's imperative
In Japanese the word is pronounced "ky-zen". Kai means "change in action to correct", while Zen means "good". So quite literally, Kaizen means "an action to change for the good" and "to make something better in one's own eyes". Kaizen aims to improve productivity in life by minimizing and eliminating waste. I think this is the solution to many problems that we face in our world today.
The Chinese translation supports my thinking. It is worth noting that while extremely similar to the Japanese, the Chinese translation adds "benefit" to the definition of the word. In this regard, the term "Kaizen" refers to positive change that not only triggers the improvement of individuals, but also society as a whole. Kaizen, from the Chinese perspective, concentrates on improving society by improving the individual. Everyone is a valued contributor to the success of society and must therefore be given the necessary education, tools and encouragement to contribute on a continuous basis. In his or her way.
Personal improvement is not an option; it is imperative. It is simply the process by which you become stronger spiritually, mentally, physically, and financially. It is the never-ending quest and commitment to becoming all that you can be (MORE), fueled by a firm belief in your own potential. Those who are committed to personal development believe that they can perform better and get better results if they are better conditioned to do so. They have, therefore, committed to a process of lifelong conditioning through personal improvement.
Continuous personal improvement can't be achieved if you don't invest in yourself. We live in a time where people want fast—and they want it for free. You have to be willing to invest in yourself before you expect someone else to do so.
Every minute that you spend reading personal development books, listening to personal development audio/video programs, participating in seminars and workshops, prayer and meditation, working out at the gym and worshipping at church amounts to a wise investment in yourself. Over a period of time these kinds of investments will yield a remarkable return because you did more so you could have MORE.
The opposite is also true. The failure to invest quality time, money and effort into your own personal growth to become more will eventually exclude you from the opportunities that the future holds. Your best and most profitable investment is the one you make in yourself to be MORE. I recommend that you invest at least 10% of your time and money into your own education and personal development.
I recommend that you invest at least 10% of your time and money into your own education and personal development
Take time out for yourself, spend money on yourself, and do things for yourself. By doing so, you will avoid a future collision with regret. Regret is perhaps one of the most painful human emotions. It hurts because it points an often unnecessary finger at you and blames you for whatever is going wrong. Regret says "If you had taken a different road back then you wouldn't be hurting so badly now." Regret blames you and beats you up for wasting time, money and energy. I wrote You Can Be MORE not only to help you avoid the collision with regrets, but also to contribute to you getting MORE results out of life. So invest in yourself NOW and know that Byrdie and I believe that you can be MORE.
I.R.A. (Identify issues, take Responsibility, Action plan)
1. In what areas of my life have I settled for less than the best? Why? ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________
2. What can I do to improve in these areas? ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________
3. How will I accomplish this improvement? ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________
Regret blames you and beats you up for wasting time, money and energy.
Chapter TwoM.O.R.E. ADVERSITY
"If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small." —King Solomon
In June of 2007, Byrdie and I had the thrill of a lifetime. We were given two free tickets to attend the NBA finals game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs. LeBron James and Tim Duncan—I could not believe my eyes! What was even better was that our tickets were box seats five rows behind LeBron's mom. They also gave us backcourt access to all the free food and drinks we could consume. While back there we saw some of the past NBA greats, like Patrick Ewing, walk by our table. All of this was possible because we had the right admission tickets.
One year later, however, I found myself facing one of the greatest tests of my life. This time pain, suffering, stress, and other difficulties were the price of admission. Like the experience of the NBA finals, I could not believe my eyes. Life seemed to be on the rise; yet so many positive things had happened the prior year.
Now two years after that personal life Katrina, I pondered the following statements and questions: In a world without hurdles there are no champions. Without suffering there are no saints. Without battles there are no victories. Without rain there are no rainbows. Doesn't it appear that a world that includes pain is more rewarding than one that doesn't? Isn't heat necessary to produce gold, pressure and polishing necessary to produce diamonds, and adversity necessary to produce my character? Absolutely!
A wise person rightly said that adversity introduces a man to himself.
I discovered after that period of adversity (not the NBA finals) that even under the worst circumstances we can choose to focus on the positive rather than the negative. Thomas A. Edison is a great example. In 1914, a fire almost destroyed his New Jersey laboratories. Valuable records of his experiments and two million dollars worth of equipment were lost. After surveying the damage, the sixty-seven year old Edison said "There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew."
Let me ask you a question. Do you feel that with each step forward, adverse circumstances pull you two steps back? If so, you're not alone. Most people feel the same way. A wise person rightly said that adversity introduces a man to himself. You have to decide how much suffering your pain is going to inflict upon you and those around you. Here are a few ways of thinking that will help you turn adversity into a positive experience.
Adversity is a Symptom, Not a Cause
Often adversity is a symptom of some other deeper problem. Maybe you just lost your home, and you feel lost amidst the devastation. But do you try to figure out why you lost a home? What made you so susceptible to the mortgage crisis? Was it really the right time for you to purchase? Similarly, if you or a loved one is sick, is it due to lifestyle or eating habits? Is it simply your attitude? As physical pain is often a symptom of some malady, your adversity may also be a symptom of another problem. Although your first priority is to handle the current situation, you should make a mental note to ascertain the real of the source of the problem. Unless you solve it, you will keep getting into similar situations. Remember: every problem has a solution.
Adversity is a Teacher
Sometimes adversity comes to your life to suggest a change indirection. Dr. Wanda D. Turner stated in her book, Celebrate Change, that "complications are those painful things that God allows into your life at those junctures where change is not an option. It is mandatory."
When someone leaves your life, business, or church there is no use sulking and blaming yourself or frankly, even the other person. At one point when people began to leave the church I pastor, I spent so much time talking about the people who had left that I forgot about the ones who remained. Then one day one of my new sons from the ministry, came to me and politely said, "Pastor, will you please stop talking about who left and start teaching us who are still here."
What a wake-up call. John Churton said, "In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends." Confucius once said, "I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet." This is so true. Rather than getting bogged down with our own problems we should pay attention to people who happily survive—and even prosper—despite all odds. When we open our eyes and take a look at the larger world, we will be happy to know how well life has treated us. We then realize it could be worse and count our blessings.
When a mother eagle believes her eaglets are large enough to learn how to fly, she begins to take apart the nest and push the eaglets out. After this rude awakening, the eaglets discover they have wings! They can fly! I now realize that God uses the adversity in our lives for the same purpose. He wants to nudge us, pushing us off one cliff after another, in the hope that one day we too will discover our wings and soar to new heights.
In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friend."
Adversity is like standing before a grave. It can make you come alive or it can bury you. Dealing with adversity is never easy. Yet conquering the adversity will give you confidence, inspire others, and make you ready for the next challenge in your life. Understand that adversity is like rain and the sun. It will fall and shine on all the same. Rich or poor, black or white, old or young—all will experience adversity at some point in life. Adversity is part of life. So don't fight it; accept it.
Adversity is Inevitable
It is simply naïve to think that you can walk through life or embark upon a project without some form of adversity. Positive action always seems to attract adversity. In fact, the ability to anticipate adversity is one of the key skills necessary to overcome it and move on to MORE. For those who maintain a positive outlook on life, adversity can be a builder. But to the negative thinker, adversity is nothing but a MORE blocker. People who desire to be MORE, do MORE or have MORE operate by Murphy's Law. This law states that "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time." It is designed to take the naiveté out of the planning process, so that planners and pursuers of MORE can:
1. Anticipate it
2. Avoid it (if possible)
3. Answer it (developing solutions to problems before they arrive)
But isn't Murphy's Law rather negative? No! Anticipating problems is only negative if you use it to justify poor planning or procrastination.
If, on the other hand, you use it to develop advanced solutions, then it is nothing short of being proactive.
Adversity is Conquerable
William Thompson, my mentor, say severy problem has a solution. This means all adversity in life can be conquered instead of it conquering you. What you believe about conquering adversity will determine how hard you look for the answer. If you believe that it can and must be conquered, you will not stop seeking the answer until you find it. For example Morris D. Rouff invented Formula 409 after 408 failed attempts. He treated each failure as a learning experience. What do you think kept him going in spite of 408 failures? It was his belief that all adversity in life can be conquered and there is an answer.
Adversity is Beneficial
There is a mysterious blessing hidden in all adversity you face. The gift Of power always comes securely wrapped up in adversity. If you conquer adversity, you get the power. It's that simple. Adversity survivors are problem solvers. Problem solvers become more powerful with each problem solved because they acquire new knowledge and skills. With each victory their self-esteem rises and with it, their confidence.
Adversity is part of life. So don't fight it; accept it.
It is as though your hidden potential and creative genius are asleep inside of you waiting for a problem of sufficient magnitude to come along and wake up the Adversity is Incredible Hulk within you. There part of life. Is a glorious purpose for all adversity you face. When you understand the purpose of the adversity you can harness its power. There is a fourfold purpose of your adversity. It is ...
To Empty Out Hidden Potential In You: Hidden within you are the most incredible capabilities, concepts and creativity. However, your inner genius will never be known until the right kind of pressure forces it out. Your adversity serves to bring out of you a new dimension of competence, conceptualization and creativity that you would not have otherwise known. One of my favorite scriptures in the Holy Bible is Proverbs 24:10, which states "If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small." Adversity reveals to you that there is MORE power in you.
To Energize You: There are only two great energizers in life, pain and pleasure. Adversity comes along whenever we get lethargic, lazy, casual or indifferent, and spurs us to stop wasting time because it hurts. In this way, adversity can strengthen your resolve to achieve goals and pursue MORE. Adversity may feed your faith, strengthen your beliefs and reinforce your personal values. There are some moves you will never make in life until the pain of staying put outweighs the potential pain of taking action to be MORE, do MORE, and have MORE.
To Educate You: In the process of finding answers to adversity, you will acquire new knowledge and skills for yourself. You will discover, develop and began to demonstrate things about yourself you didn't know before the adversity. Often the adversity will drive you to people, places and even prayer to gain information in which you would not otherwise have been interested. The adversity, in this way, educates you because it pushes and prepares you for MORE.
Every problem has A solution
To Elevate You: Once you have been emptied, energized and educated you are processed for promotion. Going into the adversity you just had the mindset of survival, but because you endured it you are qualified for elevation. When I played running back on the 1985 and 1986 2A state championship Lexington Senior High football teams, one of my favorite Coaches, Charlie England, would always say, "No pain, no gain." Interestingly enough, he would always say it when we were running a conditioning drill called "County Fair". This was a drill in which the pain was so intense we all wanted to just puke and quit. But somehow we managed to persevere through and it helped make us repeat state champions!
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 You Can Be M.O.R.E....................1
Chapter 2 M.O.R.E. Adversity....................7
Chapter 3 M.O.R.E. Goals....................17
Chapter 4 M.O.R.E. Time....................25
Chapter 5 No M.O.R.E. Procrastination....................32
Chapter 6 M.O.R.E. Balance....................42
Chapter 7 M.O.R.E. Self-Esteem....................52
Chapter 8 M.O.R.E. Positive Self Talk....................61
Chapter 9 M.O.R.E. Confidence....................68
Chapter 10 M.O.R.E. Hope....................74
Chapter 11 M.O.R.E. Re-education....................79
Chapter 12 M.O.R.E. Financial Literacy....................86
Chapter 13 M.O.R.E. Money....................93
Chapter 14 No M.O.R.E. Debt....................102
Chapter 15 M.O.R.E. Mentors....................115
Chapter 16 No M.O.R.E. Excuses....................125