This is a wonderful short message and inspiration from Andy Andrews about Hope and your life. Are you expecting great things for Your Life?
This is a wonderful short message and inspiration from Andy Andrews about Hope and your life. Are you expecting great things for Your Life?
I am constantly in awe of other people’s stories and journey’s. Eric spoke at my church last year and I was blown away by his story. Now, with I am Second, I’m even more impressed. I hope you enjoy! – Rusty
Eric Metaxas wanted to touch God. For him, the universe was like this giant frozen lake. We spend our lives atop the ice attempting to drill down to the water below and touch God. But Eric’s God was more an “it” than a “he”, a collective consciousness rather than a personal deity, something akin to the “Force” without the Jedi powers. He cringed when people spoke of following Jesus or knowing God, because God wasn’t a person you could name or a being you could know. New York Times #1 Best Selling author, speaker at the president’s National Prayer Breakfast, and frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, and other national media outlets, Eric Metaxas never believed in blind faith. He never expected be a spokesman for God, that is until he had a dream that changed everything.
I recently read an article on Mashable called, “Don’t fear your kids’ technology use, Embrace it“ and it really hit home with me. Monitoring my kids are using social media activities has always been a hobby of mine because I believe that it’s every parents responsibility to monitor what their kids are doing on social media and give guidance on how to use it responsibly. If you’re afraid of how kids’ are using social media, then maybe it’s time you joined the community and started looking around.
My teenagers have been using social media for years, and typically, refrained from a lot of the horror stories that are keeping parents up at night. I’m not saying it’s been a smooth ride, but for the most part, they’ve been able to use it and not make me want to hide my face in public. I attribute a lot of their actions to discussing the expectations and best practices, but more importantly because they know “Big Brother” is watching.
Let’s face it, kids have seven ways to Sunday to stay connected to their friends today. And with the ever abundant app store bringing us new ways to share, it’s almost overwhelming to try and keep up. But keep up, we must!
Here are 5 reason’s “Why” I monitor my kids’ Social Media and why you should too!
I hope you gained a little insight as to why I think it’s important to follow my kids on social media and why you should too. If you think I’m crazy, or spot on, I would love for you to leave a comment. One last thing as I go.
What are you doing to monitor your kids on-line?
Rusty Boozer is the founder of rustyboozer.com, a blog about living and working with purpose. He writes about Leadership, Technology, Education and how to add value to the lives of others. Follow him @rusbooz1
Here is a great shareable from Copyblogger! If you’ve ever tried to write a novel or a blog post, 10 rules can get your first draft off with a bang. - Rusty
Mainly because I type like a third grader, but more importantly, because it stresses me out with the amount I receive everyday.
Don’t get me wrong, while I love digital communications, especially as it pertains to social media, I still get a ton of emails on a daily basis. Most of them useless responses or FYI’s just to keep me in the endless loop of mindless information. And if you’re a mobile person like myself, Forget about it, — it will pile up faster than you can say Gmail.
If your e-mail has you stressed out, then follow these simple steps to de-stres your email by 4 o’clock.
Make Your Goal Zero
The number one way to stay de-stressed with your e-mail is to get your inbox to zero everyday. Whether your filing for later, responding or deleting, you should be working toward that goal on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong, it won’t always happen, but to not have those overwhelming feelings of stuff to do, you’ll need to shoot for the goal everyday.
Follow a System
I’m a huge fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done. If you haven’t read any of David’s books, then I would recommend them immediately. Don’t forget to check out his GTD set-up guides as well. The GTD system is perfect for setting a process to deal with your overwhelming amount of e-mail. It’s also a perfect system for getting yourself organized and focused throughout other areas of your life. By quickly making a judgement on what action to take on all your information, it will give you a quick and simple way to plow through your e-mails and decide what you need to respond to, file or delete. Once that’s done, it’s easy to assign a priority and start chopping away at the important ones.
Create a Auto-Responder
Most of you may not even know what an auto-responder is, much less, how to set one up. Think of it in the terms of the “Away from my e-mail” response when you’re on vacation. I like to set mine to let folks know that I only answer emails at certain times of the day and that if they would like to reach me quicker, then leave a voicemail on my cell phone. You may be thinking that you’re trading one evil for the next but, I’ve found that if people start understanding your response preferences, then they will usually do what you ask. Not to mention, it will usually lower the amount of less important emails because sometimes it takes to much energy to make a call and hold a conversation.
About 50% of the e-mail stress we have is self-inflicted. We subscribe to every list, product or service known to man and the on-slought starts. We start receiving coupons, newsletters and alerts and we just can’t seem to get out from underneath the piles and piles of electronic waste. That is a perfect time to unsubscribe. At the bottom of most emails, is a link that will let you edit your subscription preference or just unsubscribe. That is the easiest way to eliminate unwanted junk mail will help keep your inbox clean. And if you want to keep receiving the helpful information, I would suggest an RSS Reader. You can subscribe to an RSS feed and still receive the important information you want, while eliminating the clutter in your inbox.
Progress not Perfection
This one may seem like a no-brainer but it needs to be said, Keep Moving! With the exception of deleting your e-mail account, you’re never going to find the perfect system for eliminating stress that e-mail causes. But you can find ways to manage it — so keep making progress. If something doesn’t work that you’re trying now, then look for something else. Stop looking for perfection and keep moving.
I hope this gives you a little insight into ways to de-stress your email. If you have other great ideas or a suggestion for a better process to handle e-mail, then let me know. Leave a comment or send me an email.
I want to hear from you.
I thought it would be a great idea to start having cartoon Friday. I found this funny little shot at webpal.net about Cloud Access. Have a great weekend. – Rusty
Are you one of the people that hits the snooze button on the alarm 10 times before you finally roll yourself out of bed or are you someone that hits the ground running and can’t wait to get things started? Whether you consider yourself a morning person or not, how you start the day can determine how the rest of your day will go. So, to help you get started, I’ve listed a few quick tips that will help you start your day better and get you off to a positive, more productive day.
Studies have shown that people who consider themselves “early riser” tend to be happier and more productive than those who classified themselves as not. And even if you don’t believe the studies, there is some validity to getting up early and starting your day before everyone has the opportunity to start breaking down your spirit and pulling you in a million different directions. Well — maybe not breaking your spirit, but at least keeping your from getting the things done that you need to by the end of the day.
Here are 5 quick tips to start your day better and make you more productive
1. Early to Bed and Early to Rise
That may be an old wives tale but the truth of the matter is that we are an exhausted society. We burn the candles at both ends and never seem to get anything done. In this instant gratification world, we have to make it a priority to get the rest that we need every day. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep will not only help you be more alert and productive the next day but it will help you reset your internal clock make getting up the next morning easier.
2. The TV Doesn’t Love You
Don’t start your day with the TV even if you only watch the news. Today’s sensational TV is nothing but overhyped opinions and bad news waiting to subconsciously sabotage your mind and attitude. We are a sum-total of our environment and if we fill our minds with negative influences, we’ll tend to reflect that the rest of the day. You can easily change that just by getting up a little earlier and filling yourself with positive thoughts and images. The easiest way that I’ve found to do that is to start my day by reading my bible. If, that’s not for you, then I would suggest reading another positive book, listening to uplifting music or just using the time to reflect on good times or thoughts. Start your day this way and you’ll see a major difference in your life.
3. Eat a Good Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and what what you fuel it with will determine if your body has the power to face the day or sputters and spits before running out of gas by lunch. A good breakfast high in protein and fiber, like eggs and fruit will help get you started and give your body the energy it needs to be productive and stay focused. Don’t forget the water either. During a nights sleep our bodies use water to balance nutrients and replace what we’ve lost throughout the day. Drinking water in the morning will help replace what you’ve lost and keep you from getting dehydrated throughout the day.
This fits right in line with eating well. Starting your day with exercise gets your body moving and gets the blood flowing that you need to feed your muscles and mind. It’s also a great way to eliminate stress and give you the focus that you need to start your day. I start my day off by biking or going to the gym and it not only helps my body, but gives me the sense that I have accomplished something for the day, even though it’s just started. It sets you on the right path for the day and maintains the health you’ll need for the future.
5. Plan your Day
The late Zig Ziglar once said, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time”. Nothing could be truer than that. If you don’t have a plan for the day, then every co-worker, customer or crisis will consume what space is available. Leaving you frustrated and your attitude less than great for the rest of the day. One trick I do is to prepare the night before. I’ve found that if I make out a list of things I have to do or things I need to accomplish before I quit for the day, then the next morning I can hit the ground running and knocking out a majority of my task leaving me time to focus on the things that make a difference in the rest of the day. Michael Hyatt is a master at this and he has a great post on how to set yourself up for a productive day.
These are just a few tips that will help to get your day started right and make you more productive, but I would love to hear from you. If you have something to add or have a better routine, then leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.
I recently received a newsletter from Angus Buchan which truly encouraged me. In case you don’t know Angus, he’s a potato farmer from South Africa that started a men’s conference which has now reached millions of men throughout Africa and all over the World. I learned about Angus a couple of years ago when he made his first visit to the U.S. and was a guest speaker at my church in Murfreesboro. He also runs Shalom Ministries that helps promote the love and salvation of Jesus Christ to others. He can be found at his Shalom Ministries.
I find myself often depending on just me to get through tough situations when I should realize that I have someone that can move mountains walking with me. I thought I would share his letter because it really is a blessing to me and encouraged my spirit today.
Have a great weekend – Rusty
Early this morning, while spending time with the Lord, He gave me a wonderful revelation which I want to share with you:
Jeremiah 1:8 (NLT) says, ”Don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Oswald Chambers writes, “Therefore I shall never look for justice in this world, but never cease to give it.” I believe many of us are battling at the moment from panic, heartbreak and distress, because we are looking in the wrong places for our assurance. Many of us are putting huge pressure on our loved ones; our wives, our husbands and even our children because we are looking for deliverance from them and not from God. Hebrews 13:6 says ”The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” We need to stop looking for justice and righteousness in the world. We will not find it there. It comes from God alone. But as the writer reminds us, we are ambassadors for Jesus Christ. We must never cease to give out justice, even though we don’t receive it personally.
The Lord has promised us that He alone will undertake for every one of our needs. We need to stop focussing on material things for our safety, for our satisfaction and for our security. We really need to re-focus on Jesus Christ alone, especially in these last days.
I put more value on the Word of God now than I have ever before, practically for everyday situations. We really need to take the Word of God to heart, like the verse in Isaiah 40:31, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” I understand the feeling of the carpet being pulled out from under us; everything that we ever looked at and worked for and trusted in, here in this world, seems to be falling apart. The Lord warned us that it would be so, but we have maybe been reluctant to believe it. I believe it is time that we need to change our outlook if we are to survive, but also to live this abundant life that Jesus has promised us. We can no longer trust in our finances. We can no longer trust in man’s goodwill. We can no longer trust in the system. It has got to be God all the way. None of us are exempt.
The Lord did not say that He would take us out of the fire, but rather that He will walk with us through the fire and we shall not be burnt. That can only happen if we walk in His protection. If we try to play god and make a way for ourselves, we basically remove ourselves from the covering and protection of the Lord and then we will start to fail. Those waves in the storms of life become too big. We really need to focus on our Maker and He will make a way for us through the storms of life. We must not lean on our own understanding, instead we need to trust in the One who has saved us.
Psalm 34:19 ”Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
So in conclusion, as we face these last days before the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we need to be totally different from the world. When the world is starting to panic and run in all directions trying to make plans, we need to stand fast and trust in the Faithful One, the only One who administers true justice.
May God bless you
Angus and Jill
If you’re in the business of internet marketing or just need to grow your blog, Neil Patel is the man to read. Check out his amazing article. – Rusty
You have thousands of visitors coming to your site, but no conversions.So what do you do?
Probably not. Before you modify your marketing campaigns you should spend some time optimizing your site for conversions.
But before you go off and start running a few A/B tests, here are 30 quick tips for you to follow:
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