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Keep It Simple

by Richard Norris on September 25, 2016

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Keep It Simple
For years I always made things harder on myself than they needed to be. Repeatedly, I would be shown an easier way. Repeatedly, I would stubbornly go my own way. Year on year, this led to chronic frustration and stress in my life. And it was all self-inflected.
I never believed anything would or could be easy.
In the winter snow, there would be a path someone had made. I could choose to make it easier on myself and follow it or I could make my own. I always chose my own.
For whatever reason I still cannot fathom, I daily insisted on doing things for myself, by myself. I insisted on making things harder than they needed to be – whether that was school work, my swimming or relationships. Simple and easy were never options.
One day, I cannot recall when, I woke up. I realised I was being stupid. I was making my life miserable. Life was already a big enough challenge without me making it needlessly harder.
So what did I do?
Little by little I learned to ease off on myself and explore some of the easier options. The change in me was not sudden. After all, old habits die hard. Gradually though, I began to actively consider and seek out the smarter, wiser and simpler solutions to my challenges.
I am so much better than I used to be. I still have a long way to go I believe. But I thank God for showing me a better path. Sure, I still have challenges, but now I face them prayerfully and hopefully knowing that, with God’s help, I will find the best way forward.
My favourite quote backs up my new approach to life and my own Journey of Success. Perhaps, it can enlighten you too?
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
Albert Einstein
Noted below are the few insights I gleaned this past week. To me, each one shows me a simpler approach to what is before me. I hope and pray they show you the way too.
1. Be greater and leave the results to God.
2. Love cares more for others than for self.
3. To overcome anything, you need staying power.
4. Champions are made in training, but are recognised in competition.
5. Dig for the gold, not the dirt.
6. If your heart is empty, your head doesn’t matter.
7. God’s specialty is the impossible.
God bless &


Success Is Full Of Mistakes

by Richard Norris on September 18, 2016

Wrong And Right

Success Is Full of Mistakes

You will never truly succeed without making mistakes along the way.

Think of anyone you know or know of who is successful. If you were to ask them (by all means do if you can), each one would say they had made their fair share of mistakes.

Truth: To succeed, you will fail along the way.

Up until now, I’ve probably made more mistakes than I have had successes. And that’s good. I keep pressing forward willing to make mistakes, willing to fail because I’ve learned when you do, you’re heading in the right direction. It very likely will not be the straightest route nor the shortest, but it will certainly be the best route.

Truth: To succeed, is to be unafraid to take risks.

Life is full of risks. Every time you get behind thee steering wheel of a car is a risk. Every time you step outside your door. Every morning you wake up will open the door to a new day of risks. The key is to embrace the ones that you can handle. The more you learn to take smart risks and the more you learn from them, the more faith, experience and confidence you will have for future risks.

Risk is a great teacher…

Failure is a great teacher…

Provided you embrace the lesson(s) that come with them.

Look at your own successes. I’m sure you had to risk something on one or more occasions to succeed. I’m also sure that for some or all of them, there were times when you did fail forward along the way.

Thomas Edison is the best example of someone who took risk after risk and learned a truck-load along the way. Reportedly, he “failed” 10,000 times before inventing the light bulb. He asserted that he never really failed, but learned 10,000 times how to do things better. He knew the more he risked, the more he failed, the closer he got to success.

In today’s world of litigation, regulation and limitation, many will never discover for themselves the possibilities of their lives.

Don’t you be one of them!

Look expectantly beyond the world’s boundaries, comfort zones and perceptions to the unknown.

That’s where your future lies.

That’s where your potential will thrive.

That’s where you will come alive.

So, starting today…

Embrace your mistakes.

Face down risk.

Step out with confidence.

It won’t be easy but it will be so worth it.

Your success is yet to come. To get there you must #BEGREATER.

The rest of your Journey of Success is yours to complete. Here’s a few insights I’ve picked up this past week, that may help you along your way:

  1. Trust.
  2. When something is unfair and unjust, God may be calling you to challenge and change it.
  3. All things do not come to those who wait, but to those who are willing to go and get them.
  4. Man may close the door, but when you turn to God He can open it for you.
  5. Make an impact.
  6. When you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.
  7. There are benefits you won’t receive unless you ask for them.
  8. Timing is always important.
  9. You fail to reach your potential when you fail to pay the price.
  10. Be willing to take a risk – allow yourself the freedom to take a chance.
  11. Learn to laugh at yourself, at your mistakes.
  12. Mistakes are often better teachers than success.
  13. Start seeing yourself with 20/20 vision.
  14. Hard work in itself is a reward.
  15. Be completely unafraid to fail.
  16. Relationships based on feelings don’t last; those based on mutual commitment do.
  17. God is working in you. The moment you say yes to His will, He gives you the ability to perform it.
  18. You can only follow God’s direction with His help.
  19. Stay in step with God; don’t get ahead of Him.

God bless &



Work-Life Balance For Dads

September 12, 2016

Work-Life Balance for Dads “It is much easier to become a father than to be one” Kent Nerburn In my father’s generation, work seemed to be the priority for men, but today work-life balance is a very familiar phrase. Although there is a trend towards fathers wanting to be more involved in the lives of […]

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