Comfort in Times of Grief

I had heard the word before, 'I know what you're going through' and while I never responded to that assertion my thought was, 'no you do not'.

This is a painful reality of those who are going through grief and suffering, no one really knows what we might be going through, except for God. For we are individuals, we are different from each other, even as close relatives may have many similar traits or cultural and social similarities, their characters are not the same, their genetic makeup is not the same, their inner structure is not the same, their thoughts are not the same, and their affections are not the same.

We all think different, we see things different, we love different, and even our afflictions are felt different, so it is impossible for someone to say they know what another person is going through.

Even expert psychologists, and psychiatrists pretend to understand the way a person thinks, yet even as that person discloses the inner secrets inside his or her heart, there are things which even he or she can not reveal about him or herself, because they do not know them fully. Only God knows our inner beings. Psalm 139: 13 says: for you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb.

When my father died in 1984 I thought my world had come to an end, and it was not just the love or separation anxiety which affected me, I was a proud and selfish young man who thought the world had amazing things reserved for me, and seen the deterioration of my dad, a man made of steel, was counter to my inner believes. I could not accept that life was so frail, and that we could just fall apart and then die. And especially not my dad, whom I've known to be tough, and restless.

Later that year I spent a week in a hospital, completely disconnected from reality, I had a nervous breakdown, I lost it, and I did not even know what happened. A Psychiatrist treated me, and tried to put me together, but He really did not know, because I really did not know what was going on inside me. Only years of inner reflection and meditation, and the hand of God has brought the truth out.

Then in July 2000 I lost my fiancée, in the blink of an eye, one moment she was here, and the next she was gone, forever. Life is so fleeting, so frail, and so unreliable, we can not even as a joke pretend we have any control over it. She was 32, a healthy young woman with an extraordinary drive and intelligence. A true go-getter, and a real entrepreneur, and then puff, she is gone.

And I thought I was ready for that, and I mourned for a week and then I went back to business as usual, except it was not as usual, because hiding your pain does not make it go away, it just inflates it, like a balloon, until it explodes somewhere within. I thought everything was perfect, and to everyone's opinion I had handled it magnificently, even I believed it was over, and then things started popping up, excessive drinking, extreme hyperactivity, relaxing my obligations, and so forth. Thanks God, for He had a better deal reserved for me, and Maria was around the door waiting to rescue me. For she was the one who indirectly saved me from the horrible grief I was going through, and of which I was completely unaware. Needless to say, this was all part of the perfect plan of God.

Fast forward to the present, I've been seeing people dying around me lately with unsettling frequency, and I keep praying to God, asking him where is the teaching in this experience, knowing full well that while my worldview has changed radically in the last 17 years, only a close encounter with death tells how you will react to it.

However, we as Christians, do have a significant advantage over those who are not Jesus' followers; a knowledge which no one else can tap into. For while a friend can be helpful in times of grief, and while a word of comfort might bring some peace to our heart. No one is truly able to see within us to say the right words, or to act the right way.

Yet the Lord knows our inner being, He knows us even before we were made, He already knew us before the world began.

Psalm 119: 16 says: Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Only God knows us fully and truly, only He knows our every thought, our every feeling, our every pain, only He is able to bring solace in the midst of suffering, He understands our pain, and only He can speak to our hearts with words of comfort and consolation.

Psalm 107: 13-14 tells us that when they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death. And that is because it's only by coming before Him and embracing His care that we will see the light

2 Corinthians 1: 4-5 says that He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

His word says that He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds, He says that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Because always the morning will come much faster when we hold on to Him.

I understand that my friend was trying to be kind when he told me that he knew what I was going through the day my fiancée died, yet I found his words patronizing and cliché, without substance at that moment. And while I did not respond to him, I would have preferred if he just stood there silent, if he just kept me company, not trying to comfort me or to cheer me up or to give me any kind of help, just his presence would have been enough.

God, on the other hand, when we are in this kind of hurt, we want to hear from Him, we want a big explanation, we want Him to unpack the whole plan behind this idea of ​​taking our loved ones away, Yet usually, He is the silent friend who just embraces our heart, making it feel cozy and protected, so that our pain does not go in too deep. He is the friend who embraces us softly, letting His tears roll on our back as He weeps with us, as Jesus did in John 11:35, for He knows our pain, He knows our grief, and He suffers our suffering, for He has tasted firsthand how Sin and corruption has made this world fall apart, and how it has brought suffering to the life of His children

And so, He gave His only son, at the expense of His own suffering, to bring us comfort and hope, that one day He shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away (rev 21: 4)

May the God of all comfort bring you all comfort and Joy. Especially in the times of suffering.

Jose A. Luna

A Servant of Christ Jesus

Source by Jose Luna

Be Still

It's early morning in my house – all are sleeping, all is quiet. It's one of my favorite times of the day. No rushing, no deadlines, no last-minute search for backpacks and jackets, keys, and purse. There is something about the sense of quiet, the stillness.

In a world of constant noise, I find that "quiet" has become a precious commodity. Did you ever notice that almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes? I think we all need to "unplug" sometimes.

The other day, in the midst of looming deadlines, orders piling in my inbox, church meetings, and school activities, I decided to stop at a little park down the street with my kids. It was a GORGEOUS day. My three-year-old & five-year-old were thrilled! I sat in the grass and stopped to take it all in. I listened to their laughter. I pushed them on the swings. We all sat in a swinging chair and counted the cars on a train that went by us – 133 cars! They thought that was something!

We looked at our little part of the city from up on a hill, then we sat down below on a bench and talked about how the view changed. We listened to a bird with a very interesting call, and soon a few sticks on the ground became staffs that would forge a new path into an unexplored patch of trees. The kids thought they had quite the adventure when a nearby dog ​​began barking at them and they rushed back to the safety of mom's side!

Finally, we all laid in the grass and looked at the clouds. We watched the breeze move through the trees, and let the sunshine warm our faces. How wonderfully therapeutic it is when we "unplug" from the noise of the world and become aware of the unrushed world of God's creation. In the middle of my "busy" God lead me to a pocket of peace, a place of stillness where I could take a deep breath and recharge.

I want to encourage you to find that place of rest today. Take time to quiet your mind and be still. Take time to be aware of your children and your spouse. Be present in your heart and mind. Breathe deeply. Let God speak to you. What a difference it will make in your life when you choose to protect your peace, when you become intentional about being still and at rest.

You've only got one life to live. Do not let deadlines and "to-do" lists drag you through it. You can still be productive – sometimes more productive – when you "stop and smell the roses." Memories are not made in the "busy-ness" of life, but in the moments that we choose to make special. Make some memories today. Your children will thank you for it later !!

Source by Kelli Sanders

Log Home Maintenance 101

Log home maintenance is very important if you want your log home to last a long time, whether you live full-time in your home or only use it for holidays and vacations.

These homes have a certain charm. They exude warmth, coziness, and laid-back comfort. They inspire a sort of lingering, as if living there somehow calms people down. To preserve its charm, it is imperative that a cabin be given the proper attention and care.

It is best to be organized when it comes to log maintenance. Keeping a schedule will allow you to maximize the care of your home, especially since it is subject to the changes of the seasons, as well as varying weather patterns throughout the year. Regularly checking your log home also allows you to keep track of its state and address problems without too much time passing by.

You can hire a professional to oversee the maintenance of your log home or you can do it yourself. Maybe in the first year or so, you can ask for assistance from a professional, if you do not feel confident about doing it by yourself. A professional company can provide services that include cleaning, and sealing, caulking, sanding, and staining. A professional can help you check for any rotting in the logs, and how to repair it. They can check if there are gaps between the wood and your windows or doors, and they can check your gutters as well. Since wood deteriorates faster under heavy exposure to water, you need to make sure that your gutters are clean and clear. You also need to make sure there are no leaks.

Professional companies can assist you with all these things. They can give you tips on what you can do yourself. You just need to find a log maintenance and repair company you can trust. You can research on which companies are reliable and dependable, most of them have websites filled with information. You can also check out blogs by other log cabin owners. If you can join a network of home owners, you can trade ideas, insights, concerns, and recommendations. The best way to find out if a company does its job well is to see proof of it. Other log home owners can help you with that. These networks are great sources of information. You can find tips, reviews, warnings and referrals among the users.

Log home repair and maintenance companies usually offer an assessment and consultation, during which they can tell you about the state your log home is in, and what repairs and maintenance measures are needed. Ask them about alternatives and options, in case your budget is a concern. Negotiate the price. If you can not afford the full service they are offering, maybe they can tell you which repairs are most pressing and requires their services and which ones you can do yourself.

Log maintenance is hard work but it is essential. You will not regret the time, effort and resources you put into maintaining your log home.

Source by Jon K. Smith

Theory of Microsensors


Since microsensors do not transmit power, the scaling of force is not typically significant. As with conventional-scale sensing, the qualities of interest are high resolution, absence of drift and hysteresis, achieving a sufficient bandwidth, and immunity to extraneous effects not being measured. Microsensors are typically based on either measurement of mechanical strain, measurement of mechanical displacement, or on frequency measurement of a structural resonance. The former two types are in essence analog measurements, while the latter is in essence a binary-type measurement, since the sensed quantity is typically the frequency of vibration. Since the resonant-type sensors measure frequency instead of amplitude, they are generally less susceptible to noise and thus typically provide a higher resolution measurement.

According to Guckel., resonant sensors provide as much as one hundred times the resolution of analog sensors. They are also, however, more complex and are typically more difficult to fabricate. The primary form of strain-based measurement is piezoresistive, while the primary means of displacement measurement is capacitive. The resonant sensors require both a means of structural excitation as well as a means of resonant frequency detection. Many combinations of transduction are utilized for these purposes, including electrostatic excitation, capacitive detection, magnetic excitation and detection, thermal excitation, and optical detection.

Many microsensors are based upon strain measurement. The primary means of measuring strain is via piezoresistive strain gages, which is an analog form of measurement. Piezoresistive strain gages, also known as semiconductor gages, change resistance in response to a mechanical strain. Note that piezoelectric materials can also be utilized to measure strain. Recall that mechanical strain will induce an electrical charge in a piezoelectric ceramic. The primary problem with using a piezoelectric material, however, is that since measurement circuitry has limited impedance, the charge generated from a mechanical strain will gradually leak through the measurement impedance.

A piezoelectric material therefore cannot provide reliable steady-state signal measurement. In constrast, the change in resistance of a piezoresistive material is stable and easily measurable for steady-state signals. One problem with piezoresistive materials, however, is that they exhibit a strong strain-temperature dependence, and so must typically be thermally compensated.

An interesting variation on the silicon piezoresistor is the resonant strain gage proposed by Ikeda, which provides a frequency-based form of measurement that is less susceptible to noise. The resonant strain gage is a beam that is suspended slightly above the strain member and attached to it at both ends. The strain gage beam is magnetically excited with pulses, and the frequency of vibration is detected by magnetic detection circuit. As the beam is stretched by mechanical strain, the frequency of vibration increases. These sensors provide higher resolution than typical piezoresistors and have a lower temperature coefficient. The resonant sensors, however, require a complex three-dimensional fabrication technique, unlike the typical piezoresistors which require only planar techniques.

One of the most commercially successful microsensor technologies is the pressure sensor. Silicon micromachined pressure sensors are available that measure pressure ranges from around one to several thousand kPa, with resolutions as fine as one part in ten thousand. These sensors incorporate a silicon micromachined diaphragm that is subjected to fluid (i.e., liquid or gas) pressure, which causes dilation of the diaphragm. The simplest of these utilize piezoresistors mounted on the back of the diaphragm to measure deformation, which is a function of the pressure. Examples of these devices are those by Fujii and Mallon.

A variation of this configuration is the device by Ikeda. Instead of a piezoresistor to measure strain, an electromagnetically driven and sensed resonant strain gage, as discussed in the previous section, is utilized. Still another variation on the same theme is the capacitive measurement approach, which measures the capacitance between the diaphragm and an electrode that is rigidly mounted and parallel to the diaphragm. An example of this approach is by Nagata. A more complex approach to pressure measurement is that by Stemme and Stemme, which utilizes resonance of the diaphragm to detect pressure. In this device, the diaphragm is capacitively excited and optically detected. The pressure imposes a mechanical load on the diaphragm, which increases the stiffness and, in turn, the resonant frequency.

Source by Rahul R

Strong Online Presence Made Possible in 5 Ways

In this digital world, building a strong online presence is very crucial for every business, whether big or small. If you are a business owner, you should be aware that everything around you is constantly evolving. Most of these evolutions have something to do with the web, thus you need to keep going. Remaining static is a definite no-no, so take your business online, and start building a strong online presence.

However, for some this is easier said than done, even if you've managed a business for some time, and then for those who are just starting up or others who are struggling to make it on top. Unfortunately for the not-so-web-savvy, doing so can be confusing, overwhelming, and frustrating. Imagine doing so many things all at the same time, definitely are not going to be easy, and there are not any guarantee if they'll work. But the key here is knowing how and where to start. I have put together 5 useful tips below to help you build a strong online presence. And let me assure you, they work!

The 5 Smart Ways You Need To Know

1. Goal Setting

You can easily get lost if you do not have a goal in mind. You need to write down as much as possible of what you want to accomplish, make a plain and simple plan. Next, itemize the goals, aims, and objectives you've set. Think of them in smaller bits. Maybe you can create a picture that you want your website to be among the top 5 most viewed blogs for the year 2017. Break it down by making actionable steps to achieve such goal. You can blog every, do product reviews, reach diverse audience, etc. Doing so will make your set goal seems more attainable.

2. Build a website

Though this one is obvious, there are still many business owners who find web design a daunting process. But building one is simply straightforward even if you are not familiar with programming language. Also, there are several free online tools that you can make use of to build your own website. Some of them are Doodlekit, Wix, and Weebly which are really easy. If you have bigger budget, you can opt to hire a developer to design a website for you.

Now that you have a website, remember that you have to be "online". As you go along, refine its appearance and put quality content in it.

3. Get SEO

You have your goals set and a website in place, but this will not be enough considering the competition online. If you do not do something about it, your webpage will be drowned in a sea of ​​content online, and this is where you need SEO.

If you are worried about not being an expert in this field, it's totally okay. You can ask those around you with expertise or seek help from experts. With excellent SEO, you'll have the chance to take your website (your business in general) from zero to the top of Google. It is also important that you understand the basic SEO practices so you can make all your efforts more rewarding.

4. Social Media

This one is a must if you want to build strong online presence. Social will greatly help improve your chances of generating more revenue and building customer loyalty. With social media, your audience, potential customers, and interested parties would be able to engage through channels that play a significant role in their lives. Some of the most popular social media platforms that can help in your business are: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, and FourSquare.

5. Be Consistent and Give Value

Always bear in mind that deciding on doing one habit can help you move toward your goal, so be sure that you do it every day. Whether it's blogging, social media, or whatever it is, just do it consistently. At the same time, be sure that what you provide to your target market is something of great value. This will help you attain credibility and be an authority in your field, two things that are equally important in your visibility and online growth.

Building a strong online presence might be challenging but can also be exciting. You can always experiment on what works for your business or what needs to be change. These 5 smarts ways will make things a lot easier for you so you can take your business to the top.

Source by Michael C Wong

Spruce Up the Home Surroundings With Elegant Mosaics for 2017

The home is that special something where the heart resides through the many seasons! Why not look around and bring some refurbishing ideas to life? Bring some color and gloss, a little expense here and there, and life changes dramatically. Heighten the senses for the New Year already over a month old, though the excitement yet remains.

Start with a thorough clean

DIY is inspiring enough. Get into the home spring-cleaning fever. Clean everything except the ceiling and the attic maybe. Carpets, furniture, silver and copper, doors and windows, the wardrobe, and use the right cleaning materials. See how everything changes for the better and the New Year looks and feels so good.

Install exquisite mosaics on portions of walls and floors

Perhaps the walls and floors need a makeover, especially if they are aging and outdated. A cheerful and colorful contemporary tile culture is in order. Get rid of blank walls and vacant floors. Glass, Stone and Metal Mosaics are too good to be true, as colorful as mystical. Professional help would probably be necessary unless expert DIY is possible. Choose from a fancy collection that boggles the imagination. They deserve to be called dreams in tiles!

If all that sounds very complicated, Glass Mosaics should be inspiration enough with lustrous images reflected everywhere. Get them in gentle colors and immersive designs that elevate the soul.

If glass compositions seem too delicate, perhaps the strength and solidity of real natural stone could provide style statements that last and last. Marble & Onyx Mosaics represent the ultimate in extraordinary beauty with a supernatural touch. Marble has always been associated with the divine. Onyx does appear supernatural enough. Get them together and a smashing effect is born!

Overhauling entire walls and floors would be a huge task, rather costly too. Select the most used and frequented areas and give them a facelift. The central portions of walls and floors where everybody congregates deserve the special effects. The remainder could be painted or covered with curtains, furniture, carpets or art hangings.
Work hard on the grand entrance

Identity often lies with the state of the building entrance, besides the gate. Let that building facade shine through with a world of meaning. A combination of decorative mosaics like Travertine Mosaics, perhaps combined with Meshed Pebbles, would give visitors something to think about. Greenery with exotic blooming flowers would bring a fairy tale effect. Install some unusual lighting devices too and let the guests gaze and gaze.

Source by Paul Toomey

So You Think You Do not Need a Social Media Manager? Think Again!

Managing a business' social media presence is an unlikely thought to have over dinner, but that is what crossed my mind last evening as my wife and I enjoyed an early dinner at one of our favourite restaurants of the eat as much as you can and cook at the table type eatery. The restaurant is a great barn of a place with close to one hundred tables which, in restaurant parlance, means they can seat 400 covers at a time, which is just as well as it is very popular. What caused me to think of this subject was that about a quarter of the diners were "playing" with a smartphone. None was making or receiving a telephone call. They were all using social sites.

Taking photos of the food they were cooking and posting them online was a popular activity, and of course, taking the ubiquitous "selfie". In some instances all the diners at a table were occupied doing this. This phenomenon has been explained to me as being a way of sharing the experience with absent friends and interacting with them.

That is what got me thinking about why a business should manage its online presence. The restaurant I was dining at does have very positive online presence, but an up-market restaurant in the same town has recently suffered a very different fate following comments made in a local forum by a disgruntled customer.

A Google search confirmed that this other restaurant does not have a website, or a Face Book page or any other official online presence. It does, however, have an online presence in the form of reviews on TripAdvisor and a thread in an active local forum, even if the restaurateur is unaware of this. Unfortunately for him the conversation in the forum is generally negative. Worse still, this conversation has been going on for several days. Not only has this conversation been indexed by Google, it is the first item in the listing for a search against the name of the restaurant.

No business can satisfy 100% of its customers 100% of the time. It is how the business deals with those few dissatisfied customers that makes all the difference. In the case of this "other" restaurant, the owner seems to be unaware of the damage caused to the reputation of his business and that potential customers, such as my wife and I, have been put off from going there.

Contrast that with how another small local business has responded to detrimental comments on social media. This business owner has arranged for the Internet in general and social media in particular to monitored several times a day for comments and conversations in which his business is mentioned. Whenever and where ever it is mentioned, he responds – with thanks if praised, and with apologies and remedial measures if there is criticism. This entrepreneur has a website and also uses social media extensively to promote his business.

What can we learn from these two examples of social media management by small local businesses?

In the case of the "other" restaurant, there no social media management taking place. By not being a participant in the online conversation, the restaurateur is not engaging with his customers and potential customers. Nor is he protecting the reputation of his business and is letting other people control the conversation to his detriment. The result of which is that he has undoubtedly lost business.

In contrast, the local entrepreneur is effectively managing his social media presence to promote his business and to engage with his customers and potential customers, develop his brand, and to protect the reputation of his business. As a result, he has a loyal customer base who often make repeat purchases and his business is prospering.

Neither business is sufficiently large to employ a full-time in-house social media manager. Whereas one business has no one dealing with social media management, the other recognised the importance of this function and has outsourced this task, albeit on a part-time basis.

In the past, a disgruntled customer would tell 12 people of his dissatisfaction. These days, he posts his complaint on social media for the whole world to see. The Internet is social, which means unless the business owner steers the conversation in a positive direction, he is allowing others to control how that conversation develops. The takeaway is that no business, irrespective of its size, can afford it ignore the management of its social media presence.

Source by Robert Reddin

Every One Of Us Is Already Rich!

We do not have to check our piggy banks to know that we are already wealthy. Sadly, though, many of us have trouble understanding this reality because the numbers in some of our piggy banks do not seem to add up to the true richness of our lives. Let's not let some misleading numbers fool us and bankrupt our thoughts. Every one of us is already rich whether we know it or not!

Let's look at how fortunate we are! For example, do you see your parents? How about siblings, grandparents, cousins, and even uncles and aunts? Do you see your friends? Every one of these people add to the richness of your life. How about teachers and coaches? Do you see any of these wealth and values ​​adders around in your life? How about co-workers and bosses? Yup, they too add richness to the tapestry of our lives! Are you starting to feel fortunate and lucky yet?

Let's turn over a few more rocks and see what else we can find. Do you see that school you go to? Well, guess what? You are a part owner of that school! All of the taxpayers in your community support that school and because you and your family pay taxes, you and your family are co-owners of that school. I bet you have not ever looked at your school like that before have you? You're not just a student; you're also an owner. So make sure your investment in yourself is worthwhile and you're getting your money's worth during those six hours you spend there every day.

Now teens, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Now that you know how truly lucky and wealthy we all really are, do not ever forget that every one of us, including you, is already rich; regardless of whatever those silly insignificant numbers in our bank accounts or piggy banks may be trying to sell us. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do …

Source by Daniel Blanchard

Quit Smoking – What Is Your Gut Reaction?

I’m not talking about your intuition, although I’m sure that gut reaction tells you very clearly that smoking is a really bad idea on many levels.

So here is another one. Your gut does a whole lot more than hold food and churn it up for digestion. There is a kilo or more of healthy bacteria in a healthy gut.

But you are a smoker so your gut isn’t healthy. You will still have about one kilo of bacteria but a high proportion of them may be the type which don’t contribute to your health.

The result is inflammation in your joints, skin, lungs, organs and even your brain.

The toxins from smoking affect your gut bacteria, this creates inflammation, plus smoking alone creates inflammation so now you are in for a world of possible problems.

It is easy to say that smoking makes everything worse, but for certain we know that it causes a vast selection of health issues and that it does absolutely no good at all for anyone.

Many smokers claim that smoking helps them relax. While there is some truth to that belief, the reality is that nicotine causes more stress. It’s just simple bio-chemistry.

But the thing about stress is that one of the important chemicals which regulate our mood and emotions is the neuro transmitter serotonin. The thing is 70-80% of serotonin is created in the gut. Therefore anyone with a disturbed gut function will have trouble managing stress.

As a smoker the reward centre of your brain likes nicotine, as it would alcohol, or sugar. But this same part of the brain which is called the limbic system, is the part which runs over time when you are stressed.

Smoking causes you to be locked into a cycle of stress, inflammation, and a habit which still connects to some perceived benefit.

When you quit smoking using hypnosis, your stress levels will drop as you are producing less cortisol and adrenalin from nicotine. In time your gut will heal and you will produce more healthy bacteria, but this will take up to a year or more and you will need to supplement with a pro biotic formula, and it will help to eat less sugar, which only feeds the bad bacteria.

If you have smoked for many years you will need to be patient as you recover, you have stressed your body and it will take time to bounce back.

Source by Ian Newton

We Can Do It!

Once you realize that you CAN do nearly anything anyone else is doing, and that you can succeed at a very high level doing it if you choose to make it a priority and decide to invest the time and effort to do so, your world of possibility opens up for you.

When I committed to becoming the number one sales producer in my company of 25 other sales reps, I achieved it in 90 days. Within 9 months, I was the number one producer out of five branch offices. And you CAN do it, too, if you choose to…

The exciting thing, though, is that a "can do" attitude is contagious. When you infect a whole team, a whole company, a whole family with a "can do" attitude, a lot of exciting things begin to happen. I always think of the impact one runner had on the world’s performance once he changed everyone’s attitude with his own accomplishment.

Many of you may have heard of Roger Bannister. He was the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. This may not seem so remarkable now, but before May 6th, 1954, it was an acknowledged and accepted fact that the human body was physically incapable of running a mile in under four minutes. Everyone knew it was impossible to even try. But Roger didn’t believe it.

He knew he could do it, and he was determined to keep trying until he did. He failed at the 1952 Olympics (he came in fourth), but he didn’t give up trying. A few years later, on an unlikely day and track (poor weather conditions, cold day and a wet track), Roger shattered the world record, and the world belief, as he flew down the last straight and finished the course with the incredible time of 3:59.4.

He had done the impossible and broke through the 4 minute mile.

As amazing as this was, what was even more amazing for the world of running was that just 46 days later, a runner named John Landy beat his time. And over the next few years, even more people broke through the four-minute mark. Suddenly, people realized that it could be done and they believed they, they did it as well.

The world is filled with stories like this, and in business, it is also true. I remember when our team of inside sales reps were given new customized scripts and offered a huge monthly bonus for the rep who used them to capture the most new clients. The previous record was seven in a month. Marty, an average rep before the new scripts and contest, rigorously adhered to them, worked hard, and by the end of the month, he hit 21 new clients! We were all floored.

But once that new record was set, we began believing that perhaps we could do it, too. And some of us did.

If you are a leader of a sales team, athletic team or head of a family or cause, start believing that you can. Then transfer that belief to your team. If you do, then soon you will amazed by what your team can and will accomplish.

Copyright (c) 2017 Mr. Inside Sales

Source by Mike Brooks