Life Success Notes

Scriptural views on prosperity

Responsible for my Life

Anybody can achieve success. You do not need to be an intellectual. You do not need to be someone special. Success is as predictable as the sunrise. Therefore anybody can achieve success. Including me. If your life has been a failure it is not because of one act. To be a failure you have to go down in your life step by step. Not giving 100%. Not improving yourself. Not caring and so on. This translates into a step by step downward trend.

Businessman Thinking Success is the same way. It is a step by step progress up. Using your will. Giving 100%. A life of success and achievement is built one step at a time. Steady daily progress. It never happens instantly. Plan to make 1% improvement today, another 1% tomorrow and another 1% the following day and so on.

Within a year your life will literally explode with power. With the passing of time you make it a way of life. It is not something you just do once when you hear it. It should become who you are. A great way to live.

After the decision is made, you’ve got to take responsibility of your life.

Accepting responsibility for your life

is the starting point of all great accomplishment.

As I look at my life. I realise I am the architect of my life. I am responsible for the destiny of my life. I am the driver behind the wheel of my life. I am where I am, I am what I am in life because of my own choices, my own decisions and using the power that I have to put me where I am today. I accept responsibility. It is not my parents’ fault who raised me a certain way, it is not the government. It is not because I was raised poor or that I did not have opportunities or any other thing. It is me. I am totally responsible for my life, my character, my decisions. I am responsible for everything that has ever happened to me in my life. This is an important step. I am taking this step today.

“IF IT IS TO BE, IT’S UP TO ME.”

teamsuccessEven God will not force your will. He will not force my will. The acceptance of personal responsibility for your life is literally the starting point of all success. Without the acceptance of personal responsibility for your life there is nothing else that will take place. There is a one to one relationship between the amount of responsibility you are willing to take in your life and the amount of success you are going to enjoy in your life. You can spot a winner all the time. How do you spot a winner? A winner is always somebody who looks to himself as the cause of what is happening in his life. A loser is always making excuses. Always blaming somebody else. Always blaming Mom and Dad or whoever. The government, the job, the home, the school, the teacher. “I was brought up this way. That is what they did to me.”

I want to get past this. I will not blame my parents, my country, my friends, my family. I will not blame my past or my present. I am from now on responsible for my life. Now I am ready to take the second step towards a life of success and achievement.

Joseph Walter Brown

July 3, 2008 Posted by | Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Commit to be Wealthy

The first step to a life of achievement and power and success is to trust and reverence the Lord. Get it together with God. God does not play favourites. We are all created equal. We are all created unique but with equal opportunity. We experience life to the fullest. All successful people realize that, believe that and come to a turning point when they claim responsibility of their life. “ I am responsible for my life and I am going to go forward with my life”.

goodlifeMacDonald’s has over 30,000 outlets and it is reported that they have never had a single outlet fail. Why? MacDonald’s is a proven success system. It simple works. It is the same with life mastery. They are principles in the Word of God. These principles just work. Therefore it follows that if I learn and apply them they should work for me. Same applies to you reader. Let’s explore them.

Mastering life is really not difficult. It boils down to two principles.

TO SUCCEED, YOU ONLY NEED 2 THINGS:

1. A desire on your part.

2. A commitment to follow through in your daily life and apply they principles based on the Word of God.

All the dreams then that I have can happen in my life. Most people never commit to become wealthy. This is a fact. Most Christians never commit to become wealthy.

Taking the developed world as an example, consider 100 people at age 65 after 40 years of work:

1 Will be wealthy

4 Will be financially independent.

15 Will have a minimal savings, – not enough to retire on.

80 Will be flat broke, or in debt.

window After years of hard work only 1 will be financially wealthy. Only 4 of them are going to be financially independent and be able to take care of themselves. 15 will have minimal savings but not enough to retire on. 80 out of 100 will be flat broke or in debt. This is shocking because we are living in one of the most affluent societies in the world. This is a terrible way to end up. This is what the Bible says.

Proverbs 3: 16-17

Wisdom gives a long good life, riches, honour, pleasure, and peace.

Every single one of us wants a long good life. Is that not right? Every one of us wants riches. Is that not right? Do you want to be rich? Do you want to have honour and pleasure? I do. Do you want peace? Personal peace? These are the things we all desire the most in life. The only way I am going to get this is to do it God’s way. I must have God’s wisdom and follow the Bible’s plan. Let’s take a look at life. What makes a difference in people quality of life? What makes people think like they think? Act like they act? Behave like they behave? Do the things that they do?

The difference in the quality of peoples life, whether they are successful or not does not come down to capability. What people can do is often very different from what they do. Very different indeed. It boils down to your will. Willpower is something that I have started to exercising. I am learning how to exercise my will. My willpower will change my life. “I want to change my life. I have come to the point in my life where I want to have mastery of my life”.

Millionaires. Let’s take a look at them. 80% of the millionaires in the world are self made. 97% of the millionaires never spent a single day in college. These facts tell us that anybody can achieve success. You do not need to be an intellectual, you don’t have to be anybody special.

Joseph Walter Brown

June 28, 2008 Posted by | Biblical Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The First Step in a Successful Life

I want to achieve a life of POWER. I want to live a life of full potential to reach my God given potential. This is what the experts say. “No more effort is required to aim high in life, or to demand excellence and success, than is required to accept failure and poverty.” I can with the same effort be successful as I can be a total failure. I really want to be successful in every area of my life. Here is the first step. FORGET THE PAST! Just because I have been a failure. I must master this idea. Just because I was a failure today, or last week, or last month or a failure all my life. A failure in my marriage? A failure in my finances. I doesn’t matter one bit.

Philippians 3:13

I don’t consider that I have taken hold of it yet. But here is the one thing I do. I forget what is behind me. I push hard toward what is ahead of me.

covenant Right! Whatever my past has been, I have put it behind me. I move forward in my life tonight. I can either move forward, or standstill, or go backwards. I am taking the time to move forward. I am putting my life together. I am going to take time to apply everything I learn. I am learning hundreds of things about myself I did not know. I am going to find out how come I do things I shouldn’t do. I am going to learn. My trainer tells me I will explode with power.

There are many personal development programs out there. Many achievement courses that I have in the last three years that I have been attending and yes I can testify they help me. I am excited about my continual development program with Success University. My association with BWW. My association with Toastmasters. All these programs are really good. And they teach the principals of life mastery. I want to add that as a Christian adding the dimension of the spiritual makes this one course powerful. Stay with me. See if I change. The spiritual principles are the single most powerful tool that exist in the universe that we have access to as human beings to change our life and transform our lives into achievement and success.

Proverbs 9:9-1

Teach a wise man. He will become even wiser.  Teach a person who does right. He will learn even more. If you really want to become wise, you must begin by having respect for the Lord. To know the Holy One is to gain understanding.”

If you want understanding in your life, if you want understanding in your marriage, if you want understanding in your emotions, every dimension in your life, if you want understanding it begins with knowing God. Master this and you have begun to understand the first principle of life.

John 15:5

…for without Me you can do nothing.

HOWEVER

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

It means that anything is possible in your life if you do it God’s way. Do you believe that? I do. I can do all things through Christ who is my strength. If you are a Christian then this is powerful. I believe in God’s Word. He cannot lie. That means that I can do all things in every area of my life when I do it God’s way. This here is the most powerful dimension in my life. It is the single most powerful principle that is available which if we master then we have mastery over every dimension of our lives. Success in every area of my life. Prayer, my relationship with God, these are the tools and I am going to master in my life to give me a brand new direction. I want to enjoy life to the full. Here is a wonderful promise to talk to heart.

businesswomanProverbs 2:20

Follow the steps of the Godly instead, and stay on the right path,

for only good men enjoy life to the full.”

Here lies the elements necessary to live a successful life. These are coming from the Scriptures and therefore I pray that as we pursue success we will not be misunderstood. The Book of Proverbs is dedicated to life mastery. It was written by one of the wisest, one of the most successful, one of the most highly achieved men, certainly one of the richest and wealthiest that has ever lived. His name King Solomon. He had a lot of wisdom. He had an incredible insight into life. He wrote Proverbs. It is nothing but a book of wisdom.

In the beginning of the book he gives the reasons why he wrote.

Proverb 1:1-7

These are the proverbs of king Solomon of Israel, he wrote them to teach his people how to live, how to act in every circumstance, for he wanted them to be understanding, just, and fair in everything that they did. “I want to make the simple minded wise,” he said. “I want to warn young men about some problems they will face. I want those that are wise to become the wiser and become leaders by exploring the depths of meaning in these nuggets of truth. How does a man become wise? The first step is to trust and reverence the Lord!”

That is the first step. I want to understand what God says on the subject of success.

Joseph Walter Brown

June 21, 2008 Posted by | Biblical Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All POWER has been given me

Jesus said in the Bible that all power is given unto you. I will be researching this subject and sharing these concepts in my blog on life success notes. Let me state that I am not an original writer. I simply put together what others have said on these and many other subjects that interest me. I have set in my heart to learn what God requires of me. I have found that as Christians we are confused about wealth. The general feeling towards this is that wealth is a dangerous thing sought after only by the greedy who risk losing eternal life.

Life is good. It is good to consider God’s plan for our life. It is good to learn how to master life. Is it not? To learn to live a life of achievement and prosperity. We are going to apply these principles to our life and when we do that our life will change. These are principles from the Life Giver. I am looking forward to applying them to me, myself and I want to change. Don’t you? I am on an incredible journey in my life. I am learning to master every are of my life.

leaderIs this possible? Well according to Jesus, it is. All power is given to me. I am going to tap into that power. I want to experience complete mastery. A total life of achievement? Of prosperity? I am the test case. I will walk this road with Christ. So let’s see. My life transformed? Incredible! Brand new power? In every area of my life? Take a look at some of the verses He has given regarding the power He has given me. Country boy from Africa.

“For thine is the kingdom, and the POWER…” Matthew 6:13

“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them POWER…” Matthew 10:1 I am to be like those disciple that are written about in the gospels that were ordinary people like me.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power …” 2Timothy 1:7. Not fear, but POWER. Wow!

Behold, I give unto you POWER…” Luke 10:19.

“Be strong in the Lord, and in the POWER of his might.” Ephesians 6:10.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he POWER…” John 1:12. Do you have that POWER? Dare I say that God has given me that POWER also.

“…that the POWER of Christ may rest upon me.” 2Corinthians 12:9. I claim this promise Lord.

“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in POWER.” 1 Corinthians 4:20. Over and over the Bible tells me that we have the POWER to live a great life.

incredibleFor I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the POWER of God.” Romans1:16. Wonderful! Yet so few of us tap into that POWER. I have gone through life tossed and blown by every wind. I submit to God. I say change me. Let me take the POWER that has been given.

Is success in life really simple? To go from emotional and financial and spiritual poverty to actually become wealthy in all those areas? Well according to the Bible the answer is, “Yes! Absolutely! ” It is very easy to do it. Well why do so few of us ever do it? I think that is a mystery. Why does not everybody in the world do it? I am 55 and broke. I am here and I realise I have only lived maybe even less than 1/10 of what I could have been. I could have lived 100% of my life successfully. I am intelligent. I could have done it. No decision making muscle in my mind and body. It was not clear what I wanted in life. So, I got stuck. That is not a position I want to be. Hence this search. Things are changing in my life. So join me in a journey to success.

With grateful acknowledgement – Leo Schriven’s amazing All Power Seminars.

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Joseph Walter Brown

June 14, 2008 Posted by | Biblical Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anchored in the Word

The principles of success are amazingly powerful and many different world views embrace them. But what differentiates the Christian life success message from that of the atheist, the humanitarian or the New Age movement? We all talk about positive thinking, dreaming, goal-setting, believing in yourself, the mastermind principle, the power of the subconscious, mentorship and association, communication… Don’t miss a success boat that can move you from an ordinary life to an extra-ordinary one. We have a responsibility to be everything that God planned for us to be.

handhold So what distinguishes the Christian view point? I believe our boat is uniquely anchored in God’s Word. This prevents us from drifting, and from being buffeted around by every current or wind of doctrine. We need a firm stable anchor. He who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6 NIV.

If we have drifted off course in our lives, we can come back to God. In fact the Lord invites us to. Admit that you rebelled against the Lord your God… I will bring you back to the land of Israel… And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:13-15 NLT. I desire those shepherds, or mentors, sent from God, to guide me with knowledge and understanding.

Don’t get caught up in a sweeping tide of indulgence and luxury. Always remember that it is God who gives prosperity, so that we can share with others. Jesus advises us not to trust in riches. Get riches but don’t trust in them. Anchor yourself in these truths and you will stay steady as you develop and achieve.

Julia Rosamund Brown

June 11, 2008 Posted by | Biblical Success, Dreams, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A definition of network marketing

The incredible truth is that man, the crowning act of God’s creation, has the ability to keep on growing. You can limit yourself to any level you want or you can continue growing. Happiness is overcoming to become. Happiness is found when you are accomplishing a worthwhile God-given goal. Many people go to school and when they come out of it they say, “That’s it.” And their growth stops at that point. When that happens it’s a great shame.Your life should always have new things in it that you have identified you want to do. Always have new things to accomplish. Have new ladders to climb. The first projects may be small in comparison to later projects. Learn to dream bigger and bigger. Plan to make an impact on the world.

boy Entrepreneurship is business. It’s helping people get what they need. This will give you freedom. I desire to have personal freedom. A good government can provide the environment to create economic freedom. However the only one who can give you economic freedom is you! No one should rejoice in poverty. No one should get up in the morning and say, “I am happy to be poor.” When you are poor you are an unused person. You are not using your God-given talents. Everybody has unused ability. Therefore for God’s glory we need to be continually growing. Learning to use even some of your ability will enable you to be a positive in this world rather than a negative.

Why do you want to be successful? One thing may be to gain freedom from your job. A job takes your most precious commodity, time, which you exchange for money. To make more money you have to surrender more time. That method of occupation does not give you freedom. A good reason to be successful is to own yourself. Success allows you to control your economic future.

Why do people fail? People fail because they get a few basic things wrong. You need to change things. You need to take charge of your life. You need to say, “I am going for the good life”. Does this mean money? No! Money is just a measuring device. Many people think that God wants them to be poor. I do not think so. I believe that God wants me to be very successful. It is a sad truth that poor people cannot help each other.

Wealth attracts. Poverty repels. But there is a price for success. The price is developing your God-given talents. Talents are required to be able to help people. And it is necessary to be free, to be in a position where you can help others. That is why it is important to work towards owning your own business. It is important to call your own shots. It is important to do what it takes, especially when the work is helping and uplifting your fellow human beings to succeed.

girl Why doesn’t everyone make it? The only person that controls whether you make it or not is yourself. If you make it, it will be because you paid the price. If you do not make it, it will be because you were not willing to make the changes in your life that constitute paying the price. Many criticize network marketing. But it remains the best system on this planet for allowing ordinary people to take a shot at changing their lives for the better.

What is network marketing? It involves building a system for growth and an organization of people who want a better way of life. The work is building, uplifting and encouraging people to improve their lives, looking for and finding something positive in a person and go from there.

Let the weakling say, “I am strong!” Joel 3:10. Let the poor say, “I am rich.”

To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Matthew 25:15. Will you use your God-given talents for His glory?

Joseph Walter Brown

June 11, 2008 Posted by | Biblical Success, Network Marketing, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blessings or Curses

One of the greatest gifts that you can give your parents if they are living is success principles, success thinking. To see these principles of God work for you and work for your family is a blessing from God. To see these Godly principles work for me and to see them work for my wife has been and is a tremendous blessing. Our desire is to see these Godly principles work for our children, including our church family. One of the greatest gifts that you can give your children is economic freedom.

success In a free enterprise system this means having your own business. This means being an entrepreneur. Be proud of this. Be proud that you are creating jobs. Be proud that you are doing something that is beneficial to a lot of people. The more people benefit from your life, the more successful you become. This is a basic principle, this is a key to life that is not taught in school and it is not taught in college. People must benefit from your life. It is not OK to just take in life, you must give. Figure out, dear friend, what you can give in life not what you can take. The greatest giver is where the greatest wealth is.

There are many businesses one can do and all of them are important for the economy of a country. One type of business is a network marketing business where you can start for very low capital investment. Network marketing requires that you help other people succeed. The business is about people. You have to learn to relate to people. You learn to understand the nature of man. Now if you are sharing the gospel the principles are the same, absolutely. Therefore ask this, my brother. What skill set do you need to share and complete the work of the Master?

Succeed in life friend, so that you can set an example for your children. You mother and father can be proud of you. There are many Christians who say you should not be rich in society today and they believe they can back up these claims with God’s Word. We shall be examining these things. Why did God give us a brain that can do 20,000 trillion calculations a second? 20,000 trillion a second in a 1.5kg brain mass. Why would God give us such a brain?

Deuteronomy 28 declares that poverty is a curse and God wants us to have the blessings. ‘But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.’  Deuteronomy 8:18.

Learn & Earn Wealth is created through His power and might. Amen. I have a dream. I have a vision. I know where I am going. He has put me at the right place, at the right time, with the right people to fulfil His plans for me. He does this through my subconscious and I can say, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’  Matthew 19:25.

Joseph Walter Brown

June 6, 2008 Posted by | Biblical Success, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reasons to make money

One of the most incredible discoveries that I have made is that I am the architect of my own future. God works through my subconscious to put me at the right place, at the right time, with the right people, for my dream, my vision, to become a reality, that goal that I have identified. God has given me a worthwhile goal. For a long time I have not understood this. God communicates through the mind, putting me exactly where I need to be. It is not an accident. I have a vision of being economically free. I have a dream of setting an example for my children. There are many reasons that drive us to desire to succeed. God arranges things in my life and in yours too. I was introduced to a number of business opportunities with my wife. Such an opportunity is nothing more than a vehicle of success. So reading this blog is not a fluke. Can you see God’s direction?

To step out from your comfort zone requires guts. Gutless people do not succeed. You do not succeed unless you have motivation. That desire to change the circumstances of your life begins with your own life. I have to change. Once you have found a way to succeed, the only person that can stop you from succeeding is yourself. I am the only one that can stop me from succeeding.

joe Step one is to find someone who has succeeded in life in your chosen vehicle of success and get the best advice you can get so that you make the fewest mistakes. Now I have made mistakes. I fail daily. I make my own mistakes. I make mistakes that no one else can make but me. The great news is that the foundation to all success is failure. Willingness to fail is to learn. That is why I have put myself and my wife and everybody that joins our team on an educational program. We get on an educational program so that we can succeed. If you are not teachable you are wasting time. Create in your life opportunities to learn. I begin with the Bible. I study the patriarchs, the Bible characters. I study the founding fathers of the church, good men in history, successful men and women of today. I know that if I do not master the principles of success I will not live the dream I want in life. Hey no direction then I will just drift along.

You have first of all got to believe in the business you do. You have to be absolutely sure you are doing the right thing. To become a successful entrepreneur you have got to learn what has been done before. Then you have to teach it correctly. We have chosen the network marketing model of business. In other blogs I will explain why network marketing. We will not apologise for this. We set out to make money and we teach others to do the same. When we make money we do good things with the money. I made mistakes in life as I said earlier. I have acquired huge debts. These failures are foundations upon which to build success. So God teaches me to prosper. We do good things with the money like pay our debts. God does not want His people to be in debt. Therefore if you are in debt you have a good reason to need to make money like me. Do not be fooled into the ‘God will provide’ syndrome. It is a trap. Run away from it. I have been there and only got myself in more debt.

Your dreams in life should never stop. Your first dream may be to get rid of the job. Be free from the need for a job. Your dream may be like mine, “Let’s get out of debt”. I also dream of controlling money and not letting it control me. Moving on with your life you may ask, “Why should I succeed?” One of the biggest reasons to succeed is to give to your father and mother, if they are still living something to be proud of. Another reason to desire success is because of family. If your family is like mine then they will desperately need help. I lost my mother and father but Julia still has her mother and we so much want her to be proud of us. Personally I want my children to be proud of me. Do not be fooled dear friend into just doing a job even if it is a good job, and hope to achieve. We will talk about jobs later also. This is a spiritual blog coming from the heart and we will explore God’s requirements, His promises and how wonderful they are. At the same time we invite you to contact us for the solutions too, the practical solutions.

Joseph Brown

June 6, 2008 Posted by | Dreams, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment