A well known verse in the Bible (Proverbs 27:17) states “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Whether you are a believer or not, one cannot deny the power, meaning, and truth behind this verse. An iron blade is best shaped and sharpened with another tool made of iron; most substances do not have the strength or durability to modify iron.
In applying this principle to our lives, it is important for us to surround ourselves with people who are likeminded. The iron in our lives can be those that have similar goals and can provide genuine encouragement and support with honesty. If we expect to reach our potential, we must surround ourselves with others who are striving to meet their potential. Those people will relate to what we are going through and are likely to provide needed advice and encouragement. We typically seek to be successful in a number of areas which are interrelated: relationships, financial security, spiritual growth, and work, to name a few. Striving for success in these areas is a complicated and difficult process with many potholes, stops, and detours along the way.
No one achieves great success without the support of others. We all need and depend on others to provide support in some form or fashion. Support can be providing encouragement, advice, time, or financial support. The bottom line is that it is extremely important to surround ourselves with people who have similar visions and ideals like us. There is mutual benefit when we do this. Embracing the meaning “iron sharpens iron” is key in reaching our goals!
Happy New Year’s everyone! The New Year brings with it an opportunity to start anew. In our culture, it is quite common to make New Year’s resolutions. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a resolution as “the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.” A resolution is basically a goal. I think it is great that people use the New Year to make resolutions. Having goals for oneself is always encouraged. People relate well to cycles; a new year is essentially the natural beginning of a cycle, thus a relatively convenient time to set goals. Obviously, we should not confine resolutions or goals to New Year’s Day. We should all be in a state of continually developing and progressing ourselves.
We are all aware of the ease of making a goal or resolution compared to the challenge of actually sticking with them. I feel our resolutions should focus more on our process or progress toward a goal as opposed to the goal itself. Notice that I say progress. Progress indicates positive, consistent actions toward an expectation or goal. We have a much greater likelihood of keeping our resolutions, no matter when they are made, if we are focused more on the consistent actions to reach a goal. Consistency in our actions leads to growing confidence, which strengthens our resolve in progressing toward our goals. We must have resolve in our resolutions. Achieving success is a process and not an event!
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This past Christmas, I, like many parents, spent a portion of my day reading directions and putting together gifts which require assembly. It seems as though it is becoming more difficult to remove toys from packages and put things together, but that’s a discussion for another time. My youngest daughter received a desk for Christmas. The instructions were fairly easy to follow, but as anyone who has assembled furniture knows, it can be time consuming. The last step in assembling the desk was attaching it to a wall. The instructions recommended a specifically sized drill bit to drill holes and attach the desk. Of course, I did not have that size; I had a drill bit that was close to the recommended size. I knew I could not go out and purchase the recommended bit on Christmas Day. I attempted a number of alternatives, hoping they would work. I probably spent an hour or so trying different options, to no avail. After an hour or so, without much more I could do, I decided to try the drill bit I had. It was not the recommended size, but it was close. Guess what? It worked just fine!
We are often looking for ideal solutions to our goals, problems, etc. Many times, the ideal solution is not available. However, we often have what we need within our grasp! Especially in today’s day and age, the right people, knowledge, and skills can be a few clicks of a mouse away. Technology has connected our world and opened doors that were not available several years ago. I did not have the recommended or ideal tool for attaching the desk to the wall, but what I did have was good enough. We may not have the absolute, best resources for what we are looking to accomplish, but we usually have enough to get started. This is a message which especially needs to be conveyed to all, especially our youth. Many come from challenged backgrounds, but there are people and resources that can put them on the road to overcoming their circumstances. We must have the awareness to recognize and share available opportunities and start on the process of success!
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