#25 Episode: "How to Do What You Love to Do!" with Special Guests Emily Mercer & Van Hickman

 
 
 With Valentine’s Day just around the corner today I wanted to encourage you to...
Do What You Love!
- So, what do you love to do?
For me I love it when my family are all in one room with no media on and we are laughing, mostly because of my husband, while we tell stories or share jokes together. I also love writing in my journal - it is so relaxing to me - after my Bible time, almost every morning, you can find me in my chair, in my bedroom, typing up a journal entry as I sip my hot tea. I also love to kick the soccer ball around with our aussiedoodle Tux - which is most certainly what He loves to do.

Recently, I asked two of my friends to share what they love to do and how they continue to do what they love.

Emily Mercer is a Biblical Counselor and longer time lover of prayer.
Van Hickman is a comedian and annoucner who developed a love for voice over work.

Both Emily and Van share inspirational and practical tips on how they continue to do what they love to...
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#22 Episode: "Make Your ALL Small - My #1 Approach to Getting ALL Things Done!"

 

We can overcomplicate what we need to accomplish. - Either we over do it or under do it. Either way it becomes complicated because we add or subtract from the very thing we are trying to complete. You know what I mean...

Remember that time when the garage needed cleaned? We all do - whether it was a garage, vehicle, office - pick a space. And more than likely it went one of these two ways:

1. Make your all STALL… You went to open the door to the garage and thought, “Where do I begin?” So you started moving things around, looked in boxes, looked at your watch, and said things like, “Who really needs a place to park their car? The car does not pay its’ portion of the mortgage. It does not deserve a roof.” The decision had been made - to live with the garage the way that it was, because it could STALL until another day.

2. Make your all TALL… You decided this was your next project, so you called a meeting with your family, the...

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#21 Episode: "Do These FIVE Things to Finish What You Start" with Download

 
Starting something new is exciting - whether it be a new year, new job, new project, or a new habit. But new becomes old very quickly if we do not refresh ourselves throughout the process.

As Christians, this must involve us seeking God while applying practical disciplines that will help us finish what we begin. One of my favorite Scriptures encourages us to finish what we start...

“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”

~ 2 Cor. 8:11-12 NIV

HOW do we make sure that we “Now finish the work” that we have begun?

Let me encourage you to Do These 5 Things to Finish What You Start…

1.) Eliminate Distractions - make what used to be a distraction, a reward
2.) Focus on a Few - simplify by only working on a few habits or projects at a time
3.) No...
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#20 Episode "Why Meeting with Yourself is My #1 Productivity Tip" with Download

 
 
Are you ready for a fresh start; a clean slate; a new beginning?
There is no better time than right now to fulfill the plans that God has for you.
But you might be thinking -
"Amber, I am ready, but I do not know where to begin."
OR
"Amber, I am concerned that I will begin something, but not finish it."
Well, either way - bENCOURAGEd Today!
Because today I am sharing with you about my #1 Productivity Tip!!
I call it Review Preview - and it is all about meeting with yourself with God so that you can begin to fulfill the plans that God has for you!

Why is meeting with yourself my #1 Productivity Tip?
Here are 3 reasons...

1. Because someone needs you - to fuflfill the plans that God has for you because it will help her/him fulfill the plans God has for her/him too! - You are someone's inspiration!!!

2. Because setting goals do not fulfill goals - Just like setting a tea cup next to a tea pot does not make your tea for you. You must have regular accountabililty to fulfill your goals...
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#17 Episode: "Break Through 5 Obstacles to Fulfill a God-given Dream!" with FREE Downloads

 
As Christians we want to fulfill the plans that God has for us - right?
Then what prevents us from jumping into those plans?

I have learned how to…
Break Through 5 Obstacles to Fulfill a God-Given Dream. 

Today let’s knock down these obstacles one by one so you can get those God-given dreams off of the ground!!!

1. Doubt/Fear - “F.E.A.R” - False Evidence Appearing Real - When doubt comes do these 3 things -
1.) Speak words of faith
2.) Remind yourself that EVERYONE experiences regular doubts
3.) Take Action on something towards fulfilling that dream

2. Time - Learn to Prioritize your time so you will Prioritize your Passion!

3. Energy - Eating right, sleeping well, and life balance gives you energy to keep moving forward

4. Money - repurpose what you have until you can purchase what you want

5. Approach - Knowing what your next step helps you...

1.) Track - like a train - no matter what is going on around you will keep moving forward
2.) Traverse - when...
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#1 Episode: “My #1 Productivity Tip” - includes a FREE Downloadable Guide & Checklist

This is it! My first episode of bENCOURAGEd Today Podcast - where I share productivity tips to help you fulfill the plans God has for you! 

Scroll to the bottom of this post to listen! 

In this episode I share…

  • How I developed my passion for productivity and organization
  • My career in training and organizational development
  • How I was transformed from a work-a-holic to fulling God’s plans in my life
  • My #1 Productivity Tip! 

I also share 2 Bonus Productivity Tips…

  1. Do not underestimate being productive right where you are! - I give a practical example of how I applied this principle, working my way up through the restaurant industry, to become the youngest traveling training supervisor for a multi-million dollar restaurant chain
  2. Always be ready with at least one productive question that you can ask someone who knows more about where you want to be!  I share how being ready with my one question changed my life and eventually led me to my #1...
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