Posted on 01. Jan, 2016 by Krista Abbott.
It’s New Years Day and I always think about my Grandma Abbott on New Years because she had all these “old wives tales” that she talked about all the time. Which honestly was this endless list of things you “should do” for a good year and things you “should not do” if you want to avoid “bad luck”.
My grandma was a little superstitious to say the least.
I always thought it was a little funny that she said “Only do on NY day what you want to be doing for the rest of the year.” Now I don’t “buy-in” to all that jazz, but I will say that as I move about my day today, I am liking how it is shaping up as I think about grandma and her superstitions.
So, in honor of grandma, today I have done several things I wouldn’t mind doing throughout the year…and I will continue into the night doing these “happy things” to close out this day. Here are just a few of the items I did today that I wouldn’t mind making my “all year long” items.
1. Waking up naturally (no alarms, no agenda).
2. Prayer and time with my Heavenly Father, journaling, then studying prophetic words (prior and current).
3. Getting ready for my next road trip (travel tomorrow).
4. Talking to friends on the phone, laughing, making plans for fun, and discussing the blessings and awesomeness of God. And receiving an awesome word of encouragement and spoken blessing from my best guy friend on the planet.
5. Celebrating the official launch of a book I helped publish this year, and anticipating the publishing of another one I helped write/edit in the next 90 days.
6. Planning my next travel adventure with my mom. We are gonna make a cross country trek and have some road time and girl bonding … making memories on Route 66 and exploring cities between the Atlantic and the Pacific. It’s another perk of the “laptop lifestyle”.
7. Got booked for another “money making gig”. Woo-Hoo!!!
8. Finalizing some processes and procedures for the InLight writing team. We are getting things all organized and ready for acceleration in publishing for the New Year and making sure we have things ready for the new team members coming on board. It’s gonna be awesome.
9. Reviewing and enjoying the “accomplishments” of the last several months. It’s amazing how much “purpose driven” work has been completed in the last half of the year. Such a great feeling…to be doing what you were created to do and seeing the fruit of that labor.
10. Relaxing with a good book (or maybe a movie later).
All that and it is only 4 pm – oh and #11 would be writing this blog of course.
I won’t tell you the things I did today that “broke traditions” and frankly would make grandma roll over in her grave. But, she’ll be okay, because she knows now that all those “wives tales” aren’t true anyway. (Love you grandma)
Cheers To 2016 … may the happiness and the productivity of this day follow us the whole year through. Woo-Hoo!!
Do you have any family traditions for New Years? If so, tell me about them in the comments or share this post on your favorite social media platform with your family traditions.
Happy Days Ahead!!!
Posted on 11. Nov, 2015 by Krista Abbott.
Aligned For Destiny
God has me up at 2 am writing this. It is a message He wants me to share today… a strategic day in the heavens and the earth. 11/11 is a day of alignment. It is also a day of transition and multiplied blessings. But for the purposes of the point God wants to make today, it is alignment.
While I have always been prophetically inclined, I don’t think I have ever been instructed to do something like this, nor have I been bold enough to consider it in the past. But that was then, and this is now… I’m in a new spiritual season, with new authority and I must deliver what has been placed in my spirit, by THE Spirit. So, with that, I invite you to Read On…
In the Fall of 2014, God began speaking to me about alignment and told me that 2015 was a year of divine alignment. I watched as God began to reposition people from where they were to where they are supposed to be. Many people had geographical moves, some had positional moves, others had drastic shifts and changes in their lives. I have talked to many people who recognize 2015 has been a time of shifting and sifting. Destinies have been established and confirmed this year. Alignment. That has been 2015.
But why alignment? Where is all of this going?
In the early summer I was driving into town, in the city where I live, and as I crossed the interstate I saw a massive chess board in the heavenlies. And I saw the hand of God begin to pick up chess pieces and move them around. He was rearranging the whole board. I then heard the voice of the Father speak and say – “there is a strategic repositioning in the heavenlies”.
I took this to mean that God is getting things in order for what He is about to do in the Earth and He is being very intentional about what He is doing in each region. (I know that’s pretty obvious..but God has to keep it simple and clear for me because he knows I don’t “read between the lines” very well. LOL).
For several weeks now the Lord has been speaking to me in the midnight hour about preparation. Preparation for what is to come. And I know without question that in my personal life, He has been exposing me to key people, strategic pieces of information, and quality resources to prepare me…especially over the last 6 months. But, even with these experiences and all of this information, and all of these new connections, it was not until the early hours of yesterday (11/10) that it began to make sense. It was like God turned on the light and said “Ta-Da!!”
I believe, and prophetic voices have confirmed, that we are getting ready to enter a realm of the spirit that we have never been before.
If you have never been there, then that means there will be new things to see, new things to hear and new things to experience…new people to become. Not only will we see, hear, and experience new things, but we will also see an increase in the things we already have knowledge of. This is going to be a time of new signs, new wonders, new miracles, new manifestations of God’s glory on the Earth and through His people. Everything I am hearing from the Spirit of God as well as the prophetic voices I interact with points to 2016 being an amazing year!!
So why preparation?
Because you can not put new wine (or new things) into old wineskins. (Mark 2:2) We have to have a season of preparation to ready ourselves to receive what God is bringing. In his November 10th blog post, Doug Addison wrote that we need to forget the old way of doing things because the old way will not work in this new season.
So we need to take the time to seek God for how He wants us to prepare for where He is taking us in 2016.
Do not be alarmed, for the place He is taking us is a good place, a place of freedom, a place of love, a place of extended grace. In fact, I hear him say radical grace. It will be a time of radical grace.
But in order to experience the fullness of what God has in 2016, it takes a time of preparation. This is that season – the next 3-4 months is the time of preparation. Preparation for acceleration.
This preparation will look different for every person, depending on what your gifts and callings are. So, today is a day for you to bring your heart and spirit into alignment with what God’s heart is and what His purpose is for your life, and ask him how you can prepare.
Just as 2015 was a year of divine alignment; 2016 will be a year of divine acceleration. Get ready!
Today, I declare the atmosphere over your life will come into alignment with the manifestations of the blessings of God! I decree this day will begin a new season for you. A season in which preparation will meet opportunity and opportunity will produce abundance. I declare today is a day of preparation for acceleration and 2016 will be your year to launch into the new things that God is producing for you in the earth. And we say “Yes” as we reach into the heavens and pull to the earth the promises of God for your life!
Posted on 19. Oct, 2015 by Krista Abbott.
How do you respond to a word from God?
WHEN GOD SPEAKS HOW DO YOU RESPOND? ARE YOU FOCUSED AND ACTION ORIENTED OR ARE YOU COMPETITIVE WITH COMPARISONS.
I was reading in John 21 this morning and noticed something I haven’t noticed before. Let me set the stage a bit. Peter had denied Jesus, Jesus had been crucified and was now raised from the dead. He appears to the disciples and reveals himself to them by telling them to cast their nets on the right side of the boat. They haul in a great catch and they realize “Whoa…this is the Lord”. So they get back on the beach, cook up some fish, eat and then Jesus starts talking to Peter.
Jesus basically reinstates Peter so to speak and delivers a word to him about his future. This is a prophetic word about Peter’s life and what he can expect, it is a command for him about his destiny and what Jesus wants him to do with his life. Peter, gets a prophetic word directly from Jesus. That’s just awesome in and of itself. Now, considering that he had denied him just a few days earlier and Jesus is coming in with a powerful word for his life, a message of forgiveness and restoration, then letting him know what is to come…what his future holds (both good and bad)….you would think Peter would be a little thankful and would have received the word with humility and eagerness to go forward and “follow Jesus”, “Feed his sheep”, and live the life of a messenger of the Gospel.
BUT look at Peter’s first response. “But what about John” This kinda blew me away when I read it – I’m like wait a minute dude – Jesus just gave you direction for your life and a glimpse into your future and all you can think about is “what about the other guy”. See Peter was living from a place of competition and comparison. And Jesus kind of put him back in his place when he was like “It’s none of your business what I do with him…you follow me!”
Rather than walking out his own walk with God and honoring his call to follow Jesus, Peter became focused on what Jesus was planning for John. Why? Competition, Jealousy, Comparison…
I think if we stop and think about it for a minute, we will see that Peter isn’t the only one that got sidetracked from his destiny and his purpose because he was thinking about and trying to keep up with what God was doing with someone else. I think many of us do it from time to time. But, if we can just pause and receive the word of the Lord for our lives, realize that God has a plan for each of us, and keep our focus on that goal, and adhere to that command, then everything else will take care of itself.
So today, I encourage you to look at what God’s purpose is for your life – and follow Him. Don’t compare yourself with others and what God is doing in their life. Because your walk is your walk and it is your responsibility. When you stand before God, He is not going to ask you questions about your neighbors walk and their journey, He is going to talk to you about your walk and your journey with Him. I promise, if you walk out your purpose and God’s plan for your life – it’s going to look great and you are going to reap the benefits of a righteous life. Keep your eyes on Jesus and what He has for you.
Posted on 20. Sep, 2015 by Krista Abbott.
EXAMINE YOUR HEART
IT’S TIME FOR A HEART CHECK!!
Gossip, slander, lies, drunkedness, idolatry, fornication, lust, greed, envy, jealousy, pride….. These are but a few of the sins of man (and woman) prevalent in the church today. Yes, I said in the church…meaning collectively as a whole, the body of Christ globally. A church that is supposed to be without spot or wrinkle; a church that is supposed to be representative of the goodness of God, a church that is supposed to be a walking, living, breathing example of Christ on earth. It seems holiness and righteousness have taken a seat of lesser importance in the overall scheme of Christianity, that people have become less concerned with the condition of their own heart and more focused on the activities of those around them.
And yet in the midst of all this Christian sinning there is a plea for mercy and an outright abuse of the grace of God. Interestingly enough, there also exists an undeniable judgement of others and absence of grace extended beyond ones own self.
Ironic isn’t it? Where in our hearts is it ever ok to pass judgement or look down our noses to others for their sins when we all…yes all of us… have our own issues to work out with God?
Are you without sin? I’m not, I will be the first to admit that. I routinely (as in daily) examine my heart and find the need for repentance on a regular basis.
When we spend more time looking at ourselves then it gives us less time to judge others. When we spend more time trying to live out our life in righteousness and holiness, displaying the love and mercy of God to others, then it gives us less time to consider ourselves better than another because of their sins or “issues”. Isn’t this what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 7?
I would say then where there remains a blatant negligence of personal responsibility, an unwillingness to examine and see oneself, and an absence of grace extended that there exists a church (globally) that is not ready, a church (globally) that is not prepared and a church that does not understand the love, the grace, and the mercy of God. It then is also a church who is not holy and blameless in His sight.
There must be a shift in this thinking in order for the last days revival to be ushered in. We need another Great Awakening – and it must start in the church, it must start with us as individuals. How can the church help the “world” if the church is a hot mess themselves? What compels them then to want to know him if the only example of him they see is us? It starts with the people who make up the church…it starts with me, it starts with you…we must get our own hearts right and pure with God before we can help others.
Stop judging others for their dirt and start cleaning your own house!!
As we enter this most holy season of Yom Kippur, I encourage you to spend some time in personal reflection…do your own heart check. Let go of what others have done to you, forgive and release them to God. Look within and in honest introspection see yourself…repent and ask Holy Spirit to help you become who he wants you to be, to help you represent him well on earth. And for the love of God, stop judging and looking down your nose at other people for their weaknesses and shortcomings, that is the highest sin of all…pride. So just stop! Do what Jesus said and get your own heart and life right before you go trying to fix everyone else’s!!!
Let he who has ears to hear…hear what God is saying.
In His Service – For Your Success!
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Posted on 16. Sep, 2015 by Krista Abbott.
THE GREATEST COMMAND
Did you know it is more important for you to love yourself than it is for you to love others? It’s not selfish, it’s not arrogant, it’s actually biblical and in fact Jesus instructed us to do this.
Let me elaborate… As I sit today waiting for my iOS to update I was led to some scriptural study on the “greatest commands” of Christ. I believe there are many misconceptions in the church today on the topic of love. I think we have all experienced some of these misconceptions at work first hand (unfortunately). One such misconception is that it is somehow noble to deny your own needs to sacrifice for the needs of others…making yourself a Christian martyr of sorts. I know I lived a life with this faulty mindset for many years until Jesus set me free from that lie and gave me the revelation I am here to share with you today.
I recall hearing, as a child, the acronym “JOY” stating the order in which we should love is “Jesus, Others, Yourself” (J.O.Y.) but really if we look at scripture that is really NOT TRUTH!
In the Gospel of Mark Jesus is speaking of the greatest commands, the first of which we know is to love God with our whole heart. None of us would argue that this is our #1 priority. But then something interesting shifts when the King of kings talks about the second command.
Unlike many in the church have taught over the years, Jesus does not instruct us to love others next, he actually teaches us to love ourselves next. Notice he says, “love others AS you love yourself”, not before you love yourself. See the truth is in that one small word “as”.
You can not give what you do not have. If you don’t love God fully and conversely understand His love for you then you have no comprehension or capacity to love yourself and as such, if you do not have love for yourself, then you are not capable to truly have love for others.
As we draw closer to God and increase our intimacy with Him we begin to see how wonderfully we are made, we begin to see ourselves through His eyes and understand that nothing could ever separate us from Him or His love for us. As we grow in this knowledge then we are moved into an understanding that He desires us to care for ourselves and make sure we are fully equipped FIRST before we begin taking care of others.
Again, this is not selfishness. I am not talking about not having compassion for others and helping them as Spirit leads. I am talking about not giving what you don’t have. You can only give from your personal supply. If you want to be a vessel for Gods love to flow through you then first love God, then love yourself. From this measure of love you can then give to others.
Selah on that for a moment. And, if you like, please leave your thoughts and comments below.
In His Service – For Your Success!
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Posted on 29. Apr, 2013 by Krista Abbott.
I am in Arizona for a two day private mastermind with Mark Hoverson. We have been hanging out, talking business, marketing and all sorts of other fun stuff. We ate sushi last night and in the midst of that meal alone Mark downloaded some serious epiphanies for me to consume.
I am about 24 hours into the private mastermind with Mark Hoverson now and I already have so many “take aways” and “ah-ha” moments that I had to take a few minutes to lay out a couple of them for you here. Clearly, I can not give away the farm – but I will give you three nuggets now and save the rest for a later time.
Three Nuggets From My Private Mastermind with Mark Hoverson
1. Ideas = Action.
This morning while we were having breakfast, Mark mentioned that Brenda Gagne, one of our team members in Global Resorts Network, made a platinum sale this morning which was a hearty $3250 commission for her (all before breakfast no less). So, he had an idea to interview her about her marketing strategies and what she’s doing to close these high dollar sales. As he’s telling me this, he is immediately shooting off a text to her arranging the interview. As the conversation progresses we learn that Brenda has had not one, but three platinum sales and one silver sale within the past two weeks. Doing the math that adds up to $10,750 in commissions in two weeks.
I observed him have an idea and take instant action – and accomplish his mission with complete mental clarity, no distraction, and no delay. Literally, within the hour a five minute interview was recorded and promoted to Mark’s community. Done. Mission Accomplished. Idea Implemented.
Here’s that interview with Brenda if you want to watch it
Take Away: When you have an idea it is important to take immediate action on that idea. Prosperity responds to action. Oftentimes people fail to act on ideas and then they either get forgotten in the midst of a busy life or they end up getting neglected due to mental clutter or fear of the unknown. Don’t delay – act now.
2. Action Leads To Growth, Inaction Creates Stagnation.
So after breakfast and the Brenda interview, Mark and I put our sneakers and sunglasses on and we head out the door for a short hike in the mountainous desert of Arizona. While we are driving out to the hiking site, we engage in conversation about the events of the morning and Mark begins just downloading all these thoughts about ideas, action, and neuro-pathways in the brain. It was a pretty intense conversation.
We start digging into the mental blocks and self sabotage that some people create in their lives by avoidance or inaction. Oftentimes this is the result of some faulty belief system, doubt, or fear. Those things then drive the person to inaction which prevents growth in their lives and results in their business.
Take Away: You can’t be afraid of action. When you act and implement there will be successes and there will be failures. All of them are positive. We learn and we grow most not from our successes through what we do, but through our failures. So what if it is not perfect, if it looks or sounds stupid after it’s done…it’s OK. You did it, you took action, now ask yourself what did you learn from it? That is how you grow. So, action – right or wrong, good or bad, success or failure – leads to growth. If you never do anything – then you stand still and become stagnate.
3. Marketing is Ever Evolving and Requires Flexibility.
After our hike this afternoon we had worked up a bit of an appetite, so we stopped off at this awesome place for a quick lunch. Mark starts picking my brain a little bit about life, friends, family, business strategies, etc. As we talked our conversation drifted back to some time we spent last night with some budding young entrepreneurs that Mark is mentoring, a new generation and a new breed of young men and women making their mark on the industry. I have to say I was very impressed with the ideas, the mindset and the thought processes of these 18-20 year olds we spent time with last night.
Take Away: As we talked about where the heavy emphasis was on marketing three years ago (when Mark and I first met out in San Diego) and where it was today it became clear that flexibility and a commitment to try new strategies is essential to any online marketer. It’s not just list building, email marketing or driving traffic to your capture pages anymore. The secret sauce is really in using a variety of strategies…casting your net wide…or as Mark says in his Solomon CEO style “cast your bread on many waters”. The truth is we don’t know where the “one lead” that leads to the “one sale” is going to come from, so lets cast wide and see what happens.
Where You Can Get More
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what I have gleaned from my time with Mark today. There is so much more to share and I will be spilling the beans on some more of the “ah-ha’s and take aways” from these two days soon, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, if you would like to hear more nuggets like these or find out how you too can earn high dollar commissions like Brenda does, then just enter your name and email in the box below and I will send you some additional information on where you can more awesome stuff from people like Mark and Brenda.
Posted on 13. Jan, 2013 by Krista Abbott.
The Inspired Living App, also known as iLA or iLiving App is in prelaunch this month, so I thought it fitting that I provide a full Inspired Living App Review to help you decided if iLA - the iLiving App is for you.
I have been in the loop regarding this new company for a few weeks now and have observed the pre-launch phase of the Inspired Living App for the past couple of weeks. In this Inspired Living App Review I will discuss the buzz surrounding iLA – iLivingApp and how the company surpassed their 90 day goals in only one week.
This Inspired Living App Review will also address what the app offers to their customers, as well as discuss the unique opportunity to earn income from the new exploding mobile app industry. iLA or iLiving App is unique in so many ways, and I personally am very excited to see the launch of this new mobile application.
What Does Inspired Living App Do?
The Inspired Living App is a brand new mobile app that delivers personal development videos directly to your smart phone. The app provides resources on success, leadership, professional development, and personal growth type resources. The company website lists the following as examples of videos that will be provided to customers of the application.
- Goal Setting
- Time Management
- Financial Management
- Personal Development
- Business Development
- Leadership Development
- Personal motivation, and more
As a leadership and business consultant as well as a self proclaimed personal development “junkie”, this app certainly appeals to me as a product. And that is ALWAYS my first point of decision when thinking about joining a business opportunity and promoting something like the Inspired Living App to my faithful readers.
I like this product and what it promises to offer, I am confident that all of my followers, customers, and clients will find this Inspired Living App Review helpful in their decision making process.
The product alone is enough to make me want to invest the $9.95 per month to receive amazing and top notch personal development materials offered by the iLiving App. Then if you add the fact that I can also earn some extra money by doing it, I am seriously all in with this one.
Many of you may already know that iLA is for you, if so you can JOIN NOW by clicking the link below this short video. If you still aren’t sure, then watch the video below and keep reading because there is much more to the Inspired Living App that you need to know about before you make your mind up.
iLA Pre-Launch Buzz
I mentioned earlier that this Inspired Living App Review would explain how this amazing new company has surpassed its 90 day goal in just the first few days of launching. The iLA pre-launch has been nothing short of amazing. This company and the application have gone “viral” extremely fast.
In fact company officials have reported that their 90 day goal was to have 10,000 associates (those who promote the application and are able to earn residual income from it) at the end of 90 days. Well…that’s ancient history because last count I had was that the company was topping 14,000 associates in just a little over a week for the iLA pre-launch.
A company conference call and email to associates indicates that they reached their goal of 10,000 associates in just the first week!!! That, my friends, is nothing short of amazing. I have been in this industry for four years now and have watched many companies come out in launch mode, but the momentum of this one in just the first week is simply astounding. It begs the question – why?
Well, this isn’t a scientific answer, but it is my opinion, and since this is my Inspired Living App Review about the company, the iLiving App, and the iLA pre-launch, and is not an official company statement then I can share it. I believe it is because of the uniqueness of the product. The product is solid, the target market group is huge, and it is new technology.
New technology always creates a buzz. Top that with it is only $9.95 to JOIN NOW and get started as a promoter of the application, thus having the ability to earn some extra money…well, it simply makes it a complete NO BRAINER!!!
This is why I believe the company has grown so much, so fast. It has an attractive product, it is techie sexy, and it is less than the price of a couple of cups of fancy coffee. There is no barrier, no risk….why not?
How to Earn Money With Inspired Living App
This Inspired Living App Review has discussed a lot so far, but now it is time to talk about what everyone really wants to know in this iLA pre-launch. How do you earn money?
The company pay model is what is known as a 3 x 7 Forced Matrix, which means there is no sponsoring requirement , and once the associate gets three associates who get three associates (or a total of 12) then their subscription ($9.95) is free.
Now since it is a “forced matrix”, the associate has potential to earn income (around $2500 per month with a FULL matrix) and this can be done without ever having to recruit anyone on their own due to the “spill over” effect of a forced matrix.
For those who do recruit (and I would highly recommend doing that if you want to make any serious money) the earning potential increases substantially. Here are some examples provided by the company in their presentation video at the company website
- Refer 3 – Qualify for a 10% bonus match of their matrix commissions which is $251.17 for each person with a filled matrix = 753.51/month
- Refer 6 – Qualify for a 20% bonus match of their matrix commission which is $502.75 for each person with a filled matrix = 3,016.50/month
- Refer 10 – 40% bonus match of their matrix commission which is $1004.70 for each person with a filled matrix = $10,047.00/month
The only requirement to participate in the matrix referral program is to be “active associate”. The simplest way is to join as a an associate for $9.95 per month or obtain two retail customers at $6.95 per month.
So, as you can see there is massive potential to earn once the matrix is full. The best thing to do in a forced matrix situation is GET IN EARLY because the sooner you get in the better your chances are of filling your matrix and seeing faster results.
There is really NO REASON why you shouldn’t JOIN iLA NOW because there is NO RISK (30 day money back guarantee from the company); there is NO BARRIER (the cost to get started is only $9.95), and NO REQUIREMENT TO REFER (just enjoy the awesome material from the app and wait for spill over in the forced matrix).
So, NOW is your chance to get in on the iLA Pre-Launch and position yourself for life improvement – not only from the materials you will receive through the iLiving App itself, but from the potential passive residual income you can create for yourself.
CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW AND JOIN NOW!!!!
Posted on 09. Jan, 2013 by Krista Abbott.
Inspired Living App
There is a new buzz in the marketing industry these days, and questions are being asked, the primary one – “What Is The Inspired Living App?” As a personal development junkie and self proclaimed guru, I am completely giddy about the Inspired Living App or iLA for short. Why? Well that’s simple…
The Inspired Living App (iLA) is a mobile application that delivers personal development materials directly to a subscribers smart phone. Since I am a personal development and leadership coach to many marketing professionals, this is an ideal product for me to use personally, as well as share with many people in my social and business circles.
So What Is Inspired Living App?
The Inspired Living App is scheduled to launch in February of 2013. When it launches it will begin delivering personal development videos to smart phones all over the country. Topics for these Inspired Living materials will include items ranging from personal motivation, time management, goal setting, financial management, leadership development, and so much more. But you don’t have to wait for the launch, because Inspired Living App is already registering customers during their pre-launch campaign. You can get in on the iLA Movement now.
As if that were not enough…the Inspired Living App also offers a one of kind referral program that makes it possible for you to earn money. Yes…you heard me correctly…money. So not only can you get your personal development resources delivered directly to you and access them any time your want in the Inspired Living App archives, but you can also tell others, build a team, and earn a passive residual income.
The best part of the Inspired Living App is the price point. It is only $9.95 per month!!! So for less than the price of a couple cups of coffee at your favorite cafe, or less than a few gallons of gasoline for your car…less than TEN measly bucks…you can not only have unlimited access to your own personal development library, but you also have the opportunity to build a team, have your own business, and make some money.
How Does Inspired Living App Work?
I realize there may be many of you who want a deeper understanding of how the Inspired Living App works. My friend and Inspired Living App team mate, Kathy Boyce created a short you tube video that explains it pretty good. To get a really clear picture about why should get on board with Inspired Living NOW, watch the video below.
How Do You Get Started With Inspired Living App?
If you are ready to get started with the Inspired Living App team, then NOW is the time!! The Inspired Living App is in the pre-launch stage right now, but you can get in early and get started before the rest of the nation beats you to it. So what are you waiting for?
If you are still not sure, or have more questions, I would be happy to talk with you directly. Just fill out the contact form below and I will be in contact with you as quickly as possible.
Posted on 13. Sep, 2012 by Krista Abbott.
I have been an avid student of Leadership Keys and Development for many years. In fact, I began practicing the things I learned through leadership classes, seminars, workshops, books, and mentoring even before I had the privilege of assuming the official role of “leader”. I believe it was the practice of these leadership keys and my commitment to develop my skills that led to promotion after promotion after promotion in my professional career.
The Power of Observation and The Result of Action
One major component of being a leader is adapting the discipline of OBSERVATION, not observing with a mind that simply records the activities surrounding you, but observing the heartbeat of the room, the life force of the culture you are in, and the actions as well as interactions of those around you. Observation, in fact, became my cornerstone strategic weapon while navigating the unpredictable waters of the corporate/governmental cultures. And not to brag or anything, but I was good at it – very good, I became one of the key leadership trainers in my organization and developed an entire program focused on identifying future leaders and mentoring them to success.
My core motto for leadership development was – Observe, Learn, Plan, Act, Become.
Notice the word “Act” in that motto. See, ACTION is another major leadership key. Most people stop there. For whatever reason they simply can’t get past the action piece so that they can “become” the leaders that make the strongest impact. Now some of them still move into leadership positions, but their effectiveness is negatively impacted due to their inattention to action.
As unfortunate as it is, so many leaders – real leaders, not “show ponies” (I’ll talk more about that later) are lost due to inaction.
I have been observing certain elements of the world around me for several months now, and I have been hearing a message deep within, one that at first seemed harsh, and honestly created resistance in me. As time progressed, however, my observation led to learning, then acceptance set in and action followed. That observation is this: there are really two types of people filling leadership roles; there are work horses and there are show ponies.
While most of those reading will immediately “get” what I mean by that, there may be others that would benefit from further explanation. So for the sake of being clear, allow me to briefly explain the difference.
The Work Horse Leader
A work horse is a servant leader who gets the job done, someone that can be counted on to take care of business come hell or high water. A work horse is reliable, dependable, loyal, and hard working, they have skills others do not possess and they know how to leverage them towards efficient and effective outcomes. Eventhough, an organization can not survive without work horses in key leadership roles, they are often the least public with their leadership and therefore get little to no acknowledgment, recognition, or accolades for what they do. See, a work horse will do whatever it takes to make sure things are taken care of, and often no one knows the work horse did it, they just know it got done. These are impressive leaders full of strong character and solid ethics. The unfortunate thing about a work horse, is that they are usually kept in the “back of the barn”, meaning they are left to care for themselves because everyone knows (or thinks) they are capable and self-sufficient. Therefore, if they don’t monitor themselves, they will work to the point of exhaustion or collapse. Even though you will rarely hear them complain about it, a work horse needs and desires affirmation, appreciation, care, and acknowledgement just like every one else.
A show pony is a leader in position and name, but does little of the work required to lead. They are pretty and prance around in a practiced formation to impress their audience. They are the individuals who frequently show up late, after most of the work is done, hang around long enough to enjoy the show, then quickly vacate when its time to work again. They rely heavily on other people to do the work for them, but take delight in parading themselves and exaggerating their contributions to their superiors or people of affluence. They are generally self promoters with strong people skills and they shamelessly use those skills to advance their agenda and “win the prize” at the “pony show”. Show ponies work for an audience, they are public leaders, but lack the discipline or skill to get things done when no one is watching. They are usually well liked, praised by many, and lavished with attention from the crowd. The unfortunate thing about show ponies is that they are dependent on others to get things done and are generally not capable of effective innovation. Therefore a leader operating in the “show pony” model requires the assistance of people around them who will step up and assume the role of “caretaker” so they can continue to look good and entertain well.
So…which horse are you?
In the interest of our “Today I Learned” model – I guess I would say:
“Today I learned there are work horses and there are show ponies. Sometimes we choose which one we will to be, sometimes it is chosen for us. Either way, every horse has their role to play and every horse deserves respect and honor for their contributions.”
“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)
“Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.” Proverbs 12:24 (NLT)
Your Servant Leader,
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Posted on 10. Sep, 2012 by Krista Abbott.
Today, I was reminded of a truth that permeates the ranks of success, and that simple truth is that YOUR thoughts determine your success.
Your thoughts about who you are, what you are capable of, what your skill level is, what your value to society is…your thoughts alone are the only thoughts that are capable of influencing your success. It does not matter what others think about you, what they say behind your back – or to your face for that matter, or how they judge you…you and your mind…you and your thoughts determine your success.
There is an ancient proverb penned by King Solomon that says “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7)
How are you thinking about yourself ? Then that is what you are.
Are you allowing the way others think about you to influence how you think about yourself? If so then you become how they think of you.
You must shift your thinking and cease the influence of others thoughts in your life – then you will see the transformation you are looking for.
A few years ago, I used to write a regular blog called “Today I Learned” . In that little blog, I would pull nuggets of wisdom from every day life. In recent weeks several of my friends and family have asked me why I stopped doing that and have gently suggested I start doing it again because they really enjoyed it. I have had to stop and think about why I stopped “Today I Learned” and really why I stopped doing many of the other inspiring things I used to do to help others in their journey to success in life. Even a scroll through this blog will show my negligence to my audience.
For that my friends, you have my deepest and most sincere apology.
There are many reasons for that. One being, for the past two years or so I have committed to a cause much larger than myself, pouring every ounce of my heart and soul into it – I have placed my own dreams on the back burner, I have put myself last, I have given away more money than I have kept for myself, I have invested time, energy, and prayer at levels others can not even imagine. This has caused me to neglect other areas of my own life, and to neglect you…those who were looking to me for some leadership and help on your own success journey.
And even more that that – in utter and complete transparency, I realized I have allowed the thoughts and opinions of others, who are important in my life, to influence the use of or more recently – the negligence of, my social platform. This realization made me angry – a little angry with the people who I had allowed to influence me – but mostly angry at myself for not noticing and stopping what was happening to me sooner.
Today, it clicked though, and I drew a line in the sand. It came through one judgmental and very inaccurate comment about my character from a person very close and very dear to me. That negative judgment, shifted my thinking and I turned it into a positive action when I decided to draw a line in the sand…enough is enough.
I don’t care who it is, how much they mean to me, how much I love them, or how much they say they love me – I will never, never again allow what others think of me or what their opinions of me are to influence me from doing or not doing what is in my heart to do. If they don’t like it, then look the other way. I am not on this earth to please them or anyone else for that matter, I am on this earth to fulfill my purpose and my destiny, and to please God. Further, I am on this earth to help others find and fulfill their purpose and their destiny. If someone has a problem with that, then it is their problem, not mine. I will not change who I am at my core for anyone – ever again!!!
See, I know my value and I know my worth. I know the leadership skills I possess whether they recognize them or not. I know the price I have paid to be where I am today. I know what I have walked away from – I know what I have sacrificed. I know the millions of dollars – yes millions of dollars – I have passed up to be where I am today. I did that by choice – because what was in my heart to do at the time was more important to me than the multi-million dollar business offer I had on the table. I could do that because I know what is inside of me is of value. I know what I have to offer the world is priceless.
If you can’t see that… If you refuse to acknowledge that…If you continue to overlook that – then it is your loss and you are not my audience and I invite you to vacate my life, my blog, and my email list immediately. I will no longer be silent, I will no longer take a back seat, I will no longer hold back because of what you think of me.
I am looking for people who want to live life to the fullest, who want to be all that they were created to be, who aren’t afraid of doing a little work to get to the place they want to be in life. I am looking for people who don’t expect to have everything handed to them on a silver platter, who aren’t just dreamers, but do-ers….I want action takers. If you are lazy then move on now because you will not like my requirements.
So to all those who wanted to see a return of “Today I Learned”, I guess it is making it’s debut again…because – Today I Learned to draw a line in the sand. Today I learned that what I think of me is far more important that what you think of me. Today I “re-learned” that it is my thoughts about me that determines my success.
“Change your thoughts – and change your world” Norman Vincent Peale
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Thinking straight again!