Aug 07

Welcome to the August edition of your newsletter. Summer is coming to an end and most of us are preparing for the upcoming fall season when every returns to work! Please don’t get depressed because I want to offer a suggestion that may make your entire year much more productive. This coming year, go where the fish are biting. I hope you enjoy this newsletter and remember if you like it pass it on. Enjoy!

In This Issue
  • The Great Salmon Run
  • The River was Running
  • Catching a King in a Bass Pond
  • From a Biblical Perspective

  • The Great Salmon Run

    H & L Alaska Fish

    Do you enjoy fishing? Have you ever fished? If not, don’t worry as this will make sense once you’ve read the articles. If so, you’re going to love the analogies.Every year there is a time period of about two weeks that the great king salmon run up the Kenai River in Alaska. I was asked to open as a keynote speaker at a conference in that exact area, during that exact time. How could I say no? The good part was that I caught my limit of salmon and halibut ranging in weight from about 10 pounds to 35 pounds. The bad part was the 55 lb monster caught during our trip was caught by my wife! Yes, the fish you see me holding was actually caught by my wife – but don’t tell anyone!


    The River was Running
    The river was running and everyone was running up and down the river in their boats in search of a great king salmon. As we were in the hunt for our own king salmon something very elementary hit me. If we knew our greatest chance for catching a king salmon existed in the Kenai River, during a specific time frame, why would we ever fish anywhere else at any other time? Why would anyone? Then I begin to think of goal setting. Sometimes we get so caught up in moving towards our goals, we never even ask ourselves if we are in the right place at the right time. Reflect on your current goals for just a moment. Are you in the right place and is it the right time? Look at factors such as trends, population studies, historical successes of similar ideas, etc. to help point you in the right direction.


    Catching a King in a Bass Pond
    Would I ever fish a bass pond for a great king salmon? Not unless I was crazy! But to my point, how many of us have been fishing in the wrong body of water, at the wrong time, for the wrong species of fish? If I wanted to be an actor, why would I ever live in the Midwest and just hope someone from Hollywood would come knocking at my door? It may be the right time but I’m definitely in the wrong body of water. If I wanted to launch a new line of clothing, would I try a remote area like Alaska or would New York make more sense? When you are moving towards your goals there is a way to stack most all of the odds in your favor for success – fish the right body of water at the right time. What are you currently trying to accomplish in your life that may be more successful in another area and/or around a different group of people?

     


    From a Biblical Perspective
    The Bible states in Luke 4:16-25, When he (Jesus) came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on Saturday, and stood up to read the Scriptures. The book of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him, and he opened it to the place where it says: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted and to announce that captives shall be released and the blind shall see, that the downtrodden shall be freed from their oppressors, and that God is ready to give blessings to all who come to him.” He closed the book and handed it back to the attendant and sat down, while everyone in the synagogue gazed at him intently. Then he added, “These Scriptures came true today!” All who were there spoke well of him and were amazed by the beautiful words that fell from his lips.“How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” Then he (Jesus) said, “Probably you will quote me that proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself’- meaning, ‘Why don’t you do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum?’ But I solemnly declare to you that no prophet is accepted in his own hometown!TLB Even Jesus who was directed by God, knew to go to the right pond at the right time. When others thought he should be in the church, He was constantly found in various places where the majority of the people congregated. He says in this passage that no prophet (including himself) is accepted in his own hometown. Have you tried your ideas in another area of the country or through different means, like on the Internet? Most times if you’re in the wrong pond, even at the right time, you will not catch fish. Conversely, you may be in the right pond at the wrong time. Go where the fish are biting at the right time and realize the success you deserve! Through the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit you won’t just have to guess anymore. Blessings
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