IN GODWE TRUST Life to the Full for Entrepreneurs EVANMONEY
The Renewing of Your Mind Wash the World Off Daily
STEP NO. 1: TURN THE WORLD OFF It’s really hard to take a shower if you don’t get in one. Speaking of showers, that is just about the one place people don’t take their phones. No wonder showers are so refreshing. No wonder so many of us get great ideas in the shower. In fact, I have a waterproof notepad in my shower so I can write down all the great downloads God gives me. The bottom line is that you need to unplug for more than a few minutes each day in the shower. Take a walk without your phone and reread the last issue, where we talked about a screen-free zone in your house. STEP NO. 2: GET FRESH INPUT It’s a lifestyle choice of mine to read the Bible first thing in the morning and very last at night. Sometimes it’s just a verse, and other times it’s much more. I have discovered God speaking to me through particular verses. It’s hard to explain, but certain verses will just jump off the page and be so timely and apply to my exact situation. If, by chance, you’re already dreading the task of daily Bible reading, perhaps you need a fresh translation. Take action and pick up The Passion Translation. It really brings
In the ancient Scriptures, Paul encourages you “to
be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” I often wonder how that applies today. One of my first “cassette tape” mentors was the
iconic Zig Ziglar. I remember him explaining that positivity and motivation were much like taking a shower: It’s highly effective, but it needs to be done daily. Can you imagine someone complaining about a specific brand of soap or deodorant because they hadn’t showered in three days and they smelled awful? Yet we hear the same complaint all the time regarding any type of personal growth, diet, or even spiritual program. “Yeah, I tried that, and it didn’t work for me,” they say. The only way to get great results at anything — your business, your marriage, parenting, health, fitness, and even your spiritual walk — is to make it a lifestyle. Remember last issue’s article on taking a break from the world? Now I’m going to encourage you to not only wash your body daily but to also wash off the world daily. This is what I imagine Paul was trying to teach us by renewing our minds.
So, how exactly do we wash off the world daily?
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Why Do They Keep Bringing up the Past?
Evan, it seems like every time we get in an argument, my spouse brings up the past. How do we move past this once and for all? The simple truth is that your spouse does not feel seen, heard, or recognized. Once they feel validated, they won’t bring it up anymore . Before you tell me you have already apologized multiple times, I believe you. Please understand that it’s not what you do; it’s how you do it! Allow me to speak the truth in love for a moment. A halfhearted apology is just that: halfhearted. Put another way, a crappy apology is just that — crap! If the other party doesn’t feel seen, heard, or recognized, then you gave a crappy apology, regardless of how you think it went. I encourage you to reboot. Obviously, what you’re doing now isn’t working, so it’s time for change. In order for things to change, you must change. In order for things to get better, you must get better. So, let’s get better right now. We will begin by apologizing to your spouse for your crappy apologies. Remember that it’s not what you do, but how you do it. You need to be alone with your spouse — no phones, no screens, just the two of you.
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like this: “I’m sorry for lying to you about going to the strip club with my friends five years ago, but it was a one-time thing, and I owed Johnny a favor, and besides, I only stayed 10 minutes, excuse, excuse, excuse.” These excuses negate the apology and put salt in the wound. It turns this small thing in the past to a big, ugly thing years later. So, simply say this: “I’m sorry for __________. I know it really hurt you. I blew it. Will you please forgive me?” Then, take a breath and listen. No rebuttals, no explanations. Just listen. When they are done speaking, simply say, “I blew it. Will you please forgive me?” That’s it! Simple, clean, and easy. Are you ready to cash in that super lottery ticket? Then take action now! God bless. Special Bonus: Get our new book for FREE by visiting Ha pilyEverAfterBook.org.
Now, I can lay down a great script and you could recite it word for word, but if you’re not truly seeking forgiveness, it will still be crap. You need to be ALL-IN on seeking forgiveness; you need to fully embrace the reboot. The good news is that if you do, it will pay off like a super lottery ticket. Why wait? Let’s cash it in!
Step No. 1. Go to a quiet place in the house with your spouse, take a walk, go to a park, etc.
Step No. 2. Say, “I’m sorry for my past crappy apologies. I have not fully seen, heard, or recognized you. Will you PLEASE forgive me?” Step No. 3. This may be as far as you get. There may be lots of tears and some great discussions. This is a great time to just reconnect with your spouse. Step No. 4. This may be the same day or a different day. The same rules apply. Go to a place where you can be alone with no phones or screens. Fully apologize for the events in the past that your spouse keeps bringing up. It sounds like this: “I’m sorry for ___________. I know it really hurt you. I blew it. Will you please forgive me?” PSALM 116 “Relax and rest; be confident and serene, for the Lord rewards fully those who simply trust in him.” A few seasons ago, Aaron Rodgers, star quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, made headlines when he told the fan base to “R-E-L-A-X” with regard to the team’s losing record. Now the creator of the universe is telling us the same thing. All we need to do is relax and trust Him. Do we really think we can do a better job than God? Our real job is to trust and obey Him and do what He asks. Will you? WisdomSource From the The biggest mistake people make in an apology is when they try to justify or make excuses for what they did . It sounds
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the Scriptures alive and has made all the difference for me. The footnotes are truly game-changing. It’s a spectacular read.
STEP NO. 3: ENJOY AN UNPLUGGED MEAL WITH FAMILY
In our family, we average six family dinners a week. How do we pull this off with our teens’ ballet classes, parkour classes, and other activities? Simple: We find a way instead of finding an excuse . Sometimes we have dinner early and other times we have it later, but it’s worth it so we can all sit at the table together unplugged. Full disclosure: Lately, the arguing between our son and daughter during dinner over the silliest things has become an eye-roller for my bride and me. However, we are firmly committed to the lifestyle of family dinners, and we know that it will pay huge dividends. When it comes to eating out, which is about once per week, we choose a healthy restaurant with no TVs. If there happens to be a TV, we sit as far away as possible. These family dinners are key to our strong bond and connection. I can’t explain exactly how this washes off the world daily, but it really helps, and I know it will work for you. Enjoy your new “clean” lifestyle.
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I recently attended an amazing seminar where I met a fantastic guy named Tom. We were talking about one really simple principle, and it just keyed off this great discussion. He was sharing about how it’s time for a shift in his life. He’s in his 50s, has some wonderful kids, and he said, “I need to move on, I need to switch gears, I need to do something.” It is for this reason that he came to the seminar. Then he made a simple, yet extraordinary statement, “You know what, Evan? Nothing moves until you move.” I replied, “You’re right!” Nothing moves until you move. So, he took action. He got off his couch and flew out to the seminar. He knew if he wasn’t able to change his mindset, change his thinking, or change something, nothing new was going to happen. ThePage 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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