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Create your own destiny and learn how to fly!

 

A few weeks ago, I saw the movie the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and I have also seen the movie The Bucket List. What is it that both of these movies have in common? In both of these movies, the men realized that life is a journey and in due time, it comes to an end.  The most important thing we discover at the end concerns whether we really lived our lives or if we simply go through the motions of living.

Creating My Bucket List

The first lesson in the book 50 Lessons I Learned From The World’s Greatest Achiever by Vic Johnson is to create a list of life goals that we want to accomplish over the course of our lifetime that if you complete the list at the end of your life you feel as though you had a complete and wonderful life.. I have already done a lot of the things that I always wanted to do in my life. I have traveled to most of the United States. I was in the military (all state side), I had three wonderful children, and so far I have written and published 3 books with the fourth one almost ready to publish as well. I wrote my list as so far, my list consists goals related to being an author including writing, marketing, and speaking, and goals related to traveling (including learning languages). Still other goals are related to living healthy including exercise, proper diet, and living a simple life. My ultimate goal is to travel the world at leisure, writing, marketing, and speaking along the way. It also includes what could be the opposite, a simple home where I can live off what I grow as a person.

 

Thinking Outside The Box

The second lesson in the book relates to thinking outside of the box. The idea here relates to the idea presented in the book Acre of Diamonds where a man sold everything he had, including his farm in South Africa to search for diamonds. He died broke. Several years after his death, the largest diamond field in the world was discovered right on the farm that he had sold years earlier. This story relates to the premise that what we want in life is usually right in our own backyard. In other words, look around you and looking at your surroundings with a different viewpoint.

This step involves a radical step of identifying a goal and taking massive action to begin accomplishing that goal.

I am taking two massive goals this month. First  Goal I am: “Developing a simple lifestyle so that I can focus my resources toward traveling, writing, and speaking in different locals”.To start going in this direction, at the end of April, I bought a used travel trailer that I am moving out onto my friends’ place at the edge of a national park to live in and to fix up. I plan to later this month that begin doing a little gardening. Maybe next month I will be able to get a few chickens and a goat.

The second Goal that I am taking Massive action on is: “Become a best-selling author.” A step that I have taken this month is that yesterday I had a session with a professional photographer for my author photograph on my books. In addition, I have updated my bio and the cover descriptions on all of my books. I intend to have help coordinating the covers of The Locket Saga so that they don’t just look like individual books, but that they look like books in a series. I will put all of these aspects together and update my books by the end of the month. Then I will update my website and include these new looks to my books on my site.

Creating A Dream Board

This lesson involves identifying who you want to be and create a dream board.

In this exercise, I created a dream board with the words Speaking, Ministering, Author as the center. Then I used mind mapping to create words that describe that sort of person.

Words that I used to describe this person that I want to become would include radio blog, Bible courses, speak at churches, Youtube videos, visit women’s groups, helping people, sharing what I know with others, traveling around the country, and visiting book stores,  festivals, meeting many different people, It involves living in peace, living healthy, and living simply.

 

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


parable of the talents

This month, I am developing my ministerial vision as part of my creation of my own destiny. Last month my affirmation concerned the fact that I am a spiritual being on a physical journey. During the month I wrote several articles about women of the Bible. As a result of doing the research for this study as well as starting to attend a Bible study on Wednesday night, I realized that I needed to focus more on this aspect of my life.

After studying about the women, I realized that a lot of the ideas that I personally had about women in the ministry were wrong. In addition, during one of the Bible study sessions one of the leaders there said that I knew more about the Bible than she did. She asked if I had gone to Bible school.

Spiritual Wisdom and Knowledgeable-Gifts From God

A lot of people that I have known in ministry are either spiritual or knowledgeable. Either the person is spiritual but ignorant about what the Bible really says, or a person is knowledgeable and analytical and out of touch with spiritual things.

As i am putting myself out there, and expressing my spiritual understanding, I realize that I am both. I am knowledgeable without being overly analytical, and yet, I sense things in my spirit. There are times when I know things that I cannot explain logically. I have an intuition that often defies logic and yet whether I follow the intuitive feeling or not, afterwards, I realize that I was right.

I am able to retain many concepts from the Bible, and. I can sense things in other people. The Bible calls the gift of knowledge and the gift of wisdom. The Bible says that gifts are given without repentance, in other words, what I have are God given gifts.I didn’t earn them, but I am responsible for the gifts I have been given.

The Parable of the Talents

Matthew 25:15-28 tells about how the master gave talents to his servants and what those servants had done with them. One didn’t do much with what he was given and it was taken away and given to the one who had much. Right now, I feel as though I am that unfaithful servant who buried his talent. I think it is time that I started using my talents of knowledge and wisdom and sharing them with others. I think that it is time that I step out from behind the computer and share what God has given me. I want to help others in The Body of Christ.  I need to step out of my comfort zone.

Do Not Despise Small Beginnings

My intentions are to begin more intense focus on my ministry by giving weekly Bible Studies on this blog every week on Wednesdays. In addition, I intend to create Bible Study booklets to help others with their own Bible Study. I have several ideas in the works in which to develop from there, but right now, today, I don’t want to go too far into the details.

I hope that my studies bless you as much as they bless me as I prepare them.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

 


50 lessons

Here we are in a new month. Last month I read a book by Vic Johnson twice. It was called 50 lessons I Learned From The World’s #1 Goal Achiever. In this book, Vic shares the life lessons from John Goddard the adventurer, explorer, author and lecturer. In 50 lessons, he teaches about how each of us can create our own success.

John Goddard had an experience when he was fifteen years old that changed his life. He was in his family kitchen when he heard one of his parents’ friends that he wished he was “John’s age again” and that he wished he could start over. This inspired John to write down 127 specific life goals. He accomplished most of these goals along with another 400 that he set through his life’s journey. The fact that he had a rare form of cancer did not keep him from his goals.

Vic tells how he met John. In 2006, Vic cold-called Goddard and was shocked when the famous man agreed to meet with Vic and his wife Lisa for dinner at his home. They met again numerous times over the next several years.

The book’s message is this

” Live your life as You see fit, not to listen to what the naysayers and even your own fears would have you believe is possible.”

 

This month I intend to use the lessons that I have learned to guide the affirmation that I am focusing on this month. That affirmation is

: I create my own destiny.”

God’s Will Is That We Live Our Lives

This may seem to some people like the opposite of my focus last month which had to do with my spirituality as a Christian. Doesn’t God determine our destiny? Well, the truth is, God gave us a will to do with as we wish. He gave us creative ability to spend our time on this earth either to his glory or to our own. Take my novels, for example. My novels are my own creation, but at the same time i believe that it is my destiny to write them. I believe that someone somewhere will be blessed through my work.

This Month’s Project

Every blog post this month on Mondays and Fridays, I am going to go through the lessons from the book and apply them to my own life. I am not certain how far I will get through the fifty lessions this month, but the goal is to get as far as possible at applying the action steps that are part of this book. I hope that it blesses you, my blog readers as much as it blesses me.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

 

 

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