Thursday, December 23, 2010

How Do Champions Respond?

Spring 2003



What is my Desired destination? What type of person passes through this destination? What attributes, or characteristics, do these achievers possess? What attributes do these achievers purge, delete, from their lives? What attributes I currently possess?

Which necessary attributes, or characteristics, do I need to acquire? Which of my current attributes do I need to strengthen? Which of my current attributes do I need to delete from my operating system?

How do I obtain, delete, and strengthen the appropriate attributes?

CHAMPIONS accept ridicule from others as an element of their journey.

Why do we receive ridicule? CHAMPIONSHIPS require THINKING differently than others. As the Bible illustrates in Proverbs 23:7, “As he thinks in his heart, so is he.” We are a product of our thoughts.

Ridicule derives from one’s thoughts, a lack of understanding while also lacking the desire to understand CHAMPIONS’ thoughts. Some mock what they do not understand! Why do some mock God? They lack any degree of understanding of God; they lack wisdom: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline” (Proverbs 1:7). Certainly, no one completely understands God; some have received more wisdom than others. Proverbs 2:6 declares, “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;” we must “search for it as for hidden treasure” (Proverbs 2:4).

Suppose you absolutely knew a gold mine existed somewhere on a section of land you owned, 640 acres or one square mile. How long would you search for the gold mine? Would you quit after a month, six months, five years, or even 25 years? No! You would keep searching until you found the gold mine. Once found, you would continue digging, and mining all the gold possible from the mine. This same intensity and perseverance is required for mining wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and insight.

A CHAMPION digs deep into their soul in search of their gold mine of greatness, digging into the depths of their body and mind conquering unknown frontiers created within them. In Jeremiah, God says, “I knew you before I formed you in the womb.” God placed greatness within each of us long before our physical bodies existed. We find this greatness in seeking fellowship with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with every ounce of energy we possess. He will reveal the doors to open, the paths to travel, and the keys to unlock our potential. Once unlocked, our potential is exponentially transformed into greatness. This greatness is only possible as a conduit of the Holy Spirit, submitting to obedience of our Heavenly Father.

Submitting to Christ requires challenging obedience and discipline. Included among these attributes are: the removal of limits. “With God, nothing is impossible.” God’s possibilities and wisdom are infinite. His word established creation. All boundaries are a fence built by him. He owns everything. If a rancher builds a fence creating a bordered pasture, yet owns the prairie on all sides of the pasture, he has the ability to remove the fence, expand the pasture if he desires. God may also expand the ‘pasture’ of possibilities; he may splice the fence to allow the temporary expansion of earthly possibilities, as he did with Elijah in the chariot to heaven.

The expansion of earthly possibilities permitted Lazarus’ return from death. This also illustrates Christ’s ability to raise anyone from apparent hopeless situations.

Expanding our thoughts requires great effort. Breaking ground, whether soil, physical, or mental digging in new territory. Breaking sod require greater horsepower than tilling previously broken ground. Developing physical fitness induces pain as our bodies increase their ability to achieve. Similarly is using the left hand for a right-handed person. We engage different neurons and muscles, requiring mental concentration to fire the synapse on new paths. This is also why articulating, either writing or speaking, new ideas is fatiguing.

We effectively express cogitable ideas, those grasped by the mind. Grasping involves enveloping an object or idea. Our hands only grasp those objects within a certain proportion to our hand size. My small hands prevent me from ‘palming’ a basketball, or accurately throwing a regulation football. Those with bigger hands easily palm and basketball. My friend Dean once welcomed NFL quarterback legend Joe Thiemann onto stage before a keynote speech. Afterwards, Dean commented on Joe’s enormous hands. His comparatively large hands enabled Joe to grasp the football, and accurately throw, deliver, or distribute, the ball anywhere on the football field.

Our minds, our thought process, must expand in proportion to the size of an idea; enabling us to grasp the idea with our minds before we are able to accurately distribute, or deliver, to an array of personalities and backgrounds in our audience. The audience may be listening to our keynotes or seminars; or they may represent our peers, colleagues, or families. Cogitation enables accurate, varied deliverance of ideas.

Recently a friend commented on the large quantity of sleep and food his teenage son required; along with the amount, his son is growing. His son’s physical growth necessitates immense energy. Intellectual expansion also requires great energy.

Muscle memory, establishing paths of neuron travel, allows for habits including fast running. Establishing mental neuron travel enhances rapid, critical thinking. Lyle Claussen continually states, “If you want to run fast, you have to run fast.” Equivalently, if we want to think quickly, deeply, and broadly: we must think quickly, deeply, and broadly. Repetition establishes cerebral neuron paths. Just a smooth, well-defined road with consistent traffic improves travel efficiency, so we improve mental efficiency with a smooth, well-defined neuron path with consistent thoughts of depth, and breadth.

Imagination development is directly related to mental progression. Imagination is a mental ‘muscle.’ The more we imagine, the greater efficiency and detail oriented we become. Imagination enhances cogitating ideas. Once conceived we then imagine the idea visually, rotating the idea in four and five dimensions with in our minds. Time and spirituality are the fourth and fifth dimension. The spirituality dimension allows us to think beyond ourselves, and our limitations. How does this idea correlate with scripture? If so, which ones? Is this idea a proponent of the two greatest commandments? If so, how? Are there any negative side effects of this idea? Do the benefits outweigh the risks: physically, mentally, and spiritually, both immediately and in another century?

Visualizing an idea is literally mentally grasping the idea, because we are enveloping the idea with in the boundaries of our minds. An idea we are unable to fully visualize, see in our mind’s eye, rotating multi-dimensional is not yet grasped. The greater our imagination, the greater is our ability and efficiency to grasp new ideas. Grasping precedes fully capitalizing on the idea.

Returning to the analogy of the quarterback: he may be able to see and deliver to one open receiver. The quarterback’s value increases as his ability to see and deliver to multiple receivers. Our values exponentially increases with our ability to see and deliver additional possibilities with grasped ideas, mentally enveloped in our minds hand made by our creator.

When imagining, inclusion of all five senses strengthens results. Perhaps we commence with the visual image, followed by sound, smell, touch, and taste. We are now empowered mentally to live, the idea! Living an idea permits the accumulation of experience, at least cerebral. Experience facilitates advancement of conceptual depth and breadth. A communicator’s responsibility is simplifying the idea for the audience. Genius is simplifying the complex! We simplify cogitable ideas.

When the aforementioned gold mine is found, we then must extract and package the gold for the jewelry market. Once gold is adequately packaged for marketing, the potential customer base expands exponentially to include millions of people. The gold mine of our minds is the same. Once we package ideas cogitable to the masses, our customer base also expands exponentially. The Holy Spirit sends prepackaged cogitable ideas.

Let them See, Let them Believe, Leave them Desiring to Achieve!

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer
See, Believe, Achieve Inc.

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