CHAIN REACTION

– IT IS TRUE: WHAT YOU THINK CAN TAKE YOU IN ONE OF TWO DIRECTIONS

If you don’t follow Michael Hyatt yet, you should. He offers excellent leadership tips and practical advice. Recently he wrote about two kinds of thinkers. One kind leads to success, joy, and fulfillment. The other leads to failure, fear, and discontent.

The first he calls an ABUNDANCE THINKER. This person will greet people with a big smile, a hug, and an encouraging word. You will leave his presence energized and affirmed. This kind of person invests in another’s success. And that success is returned in abundance.

The second is just the opposite. He exhibits a hoarding mentality. This kind of thinker never picks up the bill, even if you were invited to lunch. They constantly complain—about everything. They leave you drained and diminished. Michael describes this individual as a SCARCITY THINKER. And success seems to pass them by.

Listed below are Hyatt’s eight attitudes/behaviours of both. Which list describes you? Better question: which list will you start cultivating in your life?

ABUNDANCE THINKERS

  1. They believe there is always more where that came from.
  2. They are happy to share their knowledge, contacts, and compassion with others.
  3. They default to trust and build rapport easily.
  4. They welcome competition, believing it makes the pie bigger and them better.
  5. They ask themselves, How can I give more than is expected?
  6. They are optimistic about the future, believing the best is yet to come.
  7. They think big, embracing risk.
  8. They are thankful and confident.

SCARCITY THINKERS:

  1. They believe there will never be enough.
  2. They are stingy with their knowledge, contacts, and compassion.
  3. They default to suspicion and find it difficult to build rapport.
  4. They resent competition, believing it makes the pie smaller and them weaker.
  5. They ask themselves, How can I get by with less than is expected?
  6. They are pessimistic about the future, believing that tough times are ahead.
  7. They think small, avoiding risk.
  8. They are entitled and fearful.

As we enter into a new teaching series, I want to establish this truth – which I believe has Biblical foundation:

Our lives, in part, are directly affected by how & what we think, how we approach a crisis, our attitudes. What you see unfolding in your life is indeed linked to your thinking patterns, your philosophy, and your worldview.

I invite you to join us tomorrow as we begin an examination of the attitudes of – and this may surprise you – prisoners, those held captive, and in chains. There are some inspiring “SUPERHEROES” emerging from the darkness of the dungeon to shine the light of hope. Their thinking caused them to strive, thrive, and survive. Are you ‘chained down’ or ‘chained up’?

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About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus three grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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