Your Civil Rights

January 26, 2016 — Leave a comment

When you think of your civil rights do you think of the basics? Likely in this era we think of how we are treated. Possibly even the luxuries that we enjoy as Americans.


This past week, during the celebration of Dr. King’s birthday, I was reminded of the difficult fight that he willingly engaged. Jackie and I were in Birmingham, Alabama and visited Ingram Park. Ingram Park is dedicated to those who fought for their Civil Rights. It was a beautiful display of artwork which depicted the struggle that so many faced. You can see some of our pictures here.

The Martin Luther King’s, Rosa Parks, Johns Lewis’ and so many others weren’t fighting for frivolous wants, but the basics of humanity. They were fighting for the Golden Rule, which is really what we all want.


“Do to others as you would have them do to you”

                                       – Jesus,  Luke 6:31



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Do you, each day, treat others as you would wish to be treated? Business Owners, are you treating your employees the way that you would would want to be treated? 


I am not suggesting that there aren’t differences or advantages to being in charge. Taking the initiative and risks associated with business is admirable and comes with its rewards and difficulties. However, I want you to ask yourself are you simply providing the basics? Or would you suggest that you are going above and beyond for those that serve you and your business each day?


Far too often I see businesses that aren’t investing or even adequately rewarding their team. In today’s society and generally in business people aren’t going to take such a stand, like eluded to above, they usually react with poor performance or just getting by enough to keep their job, until another opportunity appears.


This article isn’t meant to imply that any business environment equates to the struggle that was addressed during the Civil Rights movement. The parallel is that we should treat others the way that we desire to be treated whether it’s with friends, co-workers, clients, neighbors or those that serve our businesses. Allow me to encourage you to not stop at someone’s basic Civil Rights, go above and beyond in how you treat them.


tweet-graphic-1Employers; It is a cop-out to state, “well I pay them each week.”   –  Click to tweet


That falls under the auspice of basic civil rights as an employee. If you want to create a culture of excellence try treating them the way that you desire to be treated. Another verse from the book of Luke comes to mind, From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much more will be asked. Luke 12:48

So I Ask You To Consider:

Your Vacation policies

Sick Day Policies

Benefits Packages

Investing in Employees Personal Growth

Your Office Environment

Adequate Pay for Those Who Excel

How You Speak to One Another

And the list continues on and on…..


It is the right thing to do and you will be glad that you did!


Do you love where you work? Does your employer go above and beyond your basic civil rights?



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Do you ever struggle with making decisions?

It is a common problem that I see hold many individuals, couples and businesses back from reaching their full potential. Often times “non-business owners” struggle with it the most. Frankly, they are rarely forced to be the decision maker, so when pressed to do so it results in analysis paralysis. Analysis paralysis is a common term for the overthinking of a situation to the extent that nothing ever happens. Total immobilization, thus many stay in the same old rut.

Sound familiar? Know anyone like that? Is that you?


I want to encourage you to get in the habit of making a Decision Tree, one which is personalized to you.


A Personal Decision Tree

A Personal Decision Tree


The best decision tree is one which is personalized to you, consistent with your hopes and dreams, and will lead you to making confident decisions.

                                                                                                                                                 – Todd Burkhalter


If you would like help with this process we are here for you. Until then lets here from you on social media. Connect on Facebook, LinkedIn or twitter to continue the conversation.

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Success can be defined as how well you live your life. Are you living well and maximizing each of life’s moments? Or would your friends describe you as a “Last Minute Lucy” or “Scattered”?

There are certain events throughout the year that you will automatically experience. I want to encourage you to engage now to create the success that you desire. Planning ahead with scheduling and reminders will allow you to create a more deep and meaningful life with a really small tweak.

Being engaged in the important areas of life requires us to identify which areas are important. My practice is based upon research that individuals who are deemed successful primarily excel in three primary areas. We believe that truly successful people are Relationally Rich, Physically Fit and Financially Free. This requires Being Intentional in these areas.

My desire for The Live The Life You Can Afford To Live is to bring you insight that will assist in creating the success that each of us desires.  However, living that life can’t be unreasonable ideas which are out of the realms of anyone’s budget.

Today, I want to focus on an easy way, which fits within anyone’s budget, to Be Intentional by scheduling your successful moments. Planning ahead will allow you to be more prepared and present in life’s big moments.



Relationally Rich


Let’s begin with Being Relationally Rich. One of the primary ways to be Relationally Rich is to utilize Dr. Gary Chapmans, The 5 Love Languages to your advantage. Think about the people in your life and schedule ways to engage them. Advanced planning allows you to think about each person’s love language in order to maximize the experience. Here are some examples of ways to live out The Love Languages.

Now get out your calendar and plan ahead for the important events of this year.

Valentine’s Day –

Make plans 1 month in advance. Dinner reservations and flowers at a minimum. Waiting too late means a lame dinner at a lame place and grocery store flowers. Total Fail!

Worship –

Practically speaking this is supposed to be a constant. For my family I want Sunday’s to be a no brainer, it’s just what we do (ideally no scheduling needed) In addition to Sunday’s make plans to attend/join a small group or special retreats that occur throughout the year.

All Holidays –

Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Easter. Planning ahead will make these times less stressful and more relationally fulfilling. Time allows you to customize the experience.

Birthdays –

Plan now to make these days special. Focus on the love language that drives the particular individual, not what you want for them.

Anniversary –

Plan now. Whether it is a trip, dinner plans or a gift that you make; start early. Below we will discuss making transfers or payments over time towards these moments so that your budget doesn’t impede you from being the husband/wife that you desire. Planning ahead will make you the hero!

Date Nights –

Super important!

Flowers/Gifts –

Place reminders in your calendar now with alerts. Maybe it doesn’t seem romantic, but it is better than getting busy and complacent.



Physically Fit


Physically Fit people obviously look better in their clothes, which we found out through a recent Success Survey was most important to our readers. They also have more patience, get promoted more often and in general are healthier. Each of us wants those attributes but a common EXCUSE that we hear is that there isn’t time. Make time! Schedule it! Here are some examples:

Schedule Walking/Exercise –

Make the plans with someone else and it is more likely to happen.

Plan/Train for an Event –

Sign up for a road race or competition to inspire you.

Air Filters –

Place Quarterly reminders to change your air filters.

Airborne –

Schedule reminders to begin taking Airborne a week prior to any major events or seasonal temperature changes. Airborne Which is a super vitamin jolt that will help your immune system fight illness. Thus, keeping you feeling great year round for more success at life’s important moments.

Doctors Visits –

Be proactive and schedule your medical care. Whether it’s physicals, mammograms, chiropractic adjustments or massage therapy put them on the calendar to make them happen.



Financially Free


Good financial habits over time lead to financial success. Working to automate many of the decisions as possible is important. Let’s make the decision now to do the right things with our money.

Money Transfers –

Schedule or automate transferring money after each payday. Whether making advance payments towards future obligations or simply automating savings will lead to success.

Advisors –

Schedule now quarterly meetings with your advisors; Financial Planner, Accountant, Insurance Agents etc. Consistently reviewing your financial model be beneficial to monitor progress and stay on track.

Taxes –

Place important tax dates (Qtrly) when taxes may be due in your calendar.

Payments –

Automate payments for those essential items. Payments to your mortgages,  insurances or loans etc. You WILL make these payments so automate them to occur. This frees you to be more intentional in the other areas of life.

Essential Household Items –

Automate items such as paper towels, toilet paper, soap etc to be delivered throughout the year. It’s a small thing but it frees you to pay attention to other more important areas and you will save money in the process. Consider Amazon Prime to have these items delivered as scheduled.

Giving/Volunteering –

Automate or schedule your times of giving or volunteering. Life gets busy and money and time get short. One of the major parts of living a successful life for me is living with an open hand. To whom much is given much is required. Make the plans now.



The examples above are products of my prior misses or call it what it really is….. failures. Learn from my mistakes and plan ahead for these times in life that you will participate in one way or the other. Planning ahead for them will allow you to have more enjoyment while alleviating stress and disappointment. Being Intentional with your schedule now will raise your chances for success.


Do you believe that scheduling some of these events will help them to be more enjoyable?

Do you have any practical tips that have helped you to be successful?



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