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Are you throwing a way your opportunities and you dont even know it?

Posted by Mark Haas Jr on November 18th, 2011

I just read an article titled  The Baby & the Bath Water by Orrin Woodward.  The following is the beginning excerpt I am referring to:

“Have you ever heard the quote, “Don’t throw the baby out with the dirty bath water?” I certainly have used this principle repeatedly over the years. Sadly, too many times, people do throw the baby and the bath water out because they do not understand fully the concept described in Chapter 5 of the new RESOLVED book – Plan, Do, Check, and Adjust (PDCA). Remember, anytime you throw out the baby, you also throw out your opportunity. It’s been my experience that anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you can do it great. The key is to have emotional intelligence to persist while improving.”

I remember when I had just attended a business meeting about ten years ago in the industry of relational marketing.  I was so clueless then.  I thought it was an internet marketing business and I would be able to run a successful business without having to deal with people. You know, blast out emails, find someone else to do it, put flyers on cars etc.  I think that is what we want naturally. We want something easy where we don’t have to expose ourselves to the inconsistent behavior of people.

Coming from a pretty dysfunctional family, being a foster child at age 15 and mainly on my own since 15, my people skills and self-esteem were of the worst you could ever find.  So when I learned that I was really not involved in a product business but a people business, I was so tempted to “throw the baby out with the bathwater.”  I remember reading in one of the top five books that “low self esteem means friction and trouble”.  I sure did relate to that.

I almost made the mistake of thinking since I wasn’t a people person, I could not succeed in a people business.  But what happened was I began reading and listen to CDs from TEAM and The Life Business and they helped me think of not my problem but a solution.  For some reason, an untrained brain naturally leads us to think of excuses instead of solutions. Excuses are easier and let us off the hook.  They keep the pressure off. They justify (to ourselves but not others) why we don’t have to try or change.

Don’t ever forget that the value of something is proportional to the price paid to achieve it.  If you don’t ever pay a price to achieve something, you will feel less valuable, I assure you.  God made you great and He is the author of self-satisfaction (the emotional reward you get when your maximize the gifts God gave you). Funny thing is that if you don’t pay the price of achievement then you will pay the price of stagnation and again you will feel less valuable.

Excuses destroy and solutions create.  Just because you are not good at something now has no bearing upon your ability to become good or great at something.

For example, Instead of you saying, “I don’t have any money” think  instead:  “How do I develop a plan to get money” or “What are others in my situation doing to get money?”

Instead of saying, “My marriage is bad”, ask yourself:  “What can I do to take personal responsibility to make my marriage better and where can I find some good information to help me” and “Can I find other people who have good marriages and learn from them?”

Instead of saying, “I don’t have any people skills”, ten years ago I said: “What materials does the TEAM and LIFE Business have that I can learn to develop great people skills?”  I tell you, that line of thinking has made all the difference in our lives.  Have a “can do” or “can learn to do” mentality because, with God, all things are possible for those who believe.(Mark 9:23) Your willingness to learn and act upon a “can do” mentality is the only real proof you have any faith in your Creator. “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26)

Here is the brutal FACT. An excuse is simply one’s admission that they are unwilling to seek out a solution. And usually that solution has been identified by someone else already.  People are overconfident in their thinking but under-confident in their ability to learn and implement new ideas and strategies. I thank God for The Team and The Life Business. Ten years ago, I was an excuse-maker. It is by a thin thread that I resisted the temptation to make excuses for my lack of people skills and quit the industry I knew so little about.   We kept the baby and filtered the bathwater every day and will continue to do so.  I hope you do also, for you are to be the light and salt of the world (Matthew 5:13).

God Bless

Mark Has

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8 Responses to “Are you throwing a way your opportunities and you dont even know it?”

  1. Angie Ballah Says:

    Mark! This is a great article to not only use as a measuring stick of growth in my life but also to inspire to reach for the next level of responsibility! Thank you for being transparent with your past! It is so easy to see how polished you and Rita are and assume that that’s who you have aLways been!! The Team and Life sysTem is such a blessing!!

  2. Mike Mooney Says:

    Hey Mark! I loved what you said here: ” I thought it was an internet marketing business and I would be able to run a successful business with out having to deal with people. You know, blast out emails, find someone else to do it, put flyers on cars ect. I think that is what we want naturally. We want something easy where we don’t have to expose ourselves to the inconsistent behavior of people.”

    There is so much behind these words! Many of us hope to never have to deal with people in a context that requires us to give more of ourselves than what we have predetermined is the appropriate amount. We tend to disregard how much of us a person needs and just focus on how much we are willing to give, and then we hide behind platitudes like, “I did everything I could”. Even in the last week of listening to the awesome CDs and reading LIFE, I have started to see where I make excuses about the limitations that I have placed on myself regarding giving what people need. The last sentence in the reference I quoted rings very true. It seems that, at least for me, that sentence could also read,” We want something easy where we don’t have to expose to people the inconsistent behavior of ourselves”. As Angie said, thanks for being so transparent, and also thanks for caring enough to put great, life-changing information in our hands!

  3. Orrin Woodward Says:

    Mark, I am very proud of the growth I have seen in you. YOU are quickly becoming one of the best people skills people on the team through your constant encouragement and belief in others. Keep it up! God Bless, Orrin

  4. Wendy Foran Says:

    Before Team and Life I went through life holding the baggage of my past as closely as I could just in case I needed to use it for an excuse. When I hear amazing leaders like you and Rita, Chris and Terri, and Orrin and Laurie talk about your struggles from the past I realize I’ve been using mine for a long time to hold me back. I know with my dysfunctional family and past I always thought successful people or as I used to call them “normal people” didn’t have my life of course they can do it. I can never repay the leaders of Team and mentors of Life for what they’ve given me. A freedom from the mentality that I can’t ever be the “normal” people is gone and as I continue to read, listen to CDs, and get mentored my life keeps getting better and more complete. I truly believe God sent me Team to save me and my family from the cycle I grew up with. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  5. Brandon Brazier Says:

    Hey Mark this is a great article that I can relate to so well!!!! I was listening to a cd from the Team LIFE business and it said excuses are like belly buttons everyone has them. Man I looked around but only saw one bellybutton on me but I had all kinds of excuses!!!! Thanks to the Leadership and vision of this TEAM we are in the process of filtering the water too! We feel so blessed to have mentors that have results instead of just opinions!!!!!

  6. Chris & Hilary Says:

    Mark, So true. I know that even in Hilary and I’s life the TEAM training system tools and now the LIFE subscriptions have been very instrumental in developing us as parents, business owners, employee’s, spouses and leaders in the communities we are active in. This LIFE business of changing peoples lives that Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady and the rest of the Policy Council, is exactly the vehicle that people need to develop their God given talents. While I was not raised in a dysfunctional family, I was blessed to be raised in a strong Christian home. Unfortunately, I was still a product of the bad information from a multitude of other inputs around me. I was very selfish in many of the activities and hobbies that I focused on. Many of those selfish interests were even causing stress in my marriage. It is nice to have a new and fresh focus on life that is more focused on our God given priorities and not mine and the worlds selfish desires. We are so thankful that Chris and Marcia contacted us and introduced such a blessing into our lives. And we told them that we weren’t looking.
    God Bless,
    Chris

  7. Marcia Robinson Says:

    Mark, this is an amazing post! Your thoughts are well written and expressed so clearly. Thank you for challenging us to “think forward” with the line of questioning we ask ourselves. I love how you stated the following:

    “Don’t ever forget that the value of something is proportional to the price paid to achieve it. If you don’t ever pay a price to achieve something, you will feel less valuable, I assure you. God made you great and He is the author of self-satisfaction (the emotional reward you get when your maximize the gifts God gave you). Funny thing is that if you don’t pay the price of achievement then you will pay the price of stagnation and again you will feel less valuable.”

    These are some of the truest words I’ve ever heard expressed. How blessed we all are to be a part of this wonderful Team, an organization that encourages each other to add value by achieving something beyond ourselves. The more individuals and families we serve by sharing LIFE changing leadership and personal growth materials, the better we feel about ourselves and our ability to live a life reflecting the glory of God. There was a time in my past when I was on the side of stagnation and felt like I didn’t have anything to offer anyone. Your post reminds us that THAT thinking is NOT “of God,” but is instead of the adversary. The adversary would tell us we’re not worthy of a victory, we don’t have what it takes, we aren’t capable or equipped, or we don’t have the time, but God tells us we can “do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13).

    Our thanks go to you and Rita, the Bradys, and the Woodwards for being transparent regarding the struggles you’ve left behind in your past. Your lives illustrate how Christ strengthens the afflicted to fulfill His purpose. Carry on!

  8. Ryan & Sarah Fronick Says:

    We are thankful that the team has a system for every possible obstacle! The only requirements are ambitious, looking, teachable, and honest! We don’t need the government to help us create an equal opportunity or diversity, because everyone can do this business!

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