Posts Tagged ‘T.D. Jakes’

16 Lessons We Learned from Oprah’s Lifeclass: the Tour

Monday, May 7th, 2012


1. “Everybody’s life is either a warning or an example. You’ve got to decide what you’re gonna be and you have to draw a line in the sand.”
—Tony Robbins

2. “Forget all your learnings. Just remember that now is the moment that never ends.” —Deepak Chopra

3. “When you’re the strong one, people don’t give you permission to hurt.” —Iyanla Vanzant

4. “The most dangerous thing in the world is to have no purpose.” —Bishop T.D. Jakes

5. “If you tell yourself a lie long enough, you’ll start to believe it.” —Tony Robbins

6. “No matter what the situation is…close your eyes and think of all the things you could be grateful for in your life right now. Once your heart opens, you’ll see the abundance around you.” —Deepak Chopra

7. “You can’t wait for the perfect situation. Find something you love. People you love. And get out there and you’ll discover it.” —Tony Robbins

8. “Greatness is contagious…You’ll catch it if you get around it.” —Bishop T.D. Jakes

9. “Everybody’s got a past. The past does not equal the future unless you live there.” —Tony Robbins

10. “When you give to others to the degree that you sacrifice yourself, you make the other person a thief.” —Iyanla Vanzant, paraphrasing A Course in Miracles

11. “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” —Bishop T.D. Jakes

12. “If you’re gonna make a change…operate from a new belief that says life happens not to me but for me.” —Tony Robbins

13. “The most wonderful thing in the world is somebody who knows who they are and knows where they’re going and knows what they were created to do.” —Bishop T.D. Jakes

14. “Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.” —Tony Robbins

15. “I use memories but I will not allow memories to use me.” —Deepak Chopra

16. “Self-awareness is one of the rarest of human commodities. I don’t mean self-consciousness where you’re limiting and evaluating yourself. I mean being aware of your own patterns.” —Tony Robbins

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Find Your Purpose

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

By Bishop T.D. Jakes
Living on purpose, as I define it, is to become aware that we were all created to serve some specific function in life. Some of these purposes might be lofty, attracting the accolades of the world. Some of these purposes may be down-to-earth, such as raising a child, teaching or engaging in some other activity that may not be as acknowledged by society but is still significant.

The pursuit of your life is to come into that purpose. And the waste of your life is to miss that purpose. The problem, though, for most of us is discovering what our purpose is. Here are a few mistakes we make while looking for it, ones that can distract or misdirect us.

1. The “But I Love It” Mistake
For a few years, I was involved in music. I was a choir director, and I played the piano. I noticed that when our choir got ready to sing, people got more blessed out of me introducing the song and talking about the song than they did from the song itself. Gradually I began to realize that the tail was wagging the dog. I love music to this day, and I have a fairly good understanding of music and theory and how they operate. But that’s not why I’m here on earth.

Just because you admire something doesn’t mean it’s your purpose. Don’t let yourself be distracted by something that should be a hobby. If you, like me, enjoy music, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should be the one directing the song. Buy some CDs or enjoy music on your headset, just don’t let it take your focus.

2. The “But That Drives Me Crazy” Mistake
Usually, when things drive us crazy, we’re taught to walk away or ignore them. But sometimes it can help to take a closer look. For example, if somebody does something incorrectly, and their error drives us crazy, we shouldn’t criticize the person—we should look at what our inability to tolerate their error can show us. What you cannot stand to see done badly is exactly where you ought to work. If you can’t stand it when the church programs are done incorrectly or when the invitations are not sent out in time—if you want things in order—maybe you should consider working in an area of administration.

Other people might not even be bothered by these things, but your inability to put up with anything less than excellence means that you have an interest there. You need to recognize, “This is an area I have passion about.”

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