Five Personal Problems that Cause Issues at Work

Concentrate at Work

You Can’t Think Two Different Thoughts at Once

It’s hard to concentrate at work when your personal life is out of order. Chaos anywhere, spells disastrous results when you need to focus on the job.

Creating a peaceful environment balances your mind and allows you to do your best work.

Here’s the list I frequently refer to when things feel out of sorts:

1. Spiritual Disease: This is the most powerful and often overlooked problem area when my focus is blocked. Seeking God first, shows me simple solutions to everything from money to relationship issues.

2. Unhealthy Body: If my physical body isn’t well fed, rested, and hydrated, my mental abilities are hindered. It only takes a few days of intentional health habits to turn thing around.

3. Cluttered Environment: A cluttered environment creates a cluttered mind. By cleaning one small area at a time, a growing sense of satisfaction helps clear away mental obstacles.

4. Financial Disorder: Poor money decisions accumulate until they tower into a leaning mess that threatens to topple into every other part of my life. Creating a budget, and sticking to it, restores me to a strong financial foundation.

5. Tangled Relationships: Conflict with others distracts like little else. Since I can’t think two distinct thoughts simultaneously, when a relationship problem strikes, it supersedes all other focus. Facing the issue head-on, doing my part to turn it around, and forgiving others, frees my mind, and helps me get back on track.

Personal problems cause issues at work. But doing our part to correct chaos can help us succeed in getting our focus on — no matter where it originates.

Anita FreshFaith @ Work

How do you turn your chaos into smooth sailing?

Flying above Personal Problems

Correct Personal Problems and Sail Smoothly Through Work

Job 25:2 (NIV)

“Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website www.brooksanita.com or email anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

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Back to Basics Money Savers

What do food and work have in common? We can’t produce if we don’t fuel. Getting back to basics allows us to do so wisely, and save money in the process.

Tough times call for creative and practical measures. Whether we’re experiencing an economic downturn, where we need to stretch our dollars to get by, or celebrating a financial windfall, where we need to invest for the future, wise spending just makes cents.

One of the ways I save money is to cook from scratch, buy in bulk, and freeze extra batches of food for fast, convenient, and less expensive meals. If you don’t cook or bake, it’s a good place to start stretching your dollars.

Buy store brands, forego name brands: Replace a few of your favorite name brand items with a store brand counterpart. If you don’t like the change, you can always go back. But especially in cooking and baking, you can save a lot of money by using less expensive products.

Use healthier choices in recipes. I also experiment with healthy alternatives, like substituting canned pumpkin for cooking oil in baked breads and desserts. There’s no taste difference, and the consistency is firm yet moist.

I use Pinterest to save favorite recipes and add new ones I’d like to try. The Internet offers lots of options for making all kinds of home-cooked goodies. Modern technology can help us get back to basics and save money.

How do you fuel for productive work?

Anita FreshFaith @ Work

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Anita Brooks Recipes on Pinterest

Leviticus 6:21 (NIV)

It must be prepared with oil on a griddle; bring it well-mixed and present the grain offering broken in pieces as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website www.brooksanita.com or email anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

Doing to Get or Getting to Do?

What motivates you to work? Do you breathe deep in sweet satisfaction when the task is complete? Does sacrificial giving touch your soul? Do you taste the pleasure of a job well done? Does the sound of gratitude wash over your ears? Do you see results and relish the sight?

Whether for a paying employer, doing something around your home, or helping a stranger in the store, what prompts you to action?

In the current culture, too often, we’re conditioned to act only if something’s in it for me. But I’m not convinced it’s turning out very well for us. Our planet spins in a global spiral of entitlement and self-absorbed interests. Many people not only think, but proudly speak, “If I don’t get anything out of it, I’m not willing to do anything for you.” We’ve become experts at looking out for number one.

But selfish motives cause us to miss hidden rewards. And the value is priceless.

Statistics prove humans are experiencing higher degrees of depression, anxiety, and other emotional disorders. Prescription medicines are on the rise. So what’s the root cause of all this discontent?

Proverbs 19:23 says, “The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble. “ By feeding our selfish desires, and ignoring the call of God, we unwittingly set ourselves up for misery. By failing to work as unto the Lord, we miss the hidden rewards only He can bestow.

Shifting our mindsets from Doing to Get versus Getting to Do, leads to deeper satisfaction, a feeling of purpose, and the invisible reward of a peaceful existence. Life consequences extend further than our time on earth, but we only get one shot at setting right motives before we leave.

What are you doing with your opportunities before you move to the great beyond?

Anita FreshFaith @ Work

Getting to Do

We Get One Shot Before the Great Beyond

Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website www.brooksanita.com or email anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

Breaking out of a Modern Day Debtor’s Prison

Hard Rock Prison Walls

We live in a world of comfort. Or so it seems. Television commercials prompt us to buy more so we can feel good. Internet ads promise the road to a better life starts with something new today. Magazine slicks say get some of this and you can look like her. In our times, the debt is easy, and the livin’ is flawed.

But are we free? We’ve caged ourselves in prisons of our own making. Cramped cell conditions built on credit cards offering simple ways to buy now and pay later. We pay later all right. People have mortgaged their homes beyond their value, and lost everything when the economy crumbled. Businesses risked it all, hoping for a better return tomorrow. Many of them closed or moved overseas.

Tiny Debtor's Prison

Cramped Cell Conditions

So what’s a Christian to do? God gives specific examples and detailed solutions in the Bible. He offers us a way out. When we build brick walls, place bars in our windows, and lock the door behind us, it feels permanent. But Jesus offers sweet release. He’s willing to tear down the walls, pull the prison bars loose, and bust us out through the front door.

Are you willing to take courage, honestly face your problems, and ask Christ for help? One of the most private and dangerous secrets people keep involves their finances. Financial secrets imprison us. Confession removes the bricks, one at a time. A change of habit loosens the bars that block our view. Reliance on Jesus Christ unlocks the door and lets it swing wide open.

He stands at the door and waits. Will you crouch in the dark corner of your own making – or will you step into His light? Debt-Free at last. The choice is up to you.

Will you make today the last you’re willing to stay locked up in Debtor’s Prison?

Out of Debtor's Prison

The Freedom of Light

Anita FreshFaith @ Work

Zechariah 9:12 (NIV)

Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website www.brooksanita.com or email anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

Debt to Income Ratio

An employee’s personal financial health impacts their work on the job. My experience as a former banker who focused on loans, taught me invaluable insights on managing money.

Over the years, I’ve spent a great deal of time helping employees crawl out of debt, and encouraging them to avoid it in the first place. I use a tool from my previous banking days to assist.

Knowing your Debt to Income Ratio ensures you know where you are, so you can determine where to go. Here’s how the formula works:

1. Figure your gross monthly income. (Before taxes are withheld.)
2. List all of your monthly payments. (For credit cards, do not use your minimum payment, but use 5% of your balance(s).
3. Add annual house insurance and real estate taxes together, then divide by twelve to get a monthly amount.
4. If you are purchasing a home, add your monthly mortgage to home owners insurance and real estate tax monthly figure. If renting, simply use rent plus monthly renter’s insurance. Take whichever amount applies to your situation and divide by gross monthly income. (The percentage should not exceed 24%.)
5. Now add the rest of your monthly payments to your total monthly housing payment. (Include 5% of credit card balances.) This gives you the total debt ratio per month.
6. Divide this figure by your gross monthly income. (This is your total debt to income ratio, and should not exceed 42%.)

The final analysis may sober you, but it will provide an accurate picture of your current financial situation. If you need help in this area, then seek an expert’s counsel. There are many resources available to teach you how to reduce debt. Email me if you would like guidance in this area.

If you resolve to clear your mind and emotions of the negative power of debt, your work will reflect the difference. Freedom from poor financial health allows us to give our best on the job, and we reap even more rewards.

Do you have an accurate picture of your financial situation?

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Romans 13:8 (NIV)

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy marriage, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website www.freshstartfreshfaith.org or email anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

The Worst Thing That Happens

If this is the worst thing that happens, it’s been a good day.

In 1997, I donated a kidney to my youngest sister. Afterwards, I had a severe allergic reaction and almost died. As a result, my outlook on many things changed permanently.

First, I decided I never again wanted to come that close to death and wonder who would win the fight for my soul. So I committed my life wholly in service to Jesus Christ, my chosen Lord. I live by Job 13:15 — it is my motto.

Second, I released my will and decided to follow God’s plan for my life. Up until this point, I’d made decisions based on my wants, without considering what my Creator desired.

Third, I realized that many things I worried about were not life-altering. Though I don’t do it perfectly, when stressful events rain like a deluge from blackened skies, I try to ask myself, “Is this the worst thing that could happen today?”

If the answer is no, then I follow with, “Is it worth sacrificing my health for?”

If this also answers, “No,” then I try to let negative emotions over the situation go.

I wish I could report 100% success in this area, but I would be dishonest if I did. However, by measuring crisis against these questions, I find most things are not the worst thing that could happen in any day. Life is sweeter when I focus my attention on positive outcomes.

Have you ever gotten a dramatic wake-up call?

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With my beautiful sister on her wedding day. (I’m the tall one.)

Psalm 31:24 (NIV)

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.

She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy marriage, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.

Contact her via website www.freshstartfreshfaith.org or email anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

Independence Day

There is no greater freedom than the ability to worship the One True God. Our Founding Fathers fought for our right to serve God and obey His Word.

There’s no greater freedom than to work for God’s kingdom. Our ancestors weren’t always fortunate enough to invest their God-designed talents for the greater good of others and God’s glory.

There’s no greater freedom than appreciating the beauty of a God who loves us. On the other side of the cross, we have the unique benefit of knowing the salvation plan through experience. This epitomizes Independence Day like nothing else.

How will you spend your independence?

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Psalm 119:45 (NIV)

I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her family.

Contact her via http://www.freshstartfreshfaith.org or anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

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