shift your brilliance



Today, I am sharing a conversation on MINDSET with my friend of many years, Joel Osteen. Joel is the lead pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, and his televised messages are seen weekly by over 7 million viewers in over 100 countries. Joel is known world-wide for his positive outlook on life.

As we talked, I asked Joel to share what he believes is most helpful in keeping a positive mindset. Joel always has just the right words and they are always reinforced by his personal optimism. I am blessed by his friendship.

Dr. Dave: Joel, I have a special condition called Reverse Paranoia. It’s the constant feeling that people want to do good to me, to bless me, and to show me favor!

Joel Osteen: I love it! I think we should expect good things. Your life draws in what you are constantly expecting. Dream big dreams. Expect God to do things beyond your own ability.

I encourage you with this. You would not be alive unless God had another victory in front of you. We all hit setbacks, and sometimes we get stuck and we think life will never get any better. Don’t adopt that mindset. Get up every morning believing this could be your day for a breakthrough, a promotion, a healing – whatever you are praying about and believing for. Life should keep on getting better and better.

Dr. Dave: How do you keep a good attitude? It takes a lot of work, so how do people work on keeping a positive mindset in life?

Joel Osteen: It is a daily choice we make. You have to get up in the morning and make a daily choice to be positive. How you start the day plays a huge role in what your day will become. Before you have a lot of negative influences intrude into your morning, it’s better to make the choice and say, “I’m excited about today. I’m grateful to be alive.”

I’ve found that if you find something to be grateful for, the day will go better. Even though there may be struggles in your life, being positive is a choice you must make.

Dr. Dave: Yes, every day you have a choice whether to say, “Good morning, Lord!” or “Good Lord,

Joel Osteen: Every morning, have something like this playing in your internal dialogue:
I am blessed.
I am prosperous.
I am redeemed,
accepted, and
I am not average.
I am not mediocre.
I am a child of the Most High God.
My best days are still out in front of me.

We’re going to keep praying for you and believing God’s very best for you and your family and
your business.

Keep looking ahead; keep your mind fixed on the positive. This is the how you start making the rest of your life the best of your life.

To hear more truth from Joel Osteen, listen to this week’s podcast, Dave Martin’s Success Made Simple

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Our podcast and blog guest today is my good friend, Simon T. Bailey. Simon has worked as an executive of many companies including Disney, and he currently does consulting for Fortune 500 companies such as Verizon, Subway, and Gatorade.

Simon is a hospitality guru and is all about positive customer interaction. He believes that positive interactions and relationships help to build a culture of trust and respect with your customers. This culture then helps you to build a thriving business with a loyal customer base.

Simon challenges people to shift their thinking and create their future. He believes everyone can be brilliant. Simon says, “As a leader and a business owner or manager, your most important asset is always people.”

In our conversation, I asked Simon several questions about branding, customer service, and even faith in the workplace. His answers are brilliant.

Dave: What is branding?
Simon: Branding is not a product or a service. Branding is an emotional connection, a perception, a moment, and a memory. So every single day, you are a brand and you are creating a moment.

Dave: But what if you are not the boss? How do you brand yourself?
Simon: Go to your boss and say, “What is it that I can take off your plate that you don’t like to do? How can I help you be more successful?” That’s how you brand the moment.

Dave: What is one good customer service tip?
Simon: Customer service is really common sense, but common sense isn’t really common practice. The people that get customer service right, do it right every single day. They do the consistent, little things the right way every time.

Dave: How can a business person or someone in the corporate arena bring their faith to the workplace?
Simon: Start with these three areas of understanding:
1. When people interact with you, you are God present to them.
2. Consider going above and beyond, and give a little something extra for nothing.
3. Your attitude shows there is something different about you. When people are around you, they feel better than they did before they were in your presence.
Be the best at what you do! Be the SME (Subject Matter Expert), and people will notice the difference.

Dave: If you had 60 seconds to live, what do you want people to know and remember about

  • I aspire to inspire before I expire!
  • I would want my son and daughter to know that I love them, I believe in them, and I
  • want them to go further than I have ever gone.
  • I would want everyone who has ever been impacted by my work to say that I hugged them with my words!

Shift Your Brilliance is Simon’s book about the new mindset for our new economy. In this age, you must become divergent in your thinking. You have to have the mindset of creating the future instead of waiting for it to be created for you.

To hear more wisdom from Simon Bailey, listen to this week’s podcast, Dave Martin’s Success Made Simple. If you'd like more information on Simon or his book Shift Your Brilliance, visit his
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