“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

Saw this on Phil Cooke’s blog, and thought it was a good way to start the week:

Filmmaker and comedian Woody Allen famously said that “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” While we laugh at it, the statement is pretty accurate. “Showing up” means putting yourself in position for something to happen. I heard of a musician who bumped into a record producer in an elevator. They started talking, and when the producer asked if the musician had recorded anything, the musician whipped out his iPhone and played him a couple of cuts. The producer was impressed enough that they scheduled a meeting and eventually worked out a record deal. That musician “showed up.” He was ready and in position for something good to happen.

Far too many of us dream of big things, but don’t actually write that book, plan that project, or develop that relationship. We dream about losing weight, but never show up at the gym.

The truth is, Woody’s right. A huge part of success in any field is showing up ready to accomplish something significant. And showing up comes from the discipline to do everything you can to get yourself in position. I like how Benjamin Franklin put it: “You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.”

What is it that you need to show up for this week?

Happy Monday everyone…

Weekly Round Up

I have to admit, I did try to think of a more amusing title… I’m presuming that due to the mild case of creative fail that seems to be happening at the moment, the above was the best I could come up with…

Do you read the Bible on your phone? I have to the admit, the YouVersion Bible app for the iPhone does make Sunday mornings a lot easier by not having to balance a Bible on my lap throughout the service. It also kinda amuses my housegroup by reading from my phone instead of a traditional Bible. According to The Underground, I’m not the only one who finds smartphones the way forward in Bible reading.

On the subject of smartphones and stuff, the Alpha Course have released an iPhone app… It may interest if you happen to be an Alpha fan…

Are you a Simpsons fan? Do you remember that episode where Maude Flanders dies? Remember when Bart tries to cheers Rod and Todd by playing a “Christian” computer game with them? You may want go to the Simpsons Character Page,  select F-H, click on “Flanders, Rod”, and from there you can play “Billy Graham’s Bible Blaster”.

Enjoy 🙂

Joy, Fraud, and See Through Toilets

With a title such as “Joy, Fraud, and See Through Toilets”, this can only be this weeks weekly round up:

  • After a week where some people can argue that the Lib Dems became a little bit more blue, and politics became a little less fair; its good to see the URC, Baptists, and Methodists ganging up on the government and claim foul over benefit fraud claims. Anyone know why the C of E Wasn’t involved? Read more on BBC News
  • The Blue Fish Project discusses lack of joy in older Christians, while Jon Butler looks at the need to be more child like – I’m personally already designing my new imaginary friend. Read Jon’s blog to understand what I mean!
  • The Digital Spy seems shocked that Alice Cooper believes in Demons.
  • And finally… It is rumoured that The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town has shown interest in See Through Toilets. Read the eChurch to try and figure out whats really going on!

The Church Sofa Weekly Round Up

Here’s this weeks weekly round up…

To start with, some serious C of E news, it seems there have been some factions opening up and things like that. If you feel like you can concentrate then the Church Mouse explains it all. (Not to be confused with Clarissa…)

Have you heard about the Steelroots saga? If not check out our post here. While the eChurch goes a little deeper, giving a little bit more detail about the tale of the American Bully Boys. If you want a lesson on irony check out the American Steelroots Twitter page.

On a lighter note. According to the BBC, contrary to popular reports, Homer and Bart Simpson are not Catholic.

On a final note if your interested in “iPhone Photography” you may want to check out the Project 365 blog from “ThatAndy”.

This Week’s RoundUp

Every now and then – when we can, we’re going to try and round up the best of some of the best blogs, articles, and websites we find online. Here’s our first lot:

  • The CNN Belief blog takes a look at the belief of the Chilean miners, and how they came across some Jesus T Shirts. On that note… Can we get some?
  • It seems that Dave Walker has hasn’t really been elected to the General Synod. Personally speaking…I think its simply an elaborate double bluff…
  • The Urban Pastor talks us through the best ways to ruin your small group / housegroup / homegroup. I’m quite a fan of number 1…
  • Scott Gould asks “Who Is Your Phyllis Wills?” – powerful stuff!
  • From the makers of thechurchsofa, we present our own site dedicated to Dartmoor. The site is a directory of some of the best Activities, and places to stay in Dartmoor, Devon, please feel free to check it and let us know what you think.

Have you got any suggestions for our next round up? Please drop us a DM on Twitter – or in fact, leave a comment below and let us all know!