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Hit Your Mark in Life

with Accuracy

Sharp Skills justifies his name by the relevancy of his book. The statistics reveal that we are dancing with a crisis, and we'd better learn how to dance. -Dr. Cecil "Chip" Murray, USC

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Chapters 1-3

Chapter 1- Why Live an Accurate Life?

Before we get into dialogue about why living an accurate life
is important, a defi nition is in order. At its core, an accurate
life is one governed by divine authority (God) in every area of
life. Many people may disagree with such a defi nition, but I have become
convinced that there is no way for people to completely live an ontarget
life without following the direction of the One who created them.
Th ere are many people who reach a certain level of accuracy who don’t
believe in God’s ultimate authority (people who I mention throughout
this writing), but they have adhered to His principles in certain areas
(sometimes without knowing it), thus producing the fruit of precision
in their life, to a degree. For an example, think of the law of generosity.
You will hear very wealthy individuals from all walks of life and faith
traditions who practice this principle. Th is standard was created by God
and is found in His ancient (yet still very relevant) text, the Bible. One of
the things I often see that frustrates me is people who profess to believe
in God but use that as an excuse to not become more profi cient in their
lives. On the fl ipside, I see those who are not even believers using the His
laws and reaping the benefi t from them. Th anks for letting me get that off
my chest. Now back to my point.
Th ere are spiritual or “invisible” laws that govern what we do see,
similar to how you can’t see wind but you know that it’s there and see
its impact. When was the last time you saw gravity? Yet, this unseen
phenomena keeps you glued to the earth. And these are only natural
laws! Imagine how vast and far-reaching spiritual laws are because they
are not bound by time and space. Th e spiritual world is as real as the
natural world. If this knowledge doesn’t resonate with you, I challenge
you to open your mind and seriously weigh what it is that I’m saying.
When we violate spiritual principles, our life and planet will pay the
consequences. We are seeing this play out in our environment due to
our mismanagement of Earth’s resources. We recognize that, without
fail, we have four seasons, certain birds migrate during specifi c times
of year, the moon goes through the same cycles every month, and the
sun always rises in the east and sets in the west. Th ere is divine protocol
that has ordered the aff airs of the planet as well as human life. Much
of the mess humankind fi nds itself in is a result of not consulting with
God (the Author of life) before proceeding with plans and goals. Even
those who have a solid relationship with God sometimes try to move on
their own.
What is the importance of living an accurate life? Why should you
care about this topic? I’m glad you asked. In short, an accurate life is
one that has reached its full potential and has done what it was
designed to do. Just think of how great a feeling it would be as you
take your last breath to know that you gave this life your best shot in
all areas that were in your control. Th ink about
how proud your Creator will be when you see
Him face to face and are able to look at Him
without shame as He expresses that everything
He purposed for you to do in your lifetime was
accomplished and in the manner in which He
desired. Furthermore, accuracy enables us to
leave a successful blueprint behind for our
children. Th e excellence that we demonstrate in our lives today will
impact generations to come. When a person chooses to live an accurate
life, they lay a glorious foundation that their legacy (i.e. children) will
be able to build upon, refi ne and improve. What you pioneer today will
later become an easier pathway for those who follow.
Your reason for wanting to become more accurate in life may be
diff erent from mine, but I’m sure you deem it important nonetheless.
If not, you wouldn’t be reading this book. Answering the question of
“why” you are pursuing something is just as important as answering the
question of “what” I am pursuing. What I want you to do now is think of
your motivation. Grab a notepad and jot down your thoughts right away
before reading any further. Go ahead and do it! I’ll be here when you get
back, I promise. Ready, set, go!
Now that you have written your reasons for wanting to live a
more accurate life, you must develop a precarious habit. Here it is. It (end of chapter 1 sample)

Chapter 2- Vision

Vision is probably the most important quality one can possess
as it relates to living accurately. Vision provides us with
the motivation needed to stay the course, even when it’s
difficult. You don’t have to be a visionary (which is more so a personality
trait) to have a vision, but everyone should have one for where they are
headed. If you don’t, don’t worry. A true vision cannot be forced. It will
come at the right time for you.
Everything starts from an idea, which is another word I use to
describe vision. Everything we see worth noting in this life came from
someone’s foresight of what could be. Vision is a powerful quality that
allows you to work and live from the unrealized possibilities within and
around you. So many people imprison themselves because they operate
based off of what their current limitations are. If you want to model an
accurate lifestyle, you must decide to uproot your thinking from the soil
of focusing solely on your current station in life and move it to who your
vision says you can be. This is not to say that we shouldn’t keep a firm
grasp on reality; we must balance the here and now with what can be
What Do You Envision?
We should think of vision as a seed planted deep within us. It is our
job to nurture it in order for it to grow (as far as it depends on us). We
also have to guard what we allow into our gardens because those outside
elements will greatly impact these seeds. Unfortunately, we can’t control
what goes on around us. Sometimes we are placed in environments and
conditions that we didn’t choose for ourselves. It can be tricky to navigate
around this, but it is still your responsibility (ultimately) to do everything
in your power to make sure you bring to fruition the vision entrusted
to you.
What you envision is an important question to answer because it
ultimately decides which direction you will take. What we see is often
what we believe is possible. If you only see and expect a life of poverty,
you are more likely to stay in a cycle of perpetual debt, poor spending
habits and bad financial choices. Sadly, this is the case for many, even
though they may not realize it. Negative vision can be so entrenched in
people that it takes substantial time and effort for correct vision to be
built within them. Buried in each individual is the awareness of who they
are meant to be, but life and circumstances have a way of blurring that
reality and making it appear unattainable. We can even see the effects
that stem from lack of vision in society as a whole. Lack of vision is
prevalent in several communities and groups, and this causes those within
them to be low-level achievers, complacent and depressed.
I would like to interject here that, on the other hand, there are
also people who were raised to believe that their visions were very
achievable. My mother raised me to believe that I could be anything that
I desired, which is why I have a strong inclination to take risks and be
entrepreneurial. The values she instilled in me at a very young age have
caused me to view life through a larger scope. Even when I went through
a destructive phase that contradicted the value system built inside me,
those same seeds still governed what I thought possible. Some people get
ahead in life simply because they had a vision that they chose to pursue
with all of their strength. Ninety percent of what they do is tied to it and
they are quick to eliminate anything that detracts from it.
When there is poor inner vision built within someone, the value that
they place on life will be reduced. It is easier to put harmful chemicals in
the body, engage in dangerous sexual activity, and give little thought to
the welfare of yourself and others when vision is restricted. People will
value the wrong things and allow damaging philosophies to govern their
lives when they can’t see themselves for who they were created to be.
We all can fall prey to limited vision for various reasons. The goal is to
break this negative pattern of thinking and operate from a greater visual
Sometimes individuals have a clear vision of who they are but their
environment contradicts what they see. When the environment (a
message in and of itself) is reinforced by other negative messages on a
consistent enough basis, then an individual is prone to take their reality
as truth over their positive internal vision. On the other hand, even
if someone maintains a positive vision of themselves, their inaccurate
perspective can cause self-deception that leads them to believe that the
positive destination they see in their mind will fall into their lap. I like
to call this the “everything will work out eventually” syndrome. They
believe that just because they see a positive outcome in their mind that
actions don’t have to accompany their faith for it to actually happen. So
many people find that eventually never comes. When you live your life
aimlessly, vision turns into fantasy.
I’ve been on both sides of this coin. Personally, I have had to learn
(and continue to learn) that even though sometimes reality contradicts
my vision, I will eventually see it blossom if I stay on the path of accuracy.
A foreman has a blueprint (vision), but he has to build (work) according
to those plans (accuracy) to construct something. Vision enables us to
sacrifice short-term comfort for the long-term benefit of its realization.
I understand why I do what I do; it is tied to my destiny. We can’t let
discouragement of what we see now cause us to make decisions that
will keep us from capturing what is promised. Your vision is a promise
and it is the personal incentive used to keep you and I focused on
becoming more accurate. Vision drives us to add things to our lives that
help us obtain the good that lies ahead. There are behavioral patterns
and thought processes that have to be discarded before we are permitted
to move closer to our visions. Once those are discarded, new thought
processes and patterns have to become established.
Coming to the knowledge that the realization of a vision doesn’t just
fall out of the sky did not happen overnight for me. A vision coming
to fruition always works together with making difficult (yet necessary)
choices, character development and hard work. As I just mentioned,
the skyscrapers that we see didn’t just appear. There was a blueprint,
permits were pulled, materials were purchased, construction crews were
assembled, money was raised, heavy equipment utilized and a host of
other elements came into play to build these magnificent structures. (end of chapter 2 sample)

Chapter 3-Knowing Who You Are?

How does knowing who we are relate to living an accurate
life? Knowledge of our identity is paramount to traveling
the path of accuracy. I’m about to make some layered
statements in this chapter, so please bear with me as we dive a little
deeper into this. Lack of identity will lead to an aimless, unfulfilled and
confused life. One of the most profound assaults on my generation lies in
trying to keep us from knowing who we were created to be.
People who suffer with identity issues are much easier to manipulate
and be swayed from their proper lane in life. Show me someone who
is insecure and bends whichever way life tells them to (or are utterly
stubborn) and more than likely I will show you someone who does not
know who they are. Many of us find ourselves in places, relationships
and situations where we put on masks in order to fit in. We wear these
disguises for so long that we can lose ourselves in the process. We end
up doing things and going down paths never intended for us because we
feel as though we have to be something we’re not. The reason for this (at
times) is not necessarily that people feel they aren’t good enough, but that
they don’t know who they are in the first place.
You will always succumb to the pressure to conform into who you
are not if you don’t get a good grasp of who your Creator wired you to
be. We will always operate off of whatever information we have. If the
information we have about ourselves is inaccurate — guess what — the
majority of our actions will be too. Individuals are not the only ones who
suffer from problems that stem from false identity. Families, cities, states,
nations, churches, businesses and people groups suffer when they don’t
have a sense of who they are collectively.
What Database Do You Live From?
People have a lot in common with computers or, rather, computers
have a lot in common with us. The programming (information) instilled
in a person will always determine what they will act on in the long
run. As stated earlier, I am not a doom and gloom kind of guy, but the
majority of the information fed to us on a daily basis is inaccurate and/or
used to rope us into mental paradigms that enslave us. Now, this is a bold
statement and almost sounds like conspiracy thought. However you take
it, it is true. There is a real system at work that seeks to make as many
people slaves and ultimately self-destruct. The way it is marketed makes it
appear innocent and actually good for us, but behind the cover-up hides
very wicked intent.
I am a very open-minded person and I have a healthy interest in
different types of music, literature, art, points of view and other
mediums. Yet, I am very cautious with how I take in different forms
of information because it can skew the programming that guides my
life. To take this thought even further, even “good” information can
become harmful if we do not control how we receive it. If we want to
live an accurate life, we must first seek out God and let Him guide us
through the process of personal discovery. God formed every part of us;
that includes mind, body, soul and spirit. He knows the desires in our
hearts, the talents he gave us and what we are capable of doing.
There is a system in this world diametrically opposed to God’s
plan for your life that seeks to slowly entice you away from His perfect
destination. This world system perpetuates inaccurate information
to derail destinies. Many of us find ourselves living according to the
wrong information that this system pushes on us because it is loud
and it is everywhere. Proverbs 9:13 states, “The woman Folly is loud,
she is undisciplined and without knowledge.” In this passage, folly, or
foolishness, represents the corrupt informational system that opposes
God. There are only three databases that we have to choose from, either
God’s wisdom, corrupt world system, or our own very limited and highly
inaccurate personal experience.
I regularly see the lives that are negatively affected by the influence
of folly and the choice to follow its path. Many identities are getting
shaped by inaccurate sources of information and even though some who
buy into this farce may look successful, their lives are just smoke and
mirrors. The folly database is much easier to follow than the wisdom
of God because we live in a world where foolishness is embraced and
advertised on a regular basis. You can’t turn on the television without
getting a glimpse of it. Remember, if a lie is touted as the truth for long
enough, it will eventually be accepted as truth if a person doesn’t develop
a close intimacy with authentic truth. Now I’m not advocating a boycott
on television, the Internet and other forms of media. Yet, I am a strong
proponent of being grounded in truth in order to better recognize the real
from the fake.
Who Are You?
The “Who are you?” question is one that you will be presented with
frequently. As I stated earlier, the single largest battle in the war of living
an accurate life is that of identity. The decisions we make daily, even the
small ones, have their roots tied directly to who we think we are. There
are things that some people will absolutely refuse to do because it doesn’t
line up with their internal perception. In order to have high standards for
our lives, we must know who we are. In order to know who we are, we
must know who God is.
God is the author of life. The wisdom he provides is what guides
people of influence to make correct decisions. Proverbs 8:15-16 powerfully
points out that, “by me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just;
by me princes govern, and nobles — all who rule on earth.” All of this is
a fancy way of saying that wherever you find someone making accurate
choices and executing properly targeted plans, you will find the wisdom
of God. This is the type of information you won’t see in commercials and
advertisements. It pays to learn who God is through an ever-maturing
relationship with Him. We are created in God’s image and it takes a
lifetime to be molded into His likeness.
There was a point in my life where I really did not know who I was.
I’m still learning who I am in many respects, but now I have a much
better handle on what my identity is. During this period of identity crisis,
I came to the realization that I had tried to find my identity in everyone
and everything except God. I was brought to a place of despair and utter
emptiness. People with this issue find themselves doing all sorts of things
to fill the void in their souls.
The more I discovered who God is, the more He revealed to me who I
was. After I digested this information, I was left with the choice to either
keep or discard my sense of false identity. This was a very long process,
and to this day there are still remnants of my old false identity that I have
to face and abandon (the parts of me that are not like Him). At the end
of the day, I would not trade my true and accurate identity for the old
misled one.
So who are you? Though you may not be able to articulate the answer
easily, there should be something in your inner core that evokes peace if
and when that question is posed. If not, that is a sign that a stronger
connection with the Heavenly Father needs to be built. Furthermore, you
won’t have to strive to come up with an identity when you are in close
proximity with God regularly. You will feel less pressure to prove yourself,
a feeling that stems from insecurity, which stems from lack of confidence
in who we are. (end of chapter 3 sample)


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  • Chapters 1-3

    - What is the importance of living an accurate life? [...]

Chapter overviews

Check out these overviews on Accuracy. Your guide to living skillfully and successfully in today’s crazy times.


Chapter 11-Goals

Chapter 11 of Accuracy Covers:

• What’s Your Target?
• Think Big
• Write Your Goals Down
• Take the Time to Set Your Goals
• Prioritize
• Keep Good People around You
• Cut Out as Much Distraction as Possible
• Work Your Butt Off
• Accuracy, a Plan, Not Perfection

Chapter 10-Health

Chapter 10 of Accuracy Covers:

• An Inspiring Story
• Creating Your Powerful ‘Why’ Factor for Accurate Health
• A Gradual Shift
• 80-Year-Olds Who Look Better Than 50-Year-Olds
• If You Don’t Know What’s in It, Don’t Eat It
• Natural Remedies
• Be Mindful of Health
• Energy
• Laughter, Medicine for the Soul
• Know How Your Body Works
• Soul Food
• Reflection
• Vacationing
• Spending Time with Those We Love
• More Sex, Please
• Learn Something New
• Think Back on Health

Chapter 9-Business and Entrepreneurship

Chapter 9 of Accuracy Covers:

• Learn How to Fail Well
• What Would You Give Your Life To?
• Your Business Is an Extension of You
• Consistency
• The Little Things Make It Easier for the Big Things to
• Build the Right Team
• Create Something You Love and Fortify Your Acumen
• Why Entrepreneurs Need to Be Good at Personal Money
• Don’t Burn Bridges (If You Can Help It)
• Get Good at Collaborating
• Make It Last, Make It Sustainable
• Be Open-Minded
• Refuse to Become Complacent, Even While being
• Adopt an Explorer’s Mindset

Chapter 1 – Why Live an Accurate Life?

Chapter 1 of Accuracy Covers:

• Benefits of Accuracy
• Fulfillment
• Quality of Life
• Impact
• Focus
• Doing Life Incorrectly
• A Lesson Learned
• Supporting Others
• The Life of Accuracy Is the Life That Matters

Chapter 2-Vision

Chapter 2 of Accuracy Covers:

• What Do You Envision?
• Why Does Your Vision Overwhelm You?
• The God Buzz
• Working With God in Tandem
• Make the Vision Clear
• When Support for Your Vision Is Minimal
• You’ve Accomplished Your Vision … Now What?

Chapter 3-Knowing Who You Are

Chapter 3 of Accuracy Covers:

• What Database Do You Live From?
• Who Are You?
• Be Who You Are Meant to Be
• The Wrong Armor
• In What Areas Are You Gifted?
• What Are Your Talents?
• What Are You Passionate About?
• Personality
• What Are Your Strengths?
• What Are Your Flaws and Weaknesses?
• Getting Comfortable in Your Own Skin
• Be a Better You
• Emotional Health
• You Learn Who You Are by Being in God’s Presence
• You Learn Who You Are Through
Meaningful Relationships with Others

Chapter 4- God, Marriage, and Family (Relationships)

Chapter 4 of Accuracy Covers:

• Relationship with God
• God Orders Our Life Steps
• Our Relationship with God Determines the
Quality of Our Relationships with Others
• How to Relate to God
• Prayer
• Worship
• Study
• Obedience
• Marriage
• Perseverance
• Communication
• Sacrifice
• Patience
• Romance
• Prayer and Spiritual Union
•Love Bank Accounts
• Family
• A Lesson from the Huxtables
• For the Rest of Us
• Communication Filters

Chapter 5-Dating, Friends, and Community (Relationships)

Chapter 5 of Accuracy Covers:

• Dating
• The Purpose of Dating
• You Are Not Married Yet
• Healthy Dating
• Friends
• Choose Your Friends Wisely
• Demonstrate What Being a Good Friend Looks Like
• Differentiate Seasonal Friends from Lifetime Friends
• A Relationship Not Worth Risking Is Not Worth Having
• What Are You Building Together?
• The Importance of Growing Together
• Mentally
• Physically
• Spiritually
• Economically
• Relationally
• Position
• Community
• Ask Why Are You in This Community
• Reevaluate the Reasons Why You’re a Part of the
• Impact Your Community
• Leave a Good Wake
• Lead With or Without a Title
• Honor Your Platform and the Bestower
• Add to Your Community

Chapter 6-Associates and Enemies (Relationships)

Chapter 6 of Accuracy Covers:

• Associated
• Everybody Knows Somebody
• Do What Is Right in the Eyes of Outsiders
• Turn Associates into Close Acquaintances
• Enemies
• Operate in Integrity
• Pray for Them
• Seek to Get an Understanding
• Be Respectful
• Do Not Become Bitter
• Encourage Yourself Daily
• Stay Connected to God
• Keep Proper Perspective
• Find Someone Trustworthy to Talk With
• Don’t Lose Your Cool
• Your Advancement Is Beyond the Control of Your Enemies
• Don’t Lose Who You Are

Chapter 7-Finances

Chapter 7 of Accuracy Covers:

• Determine Your Value System
• Budgeting
• Saving
• Retirement
• The Emergency Fund
• Investment
• Investing
• Multiple Streams of Income
• Protect What You Work For
• Giving
• Keep Greed in Check
• Tithing
• Don’t Serve Money, Let It Serve You
• Become the Lender, Not the Borrower
• Final Thought on Finances

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About the Author

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Philip “Sharp Skills” Jacobs is a dynamic, thought provoking, and creative communicator who skillfully blends strategy, faith, and practical wisdom for his audiences. He is passionate about equipping emerging leaders. His philosophy is simple, build up the leader and you will build up those who follow. Jacobs is the founder/owner of the R.E.B.E.L. Firm, Strong Legacy Publishing, and Sharp Skills Music. He frequently speaks at business seminars, non-profit organization events, and college/university campuses.

Most importantly, Jacobs is crazy in love with his wife of 6 years, Menzelle, and his sons Philip Jr. and Johnathan. Other than spending time with his family, Jacobs is a die hard Laker fan, loves action movies, and is known to cut a rug or two (that’s dancing). You can find out more about Jacobs by visiting rebelfirm.com and sharpskillsmusic.com.

If you are interested in booking Philip to speak and/or perform at your next event or if you want to simply say hi, email him directly at rebelbusiness@gmail.com. All inquiries will be answered within 48 hours or less.

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