Author Archives: Billy Joe Watts

About Billy Joe Watts

Enthusiastic Mentor. Pastor. International Speaker. Founding Member with John C. Maxwell Leadership Team. Developing the YOU in You.

Fake It Tell You Make It

Your familiar with the saying, “fake it tell you make it?, you probably are. Many people in life had to push through the torrential rains of discouragement and self-doubt, before they landed feet first into their destiny.

Faking it until you make it means:  Standing there in the right place, at the right time, even if the odds are against you. The famous line from the Hunger Games, where Katniss Everdeen, sets out to win a series of extreme battles that are designed to stop her. “May the odds ever be in your favor!”

I want to encourage you to remember, that the odds are always in your favor, if you won’t give up. Brian Tracy once wrote: “Persistence is the iron quality of success. If you will persist long enough, you will eventually succeed.”

You can fake it until you make it but never stay stuck on fake. Remain genuine, sincere, and passionate about the dream you have in your heart. Leadership is about self-discovery and living out your purpose. Paul writing to the Roman Believers said this: “And we know (With great confidence) that God, who is deeply concerned about us, causes all things to work together, as a plan, for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

I strengthen you to carry out the plan and leave behind everything that is not real and a part of God’s purpose for your life. “It’s hard to be a diamond in a world of rhinestones.”

Keep standing on the Rock!


Tags: , , , , , , ,

‘The size of your dream may be the most

‘The size of your dream may be the most accurate measure of the size of your God.’

Leave a comment

Posted by on November 21, 2017 in Uncategorized


Everything is fitting together into a pl

Everything is fitting together into a plan, and God is working the plan, even when it looks like nothing is working.

Leave a comment

Posted by on November 20, 2017 in Uncategorized


Repent of small dreams………

Repent of small dreams………

Leave a comment

Posted by on November 19, 2017 in Uncategorized


Harvey and Irma

harvey and IrmaWhat we now know: A solar Eclipse occurred on August 21st, 2017, an event that was described as the “Great American Eclipse.” It was the last total solar eclipse since February 26th, 1979. Scientists have predicted that the next total eclipse in the US will be April 8th, 2024. Wow! The weather prognosticators have been spot on when it comes to predictable weather patterns.

The Gurus of hurricane tracking and predictability, have kept you and I updated on the latest and most powerful hurricanes to visit our generation. Texans and Floridians have braced themselves for two of the most horrific storms to ever pass our way, Harvey and Irma. The National Weather Service has been vehemently urging people to take cover.

In the wake of Irma’s diabolical journey toward the US, I must say, she is not welcome here! Since the start of hurricane season, so far, we have had eight hurricanes baring down on us from all over the place. As well as earthquakes that have caused significant damage as well.

The best story line in the midst of all the atmospheric chaos, is the story Harvey and Irma Schluter, who have been married for 75 years! He is 104 and Irma will turn 93 in November.  The Schluters have been retired for many years, and happily retired I might add. Given the ferocity of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017, this will probably be the first and last time the names appear in tandem.  And that is absolutely perfect with me!

To the Bride and Groom, Harvey and Irma, enjoy your twilight, as we enjoy the daylight and better weather conditions. We give thanks that we are still Standing on the Rock!

Leave a comment

Posted by on September 26, 2017 in Uncategorized


The 8 basic Needs of People


Leadership has been defined as “the ability to influence people through inspiration, generated by a passion, which can only be created from a God given purpose.” We should always be in a perpetual state of growing and developing as leaders. Leadership means, seeing yourself as a resource for other people’s success. That reflects a mandate of embracing a serious responsibility of leaving something for the next generation.

I have come to understand that people have eight basic needs. If you are going to lead people well, these eight things can help you.

People need eight essential things to keep them going:

  1. Affirmation/Encouragement  – encouragement is like oxygen to the soul.
  2. Appreciation or praise  – Create an atmosphere of approval.
  3. Recognition or Attention  – “Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are in making others feel good about you.” John C. Maxwell
  4. Inspiration –  Tony Robbins asserted, “Motivation doesn’t work!” People need to be inspired to change.
  5. Compensation or reward  – pay peanuts you get monkeys.
  6. Comprehension or understanding – People want to be listened to.
  7. Reconciliation or forgiveness – A lot of people are broken or come from broken families. Unconditional and unlimited forgiveness help to heal the broken areas of our lives.
  8. Enthusiasm.   – The Greek word for enthusiasm is “En Theos,” God within ness. People need a spiritual guide to navigate through the issues of life, to accomplish the essentials of life.

Always remember, no human being can validate your sense of self-worth. To find out the purpose for your life, you must go back to the creator of your life. God’s commentary is this: Colossians 1:16 (Msg) “I am your creator you were in my care even before you were born.”

If we will keep standing on the Rock, we’ll always be safe and secure in Him.

Leave a comment

Posted by on August 2, 2017 in Uncategorized


Bass Reeves US Marshal


Being the sort of history buff that I am, I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to the first black Deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River. Bass Reeves.  Mr. Reeves’ story is absolutely astounding. During his long career, he was credited with arresting more than 3,000 felons and bringing them to justice. He is also credited with killing 14 outlaws in self-defense.

Born into slavery in July of 1838, Bass Reeves is better known as the original “Lone Ranger.” There were no sidekicks named, Tonto, and his stellar career must be kept in the annals of time and history. Freed by the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865, Reeves settled in Arkansas, had 11 children, and farmed near Van Buren.

But law enforcement was his real passion. There are a plethora of things that can be said about the life of Bass Reeves. I’d like to add my voice to the legacy of a man that many have never read about or considered in the Real West.

Marshal Bass Reeves lives in the hearts of every rugged man that will “boldly go where no man has gone before”, and sometimes, alone. The characteristics of courage, grit, honor, fearlessness, and a bold appreciation for what’s right, helped to define this modern day Apostle of Justice.

And if we must have hero’s, why not consider a freedom fighter and lawman who carried a six shooter and towered over his enemies with a profound intelligence and keen marksmanship. Leadership has been defined as: “The ability to influence others to follow through inspiration.” Marshal Reeves encouraged people to follow through the confidence of his good shooting finger.

The real steering wheel inside of Bass Reeves, was his gargantuan heart that beat inside his chest when at rest, 144 times a minute. The human average is 72. Myth.

When Jim Crow laws prohibited Bass Reeves from continuing as a US Marshal, he joined the Muskogee, Oklahoma Police Department and served faithfully there until his passing.

In 2011, the US 62 bridge, which spans the Arkansas River between Muskogee and Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, was named as the Bass Reeves Memorial Bridge. How fitting for a man who’s life bridged the gap between notorious outlaws and the calm backdrop of the wild, wild west.  “Bad News for Outlaws,” that Bass Reeves was born. The good news for the pop culture generation, is that he will never be forgotten.

Keep standing on the Rock!

For more information, visit the Bass Reeves Western History Conference July 21st and 22nd, 2017 – The Three Rivers Museum 220 Elgin Avenue, Muskogee, Oklahoma

1 Comment

Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Black Economics, History


Tags: , , , , , , , ,