Dear friend, what are you faced with today? Where do you find yourself feeling weak? Are you tired of being tired? Are you in need of relief? Have you ever found yourself backed up against the wall? Somewhere along the line you lost control. Have you ever had weak moments in your life? Times when you did not want to leave the comfort of your home. You thought everything would go away if you stayed in bed all day. Have you ever cried until you could not cry anymore? Have you ever screamed until there was no more sound coming out? Have you ever prayed yourself to sleep at night? Ever spent all day worrying about tomorrow? Have you been there? Are you there now?
In life we all deal with the unexpected. But do not conform to your emotions and retreat. This causes panic and we tend to fall apart. We get upset about every little thing. We wake up mad. Go to sleep mad. And we find ourselves worrying about tomorrow when today has just begun. We know the unjust stressors of life are not deserved and definitely aren't fair! But friend just because we are good people or doing the right thing does not leave us exempt from troubles. I too understand how it feels to need relief. It seems as though everyone and everything has gone wrong all at the same time. Your marriage, your finances, your business, your friendships, your job, your children, your health. What do you do? You're attempting to hold on, but it seems to get harder and harder.
This morning when you woke up, what was the first thing that went through your mind? Maybe you have a deadline to meet or a big appointment at work. Maybe you are facing a challenge or going through a difficulty in a relationship that seems to consume your thoughts. Today, I want to encourage you; instead of focusing on what your circumstances have to offer, focus on what YOU have to offer YOU! The key to changing the trajectory of your circumstances is setting your focus in the right direction. Change your habits... Change your behaviors... Change your LIFE! You can’t wait to see how you feel, what kind of mood your spouse is in, what the traffic is like or what the stock market is doing. NO, you have to choose to set your focus at the beginning of every day by saying, THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY!
In previous posts you've heard me talk about vision boards. As 2017 approaches let your word for the day be ACTION. I use the vision board as motivator. It helps me to get myself in the mind set of working toward a greater version of myself rather than waiting for it. By nature we as humans are never completely satisfied. So we must find ways to keep the fire going by addressing, itemizing, and executing what YOU want for you!
Excuses are the enemy! They are mental hackers designed to withhold you from progressing. Excuses tell you all of the reasons why you shouldn't when we should be convincing yourself why you should. Friend you must grow to a level of trust in yourself and your abilities. Think about it. What's holding you back? Lets continue to be intentional about our choices to move forward IN SPITE OF the reasons telling us not to pursue that life of YES because ultimately your excuses will only have you excused from your successes!
Insecurity is uncertainty or anxiety about oneself. Unfortunately, feelings of inadequacy stop curiosity. When you look in the mirror how do you perceive yourself? Do you look away? Do you pay just a little too much attention to that inner critical voice that tells you that you're crazy for thinking you deserve better? Keeping these attitudes alive by believing in our insecurities festers a negative attitude. Don't allow the fear of not being good enough stifle your ambition. Do not self medicate your pain or shame with self doubt. The next time you start thinking “I can’t...” or “I don’t have what it takes...,” attack those negative thoughts with the truth by declaring, “I have what it takes; I am well able; I am equipped!
Sow a Seed - We have to realize that everything we need in this life has been given to us in seed form. We set positives into motion in our lives when we plant those seeds and give what we have. Seeds produce after their own kind. If you sow apple seeds, you reap apple trees. If you sow kindness and blessing, you reap kindness and blessing in the future. If you sow financial seeds, you’ll reap a financial harvest. What seeds are you planting today?
Watch Your Back! - Think about the people that have been placed in your life. They’re not there by accident. Those people are brought to you for a purpose. Your associations oftentimes affect your personal and professional success. Renowned businessman Jim Rohn once said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” It may be time to ask yourself who am I spending my time with and who's my accountability partner?
Be Accountable - Ever been the victim of waiting for the person who is always late? They're rushed, flustered, frustrated, short tempered, and most importantly full of reasons as to why they were unable to commit to being in place as agreed. My friend we all make time for what is important to us. When a person is chronically tardy it says their time is more valuable than yours. The 1992 Original Dream Team and gold medalist basketball recipients consisted of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, and Magic Johnson... no one was ever late! Coach Chuck Daly said "They knew they were playing the best in the world." Being a success in your own personal growth means being more accountable for how you manage the 24 hours in every day that everyone is granted.
Give SelfLESSly - There are a lot of people who are successful in this world. They’ve accomplished their goals in the public eye. But being successful isn’t just about what you make happen for yourself, it’s also about what you make happen for others. Your NEW life of yes is not a selfish task. Look for ways to help others succeed. Reach back and give freely of the talents and abilities you’ve been given. As you do you'll better understand what being successful is all about.
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