The Necessity of Stress

The Necessity of Stress

This morning, I went on my 3-mile run as I often do everyday. While on that run, I listened to a talk by the great Steve Harvey on the necessity of stress if you’re to fulfill your dreams. He gave several stories about his life and how what he went through while growing up has led to where he is today. He went through a lot of challenges, but all the bad things he went through worked out for good. He tells a story of when he was working at Ford and was one of those responsible for turning scrap metal into engine blocks. Before the scrap metal can become an engine block, it has to go through the furnace(a lot of heat and pressure). It is not a pretty sight when it is going through that furnace. However, at the end of the process, it comes out as a beautiful engine block that’s used to build the beautiful car that you see. You see, it had to go through the furnace(stress) in order to come up perfect.

I want you to realize this, you’re going to have major disappointments in life. Life is not a care-free ride. It is full of a lot of challenges, especially if you’re trying to accomplish something great. Someone wants said that “The road to success is always under construction.” ALWAYS! That’s just the way it is. There will be detours, STOP signs, pot holes in life. The key is to stay the

Take a Leap of Faith

course and not give up when people tell you that you will never make it. That’s dirt thrown at you. The good news is that dirt has some minerals and manure in it and it is designed to provide you with the nutrients you need to grow.

You can get through your challenge. You can survive it. You will come out better than you went in. When you come under attack, and are tried, know that you will win. Some days it doesn’t look like you’re going to come out on top. I want you to know without a shadow of a doubt that you go through the fire and you won’t get burned. You’re going to grow through the fire. You can come on the other side victorious.

Go after your dreams right away. Don’t wait for the perfect time. There is no such thing. If you’re waiting for the right time to pursue your dreams, you’ll be waiting a long time. What is required is taking that leap of faith. Sometimes you may have to jump off a cliff to accomplish your dreams. That leap of faith may be required on more than one occassion of life. In order to be successful, you have to do some things that you’re uncomfortable with. Step out in faith.

Remember what Les Brown often says: “Leap and grow your wings on the way down.”

Put a huge bet on you and on your ability to achieve your goals. Throw all caution to the wind!

If you have a setback, know that you have the power to overcome it. If you make some mistakes, learn from them and try again. If you lose a job, you will find another, or create one. This is a time to use your talents, skills and resourcefulness to make a fundamental change and take your life to the next level. Remind yourself everyday that you are in it to win it. Do what you need to do to make it happen! You are your most valuable asset. You have the power within you to make a difference in your life and in the life of others. You have GREATNESS within you!

[AUDIO] STEVE HARVEY: LEAP OF FAITH

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The Value of Taming Your Tongue

The Value of Taming Your Tongue

One of the main reasons people get stuck in life is because they haven’t learned how to control their mouth. From saying hurtful things to gossiping to putting others down, their tongue is keeping them from rising higher. But that doesn’t have to be you!

You can become all that you were created to be by learning to control your tongue today. As you do, you’ll enjoy your life more, have better relationships and step into new levels of purpose and blessings.

The video below is by one of my mentors, Joel Osteen. best-selling author of “The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today.” He discusses some valuable insights into the value you can get from taming your tongue. It’s important to note that you’re not required to verbalize everything that’s on your mind. It’s only a fool that tells everyone what they are thinking.

You are defined by the way you use and choose your words. The use of your words touches you as well as those around you. Without really thinking about it, you can change someone else’s thoughts, beliefs and actions by using the power of words and by taming your tongue.

You see, our mouth is driven by what preoccupies our heart. Choosing to bridle our tongue means dealing with our heart first—not merely avoiding blurting out unkind words. Remember that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Learn to hold your tongue even when things are not going your way.

NEVER criticize, condemn or complain about anything or person, whether it be directly or indirectly. When you complain, it takes your focus away from the good things that you could be grateful for instead. Never do or say anything that lowers a person’s self-esteem or makes him/her feel less important or valuable. Refuse to gossip or discuss other people in a negative way. Never say anything about a person that you would not say to his/her face.

The words you say may have a huge effect on other people, but they also affect you too. The words that come out of your mouth go into your ears as well as anyone else listening. Those words sink into your personality and play a part on your mood.

Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise.”

Your words are powerful. They can break you or they can make you. They express your emotions and thoughts. Remember today that you have the freedom to choose the words you speak carefully. And learn to listen more than you speak. Listen with intent. Whenever you’re the presence of other people, pay attention to what they’re saying. People appreciate you more when they know that you’re a good listener. Listening will help you avoid making blunders with your tongue.

Watch the video below to gain some insight into Pastor Joel’s wisdom.

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Life: Full of Twirls

Life: Full of Twirls

While heading to drop my kids off at the day care this morning, I listened to a song that inspired me so much that I decided I’ll share it with my audience because I believe it will make a difference in someone’s life. It’s a song you probably haven’t heard before titled, “Johnny & Donna,” by Grammy-nominated artist, Kortney Jamaal Pollard(better known by his stage name “Mali Music“). This song is particularly talking about two people who fell in love, but didn’t have the time to plan their future. Life happened to them, just like it has done to many of us. Their lives were full of drama, twists, turns & twirls.

I had to put the song on repeat and listen to the words many times to get the message Mali was sharing through this song. It emphasizes the importance of making the best that life hands you. If life hands you lemons, turn them into the most delicious lemonade you can make. Be determined and persistence on your journey towards achieving your dreams.

MALI IS

REMEMBER: Nothing is impossible to those who believe. Your belief has to be so strong that distractions or challenges don’t phase you. Keep your eyes on your dreams and goals and remain focused.

Don’t forget that consistency is key as well. Just because your dreams haven’t happened yet does not mean they won’t happen. Keep grinding and remember that God’s delays are not  God’s denials, as Tony Robbins often says.

Below are the lyrics to the song “Johnny & Donna.” Read them alongside watching the YouTube video of the song as well. I hope you enjoy it and share it with someone who’s facing life’s challenges.

Johnny met Donna and they fell in love
But had no idea what love really was
But they tried their best
To make each other smile
But while learning themselves
They would have a child….“But with no time to think the whole thing through
Little time to prepare
It got tough to provide for him
And give him love and care

How, how, how, how
How do I when and where?
Are questions that both often ask God
Life is full of twist, twist
Life is full of twirl, twirl, ta-twirl, twirls
Twirls it’s the way of the world that flips you upside down
When you’re young when you’re old
It just spins out of control, whoa
It spins out of control
So, hold on
Because you never know

Johnny and Donna slowly recognized
That for the baby’s future
They planned 2 different lives
Donna wanted a family
She wanted to do it right
Make Johnny’s house a home
She wanted to be your wife

But Johnny was a dreamer
And he had to move around
Yeah, he’d be there for his child
But wouldn’t settle down….

“How, how, how, how
How do I when and where?
Are questions they both often asked God
Life is full of twist, twist
Life is full of twirl, twirl, ta-twirl, twirls
Twirls it’s the way of the world
It’s whirlwinds and girlfriends
Toys and boyfriend, friend, friends
And Frenchmen,
War, peace, impeachment, gentlemen
Ladies, Hyundai, Mercedes, mistakes and peach rings
Blacks and bleach stains
Don’t forget wasps and bee-stings…

“Whether you’re Johnny OR Donna
Or neither of the two
Just try to make the best of what’s given to you!

Johnny & Donna” is a song from Mali’s latest album titled, “Mali Is.” If you don’t have a copy, dash down here and pick one up ASAP!

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Getting Prospects Off The Fence

Getting Prospects Off The Fence

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Jack Canfield – The Success Principles

Jack Canfield – The Success Principles

In the video below, Jack Canfield, who is a best-selling co-author of the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul“, shares some important tips on how to achieve success. He talks about how we live as kids and what happens when we grow up. Kids have an amazing outlook on life. They believe that they can become anything they dream of. But as they grow up, life kicks them in the teeth and tells them what they can and can’t do.

As kids, when we had the impulse to act, we did. As we grew up, we got conditioned by our environment. This placed limits on how far we could go. I encourage you to:

Be like a kid again. When you have the impulse to act on something, JUST DO IT!

Be on the edge of your potential. Always work towards pushing the limits. Strive to step out of your comfort zone because all growth happens outside of your comfort zone. We can feel what we want and go after it. Remember: If you fully do that which you are passionate about, you have the ability within you to change the world and make it a much better place.

Jack compares achieving success to knowing the combination to a lock. The cool thing is that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, you can find the combination. It resides in your mind. What you think will make you weak or strong. Don’t forget that you can change the outcome of any event, simply by changing your response to it.

I hope you enjoy this brief video. I look forward to reading your comments below.

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How to Enjoy the Journey of Life

How to Enjoy the Journey of Life

Came across a video shared by my new Facebook friend(Shaun Bacchas) and thought I’d share it with you because it contains some gold nuggets shared by both Steve Harvey(best-selling author of “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success” and Bishop T. D. Jakes. In the video, they share some tips on how to own your happiness and enjoy the journey of life.

You’ve got to realize this: No one is responsible for your happiness but YOU. You hold the key to your happiness. Abraham Lincoln once said: “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” My understanding of this quote is that your happiness is intentional. It doesn’t just happen by accident. You’ve got to work at it.

Here’s what I recommend you do starting today. Resolve to never let the things that people do upset you. When you let people upset you, you’re giving away your power. Don’t waste your energy on things and people that upset. Use your energy for positive and to make other people’s lives better. Stay away from any form of negativity. Turn off the news and instead, spend your time doing things you enjoy. If you do these few things I’ve suggested, your life will be enriched and you’ll start the process of making your mark on this generation and leaving a legacy for your family.

Enjoy the video below and share one thing that you have derived from the video and that you will start implementing in your life starting today.

VIDEO: Own your own happiness

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How to Remain Optimistic

How to Remain Optimistic

Today, you may be facing situations in your life that have caused you to give up hope that things will ever get better. If the person described is you, this post will help you in the sense that it will open your eyes to the possibilities that are available to you. It will also give you a path you can take to move you from having pessimistic to optimistic. Here’s what I know very well. No matter how bad things seem, you’re going to make it. All you need to do is focus on your dreams and goals and don’t allow things to distract you. Think about how great it will feel when you accomplish your (continue reading…)


The Death of Fear

The Death of Fear

There are some of you who are going through stuff in your lives and have been wondering how to conquer the fears you have within you. Today’s blog post will address certain things you can do to face your fears and conquer them. Now, it’s not going to be an easy process but if you do what is recommended here, your life will take on a whole new meaning.

In order to conquer your fears, you must be willing to take a leap of faith in the direction of your dreams. Your self-talk must be positive. Be willing to push yourself beyond your limits. It’s interesting to note that you won’t know how far you can go until you push yourself too far. The great reggae singer, Bob Marley, once said that:

You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.

As you work on making yourself more able to face your fears, go out and buy a book entitled “What to say when you talk to yourself.” Just as mentioned earlier, you’ve got to learn to speak positive things about yourself and to yourself. You’ve got to talk to yourself. Sometimes, it will be the most intelligent conversation you will have. Speaking positive things to yourself will help change your (continue reading…)


How to Take Control of Your Life

How to Take Control of Your Life

I’m currently reading a book by Brian Tracy, titled “No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline.” In this book, he shares some tips on how to take control of your life by being purpose driven. You feel in control of your life and happy only when you have clear goals that you can work towards on a day-to-day basis. One of the most important disciplines you will ever develop is that of becoming a lifelong goal setter.

Brian Tracy tells the story of the homing pigeon, which is a truly remarkable bird. It has the uncanny instinct of flying back to its home roost, no matter how far away it starts or in what direction it most go. You could take the homing pigeon out of its roost, put it in a cage, which is put in a box and covered with a blanket in the back of a pickup truck. You could then drive about 1,000 miles in any direction, open the truck, take out the box, take off the blanket, open the cage, and then throw the homing pigeon in the air. What it does at that point is completely magical. It will circle three times, get its bearings, and then fly straight back to its home roost. It is the only creature on earth that has this ability, except for human beings. Except for YOU. You are AMAZING!

You also have this homing ability within you, in your brain, but with one special difference. The homing pigeon seems to know instinctively exactly where its home roost is located. It then has the ability to fly directly back to that roost. In contrast, when human beings program a goal into their minds, they can then set out without having any idea where they will go or how they will achieve that goal. But by some miracle, they will begin to move unerringly toward that goal, and the goal will begin to move toward them.

To take control of your life, you have got to set goals. Don’t be hesitant in doing this, even if you don’t know how you will accomplish these goals. The good news is that you don’t need to know how to get there. All you need to do is write them down and get started. You just need to be clear about what you want to accomplish, and the goal-striving mechanism(the “homing ability“) in your brain will guide you unerringly to your destination.

Your goals can come to you by design, rather than by chance simply by developing absolute clarity about what you really want.

While writing this post, I came across an article entitled “A Master Plan for Taking Back Control of Your Life” that highlighted key moves you can make to take control of your life. Here they are:

  1. Make more of your behaviors automatic.
  2. Take yourself out of harm’s way.
  3. Whatever you feel compelled to do, don’t.
  4. Sleep as much as you must to feel fully rested.
  5. Do the most important thing first in the morning.
  6. Eat energy rich foods in small doses at frequent intervals.
  7. Do one thing at a time.
  8. Work in sprints.

Video: Take Control of Your Life

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Be A Barrier Breaker

Be A Barrier Breaker

Watched a video by Joel Osteen, best selling author of The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today. In the video I learned a few things and took notes on what he was talking about. I’ll share some of the things I learned and will share the video at the bottom of this post.

You see, we often let our environment set the limit for our lives. Remember that you weren’t created to be average. You were created to go beyond the norm and leave your mark on this generation and set a new standard. DO NOT accept the limitations set by your environment. Refuse to be mediocre. Realize you’re a barrier breaker.

Take the limitations off yourself. You have so much potential. Break out of your comfort zone and live to your full potential. All growth happens when you step outside of your comfort zone.

Watch the thoughts that flow through your mind. Your mind will, by default, try to convince you that you’ve reached your limits. Don’t pay attention to that lie. Recondition your mind. Don’t adapt to your environment. Your life follows your thoughts. Get rid of the thoughts that are holding you back.

People around you may accept mediocrity. Don’t let that mindset rub off on you. You’re a barrier breaker. You’ve been destined to rise higher to the next level. There is potential in you right now waiting to come out. Get rid of low expectations. You may be in a limited environment. The good news is that you don’t have to stay there. You’re the exception. You’re supposed to go farther.

When you break a barrier, you make it easy for people who come behind you.

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