15
Feb
12

A servant’s Prayer

Dear lord give me the courage and the wisdom to overcome the fear that constantly delays my journey. Let me not be concerned with the things that I don’t know or don’t have but stay fixated on my potential. I still have that spirit inside of me that will not let me rest until it is done. Now what that is; I am not sure, but dear God I will not stop until I know. I need your strength more than ever now. I pray that these words will float in the universe and ride the wings of angels.

Please don’t let me stand in my own way. I am excited about sharing my beauty with this world. I am elated about carrying out your purpose. I asked to be kept in your care and cradled in your love. I know it is up to me to stay because I know that you will never me let go. Let the negative and hurtful words of my enemies roll away like the tides of the ocean. Who shall I fear when I know who holds my future.

From the start to the deepest corner of my soul I ask thee to give me strength to finish this race; with open arms and a clean heart. I am determined because I believe in all that you have for me. I voice this prayer with total humility and faith in your power; in our savior’s name I pray Amen.

04
Feb
12

Birds of a Feather….

Hello All,

There has been something on my mind and I think it is time to unleash the dragon! Staying POSITIVE can be difficult if you continue to put yourself in unproductive environments. I have learned this the hard way. Sometimes we do not realize how much being around negative people can affect every aspect of our lives. When I say “negative people” this statement is all-inclusive! I am talking about co-workers, friends, lovers, and  family members. Sometimes it is hard to recognize what’s not for you.  Especially when it is someone who you love. Many times we stay in situations because we get comfortable. It is easier to stick with what you know even when it is not healthy. However or wherever you choose to spend your time, be aware that this helps shape you into who you are. Your actions and thoughts will reflect your environment. If you sit around with people who are content without having any goals or ambition, you will eventually  adopt some of these ideas. Many times we find ourselves sharing most of our time with negative people but secretly judging them. We believe that we are not like them or that we would never do the things that they do. Remember the saying “Birds of a feather flock together”; we are bound to espouse some of those same attitudes or actions. At the least, we are affected and over-involved in someone else’s mess. If that is the case, we may as well be doing it ourselves.

It is important to be cautious of where you are and who you are with at all times. Ask yourself, “Does ______ add to or enrich my life?” We need to spend time with those who make us better. If you are involved with anyone who constantly hurts you or puts you in bad situations, it may be time to pause and reflect. People who are good for you will bring happiness to your life and want the best for you. If there is someone you have in mind after reading this post, it might be a good time to complete a pros and cons analysis. Draw a line down the middle of a blank sheet of paper. Write all the positive that this person offers on one side and the negative on the other. If your results show more on the negative side, it may be time to reconsider your relationship with this person.  I speak on this topic frequently throughout my blog because it is very important. In order for us to reach our full potential we may have to let go of things that are holding us back. I challenge you to complete a pros and cons analysis and see what you find. You may be surprised! Continue to work on what is best for you. Oh, and it is also possible after reading this post that you find that you are the negative person. If so, do an analysis of your self. It is also healthy to think about what role you play in the lives of others. We have to be aware of our strengths and weaknesses. It is essential to making progress towards positive change. If you feel encouraged by what you have read, please share it with others. “The truth is better naked!”

20
Jan
12

New Year’s Aftermath

Hello Faithful readers. It has been a few weeks since we made our New Year’s resolution. Truthfully speaking, on a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your efforts of keeping your resolution? I would give myself around a 5! I realize that I must practice what I preach and start  writing down some measurable tasks! I wanted to share one of my goals and the measurable tasks I will take to reach it. I hope that this will give you some ideas on how to jumpstart positive change for the New Year.

Goal # 1: Complete New Book

  • Write for at least 45min-1hr. each day.
  • Research at least three topics that will be used in book by February 10th.
  • Contact at least 3 people who can assist with book by February 25th.  
  • Finish Outline for book by March 1st.  
  • Research at least 3 publishing comapnies by March 15th

These tasks may change and the list may increase. This is just an idea of how to put your goals/resolutions into action. When you create measurable goals you are giving yourself a deadline. This will help you to stick to your plans and feel great about completing them. It is also a good idea to reward yourself when you complete a goal. This can give you motivation to complete tasks. Share your goals with others. It is important to have people in your life that share similar ideas. The better support systems that we have the more likely we are to see things through. It is also a good way to help others make postive change in their lives. I would love for you to share your goals with me. Who knows, we may be able to help each other! Remember to stay true to you and the rest will follow. It is time to put thought to action!

01
Jan
12

New Year, New You?

2012

So, I have been reading the countless Facebook statuses declaring “Big” changes for the New Year. If you took the time to read your news feed you would have found a wide range of resolutions! I have seen it all; promises to lose weight, go back to school, leave a bad relationship, fix a bad attitude, and the list goes on…. honestly speaking, how many of us actually keep our New Year’s Resolution? How many of us even have a plan behind our words? So, are we just blowing hot air? For some reason, the idea of a new year gives us the urge to be better. Not that this is a bad thing, but it requires more than a thought to make a change.

Many of our declarations are simply empty promises bloated by the “New Year”  fanaticism. It is more like a fad that continues to come back once a year. Some of us may keep our resolutions for a few weeks, while others lose it before  recovering from our morning hangover. Have you heard anyone say, “How do you continue to do the same things and expect different results?” This is a powerful question………. Just think about how many times you have been frustrated about the same situation but have tried nothing new to change it.

Trust me, I am speaking to myself as well. We have to have a plan behind the words that we speak. It is so common to let life happen to you. So think about the resolutions that you have made this year. How can you see them through? Here are some steps that I have decided to take for myself.  I would love to know how you are going to make your changes this year. We can do this together. Everyone needs some encouragement. The biggest mistake people make is thinking that they have to go through life alone.

Here are some general steps that can help jumpstart you into motion:

                                         1. Take a moment to really think about the things that need changing.

2. Write down the negatives and positives in your life on a blank sheet of paper.

                          3. Brain-storm about resources and social networks that can help with your change process.

     4. Discuss changes weekly; with someone who shares similar goals and interests.  

                                 5. Make a list of goals that you want to accomplish and brain-storm  on new ways to see them through.     

                                       6. Set measurable goals. Give yourself a time frame to accomplish each step. For example, “I will complete 5  job applications by Jan. 25, 2012.

 

This is just a general example. I will share my change process  in more detail in my up-coming posts. Please send me your ideas, we can do this together! Good luck on really making some positive changes this year!!! Let’s see some fireworks in 2012!!

11
Dec
11

Is your F.O.F. weighing you down?

I was talking to a friend the other day and we got on the subject of failure. We talked about how ridiculous the concept, but how it is such a mutual fear amongst so many people. What is it about failure that hinders us from reaching our full potential?

Those who have tried and failed, totally disregard the beauty in making an effort and focus solely on the fact that they did not get what they wanted. Many times we want what I like to call a “quickie fix”. We expect that the first time that we try something new we should get the results that we desire.

In one of my previous pieces, I spoke on “sinkers and swimmers”. A sinker is the person who gives up when faced with adversity. When things do not go according to plan, they lose interest or stop trying. This leaves a slot for the swimmer! The swimmer has faced many disappointments and failed attempts, but they keep trying. They keep going into the unknown.

I will never forget the conversation I had with this same friend about following our dreams. He said, “I may not be the smartest, or the best-looking, but I work hard for what I want”. He talked about people with undeniable talents and gifts that do not utilize them. He said, “the more of them that are not trying, the greater my chances”.

What he meant was; it makes it easier on the “swimmers” to stay afloat when most people would rather play it safe! I thought about myself and the gift of writing that God has blessed me with. How often I was using it and how it played a role in me living out my purpose. With that said, think about the talents and Gifts that you have been given. Are you using them? When is the last time you honestly thought about them? What is stopping you from following your heart?

What do you really have to lose, when you have your happiness to gain? I am learning to live a life without regrets when it comes to following my heart. Things may not go according to “your” plan, but you have to be aware of the bigger picture. I believe with all of my heart, that if we continue to try and not give-up we shall reach the happiness we long for. It is not too late to start your journey. Do not let F.O.F. ( fear of failure)  be your justification for wasting your life!

20
Nov
11

How are you writing your script?

This is something that has been on my mind for a while. I wanted to share it because I thought that it may be refreshing to hear. My life has changed dramatically over the last few months. For me, the tornado of life had to come and tear down the negative walls I built around me. My thoughts, my words, and actions were creating an existence far from God’s plan for my life. God spoke to me in whispers (compliments of Oprah Winfrey) but I continued to go about life the way I knew best.

I do believe that our negative thoughts manifest knowingly and subconsciously. Some of us sabotage everything in our lives because we expect bad things to happen. One of my favorite phrases was “I am so happy right now, so I know something bad is about to come”. I know I am not alone. I have heard this spoken by many in my day. Well, if that is what you think, therefore it will be.

This concept is universal and can be found throughout great pieces of literature, even your bibles! I did not realize that I was writing the script of my life based on negative thoughts, and words! Did you hear what I said? I was writing the script of my life based on negative thoughts, and words! My world was slowly crashing around me! I was not aware of the madness I was creating and consequently was brought to a very low place. But it was in this low place that I realize that I was not living the life that God has promised me all along! In the book, the “Secret” the term “Universe” was used to describe the force that drove us to greatness. There are many terms used for this omniscient presence that we feel but do not see. For me God is the correct terminology.

It is good to know that you are not alone, and that your thoughts and feelings are being heard. Now what you decide to put out in the “Universe” is up to you! My life has changed dramatically just by changing the way I speak. I have noticed that by changing phrases like “I hope this will happen” to “This is happening” makes a world of difference in the goodness you bring into your life. Speak good things in your life as if they already are. I am not talking about superficial things that do not enrich your life! I am speaking on the goodness that comes from your core. I believe we all can feel it. We all have passions and gifts that are undeniable. If you are someone who says “Well, I don’t know what my gift is”; you are probably blocking the flow of awareness with all the mess you have surrounding you!

Ask for wisdom and guidance. I am saying all of this to make the point that you can change the life that you are living right now. You can change it today by believing that you deserve what God wants for your life and believing it to be so. If you replace the negative thoughts and feelings with faith, I guarantee you will see a change in your life! Now, when I look back on the phrase I used to say, ““I am so happy right now, so I know something bad is about to come”.   I now see that I created that prophesy by speaking it into existence.

I now know that the company that I kept and the negative situations I found myself in were often a reflection of my own thoughts! Wow, I know that is some deep stuff and some may disagree. I just wanted to share what is working for me. I now practice speaking positivity in my life and I witnessed the changes immediately. I am watching my deepest inner thoughts become reality! Not everyone will listen to this, but for those who have faith, take heed to these words because they could change your life for the best! Remember to bare all, the truth is better naked!

12
Nov
11

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall……….

If you took a long look in the mirror, what would you see? Would you like the person staring back at you? Would you even recognize them? Are you proud of those eyes staring into your soul? For a long time, I did not recognize the person staring back at me! I was spending a lot of time living for everyone else. It was easier to conform and walk the path most travelled! I am sure that many of you can relate. It is still a struggle to express the things that I believe when they sometimes go against what the average person is thinking. Especially when it is someone you respect and love.

Living a life that is not your own can be exhausting! Not to mention miserable. Many times we live a certain life style because it looks “good”. I know that you or some one you know bought a fancy car or a big house they can’t afford, just to satisfy the masses. News Flash…. The masses aren’t stuck in debt, you are! They are not helping you with your bills each month, so why should they hold any weight in your daily decisions. People can give advice on what they think you should do or have. At the end of the day, advice is an option. It is not set in stone and if it goes against what you can handle or afford, consider it void. What is it about being an individual that is so frightening? Why do we care so much about what others think about our lives?

One of my grandmother’s favorite sayings, “Self-preservation is the first law of nature”. Meaning take care of yourself. Do what makes you happy. The only person who can live your life is you. If you look in the mirror and do not recognize the person looking back at you, it is time to make some changes. Why live another second denying your own happiness. I was watching Oprah’s life class and she spoke about having mud in your wings. How can you fly if you have negative forces all around you weighing you down? If the only way to get back to you is to drop some unneccessary weight, I suggest you get busy! We have the God-given right to live a purpose driven life. If this piece speaks volumes to you; do whatever it takes to get control of your life. Oh and one more thing…….DO IT RIGHT NOW!




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