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Family Comes First

April 10, 2018 Leave a comment

 

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Sleep At The Family Reunion!!!!

 

This has been an interesting year so far. I made some new year’s commitments and set some goals for the first quarter and the rest of the year. Well, my father had some health challenges that took precedent over all other things. His medical challenges were more important than any business goals, any training I planned to host, and anything else. One thing I have learned over the last two years is family comes first. My mom and dad, brothers, sister, aunties, cousins and nieces and nephews are very important to me. How about you?

Can you truly say that you put your family first all of the time? If you don’t, there is no need to feel guilty. Many people unintentionally let other things get in the way when they shouldn’t. All that it takes to start putting your family first is a shift in your priorities.

A great example of this is when you start to work crazy hours. While your objective may be to provide those “extras” for your family, it results in you neglecting them. So you may come home with gifts and new toys, but is that what your family really wants? They would probably prefer to spend more time with you instead. Over the last 6 six years or so I have purposefully traveled with my parents on their bowling tournament trips, especially with my dad. When I travel with them, they go out of their way to make sure that I am having a good time.

One way to put your family first is by being there for them. When your son or daughter has a sports event, or is in the school play, make of point of attending. If a family member gets sick, help them out as much as possible. My God-mother, my mom’s sister, lives in New Orleans, Louisiana about 98 miles from where we live. Every chance I get I go to spend a couple of days with her in her home. She loves it! When I tell her that I am coming, she counts on it.

Creating stability within your family is a good way of putting your family first. Everyone loves to know that they have someone who they can count on. You can easily do this by creating family routines such as:

  • Regular dinner times
  • Chores for each family member
  • Set bed times
  • Movie night

Though, these things may sound trivial they are very important. By creating a structured routine you are also setting expectations for your family. They know that they are expected for dinner at 6pm each day. Or that every Saturday they have to spend an hour or two helping out with chores.

When you put your family first, each family member will start to follow suit. In turn this creates a caring family that will always be around for each other.

Family is important so don’t neglect yours. Yes, work and being social is important, but they shouldn’t always take precedence over your family.

Oh yeah! My next trip with my dad for one of his bowling tournaments is this May. We are going to Detroit, Michigan. We are driving (ha, ha, ha). He is doing much better, we are working on getting is blood numbers up again.

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25 Days of Power – Day 3 Empowerment Fun Day

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25 Days of Power – Day 3 “Empowerment Fun Today”
 
It’s the weekend! At times, I know we take life waaaay too seriously. Some people take it to the point of not being able to enjoy their life’s journey. They don’t laugh, do fun things, or even just relax. I encourage you today (Saturday) to empower yourself and others around you with fun and laughter.
 
Proverbs 17:22 (KJV) – “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
 
Today’s Power Challenge:
Do Something Empowering Today That is Filled With Laughter, Fun and Lots of Love.

 

 

 

 

 

I Make Friends Easily Positive Affirmation

July 29, 2015 3 comments

I make friends easily wherever I go.

I have many friends. It seems that I make a new friend every time I step out of the house.

I find it easy to talk to everyone and people always seem to like me. My friends think I have a magnetic personality and I think they are correct.

I have a genuine interest in others and I find that making friends is easy when I care about them.

I make it a point to smile at everyone I see. I naturally have a smile on my face and can feel my smile spreading throughout my body. I am a walking, talking smile.

Whenever I am speaking with someone, I make sure to use their name in conversation. I like to make other people feel special and using their name is a great way to accomplish that. Everyone likes to hear his own name.

I always ask for the contact information of any new, potential friend. I follow-up and make an effort to keep in touch.

I realize that there are countless new friends out there I have yet to meet. Every new person is a potential new friend. I give everyone a chance to become a friend.

Today, I am keeping my eyes open for any new friends I can make. I am kind to everyone I meet and treat them like a long-lost friend. I make friends easily wherever I go.

How Your Friendships Affect Your Life

July 28, 2015 2 comments
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Just about every individual is aware that his friends can affect his life in one way or another. However, most people are just not aware that such effect can be more influential than they could ever imagine. Your friends do not only influence you when making your decisions, they can also change how you view the world, alter your insight and change you into the different person.

The Impact

Your friends can really influence you. Friends can indeed alter your beliefs about things. Beliefs and values can be a changed when they are constantly challenged and when new beliefs are constantly repeated.  For instance, if you have a circle of friends who have a negative view of the employment market even before they had the opportunity to work with it, it can also affect you. Such pessimistic view probably came from the constant idea they obtained from friends in the form of suggestions which are repeated again and again, such as “it is very hard to search for a job nowadays”.

Your friends can affect your self-confidence. Friends have the ability to change the perception of one another. When the majority of your group is thinking that a certain person is snobbish and arrogant, this belief may be transferred to the entire group.

While believing that a person is treating you in an unfavorable way, you might interpret it as being a sign showing that you’re not really worthy. Such belief can badly affect the level of your self-confidence.

Your friends can also affect the way you behave. Being very attached to your friends can also affect your behavior. For instance, if you see that your friend is polite to someone, particularly old, even when you are not, you can think that doing such thing is indeed a delightful thing.  You will in turn do the same thing.

In addition to affecting your beliefs, your friends can also affect how you react of things. For instance, you are initially not afraid of snakes, yet after you know how it affects your friend beaten by one, your point of view and behavior, should you see one, will also change. This is how influential friendships can be.

Your friends could stir you with good and bad emotions. Depending on the type of friends you are connecting with, your emotions can be greatly affected by them. If you have friends who are happy at most times, you can observe yourself to be happy around them as well. Of course, if you care about your friends you will feel sad whenever they are sad.

How are your friendships impacting your life?

 

Catalyst for Personal Motivation and Inspiration

Where is the MotivationA catalyst can be something that you experience – such as an event, or it can be words spoken by another person, or a book or a movie that causes you to alter your life in some way.

Some catalysts are simple – such as a man who gets fired because he’s always late. Losing the job can be a catalyst for that man to make sure he gets to his next job on time, or find a job that gives him so much personal satisfaction, he never wants to let his company down.

The event of getting fired, often at an inopportune time, caused him to make a change in how he acts in life. Change is hard. It’s easier to do what you’ve always done because there’s comfort in familiarity.

Leaving your comfort zone thrusts you into new situations and forces you to deal with new ideas and new ways of handling various aspects of life. It’s scary and no one wants to go through it voluntarily.

If you were to take a survey of random strangers and ask them, “Are you happy with your life?” you would get more no answers than you would yes ones. There are a lot of people who aren’t happy with their lives.

They don’t like their personal life or their professional life – and they don’t like how they act sometimes. Yet day in and day out, they don’t do anything to change any of that.

Some people don’t know how to change it. They don’t understand how they can find a catalyst to motivate and inspire themselves toward the kind of life they want.

Sometimes a catalyst enters your life, and you’re too focused on the ordinary, that you miss it completely. You may have to train yourself to watch for opportunities if you want to raise yourself to a higher level of success and happiness.

Unusual Activities to Spark Creativity and Passion

Creativity is the catalyst for innovation. Without it, the world as we know it wouldn’t even exist. Someone somewhere was creative enough to develop new technologies and techniques that have increased both our quality and quantity of life.

The question, though, is how does creativity begin? Does it start as a dream? Does a light bulb suddenly appear over your head? Or is there something specific you can do to spark your creativity and passion?

Believe it or not, we are all creative. While we may be creative in different ways, creativity is within us, just waiting to be uncovered.

Finding Your Spark

Everyone has different rituals and routines to ignite their creativity, but let’s go through some ways to spark creativity and passion in your life:

Create a list of 100. Make a list of 100 ideas and thoughts. They don’t have to be connected, but simply write out 100 ideas that come to mind in a single sitting. This may seem daunting, but the purpose is to generate uncensored and unfiltered thoughts that can be used as a foundation for a bigger idea. You can always filter the ideas later on, so focus on quantity, not quality at first.

Stimulate all of the senses. Try something different that involves the senses. For example, go to an art museum, concert or even a masseuse. You just might discover a fresh idea by stimulating your body and mind with new things.

Surround yourself with positive, inspiring words. Stories, positive affirmations, and motivational quotes are always great starting points to tap into your creativity. You just might be inspired to look within after reading the inspirational stories or thoughts of others.

Go for a country drive. You may be able to think clearer when you’re alone in the car. Turn off the stereo and tune into your own thoughts circulating in your head. There are plenty of creative ideas already within your mind; you just have to become more aware of them!

Try the color yellow. This may sound strange, but psychologists believe that the color yellow inspires creativity.

Use the bountiful resources of others. There are plenty of people around the world who love to talk, so get them talking! Ask them questions and allow their responses to guide your thoughts and ideas. You just may come up with a unique and creative solution by using the brainpower of others.

Take a break. If you’re under stress or pressure, it’s time to relax. After all, our minds need a break! Your relaxation routine doesn’t have to be extravagant; it can be as simple as playing a Sudoku puzzle or going for a 15-minute walk. By refreshing your body and mind, you will actually return more creative than ever.

Find Your Own Creative Routine

Everyone is unique, so you may have a different way to spark your creativity. That’s okay! You can use these seven creativity tips as a guide to help you uncover unique solutions to ordinary problems.

How to Overcome A Stagnate Life

July 11, 2015 4 comments

Live on Purpose

Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut now that you are seven months into another year? Are you having the same struggles in your love life, career, friendships, or passion?

It’s time to take action to fix the problem. You’ll first want to identify the areas of your life that feel “off.”

Take some time to reflect on what’s bothering you and why. Once you know what’s going on, it’s easier to find a solution.

Having a Goal

It’s important to have goals in all aspects of your life because it focuses your energy onto the big picture. When you have a purpose for your actions, you’ll begin to see those little steps being important building blocks for your end goal. Your life won’t seem so stale when you have your end goal in mind at all times.

Here are some tips for setting goals:

  • Make your goals attainable. If you have lofty goals, break them up into smaller pieces.
  • Write your goals down on paper and keep them handy.
  • Always state your goals in a positive fashion (i.e. “I will be free of unhealthy relationships or bad business/ministry deals…” instead of: “I will stop hanging with the wrong people or I will stop making bad decisions…”)
  • Be as detailed as you can when planning out your goals step by step.
  • Fight the urge to procrastinate.

Take Action

Once you’ve discovered the areas of your life that need changing, and you have goals in mind, it’s time to take action. When things have hit a point of stagnation there is no other choice you have but to take swift action.

Remember that you can think, plan, or worry all day long but it’ll do nothing positive for your life if you don’t act.

Here are some strategies to keep in mind as you put your goals into action:

  1. Don’t Hold Yourself Back. If you already know what’s holding you back, it’s time to fix the problem so you can take action. Is fear holding you back? If so, it’d be in your best interest to master your fears. A life full of stagnation because of fear will do more harm than good.
  2. Be Consistent. Many people will crack down on changing their life and then drift back into a world of stagnation. Once you’ve started to take action, make sure it’s consistent action. This is the only way you’ll reach your life goals.
  3. Right Now. You already have your plan in place and it’s broken up into small pieces. Ask yourself what you can accomplish right now to put yourself a positive step closer toward your goal. It doesn’t matter if you only have 15 minutes, there is sure to be something you can accomplish in that time period.
  4. Take Time to Unwind. It’s easy to get excited and eager about your new goals and dreams, but ensure you schedule some “me time” as well. You need to be able to get a good night’s sleep and rejuvenate your body and mind. Otherwise, you risk physical and mental exhaustion, which will only bring you back to stagnation!
  5. Take Notes. Be sure to take notes of your observations and tweak your actions along the way. Doing so will help you figure out what’s working for you and what’s not.

Picture Yourself

At the end of the day you should picture yourself having broken the chain of stagnation. Even if you’re not quite there yet, it’s important to remember that it’s possible and likely when you’re willing to change!

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