Positive

I will be positive today.  I will bring positivity wherever I go.  I will put positive, into the world, today.  I do not and will not allow negativity into my life.  Negative is poison.  Negativity rots.  Corrodes.  Destroys.  Eventually, Kills.  I have no time for negative.  The world is full of negative.  Full of negative people, negative situations, and negative media.  The world as a whole, is negative.  AWESOME!  I get to bring the positive!  I get to be a light.  I get to do it different.  Be different.  Talk different.  Live different.  I get to be a positive role model.  A positive leader.  A positive example.  What a privilege.  What an honor.  What an opportunity!  I am so thankful I get to choose who I am today.  I get to choose how I act today.  How I behave.  How I respond.  It’s on me!  NO ONE ELSE!  Today, I will choose, to put positive first.

Don’t Quit

Keep going.  Keep moving forward.  Continue to take one step in the right direction each day.  Don’t give up.  Don’t quit.  You never know what today may bring.  You never know what may be around the next turn, around the next corner, through that next door.  Life ebbs and flows.  Yes, we will experience difficulties, struggles, unexpected heartaches, but we will also experience victories, celebrations, and will have so many opportunities to positively impact others.  We have to face today.  Accept what today holds.  Embrace today.  We must learn to go with the flow.  To allow what will be, to be.  No matter what the day may bring forth, we have to keep pressing on.  Continue to grind.  Continue to learn, apply, and grow.  We have to continue to share.  Continue to explore.  Continue to love.  Live boldly.  Live authentically.  Be you.  Don’t quit!

Given to Give

This life is not about you.  This life is not about me.  This life is about others.  Life is about helping others.  Life is about building others up.  Life is about listening to others.  Life is about loving others.  Life is about giving to others, what you have been given.  Each of us have been given specific gifts, talents, and abilities.  Each of us are beautifully different.  We all have a uniqueness that adds to the color of life.  We all have something to add to this world.  We all have value to add to this life.  We have been given to give!  In order for us to give what we have been given, we need to know who we are, we need to know what we have been given, to give.  Take the time to self-examine, self-reflect.  SLOW DOWN.  Take a step back.  Who are you?  What is your identity?  What is your life foundation?  What fire burns within you?  What excites you?  Where are you going?  In order to help others, you first have to help yourself.  In order to understand others, you have to understand yourself.  In order to give to others, you have to know and accept what has been given to you.

The Fight Against Self

I have to make a conscious effort every day to take my mind and body where it doesn’t want to go.  In order to learn, to grow, to mature, and expand, I have to force myself to do what I naturally, don’t want to do.  I have to force myself to fight against myself.  I have to push myself beyond myself.  It’s some crazy stuff when you really think about!  But, it is truth.  This is the reality for those of us who want to be excellent.  For those of us who want greatness, who abhor mediocrity.  Our natural mind and body lust for comfort, ease, and the path of least resistance.  If we allowed our natural mind to dictate our days, we would never reach full potential, our full potential.  We would find ourselves merely living lives of mediocrity.  Comfort.  Death.  The brain has to be controlled.  It has to be trained, re-wired, disciplined.  We have to choose consciously, every day, to master our brain.  To take our brain where we want it to go, NOT, allowing the brain to go where it wants to go.  The body always will follow the brain.  We must dictate our brain.  We have to drive our brain, in order to drive our body.  It is a battle.  A struggle.  A daily fight.  To constantly resist the natural, to constantly be in war with yourself, your own thoughts, feelings, and natural instincts.  This life of war against self can be exhausting.  It can be overwhelming at times.  But to attain excellence, to attain greatness, and to reach our full potential, the life of warring against self, is simply, the price for admission.  We have to realize satisfaction comes through the struggle, through the fight, through the discipline.  Satisfaction, self-satisfaction, is attained through the hard.  Doing the hard things.  Going through the process of re-training our brain and body, to pursue discomfort over comfort.

Evolve

It is so vital for human beings to evolve.  It is so vital for us to continue to learn.  To continue to seek knowledge, understanding, and answers.  It is so vital for us to continue to explore, to question, to expand, to grow.  Evolution is a natural process we all should be participating in.  Life offers us so much.  So many opportunities to learn, apply, and evolve.  If you really take a step back, slow down, and think about it, life truly is all about learning.  Each situation we find ourselves in, is an opportunity to learn.  An opportunity to apply, an opportunity to win or lose, and ultimately, an opportunity to evolve.  Life isn’t just about going through the motions, trying to make it through another day in the hopes your circumstances will change at some point.  Life is a quest.  Life is a process.  Life is an OPPORTUNITY!  We have to realize life is our choice.  We choose how we will live out this life, our life.  We choose, for the most part, how our life will unfold.  You choose how you will live your life.  I choose how I will live my life.  We choose.  We choose to evolve, or, we choose to remain stuck, remain the same, day after day, week after week, year after year.  We choose to learn, we choose to seek knowledge, understanding, and answers, or, we don’t.  We choose to explore, question, expand, grow, or, we don’t.  It really is, that simple.  That straight-forward.  That black and white.  Life is all about our choices.  The outcomes within our lives, are largely a result of what we choose, what we have chosen.  We need to choose to evolve.  We need to choose to be open to learning.  Open to stepping into the uncomfortable.  Open to changing.  Don’t allow yourself to miss out on the beauty of life.  Don’t allow yourself to become calloused, bitter, and hard.  Life is so much more.  Allow yourself to evolve.  Allow yourself to love.  Allow yourself to let go when necessary.  Allow yourself to be vulnerable.  Allow yourself to become who you were created to become.  Allow yourself to step into your destiny.  Allow yourself to change the world around you!  To positively impact those who surround you!

Procrastination

Don’t put off what can be done today.  We always think we have next time, the next day, the next week, so on, and so forth.  We like to put things off.  We like to avoid the reality of what is right in front of us.  What needs to be taken care of, or accomplished, NOW.  We procrastinate.  It’s easier.  It can become addicting.  It is an addiction.  Procrastination is an addiction.  It becomes who we are, what we do.  Procrastination is a trap.  It is the easy way out.  Or so we think.  Procrastination in actuality, isn’t an out.  Eventually, what we procrastinate on, will have to be done, will have to be accomplished, will have to be taken care of.  When we procrastinate, we push things down the line, to a later date.  And again, eventually, that later date comes.  We create a mountain of things we could have done, but didn’t.  We find, we don’t have enough time to climb the mountain.  We get stressed, frustrated, angry, irritable, and we look for others to blame.  The procrastination has become a giant mess.  A mess, too big to clean up all at once.  We fail.  We lose.  We fail to do what we said we would do.  We fail to be the example.  We fail others, our co-workers, spouses, friends, and ourselves.  Others lose trust in us, we lose credibility, we lose relationships and even jobs.  Procrastination will destroy your life.  It will erode your foundation, causing everything to fall apart.  We have to break-free from procrastination.  We have to break- free from the easy way, break- free from laziness.  We need to realize the destructiveness that procrastinating can and will bring into our lives.  Then, we need to have the discipline, fortitude, strength, and the heart, to do what we know needs to get done, TODAY!  We need to accept the power of delayed-gratification into our life.  We need to fight our natural desires and instincts.  The natural desire and instinct to take the easy route, to be lazy, to procrastinate.  We have to be focused, stay focused, on today.  Focused on doing what needs to get done, today.  Focused on being who we need to be, today.