#MondayThoughts: Pondering

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”

– Sydney Harris

“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.”

– W.H. Auden

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To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.

– Oscar Wilde

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“Life inevitably throws us curve balls, unexpected circumstances that remind us to expect the unexpected. I’ve come to understand that these curve balls are the beautiful unfolding of both karma and current.

– Carre Otis

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STAY INSPIRED AND KEEP RISING

#MondayThoughts: Continue Onward

The journey can be long and along the way it can get heavy sometimes…

Signs and signals appear. There is this feeling inside like someone is nudging you, to get you to see that something is not quite right…..

Hope is always around. It is part of our life force, a constant source of energy. Energy that sustains us on our journey. Energy that empowers our other tools for achieving success….

As long as we continue, we will reach breakthroughs, we will cross borders,we will move mountains and we will realize our dreams. Our journey will be an incredible one.

Stay inspired and keep rising.

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#MondayThoughts: Self-Doubt, GET OUT!

I seek strength, not to be greater than others, but to fight my greatest enemy, the doubts within myself

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I liken self doubt to being in basement and convincing yourself that you don’t belong on the first floor. “Come on, get real, who do you think you are?”, that little annoying voice will say to you. You know what you have to do…IGNORE IT! First of all, do not get caught up into what someone else is doing and accomplishing. Meaning, don’t compare yourself and your progress to others. Be happy for those who are doing well and lift up those who are having a rough go of things.

People can make you feel like you’re not good enough. Not good enough for a job, not good enough for certain events, not good enough to achieve personal goals, not good enough to be in certain relationships. Those people you can turn a deaf ear towards and let them live in their egotistical, puffed up, negative world. Who has time for that shit. I am here to encourage an inspire, not to drag anyone down.

Once you discover your wings, strengthen them by spreading them and attempting to fly. In no time you will go farther and further than you thought possible.

Now, stop putting yourself down. Stop disbelieving in yourself and start believing in you. YOU CAN DO THE MOST AMAZING THINGS WHEN YOU BELIEVE! It’s not about what other people think, it’s not about what circumstances try and have you believe, and it is definitely not about that annoying little voice trying to talk you out of what you want to do. YOU ARE AN AMAZING HUMAN BEING! YOU CAN DO THE MOST AMAZING THING WHEN YOU BELIEVE!

Don’t forget it.

Stay inspired and keep rising.

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#MondayThought: Relentless

“It takes just one idea or act to connect the dots between hard work and success… Don’t relent until you find it” 
― Val Uchendu

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YOU CAN DO IT!

These four words should be on auto play each time you are faced with a moment of discouragement, when the world seems still and silent. There will be times when things are falling in line just as you hoped and working towards. Then there are the moments that test you,  the moments that question your seriousness about what you are working towards. In these moments you can feel disappointment, discouraged and doubtful (the three Ds).

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To get to where we want or desire to be, we must be relentless in our efforts. We can plan and strategize, then put this into action. When the three Ds present themselves, we must be relentless in our hope, faith and courage.  It can be hard to maintain sometimes because as I said, there will be moments when the world will appear to come to a standstill as you are waiting for the next course of action. As long as you are making an effort, everything will come together in alignment with your efforts.

YOU CAN DO IT!

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BELIEVE IN YOU

BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU WANT TO DO

BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL HAVE WHAT YOU NEED TO GET TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE

BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN AND WILL GET TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE

BELIEVE THAT ALL THINGS ARE COMING INTO ALIGNMENT FOR WHAT YOU WANT

BELIEVE THAT IS HAS BEEN DONE

BELIEVE

Stay inspired and keep rising.

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#MondayThoughts: Encouraged Over Discouraged

Sometimes it feels like life has buried us in the dirt, when in reality we’ve been planted with an opportunity to grow.

– Tina Hallis

Life is filled with wonder, amazement, exciting and beautiful things and experiences. It is also splashed with hardships, unevenness, confusion and discouragement. We all seek to live out the best life possible while we are here. There are times when everything seems to be going great and smooth, you feel on top of things, on top of the world.

In our pursuing of living a joyful, decent and good life, we are bound to get tripped up by something that discourages us and practically throws us off balance. Whether it be personally, professionally or deep inside our soul, there are things we experience which make us question ourselves, our direction, hopes, faith, beliefs and convictions.

When that happens, what do you do? Give up? Crawl under the nearest rock? Stay in bed under the sheets? I emphatically say NO to all of these and other negative reactions! We can accept that life is not always great, You might not always be upbeat, positive and happy. Heck, you might not even see the brighter side of what you are going through and experiencing.

THERE IS A BRIGHTER SIDE!!!

When we choose to stay down, we are in reality confusing wisdom with cowardice. When we choose to stand back up, we are using wisdom to overcome cowardice.

– Craig D. Lounsbrough

I have faced some very tough and gut wrenching times in my life. I have had moments of feeling isolated and broken.

I did not give up. No, I did not give up.

I believe with all my being that despite how discouraging it can be in the moment or how hopeless a situation might appear, there is a definite brighter outcome if we choose to stay encouraged and press on through. I’m not saying it is easy to do so and in fact may be darn right intimidating but it is doable. Just as it is possible to hold on to discouragement, it also possible to grasp encouragement and hold it tight to the chest, letting in that seed that all is possible.

Believe it and receive it. Act on it. You are the seed from which countless, beautiful things will grow. Let encouragement outweigh discouragement.

Stay inspired and keep rising.

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#MondayThoughts: Maintaining Focus

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” — Bruce Lee

Distractions, distractions, distractions. The world is full of them, designed to take our focus off of what is really important or what we are trying to accomplish in a give moment. How often when we are working on something or starting something new that little things begin to throw us off track and at times get us completely involved in something else other than what we were working on?

Throughout the day there are lots of eye and thought candy thrown our way or our mind is cluttered with a “pick me, pick me” basket of thoughts. Some essential and some not all that important. We have to cut away the unnecessary fat and not chew on it. Declutter the mind and have a clear focus on what is at hand. At the same time we do not have to be so focus driven that we shut out enjoying life and give our inner being something to smile about. One day at a time, focus, live and move forward. Always be good to yourself.

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