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NO FEAR

Do what you have to do to conquer your fears. You’ll never get to where you were destined to go unless you lift the weight of fear off of your shoulders. Fear has no place in purpose, all of you is required in your quest for success. But, believe me………I understand that it is definitely much easier said than done….HELL…..I’m writing this for myself just as much as I’m writing it for you. I just figured I’d share it because we all have a connection if not off anything except the fact that “we all been through something”.

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HAVE FAITH

There will be times when everything around you is sending signals that make it harder and harder to hold on to your dreams. You give power to circumstance, and find yourself farther and farther away from your vision. Before you know it, your goals have slipped down to the tips of your fingers. The beauty in this struggle is that, they are still very much in reach. Be steadfast-immovable-always abide by the vision you have for your life.

CULTURE

It is important to think about the “why” in action. Many factors play into our beliefs, behavior, life choices and the paths we take. We are all different-we have different experiences-been exposed to different things. So, it is inevitable that our perspective-the way in which we “frame” things be different. Differences can be great tools for interpersonal relations, but not without respect.

There is something special about the collaborative process. Not only does it provide a forum for mutual encouragement, it affords the opportunity to become enlightened-to broaden our horizons-to alter our “frames”. If we begin to think about why we “do what we do”, we might gain a deeper understanding of others. 

Our beliefs, lifestyles and values are for the most part prescribed, literally from the time we are born. If everything else about me were the same (i.e. personality, temperament, race, size, blood type, etc) but I was raised in Germany by german parents, then I would be typing this in German, possibility from an entirely different perspective.  I say this to say that judgement should be replaced with understanding and the acceptance of differences. Of course, we can’t always see things from the other’s perspective, or understand the logic behind their actions,  but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re wrong and we’re right. Respect peoples’ rights to do what they want to do and to be who they are. Respect is the only requirement for peace.

 

REFLECTION vs. REGRET

The majority of us have the innate ability to reflect, and sometimes our pasts haunt us. This is especially true when we don’t readily accept its lessons. God takes us through different storms-disquising them as “good times” and purposefully doesn’t reveal that they are “tests” in hopes that we become better people. When we fight our way through the storm, the next step is reflection-regret has no rightful place in your journey. Learn courtesy of your mistakes and hold yourself accountable. Remember, even your past has a purpose. 

BE KIND

Kindness is cool, especially when it is given without the expectation of getting it back. It sucks that it’s often perceived as an open pathway for disrespect and taking advantage. 

COMPROMISE

Explanations aren’t a requirement when doing what’s best for you. There will be uncomfortable moments in your journey, but when we live the life that was intended for us, we end up just where we are supposed to be. Compromise is a great tool, but be careful not to let it interfere with your quest to get where you were meant to go.

SO AMBITIOUS

Create your own opportunities, it’s a sure way to end up in the role that fits you best. The first step in this journey is “stillness”. Sit with yourself-hear your soul-disregard any notions that aren’t your own-and don’t question what is revealed to you. Sometimes the depth of our own potential can be a little intimidating. We’re afraid of failure-we don’t trust our own abilities. Believe in the vision you have for your life. May it fuel your ambition.