Last week, I had the joy of watching the Disney-Pixar animation, Coco. Which I have to say is a great family movie that brightens children’s imagination, and many lessons adults can learn. The dilemma of breaking tradition was faced by the protagonist, Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez). Who, despite was raised to hate music, wanted to pursue the life of a musician.He then faces the criticism and judgment of his family, while constantly struggling to find a way to convince them that music is his passion, and to not join the family business.
In his endeavor to ‘follow is dreams’ he finds himself walking amongst the departed souls when he attempted to steal the guitar that was once owned by his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voiced by Benjamin Bratt), a legendary singer who he recently just concluded to be his great-great-grandfather. Upon meeting the souls of his ancestors, he finds out that the only way back to the human dimension was to receive a blessing from a relative; however, they may create a condition that once broken, will send him right back to the world of souls.
Lesson 1: The best way to prove a point is by doing it. The first thing I observed while watching the animation was that Miguel relates to many of today’s youth. His constant struggle to pursue his dreams, the conflict of having a non-supportive family, and endless hope for belonging.
Lesson 2: Never lose your principles while following your dream. Never settle for less than. You can achieve your dreams.
Lesson 3: Destiny will always find a way to make things right. Always have faith that things will be better eventually in one way or another. But it doesn't mean that you just have to sit and wait for things to happen, destiny only sets the course but you still have to find your way through the right one.
Lesson 4: The most wonderful blessings come in the most unexpected forms. Look at things at a different perspective and always see the beauty and goodness in everything. No matter how dark the clouds become, there's always a silver lining and sometimes, it's already right under our noses. We just have to learn to appreciate things more to notice it.
Remember all all dreams are possible. Go watch Coco Now!!! Dreams are just dreams until you decide they are going to be something more. When you add passion to your dreams your life circumstances will not keep you from achieving them. Dream chasing is not something everyone is cut out to do. Dream chasing is for those who dare to take a chance to believe, that their dream is something more, than a thought or possibility. Dream chasers know their dreams are worth chasing. Sometimes people want to go so fast that they sabotage the speed of their dream. The greatest dreams are the ones that are the most challenging; there is no easy button to living them.There is a transition phase that has to take place when you go from chasing to actually living the dream. When you honor your dream and quit moving fast… your mistakes are minimized and the successes are magnified.
In a world full of chaos, is it possible to see the positivity in chaos? How can you maintain some semblance of positivity when every time you turn on the news, it's one gut-wrenching story after another? Life can be crazy at time! I had some recent events happen in my personal life that I had to address. God gives each one us test and trials. As I sit here, I triple count my blessings. I know that God has my back and I look at the positive in the chaos. You can not have a testimony without a test.
How can we transform any chaotic situation into one of inner and outer peace? How do we sit calmly and not get caught up in the hype? How do we not worry? How do we stay centered and grounded? How do we remain connected and rooted?
1. Prayer: is what gets me through every problem. This is the first thing I do. I try to calm my mind down, and I start envisioning the outcome I’d like to see happen. I don’t get attached to these ideas; I simply start imagining myself happy, healthy, safe, and loved, and I begin to visualize a friendlier situation and outcome.
2. Faith: Develop faith that things always turn out okay. In order for us to transcend our situation and create more peace in our lives, we have got to feel it. The best way for us to succeed at levitating above the mosh pit is to have faith. To have faith, we must believe with conviction that everything will be okay, even if we can’t currently see exactly how. When we possess faith, that inner knowing is a feeling that we have. We know. And we cannot evolve fully into the know until we have unrockable faith.
3. Support System: Get you a support system some that you can call and will speak positive over your life. One of the things you can do when attempting to navigate a bumpy crossroads is build an support system.
4. Choose to be positive: Did you know that happiness is a choice? It's not something that someone else can provide you. It's also not something that can be obtained by material things. It's something that you provide to yourself, every day. It's a choice, and it's your choice.
Life is dynamic and ever-changing. Events both good and bad are likely to hurtle toward us without a moment’s notice. We may be sailing smoothly along when suddenly we are thrown into a hurricane of sick loved ones, personal illness, financial troubles, and so on. When we pray, have faith, a strong support system, and choose to be positive. We can see the positive in the chaos. Life is full of stresses and the best way to find your calm is through your breath. It’s mobile, discreet and always available. It’s easy to get into the habit of taking a moment to stop and breathe in and out slowly when stressed and, once it’s a habit, it comes naturally.
To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.” ~Unknown
There are certain events that can rock us to the core: starting a new job, moving across the country, ending a relationship, and starting a new business. Please don't be surprise when, you start a business that people will run to support! But trust me, if you believe in yourself and trust God through the process. You will make it. Get with the right team! Be ready to hear the word NO! Trust God!
Stop listening to people who bring you down. Some people are convinced that everything is impossible, and they are quick to shoot down ideas. They'll poison your mind into a state of hopelessness. Don't let them steal your energy just because they've lost theirs. Instead, surround yourself with supportive and passionate people who can both inspire you and bring out the best in you. They will lift you up when you feel down and help you see the bright side of your darkest fears and doubts.
Believing in yourself means having pride and confidence in yourself. In younger days, I was always doubted myself and said I could never do that or could never do this. When you don’t believe in yourself you start losing self-respect, and basically don’t give any respect to anyone.
1.Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you. It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are. So, when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be. Because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you.
2.Push past your discomfort, growing your discomfort method. Put yourself out there and be OK with not knowing if people will accept you.
3.Stick to a habit, not listening to the negative self-talk that normally holds you back. Stick to it some more and learn to trust yourself.
4.Learn through repeated attempts that it’s OK to fail, that you can be OK in failure.
Give yourself permission to try and try again. Always believe in yourself. Learning how to believe in yourself will open up endless possibilities in your life.
At some point in life, you should be done worrying about what others think about you and focus on the things you deeply care about. You don’t need permission or approval to be yourself. We can not live in fear of what other’s think. Step out of your comfort zone.
The world is constantly telling you that everything you are not is what makes you happy. The other persons “great” job, or a new and bigger house etc. Focus on yourself and your dreams.
Once you step outside, your comfort zone, you’ll start to believe in yourself and what you can offer the world, without letting outside influences stop you or sway your decisions.
The more you desperately want to be like someone else, the more unworthy you feel. The more you desperately want to be happier, the lonelier you become, despite the awesome people surrounding you.
In my personal journey of wanting better, I had to cut off people. Hell, I even changed my number. My story:
My life is a story of faith, hope, perseverance, survival, love, heartbreak, compassion, triumphs, and failures. God didn't promise days without pain, laughter, sorrow, sun or rain, but he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas!! I was raised in a small low income neighborhood near downtown Houston called Fourth Ward. I will never forget where I came from, Fourth Ward, but I just tend to set my mind more on where I’m headed. I have learned that you must think outside of the box to obtain greatness.
As we go through life, it’s easy to get caught up in the status quo. You start to believe that average is acceptable and that since others are settling, then it’s ok to do the same. As soon as you notice this start to happen, something must be done to snap out of it! Because the world needs you to put your gifts to work — we’re in a mess and we need your help. You Can't Please Everyone It's impossible to live up to everyone's expectations.
There will always be people—no matter what we say or how we treat them—that will judge us. Whether you're at the gym, at work, taking the train, or even online playing Call of Duty. Even now it's happening. You will never be able to stop people from judging you, but you can stop it from affecting you. Live Your Best Life!
Step outside of your comfort zone!
Here are 4 keys, to step out of your comfort zone and living your best life.
1.The negative comments someone makes is about them, and not you. ...
2.Be true to yourself. ...
3.This is your one life. ...
4.Remove sources of negativity, immediately. ...
The key to living your best life is facing your fears. Underneath your fears lie great opportunities. Because when you start doing the things that scare you the most, tearing down the invisible barriers that separate you from the good life, you become the person you’ve always dreamed about in your mind: your ideal self. That means finding your courage is a life-changing decision. Fear will always be around to tell you what you can’t do it’s up to you to face your fears and tell yourself that you can.
Too often, we allow fear, worry, and doubt to dominate and define our lives. We allow them to steal our joy, our sleep, and our precious dreams. The 4 keys, to face your fears and live your best life.
You are a winner! Never give up on your Dreams! Face your fears and live your best life!
To live your best life, you must enjoy the little things in life. You enjoy the small victories. Enjoy the little things in life because one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things. Happiness is everywhere you let it be. Small things that happen any given day, or every day. And this is what’s big. To realize it’s there. Mostly up to you. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make me get out of bed every day, make me enjoy life and make me happy that I am alive.
We’re often bombarded with messages that admonish us: “think big,” “go for the gold,” “climb the ladder of success.” And do all this NOW! Yet when we follow this advice, we’re more apt to feel exhausted, inadequate or both.
When I’m stuck in the grasp of negativity. Because usually I’m worrying about something that ultimately doesn’t matter.
Here is Three Things Enjoy the Little Things:
1.Appreciate that life is made up of moments. We tend to think of life as the passage of days, weeks, years and decades. But, in essence, life is made up of moments. As you reflect on your day, what moments stand out for you? Is it the stress of trying to do it all? Is it the stuff that didn’t get done? Is it the disappointment in yourself for what you forgot to do or failed to do, or a gloomy feeling about how far you are from the top?
2. Be grateful for life. Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present.
3. Take time for yourself. Take the trip! What ‘little things’ make you smile? It goes without saying: travel has so many benefits. One of the greatest rewards of travel is taking empowering steps in self-development. Not only are you actively seeing for yourself places and cultures you may only have seen in pictures, but at the same you’re building a myriad of memories that will last a lifetime. The joys of such adventures help you discover things about yourself you may never have realized from the comfort of your home.
If so, it’s time for you to make a shift. Each day, pay attention to at least one or two moments that worked out well for you. Don’t shrug your shoulders and conclude that “it was just a crappy day. Nothing worked out for me.” Even a bad experience has a valuable moment wrapped up inside of it, if only you‘re willing to dig deeper to discover it. Pay attention to what you have done. The constant barrage to “DO more,” “GET more,” and “BE more” negates what you have done, what you have and who you are. It makes you feel deprived. Less than. Not good enough. In this competitive world of ours, we often need to remind ourselves of what we have accomplished. And always, always, we need to remind ourselves to be our best friend.
Live Your Best Life! Its starts with the small things! One day it just clicks! You realize what’s important and what isn’t! Keep living Your Best Life!
Many of us have visions of a better tomorrow, perhaps these visions consist of a future where we will lose weight and get into shape, or quit smoking and drinking, or find a career that we actually love, make more money, read that book, write that book, master that musical instrument, and so forth, all while still finding the time to spend with our families, keep up with friends, and keep our house clean and organized. Whatever your vision may be, ask yourself: What are you waiting for? Make your time here on earth count!
Here are 3 key steps to Live Your Best Life…Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. For the next we will focus on Live Your Best Life!Don’t be trapped by, living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
1.Live every day on a fresh new start. Don’t be held back by what happened yesterday, the day before, the week before, the year before, or even decades ago. Life is short, so live in the present moment. Take the trip! Enjoy life! Take time for yourself.
2.Create your own opportunities. You can wait for opportunities. Or you can go out there and create your own opportunities. The latter is definite and much more empowering.
3.Last but not least: Love life. I find living to be a fascinating experience. How we’re all on earth with millions of species, 30,000 different life forms, and over 7 billion people, and everyone is thriving in their own way, existing, co-existing, and co-creating. There’s so much we don’t know out there and so much to be experienced that it’s just wonderful. As you live on earth, remember to love life. It’s the only way we have to live.
For the month of April we focus on the topic Live Your Best Life, we will focus on living your best life! Why, because your time here on earth is limited! So enjoy life and live to the fullest! Now, go on out there and LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE.
Love you to the moon + back,
Black Panther is still breaking box office records! We all want to fly to Wakanda. But guess what Wakanda, is a fictional African Island. We have Wakanda right here in America its called working together.
For black moviegoers, “Black Panther” offers an imagined reality free of the constraints and horrors of white supremacy. While some may push back on the resurgence of black pride and consciousness as an appropriate response to current circumstances, it is clear that the symbolic representation emerging from the film is helping African Americans reimagine what was historically possible, and what can be realized now to counter the current administration’s racially divisive public policies and rhetoric.
Clearly, this is not your traditional Marvel film. It has demonstrated the strong economic power of diversity and inclusion on screen, and restarted nostalgic conversations on the potential of black power. What Hollywood and African Americans decide to do next is undetermined. But, if the movie winds up as a moment rather than a movement, it will still be recognized as one of “the firsts” that deserves a place on the mantle of achievements recognized during Black History.
We must work together! As we work to push our community forward. We must be the voice of the community. Everything we need is right at our finger tips. I challenge you this week to try something new!Trying new things can be undoubtedly daunting. The unfamiliar makes us nervous in a way that’s hard to describe. The act of leaving our comfort zone puts us in a vulnerable position, and leaves us with an onslaught of questions running through our heads.
Thank you to everyone that attend the Empowerment Master class on yesterday! It was awesome! Thank you to everyone! It was a sold out event. I remember hosting my first class, I had one in attendance! We had over 16 in attendance on yesterday!
Always believe in your dreams! Getting outside your comfort zone is not a means to an end, but rather a goal in itself. As soon as you choose to leave your comfort zone, you form a direct friction with life, go towards the pursuit of your dreams, and in short, really start living.
What, I learned from the event, we need more positive events in our community. We need to start building our own Wakanda. The topic of the Master class was Passion into Profit
What is a “comfort zone” and why should you challenge it?
Your comfort zone is the space you inhabit where behaviors, activities, and settings are all familiar and routine. That familiarity becomes a buffer to reduce anxiety and stress. You embrace the status quo because you feel secure there.
So, what’s the secret to leaving your comfort zone? Here are three tips to help move you into a world of adventure and opportunity:
1. Believe in yourself
Don’t be afraid: What do you have to lose? It takes courage to try something new. You aren’t going to be an expert at something right off the bat, so learn to check your ego at the door and just have fun
Do you know why most people don’t succeed?
They give up. Rome was not built in a day — and your Dream won’t be either. You must work at it, put in time and resources, and build a strong foundation.If you stick with it, follow the suggestions we have in our course, and focus, you’ll be successful (in part) because you’ll be among the few that are left.
Keep going no matter what happens. Don’t give up. It’s natural that you will be tired and be exhausted. But don’t give up. There are a lot of things that you want to achieve in the future. Your passion, the dream that you have been working so hard for. You want to realize it and make it real. Then why are you thinking of giving up ?
No, don’t give up because on the other side of reality, greatness is waiting for you. It is going to change your life forever. This struggle that you are now facing is just temporary, believe me. So don’t ever think of giving up now.
You came this far to succeed and revolution for what you believe in. So don’t ever think of losing hope and settling down. It’s not you. It’s not what made you come this far.
Just get up from your struggle and train your mind to be ready and be prepared. Because finally, on one fine day all these efforts that you put is going to be a reality. And when you achieve it, nothing is going to stop you from becoming ‘THE GREATEST’.
"When nothing is sure, everything is possible."
If you ask most people, they usually admit to having a ‘gut feeling’ about something. Especially when it comes to something that really matters. Whether they trust that gut feeling or not all comes back to fear. Fear of failing. Fear of disappointing someone else. Fear of judgement.
Take the Leap of Faith. God has been sending me signs for weeks. Trust God! At the end of the day, life is a journey. It’s a journey that delivers incredible highs and amazing lows but if you remain true to yourself, you can’t really go wrong. The next time you find yourself questioning if you should take your leap of faith, shuffle aside the fear, be brave, be bold and do these 3 things:
#1: Listen to the voice of God!
Sometimes, you need to get away from everyone else’s advice and opinions and just be alone! Get a journal! Listen to the voice of God! Removing yourself for a couple of hours by going for a simple walk will help you to figure out what that little voice in your head is saying. What is your gut trying to tell you? Have faith and trust in what your gut is trying to tell you..
#2: Be true to yourself
“You can’t be good at what you’re not passionate about” – Alisa Camplin. I couldn’t shake that line. It’s simple but it’s the best piece of advice anyone could give you. Accept your true path in life is often half the battle. Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
#3: Take the Leap of Faith
‘For he who loves God without faith reflects on himself, while the person who loves God reflects on God.’ (p. 40) So, yes, the leap of faith is terrifying. It wouldn’t be much of a leap is it wasn’t. It would be more of a hop of faith. Rather, it is a complete sacrificing of the personal to the universal. It is a leap that ‘must be made continually on the strength of the absurd, though in such a way, be it noted that one does not lose finitude but gains it all of a piece.
Take the leap of Faith! Listen to the voice of God! Be True to yourself.
What number of us need to hold up until simply the “right” time before we do something that we need to do? “Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually’, just do it and correct the course along the way.” Everyone has dreams for their future the wishes they want to make come true. Yet very few people actually stop talking about it, stop planning it, stop analyzing everything around it, and JUST DO IT! Perhaps very few people do it because in their mind you haven’t really put yourself on the line for it if you haven’t started doing it yet so there is less risk of being seen as a failure. Or perhaps it’s because it is easier to just talk about it and to just sit and imagine it than it is to actually go out and DO IT.
The “just do it” mentality, when it comes to facing our fears and changing our behavior can be powerful and effective. I think we need to break through the idea that the only path to action is motivation. Action often precedes motivation. If many of us waited to feel inspired to exercise, we might wait a lifetime.
If you want to accomplish your dreams then get started on it. Don’t wait to figure every little detail out before you begin. Have a vision of the end game you hope to ultimately accomplish and start moving toward it right this second…don’t wait…JUST DO IT!
If you keep procrastinating, you keep holding off until the next day. It becomes a cycle and eventually, you forget that you wanted to do something – that you have a goal. If circumstances don’t stop you from living your life and fulfilling your dreams, you’ll probably just forget them.Thing is, if you want to do something, quit your procrastinating and Make It Happen now!
Never Give Up! The perfect time is now to get your Dream rolling! Just Do It Now!
Can achievement be broken down into steps? It isn’t always that clean and easy, but those who achieve great things usually go through much of the same process, with many of the items listed below as part of that process. So if you have been struggling with achievement, look through the following. Begin to apply them and you will be on the road to achieving your dream. Stay loyal to your Dreams! Believe in your Dreams!
Step 1: Dream it.
Everything begins in the heart and mind. Every great achievement began in the mind of one person. They dared to dream, to believe that it was possible. Take some time to allow yourself to ask “What if?” Think big. Don’t let negative thinking discourage you. You want to be a “dreamer.” Dream of the possibilities for yourself, your family and for others. If you had a dream that you let grow cold, re-ignite the dream! Fan the flames. Life is too short to let it go.
Step 2: Believe it.
Yes, your dream needs to be big. It needs to be something that is seemingly beyond your capabilities. But it also must be believable. You must be able to say that if certain things take place, if others help, if you work hard enough, though it is a big dream, it can still be done. Good example: A person with no college education can dream that he will build a $50 million-a-year company. That is big, but believable. Bad example: That a 90-year-old woman with arthritis will someday run a marathon in under three hours. It is big all right, but also impossible. She should instead focus on building a $50 million-a-year business! And she better get a move on!
Stare Fear in The Face……… Day 2-Make Your Dreams Pop………..
Whenever you decide to go after something you want, fear often shows up.
It’s easy to understand why. You’re moving beyond what’s familiar. You’re moving beyond your comfort zone. As such, it is normal to experience some resistance, and resistance often shows its ugly head in the form of fear. But don’t let fear get the best of you. Don’t let it paralyze you. Don’t let it keep you in a state of dreaming about your dreams instead of living your dreams.
Here’s what you do: whenever you feel the fear, acknowledge it. And then ask yourself this: What’s worse, the fear of moving beyond your comfort zone into the unknown journey of relentlessly pursuing your dream, or deferring your dream to get rid of the fear (which also means staying in your current position)?
Step out of your comfort zone! Make your Dreams Pop In 2018! When you’re sure you’re ready to blossom, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
What’s your dream?
This is honestly the trickiest step. We complicate the heck out of it. We think, “What’s my life’s purpose?” and then we break out into a cold sweat.
Start with the easy stuff. What feels good to you? You don’t need to decide everything right this instant, but just start collecting ideas for your life that make you feel excited and enthusiastic about the possibilities. Write some things down. Just keep some kind of simple record of what your dream for your life is.
Stripping down your goals, that is! Strip down all the fluff that covers up the true goal you are after. By peeling back all the layers surrounding your objective, you can clearly evaluate what it is you really want.
Have you been dreaming about quitting your job? If so, is your ultimate goal to find a better position, start your own business, or to obtain more flexibility in your work? Depending on what your answer is, how you go about getting prepared so you can quit your job will be very different.
The more specific you can be about what your dream really is, the easier it will be to chart the path to getting there. Clarity, commitment, inspiration, and know how will serve you well in reaching your dreams. But they have to be combined with a real plan to actually move you along the path to making your dream come true
Excited for Day 2…………………..
See you at the Lunch and Learn 1-13-2018
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