Dig Your Heels In Deeper!

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Challenges

It has been said that the things that are the hardest are the things that are worth doing because nothing ever worth doing is going to be easy.

Speaking from personal experience, I know the above statement to be true! It’s all in how you look at things. I have always been drawn to engage in things that require lots of hard work. I don’t choose them, they choose me. My loves and interests tend to be things that require lots of reading, lots of practice and lots of mental focus. Those three things can discourage a person from even getting involved.

You have to always start with what you love to do, not what you ‘Think’ you should do! You will be most successful at what you are passionate about. Don’t allow yourself to engage in too much thinking about making money from it. Things happen all within the right time. Your focus should be on developing to your fullest potential.

If you don’t have a healthy dose of confidence in yourself, no one else will. It’s starts with you, after all, it will affect how you present what you do. People can smell insecurity and a lack of confidence from a mile away.

Discipline is essential to perfecting any skill. That’s one of the tough ones. I am faced with the decision to put aside everything else to make time for what I love to do the most. There are the important things that we must do daily, but then there are the other ‘Optional’ things that aren’t going to bring us any real value. Those are the things that we need to push aside and get to doing what it is we need to do in order to achieve what we say we want to achieve.

Learn as much as you can about what you’re passionate about. That should involve reading, taking necessary workshops, net working with like minds, and placing yourself in the environment that will be conducive for your growth.

Don’t be afraid of set backs, disappointments or negative feedback. It’s all a part of the process. I worked on a project for four months and submitted it for evaluation only to be told to change my approach and follow the suggestions given. I could have walked away discouraged with the desire to give up, but instead, I decided to take a few months to work on the weak areas and start the process again to resubmit my work. Did I want to do it? No! Did I have to do it? No! So why bother? I did what was suggested because the persons who were evaluating me were some of the best in the field. I knew that they knew their stuff and wanted me to work a little harder because they saw the passion I had for it. As a result, I became better. I learned a lot and am benefitting from the hard work that I put in.

Always remember, nothing that is ever worth it will come easy! You don’t want it to be easy! You now have the opportunity to learn, to grow, and to develop to your full potential. It is healthy to grow, and it’s healthy to be challenged! Without challenges,  there’s very little left to motivate you; and you definitely need all the motivation you can get. There will be days when you want to hang it up, and days when you’ll ask yourself, “What was I thinking when I took this on?” That’s all par for the course, so hang in there!

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Change Is Sometimes Necessary!

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Growth brings about change! Each one of us has something in our lives that’s screaming for change! Sometimes it’s a new job, a new home, a new car, a new school, new friends or simply a new attitude. Whatever it is, it’s a sign that we’re growing!

Change usually results in something better. Evaluating present circumstances, and weighing the pros and the cons, along with wisdom and discernment from God; can lead to positive and rewarding change.

Change often does not occur without growth! In order to change your circumstances, there should be a process of growing that has been occurring over a period of time. For example, if you desire a job change, there should be a valid and legitimate reason for that change. Perhaps you have outgrown your present position and are looking for something more challenging or the stress level you are experiencing is jeopardizing your health. Perhaps at one time you were handling the stress and it was tolerable but now it’s not. Certainly you’ve come to realize that your health is more important, but some form of growth had to  of happened in order for you to come to terms with that.

Change without growth is not helpful because the changes you’ll make won’t necessarily be for the good. You might find yourself in the same rut, ending up in the same place all over again because you didn’t have a valid or legitimate reason that supported the change you made.

Recently, I’ve had to make some very important decisions that led to a few changes that would be for the greater good! For me, there will be no looking back because I’ve learned some valuable things over the past five years that has led to a lot of growth! In some instances, God, Himself, forced some things upon me, but He helped me to make some tough and hard decisions.  As a result, I was able to see what stuff I was made of. Looking back, I am amazed at what I was able to accomplish and what I have learned about God and myself!

Change is sometimes necessary! Change can be the best thing that needs to happen! Beautiful things can happen when we are willing to make that change! The caterpillar must go through a change in order to become the beautiful butterfly that we see. It is a process! Growth is a process that almost always leads to change.

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That Time of Year

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Fall Season2015 is quickly coming to an end and I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is 5 weeks away! At the end of each year, I try to reflect over the past months and take inventory.

It’s important to take inventory of our lives. We should also set realistic goals that will enable us to achieve what is necessary and vital for happiness and productivity.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand still for too long. I have to be moving and growing and trying new things. That’s how I spell ‘Growth’.

I am in the process of finishing my fourth book as well as creating works of art that will hit the market place.

2015 has been a year wrought with challenges of all kinds. Life wouldn’t be ‘Life’ without these divine interruptions. By the time Thanksgiving comes around, I will have a host of things that I am grateful and thankful for!

Overall, its been a good year so far, at least for me. I’ve seen a lot and I’ve learned a lot. That is something no one can take away from me! I took creativity to a completely different level, while challenging myself at the same time.

I took the ‘Hard Things’ that life and God handed me and rolled with it, knowing that it was all going to work for my good!

It feels good to grow and to expand in areas of the heart and mind.

That’s what makes life worth living!

Stay Tune…..

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