The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr
Today we will roll out a special edition of Friday Spotlight and focus on a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
This may be my favorite quote from Mr. King because of what it means to the world. It’s true, we are measured in moments when things aren’t going our way more so than when things are great because there is a certain expectation that comes with dealing with adversity.
Who are you in these moments? When shit hits the fan do you crumble? Do you freeze up and hope that things just pass you by? Hopefully, you are the type of person that learns to embrace the bad just as much if not more than the good. Getting through the tough times is all about the attitude you have towards the inconvenience in front of you. Your mindset needs to be in a positive space in order to push through, positive attitudes equal positive results. You will always feel stuck in place if you think that going at it alone is the best path, the truth is you need to ask for help. Have the guts to ask for help and be ready for that help once it is in front of you. Nobody gets to the top alone. Remember this the next time you feel the need to go at it by yourself. Being great requires a little push. Be Blessed! Be Inspired!
This weekend say fuck it. Go for it! Whatever it is that you have been wanting to do or say, GO FOR IT! We are just about halfway through the first month of the year and the time is now. No more looking up and realizing it’s May and you haven’t been able to accomplish what you wanted, no more quitting that diet, no more not enrolling in those classes. Start your new life today. Do not feel bad if you have made mistakes, hell, don’t be afraid to make the mistakes. No more talking about doing it, make it happen. NOW! Be blessed! Be Inspired!
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
Truth is everyone’s weakness is giving up. It’s easy. In fact, I believe it is the easiest thing to do in the world. Giving up allows you to run away from your problems and hide. The insane thing is we can never ever pick a good hiding spot. We may think we have found a good hiding spot from our problems but nope. At the end of it all, that very thing is what will hold you back from being great. Do not run from what made you give up, embrace what the obstacle is and give it one more damn try. Not for the glory, not for the money but for yourself. The best you is a free you and you will never be free holding on to regret. Thomas Edison hit it on the head with this one. The secret to life isn’t a secret at all, never ever give up and you will never fail. Success lies in how bad you want it. Be blessed! Be Inspired!
Have you ever felt like you were so busy but didn’t get hardly anything done? That’s a lot of activity. Most people confuse activity with being busy. Let’s keep it 100, the goal is to be productive. The most important thing to remember when trying to be productive is to have the right action so that your busy can produce production. Put your focus on what needs to be done instead of what you want to get done. Prioritize your day so that you won’t get distracted by things that you don’t necessarily need to do at that moment.
On a personal note, my biggest obstacle to being an entrepreneur is the constant pull in several different directions. Even if you are not an entrepreneur it can be very difficult to get things done if you cannot learn to say no. My girlfriend Fhontaniec Johnson writes a blog called Real Life Reloaded and she is literally the most efficient person I know. Nothing this woman does is without a purpose. She is great at putting distractions to the side in order to get things done in the most efficient way. It’s inspiring to someone like me who struggles with saying no to people when they ask for a favor, especially when I know I don’t have time.
In short, get focused on YOUR tasks. You cannot give someone the best version of you if you aren’t even living the best version of your life and frankly, your life and your priorities take precedent.
Above is a link provided to Real Life Reloaded. Check it out, trust me you will not be disappointed. You got this. Be Blessed! Be Inspired!
Do you believe in Luck? Do you believe that we create our own luck? Speak it into existence!
“Just my luck”
“With my luck”
These sound familiar? Unfortunately, we sike ourselves out into thinking that luck is all we have to depend on. We confuse luck with energy. In short, luck does exist but it depends on the level of energy you put into a situation. If you are always screaming “just my luck” then you will get the negativity that comes with it. The positive aspects of luck come from the work you put in.
“The harder I work the luckier I get.” -Samuel Goldwyn
Simply put, work your ass off and you will see an abundance of luck to come your way. Good things tend to happen to people who do good. Lucky things happen to people who believe they can get through whatever situation they put their minds to. This is all easier said than done, of course, but it can be done. In fact, it’s being done every single day by someone you are competing with for that job, that position on the team, that contract, that woman/man. You will lose every time with the mindset that your “luck” is always running out. It’s not your luck, it’s your life. Your life is slipping away from you every day you use luck as a foundation. Break the chains off of yourself and start to live life with definitiveness. Be blessed! Be Inspired!
Say it with me TWO TIMES. All you need to make shit happen in this life is HOPE! It seems crazy to think about but in my humble opinion hope is the spark to all great things. Nobody ever accomplished anything without first believing that it could happen. From that belief stems something great inside all of us. There is nothing in this life that you have to fear if you build your foundation on hope. Don’t get me wrong, you need WAY more than just hope to make it happen but you will not get up to start without it. The best question in the world to me is “Why?” A very close second is “Why not?” Why not take that job? Why not go back to school? Why not make the rest of your life the best of your life? Don’t be afraid to be great! Be blessed! Be Inspired!
Everything happens for a reason, I truly believe this and sometimes it will kick your ass. These past few weeks have been mentally rough for me and it all fell down. Being vulnerable is one hell of a humbling experience that we should all go through. Life comes at you really fast and if you aren’t ready you will get swallowed up and spit out. How do we get through this? We just do! When you realize that all you have left is action towards being a better person and being extremely mentally strong so that when this feeling comes again you can push through and thrive.
Are you committed?
Are you committed to yourself? Before you can commit to anything or anyone you have to be committed to yourself. I have learned the importance of self-care. My girlfriend always preaches to me about taking care of myself and I am forever grateful to her for that kind of love and support. You have to be committed to yourself. This is the first step in changing your mindset to have the best life you can possibly have. There are no limits when it comes to how happy one should be, how great your life can be, how fulfilling your success can be. Do not shortchange yourself. Be committed to being the best version of you.
You really find out about yourself after you have gone through a transition. It’s just another mental obstacle that you need to get through. Do not take this lightly, do not blow yourself off and try to be strong for some imaginary reason. LIVE YOUR LIFE! Cheers to a prosperous 2018. Be Blessed! Be Inspired!