Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cleaning and Purging

Today is a good day to clean and purge. Cleaning and purging can mean so many things. It can represent you cleaning out your closet. It can also represent you cleaning and purging your life your finances, the contents in your kitchen, your drawers, emails, car or household. When I think of cleaning and purging I tend to look at many of the items that I have too much of.
 I recently posted a video on Instagram indicating how many shoes I had.

My collection consisted of many years of accumulated pieces. Some were tight, and others worn as well as outdated.   Also, there was a lack of space in my closet to put clothes in.

When your things become more than what you need or have room for, then it's time to look at cleaning and purging. In addition, things are in your life for a season and/or a reason. So, when that reason or the season has passed then it's time to move on.  In Ecclesiastes 3:6, in the NIV, it reads, "... there is a time to keep and a time to throw away."

When I looked at the closet, it was surely a time to throw away everything that I hadn't worn in a year. Importantly, fear of losing memories that were associated with those shoes, prevented me from letting go. However, after realizing that I wouldn't lose those precious memories, I came to the conclusion that I had the opportunity to make new ones.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What Are You Asking For?

What are you asking for?

I have listened to multiple conversations of individuals who ask for more money, a better job, a spouse, more clothes, or simply great health. What are you asking for on a daily basis? My other question is, what are you not asking for?

I recently had a conversation with my husband and he conveyed something very interesting to me. He indicated that,  "true failure is when you don't ask for what you want or you give up before you decide to ask." This interesting statement lead me down a path to further explore the concept of "asking". 

Years ago, I was afraid to ask for anything. My fear was simply being rejected or hearing the words - no! As young children, the word "no" is said quite often.  No! - don't touch that, or no, you can't have this! No, became one of my first words until it became a part of my regular vocabulary. 

I remember listening to my Sunday School teacher in the early summer of 19.... She read from the King James Version of the Holy Bible, Matthew 7:7 which reads "ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you will find".  Since the Bible reads, "ask and it shall be given to you," then why not ask for what you want?

It is crucial to know that your words, or lack of words is helping to shape your life. When someone says I don't have, and refrain from asking for abundance, it's like asking for lack or mediocrity. Your 
mouth is one of the most powerful tools that you have.  What comes out of your mouth, comes to fruition in your life. If you need proof, monitor what you say, and then examine your life. 

It is very important to know how to ask. I was taught to say the Lords Prayer (Matthew 6: 5-13) first. If you are harboring any anger or ill will toward anyone, ask for forgiveness and move on. Furthermore, ask God to show you the path that He has set out for your life and then take action. Note that in the text it does not say, ask and you might receive or ask and someday you'll receive. It reads, "ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find". How much more confidence can you get when it is written, "you will receive,"  That looks definite to me. 

The question now is, what will you ask for going forward?  If what you are asking for positively benefits you, write down the desires of your heart and ask for it. Along with it, it is always a good idea to ask for understanding, wisdom and guidance as well. Sometimes we ask for things that may not benefit us, and if you ask for understanding as to "why" then God will help guide you on a more beneficial path to attain a victorious outcome. 

Remember, fear in itself can only cripple you if you let it. If you ask, and you get a yes or a no, then you have received your answer. If you don't ask, then, you will never know what greatness could have come out from you boldly asking for what you desire.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What Motivates You?

What motivates you?

According to Alfred Adler's (a well known psychotherapist) theory on personality, there is an underlying force that motivates us all. Whether it is food, money, love, sex, family, or for many - success, something motivates us all to take action. However, what truly motivates you?

Motivation comes in many forms and is inspired by your mindset. It is either intrinsic (internal) or extrinsic (external). This is an interesting question to ask yourself, your significant other, friends, co-workers, and relatives. If you are unsure of what motivates you, ask yourself, "what am I good at, or what could I improve upon?" These questions can jump start your motivation process.

There is one important component to getting motivated. That component is, making a decision.  If you want to be in a relationship and become motivated to start working out, then you have made a decision to be in a relationship. If you hate the job that you are in, and start looking for new work, then you have made the decision to change your circumstances by seeking new employment.

Years ago, I had a job that I began to despise. On Friday's I was full of energy, and was motivated by go back home as soon as I left the house for work. Getting up in the morning was rough, especially Monday's through Thursday's. I did not enjoy life and had no motivation to be in that environment. It was a vicious cycle to get up and go to work. This simple task of getting up, getting dressed, and driving to work became challenging day by day.

On Sunday evenings I couldn't sleep. I would stay up until 2am dreading the next morning. I would also spend wasteful time thinking of many reasons why I should call in sick. I literally became ill at the thought of going to work until it hit me one day. I needed to find what motivated me, and more importantly, I needed to make a decision. If something in life is making you completely miserable, then it may be time to do some soul searching to find out where it is that you need to be. 

I made a decision to leave and seek another venture.  I decided to live life, open a new business, and work on mastering my talent.    The moment I made a decision, I felt relieved and became excited. As I began working on my new business, I started enjoying life again. Life seemed to change almost instantaneously. I wasn't bogged down with negative thoughts. I was uplifted and felt victorious. I finally changed my mindset and it changed my whole perspective on life. I no longer felt trapped and inundated. I had unlocked to key to what motivated me to succeed and work toward a more fulfilling life. 

Motivation is different for everyone. Whether it is to loose weight, by a home, or become financially successful, it all starts with a decision. If you are unsure of where to start, ask the Lord to guide you first. In Proverbs 2:6 reads, the Lord gives wisdom. So, why not seek advice from HIM and not the average acquaintance who may not have your best interest at heart. It also reads, from HIS mouth comes knowledge and understanding. There is no doubt that when you seek this route, an answer will come. Once you have received your answer, it your decision whether to act or lay back and wait for something to happen.

*Remember, motivation is something that should positively benefit you and thus positively benefit those around you as well. 

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* The scripture Proverbs 2 verse 6 comes the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

What do you want?

What do you want? This is question that a large percentage of individuals are not able to answer.  However, if you have ever felt stumped about identifying what you truly want, then you are not alone.

Finding out what you want (in general) may be a basic question with complex components. Searching for answers could trigger memories, emotions and even pleasant or stressful feelings.  However, there are five simple items that you can do to identify what it is that you truly want. Remember, this could be anything, organization, declutter a room, a car, a home, a relationship, a job or even better finances.  So ask yourself, "what do I truly want?" If it is counterproductive to achieving your success, then it may not be in your best interest to pursue it. However, if you are willing to put in the work and effort to achieve it, then you will find what it is that you want.

1. The first step is to -  find a quiet place to think.  This may not always be possible, but it is certainly attainable. If almost every room in your house is occupied, think about the bathroom, closet or even your parked car can be a great place to take time to get your thoughts flowing.

2. Grab a piece of paper and start writing. Something occurs when you put thoughts to paper. The words become real and no longer seem trial or imaginary. Brainstorm for a few minutes. If you have to take time for several days or weeks, then do so. Once you have read, and reread what you have written, its time for you to take the next steps.

3. Choose 3 - 5 things on the list that stand out as either urgent or a must do. Next, fully describe each item. Put enough details that if you were to convey your thoughts to another person, they too can visualize what you want as well.

4. Choose your top desire/ want and read over what you have written. If deep down you feel the excitement of working toward what you have expressed in wiriting, then this is more than likely something that you will happily pursue.

5. This is the most important and crucial step.   Ask yourself, "why do I want this?" If you can truly answer this question "why" - without hesitation, then you are on the right path to attaining what you want.  

To attain any goal in life requires belief, will power, great faith and more importantly, God's help. I was reading today's word which came from Hebrews 11:16 which indicates that FAITH is required to please GOD. If you have FAITH, then you have the mindset that matters and what you want will quickly come to you.

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