Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Every Hurdle Is An Opportunity

It seems that every time you try to do something right, here comes another hurdle. This seems so true when you have decided to put your life on the right track and do something great. It makes you wonder, "what am I doing this for?" or "why me?"  Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Hurdles are simply obstacles. They are stumbling blocks that randomly show up just around the time that you are going to succeed. Most often, I have experienced hurdles that are related the goal that I was trying to reach. For example, if I was trying to save money, then an unexpected bill would show up. This bill symbolized discouragement, but after years of experiencing victories in my life, I try to redirect my focus on my original goal. It's harder said than done. However, if you let every obstacle get you down, then it may take longer to reach your goal. 

Whenever something would show up, I would say to myself, "I MUST be in the right track and something great must be coming my way." If it wasn't, why would adversity show up?  I don't expect it, however, I prepare myself and heart to overcome hurdles and to overcome challenges.

In Isaiah 54 v. 11 of the Holy Bible reads, "so is my word that comes out of my mouth: it will not return to me empty or void, but will accomplish the purpose for which I sent it (NIV)." In other words, the words that come out of your mouth can either make or break your success. When hurdles and obstacles show up in your life, take it as an opportunity to turn it around with your words. Words are quite powerful. They can make someone feel strong and enthusiastic or they can break someone down and belittle them. 

If you practice every day by redirecting your words to reflect success, then your belief, strength and faith will increase. If you know that even though hurdles may come, your mindset will be focused on success and you would be able to overcome anything that you put your mind to.

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*The views and opinion in this post are 100% my own. The information is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace professional and medical services.*

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Making Decisions

Where you presently are today is the result of a decision that you have made either a day, week, month, or year ago.  Whether this seems true or not, you have decided to be exactly where you are. Your actions have been following your decisions all along. No one else has decided or acted for you. You are 100% responsible for the decisions that you make in your life. This is the hardest thing to accept for many people who are out there. 

Like many individuals, when I was younger , I thought that I was invincible.  I didn't have a care in the world until I graduated college and began looking for a career. Throughout my tenure I was given uplifting and informative advice. Some advise I took, and others I took with a  grain of salt. I knew that the years ahead heavily depended on the decisions that I made before graduating. So, I carefully examined my options, consulted with fellow colleagues and made my plans to start job hunting. Within a few short weeks I obtained a position that would launch my career within the health care industry and provided me with a plethora of skills that I utilize today.

Who knows what would have happened if I decided to lounge around and wait for an opportunity to come to me. In Proverbs 21v.5 of the Holy Bible reads, "the plans of the diligent lead to profit , as surely as haste leads to poverty" (NIV).

It is important to remember that when you have a decision to make, take the time to exam your options, but do not let too much time pass before making a decision. Opportunities come, but some do not come more often than others.  Also, do your research before making a move. A well thought out plan and decision, is a successful one.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Significance of Being Organized

What is the significance of being organized?

There is a light and airy feeling when things are put away in its rightful space.  The emotional distress of a disorganized and cluttered area can interrupt those positive vibes that are present when a room is tidy and in order. For instance, envision yourself walking into your bedroom.  What is the first thing that you see?

I know that the first thing that I see is my bed. If my bed is made and looks neat and clean it makes me feel a sense of accomplishment. If my bed is unmade and has unfolded laundry on it, it makes me feel as if the room has a heaviness.  It also feels as if there is another task for me to accomplish.

The picture shown above is a shelf in my laundry room. Before this shelf was mounted to the wall, I had boxes and bottles of detergent all over the  washer and dryer. Now, I have the labeled glass canisters within reach so that I can visibly see the detergent and not the mess.

Having an organized laundry room, bedroom, closet, or small area has decreased stress and has enable me to think clearer. Instead of wondering where everything is, or wondering if I have enough of anything, I can visible see and then plan my next steps accordingly.

In addition, according to research, a clean environment uplifts instead of depresses. The air feels crisper and cleaner and flows better.  A disastrous and cluttered area seems stagnant as if the air isn't moving anywhere. It usually feels heavy and overwhelming or, somewhat depressing. So what is the significance of being organized?

Before I started organizing, I didn't understand the true significance. I conducted research and found many answers to my own questions. I look back at the times when I had disorganization  in my life. It felt depressing, overwhelming, and somewhat saddening when I looked at my environment.

When enough was enough I began to organize my entire life.  I first began in my bedroom.  The first place I started with was the bed. It was the first thing that I saw when I walked in the room and the last thing when I shut the door to leave for work. I grabbed a pen and paper and wrote three items on my list each day that I felt needed my immediate attention. As the days passed, I began to see my progress. I noticed that I started to feel excited about tackling additional items on my list. Soon I began watching decorating shows and reading magazines to obtain ideas on how to decorate the room. I also noticed that I enjoyed organizing and wanted to perfect my skill. After I felt that the room had all the specifications that I desired, I moved onto the next room. 

After months of working on my home, I realized that organization required planning, immediate action, and consistency.  As each room began to transform before my eyes, I felt happier and relaxed. It was a pleasure to walk into a room without having to feel burdened down by a million mile list of to do's. When unexpected guests would stop by, I didn't feel embarrassed, closed off or,  apologetic about my surroundings.  I was comfortable and laid back. 

So,  the significance of being organized was the serenity and peace of mind that came with having a cleaner and more orderly space.  I was able to think clearly, relax more,  spend additional time with my family and certain ideas for decluttering other areas of my life came frequently.

In 1 Corinthians 14:40 of the NIV Bible it reads, ... But everything must be done decently and in order." The same applies to whatever you decide to tackle throughout life.  By starting with a well thought out plan, and diligence to complete each task, there is no limit to what any individual could accomplish.  

Remember, organization is ignited by a thought, a plan and then proceeding action. Organization begins and ends with you. Once you start and never stop, then a system or an ongoing routine will help with staying on task.  

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Your best hour

There is great power in every hour of the day. Every unused hour that passes, is an opportunity that has been missed.  So which hour will be your best hour?

Growing up I have been fortunate to watch the "Hour of Power" with Robert Schuller. When I was younger, my mother watched his ministry and because we only had one television at the time, I did  too.  I repeatedly heard the messages, but had no clue what it meant until now.

For so long I was disorganized and had no idea on how to get myself together. I was lost spiritually, mentally and emotionally. In the NIV it reads in 1 Corinthians 14:33 ..."and God is not a god of disorder but of peace - as in all the congregation of the Lord's people." I took this to heart because my home, job and life was in total disarray.

Some time ago, I had a conversation with my mother about past times. She read that Robert Schuller had passed away and  instantly, I remembered the "hour of power".  I took time to research the sermons  and came to the realization that every hour can be your best hour, depending on how you utilize the time.

I began mapping out my day and choosing the most pressing issues that needed to be handled first. In my home I started working on my bedroom. This was the place that I spent the most time reading, sleeping, and dressing. Next I worked on the bathroom, kitchen, and so in.  All had become organized, but there were other areas that needed attending to. Something was missing. The most important component above all that I had not worked on was myself. The journey from that time forth  has not been easy, but it has been well worth it.

Today, I take time to work on myself, home, work and family. It has been amazing to see how much I can accomplish in a hour's time. In the morning I listen to a spiritual uplifting message, straighten up the bathroom after my shower, make up the bed, wash a load of laundry, feed the dog, grab a cup of tea, and head to work - all before 8am.

At work, I do the same as home. I carve out a time to work on and complete all pressing items to increase productivity. In the afternoon when I return, I spend quality time with my family, and take at least 30 minutes to straighten up after dinner. When you build a regular routine, you'll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in just one hour. All you need to do is choose the hour.

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