Morning Cup of Joe – Man In The Mirror

Some may find this hard to believe but I do not own an alarm clock. In fact, my internal alarm clock is set to wake me up at or before 6:30AM every morning, weekends included, and it never fails. It is a very calm way to arise from a deep slumber and certainly beats the alternative of the blaring and annoying sound of a traditional alarm clock that is meant to startle you out of your sleep. Well, this morning was no different except for the fact that I stared in the mirror for about a minute or so as I thought to myself; “Am I where I want to be at this stage in life?”, “Am I as successful as I thought I would be by this point in my life?” and “What am I willing to do to get what I think I deserve from this life?”.

We all have moments where we contemplate where we are, how we got there and can we go a little further. These thoughts are not unusual and provide for deep introspection and self-examination. It is better to have these types of thoughts than to go about your day in a robotic sheep-like fashion. Unfortunately, contemplating alone never created anything. You can’t think your way to a better physique or health. You can’t think your way to a better job. You can’t think your way into a better relationship. Do thoughts have the capability and capacity to become things? They certainly do. However, you must be willing to do your fair share to make those thoughts become things. Imagine a life where all you had to do was think of something and it suddenly appears. I don’t know about you but to me that is a scary thought based on some of the malevolent minds in the world.

As I stared in the mirror and contemplated about my life and accomplishing goals, I had a moment of clarity. The only person keeping you from accomplishing your goals is the person you see in the mirror. No one else is responsible for your outcomes, successes and failures except for you. If you want to lose weight, stop eating unhealthily and start exercising. If you want a better job, stop complaining about your current one and start looking for a better more fulfilling one. If you want a better relationship, stop complaining about how terrible your significant other is and start finding someone who appreciates you for who you are. Stop thinking and start doing.

It’s really simple, start taking full responsibility for your actions and your inactions. You cannot blame the world for your personal problems. Only you can fix what you know is broken simply because you are equipped with the tools necessary to fix your own problems. You can’t count on anyone else to do it. If you want the best that life has to offer, ask the person in the mirror what they are willing to do about it.

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Joe Paul

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