Morning Cup of Joe – Endurance

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Everything happens as it is designed to happen. I believe that our paths are predestined yet the journey is ours to determine. Simply, the route we take to get to the end result may vary based on the obstacles we have to overcome along the way. During our journey, we will be faced will countless “forks in the road”; turning left will yield a particular set of results which would differ if you made a right turn. The goal is to keep driving no matter which side you choose.

Learn to recognize challenges ahead of time so that you can develop a solid plan of attack. Your challenges will look the same, especially if you haven’t learned from them. In some cases, it is a test of endurance. The Endurance Test simply tests your ability to outlast your opponent; in this case, your opponent is your problems. Endurance is the key that will unlock the door to your potential. Understand that God doesn’t make mistakes. And since He doesn’t make mistakes, it is imperative that you learn how to outlast your problems. He will never give you more than you can bear.

Our lives are not as puzzling as some may think. I believe that we assist in the creation of a majority of our own problems; sort of like a self-inflicted wound. We know what pains and troubles us yet many of us prefer to stew in our problems until it boils over instead of doing something about it. Many folks know “how” to overcome an obstacle yet they refuse to take action; an unexplainable phenomenon. We must not wait until it is too late, we must put forth maximum effort in order to produce outstanding results and we must act now.

Quitting is not an option. When you feel like giving up, think about the reason you got in the fight in the first place.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Speak Your Mind

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Dont ever bite your tongue. Do not be misled; I certainly think there are certain circumstances where discretion of speech should be exercised. However, for the most part, what you have to say is just as important as what others have to say. Some people keep quiet for various reasons; to avoid conflict is perhaps the principle reason. Many more are afraid of what others may think and of also being judged. I say, who cares what others think about you. They are not in control of your destiny; you are.

When you speak your mind, you are speaking for countless others who are afraid to speak theirs. When you speak your mind, you are building bridges. There is an incredible sense of bravery and fearlessness that comes along with not being afraid to say what is on your mind. Are you brave enough? Understand that your thoughts are very relevant and should be shared. Well, maybe not all of your thoughts but the positive ones for sure. I have always said that there is no such thing as a stupid question or idea. I still stand by that statement with one caveat; the only ideas that are crazy are the ones that are never share. If you don’t ask, you won’t know.

Exercise your right to speak up! Your thoughts are important yet your words can move mountains. If you have a voice, speak up, even if you have to speak up for someone else or if you have to speak up for something that is not popular. MLK said it best, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”. Do not allow your fear of speaking to continue to oppress you and others. Once in my life, I practiced silence until I realized the power of speaking up. Today, I walk in the understanding that my voice is mightier than my thoughts. I have learned that my voice can move mountains and if you speak up, so can yours.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Right Now!

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Most people live their lives in the future; those same people have a relatively difficult time being organized and focused. This makes sense because if you aren’t living in the present then how can you reasonably focus on it. Meaning most people are so focused on the future they neglect to pay attention to the right now. When we neglect to pay attention to the right now, we allow room for external forces to interrupt the natural ebb and flow of our predestined blessings. Focus on the now.

At times, I am baffled when I hear people say things like “I don’t think I can win” or “Tomorrow is going to be a terrible day”. Every time I hear a variation of those statements I always think to myself, “How do you know?” Those statements relatively deal with the future in that you are, in a way, predicting the outcome of a race that hasn’t even started. People count themselves out of opportunities every single day simply because they think they know what tomorrow brings. Tomorrow may very well bring you all the answers you’ve been praying for. Take charge of the present moment and work feverishly to create the outcomes you desire.

Today is the only thing you have some control over. Being concerned about tomorrow is futile as tomorrow may never come. You cannot control that which you haven’t seen. You must understand the importance of living for right now and not only living for right now but living in the moment. Every second we are blessed to hear and feel the beats of our hearts is a second we should devote to focusing on the present day.

Do not be concerned about a future you cannot control; learn to live in the present.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Action vs Reaction

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There are plenty of reasons to feel down about our misfortunes. In your mind, everyone seems to be enjoying their blessings all the while yours seem to be in a holding pattern. No matter what you do, nothing seems to be working. It feels as if the whole world is plotting against you. It isn’t so much the things that happen to us but how we respond to them that is so critical to our progression. How you react to your situation is paramount to you overcoming it.

While you are not responsible for the actions others take towards you, you are certainly responsible for how you receive, interpret and react to it. There have been times in the past when constructive criticism was offered by a colleague or a friend and I took it personally. They were simply offering alternatives that may have served to improve my overall project. That is not how I saw it; I took it personally. My first mistake was taking it personally. The words “don’t take it personally” have literally changed my life. With this new understanding, I no longer feel as if the advice one is offering is a personal attack on my knowledge, skills and abilities.

Never make the mistake of thinking that you know everything about anything. Understand that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Simply, while your approach may be a viable one, keep an open mind and accept the fact that there are other approaches just as viable. It should never be your way or the highway. If someone cares enough to share their thoughts on a process or idea that you can improve, embrace it with open arms. Do not allow your ego to trick you into believing that you know everything.

The wisest among us knows that he knows nothing at all.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Time Is On Our Side

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Whether you like it or not, tomorrow will come and whether or not you’ve prepared for the day is of no importance. What is destined to happen will in fact happen. If you are one of the fortunate ones to greet the gift that is a day, you must begin to understand the importance of maximizing your minutes. You will only be allotted twenty-four hours each day to affect your circumstances. Whether we like it or not, those hours will continue to tick and tock away waiting for us to make our move. We need to decide not to continue to watch time pass us by.

Time waits for no man; this I cannot stress enough. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. That is precisely why we should take advantage of every single precious moment. I want you to shift your focus from yourself for just a second and think about the people who matter most in your life. When was the last time you told them you loved them? When was the last time you spoke to a parent? Is there someone who has wronged you in the past whom you haven’t forgiven? Today is the day this change happens.

Every message sent to us is meant to be heard at the specific time we receive it. It is up to us to recognize it as a message. My message is simple; learn to appreciate the time you are blessed with. Do not waste time on people and things that do not add to your overall value as a person. You know exactly what I am referring to. The time is now for you to make those necessary changes in your life. The time is now to choose to forgive yourself and forgive others; that is the only way you will truly move forward.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Hard Work Pays Off

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Research now shows that the lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success. This is great news for all of those individuals who thought they couldn’t do something because they lacked talent. There are millions of excuses created daily as to why we continue to fall short of reaching our goals. Now that we know natural talent is irrelevant to great success; what’s the secret, you ask? It is good ole fashion hard work coupled with painful and demanding practice.

The old adage “Practice Makes Perfect” is 100% accurate. The more time you spend practicing to perfect your craft the more perfect it will become. Remember when we all first learned how to ride a bicycle? Unless you are Lance Armstrong, you most likely experienced many failed attempts and/or had to wear training wheels and protective head gear a bit longer than you hoped. Nonetheless, you practiced and practiced until you got it down. Although you may not have ridden a bicycle in a short while, you can still hop on at any time and ride with ease. That’s the power of practice. Your dreams and goals follow a similar pattern.

In order for you to realize your dreams and accomplish your goals you must work at it daily. Inch by inch, piece by piece, if you continue to work at it you will eventually get what you’ve been searching for. Michael Jordan is a perfect example of someone who diligently practiced until he arguably perfected the game of basketball. Practice until you have perfected the game of accomplishing your goals then practice some more. Each day commit several productive hours to focusing on achieving your dreams. You can do it!

“When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win.” – Ed Macauley

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Status Quo

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To me, it is a little disturbing to think about the substantial amount of people who simply accept things as they are. Going about their day without a care in the world; satisfied with their mediocrity. If you are going to be anything in this world, you cannot be comfortable with the status quo. Don’t be misled, some people are perfectly fine with where they are and are not interested in advancing. While I have a serious issue with this fact, I am only responsible for myself

For a long time in my life I accepted things as they were hoping they would get better. After I realized that this method of thinking wasn’t getting me anywhere, I decided to demand things. Instead of accepting things, I now demand them. Before you can demand anything, you must first be confident in knowing what you want. Once you are clear on what you want, you won’t be so quick to accept just anything.

This is also true in the relationships that we forge. If you are with someone who is not treating you the way you are supposed to be treated, reevaluate your situation and create an exit strategy immediately. The fact of the matter is; you deserve better than what you are currently choosing to accept.

Remember that our life’s journey is all about the choices we make; choose wisely.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Pointing Fingers

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When our prayers aren’t answered, we blindly attribute it to the fact that it may not have happened because God did not allow it or maybe that it simply was not meant to be. Realize that some of our minds are programmed to automatically find excuses to failed attempts at something, in many cases restricting us from attempting it again. What we almost never do is pinpoint the real reason why our dreams are not coming true. We must become primary stakeholders in the pursuit of our own dreams and goals. If it does not work out, stop blaming everything and everyone else; point the finger at the beholder of the dream.

When your outcomes are less than favorable, learn to take full responsibility. Stop blaming it on the possibility that it was not meant to be; maybe you didn’t do enough to get it. Maybe you didn’t go as far as you know you are capable of going. Maybe the problem isn’t the problem after all. Maybe the problem is you. Start taking responsibility for the results your actions produce; It is not simply that God did not allow it. In many cases, the plan is ready to be executed but the executor simply gives up on what is considered feeble attempts.

Stop playing around and get serious about accomplishing your dreams. While you are sitting around thinking about what could be, winners are already out there making it what it should be. Join the Winners Circle; there aren’t too many of us, yet there is always room for more. All it takes is accepting the blame for your misfortunes, picking yourself up off the ground and remembering that forward progress is the only acceptable direction. Well, that and to the top.

Please remember that faith without works is dead. You can pray all you want to but until you start to do something about it, your prayers will seem as if they fall on deaf ears. Go claim what is rightfully yours!

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – No Risk, No Reward

You have been very cautious about whether or not you should take risks. You continue to question if it is right or wrong and at times you ask yourself if the risk is worth the potential reward. Please understand that the system of Risks and Rewards is alive and well. You cannot receive the inevitable rewards if you don’t bother taking risks. Understand that I do not mean taking unnecessary risks; I encourage you to take calculated risks that have the potential to yield positive results.

Take a second and imagine that you are standing at the edge of a cliff but you can’t see the bottom. There is either a bed of pillows at the bottom of the cliff or a bed of thorns; you will not know what is down there until you jump. Some people would stop there and not jump thinking that surely the bed of thorns is a more fitting end to their story. Winners understand the importance of taking risks so they would most likely choose to jump and find out.

I for one would jump without even thinking about it just to see where I land. I am almost certain I would land on the pillows; a bit optimistic I guess. Perhaps it is due to my deep understanding of the importance of taking chances. I encourage you to start taking risks. Helen Keller once said “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.” This message should be very clear to you. You know what you have to do, now do it.

Take that chance, make that move, and believe in the path that has already been charted for you.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Prayer Works

When our prayers aren’t answered, we blindly attribute it to the fact that it may have not happened because God didn’t allow it or maybe that it simply wasn’t meant to be. Realize that some of our minds are programmed to automatically find excuses to failed attempts at something, in many cases restricting us from attempting it again. What we almost never do is pinpoint the real reason why our dreams aren’t coming true. We must become primary stakeholders in the pursuit of our own dreams and goals. If it doesn’t work out, stop blaming everything and everyone else; point the finger at the beholder of the dream.

When our outcomes aren’t favorable learn to take full responsibility. Stop blaming it on the possibility that it was not meant to be. Maybe you didn’t do enough to get it. Maybe you didn’t go as far as you know you are capable of going. Maybe the problem isn’t the problem after all. Maybe the problem is you. Start taking responsibility for the results your actions produce. It is not that God didn’t allow it. In many cases, the plan is ready to be executed but the executor simply gives up on what is considered feeble attempts.

Stop playing around and get serious about accomplishing your dreams. While you are sitting around thinking about what could be, winners are already out there making it what it is. Join the Winners Circle; there aren’t too many of us, yet there is always room for more. All it takes is accepting the blame for your misfortunes, picking yourself up off the ground and remembering that forward progress is the only acceptable direction. Well that and to the top.

Please remember that faith without works is dead. You can pray all you want to but until you start to do something about it, your prayers will seem as if they fall on deaf ears. Go claim what is rightfully yours!

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Joe Paul

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