Morning Cup of Joe – Every Minute, Every Second

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Every minute, Every second

Some days I stand tall and proud as I reflect on what I accomplished in just 24 hours. There are also days, when I look at the time and realize 24 hours has passed and I have absolutely nothing to show for it; those days are the hardest. Unfortunately, it seems like I have more days when I feel I could have done more with my twenty-four.

I’ve never been a big list maker but I have found that this is the most effective way to actually stay focused on the task at hand. I’ve never been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) but I sometimes find it hard to focus on one thing at a time so I literally have to force myself to constantly review this list I created to see where I am and evaluate what I’ve accomplished.

If you’re like most people, crossing everything off of your list may never happen. One of the reasons why crossing everything off of your list may never happen is simply because you always add more things to the list. What I have found to be helpful is once I create a list to stick with that list. If I have new things let me to be added then I will create a new list. The end goal is to cross everything off of that list. There’s so much joy in crossing everything off that list. In fact there is joy and crossing one thing off that list.

Making every minute and every second count doesn’t start nor stop with creating a to-do list. it starts with focusing your mind intently on what you intend to accomplish and achieve. It starts with developing a stubborn like dedication and a freakishly disciplined mindset. It starts with a sincere desire of wanting to win. It starts when you say that you will accomplish something and not only do you believe it but you do everything in your power to maximize the time God has given you want to Earth to relentlessly pursue your dreams; that’s what making every second count means.

How many seconds out of the 86,400 seconds we have a day are you wasting doing nothing? And by doing nothing I mean spending less then 2 to 3 hours focusing on and working towards accomplishing your dreams. While you’re sitting down wasting time there someone else working twice as hard just to be better than you, faster than you, richer than you, more healthier than you and the list goes on and on. Don’t be a member of the group who is simply taking up space.

Make every minute count and every second matter.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Stay The Course

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Nearly 18 months ago, I travelled over 1500 miles by car leaving behind people, places and things in search of something new, exciting and different. This morning is unlike any other morning I’ve ever had in my entire life; this morning I woke up enlightened and wanted to share that with you. Truthfully, every morning is different and is essentially based on our perception and reception of the day which makes it a gift. I digress because this message isn’t particularly about that. This morning, I want to emphasize the importance of persistence. It is critically important that you maintain a high level of persistence in the face of danger; persistence in the face of uncertainty and persistence in the face of doubt.

The key to success is staying the course and seeing a goal through to the end. Throughout the entire 1500 mile pilgrimage, one single thought continued to rewind and play over and over again in my head; “If I keep driving, sooner or later, I’ll reach my destination”. There is so much we all can and should learn from my journey. The main lesson is, stay the course! On my way to my final destination, I encountered traffic; I watched fellow road warriors get pulled over by police officers and issued speeding tickets and I even witnessed several serious car accidents. One can reasonably parallel this road trip experience to similar experiences in our lives.

Essentially, in life we are going to experience some obstacles, trials and tribulations along the way toward the achievement of our goals. The key thing to remember is that if we stay focused on the end result, the chances of accomplishing that specific result is extremely favorable; almost 100% of the time. Keep in mind that as long as you keep grinding, keep driving and stay focused, eventually you too will reach the finish line. The goal is to not stop driving; to not stop moving; to stay busy and to work diligently until your desired end result is realized. It can be done if you stay the course.

Don’t stop until you have reached the top.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – The Power of Persistence

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Many people have difficulty handling rejection. Naturally, no one wants to hear no. Think back to when you were a child and you would ask permission in order to acquire a certain thing, only to be told no. Most of us responded angrily, unless you grew up in my home where that wasn’t allowed. No truly meant no. There were no arguments, no jury, and one judge.

As an adult and through my vast experience with sales, I learned to develop and strengthen the muscle that allows me to transfer no’s into yeses. Initially, when I attempted to “sell” a product or service and was met with rejection, I would take it personally and become very disappointed thinking that there must be something wrong with me and my ability to sell; fortunately, I was wrong. When someone rejects us, it doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with us or our abilities, it means that it just might not be the right time. Simply, everything isn’t for everybody.

Some people are simply not interested in being accommodating by nature. Others create this imaginary force field that is designed to discourage you from offering them your product or service, even if that product is you. Those are the people I cherish the most because their “no” saves me time, effort and energy. Your goal is to reduce and limit the amount of time you spend trying to convince a “no” into transforming into a “yes”. Believe me, your efforts will be futile. The same amount of energy you put into getting a “no” is the same amount of energy it takes to get a “yes”. Some minds are simply made up; it has nothing to do with you as a person or your abilities.

Understand that every “no” simply means you’re that much closer to a “yes”. Embrace every “no” you hear because each time you hear it, focus on the “yes” that’s right around the corner. The goal is to keep going and not be discouraged by rejection. Remember, they are not rejecting you as a person; they are most likely rejecting the idea, product or service you are offering.

When you hear a “no”, dust yourself off and try again. If you don’t give up, inevitably, someone will say “yes”.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Choose Wisely

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. That’s simply their prerogative which they’re entitled to. While I have a serious issue with this, I am fully aware that we are all responsible for ourselves.

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 and acting was not getting me anywhere, I decided to start demanding things. The one thing that remains constant is the cordiality that exists with my every demand. Before you can demand anything, you must first be confident in knowing what you want; be clear. Once you are clear on what you want, you will be more discerning as it relates to your options. Basically, you won’t be so quick to accept just anything and you shouldn’t.

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. Make smart decisions and wise choices that benefit you in the long run. Remember that life’s journey is all about the choices we make; choose wisely.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Results May Vary

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He stands in front of the mirror wondering if anything has changed or improved. Staring at himself intently, he starts to imagine what the final results will look like. He wishes there was some magic button he could press that would magically place the muscles where they perfectly fit but unfortunately that button hasn’t yet been invented. The actual twenty minutes felt like a twenty days as he wondered why he wasn’t seeing any immediate results.

We have all been down this road before; you’re doing the right things, working as hard as you can and feel as if you should be seeing results sooner than you actually have. It is critically imperative that you learn to develop the patience of a turtle and the determination of a starving lion hunting for prey in order to be successful. This combination will undoubtably produce immaculate results. In addition to patience and determination, you must learn to develop the work ethic of a champion. If you ask any world class athlete or Olympian what it takes to be great, they will tell you practice and discipline. While some Olympians are born with natural gifts, the other 99% practices until it is perfect then they practice some more.

What the man in the mirror is not considering is the immense amount of time, effort, discipline and dedication it takes to produce incredible results. Some things can happen overnight but the only thing that comes to my mind is sleep. It is important that you set realistic expectations that you are able to exceed. It will take hard work, dedication, persistence, patience and patience. Yes, you need that much patience. Take it from me, the breakthrough and/or goal you are attempting to reach will come to fruition in due time; you cannot rush success. Remain steadfast and committed to accomplishing your goals, whatever they may be.

Remember to appreciate the journey, especially since you already know the final destination. The only thing you can do is take it one day at a time. Sooner than later, you will win. It may not be tomorrow but it will happen if you stay committed.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Sticktoitiveness

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When you set out to accomplish a goal it is critically important that you stick with it and see it through to completion. Now, re-read the first sentence a few more times. Most of the time when we take the initiative to start something, it is almost certain that we are going to be met with obstacles; some of which we cannot avoid. The goal is to simply focus on what matters most; finishing and finishing strong. Remember, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish that matters most.

It costs you absolutely nothing to create a goal nor does it cost you anything to have the desire to pursuit a dream. The cost that you must consider when you are attempting to make your dreams come true is the price you are willing to pay to make certain that they do. Sweat equity is what you must be willing to invest in order to see a positive end result. Your goals are truly an arm’s reach away but you cannot get to them if you’re sitting down. Stand up and chase your dreams. Do not stop until you get them and even after that, keep going.

The road to success will seem long and at times bumpy but commit to memory the fact that you were born to win. I firmly believe that you were not put on this earth to lose. You were put on this earth to make an impact on the world around you. We all have a purpose in life; the goal is to discover yours then share it with the world. Do not think about the journey, simply focus on the destination. It doesn’t matter how you get there, just get there.

Remember, anyone can set a goal but it takes a winner to complete one.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Road to Success

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Problems are actually opportunities in disguise. It is critically important that you start to recognize the opportunity in your problems. Whatever the issue, you certainly cannot compare it to the end of the world. Yes, the end of the world is a bit drastic but compared to that, do you really have any problems? I’ll answer for you; no, you truly don’t. The opportunity that inevitably arises from overcoming an obstacle is what you should always remain focused on; not the problem itself. Learn to look pass the problem to find the opportunity.

Think back to a time in your life when you encountered a difficulty and how you overcame that difficulty. What did you do to overcome that particular obstacle? What is it about you specifically that made you overcome that obstacle? The answers these questions should serve as a “How to” guide to fixing your problems. The fact that you have not experienced a similar difficulty is proof that you have learned the particular lesson you were meant to learn through that experience. Even if you did experience it again, there’s a valuable lesson learned in every human experience.

Embrace the obstacles that may come your way as they are designed to increase our awareness that we are going down the right path. Most roads that are travelled are laden with bumps; the road to success is not exempt. The tools you need to get over this hump are the same tools you used to get over the last one; the only difference is the problem itself. Opportunities come several times a day, it’s up to you to recognize them as opportunities and chase after them no matter the cost. More problems means more opportunities.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Moving Mountains

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The world is filled with two types of people; those who make things happen and those who watch those who make things happen. I am going to ask you to make a choice, if you haven’t already, between the two groups. Obviously membership in one of the groups has its benefits and clear pitfalls in the other. Once you choose the “right” side, you cannot turn back nor are you allowed to terminate your membership at any given time. Your membership dues are simply based on the effort you put into making the world we share a better place. Your dues are your contribution to the world around you.

To make something happen not only takes an incredible amount of guts, it also takes a reasonable amount of faith. And by a reasonable amount of faith, I mean you truly don’t need much. Remember, all you need is faith the size of a mustard-seed if you are having trouble moving your mountains. While your mind creates ideas, your hands must work to build them. Faith is the temporary belief in the unseen with the knowledge and expectation that you will inevitably see that which you focus so intently on. Allow your faith to guide and lead you.

From my experience, an abundance of rewards come when we take risks and maintain the necessary faith that it will all work out; eventually it does. Taking risks sounds riskier than it is; you simply have to step out on faith. Walk in the understanding that you were not born to fail. Whenever I see a void, I never wait to see if someone else can fill it. Never sit and watch as things happen, never. You have the necessary tools at your disposal to create anything yet so many of us are satisfied with someone else doing it for us; snap out of it. Grab your destiny by the horns and build your dream. What are you waiting for?

It takes no effort to witness a miracle; creating one is equally laborious.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – The Dream Chaser

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One of the toughest things to do is taking the first step. Many of us have the most brilliant ideas and dreams trapped in our minds and may never realize them because we simply won’t take the first step. There is something magical about taking the first step; a type of phenomenon where the stars align in your favor. While the first step is obviously an important one, the subsequent steps you take will be the difference between whether you will see these dreams come true or not. Take the first step and then the next and the next until the brisk walk inevitably turns into a marathon like run. Chase your dreams until you catch them!

When we chase our dreams one of two things will inevitably happen; either the dream will slow down so that you can catch up to it or you will have to speed up to catch up to the dream. Your focus should be on the fact that this is a chase. Chasing your dream means you have to literally get off your rear end, get on your feet and get moving. You will know when you are close to accomplishing your goals because that is when everything will start to seem as if it’s falling apart. It actually isn’t. This is only a test; a final exam of sorts to determine whether you can outlast the problem long enough to hoist the trophy. Don’t give up until and unless you claim your prize. The obstacles are just that; diversions. Stay the course.

All too often we get so close to reaching a goal but find it easier to throw our hands in the air and quit. Quitting is the easy way out and easy is never good in any situation. Instead of giving up, you have got to get tough. You must outlast the obstacles that are blocking your way. Yes, outlast. Some of them you will be able to crush automatically but there will be a few that you just have to be stronger than and even more you have to outlast. Remember that this is a chase, perhaps more like a marathon. And just like marathons, the victor is not only the one who finishes first but the one who outlasts their opponents.

Outlast, outwork and outthink your opponents and you will always produce outstanding results. Dreams are preludes to reality; a reality you must create.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – From Start to Finish

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During one of my trips to Miami to visit family I found a perfect teachable moment to help my nephew learn a valuable life lesson. When I arrived at my sisters’ house, I couldn’t help but notice one of my favorite nephews, Michael, was sad and moping around. I instinctively asked him what was wrong and he replied “My mom said I can’t go outside and play until I finished my chores”. I then asked, “So, what’s wrong with that? When you’re finished with your chores you can play”. He replied, “Uncle, this is way too much work for a kid and I’ll never ever finish”. I smiled and immediately sat down with him to explain a very important life lesson. The lesson is simple; the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll finish.

Explaining this to my middle school aged nephew wasn’t as difficult as I initially expected. I explained to him that sooner or later you’ll eventually run out of things to clean but you cannot and will not run out until you start. Most adults have a similar mind-set that creates an illusion that the workload is so heavy that they may never get it done. There are some things that we should be doing but many find it easier to mope around and host “whine” socials about them instead of tackling the problem. Do not be discouraged if the task seems too great; believe that you are equipped with the necessary tools to combat any problem and start working now.

As I mentioned before, if you don’t start, you will never finish. Stop worrying about the amount of work you have to do and start chipping away at it with the knowledge that eventually the work will be complete. A man once asked another man “How do you eat an elephant?” the other man replied, “One bite at a time”. The metaphoric elephant in this scenario is similar to your problems and/or issue(s) you are attempting to tackle; no matter how big your situation may seem, if you attack it one day at a time you will eventually overcome it. Stop trying to bite off more than you can chew and focus on the task at hand.

Don’t wait, start today!

To The Top!
Joe Paul