Morning Cup of Joe – Win or Go Home

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The interesting thing about setting goals is that we really don’t know the exact date when we’ll accomplish them. Yet we continue to work diligently and hastily toward our goals. In many cases, we’ll never know the exact date because many people give up right before they get the thing they were working so feverishly for. Many people give up because they lack the necessary patience and perseverance required to accomplish any goal.

We would not have the joy of enjoying the world’s most famous fried chicken had Colonel Sanders given up on his dream of franchising his original recipe. Colonel Sanders was rejected over 1,000 times before he finally heard his first YES! It may take you 10,000 times or 10 times to accomplish your dreams, either way, do not give up. We can only imagine what would’ve been had he not persevered and remained disciplined enough to continue to keep trying until he received a favorable response.

How many of us have given up after hearing our first ‘No’? The key to accomplishing any goal is endurance. Are you willing to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes in order to realize your dreams? That is exactly what it takes to win. You must be willing to endure the tests in order to discover the answers. We appreciate that which we work the hardest for. If you want your dreams to come true, you must be willing to travel unchartered territory. You must be willing to outlast the criticism, doubt and negative energy freely offered by those who doubt you. You must be willing to accept the fact that nothing and no one will keep you from accomplishing your dreams.

Friendly Reminder: Every ‘No’ means you’re that much closer to a ‘Yes’.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Blessed Beyond Belief

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With arms stretched wide towards the sky followed by a cat like yawn, you welcome a new day. At that moment we are faced with a choice; whether to greet the day positively or continue to allow our problems to cloud our judgment and negatively influence our progress. As we prepare to start our daily regimen, some of us will in fact proceed to greet the day unenthusiastically. Others will try to convince themselves that tomorrow will be the day when they start to work on improving themselves. The rest of us understand the importance of living each day to the fullest and understand the art of seizing the day.

For so many, today never seems to become the tomorrow they talked about yesterday. You can talk about it and it may sound real good but without action your words become filled with emptiness. Stop talking about it and start being about it. You cannot reasonably expect that things will change in the future if you aren’t doing anything to affect that change today. Some things naturally don’t happen overnight; I believe that dreams & goals fall into this category. I also believe that we can speed up the process of dream actualization if we invest the necessary time and effort into ensuring that they come true.

We must fully take advantage of the days we are blessed with. If we are on this side of the dirt, we can absolutely influence the change we wish to see in our lives while maintaining the understanding that so many were not afforded the opportunity to embrace this day. You may watch the same news stories I avoid yet each day we all witnesses the stories of countless people who simply will not make it to see tomorrow. It is imperative that we understand how blessed we truly are; stop taking life for granted. Every day we are blessed to see is another opportunity afforded to us to work on our vision, goals and objectives.

Use each day to get closer to your dreams. I know I do.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Number One

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Never let anyone determine what you can do; that choice is solely yours. We live in a world where everyone has an opinion. This should not come as a shock to you especially since opinions are free. And since they are free we all feel the need to hand them out handsomely. We think we have the answer to every problem yet less than half of us have experienced the issue we’re giving advice on. Stop listening to others and learn to trust yourself. You alone should know what is best for you. Practice listening to and trusting your inner voice.

Learn to make decisions that ultimately benefit you in the long run. I know this may sound a bit selfish to some degree but it is necessary if you are going to succeed in life. You must always seek opportunities to be better at something. The moment you feel comfortable is the moment you need to change. You can’t teach hunger and passion; either you have it or you don’t. If you are reading this then you clearly have what it takes. Go and make it happen.

If you don’t look out for number one, seriously, who will? Understand that you cannot be good to anyone if you aren’t good to yourself first. You must take care of yourself. You must understand the importance of setting and exceeding your personal goals. Trust and believe in yourself and your abilities. Embrace the fact that you may be the one who everyone is counting on so it makes perfect sense for you to ensure that you intently focus on accomplishing your dreams.

When you accomplish your dreams, you open the door for others to accomplish theirs.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Time & Effort

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We live in a day and age where everyone expects everything the moment they request it. These days we are not willing to wait too long for anything; we need it and we need it now! A vast majority of our meals are on the-go, microwaved or conveniently handed through the windows of our vehicles. This particular way of thinking and behaving is damaging to the natural ebb and flow of destined blessings. This microwave mentality spoils you into thinking that everything should come just as easily.

Anything worth having not only takes time; it takes discipline and hard work. If it comes fast, it will leave just as fast if not faster. I remember the first car I purchased with my hard earned money. I took care of that car as if it were a new born baby. I washed it at least twice a day and sometimes in the rain. Like most things in life, I cherished the car because I know exactly what it took to get it. With hard work and dedication, I was able to see and enjoy the fruits of my labor. I am going to venture to say that I would have treated the car completely differently had it been a gift or a hand-me-down. While there are some cases where certain exceptions exist, I have witnessed countless real-life examples where this holds true.

Everyone wants to be rich but nobody wants to work for it. You must be willing to give it your very best each and every time. The fact that some blessings take longer than others should not prevent you from working twice as hard for the one that is on its way. Stop expecting miracles and start creating them. Get out of the mindset that you will get something for nothing, it does not work. When we slow down our efforts, we slow down the progress towards the realization of our dreams.

Everything cannot be as easy as 1-2-3; you won’t appreciate it as much. We appreciate most that which we work the hardest to obtain.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Failing to Rise

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There is an ongoing battle between being cooperative and being competitive. Oftentimes, the thin line which separates the two becomes obscure. Most extreme competitors expect to win and most inevitably do. The problem comes when our expectations aren’t met and the results aren’t favorable. Many of us are so competitive that experiencing any loss would result in complete disappointment and utter devastation.

There are countless people who quit after they experience a loss or a failed attempt. My life experience has taught me that if perhaps I don’t win today, it doesn’t mean I can’t win tomorrow. Every loss presents an opportunity to learn, grow and get better. When I was in college, I ran for Student Body President. I truly gave that election my all and I mean ALL. After several grueling months of campaigning from dorms to classrooms, Election Day had finally arrived. Almost ten hours later a winner was announced. My name was not called.

Although I did not win the election, in many ways I still considered myself the victor and did not accept that this one loss would ultimately dictate my future. A winner understands that it is not over until it is completely over. Whether you win or lose, remember to always give it your best shot. While I was devastated at the time, I had to wrap my mind around the fact that failure is an event, it is not a person. No matter the results, you should never walk away from an experience hoping you did a little more. Leave it all on the battlefield.

The greatest difference between a winner and a loser, is that a winner always gets back up.

To The Top!
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 – My Way

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Stop trying to be someone you’re not. Being yourself is the best gift you can give to the world. Accept the fact that you are truly unique in every aspect of the word. I want to stress the point of emulation; it is ok to emulate someone successful. The goal is to reap the benefits of and yield similar results that the successful person has by emulating or imitating their actions. This type of imitation is healthy. The imitation I speak of in the first sentence deals specifically with those who choose to live their lives based on someone else’s standards and expectations. You can choose to change that today.

It is imperative that you write your own story. As I mentioned before, many people make the mistake of trying to mimic the actions of the wrong people. You will know that the people or person you are choosing to imitate is not the “chosen” one when the results you are producing do not yield favorable results. Your mentor is producing results that benefit them as a result of being themselves; you need to do the same. Everything that makes them great is precisely what can and will make you great if you put your personal spin on it.

Learn to trust, love and accept yourself for who you are and what you can give to the world. Commit to memory the fact that you are uniquely gifted; allow the world to benefit from your gifts. The one song that kept playing in my head as I shared this word with you is Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”. The final verse of that song, in so many words, epitomizes the walk of a leader; “For what is a man? What has he got? If not himself – Then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels. The record shows I took the blows and did it my way.” You already have the roadmap to success, now all you have to do is do it your way!

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Compare & Contrast

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We are all built differently. Our minds, our motivations and inspirations differentiate from one another. How we process particular functions are different. We are all individually wired to produce the explicit outcomes we have become accustomed to producing. We are all independently created with specific talents and specific gifts. Although we breathe the same air and share the same space, we are not the same.

While we are not the same, we are still one. Learn to condition your mind to believe that your blessings are preordained. The outcomes you have in your life are a result of your actions and/or inactions. Your results are based on your contributions. Never compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do. The measure of success is intended to be independently defined. You cannot realistically compare someone else’s results to your efforts. That’s like comparing apples to cars; no comparison.

The sooner you realize that we are all uniquely blessed, the sooner you can stop comparing your blessings to the next persons. What you consider just another day, a terminal patient considers a miracle. You have what it takes to be what you want to be. If you continue to focus your energy and attention on others instead of yourself, they will continue to be ahead of you.

Focus on yourself, maximize your potential and walk in the understanding that God made you in his perfect image.

You are truly blessed.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Every Little Step

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It has been over two hundred and seventy-nine days since you started. You don’t know whether you will stay standing or fall to the ground but you continue to try anyway. You’ve watched others do it with ease, yet you continue to doubt if you will experience a similar outcome. They monitor your every move intent on capturing this historic moment. The extended arm of the trusted couch awaits yours as you pull yourself from the ground. Mission accomplished. Not quite, you are only half-way there. While you are standing, silence envelopes the room as it begins to transpire. The crowd bursts with jubilee; you’ve just taken your first steps. Evolution.

There are valuable lessons to be learned from witnessing a child take their first steps. Primarily, every time they fell while attempting to walk; they got back up and tried again. They tried and tried again until they reached their desired results; never considering quitting as an option. If you want to walk all over your problems then you must learn to get back up and face them head on. You must learn to keep trying until you discover what has been waiting for you to show up all along. We will fall down, that is inevitable. What is not guaranteed is whether you will get back up. I have news for you; you control that outcome. It does not matter how many times we fall, it’s the times we get back up that counts.

As a child, you learned to stare fear square in the eyes and conquer it. You learned to pick yourself up off the ground and stand tall; literally. You learned that if you want something bad enough you must be willing to go after it and keep chasing it until you finally get it. Your blessing is closer than you think. Either it will slow down so you can catch up or you will speed up to catch up to it. Nothing will happen if you don’t take the first step. GO GET IT! Remember, before you could utter your first sentence you were a conqueror; why have you allowed this to change?

What happened to the child who dared to stand and take their first steps, even if it meant falling down? Channel your inner-child and walk in the understanding that you were born to win.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – The Silver Lining

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If only you understood the power you possess to create something of greatness from complete nothingness, your situation would be totally different. If you only knew how much unlimited power your thoughts possess, you would gain a better understanding as to why things are the way they are in your life. Your thoughts dictate what you attract into your life. Yes, your thoughts are that powerful. What continuously consumes your thoughts is what will continue to show up in your life. If you want different outcomes, you must change the input.

The Law of Attraction subscribes to the thought that “like attracts like”. What you think about you will attract back into your life. You have to practice thinking positively at all times if you are going to expect positive results; this is not easy. Just like anything else, if you truly practice at making this a habit, your thought patterns will become consistently positive and your life will improve dramatically. Don’t believe me? Try it and see! You must condition your mind to ALWAYS find the silver lining, even if there are no clouds.

This way of thinking is not without challenge. It is critical that you practice positivity daily. Each time you find yourself thinking negatively, stop yourself, and explore the positive side. There is always a positive side, always. Remember that there is more than one way to look at a situation. Everything is dichotomous in nature. You’ve spent precious time focusing on the negative, why not try the alternative? I have personally made it a habit to accentuate the positive in all things and at all times. I challenge you to do the same!

It’s only impossible if you think it is.

To The Top!
Joe Paul