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 – Worth Fighting For

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Anything worth having is indeed worth fighting for, right? While this is true, most people never consider the opposite. Anything worth fighting for is truly worth having. Think about it. When was the last time you fought hard to have something? Did you get that thing? If you did, you most likely still have it. Where we go wrong is thinking that if it’s worth having then it’s worth fighting for. Shift your focus to whether it is worth fighting for because if it is then most likely its worth having.

There are some people and many things in your life that you did not fight to get yet I am willing to bet that you are willing to fight to keep. Obviously, there is a thin line between the two. Your focus should be to distinguish between what is worth fighting for and what is not. Some things simply aren’t worth fighting for. Truthfully, there are some people who aren’t worth fighting for either.

Your ultimate goal should be to achieve personal happiness; understand that no one and no thing can help you achieve this goal. Personal happiness can only be achieved by taking full responsibility for your own happiness. You are the only one who can make you happy. Most of the time we depend on others to fill that void. If you continue to do this, you will continue to be disappointed. It is not only important to take a personal inventory of what is worth fighting for in your life, it is equally important to know that you too are worth fighting for.

Commit to memory the fact that anything worth fighting for is certainly worth having.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Stock Value

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No one in the world possesses the power to make you better, only you can do that. No one in the world has the ability to tear you down unless you give them permission. There isn’t a soul in the entire universe who can upgrade you; you alone are responsible for your own upgrades. Stop trying to determine your value based on what others think and feel about you. What others think about you is none of your concern.

Where you are today is where you have chosen to be. Certainly our circumstances have something to do with it but I strongly believe that the individual choices we’ve made up to this point is exactly what has gotten us this far. Most of us are where we are by choice not by circumstance. Good choices yield good results. Bad choices, well you know exactly the repercussions of your bad choices and how far those poor choices have gotten you.

At all times focus on self-improvement. Always ask yourself, “How can I get better?”. After a loss, any loss, we must examine why we experienced this loss. We must try to understand where we went wrong and what we are willing to do to improve ourselves so that we don’t continue to experience similar results. Start taking more responsibility for your current circumstances. After all, it is the choices that you’ve chosen to make, good or bad, that has lead you to where you currently are.

Stop allowing others to determine the value of your life; take back the control you have freely given to others. You deserve nothing but the best, don’t you?

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – What is Failure?

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Here’s one thing I’ve learned since I’ve been blessed to occupy this earth suit; I’ve learned that you are going to fail at some things. I’ve learned that if you try at anything, you will always reach one of two outcomes; a win or a loss. While most people hope for a win, the chances for a loss are just as equal. With that said, I want you to understand that a loss does not dictate who you are nor does it dictate who you will be in the future.

Failure is not a person, it’s simply an event. While it is possible for a person to fail at an attempt at something, contrary to popular belief, it is impossible for a person to be a failure. Unless and until they accept such nonsense as their truth, which is highly inadvisable. Failure teaches us to go back to the drawing board and start again until the outcome is favorable.

Remember this fact; failure is not falling down, it’s staying down. Understand that you will encounter defeat; it’s truly a part of life. Allow your defeats to build character and let your bruises remind you of this beautiful journey towards success. Maintain a firm understanding that if you fall, getting back up is the only other option. Be humble through your wins and learn as much as you can from your losses.

Fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb

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 – The Written Word

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When we set out to accomplish a goal there are certain factors that must be in place in order for us to achieve optimal results. Our goals are simply fleeting thoughts until we write them down and commit to them. Oftentimes we sit and wonder why our dreams aren’t coming true while others seem to be enjoying their deserved blessings. I will tell you why some goals are easily reached while others may never be attained. In order to accomplish any goal you must clearly define your direction. Where are you going and how are you going to get there?

There is so much power in the spoken word and there is equal, if not greater, power in the written word. It is not enough to have your dreams and goals locked away safely in your mind, they must also be written. You must clearly outline your objectives, write them down and feverishly execute until they have been accomplished. We tend to create barriers through our self-talk, convincing ourselves to reconsider making the first move. The first move is to write down your goals.

Understand that your goals are only unreachable if you think they are. There is no such thing as a dream that is too big or a goal that is unachievable. Once you write them down, almost like magic, the universe begins to put people, places and things in perfect order in order to assist in the dream realization process. Our goals must be written in order for the universe to act on our behalf. Do not be misled; writing your goals down is not enough, execution is of the upmost importance. Write down your goals, put forth maximum effort in order to execute those goals and at all times expect them to be accomplished. That’s a winner’s mentality and the secret formula. Don’t believe it? Try it.

Remember, it’s difficult to hit a bulls-eye without a target.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – What’s Your Purpose?

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Ever wonder what your purpose in life is? Of course you have. We have all spent countless hours attempting to answer the age old question, “Why am I here?”. If you already know the answer to that question then that is absolutely incredible. I encourage you to continue on your journey and wish you the very best. If you are like most people, the answer to this question is extremely difficult to answer. I’ve figured out a way to help you get a better understanding of why you are here and how to discover your purpose.

In order to answer “why you are here?”, we must first answer “what are you passionate about?”. Take a moment to think about your answer. It may take more than a moment but it is imperative that you are clear on what you are passionate about. In essence, once you are able to discover your passion, then and only then will you discover your purpose. Your passion is doing what comes naturally, also referred to as your gift. What is it that you do that seems to come easily or naturally? That is the key to finding your purpose.

Finding your purpose is not only restricted to doing what comes naturally, it also deals with love. As far as your natural gift, if you’ve made the discovery, do you love it? Some people are able to naturally run fast but have no desire to be a track star. You must love your passion before it can become your purpose. Finally, you must be able to answer “why and how”. Why do you love this gift that comes naturally and how do you plan on making a positive impact on the world through this gift? Answer these questions and your purpose will be less obscure.

Through these steps, I’ve been fortunate enough to discover my purpose; which is to improve the lives of those who have experienced and continue to experience trials and tribulations by serving as a testimony of what resilience and persistence can produce. My passion is writing and speaking; these attributes come naturally. I absolutely love what I do and I do it because it brings so much joy to my heart when I am able to contribute to others success and help them discover their purpose.

Follow these simple steps, believe that you were destined for greatness and pursuit your passion with vigor. When you discover your passion, you’ll discover your purpose.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Hitting A Bulls-Eye

When we set out to accomplish a goal or goals there are certain factors that must be in place in order for us to achieve optimal results. Our goals are simply fleeting thoughts until we decide to write them down and commit to accomplishing them. Oftentimes we sit and wonder why our dreams aren’t coming true while others seem to be enjoying their deserved blessings. I will tell you why some goals are easily reached while others may never be attained. In order to accomplish any goal you must clearly define your direction. Where are you going and how are you going to get there?

There is so much power in the spoken word and there is equal, if not greater, power in the written word. It is not enough to have your dreams and goals locked away safely in your mind, they must also be written down and reviewed often if not daily. You must clearly outline your objectives, write them down and feverishly execute until they have been accomplished. We tend to create barriers through our self-talk, convincing ourselves to reconsider making the first move. The first move is to write down your goals.

Understand that your goals are only unreachable if you think they are. There is no such thing as a dream that is too big or a goal that is not achievable. Once you write them down, almost like magic, the universe begins to put people, places and things in perfect order in order to assist in the dream realization process. Our goals must be written in order for the universe to act on our behalf. Do not be misled; writing your goals down is not enough, it is truly only half the battle; execution is of the utmost importance. Write down your goals, put forth maximum effort in order to execute those goals and at all times expect them to be accomplished. That’s a winner’s mentality.

Remember, it’s difficult to hit a bulls-eye without a target. What’s your target? How are you going to reach it?

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Race of A Lifetime

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Before entering a competitive challenge, most people try to size up the competition or at least attempt to discover who they will be competing against. During this process, most people play out the entire situation in their minds even declaring a winner prior to the start of the competition. The fork in the road occurs at this very moment; you are forced to choose between believing that you will win and believing that someone else will. Whichever outcome you believe in the most will be the result that you will inevitably receive.

In addition to how you view your circumstances, be mindful of the negative self-talk you have before you enter a race. Most people talk themselves out of a championship simply because the competition may look a little tougher, faster, stronger, or bigger. I say to those folks that it does not matter. We have all seen and/or heard of countless David vs Goliath battles, many of which we have been personally involved. What was the ultimate outcome? In some battles Goliath is triumphant and in others David hoists up the trophy. That’s the name of the game; you win some and you will certainly lose some. The goal is to fight until the end, no matter how you initially perceived the outcome. Fight until the end.

Understand first that the race does not always go to the stronger or faster man. Your competition will in many cases be bigger and stronger than you, learn to accept the fact that those particular attributes are not what wins races. Just biggest you look like you can win doesn’t mean you ultimately will. Be the winner no one expects to win by understanding that the battles end goes to the person who is the last one standing. Before you enter a competition, commit to battling until the end. Before you write down a goal, commit to sticking with it throughout its entirety. Before you start to dream, commit to building it. Commit to fighting the entire battle and give maximum effort at all times. Fight as hard as you can either until the clock runs out or until you win; whichever comes first.

The race is not given to the swift or the strong but to the one who endureth to the end.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Cool, Calm & Collected

Remaining calm under pressure is a necessary leadership and life skill strengthened by overcoming situations that test your patience. You have been and will continue to be in situations where your patience will be tested. Some situations, issues and problems are designed to test your ability to remain calm during episodes of calamity. It doesn’t matter if a firestorm is brewing inside of you; your primary goal should be to always look cool, calm and collected on the outside. Perception is reality.

When you are under extreme pressure it is easy to simply throw your hands in the air and adopt a “who cares” attitude. It is easy to allow the pressures of the world to break you down and pick you apart piece by piece. It is easy to let your opponent win especially if you allow the pressure of the moment to force you to easily give up. Unfortunately, this type of attitude is not conducive to winning and finding solutions nor will it invite the possibilities that come with keeping a level head.

Like a prize fighter, focus on the final round and finishing strong. The rounds where you may have been knocked down don’t matter as much as the final round where you ultimately determine the outcome. Never let them see you sweat. No matter how tough it may be or how hard the situation may seem, don’t give anyone including your problems the satisfaction of thinking that they “got to you” or was able to throw you off course.

Stare doubt, fear and uncertainty in the face and declare victory over them. You are a champion and champions are able to rise above and stay above the fray. Your ability to remain calm under pressure will determine a majority of the outcomes in your life. Pressure has the ability to bust lead pipes; adopt a steel mentality and you will be able to handle anything that comes your way.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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