Morning Cup of Joe – Army of One

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You are not your problems. All too often we allow our problems to not only define us but also dictate what our tomorrows will look like. The problem may be small to the world but it may be as big as the world to you. No matter what the problem is, it is not insurmountable. We allow most problems to fester and ferment in our psyche until it eventually overcomes us. Before you get to the point of no return, I urge you to connect with someone you trust, share your problem with them and allow the both of you to come up with viable solutions. You are not alone.

You truly never know what someone is going through and you can’t possibly know just by looking at them. When you think you have it bad, someone else is experiencing something ten times worse. While there is no test or special sign that will alert us if and when someone is experiencing pain or trouble, that shouldn’t prevent us from trying to be a friend. A friend is one who will ask the uncomfortable questions in order to find the root of the issue. This is the only way you can create an exit strategy to remove you from your problems. The first step is to understand that failure is an event, it is not a person. Just because you experienced failure does not mean that is who you are as a person. The attempt may have failed but you certainly did not. It is better to try and fail than to never have tried at all. If you are going through hell, do not stop, keep going.

If you are on this side of the dirt, I am unequivocally convinced that you can do something about your problems. Most of us try to handle our problems alone; this method of problem solving can be exceptionally overwhelming. While handling it alone will allow you to exercise your independence, it is not the only option. Understand that two heads are always better than one. If you have two people working to solve the same issue, you may find the solution twice as fast. In essence, whatever you are going through does not have to be the end of the world; you must stay strong. You must stay strong especially for the people who rely on your strength.

Remember that you are not your problems. Your problems are just that, problems. And all problems are meant to be solved. If you aren’t able to find a solution to your problems, join forces and restructure your attack until you eventually overcome it. This is a proven strategy for winning any battle.

Life is so precious and we truly only have one of them to live which is why I urge you to make every single day count by focusing on overcoming your obstacles, preferably with an army behind you.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Perfect Imperfection

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She stands in front of the mirror staring at herself wondering if anything has changed. She has an image of what she feels she is supposed to look like buried in her head yet that image is incongruent with how she sees herself in reality. With eyes wide open, a hopeless gaze overcomes her eyes as she stares hopelessly at the image in front of her. She wonders why her body hasn’t changed, not taking into consideration that it has been over six months since she last visited a gym. You cannot reasonably believe and/or expect that your circumstances will change if you are not the change agent.

We have all had the unpleasant experience of having to face the man-in-the-mirror and questioned the person staring back at us. We consistently make the error of comparing ourselves to others; wondering why God did not bless us with what He seemed to freely give to them. Learn to accept the person you are. You are made in his image, and according to Him, you are perfect. If you believe that he does not make mistakes and he made you than surely you realize that he did not make a mistake when he made you. Learn to love yourself unconditionally.

Although it is important to strive for perfection, it is equally important to understand that no one is perfect. Nope; not even the person you imagined after you read that statement. Not even them. Everyone wishes they could improve some aspect of their lives. I encourage you to continuously seek opportunities that will make you better. There is nothing wrong with how you were created; you must honor and protect your temple. You already know what you have to do if you are unsatisfied with your situation; do something about it. It’s not enough to simply wish things were different; you must take charge and influence the change you seek.

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. – Author Unknown

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Belief System

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You did it! You made it through another grueling day of disappointments and setbacks but you made it nonetheless. You made it through another day of criticisms while fielding the stones thrown by the constant doubters but you made it nonetheless. Today is truly a new day and you have another opportunity to get one day closer to seeing your dreams come true. Believe me, dreams do come true. To clarify, dreams do come true only if you don’t stop believing that they will.

As the sun rises, we must rise with it. We must give our dreams as much time as we give to things that do not yield the specific results that our dreams have the ability to produce. Imagine if you took one of the several hours you spend in front of the television and shifted that focus to accomplishing a goal or achieving your dreams; imagine the possibilities. If you do it, you won’t have to imagine. Dreams do not come true by simply dreaming much like faith without works is dead. You must work for what you want while maintaining the understanding that sooner or later you will get it. Every day that we are blessed to see presents an opportunity for us to give it our best shot just one more time; take full advantage of it.

Just because a particular dream did not come true does not mean that you should stop dreaming. That’s like getting into a car accident and giving up driving altogether. You pick up the pieces and keep it moving on to the next one. You win some and you certainly lose some; that’s what makes the journey so incredibly worthwhile. What keeps me going on a day-to-day basis is my strong belief system. I truly believe that what I dream about has the ability to come true and many of which already have especially if I’m doing my best to make it come true.

Don’t stop believing in the possibility and inevitability of your dreams becoming reality. If you believe it unequivocally then you can achieve it.

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Joe Paul

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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.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Temporary Pain

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Trials and tribulations aren’t meant to tear or break us down. They aren’t meant to see how low we can endure nor are they meant to test our stamina. The trials and tribulations we face in our lives are meant to build us up. When we think about all of the misfortunes that we have experienced throughout our lives the fact that we are still standing is a great sign that we are conquering, have conquered or will conquer our problems. Understand the fact that no problem is insurmountable.

Many people question God as to why he allows us to experience pain and hurt. I’ve learned over the years that in order to appreciate joy sometimes we must experience pain. Instead of dealing with it head on, most people try to avoid pain. Sadly, the more you try to avoid trials, challenges & obstacles, the less strength you will develop in those areas. Stare your challenges in the face and adopt a conquerors attitude of “bring it on”.

It took me a while to fully understand what I am about to share with you; God only puts you through things because he knows you can handle them. I’m certain you are familiar with the old adage that God will never give you more than you can handle; this is the honest truth. Understand and trust that whatever it is you are going through it is something that you can absolutely handle and positively overcome otherwise you wouldn’t be experiencing it.

Much like we must exercise regularly in order to strengthen our physical muscles, we must continue to pray and accept life’s challenges in order to strengthen our spiritual muscle.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Hidden Blessing

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I know it may not seem that way sometimes but if you look closely you will notice that every cloud has a silver lining. Yes, it is true that this particular cloud or clouds may be blocking your view of the sun but aren’t all clouds are temporary? Simply, there is something to be said about how you look at your circumstances. It may not be as bad as you perceive it to be.

The other day a friend and I went to grab some lunch downtown after moving a few items. As we anticipated the food we were going to devour we took turns exclaiming how starved we were. We turned a corner and there lied a destitute man with no shoes and withered clothing who was obviously homeless. He was sleeping on a bench surrounded by bags filled with his worldly items. His face was weathered from all of the storms he had lived through and his body clearly suffering from lack of proper nourishment.

As we headed towards the restaurant I couldn’t get that image out of my head. While we felt we are starving we at least knew that it was temporary and were going to remedy that issue immediately because we had the capacity to do so. The man on the bench put everything into perspective; you may think you have it bad and that your problem is the biggest one in the world but someone else is going through worse. While that doesn’t make your problem any less important than the next and it certainly doesn’t solve it, it should help you understand the dynamics of your situation and help put things into perspective. Simply, while it could be better it could always be much, much worse.

Thank goodness for all of the blessings that are bestowed upon you and be even more thankful for the challenges you face in life. For it is in solving a problem, overcoming an obstacle, and beating the odds where our incredible strength to endure and carry on comes from. You have made it this far and this is truly the beginning. No problem is too great to solve, ask Albert Einstein. Take a step back, assess the situation, create a plan then execute until your desired results are met. It’s that simple.

Do not allow an issue, problem or challenge to be greater than the blessing that comes from overcoming it.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Problem Solver

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You are not your problems. All too often we allow our problems to not only define us but also dictate what our tomorrows will look like. The problem may be small to the world but it may be as big as the world to you. No matter what the problem is, it is not insurmountable. We allow most problems to fester and ferment in our psyche until it eventually overcomes us. Before you get to the point of no return, I urge you to connect with someone you trust, share your problem with them and allow the both of you to come up with viable solutions. You are not alone.

You truly never know what someone is going through and you can’t possibly know just by looking at them. When you think you have it bad, someone else is experiencing something ten times worse. While there is no test or special sign that will alert us if and when someone is experiencing pain or trouble, that shouldn’t restrict us from trying to be a friend. A friend is one who will ask the uncomfortable questions in order to find the root of the issue. This is the only way you can create an exit strategy to remove you from your problems. The first step is to understand that failure is an event, it is not a person. Just because you experienced failure does not mean that is who you are as a person. The attempt may have failed but you certainly did not. It is better to try and fail then to never have tried at all. If you are going through hell, do not stop.

If you are on this side of the dirt, I am unequivocally convinced that you can do something about your problems. Most of us try to handle our problems alone; this method of problem solving can be exceptionally overwhelming. While handling it alone will allow you to exercise your independence, it is not the only option. Understand that two heads are better than one. If you have two people working to solve the same issue, you may find the solution twice as fast. In essence, whatever you are going through does not have to be the end of the world; you must stay strong. You must stay strong especially for the people who rely on your strength.

Remember that you are not your problems. Your problems are just that, problems. And problems are meant to be solved. If you aren’t able to find a solution to your problems, join forces and restructure your attack until you eventually overcome it.

Life is so precious and we truly only have one of them to live which is why I urge you to make every single day count.

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Joe Paul

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?

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Developing Muscles

Some people think that their problem is the biggest one in the world. Whether their car broke down, they lost a job or something as simple as they ran out of milk and are inconvenienced by having to go to the store; whatever the issue, at that point and time, they feel like the sky is falling. The interesting thing about problems is that they are all solvable. Once you fully understand the root of the problem, essentially what caused it, you are able to discover your solution. Be solution minded.

Most people feel as if their problems are the biggest ones in the world, and to them it may very well be. I submit to you to not fall into this category. No matter how bad you think you have it, someone is doing much worse. That obviously doesn’t make your problem go away but think about the person you pass everyday on your route who asks for spare change. Thank God you haven’t allowed your problem to reduce you to begging. Do not be misled, sometimes we have to do what we to do in order to survive.

No matter your situation, you can overcome it. Take it from me, whatever it is you are going through is not a problem that you cannot solve. In fact, it is minor in the grand scheme of things. Do not allow a minor issue to become a major setback. Condition your mind to think big picture. Simply, you are destined for greatness and you have to be able to see your vision fulfilled before it can come to fruition. When we are destined for greatness, we must face obstacles. Unfortunately, there’s no way around it. Besides, it makes us stronger and helps us develop muscles we may not have even known we had.

This too shall pass, only if you decide that your minor issue isn’t something you cannot overcome. Maintain the understanding that you have within you the power to overcome any challenge, start acting like it.

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Joe Paul
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Morning Cup of Joe – The Longest Storm

One thing I’ve been fortunate enough to learn throughout my life’s journey is that trouble truly doesn’t last always. Simply, whatever it is you are going through is as temporary as a passing storm. The longest storm that I know about lasted forty days and forty nights. What you should consider is the fact that on the forty-first day, the sun did shine. Your goal is to last until and even past the forty-first day.

We have all experienced a form of chaos in our lives, perhaps to different degrees but we have experienced it nonetheless. Think back to a time, even if it was recent, where you thought that your problem was the biggest problem in the world. How did you overcome that problem? What did you have to do to overcome your situation? Repeat those steps and the outcome will be no different. The man with no arms envies the man with no legs. The man with no legs envies the man who cannot see. The man who cannot see envies the man who cannot hear. My point is, no matter what it is you are going through, there is someone else who is a little worse off. No, that doesn’t improve your situation but it puts it into perspective.

Understand that trouble is temporary. We were built to conquer and to rise above all obstacles. Draw on the strength that you have hidden somewhere inside you to overcome this minor obstacle. I say minor obstacle because the only obstacle that is difficult to overcome is death. If you can read this, you can overcome any obstacle. The first step is believing that your problems are not greater than your strength to overcome them.

Do you believe? You should.

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Joe Paul

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