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?

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Why Worry?

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This message is written especially for you. You who woke up this morning and fell asleep with “it” on your mind. On your long traffic filled ride to work, it remains on your mind. The clock is nearing noon and your lunch break presents another opportunity to invest countless hours into your problems. All you do all day is worry about your problems. I’m here to tell you that worrying will not offer any solutions.

Worrying is counterproductive. While worrying may serve as a step towards the discovery of a solution, you should consider skipping it. The more time you spend worrying about a problem, the less time you’ll have to devote to finding your solution. The lack of faith many show after they pray for an answer is very interesting; you pray then you worry then you hope. The odds of discovering a solution using this method is virtually impossible. Refocus your energy on what matters most; you.

Many people have the solution at their disposal but lack the necessary discipline to execute it. They make it pass the worry stage, breeze through the possible solutions step and stop at the final stage; execution. You must not only think you must also act. Action is required in order to ensure a desired outcome. And just like that, while you are working, your breakthrough will meet you half-way. It truly is that simple. Stop worrying and start working.

When you genuinely believe in a desired outcome worrying becomes futile.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Your Biggest Fan

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There may come a time when you look over at the sidelines and no one is there cheering you on. Unfortunately, there may be more times than you or I would like to think about but know that they will come. When that happens, learn to be your biggest cheerleader.

Sometimes we look to others to provide us with encouraging words and motivation when all the while we should be consulting the person who knows us the best; yourself. It is imperative that you understand the importance of being your biggest fan. You cannot reasonably expect everyone to celebrate you every time. However, you can choose to celebrate yourself as early and often as possible.

All throughout high school, I participated in organized sports and extracurricular activities. For a number of reasons, my parents were not able to attend any of my games or ceremonies. During those times, I developed and strengthened the “cheer yourself on” muscle. Sometimes you have to motivate and encourage yourself. Although no one was there to cheer me on, it did not prevent me from winning.

Be your biggest fan.

To The Top,
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Recognize Your Brilliance

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Sometimes it’s important to simply give yourself a “pat on the back”. Due to humility, many of us don’t give our accomplishments the recognition they deserve. In many cases, you may not be recognized at all for the great works you are doing or have done yet that should not stop you from giving your best every single time. You are solely responsible for recognizing and rewarding your own accomplishments; we should not wait nor count on anyone else to do it for us.

There will be things that you will do which will create a sense of certainty that you will receive an award yet the award may never come. Certainly, there are things you have done in the past that was reward worthy yet not one person recognized you or your efforts. While we should never do something for the sake of recognition, it is imperative that we understand that your reward may not come in the form of a trophy or certificate. The reward may very well be the satisfaction of a good deed.

It is imperative that we not wait for someone else to recognize us for our efforts. Learn to compliment yourself. Learn, understand and practice the importance of giving yourself daily affirmations that confirm your brilliance. Just because no one says “great job” doesn’t mean that you aren’t doing one. Understand and commit to memory that you are truly great and no trophy nor award will ever deny nor confirm this. You are what you think you are; a winner.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Please God, Not Man

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Release yourself from the grip others have on you simply because you seek their approval. Wanting to be “liked” is an issue we all face. I say issue because I truly believe it is an issue that we must combat. When others know you are seeking their approval, they will oftentimes take advantage of you. You are in control, don’t let that happen by seeking the approval of the only one that matters; God.

A basic human need is the need to belong or feel accepted. In my opinion, this need should be restricted to your immediate family. Many of us want to be accepted by the group; even more of us would do whatever it took to belong. These cliques are formed at an early age; surveying the classroom to see who you most identify with then joining forces. Instead of trying to belong, be the one who creates the group. Instead of looking for someone else to lead; be the leader.

Some trails have already been blazed but there are many trails waiting to be blazed by you. The most important aspect of a leader is the fact that a leader does not need to belong to any specific group, a leader can assimilate and encourage any group or team dynamic. A leader does not seek approval yet understands that his work affects others. Release yourself from the need to want others to approve the works you’ve done.

When we try to please people we become their slaves. Focus on pleasing God; not man.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Calling Me Names

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It baffles me how upset some people get when another person, in some cases complete strangers, refer to them in a name outside of their given names. It is inexplicable how some people allow others to control their emotions. While some people may not get upset if they are called a name, I certainly understand why someone would react this way. Early on in my quest for peace and understanding, I allowed others to control my emotions by reacting hastily. After plenty of practice, I now maintain complete control over my emotions. I repeat, plenty of practice.

What others call us will only hurt us if we accept the name as our own. People will speak ill into the atmosphere attempting to pierce your core by referring to you in a manner unbecoming of a cordial person. W.C. Fields said it best, “It ain’t what they call you; it’s what you answer to.” It is critically important that you understand implicitly what Mr. Fields is trying to say here. Do not debase yourself to the names people call you; you are under no obligation to accept them.

By virtue of the simple fact that you are on your way to the top, people will talk about you, lie on you, and certainly call you names; you do not have to answer to any of them. Since people are going to call you names anyway, be sure that one of the names they call you is “successful”.

Understand that you will face obstacles like these along the way; the challenge is how you will choose to respond to them. Your response should be one that does not compromise the incredible person you are. Each time think about your response before you respond. Walk in the understanding that you were born to win and winning isn’t easy but it can become a habit if you practice it daily.

The next time someone is foolish enough to call you something you’re clearly not, remember you are not what they call you if you don’t answer to it.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – The Outsiders

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No one should know what’s going on inside your house, especially if they’re standing on the outside. When you look at some people you can tell exactly what they are going through. Indeed some people are interested in the attention they may attract and others fall into the category of “misery loves company”. Wearing your feelings outwardly is obviously done at your discretion. The issue comes when you allow those feelings to dictate your actions and/or in-actions for that matter. For some strange reason, the opinions of others matter to us so much so that many of us live our lives based on this premise. That is something you must work on eliminating from the equation. What others think should not matter to you and it shouldn’t prevent you from striving to be your very best at all times. What others think about you is none of your concern.

Wearing your feelings outwardly is only one piece of this puzzle; another vital piece is your appearance. It is critically important that you look the part. Fake it ‘til you make it simply means look like you already have that which you are seeking and it will appear into your life more willingly. Please be clear, I’m not saying “perpetrate” or try to be something you are not. I am saying take pride in your appearance. I remember my father once saying; “It doesn’t matter how much money you have in your pockets, you need to look like you have a million dollars somewhere.” Wiser words have never spoken.

The final piece to the puzzle is your words. There is so much power in the spoken word. Your words are so powerful in fact that they can cut deeply and heal a broken heart simultaneously. What you say to yourself or your self-talk dictates how you interact and impact the world around you. Your words are powerful. Speak confidence into your life. Do not wait for others to compliment you, walk in the understanding that all God’s children are beautiful. What you show to the world is exactly what you can expect to attract back into your life.

Understand that you are in complete control over your own life so start acting like it.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Powerful Thoughts

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Do you ever think about someone and then they call you out of the blue? Or had a burning question you were dying to be answered and magically the recent commercial provided an answer for it? Or how about the time when you are thinking about a song and just like that it comes on the radio? Well, this may come as a surprise to some but the fact that it occurs cannot be dismissed as mere coincidence.

It is through the power of intention that you are able to attract certain things into your life; good and bad. When I first read Wayne Dyer’s book “The Power of Intention”, I wasn’t sure what to expect nor did I fully understand the dynamic paradigm shift that was about to take place. Basically, the power of intention speaks to attracting that which you think about most. Specifically the Law of Attraction which suggests that you attract into your life what you focus your mind on the most. I did not know why I was experiencing this but it helped to explain it.

Understand that the “thing” you’ve been thinking about lately is about to happen. That person who has been occupying your mind space is a phone call away. The life you know you deserve to live is still a possibility. Your goal is to keep your eyes on the prize and your mind on the finish line. Allow your mind to focus on what you want to attract into your life and it will begin to show up. This requires a little bit of faith, the size of a mustard seed and the ability to believe in the unseen.

Your thoughts have the incredible power to become things. Whatever you focus your mind on the most is what will show up in your life. Don’t believe it? Try it and see for yourself.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – The Plan

One thing that has stood true throughout my life’s journey is that when I plan something, if it’s in God’s will, things seem to automatically fall into place. It seems like anytime I set my mind to doing something, I receive miracle-like cues to know if it’s the right thing to do. When it is right, you will know because the pieces will fall right into place until you eventually complete the puzzle. Miracles will happen that you will not be able to explain; that’s when you smile and thank Him. That’s when you’ll know it’s the right thing to do.

Before I relocated to Los Angeles from Tallahassee, I wanted to make sure that everything was in place. What I quickly learned is that sometimes you have to take risks. Sometimes things just don’t go as planned. I ditched the plan and bought a one-way ticket to LA. I didn’t have a single family member within a thousand mile radius, no employment prospects and I only had one friend. I literally knew one person in LA when I arrived with my suitcase and little brown bag filled with hopes and dreams. With those types of odds, one would expect immediate failure. How can you blame them?

What you should understand is that rewards come to those who take risks. The greater the risk, the greater the reward. Had I chosen not to move to LA when I did with what I had, I am certain that I would not be the person I am today. I came to LA with a sword which was sharpened through my diverse experiences. Each experience helps to shape our view of the world around us. The only reason I survived was because I understood my choices which were between two simple options; I could either sink or swim. Against all odds, I chose to swim. To me, it seems like the obvious choice so I choose to make it often.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Defining True Wealth

There is a wealthy business man who lives a lavish lifestyle. He is able to buy what he desires, travels where he wants at his leisure and owns the very best in tailored clothes, exquisite jewels and expensive cars. He enjoys the best tables at the finest restaurants wherever he is. His home looks more like an apartment complex boasting countless rooms and the roof is specially designed to withhold the weight of his helicopter. To many, this man seems to have it all. To many more, it seems as if his life is absolutely perfect.

There is a man who works two different jobs seven days a week attempting to put his five children through school. This man wears a uniform to both of his manufacturing jobs. He does not own a fancy house and doesn’t even own a car. He travels to work by bus which at times he misses because he may have to work overtime at one of his jobs. The place where he and his children call home is a one bedroom apartment where he sleeps on the floor while his children share the only bed in the entire place. Their meals are scarce yet they manage to eat them together.

If I asked you which life you would rather live, many of you would undoubtedly choose the person in the first story. What you don’t understand is that the man in the first story, who seems to have it all, grieves internally because he is unable to have children. The man in the second story, although his life is less glamorous, finds his wealth not in possessions but in the children and family around him. There are people who seem to live the life you dream about yet you never consider the life you are living may be the one others dream about.

If we compare our blessings to others, ours will never seem enough. Never look at another person’s blessings and compare it to yours. We are all uniquely blessed with what we have for a reason. Instead of focusing on what you want, appreciate what you have. Wealth is determined by many factors, determine yours by the love you give and receive rather than the things you have and want.

You will never find true happiness if you are constantly focused on what makes others happy. While I will never discourage you to always work hard to acquire your wants, I especially want you to focus on your needs; which by God’s grace are always met.

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Joe Paul

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