Morning Cup of Joe – Just Another Day

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 results and 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 inaction. Your results are based on what you contribute to the overall picture. 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 broccoli; no comparison.

The sooner you realize that we are all uniquely blessed, the sooner you can stop comparing your blessings with 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 so don’t take anything for granted including this day. 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 blessed, be a blessing to others.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Sound Advice

Are you the captain of your ship and the master of your soul? Do you direct your own path or do you count on others to direct you? Do you make your own decisions or are the decisions that affect your life based on what others think you should do? Aside from assistance from a trained professional, not only is it wise but it would behoove you to make your own decisions. After all, you have to live with the outcome not the person directing you.

Advice is free which is precisely why most people seek it and most people give it. We all know that you get what you pay for. Hence, if you aren’t paying for the advice you are seeking, how much value could that advice have? Do not be misled; some advice is priceless and can certainly come from someone who is not a professional but you should certainly limit those options to people who have “been there and done that”. Most people seek advice from people who have never even been in their specific situation. That’s like asking someone to guide you through a path they’ve never traveled themselves.

Unlimited power comes from your ability to direct your own path. There is a decision that you are keeping from making perhaps because you are not sure what the outcome could be. I submit to you that you will never know until you make the first move. Stop asking others and make a decision, now, today. There are clear benefits and consequences to every decision you make. The only person that should be thinking for you is you. In short, make your own decisions and live by them. Your own two feet are the only ones that can direct your path.

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Morning Cup of Joe – Power You Possess

The Law of Attraction subscribes to the thought that “like attracts like”. Simply, by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, you have the power to bring about positive or negative results. 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 is no cloud.

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.

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. Nothing is impossible and impossible is nothing.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Man In The Mirror

Some may find this hard to believe but I do not own an alarm clock. In fact, my internal alarm clock is set to wake me up at or before 6:30AM every morning, weekends included, and it never fails. It is a very calm way to arise from a deep slumber and certainly beats the alternative of the blaring and annoying sound of a traditional alarm clock that is meant to startle you out of your sleep. Well, this morning was no different except for the fact that I stared in the mirror for about a minute or so as I thought to myself; “Am I where I want to be at this stage in life?”, “Am I as successful as I thought I would be by this point in my life?” and “What am I willing to do to get what I think I deserve from this life?”.

We all have moments where we contemplate where we are, how we got there and can we go a little further. These thoughts are not unusual and provide for deep introspection and self-examination. It is better to have these types of thoughts than to go about your day in a robotic sheep-like fashion. Unfortunately, contemplating alone never created anything. You can’t think your way to a better physique or health. You can’t think your way to a better job. You can’t think your way into a better relationship. Do thoughts have the capability and capacity to become things? They certainly do. However, you must be willing to do your fair share to make those thoughts become things. Imagine a life where all you had to do was think of something and it suddenly appears. I don’t know about you but to me that is a scary thought based on some of the malevolent minds in the world.

As I stared in the mirror and contemplated about my life and accomplishing goals, I had a moment of clarity. The only person keeping you from accomplishing your goals is the person you see in the mirror. No one else is responsible for your outcomes, successes and failures except for you. If you want to lose weight, stop eating unhealthily and start exercising. If you want a better job, stop complaining about your current one and start looking for a better more fulfilling one. If you want a better relationship, stop complaining about how terrible your significant other is and start finding someone who appreciates you for who you are. Stop thinking and start doing.

It’s really simple, start taking full responsibility for your actions and your inactions. You cannot blame the world for your personal problems. Only you can fix what you know is broken simply because you are equipped with the tools necessary to fix your own problems. You can’t count on anyone else to do it. If you want the best that life has to offer, ask the person in the mirror what they are willing to do about it.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – What They Think

No one should know what’s going on inside your house, especially if they are 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 from their pity party and fall into the category of “misery loves company”. It is imperative that you control your outward appearance and work on maintaining a positive mental attitude at all times.

Wearing your feelings outwardly is obviously done at your discretion. However, the issue comes when you allow those feelings to dictate your actions or inaction 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 what others think and feel about us. If you are going to progress you must eliminate this from the equation. What others think about you is none of your business.

When you free yourself from the bondage of what others think and feel about you, only then are you able to soar like the eagle you are. People will try to bring you down because they are afraid to rise. Your primary goal should be to live a life free the need to please others. Maintain the understanding that you cannot please everyone and that should never be a goal. Focus on the reason why you were placed on this earth; primarily to influence the lives of those around you. You can’t do that if you are focused on what others think and feel about you.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – You Can’t Have It All

During a recent conversation an acquaintance exclaimed “but Joe Paul, you can’t have it all”. That particular sentence continued to hover around my thoughts through the duration of the conversation as I attempted to understand exactly what “all” meant specifically to me. I started wondering if my expectations in life were too high, so high that perhaps they were unreachable. I started wondering if this person was right about the comment they had made. I kept asking myself, can you have it all?

I quickly snapped out of it and reminded myself that of course you can have it all and then some. I think where some people go wrong is having lowered expectations of themselves and their surroundings. Too many people are satisfied with shooting the lay-up rather than taking a chance at the half-court shot. Clearly, one has a higher propensity to go in while the other may never go in at all. However, you will never know if you will make the half-court shot if you never shoot the ball. I choose to shoot from half-court because even if I miss, at least I gave it a shot. Furthermore, I will continue to shoot it until I eventually make it. Maintain the understanding that if you keep shooting, eventually one of those shots will go in.

It is perfectly fine to reach for the stars. It is perfectly fine to want the very best that life has to offer. It is perfectly fine to have great expectations. There will be people who will tell you that it is impossible. Commit to memory that what is considered impossible to some, may not be impossible to all. Just because they believe that you can’t have it all doesn’t mean that you have to adopt that debilitating mind-set. I can’t imagine living a life where I was simply ok with whatever life hands me. I want it all and that is what I am going to continue to strive for. I will not stop until I have it and neither should you.

Do not allow those without vision to distract you from yours. Define the “all” and pursue it with vigorous passion. I believe that you can have it all if that is what your heart desires. Some people don’t want to see you fly because they lack the wings to soar themselves.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Empire State of Mind

The idiom Rome wasn’t built in a day simply means that it is easier to destroy things than it is to create them. It also means that in order to build an empire or an empire state of mind, it takes time, effort and an incredible amount of determination. From the beginning to the end, history shows that the influence and rule of the Roman Empire lasted over 500 years and at its height spanned a geographical area of over two and a half million square miles. Eventually, like anything that rises, the empire fell. Why is this important?

I want to parallel one of the greatest civilizations to your life. It is imperative that you understand that your success in life and love is solely based on the effort you put into it, the determination you make to guarantee that it happens and the commitment you have to ensuring that it is maintained at a particular heightened level. If you want to build a strong relationship then you must learn that trust is the most critical piece. You must first learn to trust yourself, your abilities and capabilities before anyone else can fully trust you. You must unequivocally believe that success in every aspect of your life is possible before it comes to fruition.

Let’s talk about belief for a second. Your belief system is what guides your thoughts which in turn guide your life. You truly are and will become that which you think about most and indisputably believe. I am convinced that Julius Caesar believed that he could conquer the world and at one point it certainly seemed as if it were going to happen. The empire state of mind is what you must apply to your life and all of your dealings if you want to reap the benefits a mindset like this one brings. An empire state of mind is a bulletproof mindset with laser sharp focus that does not allow external forces to penetrate the mission and vision of the one who holds the keys to their thoughts. You are in control of your own destiny.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your dreams. You too can experience the success that the Roman Empire enjoyed if you adopt an empire state of mind. Where will your thoughts lead you?

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Joe Paul

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