A Message to My White Friends

To my white friends,
I know it may be difficult to speak out against the recent tragic incidents in Ferguson and New York although you may have a sincere desire to. I know it must be challenging to say something that may ostracize you from your group. After all, a basic human need is the need to belong and saying something may jeopardize that and perhaps be counterintuitive. I know race is a sensitive subject and with acknowledgment comes the pressure to act. If you won’t say anything about the fact that white police officers are murdering black men without recourse then say something about the fact that human life must be preserved at all cost. In the end, it’s not only about race; it’s about the excessive use of force from law enforcement officers against citizens of this great country. No one can deny the fact that what is happening is wrong, regardless of its racial undertones. You have a rare opportunity to speak up and speak out against these blatant injustices.

I’m reminded of the immortal words of Mr. Rogers, the same Mr. Rogers we all grew up watching on television, when he said “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” The world needs a few more heroes; will you be one of them?

Sincerely,
Joe PaulSame Voice

100 Days to a Better You! – Day 45

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67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor.

You can say that you are going to accomplish your goals, you can even unequivocally believe that you can and will achieve them. However, if you do not write them down, you can believe all you want but nothing will happen. What this means is that your goals will remain fleeting thoughts which may never come to fruition if they are trapped in your head; you must write them down.

Writing down your goals creates an interesting dynamic that forces you to act on that what you’ve written. It also encourages you to track your progress and creates an unbelievable sense of accountability and responsibility. There are immeasurable benefits to writing down your goals.

There is certainly power in the spoken word but there is much more power in the written word. 67% of wealthy people writing down their goals should tell you something. Writing down your goals gives you the ability to track your progress, much like a to-do list.

If you think it, dream it, imagine it, write it down, believe that it is possible and work like hell until you have it then it shall be yours.

Don’t just hope and pray like it depends on God, work like it depends on you.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

55 days to go!

100 Days to a Better You! – Day 30

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Milestone #1 – The 30 Day Mark

I remember playing sports in high school and being overcome by the somber feeling one feels when they look into the stands with the knowledge and awareness that their parents were not there rooting for them. It did not feel good. The crazy thing about it, I played as if they were there. In every case, I had to snap out of it and cheer myself on. Sometimes it worked, and others not so much. What I did learn from that experience was the fact that sometimes you’re going to have to be your biggest cheerleader, and sometimes your only cheerleader.

Before we embarked on this 100 day plan, I made it a point to highlight the fact that this was a shared journey and neither you nor I were in this alone. There is a sense of solace one feels when they are fighting side-by-side with a trusted comrade; you are my trusted comrade and I yours. The fact remains that it is much easier to do something when you have someone by your side, someone to cheer you on, someone who believes in you, then it is to do it by yourself.

Sometimes you’re going to have to root yourself to victory. Sometimes you’re going to have to be your biggest cheerleader. Sometimes you are going to have to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes until you get what you want, even if you’re doing it all alone.

These past 30 days have been arduous, tiring, and filled with tests. The next 30 will not be any different, in fact it may get more challenging as you get closer to your must outcomes. That’s a pattern I’ve recognized over and over in my life; the storm before the calm. Your ultimate goal is and shall remain to finish and finish strong at all cost.

I am going to personally spend the next 30 days focused heavily on reaching the next milestone of Day 60 with a special emphasis on accomplishing every single goal I’ve written down. This is going to take a tremendous amount of sacrifice.

What does that mean? It means that I will not be updating the 100 Day blog until we reach milestones on Days 45, 60, 75, and a countdown to 100 starting at day 95.

We’ve gone 30 Days consistently and we’ve got 70 more to go; you should be proud of that. Always remember that you can’t get to Day 100 if you don’t start at Day 1.

In the meantime, I would love to know how these last 30 days have had an impact in your life. Share the changes you’ve experienced. Send an email to info@JoePaulSpeaks.com

We are in this together! Quitters never win and winners never quit!

To The Top!
Joe Paul

100 Days to a Better You – Day 29

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How do you measure success? Do you measure it based on reaching small goals until you get to the big one? Do you measure it only by reaching your ultimate goal? Do you measure it by the standard of “at least I tried?” Do you measure it based on the success of others?

I used to measure success solely based on accomplishing the ultimate outcomes I set for myself, never taking into account the small victories. I now realize the small victories matter just as much as the big ones and you should be very proud of it. In fact, the only way to get to the major victories is by reaching “small” victories.

I’ve witnessed the transformation that this 100 day plan has had and continues to have on my life, primarily because I am my own case study. I’ve followed my plan even if it meant sacrificing fun or time hanging out with friends. I’ve followed my plan even if it meant staying up late or waking up early. Through this sacrifice, I have been able to bear witness to the small victories.

I think it’s a bit unfair to call them “small victories” because any victory regardless of its magnitude is a victory nonetheless; and ALL victories matter. For our purposes, we’ll call these incremental victories.

While I’ve had many, I would like to share a few of my small victories, I mean, incremental victories with you. As a result of my embracing a new way of eating and exercising daily, I’ve lost a significant amount of weight and visibly gained muscle mass. As a result of sacrificing time with friends, watching tv and playing video games, I’ve read 4 books in 29 days. As a result of praying daily and meditating, I am much closer to God and His purpose for my life than I’ve ever been before; my conscious is clear.

These incremental victories are precisely what will lead me to the must outcomes I’ve written down in the 100 Day plan. How much closer are you to reaching your ultimate goal? Are you spending time recognizing and reflecting on your incremental successes? Believe it or not, you are a much better person on Day 29 than you were on Day 1; I know I am.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

100 Days to a Better You! – Day 28

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Mark 8:36 – What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

Well, what good is it? Regardless of your religious beliefs or background, I’m confident that you’ve heard this verse before. It asks a poignant question that’s certainly deserves an answer.

I was 13 years old when I first heard it. I remember sitting Indian style near a campfire during one of my many “Youth for Christ” excursions. Youth for Christ served as a refuge for young people like myself who didn’t necessarily have a clear direction in life. I can honestly say that I never understood what that verse meant until now.

As you work toward your must outcomes during the execution of your 100 day plan, it’s imperative that you not only focus on your mind and your body but also your soul. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all religious on you. However, I do believe that you should at the very least have a daily conversation with that higher power; whoever or whatever that may be.

The conversation is a start, what you say is even more important. One thing I’ve learned in my lifetime, through countless personal and eye-witnessed examples, is the reality of divine intervention. No one who has experienced success at any level got there solely on their own merit; spiritual or otherwise, we’ve all received help on some level.

You will reach your must outcomes but only if you acknowledge and pay homage to the one who is actually driving the vehicle. In order to be a better you after these 100 Days, you must view your plan in such a way that you take a wholistic and holistic approach; thats how it was designed.

You can work on your mind, you can work on your body but please don’t neglect your spirit.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

100 Days to a Better You! – Day 27

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Accomplishing goals gives you confidence to go after bigger more seemingly unreachable goals. If you are crazy enough to believe that your dreams can come true and insane enough to chase them, anything and I mean anything is possible. Goals are like a to-do list, cross one off and write something else in place of it.

High achievers never stop making and chasing goals. In fact, they don’t stop until they’ve reached the top. Moreover, it fuels the fire they need to go over the top. I mean, why stop there, right?

There is a lot to be said about a person who not only refuses to give up but succeeds in spite of setbacks, negativity, distractions, temptations or past failures. How close are you to giving up?

If you’ve gotten this far, quitting is no longer an option. At this point in your plan you should be in a different state of mind. You should be looking at your must outcomes as “definitely” not “possibly.”

To The Top!
Joe Paul

100 Days to a Better You! – Day 26

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53…54…55! That’s 55 straight sit-ups in one sitting. That is a major achievement for me, almost monumental. I know to you professional athletes and body builders out there that may not seem like much but to a guy who has NEVER completed more than 20 sit-ups at one time, it is indeed a milestone.

Never base your best on the best others can do but on the best that you can do. Every week I challenge myself by increasing my reps by 10 until I max out at 100; if you remember, I started with 25. Secretly, my goal is to be able to do 100 push-ups and 100 sit-ups in one sitting. My mind says I can, lets see if my body agrees.

What are you feeding your mind? What are you allowing to occupy your brain space rent free? Are your evenings filled with time wasters like watching countless hours of senseless television? How much exercise are you getting daily? Where is prayer and meditation on your daily list of priorities?

Look, to put it plainly, your goals are simply ink on paper until you put them into action. This requires the careful synchronization between your mind and your body. What good is a goal without a go-getter? How bad do you want it?

I want you to seriously think about the questions asked and be honest about your answers. Don’t worry, we’ll talk about spirit soon. The triangle is not complete unless you focus on improving all three; mind, body and spirit.

To The Top!
Joe Paul