Morning Cup of Joe – Hard Work Pays Off

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Anything worth having never comes easily. In fact, not only does it not come easily but you have to be willing to work twice as hard to keep it. Think about the things you may still have in your life right now that was simply given to you. How did you treat it? Do you still have it? Is it in good shape? Now think about something that you definitely have that you worked hard for. I bet you take care of it. You may actually still have it. You probably thank God for it as often as you can.

When we work hard for something or have to earn it, we treat it better. Whether it’s a relationship or a material item, we work harder for something that we’re vested in. Not only do we work harder, we treat it differently. The best example is a rental car. Think back to a vehicle you rented. How did you treat it? I can bet you didn’t wash it; you may have driven over speed bumps going 40mph. You treated it like it wasn’t yours. Now think about the car you actually make payments on or the one you own outright. You probably wash it every weekend. Keep it gassed up and treat it like a prize possession.

What’s the difference, you ask? They are both cars, aren’t they? Well, the difference is in the fact that with one of the cars you actually had to work hard to get it and even harder to keep. With the other, the sense of pride of ownership simply doesn’t exist because it isn’t fully yours. Your relationships work the same way. You must be willing to give in order to receive. You can’t treat others like they are rental cars and expect them to treat you like a car they make payments on. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

Remember, nothing worth having ever comes easily. If you worked hard to get something, you must be willing to work hard to keep it.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – The Battle Is Not Yours

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You’re going to have people who are going to mess with you, test you and try to throw you off course. There will be some people who blatantly disrespect you. Believe it or not, there are some people who truly don’t want to see you succeed. These same people will try to push as many of your buttons as they can until one eventually releases you from who you are.

Recently, I almost allowed someone to take me there. You know, take me to a place my mother wouldn’t be proud of. I immediately thought about a message a close mentor and friend shares with me often; “Never allow someone else to set your thermostat”. In the heat of the battle, this is one of the toughest things to recall and initiate. Remember, just because someone else is disrespectful to you doesn’t mean you should respond reciprocally; never allow someone else to make you lose your cool.

Before I allowed myself to go there, I silently called out to God and asked for him to fight this battle. I didn’t ask him to help me. That’s where many of us go wrong; we ask God to help us win the battle. Sometimes we have to step aside and let God fight the battle. Simply, give it to God. To some, this may sound preposterous because one may think that you should be the catalyst in finding solutions to your problems. I agree to some degree but know that every battle isn’t yours to fight.

If you trust God, he will never disappoint you. Turn your seemingly unwinnable battles over to Him; He’s accustomed to winning.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – The Greatest Difference

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There is an ongoing battle between being cooperative and being competitive. Oftentimes, the thin line which separates the two becomes obscure. Some extreme competitors expect to win and most inevitably do. The problem comes when our expectations aren’t met and the results aren’t favorable. Many of us are so competitive that experiencing a loss would result in complete disappointment and utter devastation.

When I was in college, I ran for Student Body President. I truly gave that election my all and I mean ALL. After several grueling months of campaigning from dorms to classrooms, Election Day had finally arrived. Almost ten hours later a winner was announced. My name was not called. That was my first experience losing an election. There are countless people who quit after they’ve experienced a loss. My life experience has taught me that if perhaps I don’t win today, it doesn’t mean I can’t win tomorrow. Every loss presents an opportunity to learn, grow and get better.

Although I did not win the election, I was not willing to accept that this one loss would ultimately dictate my future. A winner understands that it is not over until it is completely over and even then you must fight some more. Whether you win or lose, remember to always give it your best shot. While I was devastated at the time, I had to wrap my mind around the fact that failure is an event, it is not a person. No matter the results, you should never walk away from an experience hoping you had done a little more. Leave it all on the battlefield.

The greatest difference between a winner and a loser is that a winner always gets back up.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Eyes On The Prize

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Sometimes you have to do what you have to do in order to get what you need to get. I’m sure you understand by now and have countless examples confirming this fact and the understanding that nothing worth having comes easily. Well, some things do but that certainly doesn’t mean that they’re worth having. In my humble opinion, anything that comes easily isn’t worth having; that includes everything. The things we work for, we tend to appreciate a little more.

Sometimes you’re going to have to go through extreme lengths to accomplish a particular goal. If you haven’t yet had to experience this consider yourself lucky. If you want something bad enough, you must be willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Whatever it is, be willing to do whatever it takes. At all times, focus on the desired end result. Simply, keep your eyes on the prize. In my lifetime, I have been forced to learn and understand that when the going gets tough, my breakthrough was right around the corner. If things are a little tough right now, hold on because your breakthrough is coming.

Arguably, the toughest part of any journey is neither the start nor the finish; it’s the expedition in between. Remember, you cannot finish if you don’t start; and if you don’t start you can’t win; and if you don’t win, we all lose. We are counting on you to accomplish your dreams. Do what you have to do to get what you need to get. It’s already yours! Believe it then see it!

Without sacrifice and a reasonable amount of calculated risks, you will never know the joy of winning.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – You’ve Got To Fight!

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It isn’t over until it’s truly over. Don’t count yourself out before you even get into the battle. Oftentimes, we talk ourselves out of a battle before we even jump in. Citing countless reasons why we shouldn’t do something. In the same vain, you must also consider citing reasons why something may actually work. Everything is dichotomous in nature; meaning there are two ways to look at everything. There certainly are positives if you focus intently on discovering them; consider the positives.

You will never know the outcomes of the battles you don’t fight. If you choose not to fight, you’ve already lost. Understand that nothing in this world comes easily; nothing. The outcome of your battles has already been determined yet that should not prevent you from fighting as hard as you can. The fact that you are still living simply means that you are on the winning end of the battle. It also means that, to date, no problem has claimed your life and thus has made you stronger.

Your primary goal each and every day should be to never quit. Quitting is not nor should it ever be an option for you. First, understand and commit to memory the fact that you were born to win. There is no such thing as an insurmountable battle. No matter how hard it seems and will become at times, you cannot quit. No matter how difficult the battle appears, you cannot quit. Even if it looks like you are going to lose, you cannot quit. Your reward is waiting at the finish-line and you cannot claim any rewards if you don’t finish. Be a finisher.

The only way you’ll know if you can truly win a battle is if you make it to the end. No matter how long and arduous the journey may seem, you must focus on the end result. Do not fear defeat, focus intently on the finish-line and you will win every time.

You can win and you will win; simply because there are no other options for you.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Are You A Quitter?

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No matter what you’ve been through or are currently going through it does not have to stay like that. While some of our problems may be the result of our circumstances, a majority of those problems are a result of the sum of our choices. We have all made questionable decisions and poor judgments in the past. Those decisions and choices are exactly why we are where we are today.

If you truly want to change your circumstances, you have to first believe that change is possible. Secondly, you must be willing to start from where you are right now. Lastly, you must be committed to that change. Understand that we place many of our perceived limitations on ourselves by not acknowledging the fact that others with similar situations have found a way out. Guess what? Your way out is possible if you follow a similar path. If you follow the path of a successful person, you will get similar results. No exceptions.

Did you know that there are others like you who have experienced similar turmoil? While your issue may seem like the biggest one in the world, you are not alone. Did you know that most successful people have one key thing in common; they never give up. They keep moving and working tirelessly until they reach their desired results. As long as you are not willing to quit and commit to being successful, it can and will happen. There is truly no time like the present. Take advantage of the days you are blessed to see.

Don’t wait until tomorrow to get what you know you deserve today. The change you seek happens when you decide enough is enough. If you can read this, it’s not too late. In fact, it’s never too late. Everyone has to start somewhere. When will you decide to start?

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – First Day of Your Life

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Today and each day, spend time thinking about of all the things in your life you are thankful for. Be sure to focus on the non-materialistic reasons you are thankful; family, a great career, a wonderful spouse, etc. Today, I want you to think about all of the sacrifices you have made in your life to this point in order to get to where you are today. Today I want you to walk around with a renewed spirit while you express gratitude for the incredible progress you’ve made to this point in your life.

Today I want you to think about why you are here. Most people will continue to take up precious space while others like you and I will continue to discover and live our purpose. If you are having trouble figuring out your purpose in life, you must simply answer one question; “What am I able to do that is effortless to me while I can use it to serve others?” Answer this question and you will be one step closer to discovering your purpose. Your purpose also has to do with doing what you love. When you do what you love and love what you do, wealth comes in abundance. Today I want you to focus on discovering your purpose.

Today I want you to place emphasis on your gifts. Your gifts and/or unique abilities are ones that come naturally. Today I want you to focus on what you were born to do. It is my belief that you were born to leave your mark on the world. It’s not enough that I believe it, what do you believe? We truly only have one life to live so you must make this one count. Believe it or not, there are very good reasons why you are still on this side of the dirt; your purpose has not yet been fulfilled. Trust and understand that your life has meaning and watch as it begins to unfold once you decide to take the first step toward that discovery.

Who besides Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Mother Teresa and countless others are going to leave their mark on this world? Today, I ask, who else will join the ranks of these great avatars? Today I want you to stand up and add your name to the list.

Today is all we’ve got; Live it!

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Turn On Your Light

During a conversation, a friend expressed how they were modest and did not want too much attention focused on her. She was tasked with being the keynote speaker for the graduation ceremonies for her collegiate Alma Mater and was experiencing challenges formulating her speech. As she was writing her speech, she did not want to focus too much attention on her accomplishments and awards because she felt as if the audience may think that she was self-centered. She also did not want to seem conceited or pompous so she shied away from talking about herself. I had a different idea of how she should approach her speech.

She had experienced some challenges and setbacks in her life which helped her build the tenacity and perseverance necessary for one to experience success of any kind. Without going into details of her story, I encouraged her to focus on the lemons she had been able to turn into lemonade. If you don’t share your story, how can you inspire someone else who may be experiencing the same challenges as you? At the very least they will think to themselves “If she can make it, maybe I can.” When I speak to a crowd, my goal is never to reach everyone as I believe that this is an unrealistic goal. I only seek to touch one person. If I reach more than one person then that’s great but my goal is only to reach one.

I share this story with you because you may be shy about sharing all of the trials and tribulations you have been able to turn into triumphs. I encourage you to share with the world how far you’ve come. Although you may not be where you thought you’d be at this stage in your life, thank goodness you aren’t where you used to be. Share your story and inspire others. Don’t be afraid to talk about the amazing things you’ve been able to accomplish in spite of the devastating events that may have occurred in your life. The world is listening, share it and inspire others!

How can someone see how bright a light is if it’s turned off? Turn on your light and shine! I invite you to join me and shine as bright as the sun at nine. Don’t be afraid to shine and tell the world how far you’ve come. Be the light that will guide the path for others to follow.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – One Win, One Loss

It’s funny how some people sit on the sidelines patiently waiting for you to fail. They watch your every move and hold on to your every word while maintaining hope that the next move you make is the one that will cause you to fail miserably. They could easily stand and cheer for you while you are winning but that would go against what they stand for. It’s easier for some people to find fault and hate than it is for them to show love. If only those people knew that it’s the other way around, maybe their lives would improve.

Just like one win doesn’t determine a champion, one loss doesn’t determine a loser. Some people would rather see you fail than succeed because of their own perceived limitations. Misery loves company and so does failure. In a twisted kind of way their way of thinking sort of makes sense. They don’t want to see you win because the top is lonely and there’s always room to join them at the ever so populated bottom. Who wants to be at the bottom? Certainly not a champion. Still we rise.

In any given competition, there are several people competing for a top spot and there can only be one winner. If you are competing, I can understand the need to see your competitors as the enemy. However, if you aren’t even competing, you really don’t have a dog in the fight. You certainly can’t win if you don’t play. And if you don’t play, you should stay in your lane and watch from the sidelines. When you are on top, there will be people who not only want to bring you down but they will work tirelessly to see that it happens.

Maintain the understanding that the hard work you put into being the best increases the distance between you and those who want to see you fail. The harder you work the greater the distance increases between you and your haters. While they are busy hating, you stay busy working.

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Joe Paul

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