Morning Cup of Joe – FINISH STRONG!


Don’t ever start something you aren’t willing to maintain and eventually finish. It takes little to no effort to start something, perhaps that explains why so many people have so many great starts. This theory is also applicable to Olympic runners awaiting the sound of the starters’ gun. Many times, the person who takes off first or the fastest off the block isn’t always the one who ends up with the gold medal at the end of the race. The person who wins is typically the one who finishes strong.

No one will remember how you started but the world will never forget how you finished. If you are going to exhaust effort on anything affiliated with your dreams, I encourage you to focus intently on finishing. I am guilty of not finishing a few things that I’ve started, we all are. The goal is to develop and strengthen the skill of follow-through. Following through with the careful execution of any goal is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

There is an unexplainable feeling that you experience when you accomplish anything. The ultimate goal is to experience this feeling early and often. There is a way to accomplish this. Step one, finish strong. It doesn’t matter how you start, it’s how you finish that matters. It’s funny what our minds have the capability of retaining. As I write this, all I hear is an old friend’s voice echoing, “Finish Strong!” I choose to finish what I start and so should you or don’t bother starting it at all.

Be a finisher and finish strong.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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


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.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Sticktoitiveness


When you set out to accomplish a goal it is critically important that you stick with it and see it through to completion. Now, re-read the first sentence a few more times. Most of the time when we take the initiative to start something, it is almost certain that we are going to be met with obstacles; some of which we cannot avoid. The goal is to simply focus on what matters most; finishing and finishing strong. Remember, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish that matters most.

It costs you absolutely nothing to create a goal nor does it cost you anything to have the desire to pursuit a dream. The cost that you must consider when you are attempting to make your dreams come true is the price you are willing to pay to make certain that they do. Sweat equity is what you must be willing to invest in order to see a positive end result. Your goals are truly an arm’s reach away but you cannot get to them if you’re sitting down. Stand up and chase your dreams. Do not stop until you get them and even after that, keep going.

The road to success will seem long and at times bumpy but commit to memory the fact that you were born to win. I firmly believe that you were not put on this earth to lose. You were put on this earth to make an impact on the world around you. We all have a purpose in life; the goal is to discover yours then share it with the world. Do not think about the journey, simply focus on the destination. It doesn’t matter how you get there, just get there.

Remember, anyone can set a goal but it takes a winner to complete one.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – From Start to Finish


During one of my trips to Miami to visit family I found a perfect teachable moment to help my nephew learn a valuable life lesson. When I arrived at my sisters’ house, I couldn’t help but notice one of my favorite nephews, Michael, was sad and moping around. I instinctively asked him what was wrong and he replied “My mom said I can’t go outside and play until I finished my chores”. I then asked, “So, what’s wrong with that? When you’re finished with your chores you can play”. He replied, “Uncle, this is way too much work for a kid and I’ll never ever finish”. I smiled and immediately sat down with him to explain a very important life lesson. The lesson is simple; the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll finish.

Explaining this to my middle school aged nephew wasn’t as difficult as I initially expected. I explained to him that sooner or later you’ll eventually run out of things to clean but you cannot and will not run out until you start. Most adults have a similar mind-set that creates an illusion that the workload is so heavy that they may never get it done. There are some things that we should be doing but many find it easier to mope around and host “whine” socials about them instead of tackling the problem. Do not be discouraged if the task seems too great; believe that you are equipped with the necessary tools to combat any problem and start working now.

As I mentioned before, if you don’t start, you will never finish. Stop worrying about the amount of work you have to do and start chipping away at it with the knowledge that eventually the work will be complete. A man once asked another man “How do you eat an elephant?” the other man replied, “One bite at a time”. The metaphoric elephant in this scenario is similar to your problems and/or issue(s) you are attempting to tackle; no matter how big your situation may seem, if you attack it one day at a time you will eventually overcome it. Stop trying to bite off more than you can chew and focus on the task at hand.

Don’t wait, start today!

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Hand Me Downs

The way things are today doesn’t mean that’s how they’ll stay, especially if you believe in a better tomorrow. When I was growing up, we did not have many resources. With eleven people in one household, the potential for plenty simply wasn’t there. We had to cut back on almost everything and make do with what we had. One major thing we cut back on was the purchase of clothing. My parents subscribed to the “hand-me-down” concept. This concept is perfectly fine if there are two, three maybe even four siblings but nine? I am sixth down the line and let’s just say by the time the clothes got down to me, they had served their full purpose and were ready to be retired but that didn’t stop my parents from passing them down to me.

Elementary school was the toughest because during the first day of school, every student had new shoes, new book bags, new clothes and new haircuts or hairstyles but not me. I had to recycle my clothes and wear them year after year earning the nickname “Holy Joe”. The imaginative and creative kids at my school called me “Holy Joe” because my school clothes doubled as my church clothes and they also had holes in them from being handed down and also from me participating in recreational activities.

Today, a majority of my clothes and suits are tailored especially for me. I did not allow an insignificant and out of my control event to dictate where I would end up. Although my clothes weren’t new, I thanked God daily for the clothes I did have. I remember feeling sorry for myself one day when the famous “ten cents a day can feed this child” commercial suddenly came on. I started thinking to myself I really don’t have anything to feel sorry about. I have a family who loves and cares for me, clothes to put on my back, food to eat and genuine friends who accept me for who I am.

Never overlook the important things in life like love from family and eternal relationships with true friends. How you start isn’t always how you’ll finish, that is totally up to you. Remain focused on how good things can be and watch as reality meets your thoughts. How you start isn’t always how you’ll finish.

To The Top!
Joe Paul