Morning Cup of Joe – Self-Assessment

When was the last time you performed a self-assessment? Meaning, how long has it been since you sat down and took a realistic view of where you are, where you’ve been and where you are trying to go? I find myself thinking about this often asking questions like, “How can I get better?” and “What am I doing wrong?” or “What can I do differently?” If it has been a while since your last check-up, it may be time to reevaluate your situation. Interestingly enough, there are some people who have never performed a self-evaluation. This explains why their tires are turning but they are going nowhere.

Conducting a self-assessment is simple and requires a writing utensil and something to write on. In fact, you may not have access to these items depending on where you are reading this. If you are near the beach, writing in the sand works just fine. The first thing to do is to write down all of the things you would like to accomplish in the coming year then write down everything you’ve accomplished this past year. Once you have these two lists, write down the obstacles that have prevented you from reaching these goals. Finally, restructure your plan of action in order to accomplish the goals you have set.

Just like you visit your doctor for your annual check-up or your optometrist for your annual eye-exam, it is imperative that you perform an annual “Success Check-up”. Write your goals down, work on them daily and in six months to a year, perform a self-evaluation to track your progress. If you are not where you need to be, change your strategy. The end goal is to accomplish everything you listed as goals.

I never write down my “goals”, I refer to them as my “Must Outcomes”. This puts me in the mind frame that I must accomplish these goals and in most cases I do. It is so easy to start something; it’s the finishing that most of us struggle with.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Stay The Course


Nearly 18 months ago, I travelled over 1500 miles by car leaving behind people, places and things in search of something new, exciting and different. This morning is unlike any other morning I’ve ever had in my entire life; this morning I woke up enlightened and wanted to share that with you. Truthfully, every morning is different and is essentially based on our perception and reception of the day which makes it a gift. I digress because this message isn’t particularly about that. This morning, I want to emphasize the importance of persistence. It is critically important that you maintain a high level of persistence in the face of danger; persistence in the face of uncertainty and persistence in the face of doubt.

The key to success is staying the course and seeing a goal through to the end. Throughout the entire 1500 mile pilgrimage, one single thought continued to rewind and play over and over again in my head; “If I keep driving, sooner or later, I’ll reach my destination”. There is so much we all can and should learn from my journey. The main lesson is, stay the course! On my way to my final destination, I encountered traffic; I watched fellow road warriors get pulled over by police officers and issued speeding tickets and I even witnessed several serious car accidents. One can reasonably parallel this road trip experience to similar experiences in our lives.

Essentially, in life we are going to experience some obstacles, trials and tribulations along the way toward the achievement of our goals. The key thing to remember is that if we stay focused on the end result, the chances of accomplishing that specific result is extremely favorable; almost 100% of the time. Keep in mind that as long as you keep grinding, keep driving and stay focused, eventually you too will reach the finish line. The goal is to not stop driving; to not stop moving; to stay busy and to work diligently until your desired end result is realized. It can be done if you stay the course.

Don’t stop until you have reached the top.

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 – F.E.A.R.


So many people waste so much time at the line wondering if their shot is going to go in. The issue comes when you think so much that you neglect to act. If you don’t take the shot, eventually time will run out on the clock and the game may be over. This metaphor is a direct reflection of our lives. Most people have the necessary tools at their disposal to create anything they want yet are afraid or unwilling to simply try or do. Stop worrying about whether you will MAKE or MISS the shot, you’ll never know until you TAKE the shot!

A self-induced scare tactic is when you talk yourself out of a situation simply because you are afraid of the outcome. I read somewhere that FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear can only control what you allow it to control. The false evidence is what we create in order for it to appear real yet some lack the skill of discernment necessary to determine its validity. Simply, fear nothing. Most of us refrain from acting because we believe what we fear is real when in actuality it is not. We create our own fears and thus are the only ones who can eradicate them.

You are standing at the edge of a cliff yet cannot see the bottom. Do you jump? You never know if you will land on a bed of pillows or a bed of thorns but you will never know until you JUMP! Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams. Do not allow fear to get in the way of accomplishing your goals. Understand what role fear plays in this quest of dream realization and your dreams will be realized much sooner. Fear should merely motivate us to act not distract us from the overall goal of winning.

Remember, the greater the risk the greater the potential reward.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Hitting A Bulls-Eye

When we set out to accomplish a goal or goals there are certain factors that must be in place in order for us to achieve optimal results. Our goals are simply fleeting thoughts until we decide to write them down and commit to accomplishing them. Oftentimes we sit and wonder why our dreams aren’t coming true while others seem to be enjoying their deserved blessings. I will tell you why some goals are easily reached while others may never be attained. In order to accomplish any goal you must clearly define your direction. Where are you going and how are you going to get there?

There is so much power in the spoken word and there is equal, if not greater, power in the written word. It is not enough to have your dreams and goals locked away safely in your mind, they must also be written down and reviewed often if not daily. You must clearly outline your objectives, write them down and feverishly execute until they have been accomplished. We tend to create barriers through our self-talk, convincing ourselves to reconsider making the first move. The first move is to write down your goals.

Understand that your goals are only unreachable if you think they are. There is no such thing as a dream that is too big or a goal that is not achievable. Once you write them down, almost like magic, the universe begins to put people, places and things in perfect order in order to assist in the dream realization process. Our goals must be written in order for the universe to act on our behalf. Do not be misled; writing your goals down is not enough, it is truly only half the battle; execution is of the utmost importance. Write down your goals, put forth maximum effort in order to execute those goals and at all times expect them to be accomplished. That’s a winner’s mentality.

Remember, it’s difficult to hit a bulls-eye without a target. What’s your target? How are you going to reach it?

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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