Morning Cup of Joe – Overcome


The incredible strength some develop as a result of achieving in spite of the devastating events that may have occurred in one’s life is directly related to the fact that they never gave up hope that one day they would find a way out. It is also related to the fact that if you must win then quitting can never be an option. One additional major factor some people ignore is the fact that many times the trials we face are simply to test our will and endurance. What most people fail to understand is that whatever it is you are going through, it is because God knows that you are equipped to handle it.

Understand that God will never give us more than we can handle even if it seems like the problem is insurmountable. The thoughts of a successful person is to always figure a way out of their circumstances by constantly focusing on solutions rather than the problem that is in front of them. All problems have within them a solution and are meant to be solved; no exceptions. When you feel like giving up, focus on the fact that you are experiencing turmoil because you will be stronger once you overcome it. You have within you the ability to overcome any and all obstacles. Do you believe that? You should.

It is imperative that you understand that what does not kill you will only make you stronger. Simply, death as a result of your circumstances, which is the worst case scenario, is the only obstacle that is impossible to overcome. If you do not die as a result of your circumstances then you would have gained incredible strength as a result of that experience. Fortunately, most problems will not kill you. Moreover, the problems we face are designed for us to overcome them. That is how strength is developed; by outlasting and overcoming your obstacles.

All mazes have one entrance and one exit. If you are currently trapped in the proverbial maze of life, simply continue to walk until you find the exit. You may run into dead ends, turn around and try another route. Eventually, if you don’t give up, you will find your way out.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Army of One


You are not your problems. All too often we allow our problems to not only define us but also dictate what our tomorrows will look like. The problem may be small to the world but it may be as big as the world to you. No matter what the problem is, it is not insurmountable. We allow most problems to fester and ferment in our psyche until it eventually overcomes us. Before you get to the point of no return, I urge you to connect with someone you trust, share your problem with them and allow the both of you to come up with viable solutions. You are not alone.

You truly never know what someone is going through and you can’t possibly know just by looking at them. When you think you have it bad, someone else is experiencing something ten times worse. While there is no test or special sign that will alert us if and when someone is experiencing pain or trouble, that shouldn’t prevent us from trying to be a friend. A friend is one who will ask the uncomfortable questions in order to find the root of the issue. This is the only way you can create an exit strategy to remove you from your problems. The first step is to understand that failure is an event, it is not a person. Just because you experienced failure does not mean that is who you are as a person. The attempt may have failed but you certainly did not. It is better to try and fail than to never have tried at all. If you are going through hell, do not stop, keep going.

If you are on this side of the dirt, I am unequivocally convinced that you can do something about your problems. Most of us try to handle our problems alone; this method of problem solving can be exceptionally overwhelming. While handling it alone will allow you to exercise your independence, it is not the only option. Understand that two heads are always better than one. If you have two people working to solve the same issue, you may find the solution twice as fast. In essence, whatever you are going through does not have to be the end of the world; you must stay strong. You must stay strong especially for the people who rely on your strength.

Remember that you are not your problems. Your problems are just that, problems. And all problems are meant to be solved. If you aren’t able to find a solution to your problems, join forces and restructure your attack until you eventually overcome it. This is a proven strategy for winning any battle.

Life is so precious and we truly only have one of them to live which is why I urge you to make every single day count by focusing on overcoming your obstacles, preferably with an army behind you.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Bumps In The Road


I have learned throughout this journey that if you are intent on being successful then there are certain obstacles, trials and tribulations that you cannot avoid. To the untrained mind, it would seem that the universe is plotting against you to ensure that you don’t succeed. You would be surprised how many people have conditioned their minds to believe such things. They subscribe to the path of least resistance. Some even believe that they are not meant to succeed because it would all be a little easier if they were. This is totally not the case.

When we set out to accomplish a goal and work feverishly at it, we inevitably face “bumps in the road”. The most successful among us understands and accepts this fact. When that happens, learn to slow down, reassess your approach and try again. The common misconception about intentional challenges is that they are designed to break you. Consider the alternative; those same challenges are exactly what can make you. It’s truly all in how you view your situation. Embrace your challenges and view them as opportunities to get better, faster, stronger and wiser. The ultimate goal is to succeed no matter what challenges life may throw your direction.

The key word is survival. You must dedicate yourself to outlasting your problems. You possess the necessary power to do anything you want in this life, within reason. Do not misread nor misunderstand what an obstacle truly is. Obstacles are confirmation of the inevitable attainment of that which you desire. All obstacles have the capability to stop us short of reaching our goals. While that may be true, please understand and consider the fact that all obstacles are also meant to be conquered. The fact that you have survived this long is evidence that you are a conqueror. You are greater than your challenges.

Anything worth having doesn’t come easily. Keep fighting until you get it!

“There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.”
– Author Unknown

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Hidden Blessing


I know it may not seem that way sometimes but if you look closely you will notice that every cloud has a silver lining. Yes, it is true that this particular cloud or clouds may be blocking your view of the sun but aren’t all clouds are temporary? Simply, there is something to be said about how you look at your circumstances. It may not be as bad as you perceive it to be.

The other day a friend and I went to grab some lunch downtown after moving a few items. As we anticipated the food we were going to devour we took turns exclaiming how starved we were. We turned a corner and there lied a destitute man with no shoes and withered clothing who was obviously homeless. He was sleeping on a bench surrounded by bags filled with his worldly items. His face was weathered from all of the storms he had lived through and his body clearly suffering from lack of proper nourishment.

As we headed towards the restaurant I couldn’t get that image out of my head. While we felt we are starving we at least knew that it was temporary and were going to remedy that issue immediately because we had the capacity to do so. The man on the bench put everything into perspective; you may think you have it bad and that your problem is the biggest one in the world but someone else is going through worse. While that doesn’t make your problem any less important than the next and it certainly doesn’t solve it, it should help you understand the dynamics of your situation and help put things into perspective. Simply, while it could be better it could always be much, much worse.

Thank goodness for all of the blessings that are bestowed upon you and be even more thankful for the challenges you face in life. For it is in solving a problem, overcoming an obstacle, and beating the odds where our incredible strength to endure and carry on comes from. You have made it this far and this is truly the beginning. No problem is too great to solve, ask Albert Einstein. Take a step back, assess the situation, create a plan then execute until your desired results are met. It’s that simple.

Do not allow an issue, problem or challenge to be greater than the blessing that comes from overcoming it.

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Joe Paul