Morning Cup of Joe – The Plan

One thing that has stood true throughout my life’s journey is that when I plan something, if it’s in God’s will, things seem to automatically fall into place. It seems like anytime I set my mind to doing something, I receive miracle-like cues to know if it’s the right thing to do. When it is right, you will know because the pieces will fall right into place until you eventually complete the puzzle. Miracles will happen that you will not be able to explain; that’s when you smile and thank Him. That’s when you’ll know it’s the right thing to do.

Before I relocated to Los Angeles from Tallahassee, I wanted to make sure that everything was in place. What I quickly learned is that sometimes you have to take risks. Sometimes things just don’t go as planned. I ditched the plan and bought a one-way ticket to LA. I didn’t have a single family member within a thousand mile radius, no employment prospects and I only had one friend. I literally knew one person in LA when I arrived with my suitcase and little brown bag filled with hopes and dreams. With those types of odds, one would expect immediate failure. How can you blame them?

What you should understand is that rewards come to those who take risks. The greater the risk, the greater the reward. Had I chosen not to move to LA when I did with what I had, I am certain that I would not be the person I am today. I came to LA with a sword which was sharpened through my diverse experiences. Each experience helps to shape our view of the world around us. The only reason I survived was because I understood my choices which were between two simple options; I could either sink or swim. Against all odds, I chose to swim. To me, it seems like the obvious choice so I choose to make it often.

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Morning Cup of Joe – Developing Muscles

Some people think that their problem is the biggest one in the world. Whether their car broke down, they lost a job or something as simple as they ran out of milk and are inconvenienced by having to go to the store; whatever the issue, at that point and time, they feel like the sky is falling. The interesting thing about problems is that they are all solvable. Once you fully understand the root of the problem, essentially what caused it, you are able to discover your solution. Be solution minded.

Most people feel as if their problems are the biggest ones in the world, and to them it may very well be. I submit to you to not fall into this category. No matter how bad you think you have it, someone is doing much worse. That obviously doesn’t make your problem go away but think about the person you pass everyday on your route who asks for spare change. Thank God you haven’t allowed your problem to reduce you to begging. Do not be misled, sometimes we have to do what we to do in order to survive.

No matter your situation, you can overcome it. Take it from me, whatever it is you are going through is not a problem that you cannot solve. In fact, it is minor in the grand scheme of things. Do not allow a minor issue to become a major setback. Condition your mind to think big picture. Simply, you are destined for greatness and you have to be able to see your vision fulfilled before it can come to fruition. When we are destined for greatness, we must face obstacles. Unfortunately, there’s no way around it. Besides, it makes us stronger and helps us develop muscles we may not have even known we had.

This too shall pass, only if you decide that your minor issue isn’t something you cannot overcome. Maintain the understanding that you have within you the power to overcome any challenge, start acting like it.

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Morning Cup of Joe – Just Another Day

We are all built differently. Our minds, our motivations and inspirations differentiate from one another. How we process particular functions are different. We are all individually wired to produce the explicit results and outcomes we have become accustomed to producing. We are all independently created with specific talents and specific gifts. Although we breathe the same air and share the same space, we are not the same.

While we are not the same, we are still one. Learn to condition your mind to believe that your blessings are preordained. The outcomes you have in your life are a result of your actions and/or inaction. Your results are based on what you contribute to the overall picture. Never compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do. The measure of success is intended to be independently defined. You cannot realistically compare someone else’s results to your efforts. That’s like comparing apples to broccoli; no comparison.

The sooner you realize that we are all uniquely blessed, the sooner you can stop comparing your blessings with the next persons. What you consider just another day, a terminal patient considers a miracle. You have what it takes to be what you want to be so don’t take anything for granted including this day. If you continue to focus your energy and attention on others instead of yourself, they will continue to be ahead of you. Focus on yourself, maximize your potential and walk in the understanding that God made you in his perfect image.

You are blessed, be a blessing to others.

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Morning Cup of Joe – The Longest Storm

One thing I’ve been fortunate enough to learn throughout my life’s journey is that trouble truly doesn’t last always. Simply, whatever it is you are going through is as temporary as a passing storm. The longest storm that I know about lasted forty days and forty nights. What you should consider is the fact that on the forty-first day, the sun did shine. Your goal is to last until and even past the forty-first day.

We have all experienced a form of chaos in our lives, perhaps to different degrees but we have experienced it nonetheless. Think back to a time, even if it was recent, where you thought that your problem was the biggest problem in the world. How did you overcome that problem? What did you have to do to overcome your situation? Repeat those steps and the outcome will be no different. The man with no arms envies the man with no legs. The man with no legs envies the man who cannot see. The man who cannot see envies the man who cannot hear. My point is, no matter what it is you are going through, there is someone else who is a little worse off. No, that doesn’t improve your situation but it puts it into perspective.

Understand that trouble is temporary. We were built to conquer and to rise above all obstacles. Draw on the strength that you have hidden somewhere inside you to overcome this minor obstacle. I say minor obstacle because the only obstacle that is difficult to overcome is death. If you can read this, you can overcome any obstacle. The first step is believing that your problems are not greater than your strength to overcome them.

Do you believe? You should.

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Morning Cup of Joe – Victory Is Mine

Every disappointment means you’re that much closer to a victory. The key to claiming victory is to not allow one incident or chain of incidents to veer you off course. Maintaining focus on the end result is critical to you actually achieving them. In your pursuit of accomplishing your dreams, there will be certain things that will happen that are especially designed to throw you off your game; keep playing.

There are literally dozens of examples in my life where I have seen my miracles come in the face of adversity. I have had triumphs after numerous trials. I have been able to claim victory when I didn’t even believe a win was possible. Yet in still, I never gave up and believed in God for a miracle. It truly starts with your belief system. If you unequivocally believe in something, impossible becomes nothing.

When things don’t go as planned, I hear God’s voice telling me “I have bigger and better plans for you.” Trust that after this battle you are fighting that victory will be yours and it shall be. Winston Churchill once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Truer words were never spoken. Some people would rather stop at a rest stop, visit the gift shop and spend some time exploring hell instead of going straight through it. Better days are ahead.

You have been through your fair share of problems in your life to not believe that sooner than later, this too shall pass. Don’t worry about a thing because this is just a mere bump in the road and you are equipped with an all-terrain vehicle capable of driving over and through any obstacle.

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Morning Cup of Joe – Negative vs Positive

There are so many people who truly don’t understand the amount of power and authority they give to their problems. The power they give to their problems is so much greater than the power they give to their blessings. In many cases, the blessings bestowed upon you up to this day are far greater than the problems you’ve experienced yet most will give their problems more authority than their blessings. When you compare the two, I would dare to say that you have had more good things happen in your life than bad. Focus on the good.

While we may be doing many things right, for some, all it takes is one bad thing to interrupt the ebb and flow of the pursuit of perfection. Always ask yourself, “What am I supposed to learn from this experience?” When negative things inevitably happen to us, it is critically important that we spend as little time as possible focused on the problem. Most people allow their problems to seem bigger than they really are. The goal is to redirect your attention and focus to what matters most; self-improvement.

It is imperative that you invest as much time and energy into counting your blessings and as little time as possible on things that you constantly worry about and cannot control. After all, worrying doesn’t change nor solve anything. Worrying about your problem is certainly not going to fix it. Worrying about your problem is not going to change the fact that you still have a problem. The goal should be to not waste precious time worrying when you could be using that same time to find a solution to your problem.

Don’t allow one negative event to overshadow all the positive ones in your life.

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Morning Cup of Joe – Faith To Overcome

A majority of dreams that are never realized are due to the dreamers’ lack of faith. You cannot reasonably expect to accomplish your goals if you lack the faith necessary to keep you afloat. You are the vessel that drives the dream and faith is the navigator. It is difficult to get where you want to go without having the necessary faith and belief that you will get there. Time plays no factor here. It matters not how long it takes for you to accomplish a particular goal.

When we set out to do something, it seems as if countless obstacles are placed in our path; this is not an accident. When you see obstacles embrace them because that is a great sign. Anything worth having does not come easily, it takes work. Seeing your dreams come true takes hard work yet it is worth it in the end. When was the last time you gave something your all? What were the results? My third year in the real estate business was perhaps my toughest. I was given an assignment to sell out a 536 unit condo conversion. What my manager did not tell me was that the previous six sales people who were given that assignment failed miserably. I accepted the assignment with optimism and maintained a strong sense of faith throughout the duration of the project.

In less than 9 months, with hard work and the belief in myself required to endure, I was able to sell out the entire five hundred plus unit complex. Faith is believing in things unseen yet working feverishly as if it was right in front of you. The reason I believe I was successful is a combination of not allowing quitting nor failure to be an option and having enough faith in my abilities to make it happen.

If you are having trouble moving your mountain, all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed. Not sure if you’ve ever seen a mustard seed but it is quite small. If that is all the faith you need to get through your trials and tribulations then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

Stop looking at obstacles as insurmountable. If you are going to beat the odds, you have got to have faith.

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Morning Cup of Joe – Strength To Carry On

How strong are you? Are you strong enough to make it through your season of unhappiness or will you allow your problems to overpower you? Do you realize where your strength comes from? Are you aware that your strength derives from your ability to overcome obstacles? Are you aware that the more obstacles you overcome the stronger your will becomes? Did you know that you are stronger than you actually believe you are?

I ask you these questions because it seems to me that you have forgotten how far you’ve truly come. Think back to a few of your first trials or tribulations. Clearly you overcame them but how did you do it? The same amount of effort, tenacity and courage it takes to overcome one obstacle is the same amount it takes to overcome the next. In fact, it gets easier. Well, it absolutely should get easier because you have been down that road before. What happens when we repeatedly travel down a road or path? We simply know the ins and outs of that road and no longer require a map. Furthermore, we become so familiar and comfortable with our destination that we may even start taking shortcuts to arrive at the same destination. Solving your problems follows a similar formula.

Pick yourself up by your bootstraps, dust yourself off and stop feeling sorry for yourself. You seemed to have forgotten how strong you actually are. This temporary cloud hanging over your head may not move anytime soon so you must make the conscious decision to move from under that cloud or continue to get soaked by the rain caused by your problems. Make your move! Today is a new day and this new day presents the option to continue to wallow in your sorrow or do something about it.

Your strength is determined by the number of obstacles you overcome. The more obstacles you overcome, the stronger you’ll become.

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Morning Cup of Joe – Heavy Heart

As I walked to the store one day, I am not sure if I just never paid any attention before or if I was simply oblivious but I notice now more than ever the faces of so many that seem downtrodden and hopeless. These faces once innocent have transformed into a hopeless oval. As I got closer to the store, a man stopped and asked me for a dime. I wondered what exactly he can get for a dime. Then I thought maybe my dime was all he needed to make a dollar so that he can get something to eat. In a world filled with so much abundance, there is no reason why people are hungry. I have seen people waste more food than they eat. I know what it’s like to not have something to eat. I have spent many nights without a bite to eat and trust that there is no pain like hunger pains. One of the main reasons why I give is because I have been there.

Some pain you feel sometimes seem intolerable and the hurt too heavy to bear. Negative thoughts find comfort in your mind while you contemplate the worst possible outcomes. You try to smile to keep from crying but the tears overpower your joy. You wonder when will this feeling end and if you can do anything to speed up the process. You think that being alone is the best way to cope but that’s when the devil is hardest at work as negative thought after negative thought fill your head.

Even with all of the pain we witness on a daily basis including our own, the faith that joy has a possibility of coming in the morning is what keeps me hopeful. Some people give up way too soon. Some people take their own lives because they believed that the pain they were experiencing was simply too much to handle. I submit to you that the strongest pain comes before the greatest joy. The saddest moments come before the peak of happiness. The heaviest rain comes before the brightest sunshine. Just hold on. Hold on to the idea that this too shall pass, whatever it is you are going through can’t possibly last forever. Your time will come. Some days it seems like it will never come but know and trust that it will.

I have seen this cycle before. I have felt this pain before. I have experienced a similar hurt before. That is why I remain optimistic. That is why I cannot give up. That is why I will remain hopeful and I pray that you do too.

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Morning Cup of Joe – The Two “C” Words

There are a couple of words you must be weary of as it relates to your inevitable success. These particular words have the ability to make you think that if things are good now then that is the way they will always be. Throughout my journey I’ve learned to stay as far away from these two words as possible namely because it creates a level of surety that inevitably makes you lethargic.

After college, I moved to Los Angeles where my dream was to become an actor. I quickly learned that 90% of the people in Los Angeles are actors and 90% of that population is starving. Starving meaning they aren’t working in show business and that it is not an easy industry to break into. I had to supplement my dream and figure out how not to starve so I decided to obtain my real estate license. Boy was that a great decision. I started doing exceptionally well making more money than I had ever known possible. That decision forced me to defer my dream of being a movie star. It also allowed me to believe that the good times would be around forever. I was very comfortable; the first of two words that I had to learn to eliminate from my vocabulary.

When you are comfortable it triggers the other word that I advise you to be aware of; complacency. When you think that all is well you tend to put things in cruise control and mistakenly believing that this is how it will always be. During my heyday in the Real Estate industry, I became comfortable and complacent. I thought that the money tree would be around forever. There is no way I could have predicted the massive downfall which occurred at the time that it did. I was forced to learn the importance of not resting on your laurels. Successes can be temporary but a successful person is permanent.

Don’t be afraid to ruffle your own feathers to get you going in the right direction. While being comfortable may be a goal for some, it certainly should not be the goal of someone who wants a little more out of life. During your lifetime, you will be exposed to possibilities of learning lessons; learn them. The universe has a way of re-teaching you lessons that you have difficulty learning. I had to learn that you can’t be comfortable because it leads to being complacent. I learned that it is perfectly fine to want more out of life. If you aren’t satisfied with the way things are, change them or change yourself or wisely change both.

Again, some people are fine with where they are but I doubt that you are in that majority. If you start feeling comfortable, you are doing something wrong. Dr. Martin Luther King once said “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Challenge yourself and expect more out of life.

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