Morning Cup of Joe – Teachable Moment


No one likes a know-it-all, no one. I have found that people are less likely to offer information to those who act and even think that they know it all. Never be foolish enough to think that you have all of the answers because you truly don’t. That is certainly the first sign of an unwise person.

Another thing to consider is ensuring that you are teachable. No one wants to teach someone who isn’t willing to learn. Are you a teachable person? Do you take constructive criticism personally? If you answered yes to the second question, you are not a teachable person just yet but it’s certainly a muscle you can strengthen.

Finally, be open to learning new lessons. There are so many lessons to be learned from life on a daily basis through our very own mistakes and by watching and learning from the mistakes of others. These same lessons will be less difficult to identify the more open we are to learning them. When we learn a lesson, any lesson, we are less likely to repeat the mistakes which caused us to learn the lesson in the first place.

If you act like you can’t learn, no one is going to teach you.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – A Lesson in Patience


If you truly want to learn the importance of patience, emulate a teacher. Most educators have mastered the art of patience. It takes patience to teach lessons to a class with various students who learn at different paces. The best way to master something is to attempt to teach it to someone else. It’s an interesting phenomenon, when we teach, we also learn. You ever notice how while you are explaining something to someone it starts to make even more sense to you? That’s not an accident.

I’m certain you’ve heard the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Simply put, anything that is destined to be great takes time to build. You are destined for greatness and it is going to take you building a strong foundation brick-by-brick. It is going to take you reaching deep down inside and pulling out every ounce of endurance from your being. It is going to take patience. The end result will be similar. Much like Rome, you too will stand atop a mountain of your issues, obstacles, trials and tribulations proclaiming victory as the conqueror. Stand up and claim victory, it’s already yours.

Understand this, you have come too far to stop now. You must know that being successful doesn’t happen overnight. Even when it seems like it does for some people, it truly doesn’t. Their day simply came before yours and that’s ok because your day is right around the corner. As you read my words, I want you to accept the fact that your life will and must improve. Know that your dreams are not impossible. If that is your desire then it shall and will come to pass.

Continue to chase your dreams, work diligently towards the attainment of them and be patient while they show up at the exact time they were meant to be there. Patience is not only a virtue; it is a requirement for success.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Results May Vary


He stands in front of the mirror wondering if anything has changed or improved. Staring at himself intently, he starts to imagine what the final results will look like. He wishes there was some magic button he could press that would magically place the muscles where they perfectly fit but unfortunately that button hasn’t yet been invented. The actual twenty minutes felt like a twenty days as he wondered why he wasn’t seeing any immediate results.

We have all been down this road before; you’re doing the right things, working as hard as you can and feel as if you should be seeing results sooner than you actually have. It is critically imperative that you learn to develop the patience of a turtle and the determination of a starving lion hunting for prey in order to be successful. This combination will undoubtably produce immaculate results. In addition to patience and determination, you must learn to develop the work ethic of a champion. If you ask any world class athlete or Olympian what it takes to be great, they will tell you practice and discipline. While some Olympians are born with natural gifts, the other 99% practices until it is perfect then they practice some more.

What the man in the mirror is not considering is the immense amount of time, effort, discipline and dedication it takes to produce incredible results. Some things can happen overnight but the only thing that comes to my mind is sleep. It is important that you set realistic expectations that you are able to exceed. It will take hard work, dedication, persistence, patience and patience. Yes, you need that much patience. Take it from me, the breakthrough and/or goal you are attempting to reach will come to fruition in due time; you cannot rush success. Remain steadfast and committed to accomplishing your goals, whatever they may be.

Remember to appreciate the journey, especially since you already know the final destination. The only thing you can do is take it one day at a time. Sooner than later, you will win. It may not be tomorrow but it will happen if you stay committed.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – God Has A Plan


There is a clear difference between your timing and God’s timing. Your timing deals with hours, minutes and seconds while God’s timing specifically deals with what I like to call “blessing readiness”. Basically, blessing readiness is when you have worked tirelessly towards accomplishing a goal while trusting God to meet you half-way and help create the miracle. Be ready to receive the blessing when God is ready for you to have it, not necessarily when you feel you are ready. This is when your patience is most tested. This is when most people give up, usually three seconds before the miracle happens. I have learned that miracles happens right after the storm. You have to make it through the storm to see the sunshine. Keep pushing.

A common problem some people have is when they try to force a particular desired outcome. If it isn’t meant to be, it just simply won’t be. Learn to accept the things you cannot change. You cannot force something that is not destined to happen. That is like trying to force a square peg through a round hole; it simply won’t work.

God has a plan and his plan trumps yours. If it isn’t in his plan, then it simply will not be. While you are feverishly working towards achieving your goals, maintain the understanding that you may not reach them when you think you will reach them. In fact, it may be sooner and in some cases later. What matters most is that you reach them eventually. Don’t rush to get what you are seeking and don’t expect to get it overnight.

Nothing worth having ever came easily; it takes an exceptional amount of effort and a significant amount of patience.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – The Bus Driver

A client called in for his regularly scheduled life coaching session and started off the conversation by saying “Joe, I have to get off that damn bus. I hate driving it.” He continued to talk about the disdain he had for the salary he earned and how it simply was not enough to do what he needed to do to provide for his family. He concluded that he hated his job and was just not satisfied. After he shared his dissatisfaction with his current state of affairs he concluded with a question and asked “so, what can I do about it and why can’t I get out of the rut that I am in?” Here is what I told him.

Before the universe will provide you with the riches of the world, you must first be thankful for what you have. You may not be able to see the value in the things you have because your focus is on the things you want. Find joy in the fact that while you may not be in the job you want, you are at least gainfully employed. That’s more than the millions of unemployed people around the United States can say. I also told him that if it wasn’t for the bus he drove, we would have never met. You have to find joy in the fact that you have good health, have a loving family and are able to use your five senses. You have to find joy in the fact that your life is defined by more than your position in life. You have to find joy in the fact that where you are today isn’t where you will be tomorrow.

When we underappreciate what we have, it becomes increasingly difficult to appreciate what is possible. What are you willing to do to change your circumstances? The first thing is to start by changing the way you look at them. Life really isn’t that bad, especially if you don’t accept it as so. The energy that you put out is exactly what you will get in. If you invest your precious time worrying about the things you cannot change eventually you will run out of time to focus on what is truly important in life. We all want to be in a better place than we currently are but it is imperative that you are thankful that you’ve gotten this far.

Be thankful for what you have and find the beauty in the blessings you already have. If you apply this simple rule then you can have the desires of your heart.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – The Three Tests

If you want to know if the path you are currently following will lead you to your hearts desires, there are a few things I will share with you to help you easily determine. I call them the three tests. The first thing to look for is the ease at which things start to fall into place. When it is the right thing, the universe makes adjustments on your behalf to ensure that your path is clear. Conversely, when you are heading down the wrong path you will be met with intense opposition. Do not be misled, sometimes the opposition you face does not necessarily mean that you are headed down the wrong path. Simply, you may have to drive through the fog in order to see a little clearer.

The second test relates to time and patience. If it is meant to be than it will be and there is nothing that you or anyone or anything can do to prevent it from happening. What you wish for today may not come tomorrow but it doesn’t mean that it will never come. That is where the patience comes into play. If you believe in your heart of hearts that something is possible then it absolutely will be. Much like God, it may not come when you want it but it will always be on time. There are things that may have to occur before you receive your blessing. Remain patient as the obstacles in your path are being cleared so that you may continue on your journey with ease.

The final test deals with feeling. You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you are about to do something big. We are all equipped with an internal radar detector built to detect when something feels right and when something feels wrong; always trust your gut. There is nothing stronger than your intuition. Think of a time when your intuition or that inner-voice led you out of danger or into an opportunity. It happens to me all the time. I not only listen to my inner-voice, I trust it. You will know if it is right because you will be able to feel it deep down in your soul.

These three tests can be applied to every aspect of your life, from relationships to opportunities. Understand that with time, patience, your gut feeling and the universe working on your behalf anything is possible. Believe it then see it.

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