Morning Cup of Joe – Procrastination 101


“If you do it when you’re expected to and do it right the first time, you won’t have to worry about doing it over.” I can still hear Kim’s voice. Kim was the house mom in the group home I lived in growing up in Miami. She would share this very poignant message with us every time we had to redo our chores. All four of us who occupied the home were required to do chores. She never made idle threats and none of us in the home were brave or senseless enough to challenge her. Well, there was one person who thought he could and was sadly mistaken; that foolish person was me.

Kim would often remind us that if we did not complete our chores from the day before then she would wake us up at three in the morning to complete them. We never believed that she would do it but we also never challenged her. Until one day when the list of chores stated that it was my turn to rake the leaves in the front and back yard. I had homework and a big test I was preparing for so I figured I’d get to it the next day. Kim had other plans for me.

I was fast asleep, perhaps on my second or third dream, when all of a sudden thunderously loud knocks began to break down the door. I looked over at the alarm clock and it was exactly three in the morning. I thought the house was on fire until I heard, “Joseph! Get up and get out there and rake those leaves like you were supposed to”. I always thought she was bluffing about that “three am threat” until I was raking leaves at three in the morning and was still expected to go to school and perform the next day.

That day I learned a very valuable lesson. I was forced to understand the importance of getting a job done when you are expected to get it done, especially when others are counting on you. Even more so, I understood the importance of getting it done right the first time. I also learned that procrastination only delays the inevitable. Simply, you have to get it done anyway so why not get it done when you’re supposed to.

There are some things that you have been putting off from completing for whatever reason. Choose today to get it done. There is no reason why you should wait another minute. Get it done and get it done right the first time.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Appreciation 101


Appreciate what you have because it could all be gone tomorrow. This relates to everything but I want to pay special attention to your employment. If you are employed, you are obviously not part of the millions of Americans who are out of work. It baffles me how little pride many people have in their work. Not only do some employed people lack pride and a good work ethic but some are even ungrateful. Ungrateful of the fact that they at least have a job to complain about.

The most foolish man is one who has a job and complains about it. Learn to recognize simple blessings. Being employed is certainly a blessing. Don’t think so? Ask someone who has been unemployed for more than a year. Instead of complaining about your job, do something about it.

I firmly believe that as easy as it is to identify a problem, it is equally as easy to identify possible solutions. If you are not happy, change your environment or change yourself.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Tomorrow Is Not Promised


Whether you like it or not, tomorrow will come and whether or not you’ve prepared for the day is of no importance. What is destined to happen will in fact happen. If you are one of the fortunate ones to greet the gift that is a day, you must begin to understand the importance of maximizing your minutes. You will only be allotted twenty-four hours each day to affect your circumstances. Whether we like it or not, those hours will continue to tick and tock away waiting for you to make your move. We simply need to decide to act and not to continue to watch time pass us by.

Time waits for no man; I cannot stress this enough. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. That is precisely why we should take advantage of every single precious moment. I want you to shift focus from yourself for just a second and think about the people who matter most in your life. When was the last time you told them you loved them? When was the last time you spoke to a parent? Is there someone who has wronged you in the past whom you haven’t forgiven? Today is the day this change happens.

Every message sent to us is meant to be heard at the specific time we receive it. It is up to us to recognize it as a message. My message is simple; learn to appreciate the time you are blessed with. Do not waste time on people and things that don’t add value to you as a person. You know exactly who & what I am referring to. The time is now for you to make those necessary changes in your life. The time is now to choose to forgive yourself and forgive others; that is the only way you will truly move forward.

Since tomorrow is not promised, choose today to be incredible.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – God is Able


Let Go & Let God only after you have exhausted all of your options. Letting go and letting God simply means you have to know when your part ends and His part begins. It is imperative that you maintain an understanding that God is in complete control. The sooner you release control over to God, the sooner He can start working on your problem or situation. Do not be misled, letting go doesn’t mean completely releasing all responsibility to God; you must absolutely do whatever it takes to make sure that the outcome you are seeking is what you help make happen.

Obviously, God will never give you more than you can handle and we have countless examples in our lives where this is true. You must also know that He will never leave you nor forsake you. The strength and security of your faith will determine whether you overcome your obstacles or not. Letting God simply means trusting God to make a way out of seemingly no way. Maintain the unwavering faith and believe that He is able and you will never be disappointed. However, faith without works is dead. Not only is it important that you have faith that God will make a way but you must also work towards that which you seek. Just like you can’t do it alone, neither can He; do your part.

Take a moment to reflect back to when He created a miracle in your life. Think back to a point in your life when you thought no hope was left and even considered quitting as an option but he came through like a clutch player in the 9th inning. God made a way before and is capable of doing it again. The fact that you are reading this is proof of one thing, you are alive. And since you are alive, understand that you are greater than the sum of your problems. Understand that you have in your corner a King that has never lost a battle; you don’t have to wait until the going gets tough to reach over and tag Him in. Do it now!

He is more than able.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – The Secret Formula

There are three crucial steps when it comes to receiving blessings, favor or our hearts desires. The very first step is to ask. You must be very clear with the description and detail of what you want and must specifically ask the universe for that which you desire. Once that picture is clear, ask. Whether you desire a new job, a better relationship, a new you, or a new car, ask and it shall be given unto you. But it doesn’t stop there.

Step two is to believe. You must maintain an unequivocal belief that what you asked for is already yours. If you believe it then you absolutely can conceive it. One cannot simply ask for what they want; you must also believe that you will receive it. This is not an easy concept for most people because they find it difficult to believe something that they cannot see. It is imperative that you understand that you must be able to believe it first before you can experience the final step.

The final step is to receive. Once you ask and unequivocally believe that it is yours then you must act as if you already have it until it comes. You must be able to train your mind to continuously focus on your desires and it shall be yours. What you focus your mind on the most is what will continue to show up in your life. Open your arms and prepare to receive what you have asked for and what you believe is rightfully yours. Follow all three steps while maintaining the understanding that you must include a secret step that most people never talk about.

The secret step is to walk towards your blessing and do whatever it takes to ensure that you will receive it. It is not enough to simply ask, you must also believe. It is not enough to simply believe, you must also be ready to receive. It is not enough to be ready to receive, you must also be willing to work for what you desire and the universe will undoubtedly meet you half-way.

Ask, believe, receive and work like hell until you have it! That’s the secret formula to success. You must be willing to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes until you have your hearts desires.

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Joe Paul

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