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Concerned Visionary for Your Life

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It is that time of year again for me and my daughter. December is always our time to reflect and really begin digging into the goals for the next year. By now I have already revisited my ‘written’ (cause that’s key) annual and long term goals several times throughout the year. I used to throw my vision boards away but three years ago I decided to start keeping them. It has become a great way to hold myself accountable but also to help me stay on course and keep a good perspective on what I have achieved, am achieving, and will achieve. Some people call it corny, I call it being a ‘concerned visionary for my life’. Whether you choose to try it out for the first time or maybe you have done them in the past and have plans for doing one for 2017, do it with the intentional thought that everything you dream can be achieved. Sometimes its just a matter of seeing it before you see it!

Happy Vision Board season!

LIMITS = LIES

How many times have you heard the saying, ‘life has no limits‘ or ‘live limitless‘? Now think of how many times you have probably thought or said you could not do something because of some defined limit. To take it a step further, consider how many times YOU were the person that defined those limits. As humans, basic emotional and sometimes black and white thinkers (as if gray does not exist), we can be guilty of limiting ourselves from achieving our goals. Many of the things we want to achieve rely solely on our belief that we can get it done. We can not always blame external factors on keeping us away from our destinies. We may look at a situation with a one-dimensional or limited perception and assume there is no work-around. When in reality, there is often a work-around; a path that we had not considered and must wait for the perfect timing to seize the goal set forth.

We are capable of fooling ourselves into practically accepting mediocrity and believing certain things are not to be attained for our happiness. In all actuality, WE place limits on ourselves and merely accept the lies that we perceive. Yes lies. We believe something that is not true or purposeful for our lives. I believe in the slogan, “If you can believe it, you can achieve it.” I’ve learned, however, the caveat is that one must be willing to think in, outside and around the box to truly master their goal. It becomes a matter of re-thlimits-liesinking and realigning the possibilities; simply changing the perception of how something will be achieved.

Here is a practical example. When I was in my early 20’s I was convinced I could not publish my first book because I did not have the money. Therefore, I did not put a lot of effort or thought into determining alternatives for securing the money needed to publish my book. Before I began to really dig into what it took, I looked at my bank account, looked at how much money I made a year, and concluded publishing my book was not an option. I tucked the dream away for a while. I continued to write, but I did not push the idea of publishing my first project. I tucked it away not having decided that I did not want to publish the book, but tucked it away while somehow convincing myself that I was not capable. I spoke the limit into my life. And for a while it became so.

My view was completely off. It was not until a few years later, when my perception about life and what I truly wanted out of it changed that I’d finally figured out a way to make the publishing of my book happen. Let me be frank though, I did not figure it out alone, but because of the change in my perception the investor that was always present over those years of limiting my dream, stepped up to help me make my vision come true. I wonder did you catch that. Did you? Read it again. The investor who invested in my dream had been present in my life all those years that I was sure I could not afford to publish my book. It was not until I began making conscious efforts, to perceive life in a way that was conducive to my success. I had begun viewing life positive in thought, positive in action, and positive in reaction. I stopped telling myself LIES about what I was not capable of and began penetrating truth from my mind and lips to the idea that there were no LIMITS to my life.

As you move throughout your day, keep a close reminder that your perception determines the limits in your life. Seek out and/or continue nurturing your mental capacity to succeed in a way that completely removes negative thoughts which in turn can conclude negated outcomes. Empower yourself to move forward with positivity, ready to seize all the limitless opportunities life comes with. Speak all the limits out of your life. No more lies. Just higher altitude.

Until the next post, may your day be filled with passion and lived completely out loud!

 

Faith Walking

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Following your passion; doing what makes your heart smile the biggest can be a scary experience. Whether you are trying to follow your passion full-time or just want to incorporate it within your daily living, the bumps and toils that may appear or try to keep you from doing so can be more than daunting. Even more so, because following your passion does not come with the perfect map, taking that 1st, 2nd or even 20th step can come with its own form of disorientation or outright discouragement. However, you have the greatest power within yourself. What’s that? It is your faith. It’s knowing that you are more than capable of accomplishing and seeing your passion through to fruition. Sometimes the only thing you have left is to close your eyes and take a leap or step of faith knowing that whatever the road ahead looks like, your faith will guide you almost perfectly. Close your eyes. Tighten them as much as you can. Ensure you can see nothing before, around or behind you. Keep them closed. Without taking a breath or even giving anything a second thought, now take a step. Take another step. Another step. And another. Don’t stop walking. That’s what faith looks like – it’s moving forward even when you don’t know how your footing will be placed, but knowing that your footing grounded in your belief of success. Now keep walking. Keep stepping. Keep those eyes closed. The tighter they are; the more steps you take; the stronger your faith becomes. Your passion was not given to you to shy away from it or allow doubt or unclear paths to keep you from reaping all the happiness that it affords you. When faith is all you have, you’ll keep walking without knowing the road ahead.

PLOL Podcast #1: 4 Tips to Live a Passionate Life

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Click the link below to listen in on the first Passion Living Out Loud (PLOL) Podcast.

Podcast #1 – 4 Tips to Live a Passionate Life

Thankful Report

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What am I thankful for? I am thankful for the continued provisions that I have been afforded. I am thankful for the greater understanding and relationship that I have built with Christ. I am thankful for a family that loves and cares for me. I am thankful for my beautiful daughter that loves me to no end and that I am willingly responsible for nurturing her through Christ and all other life matters. What am I thankful for? I am thankful that I continue to pursue being the greater me in which I was created to be. I am thankful for the talents and gifts that I inherently possess. I am thankful for those that support me when I do not feel I deserve any of it. I am thankful for the belief that there is good at the core of most, any, human being and that their ability to love on others exists. I am thankful that I want to love on others, can, and do. I am thankful for my health and my ability to work to improve it. What am I thankful for? I am thankful that on most days I realize that I have more than enough to be thankful. I am thankful that through my darker days I have increased faith to move me forward and believe that greater days are coming. I am thankful that I have the life I have and will continue to love myself unconditionally exactly how God created me.

From everyone at Passion Living Out Loud may your Thanksgiving be a day full of memories to add to your list of thankfulness!

Dream and Dream Again

dreamsHave you ever grasped a hold of a dream; tasted the goodness of your fruitful labor in attaining that dream; reveled in the glory of finally having that goal or dream under your belt? When all the fanfare was over did all you want to do was sit down and take a break? If you have not, I can honestly say I have. Think about it. Some dreams take quite a bit of time and energy to achieve. They can require so much of your spirit and soul to make it happen that when it has finally been actualized, you may feel overwhelmed. The important thing to keep in mind though is that your last dream can not be your last dream. You have to continue dreaming and then continue preparing and activating that energy to obtain that next dream. You have to dream and dream again.

It is important to know that life is a cycle. There are ups and then there are downs and everything in between. That is what the cycle of chasing your dreams should be. Just because you achieve one dream does not mean any other dream that you have should be delayed in reaching. It is ok to take a break, but keep in mind that the break should be short; not lengthy. Do not let the break be so long that you miss the window of opportunity for that next dream. Yes, pace yourself, but know that your pace should be as steady as possible. You do not want to burn yourself out or overwork yourself, but you do want to keep your stamina up in order to move forward. The time you are on break should be treated as a time to rejuvenate yourself and prepare for the next thing on your agenda. Heck, you owe it to yourself to see what else you are capable of achieving.

So again, I implore to you, just when you’ve reached one of your dreams, keep dreaming. Don’t stop. Let the last dream be the foundation for the next dream and the future dreams thereafter that you’re destined to reach.

 

Passion Grinding: Thankful Thoughts

Think of all the many things you have to be thankful, embrace them and let them carry you into your next blessing…

Empower Your Empire

empowerWho better to influence the projection of your life than you? Sometimes we look for external factors to catapult us into our next sphere of success. We hope that our bosses, spouses, community leaders, etc. move us to the next climactic point of our existence. We seek encouragement from others as if their words are the only that will truly make it happen for us. The truth is, the outcomes of our life, outside of God, are a direct result of your actions. A direct result of your belief in yourself; your abilities; your gifts and talents. It is pertinent that we intentionally do everything within our own power, or empire to empower ourselves.

We are the authors of our happiness, our successes, our victories and so on. You authorize all of these things in your life. Looking to enhance your empower, influence those around you? It starts with you empowering yourself. It requires you to look internally and pull out all the great qualities you already possess, expand on those qualities, and integrate each and everyone into the sphere around you. Today and every day going forward me intentional, tapping into yourself to move yourself into the next victory as if everything was riding on it.

Believing and entrusting yourself with the success of your empire is the first step. Remember what you build today serves as the foundation for how solid your future will be. No one owes it to you more than yourself. Make it happen!

The Imaginary Cliff

textgram_1478185549Imagine you are standing at the very edge of a cliff. The highest you could ever dream. Your foot may wobble for balance; knees may weaken a bit. Your heart begins to race; brow pulling sweat from within. You may even see a few crumbles of rock break away and fall beneath you. As you look down you begin to feel every emotion inside telling you to fear what may be below that cliff. From rejection to unresolve to failure, you believe that what is waiting for you underneath that cliff is anything but your next step to success. Instead of taking your next step, you contemplate if you should just stand still or actually turn around. As if those options are safer. You are practically convinced that moving forward is not your best option. The reality though is that sometimes taking that step; moving forward is your only option. It may be the only option you have to reach whatever that next goal is that you have set in your life. So why believe anything else?

Your somewhat distorted belief may be based on some past experiences of yours or at least the negated ones you choose to recall first. Once upon a time maybe in the far distance or even if your recent moments, you have taken a step that led you, in what you felt, was the opposite direction of victory. The truth however, is that for every opposite direction of victory you have encountered, you have for sure accomplished a victory. Remember that job you have been on for a while now? Victory. How about that degree you are almost finished with? Victory. Did you forget how your children excelled in various areas in their life? Victory. Are some of your closest personal relationship currently sound? Victory. Maybe you closed off in your mind the victory of you making it from day-to-day. The point is, in all of those victories you stepped off the cliff. You did not turn around. You did not stand still. You took a step. With each step it turned out that there never really was a cliff. You did not fall. You actually stood tall and walked into your next victory. Those are the moments that are important for us to recall.

textgram_1478185434We are not perfect, thus our emotions are not always in the best position to keep our victories in mind. If you are currently in a state of anticipating defeat, remember that you may simply be imagining a cliff. It could actually not exist. Also, remember the feeling you’ve had ever time you achieved a victory. Reject the idea that you are going to fall; knowing what it feels to stand tall and be able to move forward. In the words of a short fiction piece I wrote a few years ago, always work to ensure your Faith is Greater Than Fear.

 

 

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