Posts tagged Inspiration
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have left.”
If you have not heard of Project Semicolon, I assure you are in for a treat. It takes a phenomenal and strong person to take the worst of life and transform that situation into someone else’s breakthrough. @ProjectSemicolon started in the spring of 2013, when founder, Amy Bleuel, wanted to honor her father whom she lost to suicide. Through the semicolon symbol many related to the struggle of depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide and their will to continue on. The title, “Project Semicolon,” also represented a goal – to believe that this is not the end but a new beginning.
With a mission and a goal, those at Project Semicolon started the journey to inspire and help others overcome life at its worst moments. Whether it was the person suffering, lost, confused, and feeling isolated or those not knowing how to help and just as tragically affected, they have embodied a mantra that is literally changing the stigma on self-inflicted pain. “A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life,” is a motto that they live by and share with as many as can be reached worldwide.
They embody the notion that we all have a choice to add a semicolon in any part of our life and discover a different ending. Life will inevitably back you into a corner, but that does not mean you have to succumb or give up. That part of life may end with a period, but it does not mean the story is over, the chapter is closed, or the book is completely written. Add a semicolon to life and start rewriting your story.
If you are interested in the work Project Semicolon is doing and want to contribute or support in any way, please visit their site at projectsemicolon.com. You are never too lost to be saved.
Today’s #MotivationalMonday is for my men, those that are ready to take their rightful place and reclaim what has been lost. Men, we have been built with authority and power and designed to change lives and lead our communities. The blessings bestowed upon us are not to be taken lightly and the responsibility that comes with that is something to take very seriously. This is a task that is not for the faint of heart or weak of spirit, but for those that are willing to accept the call, pick up the mantle, and carry the torch. You were born to be great and bred to be awesome! Do not let anyone tell you otherwise or anything steal your God-given joy. No one said it would be easy, but I promise together there is nothing we can not conquer.
If you are ready to answer the call, step forward to begin the journey. Despite the perils and obstacles, the destination is worth the trials and tribulations. Take moment to watch the video as a reminder of who you are and what lies within. Time to #ManUp!
How do you find motivation knowing a piece of you will not be there to witness the finished product? When your driving force and inspiration is no longer present to push you, cheer you on, and support you at every turn? What do you do when you do not have the muster or the strength to continue? When your heart is hurting and spirit broken and the only question you have is “why,” how can you possibly find motivation?
You keep LIVING! Life was meant to live. No one ever said it would be easy or fair, but one thing is for sure, we all get an opportunity to live the lives we desire and to pursue our dreams. What you make of life is solely an individual journey. Live the life you have to the fullest, embrace and soak all of it in, the great times and the difficult times, and make the most of every chance you get. Opportunity will come, second chances not as often, so seize each moment, learn from them, and cherish them as though it may be your last.
We do not know the day or the time when we no longer will be able to pursue our hopes and aspirations; please, no more delays. And if you can not find the motivation within, sit at the feet of your elders and soak up their knowledge and invaluable experiences. What you may think are funny or outlandish anecdotes are actually blueprints of guidance that will lead to longevity and prosperity. Motivation is where you find or better yet, through whom it is delivered.
My motivation has come through a lineage of phenomenal people who have poured into me and blessed me beyond measure. When I was lost and confused, I did not have to look any further than family photos. We may not all have family ties to pull us through the fire, but we all can find motivating factors in someone, even a stranger. Do not let life tear you down or steal your joy, but face it head own, head held high, and no matter what happens, keep going!
What motivates you will be different than what motivates others, but what we all have in common is that we have one life to live. Make the most of yours!
~ Dedicated to Jimmie Moore, Sr., a “man and a half,” a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather, an uncle, a friend, a MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION to all he knew. We love you Papa!
Today I had one of the most interesting and inspirational conversations with an old friend. As we were catching up and he was filling me in on his life over the past years, I couldn’t help but smile as I could hear how far he has come and more importantly, how much he has overcome. To say I am excited for the path that he is on would be an understatement.
What stood out the most and resonated the loudest was we he began to explain his “leap of faith.” We’ve heard people use this phrase many times, but actually witnessing its manifestation is monumental and can leave one awestruck. It’s not about doubting a person, not believing in their talents, or thinking it is impossible, but our inability at times to see beyond the here and now, past the obstacles. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” When you are climbing the stairs or taking the escalator, do you actually look at how many step are there or do you trust that it will be there one by one as you move along. No different in life.
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear,” is a very powerful quote by Jack Canfield. How often how you let fear, doubt, insecurity, the unknown stop you from discovering your greatness. Just like the staircase, if only you took one step, the other step would manifest one after another helping you to continue to climb and reach your dreams. Sometimes, you literally have to walk on expectancy, believing that what you desire is not only possible, but also attainable. Faith will provide and fill in the gaps where provisions are lacking.
Think about a puzzle. Like the picture on the box, you have your vision in mind, you know what your dream looks like. As you began to place the puzzle pieces together, the picture starts to develop. Such as your leap of faith. After you take that first step, trusting and believing the picture will come together, the pieces will begin to formulate on their own, lining up perfectly. People will be drawn to you offering assistance you never thought possible and providing exactly what you need even though you had no idea you need them. Funds will become available, allowing you to not inly sustain, but grow and prosper. Your confidence will expand and the walk up the staircase will become exciting and exhilarating.
What my friend showed my yet again is that when we believe and trust, when we walk on faith, we strive for our hopes and dreams, the possibilities are endless! I can’t think him enough for inspiring me to continue to pursue my dreams and I challenge each of you to do the same.
“We must be willing to let go if the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell
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Seeing is believing and to achieve the dream, you first must have a vision. Let the object of your eye lead you to paradise. Anything you can see, you can obtain and if you need a little inspiration, check out the video below.
Motivation can be found in many sources, but what is most refreshing and inspiring is when our youth are the ones leading the charge and motivating the elder statesmen. The adage states our children are our future and despite the numerous stories of youth on the wrong side of the law, there are just as many stories of youth who are excelling above and beyond the norms. One such youth is Jaylen Bledsoe.
At the spry age of 15, Bledsoe has already amassed a $3.5 million IT corporation that is steadily growing and expanding. The CEO and President of Bledsoe Technologies, based in Missouri, states his best advise for other young entrepreneurs is to “Take risks. As a minor, there’s nothing you can do that will shoot you down for too long. You can always jump back up and keep going.”
Bledsoe’s company staffs 150 contract employees to meet the high demands and although his age doesn’t normally coincide with wisdom, Bledsoe is preparing for the next phase of life and has intentions on attending Harvard and pursuing a corporate law degree, displaying wisdom beyond his years.
The 40s television show The Quiz Kids featured child prodigies and used the tagline “Out the mouth of babes oft times come gems.” Jaylen Bledsoe is such a gem and a true motivation and inspiration that age does not dictate success nor hinder those that strive to succeed. The only thing one needs do is keep trying, never quit, and never give up on your dream. Success is gained by those who have the will and thrive to overcome in the face of turmoil and challenges. Use this young man as a motivation to show us all that dreams are possible and whatever we set our minds to can be achieved.
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. ~ Napoleon Hill
Words are some of the most powerful tools available to us. The power of a word can build or destroy in an instant and every word builds upon itself empowering its subject or tearing it apart. But what’s most fascinating about words is that it’s intention and perception can be completely opposite. How we use and understand words is what separates us and no matter the intention, it is on the individual on how they perceive it, digest it, and let it manifest in their spirit. Every word, comment, and conversation can be used for motivation or inspiration. Your detractors may be many, but that same ridicule can be used as an ignition to fuel the fire within and push you to reach deeper. Compliments sometimes are few and far in between, but when we receive them, it can be an inspiration to carry us, affirmation to let us know we’re on the right path, and a needed boost to get us over the hump and let us know that what we are doing makes a difference to someone. Choose your words wisely and remember their power and influence. It’s easier to demolish a building than it is to resurrect and the same is true with a person’s psyche. It is so hard to give someone their confidence back, their self-esteem, and so easy to damage it. Today, and every opportunity you can, speak life, speak strength, speak courage, speak happiness, speak thankfulness, speak gratitude, speak possibility, and even when we have to give criticism, discipline, unsettling opinions, speak that too in love. Let your words uplift the hearts and minds of the listener and plant a garden that shall grow truth, wisdom, and love.
Nails In the Fence Author Unknown There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.” The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said, “I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you.” “Of course I can,” said the father.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is… START. You have so many great ideas, but no idea where to begin or how to get the ball rolling. Don’t let the enormity of the dream deter you from beginning the journey. Put one foot in the front the other and start moving. Like a pebble rolling down a hill, the more it rolls, the more it picks up steam, the larger it gets, and it begins encompassing all it comes in contact with. Imagine jump-starting a vehicle. It’s difficult pushing it, 2 tons of dead weight, immobile, at a standstill. As hard as it may be initially, the vehicle begins to rock, the tires start turning, and inch by inch, you’re pushing forward, moving steadily. Eventually, you pick up a little momentum, a little more speed, enough to hop in, pop the clutch, and off you go. No different when pursuing your dreams and aspirations. It may seem like an insurmountable task at first, and enormous hill to climb, but the only way to achieve the dream is to START. Get moving, build your momentum, and enjoy the ride. #Begin2Win
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” ~ Zig Zager