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Motivational Monday

BrotherWord - Take Risks

Recently there was a story about a McDonald’s employee who was swapping the happy meal toys with his mixtape.  Crazy right?  Definitely was not the market for the material he was attempting to promote and ultimately, it cost him his job, but I do applaud him for ingenuity and creativity.

Sometimes in order to advance and achieve your goals, you have to take risks… even if they appear completely insane.  Risk takers are the ones that shape the world, the ones that revolutionize the way we think, and bring reality to what was once thought to be a far-fetched imagination.  People thought the Wright brothers were delusional until they actually took flight.  People once thought the Earth to be a flat surface until that myth was debunked.  The world wide web was not even fathomable until a group of scientists, researchers, and engineers made it possible.  The common denominator in all of these events and so many more that have shaped the world is that someone threw caution to the wind, believed in themselves and their dream, and despite all odds and doubts, set out to make history.

The McDonald’s employee chose the wrong platform to promote his music, but at least he took a chance on making something happen.  If you are sitting around waiting for the right opportunity, you are fooling yourself.  Opportunity happens with you are active.  If you are scared to take risks, then you are content with failing.  If you are consumed with what others think and how they will react, you will never discover who you truly are meant to be.  You cannot live life worrying about what others will think nor can you go on with life always playing it safe.

Life is truly about calculated risks that produce phenomenal rewards.  So the next time you are weighing the risk/reward scenario, keep in mind that if you never do, you will never know.  People called Franklin a lunatic for his experimentations with electricity, but without him, we could possibly still be living in the dark ages!

Motivational Monday

BrotherWord - Stay Motivated

For some, motivation comes and goes and it is hard to maintain focus and consistency.  The objective is to harness that internal fire, replenish it as necessary, and let it flow in every aspect of your life.  Here are some quick tips on how to stay motivated.

7 Tips to Staying Motivated

1.) Set your goals and stick to them.  The purpose of goal setting is to have a concrete plan to follow and help guide you down the road when it gets rough.  Having goals means there is a definitive destination to strive towards.

2.) Establish markers of progress.  Aside from setting goals, there needs to be markers of accomplishment.  Having goals without checkpoints can be a defeating effort.  Set weekly or monthly markers of accomplishments to achieve and start knocking them off chunk by chunk.  You will begin to see your dream start to materialize.

3.) Learn from the greats.  There are many lessons that can either be learned the hard way or the easy way, so take advantage of potential opportunities.  Read all you can to advance your knowledge in the field you are pursuing.  If possible, find a mentor to train you on the intricacies and details of mastering your craft.  There is a reason some have been able to obtain greatness and it didn’t happen by accident or without help.

4.) Partner with those that share your drive because not everyone will share your vision.  Your dream is your dream and no one will have the same vision as you do. However, you can find people that have the same work ethic and drive for greatness.  Those are the people you need in your corner.  Although they may not have the same big picture idea, they do believe in and support you.  On those days when everything seems to fall apart, it will be that belief and support that will push you through.

5.) Reward yourself for milestones.  With each marker accomplished, take a moment to cherish the moment and find a way to reward yourself for staying the course.  Each step closer to your goal is a significant occasion that should be recognized and celebrated.  It may be as simple as taking a couple of hours to treat yourself to a movie or purchasing a small trinket to symbolize the accomplishment, but whatever it may be, award yourself for a job well done.  At a minimal, it will be an encouragement to continue on.

6.) Allow yourself some slack.  Not everything will go as planned and there will be days when you will be totally frustrated and ready to throw in the towel.  That is perfectly normal.  It will happen, so allow for it.  What that means is that you are passionate about your pursuit and it is important to you.  As long as you remember the reason you began and follow the goals you have set, the frustrating days will be few and far in between.  Don’t beat yourself up for setbacks and don’t give up either.  Greatness comes with a price and the journey is filled with many challenges.

7.) You have to rest.  All the excitement and ambition will throw your body and  mind in overdrive and you will want to tackle everything all at once.  It is an invigorating feeling to have a vision and watch it manifest daily.  Take the time you need to rest and recuperate in between.  Everyone needs a period of time to get away from the daily grind to replenish.  Be intentional about scheduling time to allow your mind and body to rest.  You will be amazed about how when you return, you have fresh ideas, a rejuvenated body, and crisp mind.  Rest is imperative to success.

Motivation comes from many sources and how you harness that motivation will determine the outcome of your journey.  Use these steps to help you along the way and take you to the next step.  Equipping yourself with the right tools will assuredly help you reach your destination.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing that’s why we recommend it daily.”

~ Zig Ziglar

Thankful Thursday!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursday - Life Lessons

Today I am most THANKFUL for life’s lessons.  Life has a way of bringing out the best, and sometimes the worst, in all of us, but either way, it will challenge your every fiber and force you to grow and expand mentally and emotionally.  Every storm is followed by sunshine, and sometimes a beautiful rainbow.  Although it may be hard to find the silver lining during hardships, know that it exists.  Even when you can’t see it or have doubts, hold onto that belief, fight through, and remember this too shall pass.  No different from school, we are tested to see if we have learned and retained the lesson, and such is life.

We have to go through the fire to be purified and polished.  Gold is dull and lackluster until it is put through extreme heat and a diamond is no more than a lump of coal before it is put through extreme pressure.  From both you are rewarded with a rare and valuable jewel, just like life’s lessons.  The things we go through shape us into the people we are and strive to become.  Be THANKFUL for your life lessons as they are a road map to your future and breadcrumbs from where you’ve come.

Life is the greatest teacher and the lessons it offers will carry you through the best and worst days.  So, take it for all it’s worth and enjoy the ride.  THANK you LIFE for blessing me with opportunity after opportunity to share my lessons with all I can reach and learn  from all that I meet.

What are you most THANKFUL for today?  Share your life lessons and moments of THANKS with #BrotherWord.

Ask BrotherWord – Dazed and Confused

Ask BrotherWord - Dazed and Confused

Dear Brotherword,

Is it ever okay for a woman to let a man know when she’s interested, or should she wait and hope he eventually notices her? Some guys say they’re flattered to get attention from a woman, while others say men like the chase. Should I sit back and wait or go after what I want? There is a guy I’m interested in, but my friends say that if he was interested in me, he would show it because men go after what they want. Help.

Dazed and Confused


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