Just Do It!

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I remember when I first heard the Nike commercial with that theme, “Just do it”, thinking, wow that takes all the excuses away. It is a powerful message, and many times when I find myself procrastinating, that theme somehow comes through my subconscious mind. How often I have found myself procrastinating, on things I know I need to do, goals I need to accomplish; only to continue making excuses for not taking the needed first step. Dreamers love to dream, and there is excitement, and creativity in the dream state of a goal. But after the dream, one must push up their sleeves and take the necessary steps in achieving their dreams and desires.
Often people flounder because they don’t know the necessary steps to take in accomplishing their dreams. Every step counts and every step is one step closer to your dream. Where do you begin? Dreaming and visualizing is an important step, and a great first step. Take the time to see yourself doing what it is you desire. Actually, feel, see, and imagine how you see your dream. Secondly, write it down, what, when, where, who can help, how can you accomplish it. If it is a business, who is your target audience, what is your mission. Next, allot time to getting the job done. Allot time to plan, to research, research is important aspect of planning. How feasible is your dream how will it affect your life, what do you need, where will you get your resources. Build your faith., spend quiet time affirming yourself,and your ability to accomplish your goal. Focus in on your goal, believe in yourself. Take the baby steps,buy the books, take the classes, talk with people who are doing what you desire. Then, take the bigger steps, build the website, call the real estate agent, just do it, keep taking the necessary steps.
Finally, protect your dreams, like a new born baby. Watch who you discuss your dreams with, set boundaries for your time. Also set boundaries over who you allow to speak over your dreams.Remember, naysayers, may not see your vision, because they are not called to do what you are called to do.
Go for it, throw off the bag of excuses, and “Just do it”!

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Powerfully Me

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Powerfully me, is the title of my blog, it’s an affirmation, it is an evolving evolution of how I chose to live my life, it is also a challenge to be me, to live fully and as powerful as God intended me to live. It’s recognizing all the gifts God has placed inside of me, and using them to the best of my ability, not leaving any gift or talent wasted.It is really using all that God has placed in me, in service to others. How do we live powerfully? Or to make that statement more direct, how do you live powerfully? What if every person in the universe made the decision, to live life powerfully? Some may even ask the question, is that the same as living selfishly?
Living powerfully, is not selfish, it is living authentically, being your best self, living your life with a purpose. It’s recognizing all aspects of yourself, the good, the not so good, and the absolute messy parts, and holding it to the light, then allowing God to refine, mold, and shape you into to all that he chooses you to be. Living powerfully, is actually a process of surrendering yourself to the purpose and will of God, giving your self over to his will. It’s a process of trusting God that his plan and purpose for your life is the best plan for your life.
To live powerfully, is to give all your hopes and dreams to God,and say these are the hopes, dreams and desires of my heart, I give them to you Father, only then to realize that God placed those  hopes in desires in your heart. The righteous desires of your heart were the dreams he placed in your heart as a gift or a talent. These desires were to be used for the universe, to serve, and to share. If God placed those desires and dreams in your heart, then he would have a perfect plan for you to accomplish them. The key to accomplishing the plan for your life is trust; trust God that he will accomplish his plan for you, through you. He has placed in you every gift, and talent to accomplish this purpose.Living powerfully, is being true to the vision God has for you.
Living powerfully is to live your dream, whether it’s to be a painter, a janitor, a teacher, doctor, or a parent. To pour yourself, into your calling, knowing that it serves a purpose for all, your part is needed in our God community. We all are interconnected, each ultimately depending on your part, for the whole to function. The purpose of this blog is to encourage us all to live mindfully, purposefully, and most of all powerfully!
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It’s a New Year, Time To Set Healthy Boundaries To be Your Best Self

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The New Year for me, always brings about reflections from the past year. As I looked back at 2014, and even some years further back, I realized that there were times when I let others affect my choices. I even at times blamed others for the results of those choices, as if they took something away from me, when in reality I gave up my right to choose for my self, by letting someone else choose for me, or allowing others to affect my choice.There is a healthy balance in everything in life, sometimes for the good of all, you give up some things in your life. However, when it gets to the point, that you don’t even know who you are, because you have let others affect the major decisions in your life, actions need to be taken. Setting healthy boundaries in your life allows you to live your life, and define what is important to you.
Boundaries, establish a guidepost for how you want to be treated,and provide the time for you to accomplish your desires. Boundaries allow you to teach others how to respect you, your time and resources. Boundaries encourage you to say no gracefully to people, and commitments that are not in line with your designated purpose. To say no gracefully, is to say no with respect for the other person, but still allows you to honor yourself. When someone has asked you to do something that interferes with a prior commitment, you can just say no, I have another commitment at that time. Even if the time is for you to have a quiet moment to yourself that was really needed. Setting boundaries is giving yourself permission to take care of you and those you love. God even set up boundaries for mankind, time, is a boundary for man, but time, does not affect God in any way.
When people are allowed to side step healthy boundaries, it drains your energy, and may even leave you feeling helpless and unfulfilled. For example, some of the boundaries that work for me are, not to allow anyone to be disrespected in my presence, including myself. Setting healthy boundaries for my right to choose, and my time. I have the right to make a choice, or to choose again if necessary. I do not have to justify who I am as a person, I am ok just as I am. Another boundary for me is, my relationship with God, which is just that, my relationship with God. This is not for others to define. Each of us has to define and exercise the boundaries that bring us, to a sense of peace and wellbeing. Boundaries are necessary for our lives to have focus and purpose. So once agin, before this year, state your purpose, your goals, and choose the boundaries necessary to help you to achieve your desires.

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