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Let it Go

If it hurts instead of soothes – let it go.

If it sickens instead of heals – let it go.

If it disrespects instead of honors us – let it go.

If it brings worries instead of peace – let it go.

If it causes frowns instead of smiles – let it go.

If it causes confusion instead of calm – let it go.  

If it causes despair instead of hope – let it go.

If it causes doubt instead of confidence – let it go.  

If it causes fear instead of love – let it go.

Today, let’s be motivated to letting go of all the things that keep us back. A little motivation is all we need.

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Doing a Little Can Mean So Much

Times are hard. Many of us barely have enough money to get by. Many of us don’t have enough time to do all that we need to do. Sometimes we think we can’t make a difference because we have so little to give. We must realize that every little bit counts. $5 a week to our favorite charity, or our children’s college fund will make a difference. Volunteering for one hour, whenever we can, will make a difference. Listening to someone who is in need, will make a difference.

Today, let’s be motivated to doing whatever little that we can. A little motivation is all we need!

 

Make 2012 Great, You Have the Power

Happy New Year! It’s 2012! For some people 2012 came around too quickly. For others, it couldn’t come soon enough. Whatever your take, 2011 is history – 365 days of memories. In the Virgin Islands we had an emotional year – a record number of murders, ranking us the 8th most murderous place in the world per capita; unreliable water and power service, salary reductions and threats of mass layoffs for government service employees. But we survived. Couples got married, babies were born, students graduated from schools, the list goes on. If you are within the sound of my voice, it means two things at the very least – you are alive and you can hear. We have so much to be thankful for.

2012 holds infinite possibilities. It’s a blank slate. You have the power to create your own destiny and shape history by the choices you’ll make. What choices will you make in 2012 to better yourself, your family, your community and your world? It all starts with you. You have the power to excel above and beyond your wildest expectations. But you must believe. And you must act. The journey of a million miles begins with one step. Now– the start of 2012–is the perfect time to take that first step.  The choice is yours.

Today I challenge you to write down you goals, dreams, and desires. Write them in a journal, on index cards, or on a poster board and include a plan for accomplishing them. Visit those goals often, so that you don’t lose track. Success doesn’t happen by chance. Success isn’t based on luck. Success is based on a great deal of preparation, hard work and persistence. You can do it. You have the power to succeed. The choice is yours.

It doesn’t matter what hand you were dealt in life. Remember the young African American girl born in Jim Crow Mississippi who was raised in a single-parent home and abused by a family member. Those were the beginnings of Oprah Winfrey – who is today, one of the wealthiest, most celebrated and most influential people in the world. Life is not about where you start, it’s about where you finish. You have the power to finish strong. The choice is yours.

So maybe you’ve had some setbacks in 2011. Don’t let those things keep you from realizing your full potential in 2012. Remember last year’s NBA finals. The Miami Heat was considered the super team with arguably three of the best players in the league. But the Dallas Mavericks were not intimidated by their opponents. They played hard, with all their heart, and left the Heat hanging their heads. Likewise, don’t be fearful of you opponents – known or unknown. You have the power to win. The choice is yours.

Perhaps you had an excellent 2011. You accomplished all of your goals, found your purpose, became a better person and contributed to the community. Why stop now? Even if you had the best year ever, 2012 gives you the opportunity to make your best even better. The choice is yours.

Let us welcome the hopes, opportunities and possibilities of 2012 with open arms. We have the power to make it great!

Living in the Past

Many of us revel in the past – past mistakes, past regrets, past hurts and past opportunities. In order to have a glorious future, we cannot live in the past. When we are looking backward, we can never move forward. We must use the information from our past to create a roadmap for a better future. What are your goals and aspirations? How have the lessons you’ve learned along the way made it easier for you to accomplish your goals?

Today, let’s be motivated to leaving the past behind us, so that we can claim a bright future. A little motivation is all we need.

Change

We will not keep doing things as we always have. Change will happen. Think about the past five years – and all the changes that we’ve seen, in our lives, at work, in the country, in the world. Some say change is good; others say change is bad.  Change is inevitable – it will happen, it must happen. Some change we can control; others we cannot. To better handle change we must keep learning, always be prepared and be flexible enough to adapt.

Today, let’s be motivated to preparing ourselves for change so that we can handle it, not if it comes, but when it comes. A little motivation is all we need!

Give What People are Willing to Receive

Have you ever given someone a gift that they never use? Perhaps the gift was expensive, perhaps it meant a lot to you, but what did the gift mean to the person who got it? Giving is not about the giver. It is about the receiver. When we give, we should try to give what the other person is willing or needs to receive. That goes for gifts, compliments, criticism, advice – everything.

Today let’s be motivated to analyzing how the things we give will benefit the person who we want to receive it. Sometimes a little motivation is all we need!

 

Just Do It

Procrastination at times gets the best of us. We put off things we need to do for….whatever the reason. Sometimes we must delay doing something. Other times we wait until… tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, when the children grow up, after I lose some weight, after I become rich, when I retire. Procrastination can become bad habit, with us putting off doing things that are necessary. We cannot advance if we procrastinate. Life is short. Some things we just should not put off. What have you been putting off?

Today, let’s be motivated to “Just Do It.” A little motivation is all we need!

Judge Not

Everyone has a story to tell. Each story contains things that we would rather NOT tell. For some reason, those are things that people always seem to focus on. Without knowing our full story, people judge us. We all have fallen victim to judgment. But if we examine ourselves, we will realize that we too have judged others. We too have come to conclusions and criticized the mistakes, lifestyles and decisions of others. Sometimes judging others is a way of making us feel better. Let’s us look for other ways to spend our time and make ourselves feel good.

Today, let’s be motivated to celebrating the strengths of each other, and resisting the temptation to judge. A little motivation is all we need!

 

 

When Chaos Ensues, Strengthen Your Family

October was a bloody month in the Virgin Islands. Within one week we lived through FIVE MURDERS, which included two double murders, and several other non-fatal shootings. All of the victims were under the age of 40 and as young as 20. The entire territory FEELS the pain associated with those senseless acts of violence. We either were related to the victims, were friends with them, or know someone who was related to them or friends with them.

At the very least, all of us have questioned the safety of ourselves and our loved ones. Then there was a bank robbery and jewelry store robbery. And while violence makes all of us question our safety, we cannot overlook white-collar crime where corrupt officials swindle hundreds of thousands of dollars from government coffers. What is the Virgin Islands coming to? Are we to accept murders, shootings, and crimes as a regular part of our lives? Are we supposed to suspect that most government officials are power hungry, money hungry thieves?

 I have started to seriously question my decision to live and raise a family in the Virgin Islands. It is no longer the community that I was raised in. It no longer provides the foundation that so many of us cherish. Just how do we return the Virgin Islands to the place that we so loved? It will be difficult.

Our education system is substandard and our children fall woefully behind in national statistics. The cost of living here is one of the highest in the nation, while salaries are among the lowest, which means that many adults must work more than one job. So children are left to raise themselves. Even grandma and grandpa aren’t at home anymore to help out– because they too are working. As the VI Police Department buys back guns and steps up patrols, successfully taking more guns off the streets – we see that gun crime is not decreasing. It’s clear that our boarders, ports, marinas and shores are left wide open to the infiltration of guns and drugs.

Fixing our education system, our economy and protecting our boarders sadly will take some time – because of course, politics is involved. But what we can do right now, is strengthen our families. The family is the building block of every society. Strong families make strong communities. Strong communities make strong nations. It is through the family structure that morals and values are imparted. And love is the nucleus of all families. Regardless of how many jobs we have, we must take time to raise our children; and if for some reason we can’t, we must ask for help.

Right now, ask yourself, “What can I do to make my family stronger.” If you don’t have the answer, ask your parents, members of the faith-based community – our simply ask someone whose family you look up to and admire. A few suggestions are to:

• Make your family your number one priority.

• Spend a set amount of time each day together as a family. That time may be eating breakfast or dinner together each day. Or doing daily devotions upon rising or before sleeping.

• Spend as set amount of time each week as a family. For example Friday nights could be family nights – to do something fun with the family.

• Regularly visit your children’s school. Remember that by law, government employees are allowed two hours per month, per child, for school visits.

• Talk to your family, but also listen. Communication goes both ways. • Lead by example.

• Take time to relax, reenergize and rejuvenate so that you don’t get burnt out.

• Most important, do everything with love.

Your family depends on it; and so does this community.

You are Your Best Health Care Advocate

No one knows our bodies better than we do. But for some reason many of us become intimidated when we go to the doctor. Often we don’t ask questions and we don’t speak up when something may seem out-of-place. Health care professionals are our partners in achieving optimum health. We, as the consumer, must play our roles for the partnership to work. We should be in tune with our bodies and do our own research; ask questions, seek second or third opinions.

Today, let’s be motivated to being our best health care advocate. A little motivation is all we need!