Encouragement, Inspiration

April Showers

When we hear the words “April showers”, we think of pleasant gentle rains that refresh everything and everybody. Sometimes, however, these showers turn into storms full of thunder and lightning. Everyone runs for cover. Life is like that. Sometimes we have situations or inconveniences that just trip us up a little. Oops! But at other times, we have storms – major upheavals and unplanned disruptions that stop us cold in our tracks. There is no cover for us to run to. And in life, we can’t avoid storms.

Just like there is a reason behind nature’s storm, e.g., atmospheric pressures, there is a reason behind our personal storms. Sometimes we have storms because of something we did or didn’t do but, more often than not, we don’t know why we are in the storm. The unexplained storm is the most frustrating because we can’t find the reason for the storm and, no matter what actions we take, the storm doesn’t stop. I’m in an unexplained storm right now so I understand completely how it feels.

When we are in an unexplained storm, it’s easy to get discouraged. It’s easy to spiral down into fear and hopelessness. But your job is to weather the unexplained storm. How do you weather such a storm? Here are three things not to do: Continue reading “April Showers”

Encouragement, Inspiration

The Gift of You

I’m old-school. The Christmas season doesn’t officially begin until after Santa Claus appears at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Thanksgiving has passed so the Christmas season is now officially here! You may now put up your Christmas decorations and play Christmas music.

This is the season when we take our focus off ourselves and focus on other people. Our thoughts turn to giving and thinking of others, especially those who are close to us. Feelings of joy fill the air. However, some of us fall into the trap of letting the season turn us into stressed-out, guilt-ridden and debt-accumulating individuals; we lose the feelings of joy. Don’t fall into the trap this year. Continue reading “The Gift of You”

Getting Better, Inspiration, The PLAN A Way To Success

The Fourth Thursday

The fourth Thursday in the month of November is set aside as Thanksgiving Day. It’s a national holiday in the U.S. A time for family and friends to gather together to laugh, catch-up, watch football games and eat foods they’ve been waiting to eat all year to eat (like stuffing!) Gratitude is everywhere.

This year as I wait for my meal, I’m pondering a thought one of my business partners dropped on me – be grateful for the difficulties you go through in life. None of us, including me, like the difficulties of life. They always come at the wrong place and time. They cause untold stress. We loose sleep, get angry, feel fear, get upset, worry, doubt, feel hopeless, cry, envy others and go into hiding. Continue reading “The Fourth Thursday”

Goals, Inspiration

Smell the Roses

Last month I set a huge business goal, and since I was very serious, I enlisted the help accountability partners (yes, I got two). I reached that goal this week. But to my surprise I wasn’t excited. I didn’t throw a party with balloons, party hats and noisemakers. I just nodded my head and set another goal building on the one I had reached. What was wrong with me?! I had worked hard. A quote then came to mind, Continue reading “Smell the Roses”

Inspiration, SGSY Radio Show

“You Need Education to Live”

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This year,  The Leap of Faith Network is embracing  a “12 Months of Giving” campaign.  Each moth this year, we are focusing of collecting and distributing items to people in our community who  have limited resources.  For the month of March, we are collecting books.  This week’s  show honors our book drive and teaches us all that reading changes lives and opens doors.

Born in a family of 17, Milton Whitley grew up on a sharecropping farm in North Carolina. At an early age, he was spanked at school for not being able to spell or read and he started skipping school.  Because he couldn’t read or write, he was erroneously placed in a vocational school for children with mental and physical disabilities and then in special education classes. Milton dropped out of school at the age of 14, Continue reading ““You Need Education to Live””

Getting Better, Inspiration

Are You The Judge? (Finale)

This series of posts have been about judging people, i.e., reaching decisions or assumptions about people or their actions before you meet them and sometimes after you meet them.

Judging people is a bad habit and the person most harmed by judging is you.  I admitted in the earlier post that I used to judge people all the time and I did it as a defense mechanism. But from reading personal growth books, I grew into accepting myself as I am and learned to truly accept other people the way they are.  However, I still sometimes catch myself judging so I implemented some strategies to Continue reading “Are You The Judge? (Finale)”

Encouragement, Inspiration

Set The Direction

This post doesn’t come from my thoughts or things that are happening in my life. I got this post from a friend who forwarded it to me from another friend.  The message was so profound and so necessary for personal growth, the theme of this blog, that I was compelled to share it on this blog.  Here it is:

What you think of yourself has a major impact on what you do with your life. Think more positively about yourself and your world, and every area of your life will reflect it. Continue reading “Set The Direction”