Self-Examination…

Everything I'm not…Makes me Everything I am…

What Will You Achieve in 2010???

What Will You Achieve in 2010???

It seems as if everyone intends to get fitter or improve some type of performance in the New Year. But to be honest, we all know that by the time the year ends, we will not have achieved much. So why is it this way?

After days, weeks, or a few months, we all usually go back to our old ways and how we were. Then we will look back and say, “I gave up because I was too busy.” We always find an excuse. Blaming ourselves and busy schedules when most of us just have really bad time management.

This may surprise you but I’ve learned that most of the time we fall back, it may not have been our fault. Most of the time when we fail to reach our goals, it is because we have made them too difficult to achieve. We fail to reach our personal goals because they are too time-consuming, inconvenient, or ambitious. The new plan always looks good at first, but when it becomes obvious how much you have to put into it, the motivation goes away.

This is no one’s fault because our time is limited and we can’t get any of it back or create any more.  We all want more, but time waits for no one.

So let’s work on managing the little time that we do have and make the best of it. We can do this by eliminating “black holes” or wasted time doing things like watching television or just getting too much extra sleep.

This year I want to not only get physically fit, but spiritually and financially fit as well. Let’s GET IT!!!

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January 4, 2010 Posted by | Encouragement, Fitness and Health, My Life... | Leave a comment

3 Keys to Happy Relationships with People…

 3 Keys To Happy Relationships with People

JOHN 13:17 KJV
17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

1. Be thankful.

It all starts with attitude. If you don’t stay on the positive
side, failure is inevitable. You cannot have a happy relationships
without happy people. Have you noticed that unthankful people
are never happy?

2. Express your appreciation.

Let people know by word and deed that you appreciate them.
Be specific and lavish in your praise and thanks. Nothing
encourages people like encouragement.

People love people who love them. If you want people to
love you, the best thing you can do is love them, and let them
know it.

3. Aim to please.

If you make them happy, you will be happy. True happiness is
never found in trying to please ourselves. Fulfillment comes
from accomplishment, and the greatest accomplishment is helping
someone else in their life.

January 2, 2010 Posted by | Devotionals, Encouragement | Leave a comment

Let’s Make it Happen Now…

Ok, so 2010 is vastly approaching us all and people are starting to make New Year’s Resolutions that we all already know we aren’t going to stick to. So how about we change that this year. Today I just wanted to post a couple of tips on how we all can make it easier to stick to our resolutions and any other personal goals we may have.

Let’s start off by first having a dream and breaking it into smaller goals that we can commit to so that we can eventually achieve our one big DREAM and/or goal. I believe if you accomplish smaller goals more often, it helps to keep you motivated to do more.

I believe this is the best way for us to be WINNERS. I was always told you can only eat an entire elephant one bite at a time.

So to accomplish your goals and DREAMS in 2010, try to take these steps:

1. Be Specific

     We have to be specific in what we want. We usually make our goals too broad, saying things like, “I want to lose 15 pounds.” Well how long do you want it to take? How do you want to go about doing it? Being too vague will get you frustrated and make you want to give up. Then eventually, you do.

2. Be realistic.

     Our goals should always be measurable and realistic. How else would you be able to accomplish a goal if you’re not even able to measure it?

3. Make the goals PERSONAL.

     Only you know what can make you happy. Don’t spend your life trying to please others and accomplish their goals for you. You can’t please everybody and you’re not going to achieve their goals anyway.

4. Give yourself a limit.

     Limits make it easier for you and can help prevent you from procrastinating. It can also help you set goals that are realistic.

5. Put your Goals in WRITING!

     People underestimate the power of actually putting their goals in writing. Doing this makes it easier to achieve your goals. Not only do you write them down, but you need to review them as well. This keeps you motivated!

I hope this makes your process to SUCCESS much easier. Let’s make all of our “talk” a reality now!

December 29, 2009 Posted by | Encouragement | , , | Leave a comment

Bring Excellence to LIFE…

Today I received an e-mail from The Daily Motivator (via an aunt) that I would like to share with everyone…

Bring Excellence to Life

You cannot achieve excellence just by proclaiming it to be. Excellence is built in the details.
Attend faithfully and competently to the details, while staying true to your purpose. That is how to bring excellence into your world.
What is done with genuine love is done with excellence. Let love guide you in each moment and you will consistently create excellence.

Excellence resonates with what is true, what is good and authentically valuable, with what is right. Work with honesty, integrity, and a commitment to truth, and excellence will permeate the results.
Intention is critical, yet excellence does not come from good intentions alone. Excellence comes from actions persistently and consistently guided by the highest and most authentic intentions.
In each thing you do is the opportunity to create excellence. Again and again, bring excellence to life, and live true to your highest purpose.

November 24, 2009 Posted by | Encouragement | Leave a comment

A Moving Night with F.C.A…

Last night’s F.C.A. (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and Team United meeting…

I haven’t blogged about a FCA experience but with what happened last night, I feel that I have to. I have been faithfully attending the meetings for some time now. These meetings have been very moving and spiritually uplifting for me. But none of the previous meetings had the effect of the meeting last night. Everyone was moved and I will always remember what happened on Thursday, November 12, 2009.

Chaplain Roger Woods III has spoken to us about unity but there was a different vibe last night. With what happened with 3 of my VOL teammates as well as another young woman, it was a very emotional night for our VOL Family.

To begin the meeting, Chaplain Roger Woods III introduced us to his friend and spiritual brother, Jake Gullege. Mr. Gullege began by setting the atmosphere by praying for the 3 Vols that made a mistake and sang a couple of the songs. A couple of the songs that stuck out were “We Fall Down” and “Never Would Have Made It.” Once Mr. Gullege opened his mouth to sing, the anointing was exemplified in his voice.

It was obvious that everyone in the room became vulnerable to the Holy Spirit through his songs. There were on their knees crying. People were laid out on the floor. People had their hands raised surrendering to GOD. There were teammates consoling other teammates. The message through his songs was moving people to tears. You can definitely tell that the message was getting through to everyone in the room.

Mr. Woods also introduced us to HIS Spiritual Father, Danny Buggs. Mr. Buggs had an unusual way of getting his message across, but he definitely got through to us. He would have somebody read the Bible verses while he would explain, in great depth, the meaning of the verse. It was a great message about how those of us that are UNASHAMED should be pulling our fellow believer’s coattails and be the Nathan to the David.

When Mr. Buggs was through speaking, Mr. Gullege blessed us with his music once again. And again, everyone was moved. While this was going on, the members of the Vol football team rallied in the back of the room for prayer. Mr. Woods joined in and gave us a very important message as well.

After we finished the meeting with prayer, one of my Vol teammates from the incident the night before, Mike Edwards, walked through the door. When Mike walked in everyone embraced him and let him know that he was still our brother and that he is still loved. Mr. Buggs delivered a message to him and Mike rededicated his life to GOD, and we all prayed for him once again. Later on another player from the incident, Janzen Jackson, walked through the doors himself and did the same thing.

Thursday, November 12, 2009 may have been one of the most incredible nights of my life and I believe it was a life changing experience for me as well as many others in attendance. As one football player said, we came together as a family, not a team.

I was able to experience what the Lord could do in ACTION!  And as another said about that night, it was UNBELIEVABLE!

I want to thank Chaplain Roger Woods III for giving us the opportunity to fellowship with others and being there for us through everything.

November 13, 2009 Posted by | Encouragement, Inspiration, Tennessee Football | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What is FOTU???

People always ask me what it means when I say I’m FOTU with it. This is FOTU

I am a part of the fellowship of the Unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit
Power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has
been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow
down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense,
and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight
walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions,
mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or
popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised,
regarded, or rewarded. I now live by presence, learn by faith, love by
patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.

My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my
way is rough, my companions few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted,
or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the
presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the
pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of
mediocrity.

I won’t give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I’ve preached up, prayed
up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ. I am a
disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until He returns, give until I drop,
preach until all know, and work until He comes.

And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My
colors will be clear for “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the
power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes..” (Romans 1:16)

November 8, 2009 Posted by | Encouragement, Inspiration | Leave a comment

Instructions for Success…

Instructions For Success

JOSHUA 1:8 NIV
8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth;
meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do
everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and
successful.

If you desire to succeed, here are the instructions.

You may follow other plans that promise success, but you have
no guarantee they will work long-term. People may give you
advice that works for a while — but can you be sure it will not
fail you someday?

With God you have an eternal guarantee: His Word will never
fail. Heaven and earth will disappear before even the smallest
detail of God’s Word will fail.

Look at God’s success instructions again. Study them in detail.
Surely if anything is worth your time, this promise of God is.

First, speak in line with God’s Word. Isn’t it interesting that
the first instruction from God for success has to do with what
you say? Some people proclaim that what you say doesn’t matter,
but God puts it at the top of the list.

Second, meditate on what God said. This is the opposite of
worry. This is more than just reading the Bible. (Although if
you never read it, how could you meditate on it?) This is
thinking about what God says and how it affects everything.

When are we to think about God and His Word? When it is day, or
when it is night. Any other time, you can safely shut God out
of your thoughts.

Look at what God promises will be yours if you follow these
instructions: prosperity and success. What everyone wants, but
few are willing to do what it takes to achieve.

Of course you can ignore these instructions. But why would you?

SAY THIS: I will speak God’s Word, meditate on it, and act on
it. Then God promises I will be prosperous and successful.

A Devotion

November 6, 2009 Posted by | Devotionals, Encouragement, Inspiration | Leave a comment

Are You Falling??? Part IV

The last of the flaws in our success plan is SELF-DESTRUCTIVENESS. When one wants to improve something about him or herself, there is someone inside of that person that tends to undermine the other and take them away from their focus. This can sometime come from low self-esteem.

How can we avoid Self-destruction???

If this happens to be you….YOU NEED COUNSELING! LOL

Let’s face the facts…BIG, life changing goals can be difficult. They tend to get even harder if you don’t have positive people around to support you and want to see you succeed. It can also be difficult if you don’t have the desire to commit to a goal that you have not yet completed.

The most important thing to remember is that falling does not mean you have failed. It is just a wake-up call to get yourself together. Focus, regroup, and begin another plan of success.

November 6, 2009 Posted by | Encouragement | Leave a comment

Are You Falling??? Part III

The third of the flaws in our success plan is Temptation.

Spending your emergency fund on an $800 purse is giving into temptation. Eating a box of Krispy Crème donuts after dieting all week is giving into temptation.

We’re all tempted by things. Quite often, our resolutions are a recognition that such temptations are bad for us in the long run, but we desire these things all the same.

How can we cure this disease of falling into temptation???

I’ve found two that work. First, an allowance of splurging often helps keep our better behavior in check. Allow yourself $25 (or whatever is within your budget) a week to splurge with. Put that $25 in cash in a jar on top of the fridge. Then, when you’re truly tempted, take down that jar and freely spend it with no guilt. This trick often “releases” the pent-up desires that we build up without destroying all of our positive work. A similar trick is to allow yourself one saucer-sized plate of whatever food you desire twice a week or so.

Second, supportive friends that are involved with and aware of your goals will often help make it easier. Perhaps they’ll diet or exercise with you, or at the very least won’t tempt you to go shopping and spend money.

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Encouragement | 1 Comment

Are You Falling??? Part II

The second flaw in our plan to success are FALSE COMMITMENTS. We always claim that we have a new goal or resolution and make the statement that we will be committed to it when we really arent. But the funny thing is that we already KNOW we’re not committed to it from the jump. We say we’re not going to eat fried foods, knowing that our favorite is FRIED chicken. How do we expect to accomplish that, knowing that is something we cant give up that easily. Most of the time we just commit to things because we assume that the ones around us value it, not because we value it.

How do we come up with a solution to this???

We know that a commitment like this will never work in the long run. We need to think about why we are trying to commit to these goals.

We commit to some sort of change, but on some level, we’re not really committed to it – and we know it. We pledge to give up eating fatty foods, but we don’t really want to do it at all. Often, we’re just trying to commit to something because we know other people value it, not because we value it. Often, such goals are conceived and attempted out of a desire to fix an interpersonal relationship of some kind, often one that’s suffering due to reasons completely unrelated to the goal. Focus on fixing the relationship, not on “fixing” some element of yourself that you’re not committed to fixing. Try communicating in a healthy and mature way. If that’s impossible, it may be time to step back from that relationship.

November 4, 2009 Posted by | Encouragement | Leave a comment