Do trophies validate our greatness?

Trophy

Ah, we can’t deny we aren’t captivated by those shiny molded sculptures, bowls or cups given for winning a competition. For many of us, we have several on our shelves or showcased in some form or fashion as a recipient throughout a momentous occasion during our lifetime. Yet, as we watch the numerous award shows (Grammy’s, Emmies, Golden Globe, Oscars, Tonies and most recently the Super Bowl Lombardi Trophy), where the trophy goes to the top dog in that category, does this negate your competitors because one individual or team came out on top?

Receiving a trophy acknowledges our quest for excellence in that particular competition. Without those competitors who are just as hungry and eager to win as we are, that recognition for winning top honor would probably not happen. While we bask in the celebration of winning, there is a sense of satisfaction we get when we look at our trophy and realize the hard work and extra effort paid off and was darn well worth the pain. So go ahead and rejoice in your shining moments of victory for excellence and greatness! It’s a tangible reminder of a very happy moment for you that others soon forget about.

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What If Wednesday: Scrap New Year’s Resolutions?

New Year's Resolutions, Happy New Year

What if we stop waiting to make a list of New Year’s resolutions on December 31 or January 1, and instead throughout the year make doable, bite-sized achievable goals whose success you can celebrate each day? Let’s face it, many of us are inclined to make a list of goals to stick on our list of New Year’s resolutions and just a few days into the new year, we fall off of the horse. Should we change our tactics? What if?

#WhatIfWednesday

Cast Your Net

Harvest, Motivation, Fishing, Dedication, Poetry

Have you ever pushed yourself beyond limits and when you do not reach your goals when you want to, all too often you may become discouraged, frustrated and give up? I think for the most part we all deal with the same case scenario from time to time.

Take a break and try again. Sometimes all it takes is trying a task or process a little differently to get you to where you want to be, albeit your timetable may be different than you planned.

What Can You Improve Today?

National Self Improvement Month, Self-Improvement

Try something new! That’s right. Right now!

Let’s face it, those 2017 New Year’s Resolutions that were made on January 1st are pretty much in the wind at this point. Why? Because of commitment to set those resolutions in motion. Did you plan on losing weight? Devoting more time to improving yourself? Exercising more? Eating better? Reading more books? Devoting more time to learning something new? Had you planned to travel more? What about designating more leisure time for family?

Self-Improvement, Self Awareness

Although this month we are observing National Self Improvement Month and International Self-Awareness Month, this does not mean you should only do something self-improving throughout the month of September. Nope! You should do something to improve your life and make a difference in the life of others every day, even if you are seeking more leisure time for yourself. You can find a laundry list of suggestions everywhere on self-improvement tips, but what are the best tips that are doable and more applicable to your lifestyle? What can you do to add more value to your life? What can you do to add more joy, love, and peace in your life? What can be done to fulfill your well-roundedness? Through your self-improvement practices, how can you contribute to making the lives of others better?

Exploring, Self-Awareness, Self-Improvement

Well, as you are fully well aware of, the clock is still ticking and it certainly will not pause just because you want it to. What are you waiting for? What can you say you did, to make positive changes for a better and more productive ‘you’ that will inspire those who enter your space?

 

Is Your Dream Really YOUR Dream?

Dreams, Ambitions, Goals

Over the years I lost a tremendous amount of money investing and purchasing programs of what others have convinced me was my dream of security. I surmised that if I worked hard to acquire the things that people dangled in front of me and said I should strive for because I could turn my dreams into reality, then I would be in great shape at this point, relying on a profitable ROI (Return On Investment).

Yet, somehow I grew increasingly exhausted until I had my “a-ha” moment almost 20 years ago. I trusted people who were so charismatic that they said exactly what I wanted to hear because these cunning individuals knew how to “spin” their influence on people who were like me (the type of people wanting to desperately do better for their family)! Later I realized that such people, who were in all actuality making out like a fat-rat, profiting off of people like me, were actual predators.

Now even after all of those losses, I ran directly into another “dream” booby-trap about 12 years ago that I must say I blame myself for. I had a friend (at least that’s what I thought at the time) who I believed was a great business person because of the businesses they owned and the impressive stuff they had. (I know, not all those well-known people self-claiming to be smart business people really are). Their material possessions make you think they are financial geniuses. Since I trusted this person, I thought I could plausibly give their proposal a shot, even though my gut screamed caution. Guess what? I was duped again, thousands of dollars later. To say the least, that friendship ended, when I realized it was not as genuine as I thought it was.

Sometimes, we get to a point in our life where we feel we need to desperately make certain decisions before we lose out. A dear friend of mine once told me that desperate people make desperate decisions. I get it, I get it, I get it!

Now, when someone says to you, “Turn your dreams into a reality,” make sure that it is your dream, because if it isn’t you will be stuck in a reality called a nightmare! Just sayin’.

Life is An Adventure!

Life, Adventure, Courage

Do you have something adventurous and daring that you want to add to your bucket list?

Hiking, Mountin Climbing

Do you dream about exploring the depths of the ocean?

Scuba Diving, Adventure

Is there something outside your comfort zone that you would love to try, but may be a little apprehensive about?

Ziplining, Adventure

Dare to try something new, different and exhilarating!

Adventure, Skydiving

Turn your fear into fearlessness and soar!

Adventure, Safari, Africa

Boldly go where you’ve never gone before!

As Far As the Eyes Can See

Reading a Map, Searching, Seeking, Dreaming

As Far As the Eyes Can See

Who said a dream had to be near sighted
narrow-minded, complicated or limited?
Who said dreams are only for those who sleep
the naïve who foolishly wish upon a shooting star
or break the big end of a wishbone?
How do we measure the scope of a dream?

Must we conform to the standards of others
spiritless to reach beyond what the eyes can see
a vision of an end at the beginning
the beginning of seeing your vision through
birthing the gift you are implanted with by God
envisioning the endless possibilities
of a dream that seems impossible in the eyes of others.

Just a dream away
with hope, aspiring to unleash our hidden potential
releasing the fear to proceed and succeed
capturing greatness within our grasp
by merely reaching outward
with faith to perceive, believe and achieve.

Run where others dare not go
a quest to seize an opportunity
aiming upward towards the moon
but shooting for the twinkling stars
a fire burning within to stretch as far as the heavens
hope of a vision within the palm of your hands.

(poem from the book Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry)