Life Empowered Moments
GO FOR IT!
It's funny how one can sit and watch all that is happening in the world and shake their head, provide commentary, and free judgement. It's interesting how when you are out on social media sites, you see all that the world has to offer, good and bad. What most interesting is that you are looking outward. You can see all that is in front of you. You see things above you - those things that you feel are way above your level. Also, you see things behind you - your regrets. The things that you wished you should have, would have, could have done. You look around and see it all. Except one thing, we often don't look inside. We don't look to see what we have in us to change the neighborhood, the community, the city. We forget that just one vote can change the course of an election, just one hug can change the day of a classroom full of students, one opportunity can change the financial status of a family, and one prayer can change the outlook of a grim situation. Look for the one and go for it! The one thing that can change everything for the better. Life Empowered's one thing was a flyer for a free resume writing session at the library. Here I am 10 years later preparing to celebrate.
ACCOMPLISH YOUR DREAMS
When we watch a television show or movie, we see the end result of something that took weeks, months, or even years to put together. We don't see the effort and the hard, diligent work behind what it takes/took to pull off a great show. Not only that, but we don't see the outtakes of the errors, the injuries, and the frustration of the job. It may also be a bit intimidating to watch everyone else while desiring to accomplish that similar goal yourself. After all, they have more experience, they went to the best schools, and generations before them have exposed them to these opportunities. So to you, all of the odds are stacked against you and there are so many reasons why you can't or shouldn't do something. However, I just want to encourage you. Sometimes it's not the way that you wanted to do it, but it accomplishes the same goal. For example, you may want to help others, so you decide to become a nurse. Well, somewhere in life you are unable to be a nurse as we know it, to run up and down the halls in a hospital, but… you are able to answer the calls at a nurse advice call center. Another example, maybe you wanted to be a famous race car driver but you were unable to for some reason. Instead, you become an auto engineer and learn everything you can about vehicles and begin to design and build them for race car drivers. What am I saying, take a moment to really think about and understand your goal. Here's how. Ask yourself these questions. What is your goal? Why do you want to do that? What is the benefit of that? What are some additional ways can you accomplish that? Understand your dream and why it is your dream. From there, explore all of your options to support that. It may not be in the way that you thought, but you are still fulfilling your dream nonetheless. Stop watching everyone else accomplish their dreams, and go accomplish yours.
LESSONS FROM WATCHING TURKEYS
Often when I look around outside of my work building, I see cars, trees, large manufacturing buildings, and a lot of cement. The cement streets, cement roads, and cement parking structures. You get my point, so here I am in an area that is full of very much city life, and what do I see walking across the parking lot? Turkeys. I glance out the window and there are some turkeys walking in between cars across the parking lot. I am observing how they are confidently and comfortably maneuvering around the stamped concrete, wandering casually to their destination, where ever that may be. As they are preparing to cross the street, I would imagine that they have no idea how much danger they are in but I begin to think. What would it be like to navigate in life surrounded by friends and family who are also looking to progressively move? Wouldn't that be awesome? I would bet that the fears of failure and defeat would diminish just because you know you are not alone. Gratefully, I can say that I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by those that are looking to move forward and progress. Not only that, but I am also seeking to progress as well. So we keep each other motivated to move forward. Today's motivational moment, look at your circle, and see where they are. Determine if they are moving forward with you or holding you back. Make a decision and make the necessary changes.