Fuel Your Fire To Succeed

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Do you know what Oprah Winfrey, Stephen King, Richard Branson, Thomas Edison, Jay-Z and Steven Spielberg have in common? Let’s get to know them a little better first.

Oprah Winfrey – was repeatedly molested as a child. She ran away from home. She in her early teenage years gave birth to a baby boy who unfortunately died.  Although forced to endure unimaginable circumstances in her early childhood, Winfrey persevered.   She excelled as an honour student and eventually secured a full scholarship to college.  She is now one of the most successful and richest people in the world today.  According the Forbes, Winfrey is worth an estimated $3 billion.

Stephen King – had his first novel “Carrie” rejected 30 times by publishing houses. His wife encouraged him to try one more time and he was eventually able to get it published.   King sold over 350 million copies and even had it made into motion pictures.  According the The Richest, he is worth an estimated $400 million.

Richard Branson – despite the difficulties and challenges posed by his acknowledged dyslexia, Branson used his personality and business talents to become the success he is today. According to Forbes, Branson is worth an estimated $5.1 billion.

Thomas Edison – failed a number of times before successfully creating the lightbulb.  The exact number of tries has been debated but some say as much as 10,000 attempts. Can you imagine? His perseverance paid off and bought us not only the lightbulb but the phonograph as well.

Jay-Z -had big dreams to make it big as a rapper. Unfortunately, he had difficulty convincing record labels to sign him. This however, did not deter him in fact, he persevered and now owns his own record label.  Jay-Z is not just a rapper but a businessman who has investments in clothing lines, real estate, sports teams, record labels, and more.  According to Forbes, his estimated worth was $610 million in 2016.

Steven Spielberg – was rejected twice from the University of Southern California (USC).  Spielberg did not allow this rejection to crush his dreams. He went on to attend California State University in Long Beach.  USC eventually awarded him a honorary degree in 1994 and he even became a trustee of the university in 1996.  According to Forbes, Spielberg is worth an estimated $3.7 billion.

The commonality among these people was a burning desire to move pass the obstacles in their lives.  They did not allow a scarred childhood, disappointment or repeated rejection to prevent them from achieving the success they wanted for themselves.  They all chose to look beyond their circumstances and worked hard to secure a better life for themselves.

They are just a small number of successful people who overcame obstacles in their lives to be where they are today.  Some other people who persevered and came out on top are: Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Jim Carrey, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford, Walt Disney and Sir James Dyson just to name a few.

They are proof that no matter how bad things might look in the moment; no matter how many attempts we might have to make to get it right – we can overcome the obstacles.  We just have to want it bad enough and we must work for it.

Our past will always remind us where we came from.  Some people however, choose to use their past as an excuse; while others may try to use your past against you or  as a means to discourage you.  Let us instead choose to be the exception – let us use our past as a motivator to propel us into greatness.

Don’t allow any negativity from the past or current situations to keep you from achieving your dreams.  Although our past may influence some aspects of our future it does not control it. We do! 

Whenever, you feel like giving up or you feel defeated remember some of these people we looked at today and all the obstacles and failures they had to overcome to make it. Never give up on yourself! Let their stories give you hope and fuel your fire to succeed.

Thanks for stopping by.  🙂

 

 

 

Healthy is not a number but a lifestyle

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As women it seems our weight is always an issue not only for ourselves but more so for those around us.   We’re either too big or too thin.  If we’re in the middle, we need to tone up.  Everybody has their own idea as what sexy and beautiful should look like and wonder why we’re not trying to get with the programme.

Some of us have come to terms with our bodies and our differences and have chosen to tell such people “to piss off or mind your own business”.  Nobody likes to be constantly compared or reminded that they don’t match the world’s ideal body type.  We’re all different and we should embrace our differences regardless of whether we’re a XS, S, M, L,  XL, XXL, XXXL or higher.

I’m not totally satisfied with my weight and I’ve procrastinated about doing something about it.  The decision to do something about it comes from my discomfort about how I feel at times.  Oh yes, I have my noise makers who so freely point out that I’m not as small as I used to be but I try not to let their words bother me.  I often have to point out that they too have much-needed work to be done in their own lives and suggest they focus on getting their own act together. Amen! 🙂

My goal is not to make myself pleasing or more pleasing for others but rather to get healthier because it is in my best interest to do so.  If my getting healthier through improving my eating habits and getting more active results in some weight loss and dropping a few inches here and there and better health overall – then great!

I found in the past that I just lacked the drive to actually follow through with the workout routines and diets.  It’s hard to lose weight on your own unless you have a strong will. Now with a change in my attitude and a different outlook on life I have come up with the following for 2017.

I made the following promises to myself:

1. I’m going to focus on getting healthier such as eating and juicing more fruits and vegetables.

2. I’m going to start slow and not be too drastic in my eating decisions. Be realistic.

3. I’m going to follow through with this and I’m not going to give up.

4. I’m going to stop making excuses.

5. Try and recruit other people interested in achieving the same goals.  This way we are able to support and motivate each other.

6. Get more active. Go walking, jogging, running, climbing stairs, dancing, buy some weights or maybe even a bike. Either way, I need to be doing more than I’m doing now.

7. I’m not going to let other people’s negativity impact on how I see and feel about myself.

So let’s forget about our weight and focus on being healthy. Let’s do things that help our bodies not hurt them. Ultimately, it’s about balance, moderation and self-control.

I am making a promise to love myself more by taking better care of my body inside and out.  Do you love yourself enough to make those tough decisions?

 

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