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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Precious Stones

What is a true friend? Are you that “true friend” material? Does the definition of what a true friend is, resemble something valuable and long lasting? True Friends are like diamonds. Authentic, long-lasting and real; valuable and they must be treasured. True friends are precious stones. There are many people who come into our lives that may not become our true friend, but more of an acquaintance or an enemy. Everybody you know is not designed to hold the role of being a true friend to you. Some of the people we know can take on the role of being a fake friend to us.

In order to really appreciate and identify a true friend, you need to know what a fake friend looks like. Know the differences and the similarities. Fake friends can appear to be a real friend and they can resemble the description of a real friend, but time and the wear-n-tear of life, proves who’s real and who’s fake. Real friends tell you the truth; fake friends tell you what you want to hear. Even in the moments that a fake friend decides to tell you the truth, they are only doing it with the hopes of seeing you hurt by the truth they are dishing out at you. A real friend wants you to know the truth in order to help you. It is the same way with real diamonds verses the fake man-made mineral that look like diamonds, as such….the cubic zirconia. Cubic zirconia looks like a diamond and it can take on the many shapes of a diamond; both minerals offer the bling-bling and both can serve the same purpose, but only one is considered the hardest natural mineral in the world.  The diamond.

One of the major undeniable differences between a diamond and a cubic zirconia is that a diamond is REAL. And one of the major differences between a real friend and a fake friend is that a true friend is REAL. What they feel in their heart is real. Within the heart of a true friend, there is the existence of “well-being love”. True Friends love you with a “well-being love”. They want your well-being. They want you to do well and achieve greater. The bible tells us that there is a friend who will stick closer than a brother. (Prov. 18:24b) True friends are an extension of God’s love for you. Just as diamonds come in all shapes and sizes, so do our true friends. Diamonds are expensive and worth their cost just as true friends are priceless and worth the cost. Diamonds can endure the test of time just as true friends can. Diamonds are keepers, true friends are keepers. Diamonds are strong, true friends help us to be strong. Diamonds are beautiful, true friendship is beautiful. Society places a great deal of value on a diamond and diamonds carry the hefty price of their value. So it is the same with True Friends. True friends are diamonds, the precious stones we should cherish and value and take care of, once we acquire them.  ~Leen

Saturday, October 17, 2015

All I Do Is Win - Part 1

All I Do Is Win”, this is the title and lyrical hook to a hit rap song by DJ Khaled. The overall lyrics to this rap song may be rough and far fetch for us ordinary everyday folks, however, the message is duly noted that an individual must think positive and highly of themselves and their ability to win and succeed, in order to open the door to becoming a winner. It doesn’t matter what a person is trying to win in or succeed at; it takes a positive, uplifted mindset to further them along.

Success holds a different definition for a lot of people but we all want to achieve some form of success in order to feel as though we are winners.  Much of what Psychologists, Ministers and Success Coaches offer, as a start on the road of success and blessings and peace and prosperity, is to possess a winner’s mindset. Psychologists seek to understand what our definition of ourselves is, which tends to explain how a person behaves and what a person will allow to take place in their lives. The Psychologist wants to help their subject to have a healthy definition of themselves in order to
reinforce positive thinking and produce positive behavior. The Minister wants to align his subject’s views of themselves with the views of how God sees them. God’s view of us is on a very positive and loving level. One key scripture that the bible warns us about is that our thinking alters who we are. (Proverbs 23:7)  The Minister knows that if a person can see themselves as God sees them, then that person is bound for success and blessings.  The Success Coach also wants to evaluate the state of a person’s mind in order to see what thought processes are hindering a person’s journey to success. The Success Coach will ultimately provide practical advice for overcoming obstacles; however, it takes a mindset that embraces the notion that a person CAN win. The Success Coach wants to push the idea that, not only can that person win, but they can obtain a healthy mindset about how they see themselves, which subsequently reinforces more success.

What does this all boil down to? In order to win, you must see yourself as a winner….FIRST. Get your mindset in a winning mode. How? Check this out….You and your life represents a team. You’re a winning team. Winning teams must loose in order to be successful. In your case, loose what? Loose the negative mindsets that keep you from winning. Loose incorrect definitions of yourself that hinder your success. Loose defeative attitudes that say you can’t do it or you can’t get ahead. Loose speaking against yourself and your pending success. Loose accepting fear. Loose the doubt. Loose the self-sabotaging habits. Loose the fight against change. Loose the comfort zone. Loose procrastination. Loose the bad friends that don’t want to go anywhere in their life and don’t want you to succeed either. Loose the poor planning. Loose trying to take a shortcut. Don’t speak anti-success words or statements against YOU. Don’t compare yourself to others. Stay productive, stay positive. Speak life! You are a winning team! There is nothing wrong with you. There is nothing wrong with a winning team that loses, in order to win.  ~ Leen.

Monday, October 5, 2015

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Where Are You Headed?

Cruise Sunset

Cruise ships sail out of various ports almost everyday in the United States. Most of the destinations are to beautiful islands such as the Caymen Islands, Hawaii, the Virgin Islands and other exotic beaches. Some of these getaways are sought after by families, couples, newlyweds, businesses and retirees. While it's exciting to sail on a cruise and to go onto the beautiful beaches, shop and enjoy the culture of that island; what about those cruise ships that have no destination? The ships that sail to nowhere? Some ships are purposely set to sail to no particular destination except to just go out into the water, make a circle and come back to dry land. That's it! Headed nowhere!

Where are you headed? I'm sure you may have already heard someone say that your life has purpose; but where are you going in life? You're not just here to take up space. What you believe about yourself and your life will greatly affect your journey and the direction you go into. For example: Consider a struggling mother with kids who may believe that going to school is not an option for her anymore. With that kind of thinking, how will she go forth in obtaining a college degree? The way she looks at her life affects her journey and the direction she could go in.  Let's consider a talented young male singer who is caught up living the 'street life'. If he feels that being a singer could never happened to him, then he may not even try to use his singing talent to see where it would lead him. This kind of thinking about himself affects his journey and the direction he could go in. What you believe about yourself and your life affects your journey and the direction you could go into.

Oftentimes, a plan makes all the difference in whether we sail to a particular destination or just sail. Having no plans is like sailing without a destination. Before we can make a plan, we need to adjust how we see ourselves and how we see our lives. If I can believe that I am capable of achieving great success in whatever I choose to work towards, then I'll be open to plan a path that leads to my intended destination. Why? Because my thoughts are aligned with the belief that I can succeed.  If I can believe the best about myself and my ability to succeed, then I will want to go on a journey that is targeted to a destination. I'm open to try the journey that others have used to get to a successful place. If I can look beyond my current position in life and see the good to come; If I can envision myself doing what I dream of, then I'm conditioning myself to sail to a destination that leads to my success. How I think about myself affects my behavior to a point of choosing either to sail to an intended destination in life or to just sail to nowhere in life. Where are you headed?