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Your Belief Is Contagious

Fridays at the after school program is one of the places where I have the opportunity to see creativity at its best. Well, to me it is flexible Friday and students get an opportunity to draw anything that they want. A few Fridays ago, JB asked for drawing paper and went back to his seat to draw. I looked from where I was at the student (JB) and his eyes were fixed on his paper. He was focused to say the least. I then walked over to see what he was drawing and upon looking at his drawing I couldn’t make sense of it. So, I asked JB what he was drawing and he stated that it was something from his imagination and that he was very good at doing so. All I did was affirmed his statement. However, I left him to continue and about five minutes later he brought the finished product to me with a big smile on his face and then went on to say, “I told you.” This little boy was very convinced that he was very good at drawing from his imagination and although I still could not make clear sense of the drawing in its complete state I put an ”A” on it and encouraged him to continue to use his imagination.

Some of the other students who saw the drawing didn’t think it deserved an “A”, but the student’s attitude was very positive as he went on to state that he’ll even do it better the next time. What a good way of looking at the situation, I said to myself. One of the good things about this little boy was that he was very confident in himself and his ability. He didn’t complain about the others’ statements but stated that he will do better the next time. What would you do? Would you complain when others critique you or choose to do better next time?

The student was programming his mind by saying positive things and believing in himself. More so, he was monitoring the thoughts that he chose to fill his mind with. We always have a choice and I encouraged JB to continue believing in himself. The boy chose to say that he was very good at drawing things from his imagination. What are you telling yourself that you are not good at? Do you even try? If you put information in the mind that you don’t want, you will only get back the information you don’t want. Put what you want back in. Furthermore, the things you believe about yourself are what you will have to deal with in your daily living. Therefore, choose carefully what you put into your mind. By all means, I was really impressed with JB who believed that he was very good, because as he believed, he also fed positive thoughts to his mind. Don’t let your thoughts be contaminated with the idea that you are not capable. Be like JB who banished doubt from his mind.

As a matter of fact, something else that was interesting about the whole thing was that JB’s belief that he was very good at drawing from his imagination caused another student (AJ) to also want to believe that he was just as good too. Seeing that type of behavior in these young students was amazing. That is to say, your belief can be contagious, and before you know it, others will start to believe in you and themselves too, just like AJ, who saw what JB had shared, came to the conclusion that he too was capable.

Dreams Are For Everybody

PossiWorkThese words are for you, and I mean YOU who think dreaming doesn’t make sense anymore. Just because the hills you once thought were going to be an easy climb suddenly became mountains doesn’t mean you should stop dreaming. In fact, mountains are good for you in a way (smiles), you’ll get stronger when you reach the top. Keep climbing!

Dreams are for EVERYBODY including YOU!

As I shared today with a fellow staff member at the college, it is our challenging moments that really define us.

With that being said, I want you to consider this – in each challenging moment or situation try to look for expansion. Why, because of the law of polarity. The law of polarity says wherever there is a negative, positive is always present. So, whatever your dreams are, you will have to realize that where there are challenges, the answers always linger.

However, what happens most of the time is that we put our full attention on the problem, because that is the easy thing to do. Of that behavior, I am guilty because I have done it too. In fact, the moment you realize that the answer you seek is closer to you than you think you will be less focused on the problem at hand. Change your FOCUS!

We need to stay motivated!

I am a student of Zig Ziglar’s work and I can recall him saying motivation is like bathing, therefore we need it everyday. Therefore, if you feel in the depths of your heart that there is something more to life than where you are, that burning desire to be, do and have, I will say this – NEVER let go of that because of your current situation. Motivation is necessary because we are going to be tested. Being motivated will give you that extra energy you need to continue the course.

When you are not motivated, doubts creep in.

I met with one of my students that I haven’t seen in three weeks and during our conversation the student questioned their need to dream. However, the student was one of the most outspoken and forward thinking students in my class the first time we met. What changed? This is what happened, and it happens to the best of us, especially when things are not going as fast or in the direction we think it should be, we relapse into our old ways of thinking. Yes, we start thinking that dreaming doesn’t make sense, we start thinking that we are not capable and that we are going to be judged by our past, the things we were involved in and so on. As I told the student today and want to tell you, there is no way you can go back and change the things you have done. What you can do is ask for forgiveness and most of all forgive yourself, especially for judging yourself on your past. Dreams are for everybody, not just those who have it easy. It is for you too who are facing everyday challenges.

We have heard of many who came from rags to riches.

Why not YOU?!

In fact, I could list a long list of individuals who came from and out of some of the most depressing, adverse situations but I would be remiss if I didn’t make mention of Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and Howard Schultz but you may know of someone who hits closer to home. So, whoever that person is, use their journey as a motivator, because you may just be that diamond in the rough.

So being taken aback by the student’s response I had to remind him of the commitment he made of becoming a role model for his kids. On that note, going backwards is easy, as you will see streets that you are accustomed to, but going forward holds the reward and at times more than you have dreamed of.  Dreams are for you too! God is with you always, and he’ll never give to you more than you are capable of bearing. YOU GOT THIS!