Today, even before the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the United States, equality always mattered. It took courage to rule against the Constitution, but in reality, it took courage to actually accept the reality that love is love. This day in history is remarkable and well deserved to the same-sex couples and LGBT community that has rallied and advocated for their right to marry for decades. Love doesn't discriminate and as of today, neither does the law.
About time right?
Knowingly, not everyone agrees with today's reality but that is okay. Disagreement and displeasure is how we express our opinions, expand our ideas and most importantly how we share our differences. We're growing as a Country, but we still have more to do. As long as we continue doing the right thing, there is no reason we cannot continue fighting for equal rights and justice where due. In other words, equality is the right thing to do and the right way for us as people, community and Government to advance as one.
Sincerely, thank you to all the advocates and supporters of marriage equality. Advocating for love is just as beautiful as you are as people, advocates and couples. Congratulations to all you love birds, the LGBT community and the country of the United States. We are one and today proves that.
*Open letter written on June 26, 2015.
This writing is an excerpt taken from the interview of Bill Bartmann, a self-made billionaire. This interview comes from inside the minds of mega achievers within Quanta. Quanta is a personal development company co-founded by Jim Britt and Jim Lutes, two world renowned personal development experts. In business there are enemies. First, let me tell you who the enemy is not. The enemy is not your competition. The enemy is not your tax man or government. The enemy is not your spouse. The enemy is not the bills as they come rolling in month after month. Your biggest and worst enemy is YOU.
Being successful in your business is not a coincidence. It does not happen by chance. Upon several discussions with very successful business owners, these 6 traits continue to exist over and over again. These 6 traits exist in us already. You don't have to buy them, you don't have to subscribe to them, you don't have to sign up for them, you don't have to opt-in for them. You already possess them. The key is figuring out how to use them.
Per Bill Bartmann, these are the 6 characteristics of successful people.
1. You have to think BIG. If you want more than you have now, you have to think bigger than where you presently are. Give yourself permission to think big. You have met the enemy and he is US. Most people are just trying to survive, when you should be thinking THRIVE. The 'ole saying 'if you shoot for the stars and land on the moon', you still have succeeded.
2. Believe in yourself. I'm not talking about an arrogant belief that your better than anyone else, or your smarter than anyone else. I'm talking about an inner belief that you have the skills, experience, and attributes to do what it takes to get your where you want to go. Believe you are unique and have the special skills you need and are capable of putting those skills to work for you.
3. Share the vision. When you have this big dream, big idea, big goal, tell everyone. Share what you want, share what you hope for, share your desires and dreams. When you do this one of two things will happen. The people closest to you that love you will help you or the people that don't love you will laugh at you. Both of these are good. The people that laugh at you are great motivation.
4. Focus. Focus on your specific plan or goal. I'm talking about that one particular goal, not trying to achieve several things at once. If you do several things and not focus on one particular goal, you will probably wind up doing several things badly. Forget mult-tasking. Take that one particular task and perfect it. Don't waste time trying to be good at several things. Everyone has a certain skill level to be good at least one or two things. Find yours, focus on it, and perfect it. Narrow the vision, narrown the target, and focus your skill and energy on that target.
5. Execute. It doesn't matter how big you think, or how much you believe in yourself, or if you've shared your vision, or how focused you are if you don't execute. Get off the couch and go take action. You will never have all the answers, but you have to use what you have.
6. Never Give Up. You will face obstacles. You will face challenges. You will encounter setbacks. You will have unexpected occurrences that will try and knock you down. But don't give up, don't ever give up. No matter if the obstacle was your fault or someone else's, don't quit. The only time you lose is when you don't get back up.
As Bill, states these 6 traits are already within you. It's how you use them that will determine your destiny.
Credits: Chris Ford
It's year 2015 not 2014; set some goals and strive to achieve them! There are 5 keys to having success in your pursuit of success, and the first key begins with the actual goals.
Set at Least 5 Goals
Every year you should have goals, not so much a New Year resolution. The reason is because goals are more specific and easier to measure. With New Year resolutions, the only way to identify whether you had success in achieving the resolution is looking at the previous year and comparing the two. However, with goals you can check them off as you accomplish them. So let me ask you, does this make sense? It should, because it's the start to how to be successful in 2015: Knowing what you want to achieve in your life and/or career this year. About a week before New Years Day, I laid on the floor with a piece of paper and drew a line down the middle. On the left side was titled personal goals and alongside, to the right, was professional goals. The goals combined equaled to eleven and I'm aiming to accomplish all of them. Now that I know what I want out of my personal and professional life, I can start working towards them each and every day. Get a piece of a paper and start your list now if you haven't done so already!
Trust in the Process
If it's not harming your personal life or professional success, keep it like it is. Sometimes in life, especially in our careers, we start changing things because we think that they aren't working or it's the best move to take. Taking those steps aren't terrible, however we aren't always right in our outlooks on things. Impatience can cause you to expect success right away, which is not the reality of achieving tremendous goals or dreams. Let's say that Johnny wants to be a quarterback at an elite program like Alabama or Oregon, but don't want to redshirt his first year. Obviously, Johnny wants his cake and eat it too, but he will most likely be sitting on the bench his first year. Hopefully someone explains the reality of football to Johnny or he may just have to learn the hard way. He could go to college where he starts at quarterback, but have no chance at being developed into an NFL-caliber quarterback like a elite program could offer him. The point is, being successful at anything is a process and you must trust in it to understand the process.
Create a Routine
Staying on routine is so important, as plenty of things can distract and omit your focus. The first step to staying on routine is to establish one (laughs). There are many ways to do this, including weekly schedules or day-specific routines. Weekly schedules allow you to plan ahead and spread all your tasks throughout each day of the week. I like weekly schedules because I know what I'm doing beforehand and they give me the best outlook on the week. On the other hand, day-specific routines are actions that you do on every single day of the week. For example, on Mondays you make phone calls to all your clients or lets say on Fridays, you go outfit shopping for next week. Both methods are unique and effective in their own ways. Knowing which one is perfect for you may be obvious, but at least try both methods. By doing so, you will discover there are no two methods, it's just one method. Lastly, sorry for any confusion, it's just a routine of mine to complicate things!!
Keep a Balance
Have your ever fell on your face? Yeah, it's not so pleasant. Keeping a balance in your every stage of your life is vital to ensuring that you're success is preserved long-term. When you focus solely on one thing, something else is being abandon. At the moment it may not seem like a big deal, but long-term it will show itself. A few ways to develop balance in your life begins with the above tip, creating a routine. Organizing your tasks and desires help you diversify your routine, and at the same time be effective in the things that you have to do in life. Whether it's doing mommy duties to big brother duties, keeping a balance in between those duties is arguably the stepping stone to your success this year (and beyond). Also, another good way to keep a balance in your life is to have fun. I'm sure you have that one friend who always want to go out for drinks or the beach. That friend that you have most likely is going to help keep you out of the house and the office 24/7. Partying is not the worse fun in the world, it's the best, especially when you party on occasion or in celebration. CHEERS to life, right?
Keep on the Peddle
Determining the timeframe of success is unrealistic, however it should always be expected. You work hard to get somewhere in life and surely that will happen. However, when that success comes along, keep your foot on the peddle until you gas out as much success you possibly can. That was a little corny, but remember my remarks when you accomplish your goals and/or dreams this year. And when you do I won't jabber and say, 'I told you so', I'll just smile and think it in my head! The 5 keys to success in 2015 begin with you. Remember: Set a least 5 goals, Trust in the process, Create a routine, Keep a balance and Keep on the peddle. The sixth step, well, is your payoff.
Good luck and Happy New Years!
Tonight, the announcement that Michael Brown's murderer, Darren Wilson, will not be prosecuted is devastating and absolute injustice to the Brown family and the black community. Regardless of whether Michael Brown "charged" the officer, he didn't deserve to be shot dead.
Michael was not a murderer, he was a empty-handed young black men killed by an officer who didn't uphold his integrity and wasn't held accountable for it. That's the problem of our criminal justice system: it doesn't always work, especially in poor black communities. From the city of Jacksonville (Florida) where Jordan Davis was killed for jamming his favorite song while out with his friends to the small town of Ferguson, the opportunity to protect our peers and our ourselves from discrimination have not been any greater.
There are peaceful ways to take upon the opportunity, we just have to believe and practice those ways. As much as I would like to believe that this incident had nothing to do with race, it's hard to rule out the growing trend as the cases continue to pile up. I send sincerest condolences to Michael's family as they grief of their beloved son.
It's my honest belief that eliminating the threat of discrimination in our communities is common good, so whether we're white or black, unity is our greatest way to achieving the opportunity of peace of mind with law enforcement and our justice system. We must take the challenge today, it's wide-open.
The first situation to consider is the relationship between thoughts and conditions like depression and stress. A crucial question is whether the person's thoughts are creating the physical depression or the physical depression is creating the negative thinking. When it comes to how you can use your mind to help, this can be accomplished consciously and subconsciously. When someone has a habit of imagining things turning out very badly, rational thinking can show show them that they often exaggerate. However, the unconscious mind is much more powerful in shaping our habitual behavior, oftentimes beyond our conscious control. Visualization and hypnosis can be very effective in modifying beliefs and, if you do this, the long-lasting effects can be more powerful than using logic only.
It is likewise true that positive thinking can have an impact on our physical health, and you may be aware of the placebo effect on people who feel ill. This is when individuals are given a pill which in reality does not have any healing value, and yet they claim to notice an improvement in how they feel. This is evidence of the connection between mind and body, and there are many examples of men and women with a positive outlook being able to recover faster from malady and injury. You can also use the power of your mind to help you in achieving your fitness goals. A historic example of this is when the four minute barrier for running the mile was broken, which had been considered as unachievable up to that point. Once the "barrier" had been broken, other runners also began to break through what had really been a barrier of belief.
The effects of aging are likewise influenced by how we think about the process. As you get older, do you talk to your friends about your "aches and pains" and your weakened capabilities? It seems there's a great deal of truth to the saying, "You're only as old as you think you are," and our thoughts can be used to undo a lot of the so-called effects of aging. Unfortunately, numerous individuals will continue to hold on to old beliefs about the unavoidable "decline" of health in old age, and not pay attention to the benefits of a positive outlook.
Now that you are aware that your attitude can bring you a much better state of health, it's up to you to take advantage of this information and set your intention to think positive thoughts whenever you remember.