When you open your eyes

When you open your eyes in the morning, don’t think too much… Don’t think about what you are going to wear. Don’t think about terrorism and being afraid to go out. Don’t think about being late for work. Don’t think about the financial debt that you may be in. Don’t think about any lies you told yesterday or years ago. Don’t think about what you could have done.

When you wake up in the morning…. just do one thing –SMILE. Smile because your eyes are open and you are alive to enjoy another day.


Challenge to greatness

A strong and meaningful challenge can energize you in a way that nothing else can. When confronted with such a challenge, look not at how you can get out of it. Instead, look for what you can get out of it.

Personally meaningful challenge can get you going in the morning and keep you focused throughout the day. It can fill your mind with great ideas and give you the energy to act on them. Throughout history, those people who have most notably distinguished themselves are the ones who faced the most formidable challenges, and who have risen to those challenges.

There is no shortage of challenge in this world. It is something available to anyone, though we often tend to run and hide from it. With challenge comes the energy to make life great. It is an intense experience, and yet there is no need to fear it.

You were born to face challenges, and each day you have become more skilled at doing so. Put that skill to good use. Take on those challenges that will compel and propel you to your own special greatness.

Ralph Marston

Enjoy the process

Do you see the effort needed to achieve success as a struggle or as a pleasure? If you consider it a struggle, you’ll fight it every step of the way and will probably not ever reach the goals you’ve set. Those who consistently achieve their goals are positively committed not only to the end results, but also to the process of attaining them.

No one does their best when doing something that is distasteful or unpleasant. And yet, there are certain specific actions necessary for success. Achievers learn to redefine their likes and dislikes. Those who accomplish much have found a way to actually enjoy the effort and discipline necessary to reach their goals.

To effectively reach your goals, you must either set those goals in accordance with your likes and dislikes, or you must align your likes and dislikes so that they compel you toward your goals. The choice is yours. The power is yours. You can enjoy whatever you decide to enjoy. Just imagine what astounding things you can accomplish when you truly decide to enjoy the process.

— Ralph Marston

Be Thankful

When you don’t know what to do, be thankful. When you don’t know how to be, be thankful.

When the joys come, be thankful. When the challenges and sorrows arrive, be thankful.

In every experience there is always some value. Be thankful for the opportunity to have the experience, no matter what it is.

Be thankful, and become more intensely aware of life’s abundance. Be thankful, and discover new ways to make good use of that abundance.

Be thankful for the moment, whatever it may bring. For your thankfulness will add value to anything it lands upon.

Be thankful for what is, and you will see the beauty and the possibilities in it. Be thankful, and be amazed at how much better life becomes.

— Ralph Marston

Our Own Thoughts

Our own thoughts can play such a role in our lives. If we put in our mind that we can’t do something, then you’re already setting yourself up for failure or disappointment. If we tell ourselves that we can do it then we will have better results.
The way your start your day, with positive or negative thoughts, is what your day is going to be. Always think good thoughts and try to keep a positive attitude and you will feel more joy in your life and in your heart. See the beauty that surrounds you.

Written by Renee Scalfani

Taking Advantage of the Season

Getting our priorities in order and choosing to focus on what is relevant for the hour and season we are in is crucial to having a systematic plan that works for our lives. God is a God of order, it is in that order that excellence is found. It is He who created the seasons to reflect the cycle of our own personal lives. Truly there is a time for planting, a time of harvest, a time for eating the fruit of our labor, and a time for dying to give way to new and sweeter fruit. This cycle is present in every area of our lives, emotionally, relationally, financially, professionally, even spiritually. As we embrace the season, understanding its purpose and looking forward to the blessings on the other side of it we are able to weather our transitions gracefully and reap a bountiful harvest from each one.

So what does that mean for you right where you are today? Well, if you are single, rejoice and take full advantage of all that is solely yours. Take advantage of the time, space and resources you have to explore and enjoy every aspect of life being cognizant of the fact that this is just a season. And seasons do pass so plant well while you have everything at your disposal to do so.

Are you a business woman? An entrepreneur? Plant carefully and prepare to reap from what you have sown. Be a wise steward of your increase. Like the ant be aware of the season for harvesting and storing, trusting God to fill your store house to overflowing for the purpose of being able to pour out to others in need.

To everything there is a season and a purpose. As we embrace this truth and learn to embrace where we are we grow in grace and in the sufficiency of all that we need in that season to walk in excellence.  To lag behind or grow impatient with where we are the two impulses we must resist. Only you know which season you are in and your attitude toward that season. Begin now to take stock of where you are and how you view yourself in light of that knowledge. Then step up to the diva-licious challenge of being all that you were created to be—a woman of excellence, thriving in her purpose according to God’s divine timing.

Inspiration from Michelle McKinney Hammond’s Blog Post


Great Place To Be

Allow what happens to happen, to happen. Allow what is right, to be, and to expand.

Don’t fight against your own authentic nature. Embrace the unique beauty of the gifts you have to give.

Live with joy and positive purpose in the moment, whatever it may bring. Do what you know is right, what you know is best, and what you know is true.

Life is more magnificent than you can ever imagine. Go ahead and imagine anyway, from the perspective of what you love and value the most, and bring what you imagine to life.

Look at every little morsel of existence with profound gratitude and ecstatic appreciation. Commit yourself, again and again, to living a life worthy of all the abundance that’s available to you.

With each dawning day, dive gleefully into that abundance, eager to create new value and meaning as you journey through it all. Remember that where you are is a great place to be, so give the greatness a faithful life from which to brightly shine. ~ Ralph Marston

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