It sure may not feel like it some days; but you are WINNING!  You are winning at the game of life.  You woke up this morning, right?  Well, there you have it.  WINNING!  This is the pep talk I’ve had to give to myself lately.  Let me tell you, these past few weeks for me have been hard.  I mean you name it, I’ve felt picked on, beat down, down trodden, misused and abused.  With hardly any minute in between to catch my breath.  Could I have at least been spared some protective head gear, knee pads, or chin guards.  Nope, nada.  That’s just how life is sometimes.  It chews you up and spits you out, hopefully leaving you with a valuable lesson learned or testimony to share.  So, I guess that’s where I am today, bandaged and bruised, but not broken!  Still, WINNING!

Today’s Top Five Friday topic:  How I know I’m Winning!

 .    I am a sinner; saved by God’s grace

 :    I’m still standing

 :.   I love who I am

 ::   I know that everyday restarts the clock for second chances

 ::.  I am on this earth for a purpose

Yes, it’s tough.  No one said it would be easy.  The question isn’t “Why me?”, but …“Why NOT me?” 

Recognize drama as life’s little distractions trying to sit you out of the game.

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Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm  Comments (1)  
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Fair to middling is defined as just above average, so so, mediocre, moderate, commonplace, ordinary.  Would you attribute any of those descriptors to yourself ?  I hope not, because we are all capable of greatness!  What we have to stop doing is waiting for those hopes, dreams, and wishes to come true and start creating  what we want.  Surprisingly, not everyone is willing to give what it takes or stick with the task long enough to see the results of success.   

Jim Collins, author of “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t”, is one of the country’s elite business consultants for some of the top Fortune 500  companies.  However his concepts can be adapted to every day life as well.  Jim Collins believes that failure to some extent is largely self-inflicted, and recovery lies within our own hands.  He goes further to say: 

GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF GREAT. And that  is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life. The vast majority of organizations never become great, precisely because the vast majority become quite good-and that is the main problem.

 Decide today to make your vision a reality at it’s fullest potential!

Today’s Top Five Topic:  Rising above fair to middling, what you should know.

    Find your passion; the thing you are just genetically built for.

    Become the expert on what you know or do.

:.   Network with others; share, learn and grow.

::   Don’t give up too soon; “No” does not mean never, it means not right now.

::.  Give it your all everyday; practice makes perfect.

Share what has encouraged you to be your best?

Published in: on January 28, 2011 at 9:00 am  Comments (4)  
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UNIQUE, by design

Qualities that make you stand out from the crowd.

 Your innate characteristics that others distinguish you by.

Could be your swag; the style that’s all your own.

It’s the you deep within that fights for survival.

Your shield and cloak that protects you from harm.

You can’t suppress it, dismiss it, or give it away.

You are the heaven blessed, filled with grace, one of a kind you!


 Today’s Top Five Topic:  That thing about You…

.    my hair journey

:    peculiar pet peeve with lint balls on clothes

:.   eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches

::   always willing to go the extra mile 

::.  my most common saying, “WTF” 


Throughout our lives it is important to know and be reminded of who we are.  Do away with subconscious thoughts of yourself that lower self esteem, create self-loathing, and inadequacies.  Reinforce positive affirmations of productive behaviors and images that will uplift your mind, body, and soul.  Most importantly, be proud of who you are, embrace yourself  in all its distinctiveness, and flourish!  Leave your indelible mark on this world simply by being you.  How will you be remembered?

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Published in: on January 14, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments (2)  
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You can’t go anywhere these days without some kind of incentive being shoved in your face for just about any and everything. Spend $20 get a $50 gift card, buy 1 get one free, the offers are endless. Just the way of the world you say?  Well, in actuality it is.  Let’s face it, just like the business owner that  is trying to attract your attention with subliminal messages, we too sometimes have hidden agendas to be successful, to earn power, and recognition. The truth is, almost nothing is done without some kind of motivating factor behind it, or incentive. These motivational behaviors can be a good thing if kept in check. Motivation is what we need to stay focused and competitive in the workplace, in society, and in our personal lives. But, remember this, in all that you do be true to yourself and your moral beliefs, and your light will shine through.

Today’s Top 5 Topic: Motivation, Moving Beyond the What’s in it For Me.

.    My son’s smile

:    A clean kitchen

:.   The warm smell of vanilla and cinnamon

::   Seeing Confidence

::.  Faith

What motivates you?


“Just for today, be devoted to being the light.  Give of yourself without the expectation of receiving light or recognition or rewards in return.”
–Iyanla Vanzant

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