I’m Enough

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Every day before I leave my kids there is a mantra that I have them say.  “I can do anything in the world that I want to do.  I’m enough, I’m enough, I’m enough!”  The purpose for me doing that is to build their self-esteem.  I also want them to know that there is power in their words.  Lastly, if you say anything often enough, you will eventually believe it.  

This weekend I had a conversation with my daughter asking her does she know what she is actually saying when she speaks this mantra.  She said no, which wasn’t a big deal.  I commended her for her honesty.  Then I realized that I need to give a greater explanation as to why I have my kids do what I have them do.  

The best way that I was able to explain it to her is by taking her to the Word of God.  So I had her read Genesis 1:26 which states, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our own image, according to Our likeness…” 27 So God created man in His Own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Then I had her go to verse 31 which states,”Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good…”

From there, I took her to Psalm 139:13-14 that says, “For You formed my inwards parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.”

I had her read these verses several times so that they would begin to sink into her spirit.  Then I asked her was anything or anyone greater than God?  She replied, “No.”  I went on to explain to her that she was created in the image of the Most High God.  Showing and telling her that after God created her He said she was very good.  We talked about this for a little while longer.

Finally, our conversation conclude with me asking her about the mantra again.  I reaffirmed that she is enough.  Not because of anything that she has done or said, but because she was created in the image of the Most High God.  He said that she was good.  He created her to be enough.  I told her I don’t care who it is, if they don’t think that she’s enough, they are not worth her time and or energy.  

There are so many struggling with self-worth.  There are so many that feel less than.  As I shared with my beautiful daughter, God created you to be more than enough.  It’s time that we take pride in ourselves.  Not in an arrogance manner, but one of value.  You are enough.  You are of value.  You are valued.  You must value yourself.  Once you believe in you and your self-worth, there is nothing that anyone can say or do to put you down.  

I challenge you to say what I have my kids say as often as possible.

I’m Enough
I’m Enough
I’M ENOUGH!

Once you begin to believe that, your life will begin to transforms in ways that you never imagined!

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 04.17.17

Too Late

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Contrary to what is usually said, there are times when it’s too late.  So do what you can in the now, because sadly tomorrow doesn’t always come.  You have to power to make today both memorable and beneficial to everyone that you encounter.  Use your power wisely!  Let’s make today great on purpose!

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 04.14.17

Habits Define Us

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A very powerful statement.  When you consider a habit, it is so intentional that it becomes second nature.  We don’t have to think about how to perform because those actions are embedded so deep within us.  What do our habits say about us?  Are they habits of quality, or habits of disgrace?  Let’s make today great on purpose!

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 04.12.17

Exceedingly and Abundantly

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None of us were created to be mediocre.  We were created to EXCEED.  We were created to EXCEL.  We were created to look average in the face and say, we were not created to dwell in the same space.  Mediocre is comfortable, but comfortable never wins the prize.  Go get your prize as average jealously looks up to you!  We are created to be exceedingly and abundantly above all.  Let’s make today greater on purpose!

Love you, be blessed!  – AWS 04.11.17

Black and White

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Some things really are black and white.  Either you are, or you aren’t.  Either you do or you don’t.  But no matter what it is, it is your choice.  It is the reward or consequence that you have earned.  So earn greatness, because the opposite isn’t even worth speaking about!
Let’s make today great on purpose!

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 04.10.17

G.A.C.

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You can only practice, dream, plan, and or prepare for so long.  Eventually, you’ll have to step up to the plate and swing.  When you finally get the courage to, swing with all your heart! Swing with all your might!  Swing as if your happiness depends on it.  Because in all honesty, it does.  Go.  Attempt.  Conquer.
Let’s make today great on purpose!

Love you, be blessed! AWS -03.06.17

Working Together Works

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It’s amazing what one can learn when things are quiet and still.  Every year my wife and I get together with a group of our friends for a couples trip.  This is an experience that we spend the whole year waiting for and talking about.  On this trip get a chance to be away from our kids, and be adults who act like kids for the weekend.  To clarify, we don’t get extra wild and try to party like we did in high school and/or college.  We are adults who act like adults, while experiencing carefree living .

This year, we to part in an adventure that many of you have before called, The Breakout Room.  For those that are unique familiar, The Breakout Room is a problem solving adventure. You’re locked in a room for an hour and have to use clues to escape the room. I would love to tell you that we made it out, and did so in record time, but I can’t lie to you.  We failed.  In this scenario, the bomb blew up and destroyed an entire city.  That got me thinking. 

Everyone in our group has an extremely strong personality.   All of our strengths are displayed in various ways, but still equally strong.  Within our group, we have everything that is needed to change our city, city, state, country,  and world. But at this point, we have yet to do that.  (Side note, you and your crew have the same ability.) And this weekend, this adventure showed me why we have not yet accomplished what our hearts’ desire to do.

One cannot operate effectively in chaos.

In the room it was said, “You can tell we have a lot of chiefs !” Referring to the old American saying, “There are too many chiefs and not enough indians.  Meaning, everyone wants to take the lead, and no one wants to follow.  And we all know nothing will ever get accomplished that way.  There is nothing wrong with having multiple leaders, but wisdom has to be applied.  And the wisdom is knowing when it’s your time to lead and when it’s your time to follow.

Again we, (meaning my crew and yours as well) have everything we need to succeed in anything that we put our mind and muscles into.  But because everyone wants to lead at the same time, chaos forms.  Because chaos forms, the group as a whole fails.  Because the group as a whole fails, those that are counting on us suffers. 

Before God spoke life into order, it is said to be complete choas.  When He spoke, “Let there be…” in Genesis, He gave form, He gave order, he gave systems.  My definition of system or systems is, “A group of success patterns that repeat themselves over and over again.”  Once that occurs life is formed.  

If we truly worked together, we could have easily escaped the room.  But because we allowed individual personalities to shine verses the personality of the group, we created our own choas.  We sealed our own fate, and the fate of those that were counting on us.

Whatever your circle, be it business, friendship, marriage, family unit, or any other label you ascribe to it. You have to remove choas to create life.  And remember, so many others are depending on you to get it right.  Don’t be like us in this adventure the let them down.  

“All great changes are preceded by choas.”

I look forward to seeing your changes.

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 02.19.17