The Power of Vision

Where will you be in the future?

I once read; “The greatest gift ever given to mankind is not the gift of sight but the gift of vision.” The ability to see and believe what others cannot.

The bible says; “now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.

Have you ever seen an artist start to paint or draw? In the beginning you can’t tell where there going with their design. However, you are amazed at the end result once they have finished. It’s funny because you had no clue what they were drawing or how it was going to turn out until the middle or the finished product. The artist envisioned their end result and have already seen what they wanted you to see once they have finished.

The importance of asking yourself questions that invoke thought

That is the same with our life. Where are you going? Where do you see yourself in the next five, ten, or twenty years from now? What vision for your life do you have? Think about the questions presented here. It’s nothing new you haven’t heard before. However, I want you to think about it now to see if your vision aligns with your reality.

There are scores of individuals throughout the world who cannot answer these questions with conviction or any certainty. However, on the other hand, you have thousands of people who dare to answer these questions with empty hope. Their answers are not predicated on the foundation filled with true vision, belief, dedication, backed by persistent action to achieve the very goal they set out to accomplish. Then you have a small percentage of individuals who defy all odds and what they say comes to pass and more.

Ancient writings say; “where there is no vision the people perish.” That is a powerful statement that shares relevance in everyone lives. We all should ponder, to think, even meditate daily about what we want out of life. Revisit our goals and aspirations weekly to make sure our actions align with our vision.

How far can vision take you?

Vision allows you to see with your heart and mind what you cannot see with your eyes. True vision enables you to step through the doorway of time into the future and view what your belief, dedication, persistence, hard work, conviction will produce if you do not falter.

I will leave you with this question; What is your full potential? Let me answer it for you; UNLIMITED!!!

I am inspired to bring content that will impact one’s life in a way to make a quality change in their life, or improve it in some fashion or way. If I have helped one person I know we both have been blessed.

Jesus once said; “feed my sheep.”

I hope I have done that here today. By inspiring someone to take a look at their own life with a new vision that will effect a positive change that will not only benefit themselves, but all that come in contact with them.

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Leaving a Legacy Behind

Everyone loves differently; however, the common denominator is love. We cherish the moments that take out breath away. We cherish the smiles and the laughter that we shared throughout the day.

Our loved ones are dear to our hearts, and there are moments we wait in anticipation of seeing them again because of the time that elapsed while we were apart.

Through the lens of life, we see how much we genuinely care for our loved ones and want to leave a legacy behind. So when we’re no longer here, the footprints of our act of love will stand the test of time.

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A Conversation With Procrastination

It is day six of working out. I want to quit already.  But something inside will not let me give up.  I feel procrastination creeping up on me, saying, “you can walk or run tomorrow; you are tired now and deserve to rest.”  Wow!!! I am at war with myself.  Have you ever said things like this to yourself?  I am finding more reasons to not workout than I have to work out.  Are you hearing me?  I am a hot mess today.

The Conversation With Procrastination

When contemplating doing a thing, you have a conversation with yourself.  Perhaps it’s not with yourself but with the spirit of procrastination and maybe doubt.  I want to take you on a journey of my conversation with procrastination the other day.

Maybe you have similar conversations with yourself as well. For example, for several months, I have developed a habit of watching television in the evening while I eat dinner and after that.  Before you know it, I have gained thirty pounds just like that.  While being a complete couch potato, I often said I should hit the treadmill.  I knew deep inside I had developed a bad habit that could lead to a severe problem down the road.   The other pattern I created was reading a book while the television was on or studying.

My treadmill in the living room is gathering dust.

The other day I looked at the treadmill, which is situated in my living room that made it easy to see and use.

(Procrastination)

However, procrastination chimed in their two cents and said, “relax, David, you are only going to hurt yourself because you are tired right now.  Sit here on the couch and get your feet up.  Look at your ankles; they’re swollen.”

This became my routine or new habit.

(Me)

It’s been a while since I have used the treadmill, and the longer I delay, the more work I will have to do.

(Procrastination)

David, don’t you feel tired?  I know you want to work out, but right now, it is just a recipe for disaster and an accident ready to happen.

(Me)

I can barely bend down to tie my shoes;  I also have to start eating healthier than what I have been eating. So I will do something today. I will be a brand new start for a healthier me.

(Procrastination)

I understand eating healthier but pump the breaks on that idea until you finish those cookies you bought.  You know you love those cookies, and I have to admit they are good.  David, let us finish off the first pack of the two boxes you bought yesterday now.

(Me)

Procrastination, you have a valid point on the cookies. However, I am a little hungry right now anyway.  Wait procrastination!!!  Why don’t you want me to work out today?  You seem adamant on me sitting on the couch getting fat.  Is that what you want?

(Procrastination)

No, David, I want what’s best for you.  I know you are tired and hungry.  Once you relax, you can hit the treadmill if you’re going to.  I want you to get the proper rest to help prevent injuries.  Last night you didn’t sleep well, remember?

(Me)

Procrastination, you said you have my best interest at heart.  However, it appears you don’t want me to start living a healthier lifestyle.  Why is that?

(Procrastination)

David, you have all wrong.  Remember when you hurt your leg because you were tired and came in and went right to the gym?  You kept getting sick as well.  Remember?  I want you to have the proper rest before you take on something strenuous.

(Me)

I will switch up my routines and change some of the bad habits I developed. But, sorry, procrastination, I believe listening to you is how I created my bad habits in the first place. So, instead of procrastinating, I will implement action.

The conversation is over.  Whenever I feel procrastination is trying to influence me, I call for action.  Action is my procrastination killer. So when you think you are being affected by procrastination, TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY!

If we let procrastination have its way with us, we open the door for the spirit of laziness to visit.  Before you know it, you will have to the entire family of hopelessness, despair, defeatism, and sorrow.  We always have to work to be in a positive frame of mind.  It is easy to be negative, but it takes a constant effort to train your mind to be positive and productive.

Treadmill Results

Below is a picture of yesterday’s results

 

 

12/07/2021 Results.

Today is the sixth consecutive day of workouts and it is not easy.  However, I showed up.

 

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My Sunday Weight-Loss Thought

For the past three days, I was preparing myself to get serious about losing eighteen pounds in twenty-six days left in my HealthyWage challenge.  My starting weight was 289lbs.  In my first week of the challenge, I lost about four to six pounds and was thrilled.  Then suddenly, I gained weight and went up to 292lbs.  I wasn’t discouraged by this but disappointed.

I must work to achieve this and maintain weight loss.  It is strange to me that I feel as though I am in my 280’s.  When in fact, I weighed in today at 263lbs.  My stamina is low, even though I can walk and sprint some.  My energy level is also low.  For the past several days, I have left the sweets alone and ate salad with chicken.   I have to work on this.  I only have 24 days to get this right and to win.

This morning I had two cups of coffee and went to the gym for one hour and thirty minutes.  When I arrived home, I ate a salad with some chicken.  I am feeling drained and soar.  I know this is normal when you first leave the gym. However, I realize toning the muscle groups up is more challenging than I originally thought.

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Chipping Away At The Fat

You know what is amazing? When you set out to do something and you start to see the results of your hard work and sacrifice come to fruition. My goal is simple in statement, Lose forty-pounds and then lose forty more. Simple right? Yeah right! I am no stranger to the notion losing one hundred pounds safely. This is has been a journey of mine for several years. However, I always come up short. The last time I was under two hundred pounds was thirty years ago. Yes! That long. I know it was a long time ago but it can be done. Guess what? I am going to achieve this. Last month I weighed in at 289lbs for my challenge at Healthy Wage. When I started I was all gun ho and dropped six and half pounds on one week.

I remember looking at the scale and was so excited that I lost weight and knew at that time I was on the right track. Then you know what happened? I did not change my habit or behavior that put me in the position recognize I needed to lose weight. I kept on doing the same thing and eating the same things. The discipline to say no was non-existent.

The end of December 2020.

I realized more than ever, I had to stop this vicious cycle of losing weight and gaining weight. I need some stability and in order for that to happen I had to change. I had change my behavior and habits with lasting change. Before I realize that, I continued to eat and workout periodically.

I would make all kind of excuses that sound great and sometimes were even true. Like, I am too tired, or my body hurts and I don’t feel good today. Mostly I started procrastinating more than usual. I was making Fat excuses which perpetuated becoming heavier and unable to move the way I wanted too.

The second week in January 2021.

I ballooned back up to 292.3lbs and I had the audacity to be surprised that I gained weight in the wrong direction. I sat myself down and had a serious talk with myself. Yes! I was not happy to say the least.

Do you know how hard it is to lose weight with bad habits and bad food behaviors? I must get it together, especially when I use food for a crux. When I feel sad, it’s time to eat. When I feeling depressed it is really time to chow down. This is a big one. When I am bored out of my mind it is time to have a buffet.

I had to find my why and put it to the forefront of everything that I do. Here is where I stand as of today. After changing small things in the way I eat. This morning I weighed myself and I really like where the numbers are heading. However, I have been hear before.

Saturday 01/30/2021

I am now on the right track and started losing weight. I have three eggs with spinach in the morning and then a shake two and half hours later. Then I would drink plenty of water and sometime have a hot green tea with lemon.

For lunch I would have a salad with boiled chicken or sautéed chicken with peppers and plenty of water. Two hours later I would have snack with some various kinds of nuts or an orange and strawberries. Stuff like this appears to be working very well. It is all about persistence in eating healthy and combination of moving, and exercising. Stay toon so you can witness the transformation over time I will achieve.

A Note From The Author

This morning I am reminded more so than every morning that we are standing in the mist of greatness.  It doesn’t matter where you are in your life, or what status in life you are at, what nationality or ethnicity you are.  We are all standing in the mist of greatness. 

Just the mere fact that you are here and was allow to have another day on this earth.  Don’t waste another month, not another week, not another hour or even another minute.  Stand fast in the mist of your own greatness and believe in your own destiny and watch the power of the almighty shake the rivers of opportunity upon your life. It is your time to shine and rise up into who you were destine to be.

Build Your New Life One Rep At A Time

Today while at the gym a thought occurred to me as I was pounding away in repetition doing crunches. I knew I needed to work on my overall package, (my entire body) and have been neglecting my midsection for some time. It’s been over a week since I have done any crunches. Looking down at my mid-section I would consider, how on earth did I missed that? We do reps to break the muscle down to failure and build it back up stronger than before. What I am looking to do here is firm up my mid-section and have it nice and tight, something I can be proud of when I look in the mirror. In order to achieve the look I am after I would have to do a variety of exercises that isolates the different muscle groups that make up the mid-section area including the oblique’s muscle group.

Imagine if we were to workout in areas of our life. What I mean is; you find one area you want to improve upon and find a series of proven strategies you know that if you do them you would create the outcome you were after. One rep at a time. One successful activity after another consistently over time would ensure your success of the outcome you desire. It’s like building a muscle in the body. You have constantly work that muscle out and do rep after rep to make it bigger and stronger. It’s the same thing with our lives.

If we want something to change, we have to change. If you desire a bigger bank account you may need to re-educate yourself one book after another, and perhaps change your philosophy as well. We live in the information age which is simply a period of time of accumulative information to measure. One minute after another and one piece of informative advice after another over time, one rep after another, do see my point?

This is colossal information and yes, when you apply the proven strategies to develop what it is that you are trying to achieve it comes with a price. So what are you willing to sacrifice? What are you willing to let go of? What habits are you willing to change? It all boils down to this! HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?

In the gym they have mirrors where you can look at yourself working, to make sure you are using the correct form and or simply enjoy being vain if that’s your thing. But the mirror can also serve as pivotal focus point when one is about to give up. When you come to the point and say to yourself why am I killing myself? It’s not going to happen I am never going to lose all this weight and self-doubt starts to overwhelm you.

Then you look up at the mirror and suddenly you realize this is why you are here at the gym, to stop looking the way you look. To stop feeling the way you feel about yourself at that moment of despair and doubt. So you begin to move with a new sense of determination, with a new attitude and start to feed your mind with one positive thought after another on why you need to stick with this workout and NOT GIVE IN OR GIVE UP. YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON YOU!
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I Constanly Look To Improve

Explosive day at the office!

I will be looking at maximizing my workout time to burn as many calories in a workout as I possibly can. Then I will start watching what I eat and to be sure to consume 2600 calories a day per my friend who is a nutritionist and advised me to do.

The reason for the change is I noticed my heart is in the right lane but I lack the ability to effective create the desire change I so desperately seek. I have already started this regiment and have notice some changes just within the several days I have been trying this.

You know, that got me thinking. Sometimes it’s good to acquire or enlist the help of someone who is very successful at what you are trying to achieve. If I can do this about with health, I can certainly do this spiritually, financially, and academically. This is a great way to achieve faster results and learn how to avoid the pitfalls they have encountered. In essence, we can learn from other people’s success, failures and forge our own success with all of our hard work.

I guess we must be certain of what we want out of life to forge a clear and laser focused path to our desire results. Are you sure you are on the correct path or are you doing what you think is expected of you?

I talk a lot about passion because so many people are not doing what they are truly passionate about. I for one can attest to this because I am passionate about writing, encouraging, motivating others through my writings. That is the reason I write here every day.

Enough about me.

Start asking yourself life changing questions. Am I living in the house I imagined? Have I travels to all the destinations I wanted to? Does my life reflect my imagination? Have I lived up to my own expectations, or can I achieve more out of life? If not, WHY?

(Personal note, these are questions I have asked myself just over six months ago. I feel my life changing for the better for having asked and responded.)

Don’t answer these questions here but write your answers on a piece of paper.

1. What am I most passionate about?
2. Am I living my passion with purpose?
3. Do you have a bucket list? If not, why?
4. What are my strengths?
5. What are my weaknesses?

This is what I would like to achieve in the next year __________________. Why?

This is what I would like to achieve in the next 3 Years ____________________. Why?

What is stopping me from reaching my current goal?

Why?

What can I do to change my outcome?

As always I want to thank you for reading my post. I hope you challenge yourself to answer these questions. For now have a spectacular day!

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Startling Facts About My Bad Habit

In a world where there is an abundance of food choices we can only imagine the temptation that accompanies a variety of delicious cuisines.  I for one love sweets and is tempted every to engage my taste buds with mouthwatering chocolate delights that seem to light up my day.  Yes!  Light up my day!

I am all smiles when I have my daily dose of chocolate and it appears I can handle just about anything that comes my way.  Crazy right?   Well, I discovered that we are capable of believing in some silly ideas about all sorts of little quirks and habits that we have formed over the years.  We even have our very own personal data to back of what we believe it to be factual.  The truth of the matter is our habits are just that habits.

Whether you are junk food junkie or sweet fanatic like I am, or perhaps have to have a couple glasses of wine or a couple of bottles of bear every day, there’s no harm in that right?  It’s just the opposite; you are forgetting about the power of compounding effects over time.  So, I set out to find out some basic facts of why I should stop eating so much chocolate or simply stop eating it all together.  Let’s face it, if I don’t find out about everything I intake or ingest into my body.   I am only kidding myself to think I can become healthier while slowly and methodically killing myself through choices I have made over time.

Let’s take my own habit Three cookies a day, let me digress a moment to inject this thought.  We are creatures of habit, some of have more habits then others and we trade one habit for another.  The key is to trade bad habits for good ones, so keep that in mind.

My three cookies a day cannot be that harmful I thought.  But, it can depending on what could be happening with the physiology make up internally that I cannot see.  Let me explain.   Chocolate is high in calories and leads to weight gain.  I go to subway every day to purchase those wonderful mouthwatering chocolate wonders which for on cooking has 220 calories.  (3 cookies x 220 = 660 calories)  Talk about shooting yourself in the foot this is ridiculous.  That is why it’s taking me so long to lose the weight.

Chocolate is also high in sugar and too much sugar over time can lead to becoming a diabetic.  Remember the compound effect is at work here.  So, I know what you are saying, 3 cookies are not that bad, so let me break this insane idea down for your further.

3 cookies = 660 calories a day!    660 x 30 = 19,800 calories a month!  19,800 x 12 = 237,600 a year!

Insane right! Not Even!  I been doing this for five years I have been working on my job so let’s do one more fact.

237,600 x 5 = 1,188,000 THAT’S INSANE!!!

Well I know what I have to do from this point on, do you?

What is it that you harmlessly consume?  Have you seen some of the learn term effects of what alcohol does to the pancreas, liver, or kidneys?  Not to mention the brain. The same with smoking.  All I am saying is think about your bad habits and start replacing them with good ones.

Below is an excerpt from an article from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body

 all-bad-habits-start-slowly-zig-ziglarBrain:

Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.

Heart:
Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:

  • Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

Research also shows that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may protect healthy adults from developing coronary heart disease.

Liver:
Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:

  • Steatosis, or fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis

Pancreas:
Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.

Cancer:
Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

Live Your Passion The Healthy Way

What’s your passion?

You know I have asked many people this question and it’s funny how everyone I asked pause, pondered and appeared to be somewhat perplexed. That led me to believe so many of us are living our lives without a passion driven purpose.  When I turned fifty years old, I not only reach a pivotal point in my life by age but also through purpose, desire, a deep of understanding and personal reflection.  My mental capacity have made three-hundred and sixty degree turn.

I woke up one day and realized we do things for seasons in our lives and like the season winter, spring, summer, and fall, we have to change and adjust according to our season in life. Whether that season is long or short, I believe life gives clues as to when the seasons are coming to an end and time for adjustment is approaching.  Let’s take the season summer for example; we all know summer can be brutal with its massive heat waves and relentless humidity in certain parts of the country.  Then when things start to cool off as fall approaches and we sometime have to adjust what we wear.

As winter approaches depending where we are located in the country some of us have to put on sweaters, jackets or coats.  We get that, right? What happens when winter is over and spring is in the air you don’t make the necessary adjustment to your clothing that you wear?  You will experience a great discomfort, you will become very hot, not to mention perspire more than ever. I believe there are seasons in our lives and if we don’t adhere to the season’s shift we experience discomfort.  What we once believed was important no longer hold significance or when we reach a certain season in our life (midlife Crisis) or identity restructuring we tend to re-evaluate our life and reflect on our accomplishments and failures.

It’s funny because in our minds we still feel young and if it weren’t for our bodies breaking down through the many years of wear and tear we will never notice.  So, we start the restructuring process physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially.  At this point in life young, midlife or seasoned we want to live with passion. We want to find the things that will excite us to go to bed late because of it.  Wake up early to embrace it.

Breathe through out of the day to inhale that passion that lifts us up from the state of normality to fly upon the wings of life with exhilarating passion for that thing that we now live to share the world with. But!!!! You cannot enjoy your passion in bad health as much as you could in good health.  Live your passion in a healthy way.Its-about-time-to-switch-out-stress-for-passion..-Cant-wait