Posts Tagged ‘success’

To Dream Or Not To Dream?

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I am so happy to be back at my keyboard writing again. It’s been a while since I had the courage, strength, or time to write again because I felt like I had the wind knocked out of me.  At any rate, I am happy to be back.  I enjoy exploring my thoughts and then figuring out a creative way to make them interesting to read.  I can only hope that I am doing a good job.

A few weeks ago, I was talking to a friend who just kept saying things like:

1. I am gonna be broke for a long time.

2. I work so hard, but I can barely afford to pay my rent.

3. I want to be married, but who would marry me?

4. Most days, I don’t feel so well, but I keep going.

After hearing her spout off these terribly depressing life non-affirmations, I just decided to ask her a burning question.  I said, “Do you dream?”  My friend said, “No.” I thought to myself, “No? No! No. Noooooooooooo.  That just cannot be right!  How can you ever move from where you are to where you want to be without first dreaming it.  Truthfully, in my own life, and in the lives of the successful people that I have read about or know, those people all have one thing in common……THEY DARED TO DREAM.

I mean dreaming is the one thing that cost you nothing but imagination and time.  Dreaming is a great way to use your faith, because you can dream about what you want your life to look like and in so doing you can believe that dream and cause it to come to pass.  As I further examined her answer to my question, I realized why the Bible said in Proverbs 29:18 that “….without a vision, the people perish.”

I think that as humans, we have to see our vision before we can realize it.  Do you agree?  I would love to hear from other people about this. Do you dream? Do you surround yourself with other Dreamers?

Today’s Positive Confession

Speak the following confession aloud throughout the day:


I am successful in career, life, and all of my relationships. I am loved and loving.





Positive Confession Against Failure


You Are Successful!

Dear Young Ladies & Young Gentleman,

As you return to school, please remember that you can achieve your goals.  Keep success in the forefront of your mind and work hard and you will be successful in school. If you have a specific goal, remember that mentors can be very helpful.  Ask an adult in your field of interest to mentor you and that way, they can help you navigate more easily in the field of your interest.

You are a success person and student!  You have a wonderful future in front of you.

Remember that I love you and I am praying for you.


Young Men Can Succeed in School! Don’t Lose Your Right To Be Educated!

Dear Young Men,

Lately there has been a lot of talk about young men dropping out of school and not graduating from high school.  Some young men think that they can make fast money on the street hustling, trying to become a rapper, or doing a host of bad things.

Do you really want to spend you life looking over your shoulder?  Don’t you want to have a stable and safe life for your future families?  Of course you do! Did you know that if you are convicted of a felony that you cannot qualify for federal financial aid?  That’s pretty awful right?  The powers that be feel that if you make a mistake, you should not be allowed to ask for financial assistance to attend school.  You know why those laws are in place, because there is lots of money to be made by having inmates in prison.  I won’t go into the story here, but do your own research and find out about how prisons are multimillion dollar industries.

I know that you may have many obstacles in your life.  Maybe your parent works all the time and your never see your Mom and Dad, maybe you live with a foster parent or a relative, maybe you don’t have nice clothes and shoes for school, maybe other kids make fun of you for no reason.  I know school can be tough, I have been there, but PLEASE finish high school and go to college.  You can do it!!!!

These days you have options.  If you do not want to go to a school campus for some reason, you can receive your high school diploma by attending school online.  You may also attend a Junior College, which is a less expensive way to get your general education courses out of the way, and then you can transfer to a four-year college having spent less money.

For the young men who read “TVI:JWJ” please remember that I have faith in you and that I am praying for you. You are winners!!!



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Wow! I have not blogged about my doctoral program in a very long time. I am very happy to report that I am only four classes away from dissertation. I am so excited because I have braved job loss, death of loved ones, personal sickness, and a host of other issues in pursuit of my educational dream.

I just want to encourage everyone who is pursuing a dream to please NEVER GIVE UP!!!!

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Dear Young Ladies and Young Men,

I hope that you all are having a great holiday season and remembering that the reason for the season is love and giving.

Last week, I spent time with a relative. The relative and I were talking about life and catching up on the things that have happened in each of our lives. After a few minutes into the conversation, I noticed that my relative has become a negative person, also known as a Debbie Downer. In the first 10-15 minutes of our conversation she made the following statements: “I’m not too smart.” “It seems like I’m prone for bad luck.” “When bad things happened, I’m usually right there.”

At first I did not say anything to her, but after a while, I asked her if she thought that she was being negative. She said, “No, I’m just stating the obvious.” I know that there are not too many people who place much value in the words that they speak, but I want to remind you that you have the “power” to receive what you speak and what you believe.

During this holiday season and beyond, speak life-filled words over yourself, your family, and your friends. Did you know that many people who have become successful started out by simply making positive confessions, believing, and working towards their dream even if they only took baby steps? With the power of positive thinking and speaking, people have gone from poverty to wealth, from sickness to health, from being negative to being completely positive. Make it a point to stop yourself when you are about to say something negative about yourself or others. Keep a diary of your positive confessions and how many days you have participated in this exercise. I know that this exercise will change your life. Try it! You deserve the best life that God has in store for you.

Happy Holidays and remember that I love you and I am always praying for you.

After you practice this exercise, please leave a comment and let me know how it worked for you.

You Can Make It!!

Dear Young Ladies:

I have truly missed writing to you all. I apologize for missing a few weeks, but with the holiday and with the start of a new quarter in school, I fell behind.

This week, I just wanted to encourage you all to continue to pursue your dreams and goals. I know that you may be facing obstacles, feeling discouraged, or even feeling like you cannot reach your goal. I am here to tell you that YOU CAN MAKE IT! YOU CAN SUCCEED! I believe that when circumstances come into our lives to derail our goals and dreams, these circumstances can push us into being our greatest selves as long as we REFUSE to quit. Remember, difficult times are only temporary. Things will be good again, you will reach your goal, so get back up and try again.

I love you all and remember that I am praying for your happiness and success.

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