Utilizing Gifted Gifts

We have been gifted with brains, thoughts, and imaginations, therefore let’s use them wisely to our advantage. To be interesting, be interested. Do not live with excuses, blaming, procrastination, complaining, resentment, guilt, self-pity, regret, or unforgiveness with yourself or others another moment. Your circumstances, hardships, and obstacles are no match for a forgiven, disciplined, and made-up mind. You are strong, courageous, bold, and have the determination, resilience, perseverance, and reserves of a warrior to go beyond what you once thought was impossible.

Choose Responsibility

“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved” (William Jennings Bryan). Decide and do, sticking with plans until targets are hit. You will want to give up at times—don’t! Our beliefs, feelings, attitudes, principles, decisions, and values are key components that guide our self-image, self-confidence, self-worth, identity, thoughts, ideas, actions, behaviors, habits, and lifestyle. Whatever is on our minds is at the tip of our tongue or slip of our tongue. We can consciously focus on what we desire to think, say, do, feel, have, be, and give, thus work toward obtaining those desired results. Ideally, start with responsible love. Choose which path to take today, in turn, carving your own road toward or away from internal freedom. Demand responsibility for the past, present, and future you. Though there are varying definitions of liberty, ultimate freedom is being able to do what you want, when you want to do it, while intrinsically increasing love, peace, joy, fortitude, empathy, compassion, passion, fulfillment, helpfulness, understanding, and potentialities. What is your definition about personal freedom and why?

Take Action

“So too, faith by itself, if it is not complemented by action, is dead” (James 2:17 BSB). Confront neglecting truths by standing up for what is right, lest evil prevails through the act of enabling. Even inaction can be a form of acting, possibly resulting in ignorance and pain. Be willing to live through trials and tribulations, while upholding personal values, priorities, and principles. Taking initiative is the precursor toward accomplishing any worthy endeavor.

Do not wait for approval or being completely ready because dreams only happen with action. Nearly all successful individuals starting something wonderful begin and overcome uncertainty about the end. Those seemingly genius extraordinarily masterful craftsmen and craftswomen achieve aims by practicing and persevering, hoping and confidently dreaming, not seeing the end results, only believing in them with unshakeable faith and relentless consistent persistent passionate purpose-driven action. Whenever new changes or incredible beginnings emerge, doubt may creep in. Remember to feel fear and doubt, while doing good deeds in spite of those feelings or erroneous beliefs. In time, you will become whatever you set out to be and do when eternally positive peaceful motives are oozing from a willing, cooperative, and teachable heart.

Growth Mindset

Finding culprits to difficulties via affectionate truthful self-reflection and being vulnerable to honest feedback, combined with forming great questions and harnessing a teachable attitude, inevitably results in acquiring life-transforming solutions. Rid growth-limiting, know-it-all (KIA), nonsensical arrogance. Let’s be prudent by asking oneself superior queries, while refraining from the folly of questioning others’ desires in hopes of finding answers to our own issues, especially when they have not done what we aspire toward. Resolution and personal development are persistent perpetual inside works only we can fix and build. Our problems are not anyone else’s responsibility except ours to own and solve. Choose to act wisely, therefore be wise. Wise plans fused with consistent uncompromising prudent choices yields positive results. It’s a simple, yet profound philosophy. Consider embracing, integrating, and infusing good philosophy into your daily rituals.

Dreams

Dreams can be achieved once definitive crystal clear decisions are made, combined with self-belief and massive immediate action. Be a dream catcher with a backbone, not a dreamer with a wishbone. Act without excuses, complaining, procrastinating, or blaming. Nothing great can be achieved without doing, coupled with unstoppable perseverance.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy is when men are afraid of the light” (Plato). One decision can change the entire trajectory of a person’s life. We have a choice to live with or without God. Open the floodgates of your heart, allowing relational intimacy with thy soul. Embracing the divine beats spiritual lack, abandonment, or refusal hands down.

             Spirituality can enhance the depth of internal courage and gratitude. Remember that it’s difficult to be fearful and grateful or brave, simultaneously. Deity-based religions about spirituality focus on decreasing pain and suffering, while increasing love, peace, and compassionate joy. We don’t have to make excuses or let complaining, blaming, and rationalizing why certain people within religions exemplify poor examples to follow. We can do our part by living and directing our lives toward goodness, greatness, grace, love, peace, blessings, hope, appreciation, and an abundant fruit-filled presence and future within each facet of our lives.

             Diamonds’ intrinsic value and extrinsic beauty are based upon cut, clarity, color, and carat. Cut describes symmetry and arrangement of facets, which allows refraction to produce exquisite dazzling colors and sparkle. Clarity refers to the amount, size, and location of inner inclusions and outer imperfections. Color increases value when there is none. Carat depicts how much a stone weighs. When the four C’s are each optimally sculpted together, internal worth and external attractiveness increase substantially.

Which facades of ostensibly brilliant color need to be removed or changed for developing radically transparent honesty, in turn, growing greatness from within, not from without? Do you need more or less temperance, self-discipline, negative mental attitudes, positive mental attitudes, poor behaviors, healthy routines, unhealthy environments, encouraging friends, corruptible influences, impactful mentors, fatal resentment, forgiving freedom, among myriads more good or bad outcomes because of personal choices, impregnating your character composition and life? Allow negativity to transmute into positivity by acting, doing, executing, and repeating superb conduct, upright principles, noble moral codes, and life-giving philosophies. Self-reflection and embracing honorable verities are musts. Moreover, practicing seemingly ceaseless repetitions of good, while thinking less, creates onward, upward, and heavenward trajectories toward actualizing dreams come true.

We are the craftsmen and craftswomen of our lives possessing great abilities to shape our passions, purpose, talents, and life, which, in turn, creates invaluable intangibles in us and working for us, despite mistakes and flaws. What may be perceived as mishaps and defects make us original and beautiful. Everything that has happened in your life molded you into the beautiful person you are. Recognizing that life happens for us and not to us has transformational powers.

Each of us has significant power and immeasurable treasures waiting to be unearthed into existence. How much more passion, beauty, and vivacious scintillating vibrancy exudes from being you? Create each facet of your life to be harmoniously balanced and beautiful, starting from the inside out. Carve, sculpt, and design your individual cut, clarity, color, and carat intentionally, with meaning, precision, and purpose. You owe it to yourself and the world to be the best version of yourself. Do your part, starting now.

The starter pistol has been fired. Why are you still reading this? Seriously, get busy doing, being, and giving more. Think less, so you can do, be, and give more, beginning now. Ten seconds ago was the best time to launch toward your dreams, right now is the second best time.

Principles Persevere

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death” (Thomas Paine). By being and doing we deliver the best example to follow, for only we can change ourselves, which is a full-time, persistent, and constant inside lifelong endeavor. Get out of your own way, while fervently pursuing your dreams and goals allowing nothing that happens stop or hinder you from moving and progressing faithfully forward. It is good to fall forward, although motivational speaker and author, Les Brown, has a saying, “If I can look up, I can get up.”¹ Even when we fall backwards, if we can look up, we can get up and press on toward our dreams.