Sunday Restful Word: I AM


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Re-blogging October 29, 2012 message on I AM influenced by the episode of Oprah’s Lifeclass with Pastor Joel Osteen and Oprah.

Segment from the post I wrote:

What will be your daily “I AM” message? Will it be of gratitude, motivation, or a good ol’ fashion kick in the tail? Make your statement each morning and declare I AM! Whatever follows your “I AM” will impact your life.

Make your daily “I AM” and repeat it loud internally throughout the day. Make it so loud from within you that you’ll have people around questioning “Did you say something? Did you hear that?” Your internal “I AM” cheering should be so internally loud that it’ll vibrate from within your being and people will feel the “808” or bass drum beat of your “I AM” chant!

Vibrating from the inside, your “I AM” will vibrate outwardly into the universe. And from there, God will honor the vibrations you are sending out and echo them in return. Your “I AM” sends a signal to God… Letting Him know you are ready, willing and able to go forth. Send out your signal, let God know you’re ready… And together, may the full potential, of the gift within you, be released and be a blessing to others!

On Monday, April 1st, what words will follow your “I AM” statement? Decree a thing and believe it!

I AM fulfilling my purpose!

~Angela
Fight. Finish. Faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)

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Leaps and Bounds of Faith

There are times in life we take analyzed and calculated risks in life. It’s safe to take risks when we’ve prepared and planned every possible obstacle and roadblocks. But, life often throws a few surprises in our direction, when we are not prepared, and it can elicit fear in us. Once we have a fear experience, we become scared to take chances, risks, or another leap of faith. One fear experience can knock the courageous spirit out of us.

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Baby eagles fail several times before developing the skills of flying. Often, the eagles fall and hurt themselves over again while enduring the process of learning to fly. The injured young undergo the process of healing before taking the leap of faith again in order to soar. And like the baby eagle in the attempts of learning to fly, we, too, may fail in our attempts to go after our dreams. After the failure, we can not simply give up. We must make those attempts–over and over again–until we successfully take flight.

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. ―Pema Chödrön

We know the risks in taking challenges, pursuing our goals, or taking leaps of faith. We know what we need to do but we allow the bounds of fear to stop us. By taking a leap, we jump beyond the boundaries of fear into the boundaries of faith. Being bounded by fear constrains us to our comfort zones, where faith does not abide or thrive. Yes, it is safe there but growth does not take place. Living life evolves around growth. Being “safe” creates a place of boredom, a person of routine, a stagnant environment, and no life.

Sometimes we know in our bones what we really need to do, but we’re afraid to do it. Taking a chance and stepping beyond the safety of the world we’ve always known is the only way to grow, though and without risk there is no reward. ―Wil Wheaton

What environment are you living in? Does your environment spark excitement, challenge, and/or growth?

Do you find yourself wishing for a different life? Are you living the life people told you should live–get the house, the car, the 2.5 kids and a dog–but you are not really living?

Have you let go of the dreams you once carried in your heart?

Maybe it is time to dream again.

Taking leaps of faith without the parachute,

~Angela
Fight. Finish. Faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)

PS… Technical difficulties in publishing late last night. I do apologize.

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Freedom Friday: Moving closer to my dreams.

“CLOSER” by Goapele
Closer to my dreams
It’s coming over me

I’m gettin’ higher
Closer to my dreams
I’m getting higher and higher
Feel it in my sleep

Some times it feels like I’ll never go pass here
Some times it feels like I’m stuck forever and ever

But, I’m going higher
Closer to my dreams
I’m goin’ higher and higher
I can almost reach

Some times you just have to let it go (Let it go, let it go)
Leaving all my fears to burn down
Push them all away so I can move on
Closer to my dreams
Feel it all over my being
Close your eyes and see what you believe

I’m happy as long as we’re apart
Then I’m moving on to my dreams

I’ll be moving higher (Moving higher)
Closer to my dreams
And higher and higher, higher
Feel it in my being (I can feel it flow around me)
I know that I could not go alone (No, no)

I’m moving higher (Higher), oh…
I’m going higher and higher and higher (Higher and Higher)
Closer to my dreams (Higher and higher, oh…oh…)
I’m moving upward and onward and beyond all I can see
(Stretching out my arms so I can reach)

Feels so close it’s like i can just reach
I can feel my dreams (Closer to my dreams)
I’m moving closer to my dreams
I’m moving (Higher and higher) higher and higher
(Higher and higher)
Moving higher, oh…

Some times it feels like you never gon’change (Never gon’change)
But you never choose to walk away

Video:

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~Angela
Fight. Finish. Faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)

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The reality of growing up and forgetting the dreams.

I am sharing a great message on taking steps for your dreams. Laurie Gerber’s article, 5 Rules for Life-Altering Dreaming from the website Positively Positive, complements my blog posts on taking risk, pursuing our dreams, and fulfilling our goals. Laurie’s quote about growing up and letting dreams die speaks truth; somewhere in between “growing up” and experiencing reality, we let our dreams die and become realistic.

Fact is, in our culture, as you “grow up,” you are almost supposed to let your dreams die. You are supposed to get “realistic.” –Laurie Gerber

We let dreams–of being educators, foreign aid service men and women, professional musician, artist, writers, homemakers, entrepreneurs, etc.–die because we have to be realistic due to circumstances and go after tangible quick fixes that offer no challenge to our growth and future. Minimizing the struggle to obtain our goals–by lowering our goals and letting our dreams go–does not make things easy or realistic; it stunts our growth from challenges going after the dreams we dream for ourselves.

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We are in a new wave of inspiration and encouragement to dream our dreams, set our goals and encourage one another to ACHIEVE. Laurie continues her message about the new culture ushered in by the blog community:

Luckily, here in this blog community, we are ushering in a new culture, in which dreaming for your life not only feels good but uplifts humanity by improving the consciousness in which we all swim. –Laurie Gerber

Her tips on dreams:

1. Write It Down
The act of writing down your dreams is the first step to making them happen. Writing is a powerful way to think, plan, and cause change in your life…. Writing helps you consciously craft…. If you take your time, the writing itself will be a heart exercise and a spiritual journey that your soul has been dying to take.

2. Take out the Negatives 
Writing dreams is a purely creative endeavor, so you must suspend disbelief for a little while so you can design a future based on your ideals, not “what you expect.”

3. Take Out the Hidden Jabs and Sarcasm 
Your real, true, heartfelt dream has no room for jabs at others or yourself.

4. Make It Real 
Your dream has to be believable, real, and uniquely you.

5. Write It in the “Now” 
Write your dream in present tense language…this exercise is about getting you to focus on being the person who could fulfill this dream. Writing it in the present tense will have you feel it right now, making it easier to draw it to you.

The steps we take to fulfilling our dreams can inspire and encourage others to do the same. The work we do filters out to others, positively impacting their lives, and strengthening our relationships.

One way to ensure that we live our lives with passion is to find our dharma, our life’s true purpose, through which we can serve our community and ourselves in deeply meaningful ways. Engaging in life in this way helps keep our minds active and sharp and strengthens our relationships with everyone we meet. –Deepak Chopra, Day 18 of Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Challenge

We should pursue our passions, our dreams, our goals and get CLOSER to achieving it all.

~Angela
Fight. Finish. Faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)

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Wordless–to some degree–Wednesday March 27

Steps to move from dreaming to doing:

Have the courage to start.

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It’s ok to make mistakes, just don’t give up.

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Each day, moving closer to your achieving your dreams.

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Step-by-step to achieving my goals,

~Angela
Fight. Finish. Faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)

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Success achieved with the follow-through of the swing.

In the finals days of my March Madness, I’m struggling this last week of challenges and the follow-through of my efforts are slowly fading. However, I am remaining committed to my challenges and, no matter the circumstances, I’m finishing this month strong.

With the weather changes this week, I felt sluggish and, as if fighting off a possible cold, tired al day. Dragging around, I waited until this evening to complete my running miles and this blog post. I could’ve let the challenge go today, using the “I’m not feeling well” excuse; however, I refused to give into using an excuse and pressed on to follow-through.

Merriam-Webster defines follow-through as:
Main Entry: fol·low–through
Pronunciation: \ˈfä-lō-ˌthrü, ˌfä-lō-ˈ, -lə-\
Function: noun
1 : the part of the stroke following the striking of a ball 2 : the act or an instance of following through

Examples of the follow-through swing:

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The follow-through–in a golf stroke, a baseball pitch, the backhand swing in tennis, or a quarterback’s pass–plus one’s effort equals success for completing a defined goal. As in sports, the follow-through is equally important for success in completing our goal in life. Achieve success with the follow-through of the swing.

Dedication (effort) plus commitment (follow-through) equals success for our defined goals we set. We can place our efforts into a defined goal and yield no success unless we are committed to the follow-through. To be successful, we should set our sights on the goal and succeed with the follow-through of the goal.

1) Define the goal – writing a novel, creating a healthy lifestyle, obtaining a new job, enhancing career skills, running a number of miles each week, etc.

2) Create a plan for each goal.

3) Set a completion goal – write 250 words a day, eat healthy for 30 days, job search/apply each day, take a class once a quarter, run/walk 100 miles in 2 months, etc.

4) Complete the defined goal – assign an accountability group to keep you on task.

5) Celebrate the achievement.

Goal + Follow-Through = Success

Finish strong! 💪

~Angela
Fight. Finish. Faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)

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Motivation Monday – March 25: Get moving on your goals.

Today’s motivational statements:

"Now and Later" candy message

“Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.” ―Thomas Jefferson

In the words of Larry the Cable Guy,  "Git-R-Done!"

In the words of Larry the Cable Guy, “Git-R-Done!”

Setting goals and making moves,

~Angela
Fight. Finish. Faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)

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