When Your Phone Fights You...

Research shows that collectively Americans check their phones 8 Billion times a day, wow! I want to challenge you this week heading into the Fourth of July. Take a little bit of time and try to detach yourself from your phone just for a minute.

1. Start a conversation with those whom you may not know all that well.
2. Enjoy a meal with your family without it being plagued by chronic cell phone usage.
3. Have the opportunity to laugh with one another and enjoy the people who are all around you.

Although we know technology is a wonderful thing. We must understand that we should enjoy these things in spurts.


The worst thing that can happen is....

 Don't let this happen to you. Get Off Your Phone!!!!

Don't let this happen to you. Get Off Your Phone!!!!

What Are You Willing to Die For?[Memorial Day Salute] (excerpt from Process, pgs. 88-90)

Understanding that we are able to have many freedoms and the opportunity to create our dreams while manifesting them into reality. To just think that there was So for that reason, I am very grateful and eternally indebted to those who committed their lives to being a role model.

So I felt that it was more than fitting to share this excerpt from Ch. 13, Be a Role Model of my latest book Process.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3-4 NIV)

My trip to Camp Jubilee in Meridian, Texas helped me realize how a role model impacts another person. Initially, I thought I was going to a basketball camp but when I arrived, I began to realize that I would be a mentor or role model. I had never really thought about whether I wanted to be a role model or not. As a young African-American male, it was expected, especially since the kids at the camp looked up to us. Going out to Meridian and hanging out with children who looked just like me, I never stopped to think about this, even while earning my bachelor’s degree. I feel as if I have been able to set a benchmark in academics as an African-American with a college degree and who had never once gone to jail. I hadn’t realized the impact that experience would have on me when I watched all those children get off the bus. It’s been seven years since that first trip and I’m still going strong.

I never fathomed that I was a walking advertisement for what they can achieve because during the time I was there with the kid's interactions occurred 24/7. Kids absorb what they see and kids do what they see us doing. I was proof to them that they could graduate, go to school and get a good job in other areas besides sports.

Over the years, I realized that I am living for others and not just for myself, so I started to become more conscious of the decisions I was making. At that time, I never fully understood the importance of me being at that camp and the expectations of the year ahead; these children will be expecting to see me displaying consistency over time. I could not fail them like someone else may have done in the past. I knew that they would be looking forward to seeing me in the summer and, for that reason, I held myself accountable and subsequently included my best friend to boost their morale further. This helped these children to see and understand that consistency does exist.


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Be Determined (excerpt from Process, pgs. 48-49)

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have

kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7 NIV).”


Determination looks like someone who doesn’t quit no

matter how difficult it gets, and no matter what the

circumstances are. Set your vision on something that

you want and know that you will achieve it. Each morning, tell

yourself what you are going to achieve. Every night, before you

go to sleep, don’t waver about your plans. True determination is

just a way of training your mind. There will always be people

who will tell you that this cannot be done and that you aren’t

capable of succeeding in something great. These people usually

tend to be ones who have tried themselves but were not able to

achieve their favorable results. Or, there’ll be people who don’t

want to try because they are too scared of failure. However,

when you don’t even try, you cannot do either– succeed or fail.

Everyone fails at times; it’s part of life. But where true

determination exists, you bounce back, fall after fall. We all

have a natural drive for something; for some, it might be sports;

for others, it might be art. Some might be motivating others,

while some might be helping people realize their true Godgiven

worth. Through this drive, we all have one common goal:

when we want to achieve something great and we want to

pursue it wholeheartedly, we pursue it with determination.

 

The following was an excerpt from my #1 Amazon Best-selling book entitled "Process 14 Surprisingly Simple Behaviors to Skyrocket Millennials to Success"

 

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