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Don’t Just Speak It, Do It!

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Have you ever heard of the phrase “speak it into existence”?  I’m sure you have.  Basically, it’s a concept stating your words have the power to take something you say and manifest into a more tangible way in either a negative or positive way.  For example, if you say “I hope I don’t fail this test,” you’re already putting the possibility of failing the test into the air, making it more probable that you’ll fail the test.  At the same time, by saying “I will be successful,” that positive energy can help you be successful.  Honestly, I believe in this theory.  I do think that the words you say release different types of energies that can help or hinder your future.  That’s why I always try to stay as positive as possible.  I wasn’t always this way, but, as years have passed and as I’ve matured, I’ve learned that a little bit of optimism can go a long way.  I guess you can say I’ve become one of those people who always look at the bright side or is able to find a positive within any negative.  However, I also believe that a person needs to commit to more than just their words if they ever want to reach their goals.

Staying positive is the first step to achieving what you’re working for, but “working” is the other key point of getting things done in your life.  You have to put in your end of the work and carry your weight, so that the universe can do its job and feed off of your positive energy.  Think about it.  If you need to study for a final and you simply think to yourself how well you’re going to do on the exam, but you don’t actually do any studying, then how well can you really expect to do on that test?  My guess is you won’t do too hot, but it’s only because you didn’t hold up you’re end of the bargain.  If you believe that you’ll do well and you actually study as hard as you’re supposed to, then you’ll have no negative thoughts holding you back, while you have everything you need to know in your head already.  It’s as simple as that.

Thank God for an early graduation that I don’t have to worry about positive thoughts to get me through finals week anymore, but I do still hang on to my optimism to help get me further in life.  I have my own goals that I want to achieve and that I know I will achieve in due time.  I will say that from prior experience, life seems to have perfect timing.  Everything that I’ve worked for, up to this point, has never come too early or later than I needed it to, so I know that there are some good things in the works for me.  I just need to maintain a positive mindset to give the vibes around me something to work with, while grinding on my own and getting some dirty work done.  How else can I expect to ever accomplish my goals?  Besides, if you don’t have positive thoughts about yourself, then how could you expect others to believe you have what it takes to succeed?  Go ahead and say that you’ll accomplish all of your goals and realize your dreams, while you’re actually doing what you need to in order to get those things done.  People will have no choice to believe you when they see you’re actually doing what you said you would.

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The Things You Do

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Why?

Why is it that

no matter what

you always find a way.

Sometimes passive,

sometimes aggressive,

but you always find a way.

How do you do it?

How do you know

what will get me going?

With a smile on your face,

you place me right where you want me.

Just like that.

You make it look so easy.

Honestly,

it’s getting hard to be quiet.

It’s getting hard to bite my tongue.

You’re testing me each day

and I fear I might fail.

I fear I might pass.

Just as you fear of how well I’ll do.

But tempt me again

and I just might break my silence,

a vow promised to myself.

A vow that once broken

may very well lead to trouble.

It could bring freedom,

but it might cause a burn.

Either way,

I fear what I’ll say and do,

but, in the meantime,

I’ll wonder why and how

you do the things you do.

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Do You

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Please don’t worry about what I think.

Just live your days as you wish.

My eyes are closed as far as I’m concerned,

so just act as if I wasn’t watching.

Yes, I’m here,

but how can I be jealous, angry, or upset?

What gives me the right to opinionate?

So I won’t

and don’t expect me to either.

Continue on unapologetically

without feeling the need to seek approval

or hide the truth.

Be yourself.

Live life.

Do you.

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Gonna Do Me

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Just as your choices aren’t in my jurisdiction,

your authority doesn’t rule over my every decision.

I will absolutely respect what you have to say,

but, at the end of the day,

I will decide to live my life my own way.

I’m going to do what I have to.

Progress is the journey,

success is the destination,

and my heart is my compass,

so I don’t cash out on the two cents of others

and I can’t let your thoughts

make me lose focus.

I will always do things

as I think they should be,

so do what you must,

but let me do me.

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Happy 3oh!3 Day!

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When I first heard 3oh!3 a few years back, they almost instantly became one of my favorite duos in the music industry and that hasn’t changed since. It’s good music like this that reminds me not to take things so seriously and to just have a good time. 3oh!3 surely knows how to put me in a good mood and I’m glad they’re still putting out music. I’ve been trying to see them live for a while now, but it is definitely happening this summer and I can’t wait! Hopefully, I’ll have a great story to tell you then, but, for now, I’ll leave you with one of my favorites “I Can Do Anything.” Enjoy and happy 3oh!3 day!

Do You!

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When you start your life, you’re constantly surrounded by other people.  They may be family, friends, classmates, or anybody else, but you are rarely left alone.  Not only are you hardly ever unaccompanied, but what you do usually is closely linked to the plans of others.  Think about it.  In school, you graduate with your classmates and the school system already has determined which classes you need to take in order to do so.  With your family, if they move, so do you.  When it comes to your friends, you probably won’t go to a party unless they go, too.  Your plan is so structured by everything around you that you barely have time to process what you actually want for yourself.

Your life depends so much on others and your surroundings that, often times, you feel bound to them.  It’s hard to let go of classmates that you’ve gone to school with since the fifth grade and your family’s opinion has a big effect on your personal decision-making.  Without these people, your life could not be, which, in some sense, is true; however, everyone reaches a point when it is time to be independent and you have to come first.  You become self-sufficient, you determine your own life goals, and it is up to you to fulfill your life.  This is the point when you have to aim for self-actualization, regardless of others.

During this time, there may come points when your longtime bonds with people may challenge the plan you’ve set for yourself.  You don’t want to leave those people behind and you don’t want to neglect them in any way, yet what you’ve set out to do may not strictly revolve around them.  You have to be able to make yourself a priority and truly make an effort to create a life that you are happy with.  Now, I don’t think you should continue on and forget about the important people from your past, but I do think that you should live your life.

People live their lives every day and they live it for themselves.  They don’t live for others, so neither should you.  Strive to reach your goals, have fun with the people you love, and do what makes you happy.  People may judge or not understand it, but it doesn’t matter because it’s not their life.  As long as you don’t sacrifice what you believe to be important, just do you and that’s all I can say.

Do It Yourself to Be Proud of Yourself

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After a few weeks of planning and two straight days of constructing, it was almost three o’clock in the morning and our work day was still continuing on.  The basement was cold, our hands were sore, and our eyes were heavy, but we kept on going.  Just before we were done, the phone rang and, at first, our many hours spent brainstorming was deemed worthless.  It turns out that the event we were building a display for was very different from what we had in mind.  Our concept was too big and elaborate for the intimate setting that would be housing our bespoke sneakers, so we had to quickly re-evaluate our plan.  Initially, we were lost, not knowing how to incorporate what he had with what we needed.

However, within fifteen minutes we transformed our urban display to a classic yet artistic home for our creations.  The feeling was incredible.  My brother and I had put in a lot of work for creating that display and, in the end, we developed something that we were proud to present to others.  If we would have commissioned the display, we would have slept peacefully and had a display worth showing, but no sense of accomplishment.  If we would have just bought a bunch of things and thrown something together, we would have had an easy display, but one that didn’t get brownie points for creativity and labor.  Instead, we put in the hours ourself and created something that we can use time and time again.  Not only that, but our problem solving skills and teamwork were put to the test.  (I think we aced it!)

This is the beauty of doing things yourself.  Stamping your own certificates, writing your own press releases, building your own displays.  It all gives you a sense of accomplishment that nothing else could replace.  You did it yourself and it came out awesome, so be proud of yourself.  (If it didn’t turn out so great, then you have no one else to blame but you and your team, but at least you can learn how to accept responsibility for your actions.)  I know I was proud of my brother and myself for our hard work, creativity, and quick thinking.  (He was proud, too.)

My advice to you all is never turn down a chance to do a project yourself.  The pride, sense of accomplishment, and satisfaction in your work and yourself afterwards is irreplaceable… but, if you’re not too confident in your handy abilities, then maybe the DIY network is a good place to start!