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Did I really work this hard to stay the same??

Did I really work this hard to stay the same??

Welcome back friends and followers. For those of you who haven't read last week’s blog post, “Three Key Stages in the Process of Reaching Your Goal,” go check it out!

This past weekend I was in San Diego. While there, I struck up a conversation with a photographer. We started talking about how sometimes your peers, and family, want to keep you in a box, meaning they want you to remain the person they’ve always known, whereas you’re trying to turn you passion and dreams into a reality—a reality that they may or may not understand or appreciate yet.

I know I’m not the only one out there who feels this way, or has felt this kind of tug-of-war. So I hope this week’s blog post will inspire and motivate you to keep moving forward, even if everyone’s not on board with your dream. There’s a line from a lyric written by my all-time favorite music artist Jay-Z that talks about this. It says,  “. . . Everybody look at you strange, say you changed. Like you work that hard to stay the same.”

I know I’m not working hard to stay the same, and neither should you. So here’s my take on it. When you’re transitioning into your purpose, whether it’s into a new job new business venture,or even a new relationship, you just have to accept that some people are not going to understand or approve. But you can't let others discourage you from going after what you know in your heart and gut is right for you. Surround yourself with ateam that encourages you and stay positive no matter the situation. Personally, without my core team of friends and brothers I wouldn’t be as motivated. 

 Hip-hop artist J. Cole, who was raised in my home state of North Carolina, once said, "If they don’t know your dream, then they can't shoot them down.” But is that always the best solution?

You can't let your dreams be a secret. For about a year I didn’t tell many people what I wanted to do. I think one reason is that I didn't want to hear people's negative opinions. Another reason is that I was scared. I worried that if I didn't succeed I would look like a failure to my peers. But I finally realized that I'm not pursuing my dream for approval. This is MY passion. This is MY dream! I must let it be known that this is what I am doing and this is my brand.

Once you believe, others will too. Once you believe it yourself, and let your actions show, people will start believing right along with you. Think about Jay-Z—he  grew up in Brooklyn’s infamous Marcy Projects, which Jay-Z has described as a dangerous place to live, full of crime and crack cocaine. But he became hip-hop superstar, then transitioned to corporate America, owning not one but multiple businesses. Can you imagine how many people looked at him crazy when he spoke of owning businesses, meeting with Presidents, the list goes on.  He believed in his own worth. Now others believe too. So let the world know your dreams, because you never know: All it takes is one person to open a door of opportunity for you. Stay motivated and continue to Stay Solid! 

 

#StaySolid

- Church

Three Key Stages in the Process of Reaching Your Goal

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Three Key Stages in the Process of Reaching Your Goal

Hello world. I wanted to do a small introduction just to thank you for even checking out this blog. You’re family now… lol. This is my first blog but my plan is to write at least once a week.

Growing up in school I used to enjoy writing and I happened to be pretty decent at it but I stopped for reasons I can't even explain. In this first blog, I want to speak on what I call "The Process". I hope that each blog will inspire and motivate each reader. Feel free to give me feedback.

1. Don’t Cheat the Process - With every goal that you reach there is usually a process that you go through to accomplish that specific goal. For example, if there is a job you got, you went through the process of applying, possibly a phone interview, an in-person interview, background check, and finally a job offer. When you go after a goal such as this, you can’t cheat the process. A lot of times people try to find loop holes and a easy way to the top. Anytime it seems like there is an easy way to your goal, believe me, it may only appear that way temporarily. Hard work is concrete, it also shows character. When you’ve worked hard to get something or get somewhere in your life, not only do you know it but the people around you know as well. Don't cheat the grind. It feels better knowing that you did it the honest way.

2. Embrace the Process - Do you ever feel like when you’re going through that middle part of the process, meaning that gritty stage that nobody sees you grinding and you just want to give up? Don’t give up, embrace the process! 2015 was a rough year for me, but as I look back I know it was the best year because it changed my perspective on how I looked at adversity.

During my life growing up, basketball ball was my life… lol. I put a lot of time and effort in the sport. I knew if I put the work in I was bound for success. As I transitioned into the real world things were much tougher. It was more than just putting the time in. I had my own bills, family situations, student loans, managing in society which at times seemed overwhelming. But this is what embracing the process all is about. It’s about going through life’s hardships but staying true to yourself and believing that what you may be going through is only temporary pain. I am finding that life is all about Perspective. This stage is usually the make or break time for people. Once you get through the storm you find you can weather anything!

3. Trust the Process - In today’s world everyone likes visual proof; tv, internet, social media, you name it. But there will be times that your progress won’t be visible. There may be days that don’t seem as productive as others and days that you may start to question why am I even doing this? Trust the Process. This is where faith comes in. Hebrews 11:1 says “now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. Believing in something you can’t see is hard for anyone! But you must believe it in your heart, believe in yourself that you have what it takes to reach and conquer your goal!

Accomplishing your goal isn’t easy, it’s going take faith, time, patience and hard work. If it were easy you wouldn’t want it. Stay motivated and continue to Stay Solid!

 

#StaySolid

- Church

 

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