S.A.R.

Complaints are not progress! Sometimes, I feel as though we believe complaining about our current situation will actually catapult us to the place we desire to be. Don't laugh, but when I was much younger, my personally philosophy was that the more I thought negatively about a situation, the better the outcome. For some strange reason I felt as though speaking ill of certain events would provide victory instead of defeat. I was practicing Jedi mind tricks before I knew I was a Jedi. As I've gotten older, and much much much wiser, I have discovered that I was 100% wrong in my way of thinking. Not only was I wrong, I was being pretty idiotic. Today, I think much differently. I am not totally for or against "positive thinking," I just believe that it is a piece to the puzzle, not the puzzle in itself. 

Yes, we must have faith. Yes, we must believe. But, as the brother of our Lord spoke about so eloquently, "Faith without works, is dead." With that, here are 3 things that I believe make a big difference, and can assist us in completing the puzzle we are currently working on. 

1. Self Awareness: We must be honest with where we are currently. Until we come face to face with reality, we will not be able to make a change. 

2. Take action: Once you know where you are, it is time to confirm where it is you want to be. The reason "Plan" is not listed here is because most of us quit right after we have made the plan. For a lot of us, planning is the trophy. Once we have charted our course, we sit back and dream about actually getting into the boat and starting the journey. So, instead of planning, we must take action. Draw a map, and start your journey. 

3. Reap: There are no time limits. There is no specific limit in regards to amount. Just know that if you decide to be honest with yourself and take action, you will reap the benefits. The "when" is out of your hands. The "how" will be determined by the amount your hands put in. 

-dm