Success 

The most unsuccessful thing we did to ourselves Was make money a requirement for success,
Because it has people chasing fake dreams While their real ones they suppress;
Which causes a lot of unhappy people And a world full of stress.
Why? All so that we can step out in that we can step out in that twelve thousand dollars dress To socialize with people we have to put a mask on to impress?
Rappers, ballers, or the million dollar artist Leave the only scapegoat for the classroom kids who weren’t the smartest.
So instead of being here to express our God given purpose, We chase a mad made dream that we know is gonna hurt us
Money money won’t get you too far, get you too far Unless you’re flying in a jet or driving your new Rolls Royce car,
But, see, that’s physically speaking and physical strength Will never be enough to carry you the length.
So chase your TRUE passions, whatever they may be Because the REAL definition of success is when your heart is happy. _a.c. 

Self Doubt 

They’re going to doubt you. They’re going to question you. Tell you it can’t be done. Tell you your path is a dead end. Some will laugh. Some won’t say anything at all. Some will be people you’ve just met. Some will be people you’ve known your entire life. The point is, nobody has everybody supporting them. And often we let that de-inspire us. We start to think maybe we aren’t good enough. Maybe we shouldn’t achieve our far off dreams. Maybe we should settle. But we shouldn’t! We should never settle for less than what we want! We should never let anyone tell us we can’t do it! Because we can! It won’t always be easy. And you’ll never have everyone’s support. But never give up. Imagine how far you’d be if you never gave in to others’ doubt. Because you see, you’re the only one who needs to believe in your dreams for them to come true! So believe in yourself. Because you’re so capable of achieving your dreams! And you absolutely deserve to. __a.c. 

Trials 

You can’t avoid them. Trials. They’ll find you and they’ll try to embed themselves in your life. In your mind. In your heart. Sometimes they come alone. Sometimes they come in groups. Back to back to back. And then what? You’re supposed to give up? Give in? Let them take over? You see nobody really prepares you for the trials you’ll face in life. And believe me, you’ll face them. And maybe that’s why they’re so hard to fight and win when they show up. But that’s the thing- it doesn’t have to be hard! Trials don’t have to end a situation. They don’t have to make you quit. You don’t have to fear them. In fact, trials can actually make your life better. They can make you stronger. Wiser. Trials can actually get you back on track. They can help you grow. A growth that’s been waiting to emerge. We all have a new seed waiting to be watered inside us. And trials can be that water. Not to drown you. Not to sink your ship. But to grow that seed. Maybe you don’t get the job. Maybe you don’t pass the class the first time. Maybe your relationship is a struggle at the moment. Your finances aren’t where they need to be. Your health isn’t where it needs to be. There’s a way to take control of everything if you can take control of your mind. Your perseverance. Because the thing is, you’re allowed to beat your trials. You’re CAPABLE of beating your trials! Let me say that again. YOU ARE CAPABLE OF BEATING YOUR TRIALS! And all it takes is to keep fighting. To stay positive. To tell yourself I AM NOT GOING TO GIVE UP. And it won’t always be easy. But it will always be POSSIBLE. So keep fighting. Become aware of the trial. Emerge yourself in the trial so you can learn from it. Because you absolutely deserve to overcome it. And you’re absolutely capable of doing just that. __a.c. 

Doubt. 

Doubt.

Doubt. We’ve all had it at some point in life. What if I do this wrong? What if I mess up? What if I’m not ready? What if I can’t live up to the expectations? In a way, doubt links us all together. But we can’t stay afloat with doubt. There’s too much weight. And when you’re on a sinking boat, what do you do? You toss overboard everything you can- starting with anything unnecessary. Anything you can live without. I’m not saying it will be easy. But I’m also not saying you have to do it alone. In fact, we should make it a point to help each other throw doubt overboard. Because the thing is, if you make a mistake, if you do it wrong, it’s okay. We all make messes in life. But we’re also capable of cleaning those messes up. So instead of saying “what if I mess up?” Tell yourself “If I mess up, I’ll learn from it. I’ll be able to do better.” “If I’m not ready, I’ll learn how to be ready. I can do this.” You see, I’m not saying life is perfect. I’m not saying you’re perfect. I’m not, you’re not, no one is! But instead of letting doubt question you, reaffirm yourself you can handle it! Reaffirm each other it’s okay! Redirect your doubt to positive affirmations. We’re all going to screw up in life. But what we need to remember is that we are filled with everything we need to accomplish great things in life. And one of those things is the ability to learn! From our mistakes. From others successes. So throw your doubt overboard. Because your sinking ship is surely capable of staying afloat and taking you the distance you dream to go. __a.c. 

You Can’t Frame 

I had it all figured out. My plan was set, ready to go. I was excited and ready to take on the world. And then slowly, piece by piece, goal by goal, it all fell apart. And I mean all of it. I failed at some, got distracted and forgot about others, and then somehow I found myself with nothing but a broken plan. Dreams never to come true. Not even a new plan to take its place. Just confusion. Frustration. Fear. How could all that planning. All that dreaming. All that work towards it end up with nothing to prove? Nothing to show. And then I realized it. 

After much time had passed I finally realized it. I had something to prove. I hadn’t actually ended up with nothing. I hadn’t actually gone on living without a plan. Lost in the wilderness of this world. You see I actually ended up with what I needed. Strength. Perseverance. Hope. Faith. Love. Positivity. Patience. Understanding. I had all of these things surrounding me. But they didn’t just come to me. They didn’t just fall into my lap. I had to fight for them. I had to give it all I had to get them. And most of these. Most of these things I earned I never even factored into my original plan. College. Career. Money. That’s the plan, right? That’s how we’ll change the world, right? Make our parents proud? But all of those things are gone eventually. The careers end or make you unhappy. The money runs out or loses its value. And the what’s left?  

And the ironic thing is, we never plan the things we need into our lives. We never pencil in strength and patience on our calendars & count down to the days we have left to reach them. And we need them. Boy do we need them. 

You see, I walked out unharmed, and actually stronger after the fire. After my plans came burning down. And that’s worth something. That proves something. That shows something. It’s the things you can’t frame that are worth displaying the most. __a.c. 

You Can Do This

Imagine how different your life would be if the only thing you changed right now was your belief in yourself. If all you did today was say “I can do this.” If every time you had a doubt in your mind. Or someone else doubted you. If every time you said “I CAN do this!” “I AM going to get through this!” Imagine how much your life would change. It’s so incredible that all you have to do to change your life is change your mindset. That’s it! All you have to do to live the life you’ve imagined is believe in yourself. Encourage yourself. I don’t know what your purpose is but I do know that it’s a great one. And you’re so incredibly capable of living the life you’ve imagined. You see the difference between you and the people you think have everything. The people you strive to be like. The difference between isn’t what they have. It’s how they think. That’s the key. So go unlock your full potential. Because you absolutely deserve to. __a.c. 

Only In This Moment 

One day you’re going to wake up,And nobody’s going to be in your corner.

That’s not to say that everyone will be against you, but nobody will understand exactly how you feel. Nobody will see exactly what you’re going through. And you’re going to feel isolated. Alone. You’re going to feel the weight of the world directly on your shoulders. Pushing you down. And while you may not understand it yet. While you may think nothing could be worse. Nothing could be more terrible than being the only person in your corner. This is a truly great moment in your life. For it is in this time that you will change your life. It is in this time you’ll realize how important you are. How necessary it is to make certain changes to excel your life. To succeed at what you’ve been failing at. Falling short at achieving. You will break down to the very core of your being. You will literally feel it. It is in this time you will finally believe you are the only person you ever needed in your corner anyways. That you alone, with God, have what it takes to succeed. And you’ve had it all along. It’s in this moment of disparity that you will figure out your purpose. Your potential. That you will pass what you previously believed were your limits with a strength that had been waiting to come to life. So do not give up. Do not give in. Do not doubt the moment. Because only there will you discover what you’re made of. Only there. In the midst of your tragedy. Will you find your true meaning. And that is truly beautiful __a.c.