Commitment.

“Choose an ambition and, with full force, expect that it is possible and that you can make it happen. Give it constant attention and committed effort to your dreams, and your motivation will perpetuate itself. Demonstrate a positive attitude as you strive for great things and take care to create a supportive environment around you that amplifies your motivation.”

This quote comes from a book I’ve referenced before named “The Motivation Manifesto” and this excerpt really hit me last night as I was traveling home from visiting with some friends that I met during me playing my game of Survivor.

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Look y’all, I have friends! What is crazy is this is just a fraction of the people that I met literally less than two weeks ago, and we were able to come together and laugh, reconnect, and just recount the experiences we went through. Everyone has their own different path, and everyone has their own different experiences that has led them to where they are. This is how we all were able to come together. It’s funny because even though we all were playing against one another, we were able to put all that aside and come together as friends…as a family. We all have different motivations in life and we all have different passions that push us to do what we do daily. We also have things that we may or may not enjoy about our current situations, but it doesn’t stop us from striving for the best.

Sometimes, we feel like we have come towards these dead ends in life and we don’t know which way is up. This (school) year, I have been trying to emulate the power of positivity. I don’t wake up on the right side of the bed every morning. I don’t wake up wanting to be where I am all the time. However, there is a quote that many teachers and others have heard from various professions which goes a little something like this:

“You are the weather maker of your classroom.”

I use this in the sense of being an educator, and how you show up daily is what you are going to gain or lose when you are in situations that may or may not be extremely pleasing to you. But in this battle, how do you stay motivated? 

We know that deep down, there’s always a pull towards something new or something more aligned to our soul purpose that we may not have the answer to. It’s not like you can rub a genie’s bottle and it’ll magically appear in front of you – it takes time. Going back to the quote I stated earlier, I think a lot about how you know when it’s time to take the jump into something new. It could be a trigger that someone pushes that lets you know that you’re not in the right place. It could be a conversation that helps you to realize and recognize your own true power. These conversations and situations don’t happen unless you have the right people in your corner, pumping you up. The beautiful thing about this though, is that you don’t have to always get these affirmations from those that are close to you. The Universe puts people in your path everyday that can help you realize something new about yourself, or help you realize a boundary that you don’t want to be crossed. Every interaction is a learning lesson towards the life that you want to build for yourself, which helps you to create your truth. All situations and interactions are divine, and you have to trust that your intuition, angels, and Higher Power puts you in places at certain times to either feel rejuvenated, give you time to reflect, or question where you are in regards to making something more out of your reality.

This is something that I have been battling with – searching deeply for what makes me feel at home. In a job. With people. With my actions. Any and everything that can make me feel as though I have found my ‘happy place’. It’s hard to be an individual in this world, searching for what makes you feel like you’ve found a home. If you think about the feeling that you feel when you finally make it home after a long day of work, or after a long trip, it’s a calming, loving, peaceful feeling that consumes you because you are happy to be back in the space of your own powerful energy. Why can’t you experience that in all spaces that you encounter? My personal opinion is that when you are able to find that space of just feeling at peace and nestled into happiness and joy with everything around you, you’re functioning at your highest capacity and your ambition towards receiving that is doing what makes your soul feel aflame. If you still feel some sort of resistance to different aspects of your life, that means that you’re still searching for that place that ‘home’ is for you. If that isn’t where you’re feeling right now, keep searching!!!! The power in continuing to look for that level of not just comfortability, but PURPOSE is what is you should always try and encourage your life to feel like. If you feel like you’re forcing it, that’s not home. If you feel emotionally disconnected, that’s not home. If you feel like your anxiety is peaking and you’re not feeling calm in your own skin where you are, that’s not home. Continue to search for what motivates you to make sure that you’re gaining that feeling of patience, passion, and positivity.

Your dreams can only be manifested if you’re continually keeping them at the forefront of your mind. They won’t come to you immediately, but they will come if you continue to send energy towards them. You have to keep sight of the goal at hand, and what will help you to get there. Yes, it may take you making time outside of your normal obligations. Yes, it may make you uncomfortable and put yourself out there in spaces that aren’t your normal realm of peace and familiarity. But the things that are worth it in life are never the easiest things to attain. 

Stay focused and committed towards what keeps you being ambitious. Focus on what pushes you to feel your oats, and keep you grounded in mind, body, soul, and spirit. Also, ensure that your positive attitude and desires are supported by those that are in your circle, or as I like to call it, a part of your ‘tribe’. Your tribe will always be there to give you a reality check, but they’ll always be the hype men or women in your corner that will push you to attain what you know you truly desire. They see your power. They see your greatness. You should continue to strive for that greatness, and put yourself in environments that will continue to make you push towards that end goal you’re searching for.

I’m a firm believer that maintaining a positive attitude as you navigate this world towards your dreams is the only way to garner what you feel you want and deserve. You just have to learn how to reset yourself and keep your head in the game, and allow your Higher Power and the Universe to do its work. When you let go of trying to control everything and let time and the energy of the world do its thing, you always will come out on top. I’m a firm believer in this mantra, and I’m allowing it all to just work out because I put my efforts into believing that it will. You should too. Fight for your right, and never give up on your truth. It’s the only thing you have that will keep you sane, and keep you moving towards the direction of your own personal freedom and soul mission.

Stay committed to yourself, first and foremost. It’ll pay off in the end. Just trust the process, and you’ll see the fruits of your labor come to pass. It won’t be roses and butterflies everyday, but you will find that space sooner than you believe. Just hang on tight, and you’ll get there. Trust me.

Amen. Asé.

-gg

The Voice Inside

Happy Friday to everyone reading! I don’t know where this post is going, but I’m going to speak about intuition and how it’s led me to do certain things, act certain ways, and how it can be a barometer for you in your life. In terms of being intuitive, I believe that this is something that comes from a gut feeling. We are spiritual beings as humans, and there is a spirit that rests within our soul that tells us how to respond to things, even if we don’t recognize it. A great quote from one of my favorite shows, Survivor, comes from Kellyn Bechtold in this past season of Survivor: Ghost Island. A question was posed to her on whether or not she makes decisions using her head or her heart. She responded with her gut leading her to make decisions, and that’s the combination of her using her head and her heart in conjunction with one another to lead her down the way to make a decision.

Now, sometimes, intuition can lead us into situations that don’t always seem flavorful in the moment, but this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t impact us in some sort of way. It also takes a lot of practice to follow your intuition and tap into knowing what is right and what is wrong. I believe it to be a mixture of you following what you know is right in your head, and what is right in your heart, plus that feeling inside of you that just tells you when to go to a certain place, or when to avoid a certain situation. This can come into play in a multitude of ways, on a number of levels.

I’ll give you a personal example. One day, heading home from work, I was hungry. The bus passes by this restaurant that I love going to, and I had something in my gut tell me to not go there. I didn’t know why my intuition was telling me not to go here – I mean, it’s just food? Yeah, I could save the amount of money I was spending there and get something cheaper to eat, but I just didn’t think like that. I just went there anyway. I only had my cards on me, and no cash, and this place doesn’t have an ATM machine. Ironically enough, their machines were down, meaning that they could only take cash. I wasn’t about to spend my time going to find cash just to eat there, so I went on about my life. That’s a moment where I realized that my intuition was trying to tell me something, but I let my head get in the way, because I tried to rationalize with myself that I was just overthinking things.

Your intuition can also lead you out of dangerous situations that can be harmful for you. One evening, I was invited to go to a party where there was going to be a bunch of ‘vices’ that could have threatened my sobriety in a sense. I followed my intuition and stayed at home instead, and decided to make a spiritual bath instead. I felt this feeling of calm and love for self that I knew I needed to just take care of self, and stay at home. I felt so much more at peace, and even though I was missing some of my friends at this party, I knew that I was saving myself from a situation that could have been potentially harmful for me. What I’ve noticed is that following your intuition for the most part feels GOOD. You start to feel like your vibration is raised and you are connected to the Universe and what it wants you to notice.

You may be wondering how you tap into this. First, you need to believe that you have a strong intuition in order to receive these intuitive messages. You are receiving guidance every minute of the day, but you have to determine whether or not that is based on fear or love. You need to remember that your soul has a voice and the voice is your inner guide and teacher, and wants nothing more than the best for you. You have to allow your ego to get out of the way in order for your intuition to speak to you clearly.

Kyle Gray, who I’ve referred to before states in his book that I’ve referenced before “Raise Your Vibration” that “If you hear a voice telling you to do something and in so many days, weeks or months you’ll see the results, this is the ego speaking. If you hear a voice telling you that if you don’t make a certain change or do a particular thing you’ll have bad luck, you’ll fail, you’ll get fat and ugly and you’ll be a reject, then this is the ego too. The voice of your soul will always speak in the present tense. It will speak to you in a loving way and it will always point out how far you’ve come, the gifts that you have and tell you that you have more strength than you know. The voice of your soul doesn’t always have a plan but will remind you that if you take a step forwards the Universe will present the next step to you. It encourages you to take a leap of faith, knowing that you will be caught by your angels and guides.”

Remember that our inner selves are love. Your intuition and your soul only wants the best for you and only wants to spread love for you on your path towards your own spiritual growth. You should always have a loving conversation with yourself and ask your soul to speak to you loud and clear. Ask your angel guides to help you tap into the guidance you have in your soul, and thank your soul for being such a great teacher so that you can follow your heart’s true desires and take steps towards living life the way you want to: filled with a true sense of purpose and connection, and with some sort of style and grace. If you ask your soul to allow you this amount of willingness and guidance, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to be at your best self.

This morning, I had a meeting that I had planned on going to, but my intuition told me to take a chill pill and do this instead. This weekend, I’ll be going camping (more details on where and why to come soon) and I will be following my intuition and using a lot of logic in order to ensure that I am in the safest place possible. I ask that while I am away, you all work on speaking to your soul and allowing your intuition to guide you in the direction that is best fit for you. (Also, send me some positive vibes. I haven’t been camping in almost 3 years so this should be an experience!) You’ll know what that means and what that sounds like. Just trust yourself, first and foremost. All you have is you, and your soul knows what it’s like to have integrity and purpose. Revel in that, and have a blessed weekend.

Choose to listen to the voice of your soul.

Amen. Asé.

-gg