Why do you do it? 🤔

Hey Everyone… Happy New Year and welcome to 2020. I pray that the year has started fresh for you and that you have new insight and the motivation for reaching and attaining your goals. So what you didn’t get a chance to do it in 2019 get up off the ground and get back on that bike and make it happen!

Today I have just a tidbit about motive. Motive can be defined as someone’s reasoning for doing something and there’s also two sides to this spectrum. The motive can be hidden and sometimes plain obvious. I want to prune and ask the world’s famous question WHY? Why are you doing it? I want to refocus our heart and minds of Why we do a certain thing. I believe that this is the building block of our success. Are we doing this for recognition, wealth, out of jealousy, or just because we like what the other person is doing. Businesses are created because there was a problem and based on that problem they are the solution. Plumbers are in business to come and fix a leaking pipe or a tub that won’t drain. They are available to fix the problem. So we can conclude that a businesses “why” is based on providing services for their consumer needs.

So now I question your “why”? Often times we find ourselves (me included) doing something that we started out thinking was cool or trendy then we stop because maybe it didn’t give us the success we wanted or didn’t give us our big break. Your why should be based on a solid variable.

Having a pure motive will always win. In today’s time we need more honest and genuine clean motives behind our dwellings, because if their not true or tainted, they will show up eventually. Connect your motive with your passion. If your ultimate passion is to put a smile on someone’s face then motive or motivation for doing so won’t change because your goal is to make people feel happy.

As you go through your day today, take a quick inventory of what you are apart of and ask yourself why do I do this?

Blessings

Brandon B

Blessings from a God that Can do the Impossible

Hello Family!

I pray that everyone is living their best lives and that your holiday was filled with joy, peace and love. I pray that this message will be blessing to you and enrich you on your journey of life.

I had been reading and in prayer about some things. Can I vent? I’ve been in panic mode.  Worrying about some finances, family and business. Yesterday, I was lead to read Psalms 91 and God simply says give me a chance. You’re not suppose to be worried about this or that. Rest in me, and even when stuff come up, I won’t let it touch you, you’ll be able to keep going. Mannnnn I’ve read this passage so many times but yesterday I really needed to hear that. I was like the kid who fell down off his bike and scraped his knee and cries and run to mom and dad, only for them to say hey, it’s going to be ok, you’ll be fine. I posted a quote today that I written in my phone and it simply says. Stop worrying so much that you give no room for your Faith to attach to God’s Promise. Let me break that down. If you stay focus on your dilemmas and situations, you will never be able to reach for God because you will be too focused on trying to come up with a solution or the ultimate solution. I joke with a friend on occasion about this phrase he uses and encourages “Take Rest” and honestly we must Take Rest. Take rest in knowing that God is going to work it out for us. Take rest that you can stop worrying. It’s a process, and you will totally have to flex that faith muscle to get the ball moving on those faith biceps. Trust me it’s a journey but God will not put more on you than you can bare.

Also, if you are like me looking and waiting for a blessing from God please make sure that you stay open. Be open to the limitless possibilities of God and stop thinking that there is only one way for God’s blessings to come through. The reason why some of our blessings haven’t come through yet is because we’re not open to them. God may want to use the co worker to bless you who you don’t speak to in the morning. God may want to use that annoying friend who looks up to you and who calls you all the time to bless you. God uses people! In the bible he says that the riches of the sinner is laid up for the just but how do you get to them if you are closed off? The world is so much bigger than your city, your church, your job and even your own family. There are people from all walks of life looking for your ministry, your business, your intellect and they are ready to invest and be a blessing to you. Don’t get caught up with people looking different from you. We are all God’s children and we are his creation. We sing and preach about God being a miracle worker but we diminish the light on God’s power when we think that the blessing can only come from a promotion on a job or a raise. When we begin to take the limits off of God (take your hands off the steering wheel please) and REST in him, then the blessings will flow. Most of us are already blessed and don’t even know it. If you’re able to make choices, count yourself blessed. If you can go to your closet and stand there for 10 minutes picking out something to wear for one day, You’re blessed. The homeless family may only have that one shirt to wear. We are a blessed people. Remember to be open. Remember God’s blessings and miracles are unordinary and breaks scientific research (the virgin Mary). So stop looking for them to be how you think they should look and be open for him to bless you.

 

For with God Nothing shall be impossible

Luke 1:37

I love You

God Bless

Know When it’s Time to Move On

Hey Family! I Pray that you are well and are gearing up for the Holidays for family time and good eating. I just wanted to share a nugget with you for this week.

As you can see from the title, you already know what I’m talking about to some degree. I just want to share some insight on this. I want to start off by saying you must never stop learning and growing unless you’re comfortable with where you are. Being comfortable can really stagnate you’re growth and hinder you from reaching your full potential. I often sit in deep thought asking myself why didn’t I do this, or why didn’t I go here? Often times the answer is me not moving. So maybe you’re not comfortable in the place you’re in. Maybe you’re too busy doing the same routine and keeping busy that you don’t recognize the need for more or progression. I call these distractions. Sometimes our friends can become distractions. We can take on their burdens and cares and get overwhelmed and over worked with their problems that we never have to time for our own. At every season in life we must take time for us and take inventory. Take inventory of your own peace, joy and happiness. If something is lacking then work on it.

Some of us have many dreams and visions that we want to embark on but were distracted doing other things that doesn’t matter to our vision. Now I’m not saying to go abort all your friends and loved ones. I’m talking about setting boundaries and balancing the scale. No friendship should be out of balance. Just as much as you help someone or pour into them, they should be able to pour into you. If the scale never balances out then it might be time to move on. In life some people are only on your train for a season until you reach their drop off spot. Ask yourself this? Am I benefiting from this situation, friendship, or relationship? If the answer isn’t yes, then it’s time to Move On!

Be Encouraged

Be Blessed!

Encouragement: Start Right NOW, Don’t Wait

Happy Wednesday to all who will read and thank you so much if you are a returning reader. I received so much feedback from my last blog, and honestly it was the peak of the year for the amount of readers. So I want to say thank you for taking the time to read my Blog.

Every year towards the end of the year we all go into panic mode, well at least I do. We say oh yeah, I was suppose do this or that this year and never got to it. So, I’ll just wait until next year to start. I want to tell you firsthand, you’re doing it wrong. Chances are you’re not going to do in the new year. I’m always reminded how the bible says God gives us  “new” mercies everyday. If you break that down it really means that yesterday is gone and in the past and that today and future are brand spankin new days that you use to start or make a change. I was always writing down a list for the new year. Pause… There’s nothing wrong with planning things to do for the year at all. We make vision boards and such, but even in those plans, you don’t have to wait until the calendar says 2020 you can actually start those things now. They say it takes 21 days to create habit. If you wait for January 1 to start going back to the gym and by the 17th you’ve skipped twice then chances are you’re not going to complete the goal within the 21 days because the habit hasn’t been created yet.

START NOW! I notice on my walk with Christ that I must constantly speak his word over me and over and over and over. It’s the same word but if I create the habit of it then the bad habit or lack of confession will leave. This is exactly what we must start doing. You want the business? Start now. Want to go back to school? Start applying and looking now. Read my last blog about creating the moment and stop waiting for the right and perfect time because it won’t come.

So I want to leave you with this. Start Now so that when you walk into 2020 you will already be doing what you want and mastering your goals.

Be Blessed everyone, Let’s grind and get it!

 

Truth is, There Will Never be a Perfect Time

Hey Family, I pray that you are all well and are living your best life unashamed. Let’s Dive into this!

Last weekend I took a trip to Arizona to visit my Father for his birthday. I wanted it to be a surprise but I didn’t want to show up and get surprised that he was out of town or something, so I figured I better tell him that i was coming . He had been asking me for sometime to come and visit, come visit , and come to Arizona. My response was ok I’m going to come, or yeah after I get this done or after this over that. If I can remember from the first time I said I was coming, 2 years had passed and gone away. So the idea got dropped on me 2 weeks coming up to his birthday that I should go and visit. Mind you, I just bought a house, still buying furniture and still trying to replenish my monies from all the above. I think that was the main reason why I kept pushing it off because I wanted to have the ample money, I wanted to have ample PTO to take the time off and I really wanted to have it all planned out in a way that I knew I was good.

See that’s just the think with us over thinkers and creatives. We want the timing to be perfect and everything to be right. I begin to take inventory of my life and me and my dad’s relationship. He moved to AZ about 9 years ago and I had visited him 7 years ago. My dad turned 71 on last Friday and I’m 30 and honestly I don’t know how much time we have on this earth being on his side or my side.

So I took a leap of Faith and booked the flight Scared lol because I wanted it to be right and I wanted to be comfortable. Well let me tell you how comfortable I was. I only paid 11 bucks for the flight (taxes and fees) because I had enough Points to buy a round trip ticket 🙌🏾 and to top it off my mom called and told me that she wanted to give me some money for my trip 🙌🏾🙌🏾 the Provision was totally made! All I needed was the leap of Faith of stepping out and saying I’m going to do this, not sure how it’s going to go down but I’m going to do it.

So here’s the lesson. Stop looking for the perfect moment and create one. Literally, create the moment and stop holding off until when you think is the perfect time. This is what God wants us to do. He wants us to walk by Faith and not by Sight. I could had easily put the trip off and said not right now, but until I said yeah, I’m going to do this, the provision was made for it to happen.

Stop looking for “Perfect Time”

Perfect: Having all the required or Desirable elements, qualities or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be

Time: The indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present and future regarded as whole.

I want to encourage you to step out and go with it BLIND, God will bring the Provision and get you to the Finish Line.

Be Blessed

Don’t Get Discouraged with the Current

Hello Family! I hope everyone is doing well! My bro Bryan has really been on me and pushing me to write and to organize a blog schedule, and need to say… it’s working thus far. So every Wednesday you can see a new blog post from me and you actually might begin to see more within a week 😊 Stay tuned

I just want to continue to encourage those that might be going through a season that feels like drought. What do I mean? You feel like you’re not accomplishing anything or nothing is getting done or you may feel like everything you touch falls apart or you’re just a car in park. This is what I’ve been feeling for the past 3 months. I have a few things on my plate that has to get done and those things sometimes will discourage me from really working on my dream or vision because I’m too busy working /worrying about the current.

The last 4 months for me have been kind of brutal financially. Honestly, I know myself and I know when something isn’t right. I would go to work and come home and crawl in the bed, and not get up until the next day. Here’s the kicker sometimes I would eat one meal and not eat again. Now y’all know your boy loves to eat! I was surely going through a season of drought and was overwhelmed without any navigation and couldn’t see any light through my tunnel.

I slowly begin to shift my focus and I was able to see my vision and dream ahead of my current. As much mess or drought you’re going through you must combat it with your dream. I started watching YouTube vids of others people journey and stories and I started reading books that would challenge my mind to stay focus on the future. My main issue was my thoughts. You have to find a way to calm down your mind and spirit. Many of you know I am a man of faith and I choose prayer and meditation and I must confess. I wasn’t doing my share of this during my drought. I wasn’t getting fed enough spiritually to combat what my natural intake would be. Soon after I was able to get back to the grind of building my brand and business and what’s so amazing and crazy at the same time, the stuff that had me down, some of it is still going on, but I’m able to go through it because I have my dreams before it.

I want to tell you to not give up. Please don’t give in. It’s not that bad and everyday you’re given a blank canvas to create, to publish and live. Don’t get so caught up in the bad that you neglect on the good and the good to come. I hope this nugget helps and encourages you on your journey. We got this, let’s make it happen

Use What You Got

Hey Everybody!!! It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I’m back and ready to encourage and uplift. We really need that in today’s time because one moment you might feel like you have all the motivation that you need and then in the next second of that moment you are doubting and wanting to crawl up back in bed for the day.

I would like to encourage you today and let you know that God has created you and given you everything that you need. Sounds a bit cliche right? I’m sure you’ve heard that through the church walls and pews but it really is true. Often times, I find myself buying products or chasing after this or that because I see other people successful with it. Most of the time, if you just work with the measure you’re given that measure would get the job done.

Quick Example

At the top of the year my living arrangements begin to get interrupted and I had to find a new place to live. I had a friend talk to me about home buying and he suggested I talk to a bank to see if I would get pre-approved for a home loan. NOW in a million years, buying a house was far, far, far away from my agenda and I always and always felt like I didn’t have enough money in the bank to buy a house. What’s the name of this Blog???? Use what you got!!! So literally I used what I had. I had my income, credit score, and not a whole lot of money in the bank and what happened? I got pre-approved for a home loan. It was mind blowing. Over the past few years I was working on my credit and made sure I paid everything on time but I never thought that I was preparing myself to make an investment purchase like this. So I simply used what I had already and stepped out on faith. You will never know what you can do or where you can go, until you step out and try. I never knew what programs were available to assist you buying your first home. I learned so much and it’s made me think on a higher level. In my younger years, just hearing the word mortgage would make me shut everything down because I was brainwashed into thinking that you had to have thousands, and thousands of dollars in the bank to buy and obtain an home loan.

I just want to encourage you to use what you got. It might seem small to you, but it just might be what’s required to get you into the door. You might remember the mustard seed of faith. I used to wear one around my neck in a charm, and that thing is small. It would most definitely spark and grow the more you use it, so get up and Use what you Got!!!

Be Blessed & I love you all!

Here Comes the Purge

Hello Family! I hope everyone is making their way to family for the Thanksgiving Holiday and I hope that everyone is safe and blessed.

                                         Garbage Can

 I was working around the house the other day doing laundry and I noticed some clothes and shoes that I don’t wear anymore but still yet they were in my closet. I asked myself “why are you holding on to this”? mind you the clothes were now too small and I don’t plan on losing weight in my chest or arms (those are the good parts) but why was I still holding to them? So I started to think and to dissect this situation. Did they have any sentimental value? Nope. Were they a collectors item? Nope. So I kept going back to why do I still have it? Suddenly,  I gathered a bag and started putting all of the things together that were old and that I wasn’t going to be wearing anymore.

Shortly, I got the revelation behind this for life’s journey ahead. There are many things that we have around us that just become garbage and waste. I know for me it becomes a distraction. In this season, I have been working on “focus” and trying to stay focused on my goals and what really matters. If we don’t take the time purge the things that we don’t have need anymore, they may just end up holding us back. Some of the things might not be materials. They could be connections, relationships, friendships, the way we think, or even the way we learn. Now I’m not saying go and start befriending people because I believe that everyone needs someone and somebody but if the connection or friendship is causing you to not move forward or is toxic then purge it. As I’ve stated before in another blog, God created life to move and with moving it moves forward. God’s word stays the same and yes he is the same God but he is a God of Progression. He wants us to grow. He wants us to be better.

Purging comes and will start to happen when we begin to release. As much as we want to be superman and batman and act like we are made of steel, we all have hearts and souls. In order for us to grow and move forward, we must let some things go. Just like a growing baby can’t fit the same onesie that he wore at 2 months and now at 24 months. Some stuff has to go, and not only that… You will not have need for it anymore! So I say to you dear friends purge and get rid of the dead weight that’s holding you and keeping you from moving forward. This will only help you gain focus on what really matters.

 

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Wisdom for the Over-Thinker

So I was brainstorming some ideas of what to jot down from my next blog post and I wanted to write something that is heart filled but relatable. So begin to take inventory of what’s actually going on with me in this season, so here it goes.

Each and every year I make declarations for the year and one them was to take every opportunity that comes my way. Step out of the box and get out of the boat. I’ve noticed that my biggest hang up here is not knowing what the outcome will be. So, instead of messing something up or losing I just won’t try and would just press snooze on the opportunity. All of the voices would come and say…. I’m not good enough, try it next time, and I would simply overthink the opportunity and lose it and then be mad that I didn’t do it.

I’ve realized that this is a cycle that I have to break and the only way to break it is by doing the complete opposite of what those voices are telling you.

I remember up until 2 years ago, I never knew how to swim. When I was 11 I had an almost drowning experience and developed a fear for water. So after that 5 years, pass by then 10 and now I was a full adult and never knew how to swim. There were many opportunities that arose that would help me learn how to swim but I had just got comfortable with not knowing and never learning how to.

In 2016 a great friend of mines came to me and said we should take swimming lessons. Immediately I said ok, because I had to show her how strong I was and that I was up for the task but  instead I was so scared lol. We signed up for classes and the classes were made for adults learning to swim. It didn’t feel so bad once I started because I ended up being the youngest in the class.

If I had never stepped out of the boat of fear and grabbed the opportunity to learn how to swim I would’ve missed it. As an over thinker we must understand that everything doesn’t have to be over thought. Sometimes you just need to go with the wave. The outcome was great. I was so excited when I learned. I’m also able to put my head in the water while showering. (The fear of drowning really had me). All I’m saying is don’t let fear or doubt stop you from taking the opportunity that stands before you.

I pray and hope that you will begin to take the opportunity that is presented to you so that you can reach you destiny.

 

Why you shouldn’t Live in your head? For the Over-Thinker

I know it’s been a while since I wrote, but I’m gaining my motivation back and thanks to my brother Bryan who is always encouraging me to pull out that pen and paper or tablet and get to writing and make it happen. So here I am. I just want to share something that has been on my heart and something that I’m reevaluating.

Judging from this title, you might be asking what is this about, and what is an over thinker. An over thinker is someone who analyzes and evaluates a formula for life, a problem, or anything. It can be simple as cleaning a pair of gym shoes. The objective is to clean the shoes but as an over thinker we would weigh out all of the factors before actually cleaning the shoe. What factors exist here?… I’m glad you asked me… 

  1. What type of shoe cleaner should i use? 
  2. Should I use something that contains bleach?
  3. Should I wash my sneakers over the kitchen sink?
  4. Should I wash them over the bathroom tub?
  5. Should i toss them into the washer machine?

And so on

So we have one objective but many factors to getting them done and most of the time if we can’t figure out the equation, we will just discontinue the task at hand. Mannn this used to be me for everything but as I get older I do understand that this very skill and characteristic can also be my flaw. Sometimes you just need to do it. Everything we do in life doesn’t need to be broken down into many factors for us to get the answer or to see the end. This is why many of us won’t start nothing or won’t even finished what we have started because we’re too busy over thinking the situation. GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD.

Release It

Getting out of your head will help you to stop overthinking but how do we do this? We must actually live and learn to release. The thing we’re thinking and stressing about we must release. Release it in writing, talking it out to a friend, or standing on top of a mountain and screaming it out. 

Jump In & Do it

If it something that you’re trying to do or wanting to do but fear is stopping you and you’re sitting and contemplating  yes or no, then I encourage you to just jump in and do it. I’m speaking from experience. This is something that I have been doing for the past year in a half. I just jump in and the outcome of it has always been a blessing. It always seems to connect to something bigger and better from where I started from. 

Use your SuperPower for Good

I think Over thinker’s have a gift. Being analytical isn’t always a bad thing if it’s for the right thing. In a board meeting with a CEO, the team expects you to be analytical because we can’t just have you throwing out your 30 second idea and you haven’t figured out how it will be financed or if it would be a risk for the business. We also must be aware that everything doesn’t require our superpower. If you have questions you want to ask a friend or your spouse in a relationship but you rather sit and formulate, investigate, and send smoke signals then you living in your head is just going to dig you deeper hole than what you’re already in. Jump in… use the tool communication and save  your SuperPower for something worth it. People get paid lots of money to think and to analyze a problem. 

Thank you for reading. 

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