Sunday, August 24, 2014

Being committed to your purpose

Given all the issues one has to deal with during life, there are a lot of things that can distract you from your purpose in life. But, you most stay firm and don’t let the other things deter you from your purpose. For example, children, spouses, jobs, bills and friends’ can get in the way of following your true purpose. Some times, letting others and things get the best of you seems like the easier thing to do because life can seem so difficult at times. But, you must stay focus on your calling and purpose in life. For me, I meditate, study the Bible, keep my quiet time carved out and break my goals into minor steps. There are other methods to staying focus, but the ones I just mentioned are the ways that keep me focused.

1.  Meditating allows me to disregard the negatives in life and maximize the strengths regardless of the many issues that I have going on at that time. Meditating has given me peace, strength, motivation and passion in just one sitting. It can take hold of you regardless of what you are dealing with in life.

2.  Studying the Bible opens my mind to what others have done and the possibilities of the future. For me, the Bible is more than scripture. It is an ancient text. An ancient text provides a context what others have gone through in life. Also, if history repeats itself, it can tell you what the future holds.

3.  Locking in my quiet time gives me the opportunities to evaluate my life in the past and making better decisions in the future. Everything can cloud your judgment in life. Carving out your time will allow you think more clearly and the issues you are dealing with in life may not seem so bad.

4.  And lastly, breaking my goals into small steps gives me positive reinforcement to keep going on to achieve larger goals. One of things that I like about doing this is rewarding myself for achieving the small steps in between. I think we get bogged down with the ultimate plan. But, if you allow yourself to break steps down into smaller ones, it may not seem so bad.

So meditating, staying focus on the Bible, keeping your quiet time and breaking your goals into minor steps will help you stay focus on your goals as well as achieve your purpose in life. Once again, these aren’t the only ways. But, employing these steps will motivate you to stay focused.

~ Dr. Ronnie O. Rice

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Who motivates you?

One of the ways to ensure that you reach the top is by surrounding yourself with others who motivate you in some kind of way to do the right thing and being more successful. One of the skills I have developed over the years is putting people around me who feed into my goals and overall plans in life. For example, I have a great friend of mines who is about 10 years older than me who tells me the ins and outs of living a healthy life while staying focus on the things that matter. Let me say, you don’t need a lot of ‘yes’ men in your life because they can get you into a lot of trouble. However, you don’t need a lot of people who shot down every idea you have to become more successful. A good balance is someone who sees where you want to be and critiques your lifestyle to ensure you still achieve your goals. If a person always talks about how hard something is or discourages you from doing anything, you need to let that person go or be very limited with the details you provide them about your life goals. A good person to have on your “A-Team” is someone who is successful in his or her own right. Let me clarify that statement, this doesn’t mean you only hang out with people who have a lot of money or who are highly educated because success isn’t only about the material things. A few people who are on my “A-Team” are folks who are faithful to their spouses, highly motivated to stay physically healthy and have positive personalities. I know to some of you guys, that list of characteristics seem detached from success. However, true success means having money while being a good morally sound person. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36 (ESV). I have learned what this means everyday because if you obtain a lot of money by being super immoral and deceitful, you will have a hard time finding someone who would want to enjoy the money with you. The way you obtain money determines how much of a good time you have in life. And I digress, when you have people who motivate you to do the right thing and achieve your goals, you become a motivator as well. Those around you will be more apt to work towards their goals. And for me, that’s one of the greatest feelings in the world, knowing that someone is achieving their goals because of the inspiration you provided.

Dr. Ronnie O’Brien Rice

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Monumental Points in Life

My wife recently asked me, what was the monumental point in my life that made me who I am? My response was that there were multiple points in my life in which I felt help shape who I am today. However, I call these moments self-evaluation ones in which I see something I want, I research what it takes to obtain it and I get to work. I encourage anyone who is looking to change their situation to set their goals, find out what you are doing that is counter productive to those goals and make steps to changing those behaviors to obtain these goals. Yes, it does sound simple and it is easy, once you set your mind to achieving those goals.

First, defining your goals is the most critical aspect of your monumental point, meaning you must know where you want to go in order to get there. One way to determine where you want to be is to meditate and day dream where you want to be in your life right now. Picture your life exactly how you want it be with little to no hindrances to obtaining those goals. A lot of times people will stop thinking about their goals due to perceived impossibilities. Do not be the one who kills your own dreams. Place others around you who believe in you and who are making their dreams come true because they will encourage you in the tough times.

The next step to monumental points in our lives is to find out what it takes to get there. You may find that what is being required to get to that point may not be worth obtaining. You always hear about people who have a lot of money, but are very miserable. Don’t let that be you. I decided a long time ago to not seek wealth while in the process of losing myself for it. Making money is always the easy part in life; it is keeping your identity in the process that is difficult. Once you find out where you want to be, find out the best moral avenue of getting there. You may find that it takes a little longer than stealing, cheating or lying on others. But, do not grow weary in well doing because it will pay off tremendously on the other side of the tough times.

Finally, make steps to change your behaviors and achieving goals. They say doing the same thing expecting different results is insanity. I believe this saying true to an extent, meaning that some times you are going to keep doing the right thing without any results for a while and finally it will all come pouring down at one point. So set your mind on your goals, find the path that suits you and make the change because it is worth it, trust me.

~ Dr. Ronnie O'Brien Rice