“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭

This scripture opened my eyes to realize a lot.

I know in recent times I tell people or you have someone tell you to be positive.

I know I said be around positive people and think positive.

But someone brought even more attention to me by saying that God never told us to think positive.

I know some of ya struggle with being positive simply because we are unaware sometimes of what can be considered positive.

We could be making things positive that God never intended for us to think on or do.

Be aware that sometimes we can consider things to be right and not realize that it’s the total opposite of what God wants.

Philippians 4:8 tells us to think on these things; whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable.

If it’s excellent or praiseworthy, think on these things.

The word of God gives us the specifics on what we should be thinking about to shift our mindset into thinking the right way.

It never said think positive

But these are things we do consider positive

It’s a battle in the mind and I know it’s easier said than done

But many times we hear to think positive, but never are we shown to know what positive thinking is.

This scripture gives us the assurance that if we think on these things we will find peace with God.

The following scripture goes on to say

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Philippians 4:9

Once we Apple what we learned and taught, The God of peace will be with us.

The peace of God is right there to comfort you once you begin to apply the word of God to your life.

Allow God to bring peace to your situation today.

Think on these things.

Allow this to be evident that God has given you peace.

Let your gentleness be evident to all, the Lord is near.

The peace of God will give you understanding and will guard your hearts and mind.

So instead of telling to think positive

Show them Philippians 4:8 and tell them to think on these things and God will give them peace.

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God isolates you so you can get yourself together. It may seem like you lost friendships and relationships but a better you is worth more.

Isolation is best when you are isolating yourself to build a closer relationship with God.

As we Grow in God and grow as a person, we begin to realize that the people around us have no desire to do the same.

You attract who you are.

When it comes to growth, sometimes the people around us can either help us or hurt us.

It’s your choice to choose who you want to be around to help you to elevate your life.

I know we can never become successful or do things on our own

But if you desire to become a better person, then that should be your first priority.

If you desire growth, sometimes you’re going to have to isolate yourself to get to where you want to be.

Not everyone is supposed to be with you on your journey.

Finding yourself and growing in God, you are giving God permission to put the right people on your path.

When you find like minded people and surround yourself with them, you will begin to grow even more.

Iron sharpens iron

Get around people who sharpen you to becoming better.

If God cause you to be isolated, make sure you are growing in him.

Many times we isolate ourselves and not focus on God and ourselves.

When you don’t focus on God, that’s when the Devil will try to attack your mind.

An idle mind is the devil playground

Protect your mind

Growing should be a necessity in your life

If you lose people on the way, just know that God is getting ready to surround you with the right people to prosper you.

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God will disrupt your plans before they disrupt your life.

God knows the plan he has for our life.

He knows what we should do, how we should do it, and why we are doing it.

We sometimes stray away from the plans God has for us because the plan God has for us causes us to do things we are not comfortable with.

We began to start doing things on our own and begin to plan our own path with things that makes us comfortable.

Being comfortable is not a plan from God.

God put us in uncomfortable situations to grow us, not to harm us.

But the fear of being uncomfortable causes us to wise in our own eyes and we begin to become frustrated with God because of the path WE chose to take.

In my life, everything I tried to do on my own I failed at it.

I began to feel frustrated and upset when I didn’t do the things I wanted to do simply because I tried to create my own plan and include God in mine.

If You put God first, allow God to take the lead in your life.

Me being frustrated and disappointed was pointless simply because I took the lead and didn’t allow God to take the lead.

I was constantly disappointing myself because I chose to follow my own path, when the path God had for me was already predestined.

God knows everything you need to do to fulfill your purpose in life.

Allow him to take control.

Going down your own path only leads to destruction.

I’m grateful to God that he disrupted my plans because as time went on, my plans kept defeating me.

Be obedient to God and watch how you become prosperous in life by allowing his plans for your life become your lifestyle.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

God already knows.

Get out of your comfort zone

There is never any progress in your comfort zone.

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

The plans that God has for you, is something that’s going to bless your life and the life of others.

You will become frustrated on your own path.

The great thing about following God’s plan is that he gives us wisdom, knowledge, and most importantly understanding.

I never understood why God chose this path for me ; until I took a step back and seen where God had brought me from, I begin to see why he called me to do what I do know.

You will prosper

You will have a great future

You will impact a generation

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Don’t rush what God is taking time to prepare.

Trusting God’s timing requires a lot of patience.

We sometimes try to position ourselves for things that we are not ready for.

We think more about the benefits of what we may receive but we don’t think about what that certain thing will require from us.

I know in the beginning of starting something new or wanting something new, we expect to see results right away.

We start to rush the process and began to become frustrated with what we are doing simply because we are not getting the results we expected.

Trusting the process takes times.

God sometimes allow things to happen simply to build us so we won’t break.

Yes I know what you are doing may be hard but you have to trust God in the process because he’s not only preparing you for a certain thing be he’s also preparing a certain thing for you.

We must allow God to shift some things around in our life because he’s the one that’s going to lead us in the right direction.

Don’t allow your impatience cause you to quit what God has called you to do.

If God is in it, there is no limits.

We fail many times rushing what God is trying to do in our lives and that is what causes us to be frustrated.

Knowing that God is in control of your life is something you should not worry about.

If you put God is first in your life, trust his timing with your life.

Everything is going according to his plan

Trust God’s timing.

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God has a perfect plan for your imperfect life.

God has a perfect plan for your imperfect life.

Perfection is something we can strive for but still never manage to come close to. God understands that we will never be perfect. He knows that we are going to make mistakes and fail sometimes.

That doesn’t mean that his plan for us changes.

We go through life wanting to be perfect in the eyes of others. Then when we make a mistake or fail; the people we are trying to please are the first to judge.

People will use your past failures and mistakes against you and make you feel worthless.

But God see our imperfections and still use us effectively.

Many times we live our life trying to please others when the only one who’s opinion matters is our own and what God knows about us.

Don’t go through life trying to be perfect in the eyes of others just for them to tear you down.

The plans God has for your life are still in effect even when you make the mistakes.

It’s up to you to make the choice to get back on the path to following God’s perfect plan and will for your life.

Let your story be the one that inspires a generation.

Don’t feel shameful for the decisions and mistakes you made in life.

See everyday as a new opportunity to become better and fulfill your purpose in life.

God has something great in store for you.

Don’t let your imperfections stop the perfect plan that God has for your life.

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Don’t t let anyone or anything stop you from becoming who God has called you to be.

Don’t t let anyone or anything stop you from becoming who God has called you to be.

What is your purpose in life?

Do you believe the path that you are on is the right path for your future?

I know in life there are many times where we question if we are on the right path or not. Especially when things don’t seem to be going the way that we plan and hope it would be.

We all have made mistakes and experienced let downs and failures, but does that really mean we’re on the wrong path because we failed at something?

True failure is only when you quit doing something.

I can honestly say, if you quit doing the things that you love or quit becoming a better you; then you’re on the wrong path in life.

If you let God lead you, you will begin to understand that those let downs and what we call failures are only strengthening us to becoming better and pushing us to our purpose.

It takes hard work to stay focused and achieving your goals. Especially when your the only one doing it in your circle. Sometimes we would rather do what others are doing because it seems “easy”

If your life is easy, you also must be on the wrong path in life. Things should not be easy because when we experience the storms in life they will eventually defeat us.

Greatness will cause you to feel uncomfortable. Being on the right path is uncomfortable because not everyone is doing it.

Don’t be afraid to stand out and do what’s best for you.

The plans God has for your life is going to cause you to feel uncomfortable.

Life is going to get harder, that’s why we must get tougher.

Don’t let your comfort zone keep you from reaching your full potential.

You have greatness in you.

Greatness is contagious .

Let your greatness rub off on someone.

Get out of your comfort zone.

How I manage: being a full time student,working a full time job, part time job, entrepreneur, and being a father.

Now this is a good topic to discuss because I know it’s hard to just manage a few things in our life especially before you get to where you are comfortable in life.

Now currently I just graduated college

I graduated my 5th year. I had some setbacks and situations that really could have stopped me from achieving this goal.

My freshman year, I started off as a engineering major and it was not easy at all. I began to let it get the best of me and I was stressing. I wanted to quit right there but after talking to my mom she let me know how much more life can be stressful than just school work.

Now that’s the first time so of course now I’m feeling motivated to go back.

Then I started thinking about being an entrepreneur. I had then started, what was a business first, a company called Dream Leaders.

When you look at people being successful on YouTube, that kind of gives you hope to do the same.

I started thinking, why go to school when I can make more money and invest in myself doing YouTube. So the thought came in my mind again to quit.

I then started speaking in schools telling kids not to quit, but then here I am wanting to quit what I started.

I stopped going to class and stopped doing work. I got way behind and even got on academic probation.

My parents talked to me again and it hit me….

How can I go motivate kids to do their best and not quit when I’m trying to quit?

So I had to get things back in order with school.

I ended changing my major which were all online classes and still pursued being an entrepreneur…

Long story short I applied myself and I never quit and this was the result.

I work a full time job and part time job with kids !! Definitely worth it. Keeps me active but also very tired to do anything.

I work around 11-12 hours Monday through Friday and I’m completely drained by the time I come home.

Which leads to me wanting to be an entrepreneur, I have to also make time for that.

I start off strong but then I kind of wears you out after so long.

So after a long day of work I manage to still make videos and recently I just wrote a book, which almost seem like it took forever.

So managing school, two jobs, entrepreneur is already a lot you may say but then on top of all that the greatest thing happened to me.

I BECAME A DAD!!

Thank God I only had one more semester left of school when my son was born.

Raising a child is waaayyy more work than school, work and entrepreneurship.

My load got even heavier

But having my son actually helped pushed me to still manage

How??? You might ask

Because him being here helped me realize a lot of things.

Helped me to understand that what I’m doing is just not for me anymore.

I have someone else to really consider other than my self.

I know if I want to give him the best life, I must work 10 times harder.

It’s very tough but when you have something worth fighting for, it doesn’t matter what it takes.

While being a dad I still

Graduated college

Go to work daily

Do my YouTube videos

Published a book

And more

Did I do it alone? Of course NOT!

The best thing is having a good support system.

My son My is a great mother and does a good job taking care of him.

My mom and sister ALWAYS help me when I have things to do.

And my girlfriend mom is also very helpful

When it comes to managing and balancing life you have to make sure you get these two things

Good rest

A good support system

Don’t over do things. Don’t over work yourself.

You have to realize that your health is important too.

You can manage your time by

Planning ahead

Putting things in a planner

Or phone calendar

Make sure you also make time for yourself.

Yes I get tired and sometimes I have to go to the gym to get my mind back ready and focused.

The gym helps me release

I also nap a lot. A WHOLE LOT

I get a lot done and still manage to also take care of my health.

So if you’re reading this, just know you can manage things but you also have to be ready to put in a lot of work.

Since graduating college, i was able to put more time into the other things.

Make a check list to check so things off so you can see how much of a difference it makes.

I now have started my mentor program and writing my second book!!

So it can be done!!

Question is

Are you willing to do more than what it takes??!?

Tips To Help You Write Your First Book

Writing a book could be difficult at times simply because of these three things

• Having time to write

• What to write about

• How much to write

I know I struggled with writing at the beginning because I would write things down but I felt it wasn’t enough I needed more or I just could not find the time.

I always want to publish books but I didn’t realize the time it requires just to get it done.

I then started to think 🤔 if I have to turn in 4 page papers every week to my college professors maybe I can really write a book in no time.

And that’s what I start doing. Setting out time to write my college papers, I decided to set out time to write my own book.

Tips you need to know that will motivate you to write:

• 30 minutes to 1 hour writing /day

• Buying a good size journal

• A Good Title

• Topic

30 minutes to 1 hour writing/ day

It’s always hard to find time with our busy schedule but if we manage our time right we will soon see how important time management is to the things we feel we are not having time to do.

I started dedicating time to write because I don’t want to just write 1 book, I want to write tons.

Setting out time will definitely help you and structure you to writing your book.

It may take some time to adjust but once you get started you’re not gonna want to stop.

Buying a good size journal

Having a journal is how I started writing. Some may say the size of the journal don’t matter but if you have a good size journal you will be able to elaborate more on it.

This may not matter to some but have a journal period will help you on your writing journey.

A Good Title

You may not know what to write about or where to start. Having a Title can change help you with that.

Coming up with a Title first help me to know what I want to talk about in my book and helped me decide the chapters.

Your title should catch the interest of the reader. Having a Title that would catch people’s attention is very important because there is someone out there that may not know you but they can still find your book based on your title.

Some people may write first then come up with a title and others start with the title. I have books that I haven’t started writing yet but I already have a title for them just to help me start writing them.

Topic

Your chapters in the story must match your title. Your chapter topics will also help you to know what it is you want to talk about in your book.

You can always add and take away as time goes on but just having different topics will save you a lot of time especially if you may want to use it for another book.

Writing a book takes time. Don’t rush it but give yourself a due date on when you want to be finished.

I wanted to publish my book last year but just like most I did not know where to start. The main thing I did was never stop writing. Now I have so many titles, topics, and things written down that’s helping write.

Don’t rush the process trust the process and don’t stop writing!!

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The Positive Notebook: 5 things you should tell yourself everyday.

5 things you should tell yourself everyday

Everyday you wake up is a blessing. The way to get your day started and on track no matter what situation you may face today, you must speak positive facts to yourself. Encourage yourself. Build yourself up. Have confidence in your abilities, your looks, yourself, and God!

I got 5 things you NEED to tell yourself to help you be the best that you know you already are!

I AM THE BEST!

You are the best at anything you are trying to do. Most importantly you are the best at being YOU! Never think you are worth less. No one can be you better than you. I wake up everyday know that Dartannon is the best at being Dartannon. You don’t have to be like others. God created you just the way he knew best. He knows you better than you know yourself. He sees you and know you are the best. Believe that you are too!!

I CAN DO IT!

I know life can be tough at times, but you got this!! You’re blessed to see another day for a reason! Go out and make greatness happen for yourself. Anything you put your mind to doing, you can do! Never doubt your God given abilities. Don’t limit yourself from the things God has taken the limits off of for you. YOU CAN DO IT!!

GOD IS ALWAYS WITH ME!

I know at times it just feels like you are alone, but I promise, God is always with you! Through the good and the bad, he is right there. Don’t hesitate to acknowledge the goodness he has done for you. We need God daily. Starting your day off with God is always a plus for a great day. No matter any circumstance, he is right there. You are not alone. Talk to God.

I AM A WINNER!

You are a winner, no matter what! Have that winning attitude daily. To me , a loss is just another lesson that’s going to help me win! You are a winner at everything you are doing, especially Life!! You’re blessed to have another chance to win! Take advantage! Make your days count and win win win no matter what!!

TODAY IS MY DAY!

This is one of the main things I tell myself. Even when things may go left, I always have the faith to know that God will make things right! Proclaiming that today is your day is a major confidence builder because we never know what the day will bring. That’s all faith! Believing in something even though you can’t see it. Walk by faith not sight. It’s your day to be great!!

Now that you know these 5 things to tell yourself. Go out and make great things happen for yourself. Dreams don’t work unless you get to work. You have greatness in you, so go give greatness and receive it in return!!

The Positive Notebook: Born to win, Built to win

We all have greatness within us, Despite our circumstances in which we are born in. We all have the choice and opportunity to do and be something great in the world. Some may say we were born to lose. But once you realize who you are and whose you are, you will begin to realize that you were born to win from the start. Many people that you may come across in your lifetime want you to fail. Realize that the battle is given to those who endure until the end. It isn’t complete failure until you quit. In life you’re going to win, and you’re going to lose. Your true character will show in those moments in how you handle it. You were born to win and built to win. But you must experience some loses in life to win. Those loses are just learning curves to push you to your greatness. Learn from those loses, and believe that in the end you’ll have sweet victory.

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