Your past does not define your future.

photo (9)Your past does not define your future. I have often referred to that saying throughout my blogs because I believe it is an undeniable truth. We have seen many people overcome unrealistic, heart breaking circumstances and do great things with their lives. One who stands out in my mind is Dave Pelzer, who wrote the book, “A Child Called It, One Child’s Courage to Survive”. Another is Joyce Meyer, who was emotionally and sexually abused by her father for the first 18 years of her life. These people had unsurmountable odds stacked against them, but went on to serve and help others in the most productive ways possible.

I too, want to think of myself as one who has not let their past define their future. I have a past like everyone else.  Not proud of some of my past, but it is what it is. I did many things that I am ashamed of, but I refuse to let that be my future. I consider myself a born again Christian who has a passion for sharing God’s love and promises. I write this blog because I know that changing your mindset will absolutely change your future. I want to remind others that just because they have a past doesn’t mean you have to relive your mistakes every day.

You can begin a whole new chapter in your life by changing what you put into your mind today. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. If you have someone in your life that is dragging you down, then cut them loose. You don’t have to be mean about it, but when they start in, excuse yourself from the situation, go somewhere else, politely get off the phone, quit following them on Facebook, whatever it takes, but don’t let them tell you who you are.

I want to share with you the truth that you are beautifully and wonderfully made by our God. He has put you here to do great things. Let your past be a learning tool to move forward. Let it make you be a stronger person who wants to learn from their mistakes. You are a child of God and you deserve to be happy and fulfill your life’s passion. Learn to Invite Excellence into Your Life, for this is what God wants for you. Go be all God designed you to be and follow your passions.

3 life lessons learned from a basketball game.

The other night I went to watch my youngest daughter play basketball for her school. Unfortunately, the other team was not very experienced and it made for a lopsided game. My daughter is the starting point guard for her team. When our team pulled ahead and we had a comfortable lead my daughter was pulled from the game, which is the right thing to do. As I watched I noticed that the point guard that was now playing was not fully utilizing that position as a leader. Without some form of leadership on the court, it suddenly turned chaotic. This was my first lesson learned, that we need leadership in everything we do or chaos follows.

Second lesson learned was that because of the comfortable lead we had, the players were not being challenged. By not being challenged they were losing an opportunity to learn and grow. When we are put under the gun and are forced to make decisions we begin to grow. This is when we find out what we are made of.

The third lesson was passion sometimes beats talent. For some of these girls this was the first time they had ever played in a organized basketball league. Even though they didn’t have the fundamentals down yet their passion for the game and their competitive spirit truly showed. They were trying harder than some of the others who had been playing for years and making good plays.

So in summary, our three lessons are: Passion can outshine talent, leadership is needed in everything we do, and we need to be challenged to grow. Are there areas in your life where you could implement these three lessons this week? Leave me a comment and let me know if you agree or disagree, I would love to hear from you. As always, Invite Excellence into your life and have an AWESOME week.

Second chance at life.

IMG_8300Recently, a dear friend of mine started having back pain. It started on Sunday and he went through the week trying to find out what was causing his pain. Thursday of that same week they tried to do an MRI on him. He was in so much pain that he could not lay still long enough to have the MRI. On Friday, they sedated him to get the MRI completed. After his MRI, he was informed that he had a life threatening staph infection in his spine. He was taken to emergency surgery to have his spine scraped and begin a long process of healing. If he had gone another 24 hours without surgery he would not have been able to be saved. My friend was given a second chance at life. This is where it clicked for me. Every day that we open our eyes and go about our lives, we too, are given a second chance at life.

It doesn’t take a life threatening illness for us to be given a second chance. We get that EVERY DAY. Our problem is deciding to live our lives that way. Everything that we do begins with our mindset. If you decide tomorrow when you wake up that you have been given a second chance at life, how will that change your mindset? Will you live your life any different? What would it take to help you live your life with passion and enthusiasm? What will you do tomorrow with your second chance at life?