c7b5128453398989945f5b5d7bf5a57a“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.” Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson knew where his power came from. He believed with all of his heart that he was an instrument in God’s hands and his talent was a gift. Love was the “juice and energy that motivated his music, his dancing, and everything.” He became one of the greatest entertainers of all times.  

Beyonce Knowles’ father believed that she had the potential to be a superstar. He gave up his career to ensure her success. She believed in her dreams. Have you seen her life? #BeyGood (see link above).

In Tyler Perry’s video message, “How to Be Successful” he shares that the grace of God brought him success because he would not stop believing. His advice on being successful is “Do not stop believing. When something is for you there is a feeling deep down inside of you that will not allow you to let it go. Anything you want is possible.” Tyler encourages that “no matter what people say, know beyond knowing your truth.” If you’re an eagle your instinct is to fly. The chickens you’ve been hanging around with will tell you that you can’t, but deep inside you know that you can. Follow your instincts and fly.

One day I was talking to an acquaintance about Yachts and Wealth-TV (“AWETv”), and how the shows stimulated my vision and informed me on the finer things in life.  He flatly replied, “I don’t like looking at that junk because I know that I will never have any of those things.” I couldn’t believe my ears. There was nothing that I could say to change his mind. He was stuck and had slammed the door to new possibilities. Silently I agreed that he never would, because that was his belief.

In an article written by John H. Sklare, Ed.D, “Belief Systems and Awareness,” he explains that,

“A belief is something you hold onto because you KNOW it is true.  There is a fundamental difference between a thought and a belief. Behind every thought lies the hidden program of belief. For example, if you don’t believe you can succeed at lifestyle change, you most likely won’t!

The truth is, if you don’t believe you can succeed, the battle is already lost. There is nothing more motivating or destructive than the power of belief. It can be your best friend or your worst enemy. The more aware you are of your underlying belief systems, however, the more powerful you become. And awareness is the key to creating that change.”

I believe that God’s will for my life is that I prosper in all things and be in good health. I am a writer. I am blessed to be a blessing to others. This is my time to shine, and I believe that it’s your time too.  Go get it!

Now, tell me, what do you believe?


Reaching Higher Plateaus

This Far by Faith

“Everything and everyone that is available in the place you are in right now has something to teach you or give to you.” –Iyanla Vanzant

This morning I woke up reflecting on the last three years of my journey at Full Sail University, which soon will be coming to an end.  In June I will emerge with a Bachelors of Fine Arts for Creative Writing in Entertainment in hand.  Not bad for a sister girl who hasn’t been to school since Brooke Shields starred in Pretty Baby.

In the process of selecting pieces for my digital portfolio, I reviewed my very first project as a student, Who Has Gone Before You.  I created a Keynote presentation about my industry heroes Tyler Perry and Michael Jackson, whose journeys epitomizes their love and faith to deliver their message, and which had phenomenally propelled their careers.  Their lives are testaments to the power that rests, rules and abides in us all.

Did you know that whenever Michael wanted to write something great, he prayed?  When Tyler failed at his endeavors he did not stop believing; he talked to God.  The rest is history.  Michael knew what he wanted to be.  Tyler had an epiphany.  Enjoy the video and be inspired.

As I begin the next chapter of my life, leaving behind the familiar and forging ahead into new possibilities,  it’s a little unsettling, but being driven by  love, faith and determination I fearlessly press forward and embrace the unknown.  I do know for sure that the Most High has armed me with love, faith and creativity, and He is guiding my steps.  I’m not exactly sure where I’m going, but I know it’s going to be good and I trust Him.

Michael Jackson and Tyler Perry continue to inspire  with their words, creations and journey.   Their messages are purely based on the principles of love and faith.  Thanks to all who have gone before us, and who seek to encourage and inspire others to live with purpose and to reach higher plateaus.  I pray that the Lord will take my life and do something with it, that He may be glorified and others will be blessed.   

Feel free to comment and/or share whom your heroes are and how they have inspired you.

Love & Favor,