The “Start” of Your Success: The Election of 2016

Now that the Election of 2016 is over, there are many things that I could say about the outcome. To be clear, I wanted Hillary Clinton to win. To be transparent, I am an ardent supporter of President Barack Obama. To be honest, I am in shock that Donald Trump is the President-elect. Some people see his win as a tragedy. Others see it as an opportunity. Either way, I am here to say neither of these positions is right; neither of these positions is wrong. A Donald Trump Presidency is neither the beginning of the world, nor the end of it. It is all a matter of perspective and how our beliefs are shaped and molded by politics and our current elected-officials.

I am here to offer a way to change your perspective and hopefully change the way you think now that this election season has come to an end.

The start of your success is the Election of 2016.

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I have always been an advocate of “self” as a gift from God: we have the ability to increase (or decrease) our self-motivation, self-reliance, and self-improvement. Notice that these three characteristics have nothing to do with who is the President of the Unites States. Too many people falsely believe that someone or something other than their God-given abilities is the reason for their success, or the reason for their failure. Honestly, the Presidency of Barack Obama, though very inspiring and uplifting to me personally, did little to increase or decrease my standing in this world. Instead, my rise or fall could only be attributed to one cause: me! The same is true for you! Therefore, neither Donald Trump’s victory nor Hillary Clinton’s loss (nor Barack Obama’s exit) should have a tangible effect on your daily output, productivity, and success.

How to deal with the apparent setback if your candidate lost…

Regardless of who sits in the White House, that person has no true responsibility for your happiness or your level of success. It is up to you! Your new task is to accept the fact that life is full of possibilities waiting to be discovered each day. Opportunity abounds! Now is the time to open your eyes and seek new challenges. Now is the time to take a risk. Now is the time to tell someone you love them. Now is the time to focus. Now is the time to be proactive. Now is the time to press on. WAKE UP! As you can see, if you choose not to do these things, the world may give you a different result than you were expecting.

How to deal with the apparent victory if your candidate won….

Regardless of who sits in the White House, that person has no true responsibility for your happiness or your level of success. It is up to you! Your new task is to accept the fact that life is full of possibilities waiting to be discovered each day. Opportunity abounds! Now is the time to open your eyes and seek new challenges. Now is the time to take a risk. Now is the time to tell someone you love them. Now is the time to focus. Now is the time to be proactive. Now is the time to press on. RISE UP! As you can see, if you choose not to do these things, the world may give you the result you were expecting.

This election has proven to me that personal responsibility, a renewed commitment to excellence, and increasing knowledge are a few of the bedrock principles that will lead to success. Successful people define and expect victory. They build seemingly endless reservoirs of faith. Successful people believe in the power of thinking in terms of if and when things will happen. They dream and use their vision to see what success looks like and how it will ultimately feel. Your success neither depends on any elected official, nor does it depend on who is supposed to be leading you. Your success ALWAYS depends on YOU!

It doesn’t matter if your candidate lost. If you must, use it as motivation to get your house in order now. Get motivated and move forward!

It doesn’t matter if your candidate won. If you must, use it as motivation to get your house in order now. Get motivated and move forward!

Either way, you win! The start of your success is the Election of 2016.

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Vision: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Vision… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

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By definition, vision means we have been given the power to see what we will or may become a reality. It is called vision. We can use our vision to see victory. We can use our vision to see the results of activating our faith. We can use our vision to create if statements that have meaning and purpose. We can use our vision to dream about the possibilities of a brighter tomorrow. It should probably scare, and then excite us when we realize we really can see the future. It does not matter how far away we believe we are from the future we want. We can see our ultimate destination: success.

One of the greatest gifts given to man is our ability to imagine, and use what we “see” to create a vision. To be clear, I need to establish a clear distinction between the vision of the eyes (natural), and the vision of the mind (spiritual). These are two totally different things that can disrupt the process of success if they are not separated. Remember this fact: we cannot trust the natural vision we have from our eyes. It is created for us. On the other hand, we can trust the spiritual vision we have from our mind. It is created by us, a gift given to us from our Creator.

Wait what… we cannot trust what we see? This is 100% correct. For all the non-believers, I need to have you complete a short exercise. Use your natural vision (or imagination) to look (quickly) in the direction of the sun. How big does it appear to be? Now look up the real dimensions of the sun. The object you saw and thought you knew based on your natural vision is actually a lot larger than it appears to be. Your natural vision let you down in terms of identifying the true size of the sun. If it can let you down here, believe that it can, and does, let you down all the time.

Instead, we need to focus on the spiritual vision we create in our minds. This is the ability to create through our imagination anything we can conceive. It is a scary thought that we have the ability to put ourselves in any situation and visualize it over and over again. Yet this universal skill is right there for the taking. In fact, we use our spiritual vision all the time without even realizing it. Today, you visualized yourself doing something in your mind that was totally different than what you were actually doing. You might have seen something from yesterday. You might have seen an event in the future. Either way, you used your spiritual vision to see something that is not actually happening in the present moment…

 

Affirmation: My gift of spiritual vision will work to attract the resources readily available to achieve the ultimate victory I will attain.

 

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Chapter 3: If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Chapter 2: Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Chapter 1: Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

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Dream: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

Dream… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

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What exactly is a dream? When we think of dreams, we often think of the visions and fantasies experienced while sleeping. These images have both fascinated and puzzled mankind throughout human history. However, as it relates to Motivation for the World, we need to use the definition that refers to our aspirations as the concept that makes a clear distinction between our nighttime dreams and our success related dreams. Did you notice the definition of dream used here has the words goal and aim attached to it?

We want on focus on dreams that we create by using our conscious mind in order to start the creative process. These dreams go through a filter to determine whether or not they are achievable or unrealistic. I believe we think about the dreams we believe we can achieve, and allow the unrealistic dreams to sit in far corners of the mind. The dreams you think about the most are attainable! The things you give your attention to can become a reality. These are the dreams that should go from thought, to action, to reality. The process of making this happen starts with belief that we can achieve victory.

Is it just me, or does this sound too good to be true? Our society has us brainwashed into believing success is tucked away in some place far away that the “average” person can never find. Success belongs to someone else, not us. So, we should be happy just to get through this life by merely squeaking out an existence. Nothing is farther from the truth! You have already been introduced to the concept of victory. You have explored the power of faith. Through using if and when, you have the capability to dream about things a lot bigger than your current existence. You have the ability to think without limits, and then attract those thoughts until they become a reality.

What is your wildest dream? If we know in advance this dream will come true, I am sure we would start working on it immediately. Yet some still would not have enough belief that it will come true, even it is guaranteed to happen! This is equivalent to turning a definite victory into a defeat. It is a perfect example of the limits we place on ourselves. We limit our ability to dream! We limit our ability to have faith! Those of us who cannot muster up enough faith to believe a dream will come true have a major roadblock to overcome on the road to success. Thankfully, there are endless concepts and tools that can be used to overcome this thinking.

 

Affirmation: I am a dreamer and I have the ability to turn my dreams into the victories I want to accomplish.

 

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If: Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time

If… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

If

 

In my opinion, if is one of the most important words in the English language. By definition, it causes us to suppose that something may happen. It is an uncertainty, a possibility that may or may not come to pass. It puts us on notice that we can expect an outcome, but that outcome is not guaranteed to work in our favor or the way we want it to be. Knowing exactly what if means unlocks potential when we apply it to an outcome we would like to see in the future.

If is a word that provides an opportunity. By putting the opportunity down on paper, it can lead to victory. This occurs because using the possibilities associated with if activates our faith. Through the activation of faith, we will begin to seek ways to make our possibilities become reality. This is how the brain works. So I am saying that using if to start the process of victory will activate the faith necessary to achieve a desired outcome. We need to get work using if immediately to unlock the power of what is possible.

One technique I have learned about is writing if statements. If statements are declarations that start with the word if, and they point toward a possible future outcome. By putting these statements together, we put our brain on notice that we are seeking a specific outcome. In other words, we give our minds a target to focus on. Once the brain has clear directions, it will naturally focus on those directions and draw the necessary thoughts and resources in pursuit of that end result. This does not guarantee success, but it does improve the odds of success dramatically. As an example, let’s look at a few of my if statements…

  • If this book becomes a bestseller, it will fulfill one of my goals in life.
  • If I write one new affirmation each month, I will have an extensive collection of life changing information.
  • If the Cleveland Browns win a championship, I will be at their victory parade.

Now we are going to get to work by changing the way that we use the word if. Instead of saying if, we are going to replace it with when. The reason for this is the word if refers to a possibility or potential outcome. There is nothing wrong with using if to describe what is possible. It starts the process of thought. By definition whatever is attached to the word if has not manifested itself in real-life yet. We want to see the results we want by using a word replacement technique. “When” is a word that also points to an outcome, but this word means the outcome is expected or will happen. So replacing if (possibility) with when (certainty) also changes the way we think about a situation.

Let’s look at my “if” statements and change them into “when” statements…

  • If this book becomes a bestseller, it will fulfill one of my goals in life.
    • When this book becomes a bestseller, it will fulfill one of my goals in life.
  • If I write one new affirmation each month, I will have an extensive collection of life changing information.
    • When I write one new affirmation each month, I will have an extensive collection of life changing information.
  • If the Cleveland Browns win a championship, I will be at their victory parade.
    • When the Cleveland Browns win a championship, I will be at their victory parade.

An amazing thing happens when we use if statements, and it gets even better when we use when statements as a replacement. This process activates our brain to seek what we call into existence. The process starts with thinking about the outcome. Next, we visualize the outcome and what it would look like in the natural world. We go on to build excitement about the outcome. Finally, we pursue the outcome to make it become reality. This method of thought and action will continue until it is realized or we make a conscious decision to give up or start over.

Affirmation: I have the God-given power to make my dreams become a reality.

 

 

 

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Faith: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Faith… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Faith

In the Book of Hebrews, faith is defined as: the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. What this means is simple: you have to have faith to believe that things can, and will happen, even when it looks as if they are impossible. This is when many people lose what it means to be faithful. They can’t see the results they want, so they believe that they are not attainable. They believe they cannot achieve a victory. Nothing is farther from the truth.

Being faithful means to know and anticipate things that will come your way. Faith will bring you the things you want. It is critical to understand that having faith is an element of all creation. Creation requires starting with nothing, and using our innate ability to see the outcome we want in our mind. We have already seen this concept in action by using affirmations. A starting point is to write and recite your affirmations to state your current situation and build your faith for a better future. Affirmations are one of many actions that must be completed as we start to work toward successful outcomes.

Although we will address the concept of work later, it is critical to link work to the ability to activate and cultivate faith to create. The Bible in the Book of James says: faith without works is dead. Unfortunately for some, faith and work are two ideas that do not go together. However, it is important to tie faith and work together. First of all, it takes faith: an unwavering belief that we can live up to our unlimited potential. Second, it takes work: a burning desire to do whatever it takes to achieve what we want. This powerful combination is a force, ordained by God, that can’t be prevented or stopped. When we start to understand this, we will be able to move toward success.

Faith does not walk by sight, it walks by possibilities. This is why we must be trained to affirm our current situation in the most positive light. Faith has NOTHING to do with your perceived lack. Instead, it focuses on the future that you can’t see. It focuses on opportunities not yet realized in the natural world. It focuses on our God-given ability to produce results beyond our wildest dreams as a child. It focuses on victory! Seeing production requires the activation of our faith. We have already seen affirmations. Soon, we will complete an exercise that will make you think about your wildest dreams and write them down. By doing so, you will activate your faith and begin the journey toward success.

Affirmation: I walk by faith because I believe God has a plan and a purpose for my life.

 

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Victory: Motivation for the World, One Word At a Time

Victory… an excerpt from the soon to be released book:

Motivation for the World, One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

Victory

I believe one of the greatest joys is when we successfully overcome an opponent, difficult situation, or challenge. At least, this is the way I feel when I achieve a level of success that I did not expect nor anticipate. For me these are special achievements and I consider each of them a victory. I thank God every day for small victories, because sometimes that is all that goes right in a given day. Major accomplishments take time, and finding your victory when pursuing major goals may be a prolonged wait. Unfortunately, sometimes the ultimate victory never comes along.

The road to success is littered with obstacles, hardships, and challenges that must be faced on a daily basis. If we are not careful, these hazards can slow us down or grind us to a halt. It happens every day. One of the coping mechanisms we can use to fight this is the concept of celebrating each and every victory. It does not matter how big or small the victory. Just be sure to celebrate it. Give yourself a pat on the back (it may be the only one you receive that day). Hidden in this idea is the ability to recognize when you have achieved a victory and how long to celebrate before you move on to the next challenge.

The only way to know when you achieve a victory is to have written down goals and milestones to reach those goals. Some go as far as creating daily to-do lists and then crossing off accomplishments upon completing tasks. These are small victories, and the celebration of theses feats is the physical act of crossing them out on paper. Now magnify this act tenfold. Write down goals and then break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks. Then you can knock them off, one at a time, until the larger goal is in reach. All along the way, celebrate each and every victory. These acts of self-praise will spur you on to greater actions…

Affirmation: I achieve victories both great and small because I am willing to pay the price for success every day.

 

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Kick Plates: A Story about Perception

A story about perception…

Years ago I worked in a big box retail store like your typical Walmart or Target. The store received weekly inspections, called visits, from the district manager. Their role was to check the store to make sure it was operating properly. Visits could include an inspection of everything: from the outside of the store to the sales floor, backroom, and offices. These visits should have been a good time to address and discuss what was going on in the store, both good and bad. However, these visits really consisted of trying to convince the district manager that all is well, while hiding everything that was going wrong in the store. As a result, this cat and mouse game occurred on a weekly basis.

Some store visits were considered more important than others. Usually the time of year, or amount of changes that needed to be made to the sales floor dictated the level of the visit. Visits after Christmas sets and during the holiday season were a big deal. Visits during back-to-school sales were a big deal. Visits when sales were sagging were a big deal. In this particular store, the management and employees were good. We were so good that we were on top of our game year round. It did not matter what was going on or the time of year. Everyone knew our store would be clean, neat, and organized.

We were completing a major store remodel because our store was selected to be a prototype for other stores companywide. This means we went through weeks of preparation, 12-15 hour workdays, for 7 days a week. Normally stores got 3-6 months to remodel. Not us. In one month, we were able to remodel the entire interior of the building while remaining open during normal business hours. It was a monumental task and an incredible achievement. On the day before a visit by upper-management to see what their prototype looked like, our district manager came by for a final visit.

Everything was immaculate. You could eat off the floors. Every shelf was clean and full of merchandise. Every clothing rack was sparkling and in perfect alignment. Every sign was in place and every fixture was brand-new. It looked like a brand new store that was opened for the first time. It was under these circumstances that it happened… kick plates.

Kick Plate

What are kick plates? Kick plates are those rectangular strips on the bottom of some doors. They can be brass, bronze, or chrome so when people kick them, a visible mark or smudge could be left behind. If you have ever noticed these things at the bottom of a door, you must be the most observant person on earth. To me, they are the most non-descript thing and the last thing I would ever notice when walking through a door. To the surprise of our store management team, after all of the work we put in and the incredible attention to detail we possessed, our district manager lectured us for 30 minutes about a smudge left behind on a kick plate!!!

He didn’t have anything else bad to say about the store. Everything else was perfect. However, he went ballistic over a smudge on a kick plate. You would have thought someone’s blood was smeared on a doorway! No it was a smudge on a kick plate that could have been left there five minutes before he saw it. There was NO WAY we could have been aware of everything, especially not a mark on the bottom of a doorway. I know you’re wondering, what is the significance of a small mark left on a kick plate? Let’s start with the reaction to the mark, and our reaction to that.

Our district manager rarely offered any praise for anything, but he was quick to levy criticism when something wasn’t right. Since our store was so good, his criticism was always focused on something small: a rack out of alignment, or merchandise on a top shelf not even across the top. It was these small criticisms that led to an erosion of our trust, and quite frankly, our affection for this man. In fact, it led to disdain and contempt for this man. I think if he would have provided more praise when thing were going good, we could have tolerated his ranting and raving about small, insignificant things.

Now he could have been trying to say that even the small things are significant and deserve our attention as well. Maybe that was his intention. But his words and actions did not indicate that he was trying to teach a lesson. Even if he was, his lesson did not take into account that some things are beyond your control and can’t be prepared for. We could not have someone stationed at the door to make sure no one left a smudge on a kick plate, especially when trying to monitor a very large building and the hundreds of employees and shoppers inside it.

I believe he was just that kind of person. He always looked for the darkness. He always searched for the mistake. He always pointed out the negative, even when there were positive signs all around. I think this is a special talent that a lot of people possess. They are able to focus on what is wrong, instead of what is right. I suppose this is some people’s way to identify and fix the problems they see. This is a good thing. However, when it is used to define another person’s actions, it can lead to resentment and hard feelings. In my book, Wake Up: 42 Ways to improve Black America Now, I summed it up in this way: surround yourself with positive people.

The next time you walk through a door, check to see if there is a shiny brass kick plate attached to the bottom. If said kick plate has a mark on it, ask yourself if it was intentionally left there, or merely overlooked by whoever is charge of monitoring the door. You may not be able to figure it out, but your answer could tell you a lot about your general outlook. Do you have a positive outlook or a negative outlook? An old question spells it out: is the glass half empty, or half-full?

May your kick plates shine all the time!!!

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Wish Upon A Star: What is Your Dream?

… an excerpt for the soon to be released book: Motivation for the World: One Word at a Time by Gary A. McAbee

What exactly is a dream? When we think of dreams, we think of the visions and fantasies experienced while sleeping. These images have both fascinated and puzzled mankind throughout human history. However, as it relates to Motivation for the World, we need to use the definition that refers to aspirations as the concept that makes a clear distinction between our nighttime dreams and our success related dreams. Did you notice the definition of dream used here has the words goal and aim attached to it?

We want on focus on dreams that we create by using our conscious mind in order to start the creative process. These dreams go through a filter to determine whether or not they are achievable or unrealistic. I believe we think about the dreams we believe we can achieve, and allow the unrealistic dreams to sit in far corners of the mind. The dreams you think about the most are attainable! The things you give your attention to can become a reality. These are the dreams that should go from thought, to action, to reality. The process of making this happen starts with belief that we can achieve victory.

Is it just me, or does this sound too good to be true? Our society has us brainwashed into believing success is tucked away in some place far away that the “average” person can never find. Success belongs to them, not us. So, we should be happy just to get through this life by merely squeaking out an existence. Nothing is farther from the truth! You have already been introduced to the concept of victory. You have explored the power of faith. Through using if and when, you have the capability to dream a lot bigger than your current existence. You have the ability to think without limits, and then attract those thoughts until they become a reality.

What is your wildest dream? If we knew in advance this dream will come true, I am sure we would start working on it immediately. If not, then we do not have enough belief that it will come true, even though we know it will happen! This is a perfect example of the limits we place on ourselves. We limit our ability to dream! We limit our ability to have faith! Those of us who cannot muster up enough faith to believe a dream will come true have a major roadblock to overcome on the road to success. Thankfully, there are endless supplies of tools that can be used to overcome this thinking.

… the exercise we will complete is called Wish Upon a Star. It will be the easiest task I will ask you to complete, but for some it will be very difficult to do. The reason for this has already been explained: we dream like a child, and then we rationalize our current or future situation like an adult. We lose our childhood dreams because of our false perception of reality. We only see things we think are possible and shut off our visions of achieving the impossible. However, If we take a stand by completing our first exercise, then the self-imposed limits we place on ourselves will be taken away.

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  • On a sheet of paper, write the title Wish Upon a Star at the top of the page (download available here:)

Wish Upon A Star- by Gary A. McAbee’s Motivation for the World

  • Next, write a list of things you will accomplish (at least 5).
  • Do not continue reading this book until you have a list. Once completed, hang this list on a wall, carry it with you, or put it in a memory book.
  • Remember to review this list daily and start to work every day to make your dreams come true.

 

Motivation for the World: one person at a time!

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Stephen Curry… On Purpose

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Stephen Curry… On Purpose

Even if you do not follow the NBA or sports in general, you have probably heard of the 2015 NBA MVP Stephen Curry. If not, I suggest finding some highlights to see him in action. He is, in my opinion as well as countless other basketball junkies, the greatest shooter we have ever seen. Stephen Curry makes it look so easy and effortless that his shooting prowess appears to be a gift from the heavens. It is a gift from God! However, there are other attributes of Stephen Curry and the talent he possesses that need to be examined. Then we can understand how he has perfected his craft on purpose. By doing so, we can understand that we have the ability to do the same.

Stephen Curry works tirelessly on his game…

He practiced his shooting, since he was a child, for countless hours. This turned the young, skinny child into the sharpshooter he is today. There were no shortcuts taken. There were no breaks given. He put in work, and continued to work. In fact, he continues to work every day to improve his skills on the basketball court. His pregame dribbling workout has led to flawless execution when handling the basketball. His shooting prowess comes from countless hours in the gym taking shot after shot. He is the epitome of the cliché: practice makes perfect.

Stephen Curry has unwavering faith which drives his performance…

He was lightly regarded coming out of high school. I am sure a lot of this had to do with his slender frame that would not hold up against “superior” competition. His faith in God and the work he put in was not shaken. He played college basketball at Davidson College. Despite his growing reputation as a player, critics doubted his ability, especially when his team played larger schools. He outplayed his competition. His faith never wavered. Even before the NBA draft, critics outlined flaws that would limit his effectiveness as a pro. Once again, his faith never wavered.

Stephen Curry was pushed to improve his growing talent…

He was mentored by his father Dell Curry, who was a world-class shooter as well. Dell Curry knew what it would take to make his son great. He pushed Stephen from an early age to work on his shooting and dribbling skills in order to be the best player he could be. Stephen used this built-in support system to grow and develop as a player. He could also point to his father’s successful NBA career as a roadmap for his future. By seeing his father play, Stephen could see the possibility that his hard work could lead to a career as a professional basketball player.

So what can we learn from Stephen Curry and his journey from a young prodigy to an NBA superstar? We can learn that it takes work to achieve results. We can learn that it takes faith to achieve results. We can learn that it takes support to achieve results. It is no secret and should come as no surprise Stephen Curry used each one of these attributes to become great. By the way, you can too…

…on purpose.

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