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Are Your Thoughts Holding You Back?

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Inadequacy has always been a prominent feature of my life and disposition. Feeling like I am “enough” is something I’ve always struggled with. The pervading thoughts in my mind tend to center on my weaknesses and shortcomings. This evening I was laying on my bed, thinking. One question came to the forefront of my mind, “Why do I limit myself to being average instead of being extraordinary?” I have a vision for my life, a vision that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to achieve. To be honest, that’s a part of the problem…I don’t think I can achieve it. How will I ever get there if I’ve given up from the get go?

Thoughts can either empower or diminish you; they can make you scale any wall or cause you to get hit by a boulder. 

Throughout the past few years, I have learnt tremendous life lessons about people, career choices, and relationships. I know that the only way I can move forward is if I change how I think. I plan to do this by following these three key principles.

Principle #1: Positive Thoughts are a CHOICE

Do you realise how easy it is to think negatively? When a roadblock comes in your path, it’s easy to look at the glass as half empty. It takes great energy to choose to be positive instead. Each morning when we get out of bed, we have to choose to fill our minds with positive energy throughout the day. Make verbal proclamations such as, “I choose to think and live positively today.” The more you say it, the more you’ll begin to believe and live it.

Principle #2: Positive Thoughts are Diminished by Negative People

Choose who you let into your space wisely. We absorb the energy that surrounds us. So, if we’re surrounded by negative people, we will absorb their negative energy. However, if we surround ourselves with positive, ambitious, and goal-oriented people we will absorb their energy. We will be encouraged to think and live like them. This results in a happier life and more positive outcomes.

Principle #3: Positive Thoughts Make the Impossible Seem Possible

I am at a pivotal point in my life. Next July, I have to make a crucial decision in order to move forward. I know what needs to be done, but financial constraints are a major hindrance. Instead of allowing that to overwhelm me, I’m going to choose to believe that I can and will do it. I will find a way. I will get things done. The more positive I feel is the more likely things will fall into place. The same is true for you. Chanel positive energy and the pieces will begin to fit.

These three principles can be viewed as the foundation of life. The more positive we are, the happier we become and the more likely opportunities will come our way. Make it your mission to make positivity a choice each day, surround yourself with positive people, and view the impossible as possible. Life will sort itself out.

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Dare to Be by Steve Maraboli

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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Wade Brown- Motivated by Competition- June 2014

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Greatness lies within each of us. Wade Brown is a humble young man who realized his greatness very early in life. His life has been propelled by competition that has resulted in him excelling in several areas. He is currently pursuing a Bacehlor of Arts degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at CARIMAC at the University of the West Indies (Mona). Although he is only 22 years old, his life is testament to the fact that regardless of where you come from you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Early Years

Wade was raised in the volatile community of Tivoli Gardens. Despite its notoriety for gang violence, Wade was able to stay away from negative influences. He was raised by his mother and his grandfather acted as a male role model in his life. From a very young age, his grandfather instilled in him the value of competition. It was his grandfather’s guidance, along with his intrinsic motivation, that resulted in him placing first in a race in a track and field competition amongst basic schools in neighboring communities. He continued his athletic prowess while attending the Wolmers Boys’ School. However, he not only excelled on the field. He also excelled in the classroom and received a 5 year GSAT scholarship from Scotiabank to attend Wolmer’s Boys.

While at Wolmers he participated in several activities including: Schools’ Challenge Quiz, football, hockey, and student council. In 2008, the Schools’ Challenge Quiz team that he was a part of made it to the quarter finals of the competition. In 2010, the team made it to the semi-finals. In 2010, he was also the President of the Student Council and a member of the Wolmers’ team that made it to the Manning Cup quarter finals. Finally, he was a member of Wolmers’  under 19 ISSA hockey team that made it to the finals of the competition in 2008 and 2009.

Actively Engaged

The transition from high school to university was a bit challenging for Wade. He now had a new level of freedom and an increased work load. Also, he was actively engaged in several campus, hall and community activities. Nevertheless, as time progressed, he was able to strike a balance. Presently, he plays hockey for UWI and is also a track and field athlete. He is also the President of his community volunteer group and teaches marathons during the exam season. One of his most noteworthy accomplishments, while serving as Off Campus Representative for Rex Nettleford Hall, was being named Rexan of the Year for 2014.

Words of Wisdom

Wade does not realize how much of an inspiration he is to others because of how ambitious and actively engaged he is.  Probably what makes him maintain his momentum is his life’s philosophy- Age Quod Agis. This Latin proverb means “Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability.” He also lives by the words “Love God, obey God, and do good.” Regardless of how daunting a task may seem, be encouraged by the fact that many people before you have gone through the same thing and emerged victors. Also, if you realize that you have taken on more than you can handle, don’t be afraid to make some sacrifices and drop some activities.

Let Wade’s story inspire you to do more and be more. Look for ways to become more actively involved today.

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Strength of a Woman- Kemesha Kelly- May 2014

kkkkk Kemesha Kelly is a powerful combination of beauty and brains. Her young life is testament to the fact that you can achieve anything you set your mind to regardless of your circumstances. Although she has only been on this earth for 24 years, she has accomplished many things that some of us can only dream about. Presently, she is a Youth Empowerment Officer, based in St. Ann, for the National Centre for Youth Development.  Her passion is for Jamaican youth and she strives to live a life that empowers others to become their best selves.

Her Roots

From the tender age of 8, Kemesha was enthralled by Ben Carson’s story. In fact, her aunt ensured that she had all of his books. Dr. Carson’s story is akin to Kemesha’s. Both his mom and Kemesha’s mom did not go to high school. Both of their mothers also did not have very much. However, their mothers ensured that they were each propelled towards achieving greatnesses. Kemesha reminisces on the times when her mother would stay up with her till the wee hours of the morning ensuring that she studied and completed her assignments. She also reflects on the tremendous sacrifices that both of her parents made so that both she and her brother could succeed.

Kemesha was no ordinary child. Everywhere she went, she left her mark.  She attended St. Ann’s Bay Primary. While she was there, she was involved in quiz, volleyball, tennis, and public speaking competitions. At her church, she quickly became the Junior Sunday School secretary and was also a member of the choir and a Bible Quiz champion. During her first year at St. Hilda’s High, she was elected her class’ student council representative. This was the beginning of her blossoming as a leader.  In her final year at St. Hilda’s, she was elected the National Secondary Schools Student Council President and was also Deputy Head Girl. Her leadership pursuits and active involvement did not stop here, however. At St. Jago High School, where she attended sixth form, she was President of the Student Council body and a Prefect.

Her Struggle

In 2008, Kemesha was accepted to pursue her first degree in International Relations (with a minor in Social Policy and Administration) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. These were some of her most challenging years because the financial strain on her parents greatly increased even though she had received a UWI Open Scholarship. By her second year at UWI, she knew that she had to find a job to both help with the bills at home and support herself through school. Her active engagement in activities on Rex Nettleford Hall, coupled with the pressure of balancing school work and a full time job, ultimately resulted in her being unable to actively engage in wider campus life.  Nevertheless, her proudest moment came in November 2012 when she was able to walk onto the graduation platform and collect her degree with her proud parents watching in the audience.

Her Future

In 2012, Kemesha was also able to experience another proud moment- being crowned Miss Jamaica Festival Queen.  What touched her most about this experience is the fact that she has been told that her involvement in the competition has resulted in the standard being set very high. She knows that she inspires others and she takes her influence seriously.

As a Youth Empowerment Officer, Kemesha is able to actively live one of her dreams- giving service that will create a better Jamaica. Her responsibilities include: coordinating the work of youth led service organizations (such as the National Secondary Students’ Council), facilitating the parish youth council, conducting and designing research that can be used to implement development programs, collaborating with agencies and youth service organizations, and working with vulnerable youth through the Youth Information Centers.

She strongly agrees with the sentiments expressed by our Governor General, “Nothing is wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed with what is right with Jamaica.” As a result, she hopes to pursue a degree in Law and Policy Development so that she can become a Policy Consultant and therefore help to shape some of the policies used to govern Jamaica. She also hopes to become involved in promoting the innovative research that comes from Jamaica. Additionally, she wants to eventually become Jamaica’s Prime Minister and use this platform to be a true ambassador for Jamaica. She wants to inspire all Jamaicans to work together for the betterment of our country.

On the flip side, Kemesha knows that life must always have a balance. So, as she moves forward to accomplish her dreams, she also dreams of becoming a wife and mother of at least two children. She enjoys the company of her friends and family. Their support, coupled with her innate desire to succeed, have been what has given her the strength she needs to live an impactful life.

Kemesha is a strong woman who is on the rise to becoming one of the most influential people of this generation. She highlights seven characteristics of a strong woman that we all can adopt:

  • Commitment
  • Perseverance
  • Confidence
  • Balance
  • Integrity
  • Focus
  • Being Charitable

 

Use Kemesha’s story to inspire you to stop being ordinary. Instead, go out and make a difference in your community and your country.

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Building the Grass Roots- March 2014- Kimroy Bailey

jljkljljl Where a seed is planted is where its harvest should be reaped.  Very few people understand this concept.  As a result, numerous educated youth leave their roots in search of what they deem to be “better” opportunities.  Kimroy Bailey has chosen to challenge this brain drain by investing in the deep rural community of Litchfield in which he was raised. Charming, passionate, and self-motivated, Kimroy has used his engineering degree to create an innovative concept that can change Jamaica’s economic landscape. His business, the Kimroy Bailey Foundation, strives to utilize renewable energy to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. This admirable young man can be described in three dimensions: his early years, his business, and his impact.

Early Years

Kimroy understands how to appreciate the simplicity of life.  Growing up in a rural community meant that he didn’t have the luxuries that many people enjoy.  There were days he didn’t know where his next meal was coming from, but he never allowed his circumstances to make him bitter.  Instead, the pristine environment of his community gave him a passion for the environment. Also, the people he grew up with birthed within him a desire to make a difference in the lives of those around him.

The Kimroy Bailey Foundation

As a young boy, Kimroy grew up to admire a JPS employee called Mass John. In the early days Kimroy’s community had frequent power outages for prolonged periods.  As a result, Mass John would visit the community regularly to troubleshoot the issues that caused the disconnection. Community members would gather around and watch Mass John climb the light post, work his magic, and make light reappear. Mass John was their hero. However, Kimroy, being the witty and creative person he is, viewed Mass John as more than a hero; he viewed him as the representation of a challenge that needed to be solved. As the years progressed, Kimroy began to wonder “How can we harness the power of nature to provide energy in a renewable and eco-friendly and sustainable way”?

Kimroy sought to answer this question in his final years as an engineering student at the University of Technology (UTECH). For his research paper, he presented a thesis that reflected the potential of using tropical wind storms to generate electricity. His research was nominated by the world’s largest professional body, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in their Global Research Competition 2012 . Against countries such as India, New Zealand, America, UK and Australia; Jamaica was placed second globally competition and gave Kimroy the fuel to pursue a solution to Jamaica’s energy crisis. So, in December 2012 the Kimroy Bailey Foundation was formed. The Foundation’s community center will soon be  fully powered by a wind turbine and currently provides internet access, training on renewable energy, and printing services to people in the community.

His Impact

Kimroy’s life has been an inspiration to several people. Over 8,000 people have become fans on his website http://kimroybailey.com/ and he has received several emails from people who are encouraged by his work. Furthermore, he has been able to set up the Kimroy Bailey Robotics Project in which he has employed three local people.

Experience teaches wisdom and Kimroy has a lot of tips to offer to young people who are considering entrepreneurship in Jamaica. These tips are listed below.

  • Make a decision, make a mistake, then apologize. Believe in your dream and make a decision to follow through with it regardless of what everyone around you says. Yes, you will make mistakes but don’t allow this fact to sway you from moving forward. Go for it!
  • There is a breaking point where your goals have to become your priority. You will have to make several sacrifices, but they will all be worth it in the end.
  • Prepare NOT to be paid. The financial struggles of a young entrepreneur are very real and there will be times when you are beyond broke. However, learn from your mistakes and put in the work necessary to make your business grow.
  • Wrap your mind around God. Make Him the heart beat and centre of everything you do. Once you allow Him to be the focal point of your life, He will give you direction.
  • Surround yourself with like-minded people. You need people around you who will encourage and support you.
  • Be strategic. Yes, it may seem more practical to do all of the work for your business alone in the initial phases since you have limited funds. However, you will end up either never reaching your goal or reaching it after several years. Also, you will be very stressed and ineffective. Start with someone you can share your ideas with and who is willing to assist you on a part time basis. It may cost you a little bit more than you want to spend at the moment, but it will be worth it in the end.

Kimroy is determined to make a difference in not only is country, but also in the rural community in which he was raised. His story encourages us not to give up on our dreams and use our dreams to make a positive impact. What can you do today to make a difference in the lives of others?

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October 2013- Cecile Black

Image Music is life and has the power to calm your soul and keep you in tune with your emotions. This month’s inspirational post is about Cecile Black, a young woman in her early twenties who believes that music is the only language that everyone in this world can understand which therefore gives it the power to bring life by transcending boundaries and bringing people together. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in History in 2011 and is currently in the third year of her Bachelor of Law degree at the University of the West Indies. However, what makes Cecile stand out from her peers is her spectacular musical talent that led her to cofound the two and a half year old band BlackasCole with her boyfriend Craig Cole. I caught up with her recently to find out the progress her band is making and any words of advice she could give to people reading this blog.

What inspired you to form BlackasCole?

I wanted to share my love for music and my words of love with the world.

What has the experience been like for Black as Cole?

We are a young band so we are still in the developmental stages trying to find our sound and understand our identity. The journey has its challenges and it is very difficult for us to make our mark as musicians in Jamaica. However, I have come to realize the importance of patience in this business and I have accepted the fact that my style of music has its niche and with time it will catch on.

How do you balance the demands of school with the demands of your band?

Life is all about balance so planning and time management are key. I try my best to distribute my time equally to both areas so that neither will suffer.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

When I dream I dream BIG. So, in five years I see myself performing at the Grammys or on some other international stage.

Would you say that you are on the path to accomplishing your dreams?

Yes!! At times when I get discouraged something amazing happens that pushes me a step further so I know I am on the right path. Success is so near I can smell it. Lol

What advice would you give to people reading this blog to help them to follow their dreams?

Believe in yourself and push hard against all odds. Also, dream big because if your dreams don’t scare you then they are not big enough.

What advice would you give to people reading this blog to help them with relationships?

Relationships are delicate, once they break they are hard to mend. Love is the only thing that can keep them strong and alive. Neither money nor any material thing is as good as love for self and love for others. So, with love as the weapon you can win any battle.

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