Now, more than ever we find ourselves really thinking about what we want to change. The New Year is here and we all see this as a new start. But how do we start? Many say New Year resolutions are never completed. We make that goal and hope and pray we get there. The problem is most of us don’t work for it. Hoping and praying can only get us so far, but we need to put forth the effort too. You want that job or the new home? Work for it. Try harder than you have ever tried. Leave the doubts from the past years behind. This is a new year, a new start, a new chance. When you start getting the slightest bit discouraged and your goal just seems so foggy and useless remind yourself of all the benefits and long term happiness it can bring you. Write that goal on a piece of paper and tape it somewhere where you will see it every day. Just as a simple reminder that you have a goal that you are perfectly capable of reaching. Take an extra step and let others know what you are planning for yourself, the support from loved ones will just fuel your desire to succeed. When you achieve that wonderful feeling of reaching a goal that you have worked hard and long for, all the other goals seem all the more possible. This New Year let your wildest dreams free, go out and get it done! Use all that ambition you’ve kept embedded under doubt to fulfill those wishes. Don’t ever underestimate yourself, and most importantly, don’t let a failed goal hold you from trying again. Take a different approach this time and try. You are your biggest obstacle.
Accept life’s challenges, learn from them and prosper.
“My energy is only being used to thrive for success.” -RAXA
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you learn to appreciate them when they’re right. You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” - Marilyn Monroe
A healthy life is one without regrets. Happiness comes from forgiveness. It’s brings a sense of moral goodness. Holding a grudge on people, or more importantly, on life, gets you nowhere. Such anger just spreads negativity. Life is as confusing as a math equation, and sometimes it takes a lot to get the hang of it and gain deep understanding of how it works. A valuable life lesson to always keep in mind is things happen for a reason. Blaming yourself or others is never beneficial. Behind the beauty of happiness is forgiveness. Forgive life because it will always work itself out. Don’t dwell on what is going wrong because while you complain about the bad things, behind the scenes the good things are at work and they are going to bring you a special surprise.
Holding a grudge takes time and effort that could be better spent on something greater and more moving like loving. We all seem to forget that moods are contagious and the worse sickness is negativity which flows and spreads quicker than anything else. It’s easier to forgive and move on. Complaining about something that happened a year ago or ever later is wasting your time and making you look silly to those who have already learned to accept life’s obstacles.
Accept life’s challenges, learn from them and prosper.
“Forgiveness cleanses your heart and allows you to be free.” -RAXA
Try to recall the last time you said yes. When was the last time you agreed to a harmless invite from a good friend? We constantly turn down invites because it’s ‘Time wasted’. Time is never wasted. Break the ‘no’ habit and unleash a new part of you. Show the world you haven’t been sucked into societies vacuum and prove you won’t ever be! You still have spunk and personality exploding in you. Go out there and live life! Say yes to someone that you usually say no to. Chances are they approached you already expecting a no, change their mind and display your new unpredictable self. Meet new people, make friends. Go and try different things because there is so much to offer out there. All you need to do is step out of that lousy comfort zone that is holding you back. Everyone is given a beautiful chance at life, but it is truly up to you to embrace life and make the best of it.
Busy schedules need to come to a halt every now and then. Life is short, we need to live every moment to the fullest and take advantage of every opportunity we are blessed with. There isn’t time to take anything in the world for granted. The first step is changing your mind set on life. Stop saying, ‘it’s going to be here tomorrow’ or ‘I can do it another day’. Do it NOW! Tell yourself ‘it won’t be here tomorrow’ ‘you can’t do it another day’. Believe in yourself; believe you have the power to do it now, and that you can.
Here’s todays challenge, say yes
How many of us have been taught HOW to be courageous? We live in a world where courage is usually represented by some superhero in a cool costume; demonstrating unrealistic acts of courage. I prefer real life which is full of moments filled with ordinary people showing extraordinary courage in overcoming tremendous obstacles. We see that every day when we see updates from our beloved armed forces make the ultimate sacrifices (Remember it is an all-volunteer force). BUT…, after being bombarded by the recent news of the heinous acts by Jerry Sandusky and Bernie Fine I was thinking about all those people that stood on the side and failed our kids. Those who lacked the courage to say “That is wrong and I am not going to let you get away with that.” Now those are examples of cowards and not courage.
But where does one learn this concept of courage? Hopefully it was at an early age because courage is an important tool for one’s personal development. Teaching the concept of courage to children, can prepare them to forge ahead in life boldly without any fear or qualms of failure. And in the event they are faced with individuals that mean them harm they can scream for help and not suffer in silence.
Courage can be seen as a core factor in gauging a person’s character. It is a critical element in enhancing your personality, especially at a young age. It can stand the test of endurance, build up resilience, and prepare children for the hard knocks in life. And some children face some really hard knocks.
We can teach our children the importance of courage by making sure that our children follow through with values like honesty, compassion, and fairness in their daily lives. Children should be made aware that living an honest life, no matter how difficult it may be at times, is a vital factor in acquiring courage.
If we teach our children to listen to their ‘inner’ voice, which is the voice of conscience in all of us, find it easier to differentiate between right and wrong. Mastering this practice, will teach our children not to succumb to peer pressure or behave irresponsibly against their conscience. It will also enable them to identify those who are looking to harm them. “Son, you need to TRUST YOUR GUT!”
Growing up without courage can be very difficult because some of the biggest challenges are faced during the teen years, when adolescents are required to make any number of decisions pertaining to varied aspects of their lives. It is at these times they could be most vulnerable; however, we will need to teach by our own example how to stand firm in our commitment to our principles. By doing this we are showing courage by example. It will be critical because of the amount of peer pressure that is exerted on today’s youth. OUR KIDS NEED US IN THEIR “CORNER.”
Many times, our children encounter situations when they are required to set aside their fear and speak up boldly. We need to ensure that our children practice owning up for whatever wrong done or mistakes made by letting them know that it would be Ok and that we would be willing to forgive if they try to learn a lesson from it and rectify the wrong done. And even more important is on the flip side that someone is doing them harm; is that we will protect them because we often have seen that so many wrong doings could have been stopped if there was a voice that spoke up in a bold manner. Let them know WE GOT THEIR BACK!
We can encourage our children in this direction by carefully listening to their point of view or what they have to say; our children can learn to take a stand at home when they speak up for their other sibling or a friend whom they believe has not done anything wrong. Taking a stand when someone has behaved inappropriately or done harm to another, and speaking out when someone is wrongly punished or unfairly treated, is clearly what courage is all about.
It is us, the parents and guardians, who can shape a child’s future. Children imbibe the true essence of courage when we spare no effort in teaching them. By pooling in our best efforts, we can make our children persons of strength and good character. It is these children who as adults will continue to live by the lessons in courage that we would have instilled in them.
Lots of exciting things are happening at RAXA Inspires. Our children’s shirts are developed and selling at or online store, and this Summer we decided to waive shipping fees across all styles and sizes of shirt. Now’s your chance to get your summer t-shirts at a great savings. We also ship immediately upon order.
Through the use of our powerful, motivational words, phrases, and actions, RAXA will supply the necessary spark of inspiration that fuels and allows others to reach and exhibit their potential.
Sometimes change hits us like a bullet train, and there’s nothing we can do to avoid it. We don’t see it coming, and we can’t understand why it happened. All we can do is hold on for dear life as we plunge into a new unfamiliar world.
But not all change comes without foresight. Oftentimes, change looms like Godzilla lumbering towards Tokyo. Mothers have a 9-month leeway before having a baby, for example. High school seniors know when they graduate and afterwards the first day of college. People can predict even less obvious changes, such as knowing their company will go through a series of lay-offs months before the axe falls. Simply paying attention to the world around you gives you insight on what might happen next. And sometimes we are stuck doing the same things over and over when we know that it is not good for us but we stay the course because we are scared to take a leap of faith. We think that somehow our current stress is nothing compared to what you will have to endure if you make a change.
So, why is it that change produces so much stress and anxiety? We often prefer to stay on the current course and ignore the obvious clues that change is desperately needed to continue to grow as a person and a human being. I can speak to this because in the last 15 years I have had so much change and corresponding positive growth that I ask myself “why didn’t I do it earlier?” From going back school twice (BS and MBA), moving to Florida then California, getting married and having two beautiful kids, and starting the RAXA movement. All of these changes produced very anxious moments with many days filled with doubt and questions. It also required me to back away from negative influences in my life as well as search for positive ones.
What I have realized is that the feelings that produced the doubt and questions were merely my mind growing, learning, and withdrawing from the “crutches” I was accustomed to using. It is very similar to when you start exercising when you have been inactive for a while; those first few days are extremely uncomfortable and filled with moments of doubt and questioning why do it. Then after you fight through that and you see and feel the results of the exercise you wonder why you waited so long. Sound familiar?
Now, apply that same thought process you used to work on your physique to your personal and professional lives. The doubt and anxiety will subside and there will be feelings of personal triumph and clarity. It is nature’s way of making sure your value your new found success and do not take it for granted. Anything that is valued requires some sort of commitment and sacrifice to remind you that you need to give to receive.
It is tempting to ignore needed change. We want to savor stability in our lives. But denying needed change, however, can hurt your chances of happiness and personal growth. You can recover more quickly and thrive in new circumstances if you give yourself time implement the needed changes in your life. Do you know change is needed in your life and you are ignoring it?
Embrace it and utilize it as an opportunity to grow and reach your potential.
Every day we face moments that we must make decisions. We decide whether we eat eggs or cereal for breakfast; take the train or drive to work; go to the gym or not; and many others that affect the outcome of our day. Now that doesn’t seem like a big deal until you start to analyze the choices you made and why you made them. I will guess that what influenced your decision had something to do which selecting the path of least resistance. In common English, you made the choice based on what was going to be easier.
What drives us to make choices that are easier? Why is it that we avoid the choices that force us to work harder? I know that personally I rationalize the easier choice by making excuses. For example, I ate cereal because It was easier than cooking or I didn’t go to the gym today because I could do it tomorrow, are some of the ways we rationalize avoiding the more difficult path, even when we know that it would be better for us.
Now that we know that we look for excuses to make life easier, at least in the short term, how do we increase the value of making the more difficult choice, when we know it will provide longer term benefits? That is easier said than done but what I can share with you is how try to limit the amount of excuses that I make. A powerful tool that I use to limit excuses is the concept of visualization. I will visualize myself celebrating all the benefits of the more difficult but more rewarding choice; for example I will visualize myself looking very slim and fit because I chose to avoid then high sugar cereal as well as go to the gym. When I visualize the image I picture myself very happy with my state of being and the positive feelings I felt by making that choice. This technique actually helps to discourage the excuses to avoid a more difficult choice but increases the positive feelings and images I have when choosing the more difficult one.
The take away from all of this is to minimize the excuses made for not doing the things that are good for you. Because it is those such things that stretch you to be a better person, a healthier person, and a person that ultimately creates value for oneself as well as those around you. If you study people who have been very successful in their crafts you will find one common denominator. The most successful people do what most of us find excuses not to do. Most things in life come with a price tag and the most rewarding, valuable, and rewarding things are not purchased with excuses.
Remember you are what you visualize you are; whether bad or good.
Try our t-shirt “I Realize What I Visualize” to remind you of this powerful concept.
The second week of raxainspires.com continues to prove that what you visualize definitely becomes a reality granted you stay true to your visualization.
We wanted to shed some light on the core values that are at the heart of the RAXA movement. There are three values on which everything we do is based upon. The three core values of 1) Living, 2) Loving, and 3) Believing. These values probably look familiar because we have incorporated them into our logo.
The core value of ‘Living‘ is more than what we all do on a daily basis. We all ‘live’ our lives but if we measured the way we actually did that I am sure many of us would score on the lower end of the ‘Living’ scale. It is critical for us to search and strive for a rich and full life because it will allow you to reach new levels of personal growth and create opportunities that might have not been possible otherwise. So, break those routines that create monotony! How, you might ask? Well at RAXA we constantly are looking to learn by reading and exploring all that life has to offer.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- When was the last time you read a book about an amazing person?
- Have you ever planned a trip to a natural wonder?
- Do you take time to give back to others who are less fortunate?
- Have you learned any new skills recently?
The second value of “Loving” we feel is so important to maintaining a balanced and meaningful life. Most of us have felt love whether it was the love felt for a family member, friend, or a partner but there is an even more important love. The love for self is the most essential of loves. Please don’t get this confused for conceit, arrogance, or even selfishness. When one can love the person who he/she is then the ability to love others; as well as receive love rises to another level. At RAXA, we are striving to challenge people to measure their love for self and work to make that the strongest love of all. As the love for self increases the relationships that we revolve around that are based on love will become stronger and more robust. Look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Am I the person I love most?”
The final core value is ‘Believing‘. RAXA is not a religious movement but we feel it is important to be Spiritual person. Faith in something greater than yourself allows you to reach beyond your limits. Being able to reach beyond the limits of what is ‘visible’ enables you to exude the positive energy and feelings that facilitate great outcomes. As we continue to strive for a rich and full life we must have faith and allow that faith create the positive feelings on which all good things happen. So, believe in yourself, believe that tomorrow will be better than today, and believe that the more you visualize the life you desire the more likely it will happen.
RAXA: Livin’, Lovin’, Believin’
As we face a time of unheralded change in our world. The places we seek inspiration can sometimes be subject to questionable motives and selfish interests. What is one to do when confronted with a need to be lifted to ones potential but with no one to help lift? As the RAXA website is launched the vehicle for personal, emotional, and even spiritual lifting is being created.
Those of us who feed off of positive energy and want to be surrounded by others who desire the same satisfaction will be happy to know that RAXA is dedicated to providing that spark that lights the flames of personal enrichment and empowerment. Whether you are black, white, or something in between and if you believe in Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, or Confucius the search for self fulfillment does not have a color or religion. What is paramount to our mission help others be better persons which in turn results in a better world for all of us who inhabit it.
The task at hand will not be easy and it shouldn’t be. What is most important will be the dedication that we will have toward achieving our goals and staying true to our vision and mission. We look forward to providing you an input as well as an output for personal growth and inspiration. Join us in inaugurating RAXAInspires.com
Vision: Through the use of our powerful, motivational words, phrases, and actions, RAXA will supply the necessary spark of inspiration that fuels and allows others to reach and exhibit their potential.
Mission: To inspire, motivate, and create a positive spirit.
Through the use of our powerful, motivational words and phrases, RAXA hopes to supply the necessary spark of inspiration that fuels and allows others to reach and exhibit their potential. Wearing our RAXA products, is an inspiring way to aim high and strive for success.
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