Pep Talk: You Can Do It, Motivation from TD Jakes, Part 2

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Yesterday, we listened to TD Jakes motivational video entitled You Can Do It.  We paid particular attention to the segment from 5:30 – 6:13 where he talked about commitment.

I’ve found this to be true that the more we commit to something, the more we are likely to achieve something.  Although we may not get what we envisioned at the outset, with commitment and dedication we will achieve something that we can call a success.

I have observed this in my own life.  When I’m not fully invested in a task or a job, I’ll easily become distracted.  However, when I really want something, no matter the obstacles and no matter how much time it takes me, I’ll make sure to get it done.  This means I was fully committed to achieving that thing.

Have you found this to be true in your own life?

Today, let’s talk about another snippet from this same video.  It’s the section from 2:00 – 4:00.  In this part, TD Jakes is talking about the New Year and what he’s bringing to it—or more precisely, what he ISN’T bringing to it.

What startled me about this segment was that when we think about preparing for the New Year, we think in terms of goals and resolutions and how the upcoming year will be better than this past one.   Very often, we think of the disappointments, setbacks, and obstacles we’re leaving behind (we hope!), but we don’t often think about the bad attitudes, bad habits, and bad choices we’ll leave behind.

Our underlying assumption is that we can stay the same yet we hope our life in the New Year will somehow be better.  Our life can’t and won’t be better until we change our thoughts and actions by changing our bad attitudes, our bad habits, and our bad choices.   

Have a listen to the video and pay particular attention to the segment between 2:00 – 4:00 and let me know what you think.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,




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