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Pep Talk: You Can Do It Motivation from TD Jakes Part 5 – The Breaking Point


Can you master the breaking point? This, more than anything else, determines your success. And mastering the breaking point is 100% under your control because it’s all about your attitude, your thoughts, and mastering your mind. ~TD Jakes


Wow. Talk about being floored when I read this quote.   It’s so true!

It’s easy to be positive and to keep going when everything is smooth and clear and all things are going our way.

The tale is told when the going is so tough we think we can’t go on…when we’re sure in the very next moment, we will die.

It’s at this very moment–at the breaking point–that our future is determined.

If we dig in, refuse to quit, then we go in the direction of achieving our soul-prospering life.

If we quit, give up, then we go in the direction of something perhaps sorta kinda maybe like our soul-prospering life…but not really.

What breaking points have you mastered? How did you do it? Please share with us!


Your Friend and Pep Pal,



Pep Talk: You Can Do It, Motivation from TD Jakes, Part 4 The Urge to Quit


Once again, TD Jakes hits it out of the ballpark with the segment from 9:30 – 11:00 about the urge to quit.

When you look at people who have achieved success in their endeavors, all you see is the glory and the rewards. Even if you hear about their struggles and doubts, somehow they don’t seem so bad or difficult because, after all, your heroes ended up being successful. It couldn’t have been that bad for them, right?

But it was. It was just as hard, stressful, and heartbreaking for them as it is for you. The difference between them and you is that they did not wallow in their insecurities and doubt; they didn’t allow the heartbreak to defeat them.

Sure, your heroes may have had to take a break or grieve their heartbreaks, but then they found a way to get back to it.

Join me in listening to the video, paying particular attention to the segment between 9:30 – 11:00, and let me know what you think.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Pep Talk: You Can Do It, Motivation from TD Jakes, Part 3: Commitment


We’re still talking about the TD Jakes motivational video entitled You Can Do It. Today we’re talking about the segment from 7:00 – 7:30, which is about your commitment to crafting your own soul-prospering life

Sometimes we look to others to be committed to our dreams while we hang back. We don’t fully commit to our own dreams. Not only do others pick up on this so they are reluctant to help for fear of taking on the burden of making our dreams come true, but it’s also a back-handed way of us asking for permission, if our idea is good enough, if we have what it takes

First of all, it’s our dream and isn’t the responsibility of someone else to achieve on our behalf.

Secondly, it’s our dream so WE are the one with the Vision and the special talents needed to manifest the dream. Others don’t have the Vision and they don’t have the special talents needed. It’s unfair–and perhaps cruel–to expect them to make our dreams come true for us.

Third, no one else can judge us and tell us if we’re good enough or if we have what it takes. No one else can give us permission–or withhold it. The fact that we have the dream is enough proof that we have what it takes and it’s also all the permission we’ll ever need.
Go for it! Go for your dreams!

Join me in listening to the video, paying particular attention to the segment between 7:00 – 7:30, and let me know what you think.


Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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,



Pep Talk: You Can Do It–Motivation from TD Jakes, Part 1


Counting today, we have two weeks left in 2017.

Regardless of how good or bad we think 2017 was for us, it’s important to go into 2018 with the right attitude. No, we don’t have to be perky or chipper, but we must have an attitude where we dig our heels in and push back against Life, obstacles, setbacks, and heartaches.   We can be grumpy or dour if we like as long as we have an attitude that hunkers down and doesn’t give up.

On YouTube I found this motivational video that’s an amalgamation of some of TD Jakes messages.   I urge you to listen to to the video (don’t worry, it isn’t religious).

TD Jakes makes several excellent points, however, what he says from 5:30 – 6:13 on the counter stunned me. Have a listen to it and let me know what you think.

Your Friend and Pep Pal,




Walk the Talk: Do the Work!


Yes, we all have obligations and responsibilities. We have bosses to please, projects at work to complete, kids to raise, a spouse or partner to stay connected with, a home or apartment to maintain, pets to care for, church and community missions, and the like.

We also have to remember that this is our life to live–our only one. We weren’t given life so that we can give it all away to others and have nothing left for ourselves. I believe each of us was put here in this time and in this place (where ever in the world that may be) for a specific reason. And we each know this reason–we hear it in the whisperings of our heart, the urgings of our soul, and in the guidance of the Still Small Voice.

Do the work!

Follow your dreams and that thing that’s way bigger than you.

If we don’t do the work we were meant to do, then the world is not as luminous or as friendly as it could be. All of us have something of value to add to the world and it’s our job, our responsibility, to do it.

Of course take care of your family and be a good friend. Of course do your very best at your work and do what you can within your neighborhood and community to make the world a better place. But also live your life–work toward your destiny and craft your soul-prospering life.

Do the work!

You can do this, I’m sure you can. I believe in you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Walk the Talk: 19 Quotes to Inspire Us to Keep On Keeping On


It isn’t too late to achieve some of the goals/intentions/resolutions you chose for yourself at the beginning of 2017. Here are a few quotes to inspire you to choose one or two of your goals and to work on them during these next few weeks:


You can do it! I believe in you! –Lauren, Your Friend and Pep Pal


All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. –Calvin Coolidge


You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your won highest standards, and when you reach and surpass your limits, that is real joy. –Arthur Ashe


There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do. –Derek Jeter


You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you. –Maya Angelou


The opposite of fear is love – love of the challenge, love of the work, the pure joyous passion to take a shot at our dream and see if we can pull it off.”  ― Steven Pressfield, Do the Work


Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all. –Sam Ewing


Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100%–you make it that much easier for me to beat you.   –Unknown


Things may come to those who wait, but only the thins left by those who hustle.   –Abraham Lincoln


Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can do wrong. –Ella Fitzgerald


Stay stupid. Follow your unconventional, crazy heart. ― Steven Pressfield, Do the Work


A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. –Colin Powell


Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat. –Ann Landers


To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them. –Picabo Street


Don’t think. Act. We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act.  ― Steven Pressfield, Do the Work


Success in no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. –Pele


Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. –Mark Twain


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. –Thomas Edison


Someday is not a day of the week. –Janet Daily


Choose a few of these quotes to keep handy as you go through the week. Refer to them often and let their wisdom and power infuse your being; let them be the fuel for your quest.

Which quotes do you like the best? Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,