Thursday, March 11, 2010

Doing YOU! on Deep Thoughts Thursday

Today I'm sharing with you another awesome & inspiring video from my friend Brian Johnson from Philosopher's Notes. In this particular clip, he's reviewing the book Do You! by Russell Simmons. Simmons was one of the founders of the hip hop movement and billed by USA Today as one of the top 25 most influential Americans of the decade. Simmons brings an aura of “coolness” to getting centered, connecting with your spiritual self and he's all about giving back to the community. Truly a man after my own heart.

Brian shares some of his big ideas from the book, as always, and I highly encourage you to take the time to watch his though provoking video (See below). Following in Brian's tradition, I'm also sharing some of the deep thoughts that spoke to me from this book.....

On Vision:
"In my experience, there's only one thing that will always steer you toward success: That's to have a vision and to stick with it.....Once I have a vision for a new venture, I'm going to ride that vision until the wheels come off." ~ Russell Simmons

So what is YOUR vision?

"Focus on your vision and keep going until you hit the finish line. Don't be one of those people who believe in their vision at first but then give up. See it through, no matter how long it takes. Understand that obstacles are just part of the game. Whatever you imagine, you CAN achieve. Once you realize the truth, no one is going to be able to stop you." ~ RS

On Gratitude:
From Brian, "My strong recommendation, if you aren't already doing this: Start each day thinking of the things for which you are most grateful. And end your gay the same way. And sneak in as many other instances as you can. (Especially thank the annoying things/people who are teaching/challenging you to embody fruits in your spirit/your highest self, even when you don't feel like it."


"The biggest thing that separates you from the success you are seeking is fear. Perfect love and gratefulness sends fear packing." ~ RS

On Obstacles:
"Whatever obstacles appear in your path, put your head down, take care of business and get past them. Those obstacles aren't REAL. They're just God's way of testing you. He's asking you, 'Do you want to make it, or not?'" ~ RS

"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you are truly created to be." ~ E.E. Cummings

And finally......ALWAYS DO YOU:
"When I talk about Doing You, I'm really just asking you to listen to that voice of God inside you again." ~ RS

What's that voice telling you?

"Are you taking the time everyday to get quiet and tune into that deep voice within that's guiding you? Whether it's turning off the radio while you're in traffic and quietly breathing and/or going on hikes and/or sitting in prayerful meditation - make sure you're finding the time to chat with God." ~ BJ

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