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Bad Things Happen in Life 🤔 But Why?
Written by Brant Thompson, on Dec. 19th 2021
This question is closely related to.. "Why does evil exist?". 
Bad Things Happen in Life 🤔 But Why?

This question right here is probably as old as the human race itself. 

I can imagine all the way back to the beginning...and as soon as people learned how to communicate with one another, you know this question came up.

And I had someone ask me this recently.

They said, "Brant, why do bad things have to happen to us in this life?"

Man, I wish I had the answer to offer, but I said truthfully that I didn't know.

This question is closely related to.. "Why does evil exist?". 

And the only One who truly knows the answer to these hard questions is the Creator of this world, and of life itself.

I don't pretend to understand why God has chosen to run His creation the way He does, and I don't even have the right to ask Him.

It's okay not to understand why. The 'why' is not for us to burden ourself with in fact. 

Better to know how to deal with the bad things in life the best we can rather than to sit around and ponder why the bad things are here to begin with.

Make sense?

Maybe not, but that's my take on it.. my 2 cents worth.

Now, what I can indeed tell you is this:

One thing I have learned in this area of deep thought about the why's of life is this...

Knowing that there ARE so many bad things in this world around us...so many negative experiences that we can find ourselves in...so much evil and misery... I have learned to appreciate the GOOD things.

For if we didn't go thru trials and tribulations, we just may take the good things--the wonderful experiences of life--for granted.

Motivation today not to waste time wondering why bad things happen, but to learn to appreciate the good things we DO have.

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Brant
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My purpose is to encourage you! To help you love yourself a bit more. To accept yourself. To stand up for yourself. And to better yourself as you desire.

About Author: Brant Thompson

Brant has lived in North Carolina all his life. He grew up very close to the Outer Banks, graduated from East Carolina University in 2004, and now lives in the Raleigh-Durham Area.
The End is Near 😯 Not Much Time Left ⌛️ 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Dec. 15th 2021
And to that I say... "No can do, time's running out!"
The End is Near 😯 Not Much Time Left ⌛️ 

At first, this may scare you. 

It's actually meant to frighten you a little.

More to motivate you more than scare you tho...allow me to explain.

You see, I'm in my 40's now. And all my life I thought time really didn't apply to me because I had so much of it left.

Then all of a sudden I woke up and found out I was no longer 20 years old.

I have no idea what happened to my 20s and 30s. It seems like I went from 24 to 39 overnight. 

And there's so much that I want to do in this life, and I already feel my body waining (if that's a word). 

It's like that my mind still has plans, but my body is saying... "Okay there fella, let's slow it down just a tad."

And to that I say... "No can do, time's running out!"

So let me implore you today to wake up and realize that we are ALL running out of time, precious time.

Do the things you always wanted. 

Work on and develop that passion of yours while there's still time.

Don't be depressed over this realization, but instead be motivated to start working on that bucket list now rather than later.

It's always "I'll do it later."

I got news for you... it IS later.

And be glad to know that it's not so much the amount of time you have left, it's the quality of the time spent.

So even if you're much older than I am, you still have time to devote to the things, the passions, that you've not been getting around to all these years.

Spend time now...quality time... on the important things in life.

Don't get to the end of it all and have regrets simply because you ran out of time.

Food for thought.

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Brant
Christmas 🎄 It's Not the Same for Us All 😣 Bad Feelings
Written by Brant Thompson, on Dec. 12th 2021
How about you?
Christmas 🎄 It's Not the Same for Us All 😣 Bad Feelings

Not to be a party pooper and all...

But it's true, not everyone's Christmas is merry.

Far from it.

From the feelings of a not-so-pleasant past, to the struggles of present-day...

Christmas is not always what you see on the Hallmark Channel to most people.

I wish it wasn't this way. I wish that the pains of everyone on the planet could somehow disappear for at least 48 hours during Christmas.

I wish that everybody somehow had 2 days off from "life" starting on sunrise on Christmas Eve.

I think we all could use a break, don't you?

Unfortunately, that's not the case.

The pains of yesterday, the bad memories of a not-so-great childhood or teenage years...

the trials and failures of adulthood...

the loss of loved ones near and dear to us...

not being able to remember all the good times because the bad times dominate our consciousness...

whatever your demons are...

Not all of us get to experience the picture-perfect Christmas.

How about you?

Do your negative experiences of life...bad memories...ruin Christmas for you?

I want to motivate you today to not only look inward, but look OUTward.

Who near you needs a little love this Christmas?

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Brant
Feel Like a Failure? 😣 Don't Compare Yourself to Others 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Dec. 10th 2021
It all starts back in elementary school... 
Feel Like a Failure? 😣 Don't Compare Yourself to Others 

Listen, I know what it's like to feel like a failure, I've been there.

And if this sums up how you are feeling today, then you're in the right place and I'm glad you're reading this.

I think the major reason you and everyone else in this world ever feel like they are failing in life is this...

You are constantly comparing yourself to others.

And it's not your fault if this is your mentality because its simple human nature to try to measure ourself against people we associate with, or have associated ourselves with in the past.

It all starts back in elementary school... see if you can remember.

On the playground we tried to see if we could throw the ball further than our friends..

When we got a bad grade in school, our parents wanted to know what Johnny got on his test so they could compare..

We tried out for this team or that team and if Sarah made it and we didn't...boy we were down and out.

We are conditioned from an early age to compare ourselves to others.

But I am here to tell you that we are all different, and you SHOULD NOT compare yourself to others now that you are older.

We are all on different tracks and if you feel like a failure it's because you are looking at someone else who has "succeeded" in life.

Listen...

You are beautifully and uniquely YOU. And you are on your own track in life.

Don't compare yourself to Johnny or Sarah. 

Let them go thru life at their own pace, and you at yours.

When you let go of comparisons, you'll free yourself in more ways than you can comprehend.

Here's some motivation to live your own life, at your own pace.

Wonderful things await you my friend.

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Brant
Opportunity May be Passing You By 😥 Practice Mindfulness
Written by Brant Thompson, on Dec. 7th 2021
Your past absolutely is not effected by you dwelling on it.
Opportunity May be Passing You By 😥 Practice Mindfulness

You may be closing yourself off to a better future unknowingly simply because you are not open to new and better things.

And this is due most often by living in a place in your mind that no longer has room for you.

And that is your past.

Your past has no room for you simply because you being there does nothing to better it, or worsen it.

Your past absolutely is not effected by you dwelling on it.

It is done, it is gone...and there is nothing you can do about it.

Dwelling on something back there that you have no control over will do nothing but decrease your chances of bettering yourself now and ultimately finding happiness. 

You see..you can't effect your past. But your past can effect you today, if you let it.

Ready yourself to accept new and exciting opportunity by practicing the art of mindfulness.

Mindfulness is living in the here and now and learning to appreciate it for what it is.

It's a gift, that's why they call it the present.

And when you focus on the present your antennas will automatically go up and enhance your chances of catching all the good things that may come your way.

Here's some motivation today for you to realize that opportunity is plentiful if you are open to receive it.

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Brant
From the Quiet Comes Wisdom 🧠 Look Around You 👀
Written by Brant Thompson, on Dec. 6th 2021
Who's talking a little too much, and who's not really talking that much?
From the Quiet Comes Wisdom 🧠 Look Around You 👀

I have found this truth to be certain, from firsthand experience. 

My grandaddy is the first person to come to mind. 

When I'd go see him when I was a boy, he'd always say very little...at least at first.

He'd have to warm up to me I guess.

I would always watch him work, because he'd always be tinkering around the house on something that needed fixing.

I'd ask him what he was doing. And when I asked a few questions back to back, he'd eventually volunteer more information than I was asking for.

Which was more awesome than I could have imagined at the time.

My grandaddy was full of wisdom. I wish I'd of made more time in my 'busy' schedule to learn more from him back then.

And so it is with a lot of folks.

Allow me to encourage you--to motivate you--to look around you today.

Who's talking a little too much, and who's not really talking that much?

Chances are, the one who is talking more than you'd care to hear from is not really worth listening too closely to.

And the opposite is true about the one who isn't joining into the conversation.

My experience in life tells me that the ones who are not talking too much are the ones with all the wisdom to share.

You just have to take the initiative to ask them a few questions.

Food for thought.

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Brant
Bad Situation? 😣 Hope is Your Ticket Out 🎟
Written by Brant Thompson, on Dec. 5th 2021
Hope is real my friend. 
Bad Situation? 😣 Hope is Your Ticket Out 🎟

There are tons of people who are in a bad place right now.

Are you one of them?

Bad situations can be related to the ever-so-popular fable of the frog being put into a pot of cool water that is slowly increased to a boil.

We all know what happens here... 

Unlike placing the frog straightaway into a pot of boiling water, when increasing the heat slowly, the frog never realizes how much danger he's in before it's way too late.

Same idea with you my friend.

You may not even realize that you're in a bad situation until it's too late to do anything about it. 

If you can indeed realize that you're heading in the wrong direction in life, HOPE is your lifeline.

Hope will help you see your way and give you a target to shoot for. 

And there's no better way of giving you this motivation to better yourself than by drawing a sketch or a doodle of what you see in your mind's eye of the better life you're dreaming of.

Draw a quick little image of a beach house...

or a college degree hanging on your wall...

doodle out a picture of a you and your future spouse...

etc.

You get the idea!

Hope will be realized and materialized by having something to physically look at.

Put this doodle on your bathroom mirror so you can see it multiple times every day.

Hope is real my friend. 

Change your bad situation today, or at least make a step in a positive direction with hope as your guide.

Hope is your ticket out.

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Brant
Be YOU this Christmas Season 🎄 Impress No One 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Dec. 3rd 2021
Let me encourage you to just be yourself when you go out...
Be YOU this Christmas Season 🎄 Impress No One 

Here's a timely reminder to be yourself this holiday season.

With the fear of Covid largely behind us (as compared to last year this same time) the Christmas parties will be up in full swing this month.

And when there's opportunity to mingle, there's temptation to impress others.

Let me encourage you to just be yourself when you go out to take part in all the holiday cheer.

You are such a wonderful individual, made by the good Lord above...so special in your very own way.

Allow people to gravitate towards you, when you are out and about, who like you for you and are attracted to your unique personality.

For there is nothing more exhausting than trying to keep up a lie.

And if you attract people to you based on being someone you're not, then in order to keep those people in your circle, you have to keep on being that person who attracted them in the first place.

Life's too short for all that. 

[The reverse is true as well. Don't be attracted to people who you suspect is fake. Always have your guard up. Trust no one at first encounter.] 

Here's some motivation today to be who you are. Wonderfully you.

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Brant
Pull the Strings of Fate? 🧐 What if You Could?
Written by Brant Thompson, on Dec. 2nd 2021
We could go crazy with the "what if's" if we're not careful...
Pull the Strings of Fate? 🧐 What if You Could?

I'm not sure if you've ever really thought about it, but none of us had a say in the matter as to whether or not we were going to be born.

That was decided on by someone other than you.

If you could have had at least some say in this all to important event--if you could have had some input--what would you have changed?

If you could have pulled the strings of fate in a direction...

Born of different parents?

Maybe born in another city, state, or country?

How about the time you were born? Maybe you'd like to be born back in colonial times perhaps...

Anyhow, you get my drift.

We could go crazy with the "what if's" if we're not careful, but it's fun to at least entertain the thought.

I like to think that I'd be no happier being anyone but exactly who I am now, but my answer is not any more "correct" than yours.

Motivation to look at the things in your life that you do appreciate today.

And remember that in addition to all the desirable things, all the not-so-good things in your past made you who you are today as well.

Wouldn't it be grand if we all could take all of our negative experiences in life, and pass them on to others in the form of knowledge so that where things could be changed, they were changed.

If we all did that, civilization as we know it would become better and better.

Awesome thought.

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Brant
Learn from FDR 🧗🏽‍♀️ Hold on Tight
Written by Brant Thompson, on Dec. 1st 2021
It's at those times when we loose control that we get most frustrated... 
Learn from FDR 🧗🏽‍♀️ Hold on Tight

When times get tough and you've come to your wit's end...to the end of your rope so-to-speak, what do you do?

Sometimes we go thru our day as usual and we're able to solve problems as they come our way.

When there's solutions at hand, problems don't seem so daunting because it's like connecting the dots...

We simply match the solution to the problem, then done...check off the list.

And if we run into a situation or two were we aren't able to fix it the way we want to, maybe we can shrug it off or delay solving it for a time.

But when we have two and three and FOUR issues that come crashing down on us all at once in a short period of time, that's when we say...

I've had it! (As we throw our hands up)

It's at those times when we loose control that we get most frustrated. 

And if this describes you today, well, I'm here to remind you of the great American president's words...

"When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot into it, and hang on."

Of course that was by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

He was quite a man, and being he served as president during one of the worst moments in our history, he said these words based on his experiences. 

So take heed of these wise words when you feel like you're loosing control.

And know it's all going to be okay.

Motivation to give yourself some grace today and hold on tight. You're going to live to fight another day.

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Brant
Simple Question 🥲 Keep things in Perspective Today🧎🏻‍♀️ 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 29th 2021
Perspective is something we all tend to loose from time to time.
Simple Question 🥲 Keep things in Perspective Today🧎🏻‍♀️ 

When life seems to be throwing a bunch of curve balls lately and I find myself stressing over a whole bunch of nonsense, I have to force myself to stop and ask...

What's most important here?

Perspective is something we all tend to loose from time to time.

Me... I tend to loose sight of what's most important more often than I care to admit.

And what I find that helps to bring me back on track and regain focus and perspective is to ask that all-too-important but simple question.

When you force yourself to narrow your thoughts to the crucial things in life, this tends to by nature take your mind off of the stupid things that don't matter much.

Like...

The fact that you're going to be 5 minutes late for work, even tho you've been on time for 2 months straight,

Or that you might not have all your Christmas presents wrapped just perfectly and placed under the tree 2 weeks ahead of time like you like to every year,

Or that you can't find the right outfit to go to that all-important Christmas party.

I could go on...

The next time you get stressed out and get upset that things aren't going well, stop and ask yourself...

What REALLY matters in my life?

Things like... your family, the fact that you have a hot meal tonight, and that you're healthy. 

It's all about focusing on the important and taking your mind off of the less important.

Motivation today to check your perspective. Because how you perceive things are really how they are in reality...to you.

So make sure your reality is filled with the things that matter.

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Brant
Piece of Sh!t Day? 😥 You're Not Alone🚶 Keep Moving
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 28th 2021
Did you see just one soldier charging towards the German machine guns?
Piece of Sh!t Day? 😥 You're Not Alone🚶 Keep Moving

You are indeed not alone if you're having some bad days here lately.

I am human just like you and I experience my fair share of sh!t days.

You know what I have found that makes days like this a little better?

It's just knowing that you are not going thru it all alone. 

You are not on an island called Pain, suffering all by yourself. Just knowing this helps.

Realizing this crucial piece of information helps propel you forward, pressing on and taking that next step onward.

Picture those famous scenes we are all too familiar with of the American troops storming the beaches of Normandy in WWII...

Did you see just one soldier charging towards the German machine guns?

No...

You saw many many soldiers running thru the hell that you and I can't even image TOGETHER.

A many of seemingly impossible tasks, terrible pain, and excruciating things can be conquered if we know we are not alone.

So I am here today to remind you that you are not alone in your troubles.

We're going to get thru this mess together, okay?

Motivation today to just     k e e p  g o i n g. . . .

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Brant
Your High School Crush ❤️‍🔥 Marry Them?
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 27th 2021
I was never one of the popular crowd, so I can relate...
Your High School Crush ❤️‍🔥 Marry Them?

Think back for a moment...

Remember your high school crush? 

Most of us had one. 

It was the person who was "out of our league" if you remember that phrase told to us by our friends if we dared tell them about the guy/gal we were sweet on.

If you never had a crush on anyone back in school--the whole time you were there--you are either not being truthful, OR you may have been amongst the few who could date anyone you wanted. 

Either way, this post really isn't for you, it's for the rest of us. 

Anyway, I want you to reflect on how your life would have been different if you could have somehow wound up getting together and eventually marrying this classmate of yours that you adored.

Do you think that all your current-day problems would largely disappear if you had a life with them? 

There are lots and lots of folks who go about their whole life, starting with childhood, who put the people in the "popular" crowd on a pedestal.

Thinking that for whatever reason they would never have a chance in hell of dating or even associating with them, they withdrawal and become aware of these different classes of people in society.

I was never one of the popular crowd, so I can relate to feeling like I was on the outside.

I'm an introvert by nature, so I'm not exactly sure if I excluded myself at the get-go or if I was more pushed into being an introvert when I knew I wasn't "in" with the popular crowd.

Anyway...I digress. 

Let me just end this by saying this... I am glad I never wound up with the crush of my teenage years.

My life would have been totally different now, and I would have been living in a house of cards if I somehow had of "won them over".

I would have spent my whole life, I'm afraid, trying to be someone I am not.

So what about you? 

How do you think your life would have been like today if you were with..right now..the crush of your high school years?

Here's some motivation to take a moment to love yourself for who you are, regardless of how you answer that question.

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Brant
Discouragement 😣 Don't Let It Get to You 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 26th 2021
Go at your own pace, and compare yourself to no one.
Discouragement 😣 Don't Let It Get to You 

This goes out to the folks who may feel a little discouraged after celebrating Thanksgiving. 

There's nothing quite like the Thanksgiving table.

It's about like an amplifier to how you feel about your life at the moment.

If everything is grand, all is on-track... school's going great, you're satisfied with your job, you're where you want to be financially (etc)... 

then all is well and you're happy to talk to your relatives about the goin-ons in your life.

But if the opposite is true... you're failing chemistry, your job's less than stable, your marriage is on the rocks (etc, etc, ETC)...

then the last thing you want to do at that table is talk about yourself.

And unfortunately that's what the Holidays are all about when family gets together...everyone's asking how you've been and how you're progressing.

They want an update of course.

So here's a little encouragement for those of you who perhaps feel a little down about yourself this day after Thanksgiving.

Remember, you needn't compare yourself to your successful brothers or sisters.

If you haven't achieved all that you want at this point in your life, that is between you... and you. 

No one else.

Go at your own pace, and compare yourself to no one.

Here's some motivation to keep hope alive. Keep going, you're doing great.

I'm proud of you.

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Brant
The Struggles & Pain of Life 🙏 Be Thankful
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 24th 2021
None of us like to go thru pain...
The Struggles & Pain of Life 🙏 Be Thankful 

On this Thanksgiving week we are all focused on all the wonderful things in our life that we are truly thankful for.

And rightfully so, for most of us are blessed beyond what we can even comprehend.

In addition to the good things however, allow me to encourage you to be thankful for something else...

And that is for the life struggles and painful situations that has molded you into the beautiful person that you are.

None of us like to go thru pain...

And it seems like all we can do is pray for sunshine during the rainstorm.

I get it...no one likes pain.

I would consider you to be somewhat on the crazy end of the spectrum if you enjoyed pain while you were in the midst of it.

However, once we get thru the pain, and past the hurdle... then we can look back and hopefully see what benefited from it.

And we may have to let lots of time go by before we can see this.

We have to put some distance between us and the event first.

The goal here is to see what we can learn from our struggles, and not break under them.

And since problems and pain are a part of the human experience, the quicker we can harvest any benefit from them, the quicker we'll move from being bitter about them.

I have known a ton of folks who have let the pain of life drive them into bitterness. 

And I'm convinced it's because they never learned to take what positive they could out of the curve balls life threw at them along they way.

We are not going to stop the curve balls, we can only learn how to better swing the bat.

So here's some motivation today, on this day before Thanksgiving, to recognize how you've been molded into the wonderful person you are as part of the pain you've been able to endure.

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Brant
Tough Question 🤔 Live to be 100 Years Old? 🤭 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 23rd 2021
A family friend of mine comes to mind instantly while I type this.
Tough Question 🤔 Live to be 100 years old? 🤭  

What if you were guaranteed to live to be 100 years old... man what an awesome gift right? 

And to throw a little thought-provoking caveat in here...

What if with this promise of long life, you could seal the deal with a sharp mind?

Or how about a perfectly healthy body?

You couldn't have the guarantee of both, unfortunately.

There would be a chance you could wind up with both (which would be ideal of course) all the way up until the end.

But you could choose which would be for certain.

Interesting question for sure.

A family friend of mine comes to mind instantly while I type this.

He was 95 years old this year when he passed on and his mind was sharp as a tack the whole time. 

His health was not so good during those last 10 years, as he was totally dependent on his daughter to move him about. 

It was sad to see, but the good part was that he was cognitively 'all there'.

He wasn't in much pain, just not able to move about hardly at all.

And with others, I have seen the opposite as they have reached a ripe old age...

Their mind was slipping with dementia, but they could walk miles every single day.

So here in lies my question to you...

Which would you choose if you could live all the way to 100 years old?

Mind or Body? 🧐

Here's some motivation for you today to appreciate your life, especially if you have the gift of both a healthy body and sharp mind.

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Brant
Life is Tough 😣 But You are Loved 💙
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 21st 2021
Us too, we need a recharge every now and again.
Life is Tough 😣 But You are Loved 💙

Life is indeed harsh. And sometimes it will beat us down beyond what we can bear, if we aren’t careful.

What I find is that we as humans can only take just but so much negativity before we break.

Now I consider myself a pretty resilient person, and I can take my share of pain during the course of a day and shoulder it without much problem. 

But what is tough is when I repeatedly get hit with “bad” things without the occasional “good” thing here and there to life me up mentally.

It’s like “the straw that broke the camel’s back” that we are all too familiar with.

Camels are incredibly strong and are a picture of what endurance is all about, going days and days without water and rest.

But eventually if not cared for, they will collapse under that final straw, that final demand.

Us too, we need a recharge every now and again.

And emotionally, we all need to be told we’re loved and cared about every once in a while. 

So many people go days, weeks, and even months without being told that critical phrase “l love you”.

And if you’re one of those people, that ends today.

Because I’m here to tell you that I love you and care about you.

You might consider yourself rough and tough, but even you need to hear those words from time to time.

So there you go, I love you.

You are a wonderful and special person and I appreciate you for all you do. Keep it up…I’m proud of you.

Here’s some encouragement—some motivation—to look around you today and look for that person in need of a little love and care.

You never know who’s about to break on the inside, and all they need is a little love to carry on.

You can be the messenger—the vessel—of that desperately needed message.

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Brant
Rid Your Life of Bad People 🖤 A Little Tough Love for You
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 20th 2021
I'm going to tell you...it's no way to live, under someone else's control.
Rid Your Life of Bad People 🖤 A Little Tough Love for You

I'm tired of hearing the excuses. 

You have the power to expel the bad people out of your life.

We only live one time, you've all heard it before, but it's the harsh reality.

And knowing you only have a handful of years to roam about on this blue ball flying thru space...

Why would you spend it in misery that results from other people?

I'm going to tell you...it's no way to live, under someone else's control.

I'm so tired of seeing the life being sucked out of a perfectly good soul by a toxic person. 

They are so beat down that they can't SEE that they do not have to be where they are.

It's no way to live.

This applies to romantic relationships, co-workers, "friends", or family members.

I don't care how intertwined you feel that you are with a person...you can change course.

I understand that in some situations you cannot snap your fingers and make someone disappear.

I understand that, I'm a realist.

However, what you CAN do is formulate a plan to put distance between you and what you believe is impossible.

That PLAN will instill hope inside of you. And that HOPE of a future without toxic people will help to make that plan a reality.

Motivation today not to give up. Keep fighting. 

I hope this tough love today finds you at the right moment in time, for when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

Not that I'm much of a teacher, just a messenger of the truth as I see it.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Who do You Allow to Influence YOU? 🙅‍♂️ Who are Your Friends?
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 19th 2021
You have the choice, the power, to allow certain people into your life or to give them a polite pass.
Who do You Allow to Influence YOU? 🙅‍♂️ Who are Your Friends?

Take a good and hard look around you today as you go throughout your daily life.

Who do you hang with, who do you associate with?

And this applies more-so to your leisure time.

It's one thing to have to tolerate piss-poor people where we work and so on, where we have little say-so as to who our co-workers are.

And that's for another discussion.

I want you to focus on your off/down time because this is the area where you have complete control over.

Whether you want to admit that or not.

You have the choice, the power, to allow certain people into your life or to give them a polite pass.

You have control over where you go on Friday or Saturday nights.

If you typically frequent a night club that is packed full of people who you know are not good for you, then why do you keep going back?

If you invite some "friends" over to your house after work that are going to sit around and drink beer and smoke weed all night, why do you keep asking them over?

If you compulsively call your Ex on the phone and then feel miserable afterwards, why continue to do that?

Can you see a pattern here?

I hope so, because you are an intelligent person, or else you wouldn't be taking the time to read content that is good for you, trying to improve yourself.

As much as we need people in our lives... it's better to associate with NO ONE if bad people are the only option 🙅‍♂️ 

Here's motivation today to look in the mirror and realize that you are a priceless creation. 

Don't smother that priceless work of art with people who want nothing good for you.

You really are the sum total of the five people who you associate with.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Just Imagine 🤔 What if You Didn't Care? 🙅‍♂️ Impress No One.
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 18th 2021
Sound a little familiar? 
Just Imagine 🤔 What if You Didn't Care? 🙅‍♂️ Impress No One.

Can you really comprehend the amount of time that you spend each day doing things for the purpose of impressing others?

It would probably make you throw up to think about how much of your income goes towards paying the monthly payments on the things that you have for the sole purpose of trying to keep up an image.

It goes like this...

You move into a neighborhood that you can't really afford, but you do it because your "friends" live there.

Then you notice everyone in the neighborhood drives a BMW, so naturally you sign up for that as well.

And then you see several people that live on your street go for a walk with their pure-bread toy poodles, so naturally you need one too.

This goes on and on until you are spending 120% of your take-home pay, going into debt steadily.

And you wonder why you feel like a slave to your job and start to question what life is all about.

Sound a little familiar? 

Just imagine for a moment what you could do today FOR YOU if you didn't have to impress anyone but yourself?

You may not exactly fit into the picture I painted above, but you don't have to fit that mold exactly to understand my point.

And that point is... live life for you.

Life is way too short to try to impress people who really don't care much about you anyway.

Motivation today to take a look around you. What do you own that you wouldn't if you were the only person you cared to impress?

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
The Judging Eyes of Others 👀 What if You Had of Ignored Them?
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 17th 2021
Not only your classmates, but think about your family for a moment...
The Judging Eyes of Others 👀 What if You Had of Ignored Them?

Just imagine for a moment...

What if you had of grown up being taught to ignore how people thought of you?

What if you had of focused on YOU and your dreams and passions instead of trying to go the way of the crowd?

Yes, I'm talking about the same crowd that you were among the day you walked across the graduation stage.

The same crowd that you were trying to impress and never saw again...or at least 95% of them.

(It has been almost 3 decades since my high school graduation and that number for me is about 98%.)

Not only your classmates, but think about your family for a moment...

How many of us were taught to live up to the standards of our highly "successful" siblings?

"Well, if your sister could get that law degree, so can you!"

I could go on and on about how the fear of the judgement of others effected us in our tender years.

There are a many of people...self included...that have college degrees that never helped them get a job. 

So all that to say...

Where would you be right now, do you think, if you were allowed to follow your passion in life back then, without worrying about how people would judge you?

Personally, I feel that the world would be a happier place to live if we all lived in a judgement-free society.

And can you image how more efficient we would be as a country?

Instead of a bunch of 20, 30, and 40 year olds NOW trying to figure out what they want to do when they "grow up", we could've had that all sorted out way back when.

My 2 cents worth...

So here is some motivation for you today to do two things:

One, understand it's never too late to find yourself.

And number two, teach the young ones in your life the value of not judging others, and to not allow the judging eyes of their "friends" and relatives to effect them.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Need to Let Go of Something? 😥 You Can Do It 🙋🏾
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 16th 2021
It would be much easier to start in the desired direction from a standstill.
Need to let go of something? 😥 You can do it 🙋🏾

It's almost like I can sense you shifting in your seat as you read these words.

The uncomfortable thought of letting go cuts deep sometimes.

Momentum is a powerful force and it can work FOR us many times in our life journey.

(But you can imagine what I'm about to say I'll bet.)

Yes, and as with a lot of powerful forces in this universe, momentum can also work against us.

Just ask a heroin addict. 

If you are caught up going in the wrong direction, it's very difficult to change--to start going towards the right.

And this is simply because before you can take a step towards bettering your life, you have to first STOP the train barreling down the opposite way.

It would be much easier to start in the desired direction from a standstill. 

And hence our topic for today.

Is there something you need to let go of so that you can turn towards the right path for your life?

Is there something holding you back...holding you down?

Sometimes we have been right where we are in life for so long that we can't recognize what these bad things are.

It could be a bad habit such as drinking too much.

Or it could be a relationship.

How about a toxic friendship? 

How about the group you hang out with on Friday night?

Allow me to motivate you today to take a good look at your surroundings and pinpoint what you need to let go of.

You may need to solicit the help of someone objective to give you a different view...

Start thinking of who you could ask for help if you think you need some outside analysis.

Maybe a pastor, a favorite teacher from school, or a loved one who only has your best interest at heart.

How ever you figure it out... find out today what is holding you back and is carrying you down the wrong path.

Let it go, and move forward. Don't put it off any longer.

It's how you're gonna grow as a person.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

Don't forget to subscribe to the channel while there.

Stay inspired,

Brant
Road to a Happy Life 🗝 Like-Minded People are Key 🧑‍🦰
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 15th 2021
We are all different, and that's okay...
Road to a Happy Life 🗝 Like-Minded People are Key 🧑‍🦰

Ah yes.. talking to a brick wall often does little for your state of contentment.

Ever found yourself in that dreadful position?

If not, you're unique.

I have found myself more times than I care to remember talking to someone regarding my passion in life only to find them glancing at their watch (or the like).

Man, what a slap in the face 🤦🏼‍♂️

So demeaning.

That is the opposite direction to be going in if you're shooting for happiness and contentment.

We are all different, and that's okay...so let's get that out of the way.

If someone is not passionate about what you're passionate about, that doesn't make them a bad person by no means.

In the same way, they might be crazy about baking, and you could care less about talking with them about the latest trends in wedding cakes.

Now while you still ought to pay each other the respect of genuinely listening to each other in these scenarios, neither of you would be bouncing out of your chairs with excitement.

And that's the point here, really.

You need to find and get involved with a like-minded people who ARE crazy about the same things.

I'm telling you, when you are immersed in a group of people who loves the same things you love, all of you will grow in leaps and bounds.

You will discover that when several folks are helping each other grow and prosper, what you trip over is a formula for success that a math equation cannot explain.

Something like .... 1+1=3  

Two heads really are MUCH greater than one, when those heads are looking in the same direction.

Motivation today to start to gravitate towards people who are are like-minded.

This is when you'll grow, and without even knowing it you'll be on a path to a happier existence and a new zest for life.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Anyone Asked about Your Day? 💙 True Friends 👩‍🦰 are Needed
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 14th 2021
...But if it's been awhile since you've heard it, I bet you notice.
Anyone Asked about Your Day? 💙 True Friends 👩‍🦰 are Needed

How was your day? 

Have you heard those sincere words lately?

Not just a rhetorical question... not just someone dropping it as a pleasantry.

But some asking you--checking on you--because they really want to know how you're doing?

You don't have to be in a romantic relationship to have someone interested in you at this level.

If you have a good and genuine friend in your midst, they'll want to know how you're doing.

That's what friends are for. 

And if you are a true friend to someone else, I'm sure you are interested in what they are going thru... so you ask them periodically. 

"How was your day?"

And if we hear that question often enough, we can sometimes start to take it for granted that it's being asked.

But if it's been awhile since you've heard it, I bet you notice.

It's one of those basic human needs...to be cared for, that is.

And to have someone in your life that cares enough to ask you how you are doing is essentially filling that bill on some level.

Here's motivation today to appreciate the person who cares enough to ask you about your day.

And also, make sure you are taking the time to ask those important to you how they're making out as well.

It's these small little acts of care & concern that the importance of is often overlooked.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Take Today Just for You 🧖🏽‍♀️ Love on Yourself a Little 🙏
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 13th 2021
I'm a realist, so I understand that we need to get things done...
Take Today Just for You 🧖🏽‍♀️ Love on Yourself a Little 🙏

We get so wrapped up in the stresses of the day-to-day, that we often neglect to take a little time just for us.

Let alone an entire day.

But I'm here to tell you, unless you make time just for you every once in a while, the whole show will come crashing down.

And nobody will benefit from that.

Avoid that great reset by proactively and purposefully setting aside a day a couple of times a month (at least) to catch up on YOU.

I'm a realist, so I understand that we need to get things done...

We have chores to do, meals to prep, family to care for, and bills to pay. 

And a large part of our waking time has to go towards those important things.

I understand.

But what took me a long time to get clear in my mind was that it's OK to take some time just for me. 

I call it self-maintenance. 

It's that process of loving on yourself, taking care of YOUR needs, and doing what YOU want to do sometimes.

It's easy to schedule if you can devote an entire day every once in a while to self-maintenance. 

Go ahead and put it on the calendar, and tell everyone who needs to be notified.

And if you haven't had a day in a long time... well then...

Today might as well be your day.

Motivation to ease up on the accelerator today. Take some much needed ME time.

It's okay, tomorrow will waiting for you.

(And by the way...those tomorrows will be better fought when you are rested up.)

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Is Today the Day? 👀 Move Something 🙌 Make a Change
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 12th 2021
...And then comes agony, the agony of not moving.
Is Today the Day? 👀 Move Something 🙌 Make a Change

You can plan...

You can plot a course...

You can assess and minimize the risks...

You can prepare and gather up and make ready...

But until you actually pull the trigger and make that first step, nothing will change!

I have seen the following scenerio play out in my friend's lives so many times:

They make Ready! 

They Aim!  

They Aim... 

and Aim... and Aim....

And they never Fire!

What a shame.

And the shame turns to regret when too much time has passed by and now "firing" is no longer possible.

And then comes agony.

Agony of the failure to move forward, towards a better life when the opportunity was there.

Here's some motivation for you today to get above yourself and objectively analyze if you are moving towards what you want in life.

Are you smack dab in the middle of a bad situation, and have been for a long long time now?

Have you been just aiming, and aiming, and aiming.... but never firing?

You gotta fire. You gotta pull that trigger.

You got to MOVE damn it.

No one will come pull you out of your bad place, it's up to YOU.

You can do it. Take that first step.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Negative People in your Life? 😥 Put up Barriers 🧱 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 11th 2021
In other words, what they say has no bearing on your feelings.
Negative People in your Life? 😥 Put up Barriers 🧱 

Ah yeah... the age old question of how to deal with the bad people in your life.

Well, let's start with the simple part of this first. 

And that is the aspect of physically removing the person out of your life.

This is definitely the most simple way to end interactions with people that are toxic to you.

Now, simple doesn't necessarily mean easy, but most times it is easier than you think it is.

If a person is dragging you down constantly and they can be avoided... by all means avoid crossing paths with that person. 

For example if someone that bothers you eats at the same place you eat for lunch everyday...then switch to a different restaurant, or eat in your car.

Or switch the time that you eat.

Now that's easy.

Then the less-easy part of this solution is where you might have to hurt someone's feelings a bit to cut them out of your life.

Like a toxic friend for example.

Sometimes you just have to confront them and tell them that it's just not working out and you need a break from them.

Either way... easy or less-easy... physical removal is the best way to deal with negative or bad people.

What's more difficult is how to deal with the people who drag you down, but you can't just cut them out of your life.

Example?

Your mom, a sibling, or even a co-worker...

In the example of a co-worker, I'd say let's make a plan to change departments or even change jobs if the situation is bad enough.

But for toxic family member such as a parent, grown kids, or a sibling, this is when you need to put up barriers, sometimes called boundaries.

This will take time, energy, and practice to perfect.

But you can do it.

In fact, I'd say you NEED to do it...for the sake of your wellbeing. 

A plan of action when erecting a mental barrier would include...

Limiting the amount of time you spend with the person, speaking to them only when necessary, and most importantly... filtering everything they say to you.

That last one is most important... the filtering process.

If you know a person is a bad person, you should take everything they say with a grain of salt.

In other words, what they say has no bearing on your feelings.

Since you have a barrier, a boundary, up between you two, you can then do what you need to do to physically care for them if need be.

But here's the beautiful part... you can be a million miles away from them in your mind.

It'll take practice, but you can do it!

Motivation for you to realize today that you DO NOT have to put up with negative people in your life.

You really don't.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
🙅‍♂️ Don't make Excuses your Whole Life 🧗🏽‍♀️ Pursue your Dreams
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 10th 2021
And of course one excuse led to another...
🙅‍♂️ Don't make Excuses your Whole Life 🧗🏽‍♀️ Pursue your Dreams

So today's a new day!

Are you going to use a portion of the time you have been given today towards something worthy?

Like a passion or dream of yours?

I would call that worthy.

If you woke up today, that means you have been given a chance to move a little closer towards the goals you have.

Making goals are for another discussion, but for now... just know you should have a few of your important ideas actually written down.

(You got to have your goals...your wants, your desires, your passions, your dreams...in your view EVERY day)

Don't be the person like I used to be...the guy who always made excuses as to why I went on the way I was living and didn't work towards my dreams.

For example...

I could give you 20 different reasons--excuses--as to why I had to keep on working 60-70 hours a week at a job I hated.

And of course one excuse led to another...

"After all those hours now I'm so tired I don't have the energy to do anything else."

Don't be like I was back then.

I know that there are things we have to do on a daily basis to pay our bills and care for our family, BUT...

You can surely squeeze an hour out of each day if you really wanted to, to work towards that thing, that idea, that dream of yours that really turns your lights on and makes you smile.

Motivation today to stop making excuses.

Get out a sheet of paper right now and write out a schedule for this week.

Mark out one hour out of every day and make an actual plan of action.

If you make small incremental steps towards a goal you have, those small steps will add up and eventually you'll make headway.

One thing for sure...those baby steps will amount to a whole heap more than a bag full of regrets that'll be waiting for you at the end of your life.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
⏳ Only Live Once 🏄🏾 What Have you Always Wanted to do in Life? 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 9th 2021
You will have to answer to your future self.
⏳ Only Live Once 🏄🏾 What Have you Always Wanted to do in Life? 

Have you always wanted to 

...learn how to surf? 

...go deep sea fishing?

...bungie jump?

...get your master's degree?

...start your own business?

(I could go on and on.) 

I know there's something in the back of your mind as you're reading these words.

What a shame it would be if you never got to do that one thing you've always wanted to do.

And largely because you were too busy living your life for somebody else.

I hear of this scenerio more than I care to. It's so sad.

Regret will haunt you for the rest of your days.

Don't wait until it's too late to pursue your dreams in this life.

Life is too short for regrets.

If you think that there might be a chance you won't be able to go after that thing you want, you'd better have a damn good reason not to.

And I would encourage you to write that reason down. 

Because you will question yourself in the later stages of life as to why you never got around to it.

And you'd better remember the reason why not.

For it was the price you paid not to go after something that was precious to you.

Motivation today to live your life with the end of the journey in mind. 

You will have to answer to your future self.

Eliminate the pains of regret now, while you can.

Is there something you'd like to do one day?

Make a plan to make steps in that direction. You turn it into a reality when you make that first step.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
All that worrying for what? 😣 You made it thru Monday 😎
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 8th 2021
And it doesn't have to be that way.
All that worrying for what? 😣 You made it thru Monday 😎

Look at you! Another Monday is done already.

And I bet you spent plenty of your precious weekend time worrying about what was going to happen today.

I wish there was actually a way to track how many minutes that we waste when our mind drifts away from the present and starts going down those endless rabbit holes of worry.

You have a Fitbit to track your steps during the day...

I wonder when they'll come out with the technology that will track how many minutes your mind wanders?

(Hmmm... there's a million dollar idea for you.)

I digress...

It's so funny (well, not really...more sad than anything) that we use the very time we look forward to all during the week to worry about Monday.

It's a vicious cycle.

And it doesn't have to be that way.

Did all your worrying over the weekend make any of your problems today any easier?

Nope.

Let this be a lesson for us all in mindfulness.

Mindfulness is being in (and enjoying) the present moment.

Learn to enjoy the very days that you look forward to the most.

Tomorrow will take care of itself without you worrying about it.

Now... enjoy this evening. Enjoy the fact that you made it thru another Monday.

I'm proud of you 🙌

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Hope is Key 🗝 Your Happiness Depends on it 😌
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 6th 2021
that fuels you to keep going, and gives you drive and ambition.
Hope is Key 🗝 Your Happiness Depends on it 😌

One of the most favorite subjects of mine to talk about is that of HOPE.

Hope is wonderful...priceless even!

To have hope in something fuels your soul with something magical. 

If you are down and out and have nothing to look forward to, no ambition, nothing to shoot for, then you are in a bad place.

It's like a car running out of gas...

You may coast for a while, but then, well, you know what happens.

Nothing. 

That is just like you without hope in anything. 

If you think there's nothing to hope for, nothing to look forward to, then you'll drift into a state of nothingness...

or just simply existing.

Hope is one of the keys to happiness...and having hope (or developing hope) will put you on a path to the happy life you deserve.

What's interesting is that it really doesn't matter what your hoping IN, because you and I might be hoping in two entirely different futures...

but what's significant is the fact that you HAVE hope, the belief that things will get better for you.

And that fuels you to keep going, and gives you drive and ambition.

Now all you have to do is find something to hope in and watch your life change! 

If you feel like that there's nothing at all that you can hope in, you might be thinking too long-term.

Or that you're thinking too BIG.

You can have small hopes and dreams and it'll give you motivation as well.

You can have simple hope that the book you just picked up at the library is going to show you a new way of thinking and put you on a new path.

You could have hope that you're going to attract a new friend at work or school and that you'll develop a new relationship.

I could go on, and on, and on.

Just remember, the point is to find that hope in SOMETHING... small or big, short term or long term, etc.

That hope will fuel you towards a better life and towards happiness.

And for those of you who are wondering... the other 2 things that make up a happy life besides hope are:

Having someone to love, and having a purpose in life.

Those two things are for another day.

Today, focus on harnessing the magical power of hope and watch how you'll be super motivated to work in the direction of what you're hoping in.

Wow 🙌

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
What do YOU want? 🤔 Got to invest time in YOU 👩‍🦰 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 5th 2021
And it is critical for you to realize this…
What do YOU want? 🤔 Got to invest time in YOU 👩‍🦰 Talking on Self Care today.

You may not even realize it. 

But it’s absolutely true…

You are spending so much time catering to the needs of others, that you are more than likely neglecting your own needs.

And we are talking about the important needs here.

Crucial and life-altering questions that you need to perhaps spend some time on:

What is it that I want out of this life?

What do I want to pursue, what do I want to achieve?

Where do I want to go?

What legacy do I want to leave behind?

What will make me happy and fulfilled?

So many times I see once-happy individuals get wrapped up taking care of their kids, their parents, or their spouse so much so that they loose themselves in all that.

There’s nothing wrong with having and taking care of a family…

But there should be a healthy balance between self and your loved ones.

And it’s called balance for a reason.

If you’re on balance beam (remember way back when you were 5 years old?) your body has to be literally balanced.

Equal weight (arms held out on both sides) for you to stay up there.

As soon as something shifts and more weight moves to the left or right…down you go.

Well, it’s really the same with you and family.

You have to spend an equal amount of time on you as an individual as you do on your loved ones.

This is called self-care.

And it is critical for you to realize this…

You’re not catering to the needs of you for selfish reasons, but so you can remain a well-rounded person and be the strong man or woman you need to be for everyone who depends on you.

Here’s some motivation today to do a little self-reflection. 

Let’s assume we are best friends for a moment, and I invite you over to enjoy a cup of coffee after a stressful day.

As we sit there and you start to unwind, I gaze over at you and ask with sincerity…

“So, what do YOU want out of this life?”

What would you say?

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
👩‍🦰 Self-Respect starts with Encouraging the One in the Mirror
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 4th 2021
So it all starts with self-respect.
👩‍🦰 Self-Respect starts with Encouraging the One in the Mirror

Do you ever wonder if you'll ever be taken seriously and given a little respect from others?

I'm not talking about being an ego-swollen narcissist who wants all to kneel down at their feet.

No, I'm simply speaking of you desiring a healthy amount of respect from the people you associate with on a daily basis.

There's nothing wrong with wanting your spouse or others in your realm of trusted loved ones to have some belief in you...

to sincerely want them to listen to you when you have something to say.

Well, you aren't alone in your desire.

It's totally normal for you to need a little respect from others.

And if you aren't getting it, if the folks around you aren't taking you seriously, I want you to take a look in the mirror.

If YOU don't like you, if YOU don't respect you, if YOU consistently talk down to yourself (saying things like "I'm such a looser", etc)...

How do you expect others to respect you?

I'm telling you, like a shark can smell blood in the water a mile away, people can pick on on these negative vibes you harbor. 

So it all starts with self-respect.

Learn to respect yourself first, then things will change in your favor. 

You need to make it a DAILY thing to practice positive self-talk.

Also called auto-suggestion or self-suggestion.

It is the encouraging practice of telling yourself (physically, in a mirror if at all possible) that you are awesome...

a truly AMAZING individual!

And you really are an amazing and special person who deserves the best things in life.

And it all starts with you believing in YOU, and putting legs to this notion by grabbing that mirror every single day before you walk out into the world.

Motivation today to make an actual plan to build up your own level of self-respect. 

And then just watch things change for you. Folks will start to look at you in a different light.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

Don't forget to subscribe to the channel while there.

Stay inspired,

Brant
Uncomfortable Question 🤔 Who's Standing in the Way 🙅‍♂️ of your Dreams? 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 3rd 2021
I bet you have someone in mind as you read this.
Uncomfortable Question 🤔 Who's Standing in the Way 🙅‍♂️ of your Dreams? 

So there it is... laid out there for you to ponder.

Sometimes the hard questions--the uncomfortable questions--are the ones we never hear aloud.

We always ask the other little insignificant questions, or here's an even better one for you...

We always want to ask (or dwell on) the things we have no control over.

Yep, you know it's true.

You (and I) find ourselves at times pushing against a brick wall, stressing over the things that we shouldn't be wasting our time on.

Things like...

Boy, I wish my parents had brought me up better because then I'd be all set.

Or...

Geez, I wish I had a million dollars saved like Bob and Sue, then I'd have it made.

Get my drift?

You see...

When we dwell on such things that we can't change or have control over, it prevents us from spending our mental energy on the things we CAN change.

And we'll do anything and everything to dodge the really tough questions that we need to ask ourselves...

Like who do we need to identify in our life that is standing in the way of our dreams?

Who is holding us down and trying to control us?

Ah yes... hard questions.

Very uncomfortable, right?

But I bet you have someone in mind as you read this.

As tough and unsettling as it is, you need ask yourself who you need to eliminate from your life so that you can move forward.

And if it's someone you can't physically remove from your realm, like a parent, sibling, or co-worker...

you need to put up healthy, mental boundaries, between you and them.

In short, do not let them control you.

Motivation today to ask yourself the tough question... "Who's standing in the way of my dreams?"

What's that I hear?? 

I think that's that sound of progress being made 🥲

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Brant
Care too much about other's opinions? 😑 Yeah, don't do that.
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 2nd 2021
you can care for someone without giving a crap about their opinion.
Care too much about other's opinions? 😑 Yeah, don't do that. 

Okay, let's talk about the opinions of others.

And more specifically how they relate to your personal success.

If you know me at all, you'd know that I really could give 2 sh!ts about your opinion of me... not that I don't care about you as a person... I just don't care what your thoughts on ME are.

You see...

you can care for someone without giving a crap about their opinion.

Example?

Let's say your sibling. 

They think that you will not amount to anything exceptional in life and they criticize you for trying to achieve success in _________ (fill in the blank)

Now... you can love your sibling, but I'd recommend putting up boundaries and loving them from a distance in this situation. 

Boundaries can be mental as well as physical.

This can go for siblings, parents, kids, "friends", co-workers, etc.

Bottom line is that you need to break the habit of caring about what people think of you,

SO THAT...

you path to success will be less cluttered.

The road to worthwhile success will have enough obstacles without adding toxic relationships to the mix.

Food for thought.

Motivation to live life for yourself, and learn to value the opinions of others a whole lot less than you do right now.

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Monday 😑 Yuck. Keep Smiling. Chin up! You're gonna Make It 🙏
Written by Brant Thompson, on Nov. 1st 2021
"My God, when is this day going to end."
Monday 😑 Yuck. Keep Smiling. Chin up! You're gonna Make It 🙏

Yes, I know... Monday again.

But listen. 

Remember LAST Monday when you felt the same way?

Yes you do... 

and hear me out...

If you could go back in time and put your today-self back in your 7-day-ago-self's shoes, you would probably feel that same dreaded sensation of:

"My God, when is this day going to end."

And here's the beauty of it all...

You made it thru Monday of last week just fine.

The sun set and disappeared below the horizon and the day ended.

How about that?

And guess what's going to happen to this Monday?

Yep... the same thing.

Keep in mind that the longest day, even today, will have an end.

Here's motivation today to keep smiling... keep your chin held high.

Keep putting one foot in front of the other.

You're gonna make it thru just fine.

You'll see.

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Pain too great to bear? 😣 That's good news. 🤔 Why?
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 30th 2021
By the time the frog realizes that the water is boiling, it's far too late.
Pain too great to bear? 😣 That's good news. 🤔 Why?

There are tons of people in horrible situations. Some know this, and some don't really acknowledge it. 

Call it delusion or what you will, but it's just the sorry state of affairs.

Some just don't understand that they CAN move in a different direction.

Now why do I say it's good news when the pain is too great to bear? 

It's only good news for you if you REALIZE that the pain's too great to bear any longer.

It's kind of like the frog that's put into a pot of water, put on the stove, and slowly brought up to a boil.

You know the story...

By the time the frog realizes that the water is boiling, it's far too late.

In the same way, if you NEVER realize how bad your situation really is, then of course, you'll reach the same fate as the poor frog above.

So if you can (unlike the frog) have your eyes opened while you still have time, and feel & understand how terrible your pain level is...

you are lucky.

That's great news.

And now that your eyes are opened and you SEE that you are in a bad relationship, toxic work environment, hanging out with the wrong crowd, etc...

now you understand that the pain of moving toward something else is far less than to stay where you are and tolerate that pain at home (or wherever you are).

Congratulations... you now understand the following:

The pain of change is LESS than the pain of staying in your bad situation.

Motivation to open your eyes to your environment. Are you in a bad situation?

Not sure?

Ask someone you love, who has your best interest at heart, to look in on your life and give you some feedback.

Sometimes it takes someone on the "outside" to help you see clearly.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Bad Situation? 😣 Time for a Course-Correction 🏃🏼‍♀️
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 29th 2021
You don't have to pick a completely different path TO-day. 
Bad Situation? 😣 Time for a Course-Correction 🏃🏼‍♀️

Listen... we all struggle.

Every day is different too.

Some days are better than others, but when we start to have a string of days back to back that are bad, it's time to re-analyze things.

A course-correct, as it's called, may be necessary to put you on a different path.

If we stay on the same path, the same course, that we are miserable on, what do you think is going to continue to happen?

Do you think you're all of a sudden going to like the things that make you unhappy?

Unlikely.

Nope, to get out of misery... to get out of a bad situation... then you have to willing to change. 

Change course.

And the beauty of this endeavor is this:

You don't have to pick a completely different path TO-day. 

The goal here is to make a plan to eventually get you on a different path, a better path, a happier path.

Make incremental steps towards something good.

This will give you HOPE... my favorite 4 letter word.

And HOPE in a better future will give you the fuel you need to make it thru today.

And with any luck, you'll have fuel left over after making it thru today's crap to apply towards making sure you don't have to perpetually keep going thru the same crap day in and day out.

Motivation today to make a plan. Course-correct towards a better future.

You can do it, I believe in you.

Now. Believe in yourself.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Bad day yesterday? 😓 Don't let yesterday determine today.
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 28th 2021
What are you going to do with your brand new day?
Bad day yesterday? 😓 Don't let yesterday determine today.

I'm sorry that you didn't have a good day yesterday. 

And honestly, mine wasn't the best either. So I can relate.

But what we all have to remember is that yesterday is DONE. It's over.

And today is a new day, just waiting for us to claim it as our own!

There are lots of folks that didn't wake up this morning to have another chance at a good day.

We all need to be thankful that we're around to witness the sun coming up over the horizon this morning.

A fresh start.

A second chance.

It's going to be an awesome day, just wait and see.

Face it with child-like anticipation.

Motivation today to look around and be thankful for this day. A NEW day, a fresh start. 

What are you going to do with your brand new day?

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Stay inspired,

Brant
So much Pain 😓 Work on Yourself First. 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 27th 2021
So many people that need help in this world 🌎
So much Pain 😓 Work on Yourself First. 

My eyes have been opened lately to all the pain around me. 

So many people that need help in this world 🌎

And there are so many people that COULD help them, if only they had their act together.

I say "YOU"

But I mean me too.

If you and I would just take the necessary steps to fix our little petty problems, then we could gear up to help those who REALLY need help.

There are so many out there that are hurting severely, and do not have the basics of life.

And I'm talking BASIC basics, like food/water/shelter.

Seriously.

And here WE are fretting that we had a bad day at work or school because someone looked at us wrong.

Motivation today to work on yourself. 

Just like if there is an emergency on an airplane, we are to put the oxygen mask on us first before we help others put on theirs...

Fix YOU first.

Then you'll be ready to help all those around you who are in pain.

And there is no shortage of those that need our help.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Time goes by quick, doesn't it?⏳ Don't live in regret 😓
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 24th 2021
So what do we do with all the time passed? 
Time goes by quick, doesn't it?⏳ Don't live in regret 😓

I'm amazed at how fast time goes by. 

It seems that every year goes by faster than the previous one.

Not sure how that's even possible other than to say that I have always been told by folks older and wiser than me that time goes by quicker the older you get.

And I am now finding that to be true.

So what do we do with all the time passed? 

Meaning... lots of us look at the last 10 years and regret fills our mind. 

With all the things that didn't get done, and all the things that were done wrong, it seems to utterly consume us.

Well, there's not much we can do about the past except learn from our mistakes.

And if nothing else, we can learn that time does indeed get away from us if we aren't careful.

So looking back and learning what we can, what are your next 10 years going to look like?

The encouraging thing here is that the more time you have under your belt, the more seasoned and experienced you are.

And in turn, the brighter your future will be because you know what mistakes not to remake, right?

Motivation to not look at the years gone by in a negative light. Living in regret will get you nowhere very fast.

Apply your knowledge and experience to make this next decade awesome!

So seriously, what are your next 10 years going to look like?

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Brant
Quick 60 second test ⏱ True friend or fake? 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 23rd 2021
My heart went out to this person because I have felt their pain...
Quick 60 second test ⏱ True friend or fake? 

So the question was asked recently...

"How do I know the difference between my genuine friends and the fake ones? Because I honestly can't tell anymore."

My heart went out to this person because I have felt their pain many times before.

So I gave them a quick way to determine who their true friends are.

It's not completely accurate, but it's a pretty good and quick way to weed out the fake people and to discern who the genuine, true friends are in your life.

So the test is to call up one or two of your friends the next time you feel down and out and depressed at 2 o'clock in the morning and see who'll pick up the phone.

And who won't.

Those who will actually talk to you at the most inconvenient time for them...well that's a pretty good indicator you have a good friend there.

Now I say this is not 100% accurate because there's just some folks who are heavy sleepers and won't wake up when you call.

But...

even those deep sleepers should call you back immediately the next morning when they check their voicemail and hear at you are in distress.

So... long story short... this is a pretty good little way to determine who the genuine people, the true friends, are in your life. 

So.. do you find yourself only surrounded by fake, or fair-weather friends?

Motivation today to get some good people in your life. There's still plenty of time.

Make a plan.

Check out my YouTube short HERE.  

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Happy Weekend!

Stay inspired,

Brant
Thankfulness 🙏 Found in the Small Things 🍞🥫 Like in your Pantry
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 21st 2021
I take too much for granted.
Thankfulness 🙏 Found in the Small Things 🍞🥫 Like in your Pantry

The thing about thankfulness... is that it slips up on us.

It's odd to say, but if I'm honest I can go days without really being grateful for the things I have.

I take too much for granted.

But then, like a slap in the face, I am reminded of how good I have it in this life and that my problems are SO small.

For example, this morning I was out of coffee so I went looking in my panty, for I thought I may have a spare can in there.

It wasn't until I spent a good 3 or 4 solid minutes shuffling all the many cans of food around in there that it hit me...

I am so damn lucky & blessed to have all this food.

SO much food in fact I can't find a pretty big canister of coffee in the midst of it all.

Shame on me.

But I needed the reminder because I have been really stressed out lately about petty crap.

Seems to happen like that.

Comes at the right time.

The irony is that the coffee is just a luxury, and I was shuffling around cans of food that could sustain us for weeks to get to it. 

It was like the good Lord put that can of coffee in the very back of the pantry for a reason.

To remind me what's important and to be thankful for the basics that I have, and that so many in this world crave every single day.

Motivation today to step back and be thankful for the little things, the basics, and the things that truly matter in this life.

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Brant
Life is Tough 🫂 Sometimes all we need is a HUG 🥲
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 21st 2021
Wouldn’t that be nice?
Life is Tough 🫂 Sometimes all we need is a good no-strings-attached HUG 🥲

Sometimes that's all it takes.

There are times that we feel like that the world is coming down on top of us.

Times that we feel that we are at our wit’s end and there’s no other way to go, no way out.

Sometimes we feel all alone because there’s no one we can turn to.

And the people that we can turn to certainly don’t have our best interests at heart.

No one to turn to, no one to talk to to help us sort out our problems.

What if there was someone that we could just simply hug when we needed a hug?

With nothing else expected.

Without charge or cost.

Without the worry of being judged or criticized for having weak moment.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

Allow me to offer you a virtual hug today if you are in need of one.

I have a good hugging shoulder that’s been cried on many times.

So no matter how tough you are…

Go ahead, lean in… give me a hug.

It’s free, with no expectations. 

It’s gonna be okay, I promise.

Life is hard. But you're not alone. 

You’re gonna make it.

Motivation today to understand it's ok to break down at times and need a hug. 

I sure hope you have someone you can just hug.

In the meanwhile, my hugs are yours.

Check out my YouTube short HERE. Your hug awaits! 

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Recipe for a Good Life 😎 Differentiate between what Matters 👩 and what Doesn't
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 19th 2021
The good life awaits!
Recipe for a Good Life 😎 Differentiate between what Matters 👩 and what Doesn't

Like... as quick as you can.

In fact, the quicker, the better.

The good life awaits!

It is so simple, but so true.

The faster that you can determine what to spend your time on, and what NOT to, the more efficiently you will find happiness, contentment...

...and peace.

Most of us know this concept at some level, whether consciously or subconsciously.

But the problem lies in determining WHAT falls in the "matters" category and the "doesn't matter" category.

We know the obvious things are not good for us, like standing on a train track with ear plugs in and a blindfold on perpetually.

Or like eating rat poison, etc, etc.

But it's the other things that aren't so polar opposite from the things are are good for us, or that falls in that "matters" category.

Things like drinking too much, or hanging out with the wrong people, or spending more that we can afford at the mall...

Sometimes we need to take a step back and take a look at our life from a 30,000 foot view.

Or ask someone who only has our best interest at heart to help us analyze what we might be spending too much time doing that's doing us potential harm.

It's ok to ask a trusted friend or loved one to help us do a course-correct if need be.

No shame in that game.

As long, of course, they are good people, and like I say, has your best interest at heart.

The long story made short is this...

The good life and you will marry up faster when you can determine what matters in this life, and what doesn't. 

And then spend your time on what indeed matters.

Motivation to look deep this evening... are you spending too much time on things that doesn't matter in the long run?

The good life awaits you...when you're ready.

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Ah, Revenge is Sweet, like Candy 🍫 Motivation to press on 🧑‍🦰
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 19th 2021
I made it 👊🏼 
Ah, Revenge is so Sweet, like Candy 🍫 Motivation to press on 🧑‍🦰

Most people think of revenge as something physical and intentionally done to someone who has wronged you.

But I'm telling you the sweetest revenge that can occur in this life is for you to be able to look back on your naysayers, haters, and discouragers...

and say, "I made it" 

Indeed.

I made it 👊🏼 

But what if you haven't quite 'made it' yet in life? 

What if you are far from your goal of where you want to be?

What if you can still hear the discouraging words and see the smirks on your oppressors' faces?

Well listen to me then, because this message is particularly for you...

The best thing that can happen is for them to keep hollering those insults at you.

To keep nipping at your heels.

To keep trying to pull you down.

Why?

That will be your fuel, your motivation to conquer your fears of never achieving great things in life.

View those bad people as gasoline to your engine and logs for your fire of desire!

Consider yourself lucky compared to the complacent folks around you who have no motivation to do anything.

They are the ones you need to feel sorry for. 

Because you who have fuel--motivation--to go on and achieve great things, they lack.

And they'll be mediocre their whole life.

But not you.

And when you do get to the top and achieve your goals, you'll be able to almost THANK the ones who tried to keep you down.

Oh my... that is the sweetest revenge.

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Stay inspired,

Brant
Perfect? 😬 Don't fall into that trap. 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 19th 2021
I'll simply throw my hands up and say... Forget it.
Perfect? 😬 Don't fall into that trap. 

Perfectionism.

Sometimes right as I am about to record a video, it never fails, something happens...

My neighbor cranks up his lawn mower,

The garbage truck comes by and is extra loud this week for some reason,

They are just starting up some road construction,

An airplane is circling overhead...very loudly 😑

Or even the power goes out, etc.

I think you catch my drift.

No matter what I do it seems, conditions are never perfect for recording.

Now that used to be a problem for me because down deep, I am a perfectionist .

And don't get me wrong, I still struggle from time to time.

I'll simply throw my hands up and say... Forget it.

But thank goodness those times are few and far between compared to my younger years.

Wanting to have everything just perfect is a major stumbling block when trying to accomplish things.

The attitude is... If it's not going be done exactly the way I want it done, then it will not get done.

And of course nothing ever gets done.

What I have learned is that it's better to get something accomplished that isn't perfect, rather than having nothing done at all.

Make sense?

Motivation today to realize that you are human. We all are. Nothing will be perfect, so go ahead and do something.

Chances are, you'll be able to tweak your work later.

But you can't tweak what doesn't exist in the first place.

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Stay inspired,

Brant
🌄 The longest day WILL have an end 🙏 Hope is real. 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 18th 2021
Let all your worry and anxiety go.
🌄 The longest day WILL have an end 🙏 Hope is real. 

As I am sitting here watching the sun setting, I am reflecting on something pretty profound.

And that is...

something you already know, but need to hear it from time to time.

My profound thought was this:

If we could remember tomorrow morning how it feels right now as we watch the sun setting--knowing that the day DID eventually end--how motivating it would be.

Meaning that if we could simply understand that all the worry and anxiety and dread that we feel when we see the sun rise in the morning, thinking about the stresses of the day...

if we could just understand on the "front end" of a day that this day WILL come to an end...

That simply reflecting on this truth... that would help us to get thru even the longest, toughest of days.

It's so strange that in the heat of the battle, in the heat of the day, we forget that it will indeed come to an end.

And thank God it will, you know?

Motivation this evening to understand, like fully know, that tomorrow will end just like today did.

It's been doing that for quite some time now!

Let all your worry and anxiety go.

The longest day... even this one... will indeed have and end. Hope is real.

Check out my YouTube short HERE. Don't forget to subscribe to the channel while there.

Stay inspired,

Brant
In a bad situation?😣 Don't wait ⏳ Change!
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 18th 2021
Make small steps if you're a little scared. 
In a bad situation?😣 Don't wait ⏳ Change!   

If you want your situation to get better and you've made the declaration that something HAS to change, then...  

Either your surroundings have to change, or YOU have to change.   

Don't wait for your environment to change, because that's very unlikely.  

Think about how long you've been in this rut.   

Probably a long time, right?  

Well, if your environment hasn't changed in that length of time, making your life better, then the likelihood of it changing tomorrow is slim to none.  

So the ONLY other alternative is that YOU have to change.   

It's okay. 

I know you're scared a little.  

But you have to start the process, or else you'll stay where you are until you die.  

Make the decision to change yourself, and your environment will change along with you.  

Motivation to understand that it all starts with you. Implement change starting today.  

Make small steps if you're a little scared.  

It's okay, you're gonna make it!

Check out my YouTube short HERE. Don't forget to subscribe to the channel while there.

Stay inspired,

Brant
Desire to change? 😓 Actually willing to? 😬 Big difference. 
Written by Brant Thompson, on Oct. 18th 2021
Being willing to change means make ready, or preparing, to change.
Desire to change?😓 Actually willing to? 😬 Big difference. 

Are you in a bad situation?

Or maybe it's not that terrible but you know it's just time for something else.

Either way, there is a huge difference between the desire to--the want to--change, and the willingness to do so.

Like a massive difference.

Desire is like wishing in the wind. 

I can have a wish while walking down the street... "boy, that would be nice if..."

Then 30 seconds later I am thinking about something else.

No legs or additional thought was ever put on my brief desire or wish.

I guess it wasn't that important.

BUT...

If I actually start to formulate a PLAN to make that wish a reality, then all of a sudden that desire is starting to turn into a willingness to change.

Being willing to change means make ready, or preparing, to change.

So let me ask you...

Want is standing in the way of you simply wanting to change, and actually starting the process of change?

Motivation to look inward, and ask yourself what is holding you back from starting down a path to a better life?

Check out my YouTube short HERE. Don't forget to subscribe to the channel while there.
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