<![CDATA[Casey J Rector - The "Be-LOG"]]>Fri, 04 Dec 2015 14:11:05 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Be Proud.]]>Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:22:51 GMThttp://cjrector.weebly.com/the-be-log/be-proudWhen you set a goal and achieve it. When you work hard and earn it. When you never give up and get it. When you're exhausted and keep going. When you're pushed down and get back up. This is what being proud should feel like. 

Ever since I was little I have been determined and goal-oriented. Throughout my life I have been tested and challenged by myself and by others. Today is one of those days where I reaped the reward of hard work and not giving up. I experienced defeat over and over, and over and over again, but for some reason, still never gave up because I knew what I wanted would be worth all of that defeat. Today I experienced a feeling of accomplishment because I achieved something I set my mind to a long time ago. Today was a day to be proud of myself. 

More people need to experience this feeling. More people need to set a goal, tackle it, and then smile about it. If you do not have a vision for something you want, then you'll never get out of your comfort zone and experience this insane feeling of accomplishment within yourself. Goals should be finish lines; would you start a race without knowing where the finish line is? Would you even start a race without a finish line? You must have a goal in order to give you purpose for waking up and doing what you do everyday. Once you have that, everything you do because much easier and your life becomes much happier. 

Lastly, after you achieve that goal, you must make sure to reward yourself, and feel good about yourself. Because that, my friends, is what makes it all worth it. Now that I have met a goal of mine, it's time to set another, and I can't wait to wake up tomorrow and get started.]]>
<![CDATA[Be Patient.]]>Sun, 03 Aug 2014 22:53:36 GMThttp://cjrector.weebly.com/the-be-log/be-patientHappy Sunday. I woke up this morning feeling at peace. Maybe it was the message in church or the hour conversation with my best friend or the long run I went on, but I was simply overwhelmed with an emotion. It was the feeling of being I am happy with where I am in my life. Then it struck me that I was feeling a sense of patience. I was no longer nervous, anxious, or worried about my life and what I was doing with it, but I was content with understanding that it was all out of my control. There is a bigger plan in place, and trusting that was exactly what I felt. 

Being patient is the understanding that when something is supposed to happen in your life, it absolutely will, but when the time is right. The problem people face today and wanting everything right now and forget that sometimes good things take time. Patience means you've stopped worrying about the future and let go of all the anxieties about things that haven't happened yet. You are only one small human being in this universe, that comprehension alone should give you some sort of peace, knowing that you don't have to put everyone or everything on your shoulders.

Finding patience let's us live more in the moment and let's things happen on their own terms. This doesn't mean you stop fighting for what you want and working hard as hard as you can to get there, it just means you are able to trust and wait for things to happen when they're supposed to. Whether it's a career, a spouse, or a family, just trust the process, because you'll one day understand that there was a reason for it to come when it did, and it will be worth the wait. ]]>
<![CDATA[Be Unique.]]>Sat, 02 Aug 2014 17:52:01 GMThttp://cjrector.weebly.com/the-be-log/be-uniqueBeing Unique is just simply a cool way of saying be yourself. Be don't try to be different or try to be "unique" just be true to who you are. This is something I think people really stuggle with because everyone wants to be someone else. Or everyone is always comparing themselves to others. 

When you're yourself, you are unique. When you're like someone else, you are like someone else. Make your own footprint on this world, be someone who does something differently or who doesn't follow the crowd because you don't believe in that. Leave a legacy as you. When you are who you are, and you own it and love it, you will feel a huge weight lifted off your shoulders. Too many people shy away from showing their true colors because they are afraid of not being liked or accepted for who they really are. When I believe it is worse off being accepted for not who you are. 

Be unique in a sense that you are honest with yourself. Be unique because it's not the same as everyone else. Be unique because you are amazing just as you. Once you find the courage to own who you are, you will understand it's value. Stop comparing and contrasting yourself to others and start showing others that it's okay to just be yourself. 
<![CDATA[Be Inspired.]]>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:09:29 GMThttp://cjrector.weebly.com/the-be-log/be-inspiredHappy August 1st! Let today mark the start of new chapter for you. For whatever new chapter you want it to be. Let yourself be inspired by those around you. Be inspired by places you go and things that you do. Inspiration comes from feeling that you passionate about something and feel that you are able to achieve that something. When you feel inspired you feel that sense of belief within yourself.

Believing in yourself let's you accomplish whatever it is you want to accomplish. Believe it then achieve it. That's a popular and cliche quote that people use all the time. "If you can believe it, you can achieve it." Inspiration should be felt more often and by more people at that. Feeling inspired doesn't mean you have to go out and try to change the world, it just means you should take one step in that direction. After that, everything will fall into place as it should.

A world full of inspired people could change everything. If more people felt inspiration in some way, I truly believe that we could find peace and happiness for all. When you fell inspired you feel unstoppable. It all starts with a passion to find your inspiration, then once you've found your inspiration, that leads you to feeling motivation, and with motivation comes action, which leads you to feeling happiness, which is what I like to think is the ultimate success. Let yourself be inspired, so you can become the inspirerer and let other be inspired by you. 
<![CDATA[Be Kind.]]>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:54:09 GMThttp://cjrector.weebly.com/the-be-log/be-kindBeing kind is the easiest thing someone can do. Literally all you have to do is be nice. Like just don't be mean. Seriously. I don't understand why there are mean people in the world still? Can anyone tell me they like people who are mean? No one likes someone who is mean to others or especially mean to them. Mean people suck, and you know you've seen that bumper sticker before.

Human beings aren't meant to be rude to one another. All people need to do is smile and be polite. Those two things alone can make a person's day. It can change someone's mood from angry to happy. Kindness comes from a deeper sense of caring about others. When you care about someone, you are naturally kind to them. When you are kind to someone, both people benefit by feeling happiness. 

The more kind you are, the more kind others will be. It is like the ripple effect. When someone is nice to you, you feel the need to be nice to the next person you come into contact with. Then that person will be kind to the next person they interact with and so on. Kindness does not require a skill, it requires having a genuinely good heart. If you have a good heart, you should have no problem acting with kindness. If you find that being kind is annoying or difficult, then maybe you need to dig a little deeper into who you are or who you want to be. Just be kind to eachother you guys. 
<![CDATA[Be Open.]]>Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:52:41 GMThttp://cjrector.weebly.com/the-be-log/be-openBe open to change. Be open to differences. Be open to challenges. Be open to others. Be open to yourself. Being
open to pretty much anything will "open" your world to so many new experiences. Openness is an extremely attractive quality because it shows that you're not afraid of change and or something new. Stepping out of your comfort zone is when people grow the most.

The more uncomfortable you are, the more growth you'll have. When we all stay put in our little comfort zones, we don't grow in any way, shape, or form. I think that is one of the biggest issues with people today, everyone is stuck in their ways or their own comfort zone because it's familiar. They are afraid of taking risks. They are afraid of something they're not used to or maybe don't know about. That's no way to live life. Openness gives new perspective and new perspective opens your eyes to so much more you never knew existed.

Everyday people have the option of being open or staying closed off. Next time you are presentated with an opportunity to meet new people, do something you've never done, say something you've never said, or be willing to do something you've never heard; do it, try it, be open to it. Either way, you'll at least know if you like something or not, or if you like that person or not. And if you don't like it or them, then that's the worst possible outcome, and then you'll know. It's that easy. And that's being open.]]>
<![CDATA[Be Creative.]]>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:55:14 GMThttp://cjrector.weebly.com/the-be-log/be-creativeBeing creative in all aspects of life is the only way to get through life. Being creative isn't a skill you should have to acquire, it should just simply be your thoughts coming alive. Everyone has a unique and creative way of thinking. Everyone has their own sense of creativity in some way shape or form. Most of our creative thoughts are wasted because they're part of our dreams or imagination and we think they aren't realistic. When really we should be utilizing our minds to come up with the most brilliant ideas of the future. 

The problem is most people just do whatever one else does, in the same way everyone else does it, because it's safer that way. Being just like everyone else is like the worst thing you can do, and playing it safe won't produce anything but the average and same old results. Those that take risks and try something new, or in a new way, will be the ones with best results because they tried something creative and different. 

Your creativity should be used daily. Whether it is used when you are trying to come up with a witty instagram post, or when you are thinking of what to do for your next vacay or trip, or when you need some come up with a concept to write about, or even just when you think about your future, and your life. People need to use creativity to stimulate themselves to them motivate themselves. The more creative you get with the everyday little things, the more your mind will reward you with good ideas for your future. ]]>
<![CDATA[Be Celebratory.]]>Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:17:02 GMThttp://cjrector.weebly.com/the-be-log/be-celebratoryCelebrate the little things is something I say and do a lot. I think it is so important to celebrate small victories in your life to empower yourself to feel good. Having that proud feeling is something you should feel early and often. When you celebrate the little moments in life, you inspire bigger moments to happen. The little moments matter more than the big moments really. 

For example, it's not everyday that someone graduates, or gets a promotion, or has the game winning goal. However there are little moments that lead up to each of those moments such as, acing a test, nailing your presentation to colleagues, or assisting a teammate in practice in the last 5 minutes. That being said there are even smaller moments that should be celebrated before the "leading up to" or medium moments above happen, like studying really hard for that test, researching the target market and preparing your presentations from all aspects, and practicing that same feed, cut, and shot in drills days before. 

Seriously, like really little things people need to be more proud of themselves for accomplishing. Making your bed right when you wake up, attempting to cook yourself a real meal, putting sunscreen on before laying out, doing the laundry and or dishes, forcing yourself to work out; whatever it may be, just take an extra second to think about it, that you actually did it, and smile. Like, don't think I'm not celebrating my half birthday today, yea I said it. H1/2BDCJ.

All of those moments are significant because they led you to the bigger moments that others remember. Your grandma might not remember how much you studied and then got an A on your big test, but you should. Your boss might not know how much effort when into your presentation and how it felt to deliver it, but you should. And the newspaper interviewing you after the big win mostly likely wouldn't know how much you've practiced what to do when you're in that situation in a game, but you should. Celebrate the little accomplishments in your life, for they will one day become the foundation of your greatest achievements. ]]>
<![CDATA[Be Grateful.]]>Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:37:21 GMThttp://cjrector.weebly.com/the-be-log/be-gratefulBeing grateful is truly one of the best things someone can do for themselves and others. When you show a sense of gratitude toward another person or to some place or even to something, it will not only make you feel good inside but it will also make the other person, place, or thing feel good. Being grateful is just showing appreciation. And when you appreciate something, you will feel happier. Gratefulness is thankfulness. When you thank someone, it makes both parties involved feel love. I believe that being appreciated is one of the best feelings one can have, because it made whatever you did, worth it.

Showing that you are grateful is easy, all you need to do is simply say "thank you" or "I appreciate you" or "I am grateful for you." Those simple phrases go such a long way in today's world. They can also be shown through actions such as a hug, a kiss, or a random act of kindness. Language is a form of expression, but actions can also speak louder than words.

The best part is that being grateful doesn't necessarily need to be for another person, it can be of yourself too. Appreciating yourself is extremely important for so many reasons. One can also be grateful of a situation or event, or even an animal or something in nature. All of these can be shown gratitude towards them differently, and just because they might not be able to say anything back, doesn't mean they can't show you their appreciation in another way. ]]>
<![CDATA[Be Confident.]]>Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:39:46 GMThttp://cjrector.weebly.com/the-be-log/be-confidentThis one might be one of the biggest statements for me because I truly believe that confidence is one of the most important things people need in life in order to be happy. Confidence is when you are yourself and you accept that. Confidence can vary but having that internal confidence that you love who you are because you are who you are, is what makes confidence so contagious. 

Having confidence doesn't mean I have to be the best at everything I do, but it means I can own however good I am. I can be confident in the fact that I am mediocre at things. I am confident in the fact that I am below average at many things. Confidence is about owning who you are. I love confidence because it comes and goes depending on the situation we are in. I believe that confidence is key to success in life. The more confidence one has, the more opportunities they will be presented. The more opportunites given, the more likely one will have a choice to do what makes them happy. 

Being confident is underrated and needs to be developed within young people to then carry into their adult lives. People also need to know that confidence isn't hard to attain; all you need is to know who you are and be satisfied with that. That might seem hard for some people because they might not "like themselves" but when with that mind set, it is important to dig deeper if you will. What I mean by digging deeper, I mean looking more into what life is truly about, which, in my book, isn't about what you look like or how much money you have, but about happiness. And happiness is whatever you believe it to be; that's why confidence is easier to gain than people make it to be.]]>