5 Pathways to Empowertment- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

There has been a lot written recently about developing the correct mindset in order to achieve success. Success does not happen by chance. Why even bother if it is so hard? Why not just go with the flow and see what the end is going to be? Most of us wait for someone to come along and help us, inspire us, motivate us. Like the man at the Pool FOR SOME MAN OR ANGEL TO GET HIM TO THE HEALING WATERS. I have thought about this a lot and I think there are 5 pathways to our success!

1. Focus

There are so many things vying for our attention today. Gone are the days when children played with sticks and rocks and with great imagination created all kinds of games and entertainment. Now they have game consoles that so wo real they no longer go outside to play.Between social media notifi9cations,email pings, and message alerts, your life becomes a “taffy pull”. Leaving us spread out in all directions.It makes it entirely impossible to concentrate for any length of time.Successful people recognize that focus is essential for any type of success. Focusing on one task at a time, making certain that the task gets done.This is the very skill that will get you ahead of everyone else! Fron noise-cancelling headphones to isolation rooms, do what you need to focus…but focus! when you have fewer distracions, you will finf that focus is not hard to achieve.

2. ResilienceUnderstanding that gains can not come without losses, hits can not come with out strike outs lets us no that failure is not fatal. Resilience is about having some bouce-back! Picking yourself up after a miserable fall, dusting yoursaelf off and starting over again! Risilience over time can be developed. Read books, articles about it. Find sonferences, Siminars to develop it.When you are resilient no thing , no circumstance can hold you down or back!

3. Discipline

Discipline is the most important pathway of all. Learning to postpone your gratification, developing patience. You really don’t hear a lot of people even talking about discipline these days. It is an old fashion term to most people. Just watch Mellineals as they try to publical disipline thier children. It seems to me that the children are in charge. Let define discipline as it relates to this article. Discipline is your ability to control your impulses and emotions. You should dial up discipline when you are on a diet and a well-intention friend offers you an extra large slice of pie, and you should dial it up when your favorite TV program comes on and you know you must get student’s papers graged by tonight. Discipline allows you to continue down the pathway to success.

4. Courage

Courage is as equally important as discipline becausee you can use it to defeat fear. Fear is inevitable if you are going somewhere. whenever I personally feel fear I simply remember that fear feels the same wasy as excitement feels. So call my fear excitement that needs an attitude ajustment. Courage is the only antidote to fear! To build courage, face your fears, so that you can enhance your ability to be brave.Increasing your capacity for courage is an invaluable exercise

5. Faith

Faith in God! God is bigger thatn our problems. Heis bigger thatn our situations. Jesus told us that we don’t have to have a lot. Faith as a grain of mustard seed. The good news is that we all have been given a measure of it. Here is ith big clincher! Our faith is enough to get the job done.





I thank God every day for love. Love for my God, myself, and others.

“Wisdom tells me I am nothing. 
Love tells me I am everything. 
Between the two my life flows.”
Nisargadatta Maharaj

Survival Instinct- Boyace Van Harlan Jr.,PhD

“All living things contain a measure of madness that moved them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving, it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it no species would survive”. -Yan Martelimg_0365

We must continue to live, learn, and love. However, the key word for survival is adapt. We must learn to adapt.

Sermon On The Mount

imageThe fact is that the Sermon on the Mount is not in our creeds. As the Apostles’ Creed now stands you can accept every word of it and leave the essential self untouched. Suppose we had written it in our creeds and had repeated each time with conviction ; “ I believe in the Sermon on the Mount and in its way of life, and I intend, God helping me, to embody it” ! What would have happened? I feel sure that if this had been our main emphasis, the history of Christendom would have been different.”
E. Stanley Jones, Christ of the Mount

James Alan McPherson

James Alan McPherson was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1943, and raised there. His background was lower-middle class, and he grew up at a time when Georgia’s public schools were still segregated. He enrolled in Morgan State University in 1963 and earned his bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College in 1965. During the summers of his college years, he was a waiter in the dining cars of the Great Northern Railroad, an experience that allowed him to see what the world was like beyond the segregated South, influencing his sense of social justice and providing the breadth of experience from which he has drawn to craft his fiction.

After college, McPherson attended Harvard Law School, receiving his law degree in 1968. While still in law school, he began writing fiction. His story “Gold Coast” won a contest in the Atlantic magazine, which gave him encouragement to abandon his law career. McPherson’s first short story collection, Hue and Cry, was published in 1969 by the Atlantic. He taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz in the 1969–1970 year while enrolled at the University of Iowa, where he received a master of fine arts degree from the famed Writers’ Workshop program in 1971.

After 1969, McPherson worked as a contributing editor of the Atlantic. His collection Elbow Room, which contains this story, was published to critical acclaim in 1977 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the following year. McPherson has been on the fiction writing faculty of the Iowa Writers Workshop since 1981 and has been a Behavioral Studies fellow at the University of California, Stanford, since 1997. In 1981 he won a MacArthur Foundation grant. He has contributed essays to numerous magazines throughout the years. In 1998 he published Crabcakes: A Memoir, his first book-length publication in over twenty years. His essays are collected in A Region Not Home: Reflections from Exile, which was published in 2000.image