Do Matters that Matter

Life is too short not to do something that matters.

— Unknown —
R.I.P. Brandon Haskins

The above quote was posted on a social media feed by my friend, Brandon Haskins, prior to tragically losing his life in a senseless manner fourteen years ago. As a young “kid,” thirty years my minor, Brandon, encouraged me to write. He liked my style despite my less than stellar use of grammar. He was going to help me publish my first book, “In Search of P.E.A.C.E.” Although he was just a “kid,” his encouragement mattered.

Tomorrow is never guaranteed.

What would you like to do that fear tells you not to do?

Life is way too short.

Make sure you are doing something that matters.

Matters that matter to you.

Matters that make your world and the world around you better.

If you don’t know what “matters,” begin with being there for someone in need.

Helping and encouraging others is a great way to matter.

I write from experience.

Proverbs 19:17, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”

James 4:14, “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”  (ESV)



Plan – A dream remains a dream until you write it down. Putting your dream or goal in writing is the first step in creating a PLAN to achieve it. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Effort—Turning your dream/goal into reality requires a commitment to consistent and focused effort toward executing your plan. Nothing great in life happens without working hard.

Attitude – The chances of achieving your dream increase exponentially if you believe you will achieve it. Remember that your ATTITUDE determines your altitude in all areas of your life.

Community – Nothing great in life happens by doing it alone. The chances of achieving your dream expand as your COMMUNITY of positive mentors and coaches expand. You become the average of the five people you spend the most time with–and yes, spending time with “people” through books and instructional videos factors into your “average.”

Energy – Chasing and achieving your dream requires optimal mental, physical, and spiritual ENERGY. So put your dream in God’s hands and nurture your mental and physical being.

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