With Each Poem/Book I Write (Getting Better)

There's always a challenge for everyone, to get better at whatever they're passionate about and good at. Then comes the question of how you're going to do it. For me, it's all about continuing to hone my craft daily and consistently. Writing everyday is what I love to do so the challenge is writing content that impacts others and will make them think.

I write short poems daily and I always think, is this something that will impact someone and will make them think? If the answer is yes, then I share it on social media, if it doesn't, then I go back and either re-write it or I scrap it altogether. So yes there are a lot of poems that don't make it to social media or they don't get finished and they get deleted.

I'm never afraid of what the world will think when I share my writing because not everyone will relate to what I'm writing about. I'm more concerned about the people who consistently read my poetry and want a fresh new perspective on life and what's going on in the world.

Getting better and writing something no one has even thought about is what keeps me going. It also let's people know that you're not fixated on one specific subject area. When I'm working on my books, I'm telling a story in poetry format. That's the most challenging thing to do because it has to sound good, you're setting a scene and making sure that a person can visual what's being written.

What's the advice that I can give that'll help with honing your craft?
1. Know what your goals are and why you're doing it.
2. Be consistent in whatever you're doing (even when you don't want to do it).
3. Patience is the biggest component to whatever you're doing.
4. Improve everyday in whatever you're doing (growth is very important).
5. Love the good, bad and ugly of it (it's not always going to be great).

Part of this game is to love it and not give up when things aren't going well. I'm approaching 3 years of this journey and the results are getting there. Just know that your time is coming, you'll never know when but it's coming. Be positive (you won't be everyday, that's normal and fine), but visualize the end goal of it.

Don't rush the process, it's about longevity and legacy (well at least for me).

My books are available on the website and my podcast The Aquarianmind Podcast is available for listening on iTunes.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers

Living Everyday With Purpose

The reality of life is you're not going to wake up everyday inspired or motivated. But you can still live everyday with a sense of purpose. There has to be a why you are doing what you're doing. It's time you re-evaluate your life and the direction that it's going. You have to figure out what your purpose is in life.

I didn't really have purpose in my life until I was 32 years old. I'm 35 years old now so just imagine if I would have figured out my purpose in my 20s how far along I would be in my life. But, I can't reflect on my past, I can only focus on right now and living in the moment. The way I think about it is, I had to go through experiences and learn a lot before I figured out what my purpose in life is.

I've been writing since I was 13 years old in a small studio apartment in the suburbs and now here I am in my mid-30s knowing that my books can and will impact many people. The only reason why I give you a brief story of my life, it's to give you that drive to think about what you're supposed to be doing with your life.

There's no easy roads to figuring this out and sometimes you may have to do different things to know what you love and what your passion is. Living a life of monotony is not going to do much justice for you and if you're stuck in a rut, you have to work on getting out of it. What you put into your life and your goals is what you'll get back (and it won't always be right away).

It took me years to start living a life with purpose, don't let that be you.

My books are available on the website and my podcast The Aquarianmind Podcast is available for listening. It's definitely worth listening to my podcast and seeing the books I've written!

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

Upcoming Virtual Book Tour Coming Up!

Starting on Monday, I will be doing a month long virtual book tour for my Code Blue Series. Parts 1-3 will be featured on various website where you can learn more about the series and what went into writing the books.

I share things that most of you don't know about the series. I explain why I wrote the series and the challenges I faced while writing this series.

Here's the website where you can see where I will be featured:

Pump Up Your Book

It is definitely worth checking out the websites I will be on.

Also, Parts 4 and 5 will be released in December so stay tuned, I will be posting the book covers and putting them on pre-order in the next few weeks!

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

Your Excuses Will Get You Nowhere

Everyone has busy lives and things to deal with. The only difference is there are people who have a 'no excuses' attitude and those who have them and don't do a thing. There's nothing worse than someone constantly talking to me about their ideas and goals and then I ask that one question, "what have you done to get closer to your goal?" Then comes *crickets* that's how it normally goes.

The one thing that's going to get you to the next phase of your journey is to stop making excuses as to why you haven't done the work. Most people want to make excuses to justify why they haven't done anything toward accomplishing their goals. We all have the same amount of time in each day, it's just a matter of how we utilize each minute and each moment.

It's all about discipline, that's the name of the game. If you don't have that, you're not getting anywhere. That means sacrificing things in your life to get things done. Whatever those things are, you have to be the one to figure that out. Once you figure those things out, you have to be all in, in making sure that those sacrifices you are making are going to get you closer to your end goal.

There's just no way in the world you can make excuses and expect people who are actually doing work to show sympathy or empathy for you. People who don't have goals will be willing to listen but the ones that do, you're basically messing up their vibe and their journey. People who have goals and are working at them daily will be the first ones to hold you accountable for your laziness and lack of mental focus.

I'll always say if you need someone to motivate you everyday and inspire you all of the time, you will not get to where you want to be. What that means is, you wake up every morning looking for someone or something to inspire or motivate you to do the work. Every once in a while, it is okay to look in the direction for some motivational words, but if it's needed everyday, it's time to re-evaluate what your purpose is and what kind of drive you have to succeed.

Excuses will unfortunately get you nowhere and most people aren't willing to listen to you. This game is about results and if you can't produce them, it's best if you move to the side to allow the ones who have been working to get to that next phase.

Now it's time to GET TO WORK!

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers