3 Ways To Handle The Negative Nancy

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Jill is an easy going kind of girl. She almost always goes above and beyond for her friends. She’s usually the only one who smiles in the grocery store and keeps her co-workers steady laughing with her infectious humor. Everything she does usually has a positive purpose. She pretty much brings the light wherever she goes and always leaves a place better than when she found it.  Now unless you happen to be a Scrooge McDuck, most people love having people like Jill around.

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Discovering Your Love Language

For a while myself and my significant other struggled to understand how each one of us operated from not only a relationship standpoint, but also from an emotional standpoint.
To better understand each other, we decided to dive deep into the book, “The 5 Love Languages” to help us better understand how each of us “ticks”.
Now, let me be clear. Our relationship is far from perfect, but what we have found as of recently on our relationship journey is that in order for us to survive, we must first understand what each one of us needs from one another.
I know so many couples who have given up on their relationships and possibly too soon for that matter. It is my hopes that this video sheds some insight of how far you can go with someone you love if you dig deep into what their love language looks like.

Discovering Your Love Language

love language, relationships, James Calderon, Positively James, virtual mentor, loveI am surprised my partner and I have made it this far. We’ve been together almost six years, and don’t get me wrong, most of it has been great, but like most couples we have struggled big time in the communication department. That is until recently.   I came across a book titled, The 5 Love Languages written by New York Times Best Selling author, Gary Chapman.  It was recommended by our couples counselor.  Yes people, counseling can work wonders if you find the right one.

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Self Care Alert

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How do you nurture and care for yourself?

Just the other day, Erica and I were talking about how we’ve been lacking motivation. We just haven’t felt like doing much throughout the day lately.  I’m sure you have days when you just don’t feel like adulting, yeah? I don’t think adulting is a word, but I’m making it one anyway. As the conversation continued, we reminded ourselves that it’s going to get pretty crazy in our lives again  very soon.

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Born To Fly

So many of us lack the belief in ourselves, as well as the courage to go big and follow our dreams. I wouldn’t beat yourself up too much, I’ve been there. The system we are born into, though I don’t think it’s all bad, doesn’t exactly encourage you to chase your dreams. But there is something cool going on. There is an energy shift happening and it’s beautiful. More and more people are waking up and creating their own avenues and creating their own jobs…jobs that nourish the soul. I’ve always said if you have your heart set on being a doctor, lawyer or teacher, by all means go for it! We need them! However, if the thought of any of these type of careers don’t necessarily speak to your heart or fulfill you as it should, then maybe now is the time for you to awaken the giant within you. You just might surprise yourself. I know I have.

I Still Believe in Humanity

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A little over a week ago, I found myself feeling down about the woes of our world.  I mean how can you not be with all the media coverage mirroring where we are currently at in our evolution as humans. I am very well aware that media is a big business and what is portrayed in the news has an agenda, which is usually to gain more ratings, which in turn means more money.  We may not always hear about it in the news, but there are people out there doing great things. Read on.

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Why Going The Extra Mile Goes Hand In Hand With Success

There’s no benefit in half assing your way through life. It’s imperative that you start to practice going the extra mile in every area of your life. This will help you push through any physical and mental boundaries you may have.

Put your heart in all that you do and if your heart isn’t in it then change what you’re doing, whether it’s a relationship, career or other. This will help fuel your soul and push you beyond the limits you thought were there.

The Extra Mile

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If a man is to be a street sweeper, he should sweep the streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep the streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’

-Martin Luther King

Going the “extra mile” in anything we do can make a big difference in our lives and in turn, make a difference in the lives of those closest to us. I believe that if we truly want to be successful in life, we should be willing to go the “extra mile.” From an economic standpoint, going the extra mile can bring favorable attention from those who are in a position to provide opportunities for advancement.  But the buck doesn’t stop there.

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Patience Equals Peace Pt. 2

We have all had moments in our lives when we quit something too soon because we didn’t see the fruits of our labor in the time frame we wanted. The truth is, you must keep a long term vision of where you are going instead of a short term one.
Patience empowers us, strengthens us and is the KEY to success in any area of our lives. We are all masters in progress, so embrace the journey and focus on becoming better.

Patience Equals Peace

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“Why is patience so important?  Because it makes us pay attention.”

-Paulo Coelho

So, I scoured the net to find a descent definition of “patience.”  The Cambridge Dictionary online was by far my favorite and most straight forward.

Patience is the ability to accept delay, suffering, or annoyance without complaining or becoming angry.  I think we most definitely live in a “right now” culture.  It’s just the way it is.  We need faster internet, movie streaming, food, shopping (thank you amazon), cab(uber) service, you name it! The truth is retailers bank big time from our impatience. I am not completely against impatience because sometimes I feel we need to make things happen, and sitting around waiting for it to happen is not always the best action to take.  My only problem with impatience is the short term thinking that it involves.

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Are You Being Honest With Yourself ?

It kills me that so many people are NOT content with their lives, and the sad part is the majority of people who are not content never come to a higher consciousness  to admit it.  The truth is, living isn’t simply going through the motions and accepting what life hands you.  What does that teach our kids or the people who look up to us? Nothing. There is a lot of time left to do what you really want to do in your life. Get to Work!

I Hear You, Bro

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Just a few days ago I spoke with an old friend on the phone. I know, crazy right? I actually clicked on his name in my contacts, called him and we had a conversation.  Go figure. This friend of mine is someone I’ve known for a long time.  I’m talking we went to high school together.  We were not great friends back then, but as time progressed, so has our friendship.  He’s a pretty busy guy as so am I, so we don’t talk as much as I’m sure we both would like to.  Fast forward a bit, we had a great conversation.

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You’re Human

So many of us spend way too much time beating ourselves up, and let the mistakes we make keep us down. Who does that help? What does that change? You see, there are three things that we have control over in this life:

1. Our thoughts
2. The images we form in our heads
3. The action we take.

Please allow me the chance to remind you of how awesome you really are and what you could do to flip the script on your woes. This is not rocket science. It’s a choice to live on purpose.

You Could Call It An Open Letter

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Dear You,

It is important to me that you know how wonderful you truly are. I know it has been ridiculously busy and life has been somewhat overwhelming for both of us. The world has succeeded in pulling us in many directions, which in turn has kept us not all here; even when we are next to each other.  The stress levels have been at an all time high.  I believe this has caused us, but maybe more me, to focus on our faults, weaknesses and limitations.

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College: The Right Decision For You?

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WARNING: Moms and Dads, you may not want to read this.

I feel it is my duty to share with the youth today about the reality of success in the “real world.” First off, I’d like to say, congratulations to those who just graduated, or are about to graduate high school in 2016.  You are now among the 81% of high school graduates in the nation.  It might be more now, but according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, it’s somewhere around there.

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What Does It Mean To Live On Purpose?

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What does it mean to live on purpose? One of the phrases I use with my athletes is “Everything on purpose.” It’s sort of become our mantra for the season. For those of you who are not aware of what I coach, I coach pole vaulters for Track and Field.  There are some key steps in creating the perfect vault.  It takes speed, a good leap, a driving knee, a fluid leg swing, core and upper body strength and finally, finesse. For all this to come together to be a successful vault, one has to do every single one of these steps on purpose; with pure intention.  There can be no half-assing in any of these steps, otherwise, the vault cannot be successfully done.  You might get lucky every once in while and get over the crossbar, but that doesn’t make it a perfect vault.  I don’t teach my athletes to just get over the bar.  I teach them to fly. In order to do this, everything needs to be done deliberately.  I feel the same way about life.  In order to be truly successful in life, which to me is just being happy and content, everything we do has to be on purpose.

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My Gratitude Video

I am seriously so humbled and grateful for all of my readers, subscribers, friends and family for all their support with Positively James. The message to Think, Feel and Live Better is getting out there and I am couldn’t be more jazzed. I thank you all again for allowing me to share my journey with you. Keep putting your best thoughts forward.

Positively yours,

James

Whatever Happened To My Lunch Box?

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Ahhh, the good old days.  The days when responsibility was just a word heard at the dinner table. I’m talking about the days when the only hat I wore was a blue Little Slugger hat.  It was a common accessory to my Osh Kosh BGosh overalls of course.  Life was so simple then.

I remember the days when people loved me the second I walked in a room and bombarded me with hugs and kisses, and an occasional cheek squeeze. Wasn’t a fan of the cheek squeeze, however.  Now that I think about it, I don’t think I ever had my cheek squeezed.  Sounded cool though. My aunt Cookie, however, used to squeeze my ears between her fingers. Ahh, the good old days.

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When People Drop a Deuce On Your Dreams

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Well, hello there my fellow readers, dream chasers and intentional living humans! Always nice to take a pause from the cray cray and do the two-step with you guys. Alright, let’s get to it!! As I mentioned in my last post, there are always two sides of the coin in this world of duality.  In my last post, however, I was talking about the givers and the takers.  Today we are talking about the naysayers and the one’s who support our dreams.

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Forget About The Joneses

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Why do we have this need to compare ourselves to others?  You do it.  I do it.  We all do it.  Sometimes we do it and it makes us feel like crap.  Other times we do it because it makes us feel like we are superior over others.  Oh yeah, we sure do like to judge others just so we can feel better about ourselves. Breathe.

Truth is, I don’t think any of of these reasons for comparing myself to others has ever made me a happier person.  You? Didn’t think so.

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This Magic Moment

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Many of us believe there are a few more things to do or conditions that need to be met before we can be happy.  I am one of these many people. Much of my mental dialogue has gone like so:

“When I become successful, then I will be happy.”

“Once I am done paying off this debt, I will be happy.”

“When the kids get older, it will be easier.”

Sound familiar?

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Are You Fighting The Good Fight?

 

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Are you fighting the “good fight?”  Perhaps you may not even know what the “good fight” is. The phrase originally came from the King James version of the Bible.  It seemed to be a call to spread Christian faith.  I’ve heard the phrase throughout my life a myriad of times.  However, it wasn’t until I read The Alchemist, written by Paulo Coelho that the phrase resonated with me.

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Because Sometimes You Just Need To Hear It.

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You, my friend, are amazing.  You are beyond amazing. You make lives better.  You are perfect just the way you are.  There is only one you.  There is no one in this world like you. You were meant to be.  You were intended to live the life of your dreams and that is what you do or will do.  You matter.  You make a difference.  You are happiness.  You have unique qualities and talents and share your special gifts with the world.  I appreciate you.  You appreciate you.  You express yourself in ways that bring more love, joy, hope and laughter into people’s lives.  Breathe.

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Are You Shackled To The Pains Of The Past? Forgiveness Could Be The Key

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~Mahatma Gandhi

Are you still shackled to the pains of the past?  Having a hard time finding joy in the present because of something that  happened in the past?  If so, find peace in knowing you are not alone.  There are many people in the world that face these same obstacles in life…including me.  Truth is for me,  It hasn’t always been easy to forgive, especially in dealing with matters of the heart.

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Why Support Networks Are Muy Importante!

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Support networks are muy importante on this journey we call life. Who do you have in your corner?

As I sit here on the eve of my birthday, I am filled with tremendous gratitude for the people I have in my corner.  I celebrated my birthday last night with my parents, who made the effort to drive three hours just to take me out to dinner.  Alongside me to help celebrate, were my beautiful daughters and lovely partner, Erica.

I must admit I wasn’t very excited for this upcoming birthday for reasons I’m not quite sure of yet.  It sort of seemed like just another day this year.  However, sitting their at dinner, quietly taking in the experience, which I tend to do frequently, the day began to show me why it was a special day.  There I was, surrounded by the people who have been there for me through thick and thin.  There I was, surrounded by the people who love me no matter what.  They know the good and the bad, and they still show up for me.

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Listening To Your Own Advice…Gulp

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Listening to your own advice is not always the easiest thing to do.

Ever since I was young boy, I’ve had this ability to connect with people. I believe listening to them is what gave me my cutting edge.  I remember trying to solve relationship problems in the first grade during recess between young boys and girls with a bad case of puppy love. I would go back and forth, giving them advice on how to approach each other to seal the deal.  Sometimes I just did some patch-up work to reunite the two.  This all happened before I was even in a relationship myself…I mean, what did I know about relationships? They seemed to believe in me, so I started believing in me too. This went on for years.  People would come to me for all kinds of advice and still do.

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Breathing Back To The Basics

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I asked you to share this journey with me to becoming the best versions of ourselves, so it’s only right I share the woes too, right?  I have to say, last week sucked! My health was sub par as I battled a sore throat and congestion. A few things went down at work that left a bitter taste in my mouth, and it has been non-stop raining for almost two weeks. I really shouldn’t complain about the rain because we seriously need it and haven’t had much of it over the past couple years.  Needless to say, it still affected my mood and was sort of the icing on the cake to a crappy week.

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Dawn Of The Kick-Ass Father

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Just recently a friend had texted me, asking  what were the most important things to keep in check as a father. At first, I was a little stumped because, well, this is not something I think about often. First and foremost, I was flattered he asked me.  It’s nice to feel like there are some things you do well and others take notice. Anyway, we had a nice conversation and I was delighted to catch up with an old pal.  However, I left the conversation feeling like this should be a topic of discussion among many, if not all fathers. A discussion about what you ask? You know—HOW TO BE A KICK ASS DADDY! So I came up with a few tips in efforts to help papas near and far and from all walks of life.

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Change; No One Said It Would Be Easy To Do

 

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Well, I was planning on writing about the importance of expression in all it forms until I was delightfully interrupted by a phone call.  This was no ordinary phone call; in fact, this was a call for me when everything thing else had to be put on pause. Yes, this person got it like that.  On the other end of the line, I could hear and sense a need to be heard and with no reluctancy, my ears and heart perked up.  The conversation that followed would then inspire me to write about change and how to embrace it.

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Why This Positively James Thing?

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In order for me to answer the question,”Why this Positively James thing?” I have to answer the question, “Who is Positively James?”

So, let’s not waste anytime and get right to it!  Positively James is the super me. He is the best version of James and someone I aspire to be like in my lifetime.  Positively James is the evolved me. He is the hero of my story, the one who is able to transcend all the illusions of the ego.  He is the mastery of James Calderon. I long for the day when we become one.

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Just Like The Movies

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“What will they think of me must be put aside for bliss.”

~Joseph Campbell

This is a great time to be living! Now more than ever it seems like more and more people are waking up and taking heed to the call to follow their passion.  I am beside myself with how many talented game changers I see daily on my Instagram feed.  There are some awesome people out there doing some awesome things.  So what is it that makes these people move to the beat of their own drum? How are these people able to step away from the ordinary and into the extraordinary?

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Women Crush Wednesday #4: Marianne Williamson

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It is a grand honor and pleasure for Positively James to recognize the wonderful Marianne Williamson as our WCW this week!

Marianne is a spiritual author and speaker.  Six of her eleven books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of them have been #1.

Marianne has been an inspiration, as well as a hero of mine for quite some time now. I am proud to say I have her famous quote from her book, Return To Love, framed and hanging up in my daughters’ room, so they are reminded daily that playing small in this world helps no one!

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The Power Of Gratitude

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How often do you say ,”thank you” and truly mean it? Here’s another question: How often do you say, “thank you” just because it is the polite thing to do?

These days just about everyone expresses gratitude. Good thing, no? Let’s see; we say thank you when the waiter brings our food, when the clerk at the post office hands us a new book of stamps, and to pretty much anyone who provides us with any kind of “material goods to advice or information” as  author, John B. Waterhouse mentioned in the 5 Steps To Freedom.

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Every Journey Requires Courage

mohandas-karamchand-gandhi-67483_1920 courage-mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.

A few weeks ago I sat in a room with three other people.  One of these persons made it very clear to all parties included that they did not like me.  It was supposed to be a complaint meeting from a parent and I was there to just listen in hopes to understand this individual’s complaint about me, apologize for any misunderstanding, and go back to what I do best. It turned out to be so much more than that.  What I experienced over the next ten minutes would test my character like no other experiences ever have.

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