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What's up everybody? My name is cliff and you are listening to the what now podcast. That's right. The what now podcast where we threw conversation discuss ways that we can effectively address life's most difficult moments. So sit back, relax and enjoy tonight's episode and block talk radio. Welcome to the What now podcast. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Mhm. Hey, what's up everybody Welcome back to the what now podcast. That's right. The what now podcast where we gather together to have conversations about properly, excuse me, wow. Had a brain freeze about properly addressing, facing dealing with some of life's most quote unquote, difficult moments.
All right. My name is scripted, Pettijohn and for the sake of this podcast, you can call me cliff. Alright? So today's or tonight whenever you're listening because I'm recording this a little after midnight, I'm tired, but I still haven't packed my flight leaves at 10:55 pm. Tomorrow I'm going to the Bahamas guys. I'm spending the night in Orlando. Yeah, Orlando. It's, I don't know anybody in Orlando. So if you're listening to your from Orlando, let me up, let me know that you're in Atlanta. Then I'm going to get on the boat, the cruise ship And I'm heading to the Bahamas for four. They vacation flash celebration. Why? Because monday is cliff mus, it's cliff mus and those who don't know me, it's just my birthday. That's all it is. It's my birthday. So the last podcast that I'm gonna do before I see you guys hear my voice again.
Um, sometime next week after I get back and recover, I guess. Yeah, because I'm telling you, I'm going to celebrate my birthday. I will be 40 years old guys. 40. There was days. I didn't see myself living past 18 2022, 20 for 30 and here I am about to cross over into 40. So I'm grateful for the I'm thankful to God for the years he's provided in my life. I thank, I'm thankful for every opportunity that he's given me. I have already repented for opportunities he's given me that, you know, because of my skewed perception. I didn't view them as opportunities. I've used some things as punishment. You know, but I'm grateful for life in and of itself. I'm grateful for my family for my loved ones for my friends, for my supporters. I'm even grateful for those who turned their backs on me?
Those that we had a misunderstanding. And yet we still couldn't come to an agreement with. I'm grateful for each and everybody that I crossed paths with all life, our cross paths with in life, all the day to day basis. But here's what we're gonna talk about tonight. I want to encourage you to celebrate you and you might say celebrate me. Why? Because I want you to understand that you are worth celebrating and it's kind of a proposed that I would do this topic on a day that I'm talking about going on a cruise to celebrate my birthday, but I'm a person that can probably count on both hands how many times I've celebrated my birthday in my entire life. You see my um birthday, the day of my birthday sometimes is etched in pain, is etched in hurt. It's extreme frustration.
All of the things that I've experienced over my birthday. So, um, I'm also a person that sometimes self punishes. So when I don't meet the mark or I fail or I let myself down or let others down and I make decisions that aren't beneficial for me in the long run, what I tend to do is punish myself. So my birthday kind of became a punishment for me. There's times I've sat and done nothing for my birthday. Do you hear me when I say nothing. I mean I've done absolutely positively nothing for my birthday because I felt as if I was unworthy and I did not deserve to be celebrated by anybody. And that's a sad place to be. And if you are there, I want to talk to you because I want to talk you out of that place first. I want you to understand that because God created you.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made in his image because he created you. He took time to create you. He skillfully crafted you together and came up with the embodiment that was worthy enough to embody your spirit and worthy enough to be a vehicle in which he could, or the instrument in which he could um, display his divine purpose for your life through you, y'all. Do you understand how powerful that is? That shows just how beautiful and how excellent your creation is and because of that, you deserve to be celebrated. I don't care what mistakes you made. I don't care some of the things that you said, done whatever places you've been whatever you deserve to celebrate you and I want to tell you a lot of you are dealing with rejection. You're dealing with hers. You're feeling as if you're not value a lot of that comes from or stems from our inability to celebrate ourselves.
So what we're basically doing is teaching people how to celebrate us indoor not to celebrate us at all. and one of the promises I made to myself, you know, fitting the term 40 is that I'm gonna teach people how to honor the gifts, talents and abilities inside of me, how to honor the God inside of me and how to celebrate along with me, I'm not looking for anybody else to celebrate me to praise me to honor me to do any of those things with me. You know why? Because I have become the person that's going to do that. If some people might, yes it is. You know why I can honor me. It's because I understand that outside of God, I am absolutely nothing outside of God, the song said. And without God I can do nothing without God, I would fail. Do you understand what I'm saying? So when I'm celebrating me, I'm actually celebrating the creation of the creator and some of us have to be honest, we have not celebrated or or uh expressed to the creator that we value who he created in and of ourselves.
If you get what I'm saying, we don't value ourselves and we're the creation of him. You know, so my encouragement to you is that this will be the year that you no longer allow yourself not to celebrate you and it doesn't have to be a big celebration. Yes, I'm talking about going on a cruise. Um, but you can celebrate yourself with dinner of one and if it has to start at Mcdonald's. So what that's a growth point for you to look at. That's a benchmark for you to measure everything else. All for you might start at Mcdonald's but you might end up traveling the world celebrated. Why? Because you started many of us. The situation in our life that holds us back is not that we're not capable of doing greater things. It's mastering the reality of that. We need to start somewhere and recognize the greatness of where we are starting.
That's a greatness regardless of where you are and where you're starting and sometimes we disrespect the greatness of where we are and where we're starting because we're such a such a harry to get where we desire to go. I want to go to bora bora. Okay that's where I wanna go. I love bore bore it is beautiful there. You don't know about it. Look it up now if anybody wants to sponsor me to go to board board let's make that thing happen. If you want to make this a business trip let's make that thing happen. I will go over there. Interview people do whatever needs to be done but I'm gonna have a good time with it as well. But I want to go to bora bora now. I could be so focused on going to bora bora. Even me. Sorry all its live this is what happens when you record uh I'm tired. You don't understand the the seriousness of how tired I am but I'm committed to this cause.
But I could be so focused on getting too bored or that I disrespect the Bahamas by not even enjoying myself because I'm just focused on board board. Let's related to our everyday life. Many of us are looking for the great big thing and we're not honoring the little thing that's going to add up and add up and add up and add up. And then eventually we experienced the bigger things celebrates you regardless of where you are in life right now celebrate you regardless of what your budget is. Some of us don't know how to celebrate ourselves without much. I'm gonna tell you one thing I can say I work for organizations with very scarce budget. I've been a person with a very scarce budget in my life. You know it's been a person sometimes still in that person. Okay. It has taught me to be resourceful, resourceful, resourceful, my encouragement to you and your celebrations.
Be creative in your celebration. Be resourceful in your celebrations. I don't think that you have to do it big because somebody else is doing big doing it big. And I know somebody said I'm not worried about what the next person is doing. Be honest about it. Some people aren't worried about what the next person is doing. But there are some that do wear, my encouragement to you is don't worry about any of that. Don't worry about what people think. Don't worry about what people say. Don't worry about that. They laugh, praise God that you have given them something to measure. And then in the midst of them measuring and assessing it, that you have to understand that they are only measuring and assessing it from their perception. And they're measuring and assessing it from a place where they're afraid to begin to celebrate themselves. So celebrate you today. You are worth it. I don't care who told you you weren't. I don't care about any of that stuff. I don't even want to hear about them right now. It's about them. I want to talk to you.
I want to hear from you. I want to know about you, not what they did to you. But I want you to tell me about you. And I want to ask you, do you celebrate yourself? Do you believe that it's healthy to celebrate yourself? Do you not celebrate yourself? Why don't you celebrate yourself? And are you willing to take steps to begin to celebrate the greatness that is embodied in you. Yeah. Yeah. Can you identify any areas in your life where stagnation is manifesting now? I know some of you might say no, I can't. I want us to look at stagnation for what it really is. Some people have identified stagnation as something that's not growing or that's not producing. I don't believe that stagnation to me stagnation can also be the Yes, we're growing. Yes, we're producing. however, were growing and producing in a manner that's disrespectful to the purpose and the greatness that resides inside of us.
And listen, we all have areas where we can identify that we could be doing a lot better in. There's greater potential in those areas than we are experiencing. And guess what? I have a tool that will help you begin to experience transformation in those areas of stagnation in your life. And that tool is called from stagnation of transformation. That's right. That is my book from stagnation of transformation. So I want you to head over to my website www dot clinton petty john dot com. I want you to hit there. I want you to hit the transformation tab there. You're gonna find a free preview of my book. That's right. A free preview of my book and I promise you after you read the preview, you're gonna want to invest in your personal transformation through purchasing the book. So again, hit over there, purchase the book, let me know you purchased it. Here's what I always say guys. If you purchased the book, you read the book, you apply the principles in your life and yet you still are stagnant in the areas that you are applying them to and you're not experiencing any transformation and you can prove to me that you have applied these principles, I will give you a 100% refund.
That's right. A 100% refund. Why? Because I believe in the application of the principles that are outlined in this book. So again, visit www. Dot clinton. Pettijohn dot com and purchase your copy of from stagnation to transformation. Mhm.