As I grow older, I have realized more and more that it pays to do what you are called to do. No matter how hard it feels, no matter how much money and energy you may “loose” for not going with the crowd, if you continue until you succeed, it will be worth the effort.
A friend called me yesterday to mention that he wants resign from his 9-5 job to pursue his dream! As I listened to him, I felt joy in my heart because I know there are too many people today who are painfully working just to pay the bills.
Bills will eventually get paid if you do what you love and are not afraid to innovate along the way! You should try to become one of the best in what you love to do.
The level of your success can be limited by the way you think. If you constantly review your thoughts to accommodate greater things and bigger solutions then you will find that you are growing in every way!
One thing I do these days is ask myself what thoughts am I entertaining that could be limiting my growth?
What do you think you can’t afford? What do you think is impossible? Who do you think cannot buy from you? What numbers do you consider too big?
Nothing is impossible for God and nothing is impossible for those who believe!
Tackle one limiting thought this week! Decide to change your thoughts!
This is a virtue that is hard to find but must be cultivated as much as possible. A consistent person usually does well in the long run. You may not be the most brilliant or the most talented. If you are willing to work hard at a viable project consistently, making necessary changes if need be, with time you will be perceived as an expert and you will find success!
What are some enemies of consistency?
- The next new thing – There is always going to be something shining and better that is just around the corner. If you do not have a clear vision of where you are going with what you are doing, you can easily jeopardize years of labour in pursuit of the next shiny thing.
- Routine or temporary success – As you work hard at your goals and develop a steady move, it is easy to get into a rut, where you don’t innovate or improve anymore. Although you are still doing what you think is consistent, the truth is that you have drifted away from consistently improving.
As I read the story of King Asa in 2 Chronicles 15-16, I was reminded of the truth that no matter how well one starts, if you do not consistently improve and stay on track, all the effort can be wasted. Asa started very well as a king, but towards the end of his life, he became more “realistic” and he lost his radical dependence on God who could do the supernatural.
This year seek to commit to a consistent growth in your walk with God and every area of your life as much as you are aware of.
Who is Helen Keller?
Born in 1880, she was a deaf-blind american who despite her disabilities went on to become a prominent author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree! You can imagine all the obstacles she overcame to achieve these feats. So when she says that it is a terrible thing to see and have no vision, she knows what she is saying. Read her biography here – The Story of my Life . You can also watch a YouTube video about her childhood – The Miracle Worker!
What’s your vision?
What do you see in your future? In what direction is your life headed? If you take some specific steps today and consistently in the future, where do you think it would lead? It is very important to be able to answer these questions at some point in your life. The earlier you do so, the better and you have to work hard to continue to keep your vision alive.
What is vision?
By vision I mean the ability to see where you are heading! It is the ability to see where your present action will lead you. Wise people are people of clear vision. To be wise is to know what results you want in your life and to be willing and aware of some of the actions that you must take to bring you to the envisioned destination. Vision is different from dreams in that you have gone beyond wishing to personalizing and appropriating what you see. Vision is a dream that has become so real to you, that it is influencing all the decisions you make today!
How can you see and have no vision!
It means you can see your present needs, the world around you, the challenges that you face but you are unable to see or envision how you would want tomorrow to be. The truth is that none of us can predict tomorrow, but I believe that God has made it possible for us to imagine and envision the future so that it can inspire us to action! To wake up everyday at a job you don’t like and have no plans for change is seeing without having a vision. What you want to do is determine to find out what you are uniquely designed to contribute to this world and work hard at it with the help of God until your take your last breath. There is so much joy and peace in doing what comes naturally to you and being paid to do it.
In my last Wisdom Webinar I talked about developing your vision, fleshing out your dreams and answered some questions on the subject of vision! I am sure you would take a lot from this video. It’s about 50 mins long. Enjoy!
The next Wisdom Webinar will be about keeping yourself motivated and focused on your vision. Register Now to get the reminders and links to attend! Reserve your space right now!
Share your thoughts!
Jump in! Add your wisdom to the discussion! Do you have a clear vision for your life? How do you make sure your vision remains clear? Are there any habits you have to help with developing your vision?