The Obstacle is The Way

Hi Friend,

The excitement is in the air once again as we begin the countdown to our first event this year 2018.

Firstly, I want to use this opportunity to re-acquaint you with our three-pronged mission namely:

Education

  • Self-development: to help our community experience a mind transformation so people can break free of self-imposed limitations and in the process become their authentic self thereby enabling them to lead a rich and impactful life.
  • Corporate Leadership: to empower individuals with information, principles and strategies that will enable them at any level of their organisation leverage their influence to achieve maximum effectiveness.

Networking

  • Provide an environment for individuals from different walks of life to socialise and build an enabling network of people towards the fulfilment of their vision, dreams and goals for a richer life experience.

Philanthropy

  • Support other relevant not-for-profit initiatives by providing materials and assistance within the scope of the Tribe of David objectives and capacity.

Secondly, the Tribe of David events will be hosted at a NEW LOCATION this year: the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, Lot 13 Murdoch Road, Thornlie WA.

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Tribe of David events now hosted at: Don Russell Performing Arts Centre, Lot 13 Murdoch Road, Thornlie WA.

So invite and bring along your friends to have an awesome and immersive experience this March.

I look forward to seeing you. This is the beginning of an unprecedented mind renewal to facilitate the realisation of your dreams and vision.

Please follow the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/tribe-of-david-academy-march-2018-event-tickets-43478909589

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Get comfortable with failure to succeed

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Failure to Success

The attitude most people have in the pursuit of their dream is, ‘I want to succeed but scared stiff of experiencing failure in the process.” We seem to be oblivious to the fact that even people with great achievements have had a fair share of disappointments and frustrations. What we are often exposed to are their accomplishments and brilliance. Most achievements, however, have a backstory of challenges, setbacks, and failures.

Michael Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest basketball of all time, was once quoted as saying, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” It is not really hard to imagine how Michael would have felt every time he ‘failed.’ This is similar to what you experience when you drop the ball or when you fall short of realistic expectations, when everyone depends on you but you are unable to deliver the goods, when you struggle to lead your troupe to a much-needed victory, when your product launch fails miserably even after you thought you tied all the loose ends, when your ideas are perpetually consigned to the back burner because some perceive it is not market-ready, or when you face numerous rejection time and time again. In these moments, the attitude most needed is one that will help you keep your eyes fixed on the prize. Be determined to learn from your setback and start again on a wiser footing. Mark Cuban, Billionaire Entrepreneur, said, “I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how many times you failed. You only have to be right once.” Never allow the fear of failure to deter you from doing the hard yards. Failure is life’s way of giving you precious guidance to what is truly meaningful and fulfilling to you.

I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how many times you failed. You only have to be right once.

Another favourite inspirational story is that of Steve Jobs being fired from the company he founded – Apple. Most people do not realise that before he returned to Apple to lead it to become one of the most profitable companies in the U.S., he founded and failed with NeXT computer company and the Lisa computer.  Failure is not an indication that you are done with dreaming or your dream is not worth pursuing. Setback only means you have paid a price for a real-world learning, which you can mine for its gold in your next endeavour.

So what do you need to do to get comfortable with failure (learning) in other to succeed?

  • Be focused: Regardless of what you are currently experiencing, remain locked into the vision of your dream. Challenges and setbacks may often make your vision to become blurry. Experience has shown that loss of focus and direction is the greatest killer of dreams. So always take time out to re-focus your vision. Learn to develop a laser-sharp focus and attention to making your dream a reality. Remind yourself of the service and value you are resolute to bring to the world. Don’t be bogged down by what others are or are not doing. Maintain focus and stay committed and true to the vision of your dreams. In time, you shall be celebrated.
  • Refuse to be distracted: You cannot do big things if you are distracted by small things. Develop a system that will remind you of what is truly important. Starve your distraction, and feed your focus. What you feed grows.
  • Engage daily commitment: Have a daily commitment to completing a task/activity that will propel you in the direction of making real what you have conceptualised. Be invested in the realisation of your dream more than the doubts and the fears of spectators and armchairs critics. Be unrelenting in the commitment to excellence. Tony Robbins once remarked, “The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.”

Don’t allow the fear of failure to keep you from taking action. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory or defeat (Theodore Roosevelt). Remember, failure is success if we learn from it.

The gap between knowing and doing

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During the course of yesterday, I was scanning my mind for hints on what I could post today. At a point, I must admit, I felt everything on any topic that needs to be communicated has been covered – especially when you think about the volume of information that is put out there on a daily basis. It’s simply staggering! There are posts on anything you can think of – and I mean anything (It’s even pointless giving examples)!

Conversely, there is so much information out there, yet it can be argued that so little is being accomplished. We know so much (intellectually) but yet struggle with translating the knowledge into leading a fulfilling and satisfying life.

For instance, some people still make New Year resolutions – they have an idea of what they want to achieve, where they want to be, and when they want to arrive at their presumed destination – yet are not taking any actionable steps towards the realisation of their vision and dreams. Some continue to talk about starting own business, commencing a project, embarking on a weight management program, investing in their spiritual, psychological and physical well-being. Yet when the time comes to make concrete their resolutions, they simply tell themselves, “I’ll commit to [fill in the blank] next month.” Sadly, they are paralysed by some fear or anxiety, therefore next month never comes!lying tiger.jpg

We know by experience that with fear or anxiety comes discomfort. It is, however, suggested to people who allow fear to rule their lives that a sure way to overcome fear is to actually face it. But you retort, “Well, I get a temporary relief by avoiding to face my fear, so why face it?” Unbeknownst to such individual, avoidance perpetuates fear; and destiny is on the other side of fear. Others, however, know…but still, either refuse or ‘forget’ to do what they need to!

So why is it that some people know and move on to doing? Several factors may be responsible for this:

  1. Self-motivation
  2. Determination
  3. Resilience
  4. Timing
  5. Strategy
  6. Relevant support etc.

One important thing I have discovered, however, is that to move from knowing to doing you need to be aware of whatever is responsible for maintaining the status quo for you. For instance, a procrastinator may discover that he typically gives in to anxiety or fear of failure. An information junkie wants to know a lot before they venture to take the first action step. An individual who has suffered rejection in the past is waiting for someone to affirm or validate them before they embrace uniqueness and freedom. The list goes on and on.

So what do you need to do?

  1. Increase your awareness: Take some time now and reflect on what may be maintaining your status quo.
  2. Move from awareness to consciousness: Write on a paper (or in your digital device) three or four things you have identified.
  3. Learn from positive modelling: Bring to mind someone who may have faced a similar challenge but overcame it.
  4. Generate solutions: These are things that anxiety or fear may have prevented you from being or doing in the past. You do not need to wait for all the lights to turn green before you make your move. It is okay to adjust your sail as you go.
  5. The next 24 hours: Resolve to make the next 24 hours of your life count. Determine to take a step in the direction of your dream today, not tomorrow! Make that phone call. Schedule that meeting. Set that deadline. Ask for that gig. Discuss that proposal or service with that person.

You know enough to start you on your path. Don’t just be a life-long learner, be a life-long doer too. Bridge the gap between knowing and doing.

 

 

Are you ready to step on to the big stage? [contd.]

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In the last post, I addressed four key points you need to consider as you prepare to step on to the big stage.

Indeed, true greatness is distinguished by service and humility. Your path to greatness will be marked by your ability to discover and establish your niche in your world.

Below is a quick recap of the first four points:

  1. Your strengths?
  2. Your weaknesses?
  3. Where and from who do you receive most compliments?
  4. What problem do you enjoy solving?

5. What can you attempt to do differently, faster, cheaper or better?

You may need to extrapolate and rearrange ideas. Build on the ideas and insights of the greats that have gone before you. Learn from their wisdom and their mistakes. This might be a prerequisite to discovering your originality.download

6. What risks are you willing to take? What price are you willing to pay?

In his book, ‘Take The Risk,’ Dr Ben Carson provocatively stated that at times instead of asking ourselves the question ‘Why risk?’, an empowering question might be ‘Why not risk?’ Anyone unwilling to step out of the boat and into the water, out of his/her comfort zone, ready to test the limits and push the envelope is destined to live far below their God-given capacity. Ben goes to say he uses the following four simple questions to analyse a risky situation in other to make a reasoned decision. These questions are:

a. What is the best thing that can happen if I do this?

b. What is the worst thing that can happen if I do this?

c. What is the best thing that can happen if I don’t do this?

d. What is the worst thing that can happen if I don’t do this?

In addition, I will add, ‘how difficult will it be to recover from a worse case scenario?’ In other words, facing a possible worse case scenario, how easy will it be to bounce back? Are you willing to take the risk to be great? Are you prepared to pay the necessary price? It is said, ‘The good is the enemy of the best.’ What ‘good’ are you willing to sacrifice to have the best? Have you given yourself the permission to be great? As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). Think in ‘great’ terms. Think like the Greats. Greatness is within the reach of every man. The price and the risks involved might make it further though.

7. What time do you have?

Recognise that you have a finite time to achieve whatever God has destined you to accomplish on this side of eternity. Frankly, how do you spend your time? What do you spend your time doing? Show me what you invest your time in, and I’ll show you the kind of harvest you should expect.

Remember, greatness is a process. It is not a destination.

Are you ready to step on to the big stage?

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What is greatness?

The concept of greatness may be defined by a clear and perceivable advantage a person, place or object may possess in comparison to others of a similar type. The term ‘greatness,’ however might mean different things to different people.

True greatness is distinguished by service and humility. Your path to greatness will be marked by your ability to discover and establish your niche in your world.

Greatness starts with having the mindset of the ‘great.’ Remember, He who lives in you is greater than he who lives in the world (1John 4:4). So if the ‘greater’ One lives in you, the least you can be is ‘great!’ I challenge you to seek and understand the greatness of God’s power – the same available to Christ – for and in us who believe (Ephesians 1:19).2010_fifa_world_cup_football_stadium-t2

On the path to discovering greatness, focus on the following:

1. Your strength(s)?

If you were told it was impossible to fail, what would you attempt to do with your strengths and assets? You may need to conduct a self-assessment at this point. This is to evaluate what you focus on and consciously attend to. If you are typically drained of energy and vitality, perhaps you are spending precious time on your weaknesses and liabilities. One thing you should flee from is trying to be ‘who’ you are not. In other words, be the best you can be. Don’t attempt to be like another man. If you do, the best you will be is an imitation – a second best.

Further, be aware that some people may have an undue expectation of what and who you should be. We are peculiar beings with different genetic codes. Be yourself. Apart from God awareness, self-awareness is the next best exercise you can engage in. Know thyself. Understand your strengths – spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, material etc. Your greatest strength lies in your understanding of who you are in Christ and the power He has made available to you in Him.

2. Your weaknesses?

Underlying most traits of weakness is anxiety, fear, negative coping strategies, pain-avoidance, and inordinate pleasure-approach. As you attempt to harness your strength, your weaknesses will seek to undermine you. Recognise that some of your weaknesses may reside in your ‘blindside.’ Locate a genuine significant other that you can be accountable to (e.g., a mentor), and receive feedback from such individual.

3. Where and from who do you receive most compliments?

Who are the significant people in your life? In which area of achievement have these people showered you with well-deserved compliments? If you receive commendations in several areas, are these areas complementary? If the areas are not interdependent, which one is (or are) meaningful to you? Then, this is the way to go! Indeed, you may have the ability to do quite a number of things well, but you will only move towards greatness doing what is personally meaningful, relevant, and fulfilling to you.

4. What problem do you enjoy solving?

What problems do you solve for people? How important and relevant are these solutions? Are you solving problems for a thousand people; or for the one person who is in charge of a thousand people? Do you enjoy what you currently are engaged in? Although, understand that there are times you need to do some things you may not ‘enjoy’ temporarily, to launch you into what you enjoy. Joy breeds strength (Psalm 28:7). Harnessed strength leads to greatness.

…to be continued.

Stop Setting Goals. Period.

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    Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Setbacks and achievements of the previous year have been reviewed. You are now in a revise mode, getting ready to do what you always do at the start of the year: make a New Year resolution. For some, this exercise has partly or wholly worked. For others, however, simply check with them exactly 14 days from now, they would have ditched the resolutions which they enthusiastically signed up for at the beginning of the New Year.New Year Resolution.png

To this class of people, don’t despair or give up. What you need to do is change your language and perspectives around resolutions. Reframe your goals, and use the language of ‘systems.’ What do I mean? Choose projects and habits that even, if they result in “failures” in the eyes of the outside world, give you transferable skills or relationships. In other words, you choose options that allow you to inevitably “succeed” in the long run, as you build assets that carry over to subsequent projects.

Choose options that allow you to inevitably “succeed” in the long run, as you build assets that carry over to subsequent projects.

Hence, rather than asking yourself, “What goal do I want to achieve?” reframe this as “What persistent skills or relationships can I develop?” Attainment of the former is a binary pass/fail with no consolation prize, while the latter has a potent snowball effect.

I was one of those people who see blogging as time-consuming, with little pay off (at least initially). This was the case because I used to relate to blogging as a goal and not a system. Typically I’ll set myself a target of, say, a post/day. To my ‘disappointment,’ I realised that writing is a skill that requires a lot of practice. When I had to also consider fulfilling other crucial priorities in life, achieving my blogging goal became increasingly frustrating. Then, I was introduced to the concept of reframing goals as systems. The main points are that:

  1. Goals are best achieved when considered in the context of them occurring within a system. This is more crucial because, as human beings, we battle competing and conflicting drives and desires. For instance, I may aspire to attain lofty academic achievement yet have to work full-time to meet my obligations as a provider for my family. If I blindly focus on my scholastic goal, I may succeed in getting excellent grades in my studies but fail miserably to meet my family commitments. Conceiving goals from a systems perspective, however, allows me to be mindful of the need to achieve a balance between otherwise competing desires. In other words, a realistic option may be to combine work with part-time study. This may help me manage my academic workload more efficiently and effectively.

  2. Rather than concentrate on the achievement of isolated goals, focus on skills development. On the topic of “systems” versus “goals,” Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, in an interview with Tim Ferriss, the author of The 4-Hour Workweek, remarked that the first part of his system (with respect to blogging) involves practising on a regular basis. He noted that this helped him to “move from a place with low odds (being an out-of-practice writer) to a place of good odds (a well-practised writer with high visibility).” The second part of his blogging system is a sort of R&D for writing, which he used to develop several authentic voices and writing styles. In the long run, his posts were noticed, resulting in book publishing deals and other lucrative speaking engagements.

So as you prepare to make that New Year resolution, reframe your goals in the context of systems. Refrain from thinking in terms of binary pass/fail with regards to the achievement of your objectives. Rather focus on working on transferable skills and be open to the opportunities these may bring to you in the new year. So are you ready to make your New Year resolution now?

5 things to learn from Christmas to achieve your dream

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“Christmas is here once again”, a friend remarked, “how time flies!” Yes, this time of the year seems to jolt our senses to the reality that we are slowly coming to the end of another time frame. In the midst of all the celebration, shopping, eating and drinking, exchange of gifts and complimentary cards, we are also reminded of goals set at the beginning of the year – some achieved others aborted; setbacks experienced, and lessons learnt.                                        50-amazing-outdoor-christmas-decorations-20

In the light of this, I’ll like to share some thoughts on one of the most popular quotes of all time relevant to this season. Here we go:

  1. For God so loved and dearly prized the world…[PASSION]

What are you [obsessively] passionate about? What do you highly prize? An idea, the completion of a project, a service, a product, a mission, a value etc. Bill gates highly prized the idea of putting a computer in every home. Thomas Edison was obsessed with making electricity available to all. Martin Luther King Jr was passionate about social justice and equality.

2…that he even gave up His only begotten (unique) Son…[SACRIFICE]

What are you willing to give up to establish your idea, vision, project etc.?

Understand that passion triggers action.

3…so that whoever believes in (trust in, clings to, relies on) Him…[BENEFIT]

Who benefits from your service or product?

4…shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost)…[GAIN]

What does your product or service save your clients from? What will people miss out on, what loss will they experience if your product or service is not available to them?

5…but have eternal (everlasting) life…[VALUE]

What value do you add to people you serve? How does your product or service make your clients better? What is the life of your offer or value?

Reviewing your current life goals with these five elements (Passion, Sacrifice, Benefit, Gain, & Value) in mind will bring you closer to attaining them.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas as you reflect on the Reason for the season.

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Totally Relentless

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Some thoughts on relentlessly pursuing your dreams

What will it take to discourage or totally stop you from pursuing your dream?

Get used to getting uncomfortable. The road to living out your destiny is littered with challenges, rejection, setbacks, curveballs, and everything in between. The sooner you settle these, the better. Of course, there will be moments of excitement and victories. There also will be periods of reassessment of strategy and action plan. At this time, the pressure will get to you – as you may fear the disapproval of your actions and the excellence you relentlessly strive for. What most people do here is to seek ways to avoid the discomfort of rejection. Not you! God is mentoring you to get used to discomfort. Be calm on the inside when all hell breaks loose on the outside – When external pressure mounts and others begin to consider the possibility of failure as an option. God said, “Be still and know that I am God.” This is the time to be God-aware and peace-centered. Keep your eyes on the prize, not on external pressure or approval.

The things you are not willing to do because you find them uncomfortable are the things stalling your progress. Commit to doing those things today. Push past the apathy, laziness, and discomfort. You don’t have to love to do these things – tasks or activities – you simply need to do them. Failure to do them means you are resigned to your status quo. Set your eyes on the prize as Jesus did. He endured the pain and shame while he was fixated on the glory that awaited him.

To be relentless, you are willing to keep going when others have had enough and given up.

You need to develop your instinct to a degree that you know ahead of time what will be needed or required in your field. You have to know what product will become a ‘must-have’ in the near future, and begin to provide it or work towards it. Live in the present, and at the same time, place yourself in the future. Know in advance what skill to upgrade. Act in the present, but be also prepared for the future. Don’t let it catch you unaware.

Insight is just the starting point. You can’t become great simply by reading a book or attending seminars, or worse still, by wishing. Armed with the required knowledge, you need to be relentless in taking and committing to action at the highest level of intensity, every moment, in everything you do, constantly working on your craft, your skills, leaving nothing to chance.

Expect to succeed. Plan for it. Work towards it. Feel the reward. Learn to work quietly towards your goal. Refrain from telling people your goals, simply show them your results. Learn to enjoy the solitude of chasing after excellence. Most people are content to simply get by, to go with the flow or roll with the punches. Let your work have a defining signature of brilliance.

People who want to excel quit blaming others for the circumstances of their life. They take charge and assume full responsibility for where they are headed, and not where they have been. They decide what needs to get done and then commit to doing it. Whether they are teaching students, heading a team in a corporation, caring for their children; they take the lead. They do not wait to be told what to do, they are internally driven.

Relentless individuals are committed to goals and have a great work ethic, drive and unwavering focus to back these up. They are more into positive ‘doing’ than positive ‘thinking.’ They stopped entertaining excuses to explain the reason they are not achieving their goals. They live by the principle, “I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me.”

How to conquer an ‘impossible’ mindset

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Imagine you are going about your normal daily business, and suddenly someone grabs you, puts a hood over your head, bundles you hurriedly into a van (just like in the movies), and drives you straight to the airport. Still trying to process the shock, you realise you are now onboard a private plane, and unsure of where you are headed. 

Finally, after hours of travel, you arrive at an unknown destination. Then your ‘kidnapper’ takes the hood off your head and announces to you that you are now in Mahalangur, Nepal and your assignment is to climb Sagarmatha. At this stage, you are perplexed and extremely angry. You are unfamiliar with everything happening in your world right now. By some stroke of luck or knowledge, you interpret Sagarmatha to be Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on earth. All you are able to mutter to your ‘kidnapper’ is “You must be joking.” He calms you down and with the look on his face, you guess he is dead serious. He, however, offers to provide you with the necessary gear to proceed with this ascent. 

He assures you that he has successfully climbed this mountain and several others and is willing to provide all the support you need to get to the summit. You protest again! Your supportive ‘kidnapper’ proceeds to inform you that climbing this mountain does not pose any substantial technical challenge as long as you are willing to take one step after the other. He explains to you that if you are willing to take the initial two steps, you will be two steps away from the ground level and two steps less to the peak of the mountain. Further, after each couple of steps, both of you will pause and celebrate your progress. You now reason that, if you take four steps, you will be four steps from the ground level and four steps less to the Mt. Everest summit. Strangely, you decide to give it a go. Your focus is now on the here-and-now, taking two steps at a time, even though you keep in mind the ultimate picture of getting to the peak of the mountain…

So you may ask, “What is this all about?” There are things we all, at different times, want to attempt or achieve. These can range from tasks and activities such as extinguishing a bad habit, developing a new skill, to great monumental endeavours like developing a new product or engaging in a product launch. Depending on where we are in life, we may find what we need to do challenging, similar to climbing Mt. Everest. This is because the venture is new and/or we feel so inept – physically, mentally, financially, and sometimes spiritually. The morale of this story is that keeping in mind this idea of ‘Little steps-Big picture,’ we can, with an awesome dose of patience and perseverance, achieve incredible things. 

…keeping in mind this idea of ‘Little steps-Big picture,’ we can, with an awesome dose of patience and perseverance, achieve incredible things. 

This simple yet powerful concept can also be applied to mundane things. Imagine you have been procrastinating organising and cleaning your bedroom, office, home office, shed, kitchen etc. Indeed, you have the big picture of a clean, tidy, immaculate personal space in your mind. However, to achieve that, all you need to do is start by perceiving the whole space as consisting of different parts. For instance, if you intend to tidy your room, your little step might simply be to pick up the clothes on the floor, chair, bed and hang them or put them away in the wardrobe. When you have achieved this, pause and celebrate! Reward yourself! Savour the good feeling! Later, which could still be same day or another, tidy and organise your reading desk or drawer dressing table. Repeat the same ritual of pause-and-reward. Your next step may be to vacuum and dust your carpet and furniture. Then, you may want to move on to cleaning your vents and windows etc.

The point is you don’t have to do everything all at once. Break it into manageable bits (steps) and be content with taking a couple of steps at a time. Soon you are at the summit of your Mt. Everest, only to realise that you haven’t conquered Mt. Everest, but have conquered an impossible mindset within. Happy climbing!

What will you give up?

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“…Get up! He is calling for you.” Throwing off his cloak, Bartimaueus jumped up and came to Jesus. -Mark 10:49-50

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Typically, we all have desires, goals, or visions of a preferred future. This is usually not limited to areas such as career, relationship, finance, spirituality, physical or emotional health, or personal development. While some of us look up to and attempt to emulate people we consider successful in our area of need or expertise, others consciously or unconsciously are envious of these individuals. Resentment beclouds their judgment making them unwilling to sacrifice or give up ‘something’ to obtain their desired life or lifestyle. They fail to answer the golden question, “What type of ‘me’ do I need to be or what part of me do I need to change to achieve the goal I much desire?”

It does not matter what position you are in now. What begs the question is what you are willing to give up to get up. Are you willing to reprioritize your time, energy, and resources towards the achievement of what is relevant, meaningful, and fulfilling to you? Do you recognise that you are God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus so you can do the good things He planned for you a long time ago (Ephesians 2:10)? Do you realise that you have access to the same divine Godhead and resources that great individuals avail themselves of? Can you take the ‘cloak’ off your mind and truly approach the One who has come that you may have life, and have it in all its fullness?

Are you willing to reprioritize your time, energy, and resources towards the achievement of what is relevant, meaningful, and fulfilling to you?

If you will, I applaud your desire to get up, however, you need to follow this up with a corresponding action (and not just an action plan). Consider what you currently spend your time, money, and energy on. Can you account for how you manage your resources in a way that justify you truly want to live a life of impact?

I want you to begin to pay attention to the things that may conflict with working and staying committed to your vision and goals. If you are a working mother and a mature-age student (typically under immense academic pressure) for instance, you may discover that now may not be the best time to plan to attend the gym four days a week in order to get a well-toned body. “But some people do this,” you retort. It is important you realise that there may exist other support available to them that you are oblivious of. Therefore, rather than be unrealistic with the four days a week intention, you should consider starting with an actionable one day a week.

Another reason you may be behind on working on your goals is that you leave truly important things unattended to. Or is it that you are sacrificing what is important at the altar of what is urgent? Author Stephen Covey, defines important activities as those whose outcomes lead to the achievement of your goals whether personal or professional. He adds that urgent activities, conversely, are ones that demand immediate attention, and are often associated with the achievement of someone else’s goals. Most things in our life start out as important. Crisis, however, may suddenly promote some activities to the”urgent” category thereby leaving us a little time to attend to the truly important things.

Lastly, you may need to give up some comfort, increase your frustration tolerance, and come to terms with the things (thoughts, feelings, behaviours, actions) you have been avoiding or denying. Stepping out of your comfort zone is giving up your status quo to reach out for the great expanse of possibility you are destined for. So give up to get up!