Little Lesson of Life Hey, thought to pause and share the things I am learning on the road to win. Here are some key things I am learning. Learning to make little adjustment within me to achieve the things I want in life. Here is a scripture that summed it up for me: Luke 9:23, “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
• Desire: the first thing I am learning is desire start with a thought, a mental picture of what I want, an idea or a wish of what I want, and any idea will work, will come to fruition if I can apply myself and do the work that is required to bring it to life.
• Do the work: once I have established the desire or what I want, it will require that I give up something for the desire to come alive. I need to deny myself, give up those things in exchange for the desire. So here is where the work starts, I need to determine what is required for the desires to be actualized. For example, if I desire to pass my exams, then I will need to read and study my books. This will take me off my regular free time I have to stay on social media, or watch movies, or gist with friends. So, I need to deny myself those privileges and liberate and focus on the desire. It means saying ‘NO’ to myself to indulge in certain things. It involves telling myself to get up early to read or stay up late to read when I would rather sleep or watch movies. Whatever the desire might be, I will need to deny myself, say no to certain things, and people to turn the desire into results.
• Consistency: Take up your cross DAILY. This part of the scripture gets to me. I have often just thought the scripture is “take up your cross and follow me,” I missed the DAILY aspect of it. The work has to be consistent, doing the work DAILY, every day, day in and out. Doing it once a week or twice a week won’t cut it. It has to be rooted in my routine. Make it a daily habit. Be consistent with doing the work. Stay on it long enough to be part of me.
• Prioritize: Lack of prioritization of our desire most often, derail our focus and split our energy in pursuit of the desire, and then this leads us to become unfruitful. It chokes the intensity of the idea, and this makes us give it up. Mark 4:19: “and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” Just learn it is called “Shinning Object Syndrome.” This desire for other things can be legitimate, and right in their own self. They could be what we want.
Here is an advice from Warren Buffet to deal with this. You can click on this link to read the whole story. He recommended writing the top 25 things goals we desire and focusing on the topmost five at a time. The other 20 should not be touch until the first five is accomplished. I am learning that little things make a big difference – a big door or gate rotate on a small hinge, a small rudder drives a big ship, a little adjustment in the way I do things will cause a big win. Keep winning!!!