Imagine walking on a seashore of a beach and you discovered a decorative gleaming long neck glass bottle with a removable cork. You pulled the cork and instantly, a smoky shaped Genie figure oozed out the neck of the bottle. The Genie tells you that he has mystical powers to make your life easier. Much to your amazement, the Genie then say that he’ll grant and fulfill two of your greatest wishes! Would any of your two wishes be something you passionately want to do in life? Or would both wishes be self-gratifying desires.
In reality, the good news is that you don’t have to look for a Genie in a bottle, our heavenly Father can be relied upon to fulfill the desires of your heart. From the moment you came into the world, you were molded and wired to do something for greatness. You have unlimited wishes you can request – just seek Him first!
So why is it that most people feel like they’re trapped in mundane work; unable to move toward that ‘thing’ they really want to do? What is keeping individuals away from their passionate work? And why can’t they just start today and dash or sprint right into it?
Most will give you responses that leads to financial security or the fear of not having sufficient earnings to live. Others will say they don’t have enough time; especially if they have a young family, ever increasing job responsibilities, church/civic duties, continuing higher education, and yes, yard work.
Many will know their passion(s), but stay clear away from it because of the above excuses. Only a few will break beyond those reasons and plunge into the challenge to dash toward their passions. Those same few will also delay gratification just to balloon their [at-the-start] non-generating passions. The pursuit toward your passion can start of shaky and difficult; yet gratifying enough to keep you up during the wee-hours of the night! Comedian and National Syndicated Radio DJ Steve Harvey said “Your career is what you’re paid for. Your calling (passion) is what you’re made for.”
Wondered if you began to channel your energies to pursue your passion? Many famous people did…and the moment they decided to advance toward their passion; their personal finances substantially increased, their network of influence grew, they were able to impact the lives of people wherever they traveled, and they grew spiritually in the direction that God led them.
So what’s stopping you again? Can you move from “I wish I could…” to “I will become…?”
Your passion(s) is/are waiting for you…run to it!
The brain is the most integral organ of the body. Without the brain, I can imagine us being mindless creatures with no purpose – just like the apocalyptic zombie characters wandering around in AMC’s cable television epic thriller “The Walking Dead.” Weighing between 2.87 and 3.1 lbs., the adult brain physiologically functions to exert control over the other organs of the body. The sensory of “thought” rouses our intelligence to react or perform, especially when we want to execute on a set personal values.
Our creator masterfully designed us with the ability to think and feel; His design was and is for us to have dominion over the creatures of the Earth (Genesis 1:26) – this of course carried a huge level of responsibility. We were created with a desire to take care of ourselves and those around us. We were gifted with the ability to articulate to one another. We were intelligently built to produce and exchange tangible commodities or consumer durable goods to satisfy our lifestyle. Lastly, we were given the chance to prove our well-being to make a difference for others.
It is a great opportunity to live in a democratic society where you have the freedom to talk and express the things manifesting in your heart. Your heart has been aching for a long time to do something purposeful, now it’s time to program the brain to move on that very thing! Now is the time to transform what you’ve been talking about and put it into ACTION. The city of Rome wasn’t built in a day, but what you build now could eventually outlive you and/or grow beyond your wildest imagination!
A = Active the Brain
- Stimulate your thoughts. Carve out some time each day to brainstorm the idea you have. For me, the best setting is usually early mornings.
- Read, research, and review. Spend quality time to gain knowledge from books, workshops/conferences, leading experts, or even your place of work!
C = Challenge Yourself Daily
- Do something that you’ve never done before. If you have developed a homemade product to sell and want to share it with your friends, be willing to use the product on yourself first for a period of time. You are your best customer.
- Dare to be different; take on a new hobby that connects with your idea or vision.
T = Tell Your Story
- Showcase the idea to those you feel will help you win the track lap of victory!
- Be prepared to disclose your formula to a respectable venture capitalist as in ABC’s television show – “Shark Tank.” On this particular show, entrepreneurs who dare to enter the “Shark Tank” must try to convince the tough, self-made, multi-millionaire/billionaire tycoons to part with their own hard-earned cash and give them the funding they desperately need to jumpstart their business ideas. You might say to yourself, “My chances to meet a successful business millionaire is slim to none.” I say, don’t undermine the prospects of meeting a person of wealth. It could happen!
I = Initiate the Idea
- A solid business plan will solidify your future wealth-plan.
- Create SMART Goals: Are your goals Specific? Are your goals Measurable? Are your goals Attainable? Are your goals Realistic? Are your goals Timely?
O = Outline the Benefits
- List the benefits/awards of your Idea. Your idea should: uplift someone, empower the un-inspired, raise a person’s esteem, enhance an individual’s lifestyle, or compliment a customer’s well-being.
- List out the people who will benefit from your Idea.
- Surround your idea with positive-encouraging words.
N = Network and Negotiate
- The word network as defined by Merriam-Webster means interconnect with group or system. Nearly all ideas need some level of work between groups of idealist and pragmatist. Before you every launch an idea, you should carefully select individuals who possess pragmatic thinking skills. A pragmatist leans on grounded/sound logic above anything else – whether the answer is pleasant or not, while idealist has the hope that all things yield a positive end result, even in the face of chaos or defeat. In this process, balancing the two actions are essential to ensure your idea has been tested thoroughly.
Now are you ready? Great!
Let’s go people and do some good!