How much easier will our lives be if, the first day we notice a problem, I treated it as it is: a problem? They may not be inconvenient, or may even be nice to deal with, but they’re still problems. And there is a way that problems should be treated.
If all you're willing to do to achieve your dreams is pray, you might wake up ten years later and still be praying, unless God decides that he just wants to help you. But even then, it'll be a lucky break - a fluke, not something you can reproduce two weeks later.
I used to think of Bob Marley as a revolutionary when I learned that he wanted us to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery. But is it not true? Do we not need to emancipate ourselves? Why will we allow ourselves to be manipulated into sitting still in the midst of others going about their business? Who has sitting still in the place of movement ever helped?
And I learned to stay woke and keep an eye on what's going on around me and never be paralyzed by the fear of leaving my comfort zone. Because sometimes, comfortable can become a coffin and like the frog, we may not realize it until it's sealed shut.
One strategy that you've practiced a hundred times will serve you much better than a hundred strategies that you've practiced only once.
Thinking about the games of hide and go seek that I played as a child made me think about how I've chosen to hide, rather than step out and pursue opportunities because I don't want to step out on a limb for fear that it might get cut off from under me. Living like this will ensure that I don't get hurt but it will also ensure that I am not able to achieve anything, because there's no ROI on anything hidden.
I'm learning that life is a journey - I personally like to think about it as a road trip - and on this road trip, I need to keep my eyes on your own lane and follow the instructions from my control device, otherwise, lanelessness is not the worst thing that could happen to me.
Potential requires hardship to hatch. If you shield the canyons from the windstorms, you would never get to see the true beauty of their carvings. Adversity is necessary. It does bring out the best in us.