I read a quote once that spoke to the fact that the difference between the thing that may go wrong and the thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when they go wrong, one is quick and simple to fix and the other is almost always impossible to fix. You can guess which is which.
There's a rhythm to life and in order to be successful, we must catch the rhythm and move with it. We can’t afford to be off-beat. We must use opportunities within their window. Sometimes, when we fumble opportunities, the situation is redeemable. But some opportunities are not so easily redeemed. You miss the window and it's gone.
Many of us are familiar with the ‘iPhone release cycle,’ where the good people at Apple Computers convene a meeting in September to tell us all about it, but the phone may not be available for sale until mid-October. The interval gives people time to build their excitement about the new release and gather their coins so that they can purchase the goods. Life seems to have a similar MO: we see things in our mind’s eye long before they show up in our lives. Sometimes, we get tired of putting in the work, and we settle for a version - or a replica - of the things we want. This is never a good idea. And the next time you're tempted to do that, think about my phone.
Believe me when I say I came across this story this morning and even though I had seen it before, it blessed my entire existence. I'll tell you why later. First, the story. Yesterday afternoon, I decided to treat myself to a great meal so I walked into the restaurant of a five-star hotel. After... Continue Reading →
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.