A new outcome is on the horizon. The struggle is real for a lot of people. The pressure of life has presented tough challenges that make people want to quit. Some people lost their jobs last year. They lost love ones and some people even fell sick to terminal disease. Some people are fortunate their challenges have been isolated and easily contained. For others the sacrifices and or challenges are starting to show. The blows of life have lined up to take turns on your spirit, leaving you wondering, “What’s next?”
Yeah, it has been tough, but now is not the time to quit. Everything isn’t going to be easy in the new year and some struggles may continue, but you can make it. Who cares if things aren’t where you want them. That is a universal story. You still have breath in your lungs. Use what you have and begin to build a plan to get to where you want. Write out a plan: “In three months I am going to be here. In 6 months I am going to be here.” Establish a marker to evaluate your daily activity and plan to succeed.
I know some people will be critical of you. They will say things like, “Didn’t you do that before?” or “Your plan won’t work because of past issues.”
Kindly remind them they aren’t encouraging your future, but reminding you of their fears not yours. It isn’t a New Year’s resolution. It is a continuation of your future destiny. You are destined to succeed! You are destined to achieve. You have to work at it. You can’t give in to thoughts of “what if I fail.” Live on top of your situation. Don’t let the situation live on top of you. Take responsibility. Look for those who will help. Organize, strategize, and most importantly, pray. Give yourself the assurance that there is a bigger picture in life than the four corners of your world.
Doubt, unbelief, disappointment, discouragement, critics, and naysayers were designed to populate your thought life. Don’t give them an ounce of energy. Instead fill your thoughts and actions with motive. Fill yourself with the kind of motive that drives you to consistent action. Educate yourself. Value your time. Don’t waste a moment of your time around people who don’t value or appreciate you. Watch only what inspires you.
Keep a journal. Chart your activity. Make yourself a product of discipline. Get hungry on the inside to see change. Become enamored with the desire to see the type of change that will blow people’s mind. You have a place in this world to be and do something that no one else is capable of doing. I am not talking about your job. I am talking about your purpose. A new day is dawning.
Jesse J. Wilkerson is the principal of the local architecture firm Jesse J. Wilkerson & Associates. His column appears every other Monday on the Business page.