Be Empowered, Be the Exception!
These first few months of 2020 have been exciting for me. It feels like a culmination of things I have thought and experienced over the past year, and some experiences have come full circle. Accomplishment is what I feel when I think about what I learned and started because of what I discovered, mostly about me. These last few weeks have allowed me to work on evaluation and elimination. The importance of assessing what I need to transition out of my life. These moments remind me that entertaining excuses, especially my own, is a waste of time and hinders progress. Also, I observe that my patterns and the behaviors of others reveal the importance of personal evolution. To operate on a higher frequency requires the constant elevation of our thinking. Small-mindedness and judgment get us nowhere. In the past, I have discussed that to have effectiveness in our lives; we need to practice excellence. Our “yes,” what we agree to, should always be excellent. I want to use this conversation as a launching place for the work you will need to do to move forward. The Bible tells in Proverbs 29:18 without a vision the people perish. What is the vision you hold for yourself?
As you keep your mind and heart focused in the right direction, approaching each day with faith and gratitude, I believe you will be empowered to live life to the fullest and enjoy the abundant life He [God] has promised you! (Victoria Osteen) What does it mean to be empowered? To empower means to make someone more reliable and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights. It also means to give someone authority or power to do something. Having assurance and knowing what my rights are, not only as a global citizen but as a child of God, is what makes me both capable and confident in the work that I am doing and want to do in the future. I am unapologetic about my wanting to share my gifts to make people better. My purpose is, “Empowering the Practical and Possible in People,” starting with myself. My work is to get people to understand anything is possible for their lives when they do the necessary work. We cannot skip the practical steps it takes for us to operate in our purpose while trying to live the best life that we seem to all be discussing. There is nothing wrong with wanting a great experience, but it does not just happen. To design a better existence for ourselves, we have to get clear about our yes and no; and we also need strategic synergy with others. What does this mean? It is carefully designing and planning your interactions with people and circumstances in proportion to your calling. Being empowered comes from the constant infusion of the right energy and useful information. Who and what you interact with matters if you are going to be the exception!
Be the Exception
“Good fortune often occurs when you stop expecting life to present opportunities to you, and you start presenting opportunities to life.” (Rasheed Ogunlaru) There is a statement that says, “Rules are meant to be broken.” Although I have great infinity for rules, ineffective rules have no standing and need to be broken. Rules are a prescribed guide for conduct or action. We have seen in our history, how rules have to be either evolved or eliminated because they are antiquated or just morally incorrect. It is lazy, whether as a group or as an individual, to hold on to procedures, traditions, or habits that no longer fit the objective of the group or development of the person. When you operate as the exception, you are saying that the rule or rules do not apply to you. What I mean is you will not allow yourself to be boxed in and relegated to the limited mindsets of others. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (NIV) If your aspirations are God-ordained, then you need to pursue them with passion. God does not require a man or woman to cosign the work He has called you to do. To be the exception, you will have to break away from the pack, disregard the status quo, and follow the voice of God wooing you to your destiny. Do you want to be accepted, or do you want to be the exception? It’s time to decide.
You Are The Project!
“Every project has challenges, and every project has its rewards.” (Stephen Schwartz) What is the most important project you will ever facilitate? The answer is this; you are the most significant project in your life! Yes, you have callings to answer, work to accomplish, people to influence, but it all stems from you working on your most important project. YOU! Your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health is essential to this process. You can’t give what you do not have. I watch leaders ignore this need for self-care, and they are less than effective in their endeavors. Besides, when they don’t see it as vital for themselves, they dismiss the importance of it for their followers and those they need to influence for better. Burning the candle at both ends means your light dims faster, and you burn out quicker! The work you need to do requires a full-on campaign of consistency, persistence, and excellence. Get clear and then get started because the work of your purpose is necessary to the world.
Are You Ready?
As you progress forward, make your empowerment your priority. Your DNA is evidence of your being an exception. You are not like any other person that has ever lived or will ever live. It is time for you to be who God created you to be and follow the purpose He has placed down on the inside of you. Know this; you are just getting started. “… It does not yet appear what you shall be…” (1 John 3:2) I pray that the vision you hold for yourself will be that of an Empowered Exception, ready to accomplish great things THIS year!
Until next year… Be empowered!