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Leave Nothing to Chance

     In the January 2011 edition of Black Enterprise Magazine, CEO, Earl G. Graves, Jr. writes in his Executive Memo, “some(people) are waiting to wake up from the nightmare(The Great Recession and sluggish recovery) hoping for a return to an era when credit was readily available, jobs were plentiful, and individuals spent freely. I’m here to tell you those days are never coming back. You need to fully embrace today’s economic and financial realities.”

     In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins writes, “You absolutely cannot make a series of good decisions without first confronting the brutal facts.” Are you ready to confront the truth or continue to bury your head in the sand regarding your current state of affairs? Are you leaving your progress in this New Year to chance or happenstance or do you have a plan of action to create your desired progress?

     Too often we miss God’s best because we spend too much time focusing on “what was” or “what we don’t have” versus focusing on what we do have! This doesn’t have to be your fate. You can reclaim your power to create and experience better.

Put the Odds in Your Favor

     It is crucial to your progress that you focus on the wealth of knowledge, talents and skills that you possess. Any change that you desire starts with positioning your potential in environments and around people that supports its growth. Do not assume that because of “what you can do” that others will take notice and provide you an opportunity. That would be leaving your progress to chance. No, instead, you have to develop a proactive strategy that puts the odds in your favor.

     Be of good courage and trust that the grace of God is sufficient in its ability to lead and guide your steps. When you have those gut instincts to take a particular action, consider how it relates to your objective, if it provides you exposure to new people, new experiences and new learning opportunities that helps you move forward, act upon it.

     It is important to your progress that you embrace what’s happening NOW. Complaining and murmuring about change will not stop it from happening. Change is the one constant in our lives. Individuals that are flexible and adaptable to it, adjust much better than those who resist or attempt to deny its reality. Instead of burying your head in the sand to a changing reality, be bold and embrace it with a fresh outlook, within it holds opportunities that could work to be in your best interest. You may not recognize it at first, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not possible to work out for your good. Napoleon Hill stated it best, “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

     Don’t believe your brain chatter that creates doubt in your ability to experience better. You have to draw a line in the sand on any self-talk that discourages and hinders you from taking action towards your desired experiences. You must focus on believing that better is not only possible…it’s doable by you! Through the power of Spirit, you’re more than capable of overcoming the challenges to your success and experience the victory you have in Christ.

Your Best is Yet to Come

     Seeds of greatness dwell within your divine potential. It is our Heavenly Father’s good will that you manifest the fullness of His power in and through you. Your season for better, for progress is NOW! It’s up to you to maintain a state of unswerving faith in the face of the brutal facts of your reality. Some people have had worse and done better than you; some people have had better and done worse than you, the only difference between the results is the choices that were made by each individual. You have to believe, think, speak, and act as if what you believe is so before it manifests.

     Embrace the truth of your “new normal” while at the same time raise your expectations that the fullness of God’s goodness will manifest beyond what you can imagine or think. Today, start thinking, talking and behaving as if it’s so. Don’t accept the “never lies”, “My situation will never get better”, “I'll never move beyond this pain”, “Ain’t no point in making the effort, nothing ever changes”, quench these thoughts with daily affirmations and acts of faith. This is the year for your turnaround. The days of wallowing in “what was” can become a distant memory as you face “what is” and take the steps to create “what can be”, leaving nothing to chance as you pursue greater possibilities.

It’s Your Move!~ Aspire Higher

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