Well hello, friends!
I’ll have you all know that I had not forgotten about you all these past few months. I thought of posting many times but never had a sufficient amount of inspiration to write out my thoughts.
Remember in my last post when I said, “Even as I write this, I know God is working in the background…”? Well, turns out, He was. And this time, He really outdid himself. I was introduced to something I have been looking for my entire life, and I didn’t even know it. I have been training my body, my mind, my heart for this my whole life, and I didn’t even know it. This post will consist of all of the things I’ve learned from the opportunity God presented me with, and then I’ll tell you what exactly the opportunity was that I snatched up and embraced. Today I am twenty-one years old, and I am reflecting on the things I learned at twenty.
1. Thriving Mentality. For a good portion of my teen years, I was merely trying to get by. Even though I (thought I) was a follower and believer of the Creator of the Universe, I was truly living life with survivor mentality. I lived every day like my life sucked and then wondered why people didn’t want Jesus as their King. God does not want me to merely survive. God does not want me to simply be happy. He wants me to THRIVE. He wants me to live life with ABUNDANCE. Life didn’t happen to me- I happened to life. Watch out, world.
2. Motivation Comes From Action. For too long, I thought I had to wait for a moment of motivation in order to accomplish my goals. I don’t know why I kept this mentality for so long, either, because it really never worked. I always became more motivated to finish my homework after I started it. I always became more motivated to work out after I got to the gym. Action breeds motivation and motivation breeds expectation. Expectation is they key to success. Listen to your body and do the opposite. If success were convenient, everyone would be successful.
3. Who am I Listening to? I learned to stop taking advice from people who are not where I want to be in life. This includes finances and lifestyle. Do you know where you will be in five years? Find the person who has been doing your job for five years longer. I see so many kids shipping off to college to get a good job only to find that the job they wanted requires much more than they expected and, although it may supply the finances they were wishing for, does not support the lifestyle they pictured in their mind (a good marriage, time with their kids, etc.). How many college grads took the time to interview a person in the field they were going for before they dropped 50k in school loans? I’m not against college, I’m against people being fooled. Are we still friends?
4. Butterflies. If I am not getting butterflies in my stomach every day from the excitement of what I am working towards, I am going backwards. There are nights I do not sleep from the excitement of my goals and dreams. My hope for our nation is that more people find what gives them these butterflies and never deviate from the path that will get them there. Nobody has to stay at a job that does not respect or reward them. I don’t care your age. If you don’t take action at 45, you’ll regret it at 55.
5. Relationships are Everything. I shake my head when I think of my past because I remember specific times when I proudly declared that I “hate people.” I thought I was so unique and funny. A wise man (my dad) once told me that in order to have friends, I must be friendly. That was a true kick to the teeth. Here are a few more: Do I hold my tongue from spouting off annoyances to my coworkers but release every critical thought to my family? Do I grant my family and friends the same grace as I do a customer at my job? Would my family recognize me at work? It is basically common knowledge that finding a job is not as much about your credentials as it about who you know. Am I planting seeds every day that will lead to a harvest if my current circumstances fail? If my enemy were murdered, would people point at me as a suspect because I couldn’t hold my tongue and was constantly bashing this person? I recommend the book How to Win Friends and Influence People.
6. America. I live in the greatest country on the planet. I am grateful for freedom. I am blessed to be a part of free enterprise. One nation, under GOD. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
By no means am I trying to say that I have all of these things down pat. What I am trying to say is that I work on myself daily, which is a step up from the majority of our population.
Now, what was the opportunity that God presented me with? The privilege of being a part of the greatest team of leaders in America. The honor of representing a company that has paid out $40 billion in bonuses since the 1950s and has never missed a paycheck.I am a part of Amway Global and Leadership Team Development. No, I’m not a millionaire yet, but the success principals that this team of people has taught me far exceeds any amount of money I can acquire. I am so glad I didn’t take advice from people telling me it was some kind of “scam” or “pyramid scheme”. Now, I surround myself with winners daily and have found true friendships.