Know Your Vision
Seek to know yourself. That means who you are and what you are meant to do in this side of heaven.
With that vision,, advance positively towards that dream. Do not fear people or ask for their approval when you are pursuing your unique dream. If it’s not unethical or harmful to others, you don’t need their permission to pursue it. Stay invested for the long haul on what God has called you to do. It’s always challenging for people who want short term pleasure to build what you are meant to in this world.
Know your vision and keep it yours.
If you can have one word that defines or describe your vision what would it be? Start seeking what that one word. It maybe more but keep it to a singular term for simplicity sake. Mine isn’t a word, its a letter “O”. O stands for orphans whom I have clearly heard from God to care and empower them. “O” is also an endearing term for anything I love and am connected with, like my O’car, my O’guitar and my O’things (which incidentally is the name of my social enterprise)
Focus On Strengths
Know your strength and use it profusely. When you do what you are good at, all the things you are not good at, surround yourself with people who can help you. Take advice but don’t take many opinions when many want to offer them to you to sharpen you. If opinions gets too overwhelming and is not helping, stay away. Keep with those who can add to your strengths. You should be known for your strength rather than your weaknesses. When you use your strength, you are recognising the gift that has been given to you by God. And being faithful to this gift is always a very good thing.
What is the one thing people say you are good at? What do you think you are good at? Mine is envisioning and building a team towards that vision. Knowing my strength helps me be clear of my role here. What about you?
Leverage and Love Failure
Failure is not a bad thing if you don’t allow it to remain one. Every failure is a big step forward towards your goal if you take the lesson and do not give up. It’s part of the process for you to know yourself and discover your strength (through knowing what you are not good at doing, what you like or don’t like). Failure really makes you wiser and you should not see it any other way. Leverage failure as a stepping stone to the next level makes you love failure when it happens. Failure also makes you human and soften the harsh journey of endless achieving. Being reflective and embrace people around you who will also fail makes the journey more human and hence greatly worthwhile.
With every move and transition I make, I know I have exhausted all possible way forward. It appears like a failure to move on. Maybe it is a failure, but I learn to move on with the lesson, knowing myself to keep focussing on my strength and leverage that failure.
It’s so worthwhile knowing myself and it’s given me great joy in the journey.
How about you?