One thing I’ve told myself that I think everyone else can benefit from is this: I only have one life to live, and I must make it count.
I have made peace with the fact that I have been given only one life to live. Once to live, once to die; and after that, I must account to the Judge. In all this though, I’ve realised that the Judge aligned this life in such a way that no matter what happens, I am the catalyst that ultimately makes things happen. I am actually in control, if that was not the case then there wouldn’t be a need for me to account to Him.
In all these things, no matter what happens, I’ve learned to say “this too shall pass”. In the midst of failure, I press on, marching forward with the understanding that “this too shall pass”. In the midst of success, I press on marching forward in joy, with the understanding that I must use my season of plenty to prepare for the season of scantity. Preparation is ingrained in the formula of success.
In the words of Winston Churchill, “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
I’ve realised that giving in to fear can rob you of life’s precious moments. Fear of losing, fear of living, fear of failure, fear of speaking up, fear of being alone, fear of being rejected. All these and many other fears are designed to rob us of the most precious gift God has given us – the gift of life.
To navigate through life in the midst of these fears; one has to have a deeper understanding of their purpose, the key questions they need to ask themselves are:
1. If I could only do one thing with my life, what would it be?
Warren Buffett has a great formula for this; he says: List 25 things that you are good at, or talented in. Encircle the top five talents that you have, and after that encircle the bottom 20. He says, you then need to focus completely on the top 5 for the rest of your life. You are to avoid the bottom 20 completely, forever. Treat them like you would an enemy, basically.
2. If I had no limitations, what would I want to do with my life?
Imagine if you had no limits. What would you do with your life then? What would you do if you had no bills to pay, no bond, car payment, or groceries to pay? What would you do with your life then? The answer to this question channels you to your purpose.
3.What will make me want to face a challenge bigger than me?
What is it that would give you the courage to fight on even when you don’t have the strength to do so? What type of challenge would energize you instead of draining your energy? The thought of me achieving my dreams keeps me alive. What keeps you alive?
4. When I stand before God, what would I want him to congratulate me for?
When God looks at me and says: well done, good and faithful servant, what will it be for? See, it’s important to look forward to being congratulated by God, but it’s equally important to know beforehand what those congratulations will be for.
I wish you success. I pray that you fulfil your purpose
CEO, Quality Growth International