Honoring the Legacy and the Purpose

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So on this day, a day in which we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who was the very definition of courage and living fearlessly, it makes me think about the things that we take for granted. I’m not talking about just being grateful for our health and our family and the luxuries we’ve been able to afford for ourselves. I mean those things are definitely nothing to dismiss in any way. But there are other things that we sometimes don’t appreciate the way that we should like our gifts and our purpose.

Everyone has a gift to be used to fulfill their purpose in this world. I don’t believe that there is any one person that doesn’t have a reason for being on this earth that is not solely specific to just them.  When we waste so much of our time resisting those gifts, questioning that purpose, and second guessing whether or not we are properly equipped to carry out the mission that we were given in this life, we are taking for granted our opportunities to make this world a much better place.

Just think of what it would be like if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had resisted the gifts that God gave him, or questioned the purpose that God gave him at every turn. Imagine if he allowed any fears that he might have had, not just for himself but for his family, do the deciding for him in whether or not he took on the fight that he did. What if he had allowed his doubts to win and let the purpose he was given go unmet. I would hate to think of what this world would be like had Dr. King not honored his gifts and his purpose.

What Dr. King managed to achieve in his short time here on this earth is more than most people accomplish in a lifespan of a hundred years. If we just stop doubting ourselves, our gifts, our purpose, and be appreciative for the opportunity to fulfill that purpose then what kind of change could we continue to make for this world. How many lives could we possibly affect if we just let go of the second-guessing and be grateful that we were equipped with the gifts necessary to make a change in this ever so crazy world. So when honoring Dr. King today remember that he was a man about taking action and go act with purpose!

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Planning Means Nothing Without Action

“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.”

~ Napoleon Hill 

Someone told me the other day that you only get good at what you do, so if you do nothing then that’s what you’ll be good at.  Now granted that he was telling me this in reference to the suicides that the guys in the gym had me doing yesterday but I’ve been thinking a lot about how this applies to a lot of things in our everyday lives.  How many hours of the day do we waste doing nothing?  

We spend time planning what we are going to do but then lay around trying to figure out how to carry out our plan.  Why is it that we can’t just cut out all of the time we waste planning for months on end, instead just jumping right into action?  Now of course there has to be a plan, so I’m not saying that planning in general is a waste.  What I am saying is that sometimes we can get so completely wrapped up in the planning stages (and believe me, I do it all the time myself) that we seemingly become inactive.  

We get excited about our plans and try to make sure that all the details of those plans are ironed out.  But we only can be good at we do, so if we do nothing (but plan) then that is what we will continue to be good at.  My message to you all today is to go take those plans that you’ve got hidden in your desk drawer, or tucked away in a box, or saved in a file that you don’t touch often, and put them into action.  Until next time…Don’t just be someone who plans to make things happen! 

 

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