Okay, this is now day 2, and I promised I’d get to the mind and soul part of this blog. I’m conflicted on which to write first. During meditation this morning I was really focused on the soul part, but then had electronic issues that pissed me off, so now I’m on the mind. Let’s just see where my fingers take me.
I suppose this part is both mind and soul. There’s a rule in life that I’ve learned over the years. It’s one that’s help me realize many goals and dreams. I’ve accomplish most of what I’ve set my mind on accomplishing. The rule is this, which is actually from the Word: Don’t start what you don’t plan to finish, and count the true cost before you make the first move. Then commit to it. Then jump. When I make a decision, I then make a plan, visualize the steps I need to reach the end result (write my vision upon the walls), and then settle it in my heart and mind to do what is required and necessary to achieve those goals (they will test resolve and require sacrifice), and then act.
Listen, this is important: Having a good idea never got anyone anywhere. Action and dedication are required. But, that’s not all. Action only gets the plan moving. Do you know how many great plans have failed because when the planner took the first few steps, things got tough and they gave up or changed course? I bet if you looked back you can see a long trail of unfinished plans and dreams. Those didn’t fail on accident. They failed by choice. It may have been an easy or hard choice, but it was still a choice. You chose to quit, you chose to give up, and you chose to let it go. There may have been good excuses, great reasons, or magnanimous consequences, but it was still a choice. The ONLY way to make a plan succeed is by making the choice to fulfill it.
One of our biggest problems when we make a plan is that we make plans where we don’t possess the tools, determination, understanding, or skills in order to fulfill them. This is a little complicated. On one hand, we should always strive to reach beyond ourselves, outside our capabilities, and above our limitations, but at the same time we have to be reasonable and practical. Dream. Oh, God, dream big! But then break that dream down into obtainable, sensible, practical steps. If you can’t see the path to the dream, you’ll get lost, detoured, distracted, and discouraged. Don’t be afraid to take risks, but be practical and honest about the true cost of those risks. Don’t lie to yourself. Be willing to pay those costs, or get off the pot and go back to half-ass your way through life. NOTHING good has ever been without sacrifice. NOTHING.
I once made a vow, just like King David, that I would not give to my God, or myself, that which costs me nothing. I would not be like Cain and give the least of what I had to fulfill a requirement, but to always give my best and with my whole heart – at work, at play, at love, and at life. That promise is not for anyone but me, for the sole purpose of being able to stand in front of the mirror and face that woman who has been through hell and back, and know that I’ve done my best. Whether I succeed or fail, fly or fall on my face. SHE deserves my best. I value my dreams and goals, and THEY deserve my best.
So for the sole purpose of reaching my life goals and dreams, I have to set my mind on what I want to achieve. I have to focus, fill my thoughts with the things that will help me succeed. I need to protect my mind and soul from people or things that will steal, detour, or destroy the plans I make. Not everyone in our lives is good for us, some will not only destroy the plans we make by messing with our minds, but they will also seek to destroy our souls. That’s what I’d like to blog about tomorrow – our souls.
Until next time,