Can you find it!
All we need to live a significant life is buried deeply inside ourselves. It takes courage to go there to find our greatness and to work on our imperfections. Let’s not wait until it is too late to work on our weaknesses; let’s not take them to our graves. Our greatness is found in our gifts buried inside us. The problem is that we will discover our imperfections as well. Here are a few thoughts about inner work:
1. Don’t judge. Living without prejudices is one of the most important tasks for us.
2. There is no need for prejudice. The need to prejudge disappears when we realize we are all loved by the same God. We are all endowed by our Creator with many skills and abilities. We are all here to put them to good use.
3. We are all broken. All human love has a degree of brokenness. We are all imperfect. Why not think about brokenness. Whatever we find we can overcome. Learn that overtime we can grow our strengths until the overtake our weaknesses.
4. Find ability. Leverage your gifts. Think about finding abilities in others instead of pounding on their limitations. Learn to be biased towards the gifts and abilities.
5. Encourage greatness. Significance is always on the other side of suffering. No pain, no gain. No pain, no growth either. We all have the propensity to cling to the negative, compromising our potentials.
6. Never follow the crowd. A society that chooses comfort and pleasure over greatness and wisdom is a decaying society. Be willing to be different to make a difference. The world tends to focus on problems over solutions at a magnitude of 20 to 1. Be part of the 1. The crowds are self-deceiving.
7. Be true to yourself. Why not value covenants over contracts? Let your words match your deeds. The voice that whispers at us is the voice of our gifts. The voice that yells at us about our shortcomings. Listen to the quiet voice; learn to turn it up.
Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)