What if the big thing you’ve been praying for happened today or even tomorrow? If you’re an entrepreneur, the big thing could be landing your ideal-dream client. If you’re a single mom it might be landing the perfect job that gives you financial freedom and more time to spend with the ones you love. Perhaps you’re a creative — your greatest song or grandest idea has just put you in the room with the right people who can change the trajectory of your life forever. Would you be ready for this moment? Would you be prepared for this small sliver of time?
I am not one who knows a lot of people but I will say I know a small group of influential people who are movers and shakers in their industries. In asking them questions in an attempt to learn as much as I can, I have found that the most tremendous successes of their lives can be traced back to small moments — small moments of preparation. One thing led to that thing, and that thing led to this thing. It was some coincidental exchange of words while waiting to get their car serviced or a casual conversation in an elevator….and BOOM…destiny collided….just…like…that.
I honestly don’t believe the determining factor to a person’s success is whether he or she is much smarter than the next. I think it comes down to being prepared when a good opportunity presents itself. I strongly believe in prayer and am convinced of its power to change things, yet at the same token, prayer will never replace action in us doing our part.
I’ve had a chance to catch a few episodes of a singing competition called “The Voice” the past couple of weeks. Now…you talking about some good singing?? They are laying it down…pop, country, soul, and everything! Though America may be just learning of the contestants’ talents, the majority of the contestants have been singing and preparing for this moment for years and years. It’s obvious that they’ve worked hard and put a lot of time into their craft. For some, it will pay off in a big way.
My point is if we want to do anything worthwhile and sustainable in life, we have to do the work and do our best to stay ready for when “the moment” comes, because it will come. You can’t always predict the future but you can definitely create it by having the essential things in place. Here are a few things that have been helpful to me in my defining moments along the way:
- Be specifically clear on what you want to do and WHY you want to do it
- Research your area of expertise or industry as if your life depends on it (You can only have a future that you have knowledge of)
- Move from research to action
- Be prepared to explain or demonstrate your area of expertise at a moment’s notice (with as few words and little time as possible; 3 minutes or less is ideal).
All in all, be authentically YOU — confident in your own skin, your style, with your own flavor. In the words of my mom and grandmom, Ms. Candye, if you stay ready, you won’t have to get ready! 🙂
May peace and prosperity be with you always.
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