........I found myself gaining favor in the least likely places and connecting with people that would take me to the next chapter in life. What felt like a short period of time; turned into years of unprecedented opportunities. From working with innovative companies, starting my own business, becoming a minister and also purchasing a new car. You couldn't tell me that I wasn't on top of the world!. That's when God began to reveal his next plans for me.......
In my last blog I covered the key components that made you unique. In this blog I am going to pick up where I left off at and continue to build onto the foundation that I've already created. In The Piece That Is Out Of Place Part I, I ended discussing how you are created uniquely by God and that you should use your uniqueness for your benefit. Lets continue from there….
God created each and everyone of us to be unique and to be world changers. Does this mean you need to run for President? No not necessarily(unless that is a goal that you would like to fulfill) but what I am actually referring to is using your gifts to make a difference in the world. When we think about world impact, there's several names that immediately come to mind. For example Steve Jobs,Albert Einstein, Aldof Hitler, and Rames II; we can agree that these individuals contributed in some way that changed the world.
What if I told you that you have the same potential to become a world affluential leader and you can be known as a history maker? What if this very moment your mind is creating ideas that could possibly awaken a person to dream? What if that dreamer influence someone else to take an opportunity to change the world? Would you begin to focus on the gifts you have to offer or would you go on with your day to day life and live without fulfilling purpose? What if you are the PIECE THAT IS OUT OF PLACE?
"What if the idea or invention you have been working on could change the world as we know it? Would you keep developing it and pushing your idea? Would you allow people to keep killing it? I want to let you in on a little secret...Every world changer faced failure and rejection but they used each occurrence as a motivator to change the world. Use everything thrown at you to fuel your ideas and never let no-one stop you from fulfilling what you have inside you."- James Lesesne
We take for granted that many pioneers went through opposition just like many of us are going through right now. I pondered on the statement above and noticed that there is so much unseen value in life that we will never know the true impact until we do the unthinkable.It could take place just by acting on a creative idea or finishing a vision that we once gave up on. There’s many of us that are giving up our dreams because we are told failure is inevitable. But did you know that every great risk has an greater return associated with it. What are you waiting on? Why are you giving up on your purpose,dream or vision that could've been on the verge of an breakthrough. Why be the PIECE that is out of place when you can be the PIECE that is in POSITION.
Position yourself for greatness and position yourself to excel at everything you put your mind too. What separates great leaders from your typical leaders is how they use their time to be productive. Having exceptional work ethics will take you a long way. You will see that great leaders are the ones that are making sacrifices when others rather do the bare minimum. They are not afraid to get in the trenches and demonstrate how things should be done. Great leaders are excellent listeners and take beneficial advice that will help others. You will see that they are not afraid to make revolutionary decisions when others rather stay in their comfort zone. They make the investment in others to help them reach a level of potential that once was not recognized by that individual.You can not influence the world by yourself. You need a team that will balance you out and help you in the areas that you are weak in. They are the ones that you can trust and you know that they think similar to you but their strengths might not be the same strength as yours. WHY do you need a team?
If you are like any great visionary, you will notice that your vision is somewhat larger than what can meet the eyes. Since this is so, you will need a cleaver team that will pull together their gifts and talents to produce the ideal solution that you need. For the most part, you will be the one that is seen but it is always the behind the scenes people that actually make it work. Collaborate with others and help others fulfill their dreams while you work on yours.
Never become so self centered that you can only focus on your purpose. Be willing to use your gifting to serve others. The world will become a better place if we learned how to not make everything a completion but however, focus on getting the same results. This results is to make the world better, more efficient and provide a future for the generations to come. Everything we do has to take consideration of the effect it will have 10 years down the line, 50 years down the line or even 100 years down the life. Don't forget how much much impact Jesus has on the world today 2000 years later.
We spend our entire life trying to fit in but we fail to realize we were created to be different. Each of us are made up of peculiar DNA that not only semblance our personalities but gives us distinctive characteristics that make us who we are today. Along with that, our personal experience contributes to our evolving character and personality. But what happens when we start to take on a false identity to accommodate others and not stay true to who we really are?
We all have had that one moment where we wanted to fit in or be the "cool kid". I remember when I wanted the Call of Duty game: "World at War". I was not a fan of the Call of Duty games (I was more of a Rainbow Six guy) but I wanted it because everyone else was getting this particular game for Christmas. I remember opening up the freshly sealed game case and placing the new disk into my Xbox 360. By this moment, I was glazing at the screen while I watched the game boot up. After only minutes into the game, I was already ready to brag about the game more than I was ready to brag about how bad I sucked at playing it. But who would have known I only bought the game just be a part of a discussion or just to fit in.
Being different is not being weird or creating unwanted negative attention but; however, it's the act of separating yourself from the common person and building a "wow" factor that leaves you noticeable. Webster dictionary states that different is “not of the same kind : partly or totally unlike in nature, form, or quality” Our society has a bad habit with associating "different" with a person's social skills, rather than the creativity that individual possess. So the next time you call someone weird or say you or they are different; analyze what you are saying pertaining to the key factors you use to make that assumption.
Who am I?
There’s only ONE you. You can search and compare every single person that is currently on this Earth and you may find someone with similar desires and characteristics but there is no one that is EXCATLY like you.NO one will have the same exact finger print as you, motives, desires or even thoughts. Your thoughts might be similar but not the same. We all have to learn who we really are and then we can then begin to set our self apart from others. I guarantee once you start tapping into your uniqueness, you will start to learn the very little things that make you who you are.
You will discover what drives, what passions you have, what inspires you and many more things. Take an inventory of who you are and write down your likes, dislikes, what makes you mad, what makes you cry, what you want in life, the ideal career, wife/husband, your dream house and even your future retirement goals. These are only a few things that will help you discover parts of you that you never even known. This will help you understand your DNA.
Who God says you are
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart….. (Jeremiah 1:5NIV)
God created each and every one of us. He made us all different and gave us all different gifts to help us fulfill our purpose in life. (Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV).The best way to figure out who you are is to spend time with God by praying, fasting and taking notes on what God shares with you (For who knows a person's thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:11 NIV). Also you can ask the questions mentioned in the above paragraph and as well find a person that will help pull out gifts that are lying dormant inside you. You have so much about you that you may not even know but with proper guidance you will uncover the known unknown.(For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)