T every turning point in your life, a person is usually standing there guiding you, opening or closing a door for you. Baron de Rothschild, Europe’s richest man in the 19th century once wrote: ‘‘Make no useless acquaintances.” All of these are caused by complacency, meaning taking action is the seed of greatness. What we think or know or what we believe in is of no consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
If you are serious about succeeding at what you are doing, there are three steps you must take. One, do something. Nobody ever made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he didn’t know what to do. Praying and planning are good but doing something is better. He prays the most who works hardest.
God promised to part the waters of the Jordan River so that His people could enter the Promised Land. But the waters parted only after they stepped in, Joshua 3:11-17. Apply the same principle. Just get moving, you cannot do a thing correctly until you have started doing it. If you don’t know exactly what to do, just start doing something. The first step to success is, Do something. Two, Do something today. If you want to achieve your dream, you cannot follow the crowd.
Germany’s Shakespeare, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, whatever you can do, or think, begin it, for boldness has power and genius in it. The three essential steps to success are one, do something, two, do something today and finally, do something everyday. Stories of great people have always revolved around persistence: Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Disraeli and Nelson Mandela. If you want to know your future, look at your daily routine. You don’t determine your future, you determine your habits and your habits determine your future.
The secret of success is doing the right things day after day. But beware, in your desire to build a reputation, don’t lose your character. Reputation is what people think you are, character is what God and your relatives know you are. Never sacrifice your family for your career. If you do, you will end up winning the admiration of mediocres while losing the love of those who matter. Don’t sacrifice your spirituality (relationship with God) for material things. God told His people: ‘‘You may say to yourself, my power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember your Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, if you ever forget the Lord, you will surely be destroyed,” Deu 8: 17-18.
Aside of the do it now law of success, another characteristic of leaders is vision. Just as Walt Disney saw a happy family oriented Amusement Park many years before Disneyland was built, you also must carry the vision of this kind of goal. Every time you think about someone, remember a past event you are visualizing. Just learn to manage and control your visualizing capacity. Champions visualize their success in advance as they want to savour it as a new experience.
But failures usually visualize their failures even before the actual event. As a result, their subconscious have been programmed for failure rather than success. Apart from the Rozicrucian aphorism: Whatsoever thou resolveth to do, do it immediately, reserve not to the evening what the morning can accomplish, you must constantly feed your mind with exciting images of success. Through visualization George Washington, America’s first president and Benjamin Franklin, America’s first millionaire made themselves champions of world politics. For many years, week after week, they thought of a characteristic quality they wanted to embody. They visualized by imagining themselves as possessors of that quality. Over time these images became so deeply impressed on their subconscious such that the mannerisms and the person became one.
Piero Ferucci, in his book: What We May Be, explains how you can develop any quality you desire by dwelling upon it continually and imagining that you have that quality already. Read about what you desire, you are what you can be. Like professional athletes, rehearse your success in advance. Continuously recall your best performances at every stage of your life. Frequently, visualize your goal with such vividness and intensity that you can almost act it as your role. How clearly you can see this your goal will determine how quickly it comes into your reality. The reason why you need clarity is that casualness bring casualties. If you don’t have a clear idea of what you want, you end up getting worse things. As within, so without, so visualize your ideal life and with patience you will realize it in no time.
Our champion this week is Sir William Arthur Lewis, the black West Indies economist who shared with Theodore Shultz the 1979 Nobel prize for Economics for his studies of economic development and his construction of an innovative model relating the terms of trade between less developed and more advanced nations to their respective levels of labour producing in agriculture.
Lewis was born in 1915 in Castries Saint Lucia, British West Indies. He got his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from the London School of Economics after winning scholarships between 1930 and 1940. He was a lecturer at the LSE from 1938 to 1947.
He was appointed professor of economics by the University of Manchester from 1947 to 1958. He became principal of the University College of the West Indies between 1959 and 1962. He also worked as professor of economics at Princeton University from 1963 to 1983. He helped establish and between 1970 and 1973 headed the Caribbean Development Bank. Lewis was knighted by the British Queen in 1963. His several books included The Principles of Economic Planning (1949), The Theory of Economic Growth (1955), Development Planning (1966) and Growth and Fluctuations (1978). He died in 1991 at Bridgetown Barbados. He was the first blackman to win the Nobel prize in Economics.