There is so much excitement in the atmosphere for all of us this very day. The mere fact we are alive means we have much to be thankful for. In the moment of truth, we find that we cannot do anything else but do what is necessary. That is why we must “Always Be Ready.” A soldier is a good example of an individual who has to be ready at all times, especially when they are on the battlefield. They have very little to no time for second guessing when the enemy is gaining close. In order to protect the troop and themselves, they must act quickly and be decisive about the right tactic to take out the enemy. Like a soldier, we must live in the moment in and always be ready to grab those opportunities that will get us where we desire to go. We do not wish for it to become a series of missed possibilities.
The beauty about the human potential is that it is infinite. We never really know how much we can achieve, because we rarely tap into this undeniable energy. We tend to be ready one minute and the next – let’s just say that we start to conform to the status quo. We get to the point where we tell our self, “I want to be normal.” I use to fit that mold. I was not willing to accept the principle to always be ready. Always be ready to take on that next challenge of growing my faith, studying, career revitalization, managing my health and structuring my wealth. It is sad that most of us may never experience our true potential because our perception of what it takes to get ready and stay ready is so limited. The fascinating thing about all of this is that we can train ourselves to always be ready. This is a daily practice, just as how you learn to tie your shoe lace as a child or master a game you love. We can begin to put into practice some specific things that will challenge us to always be ready.
Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success. ~ Henry Ford
If you are like me, you want to make this happen right away. You want to begin to do the things that will give you the “soldier’s readiness.” As you join me on this journey, we will first need to address some key areas of our lives. To start the process, I suggest we take some time to answer the following “kick your butt questions”:
What do I have to lose if I fail?
Who or what is my greatest enemy?
Why do I feel like I need an approval to make the next move?
Who or What is stopping me from making that decision?
When did I ever just let go and live?
Those questions are geared at making you think deeply about your “Why”. Each time you come to a conclusion for one of those five questions you begin the process of what I call “Retrospective Evaluation.” This is simply a process where you document your thoughts by looking back at how you got to where you are. You will take the time to trace out a pattern that allows you to find what led you to that specific moment when you realize you were not ready. Every time you are met with a dilemma in your day, week, month or year, pull out one of those questions and ask it to yourself. Write down your thoughts and begin the process of mapping out how you arrived at that point of not being ready. As we become consistent about this we find that our mindset starts gliding in the direction of always being ready. This is a technique that we can use in any area of our life to get positive results. We cannot allow time to slip by without us finding our true calling when all it would have taken was the will to “Always Be ready.”
Today, I am overjoyed to be living in a time when I have a choice. When we look back into our history, there wasn’t too much of that and so our ancestors weren’t always aware of when and how to be ready. However, we have such a great privilege now and we should use it. Jesus Christ had a charge for his disciples and it should be something that we can all point to for some wisdom. He declared:
“Therefore, be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh…Watch, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” Matthew 24:44 & 25:13
Are you and I ready to practice being ready always? Let’s do this!
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