WHAT A SUCCESS!!
Despite my early success, I want to truthfully share that my journey had been filled with life’s challenges, struggles and temptations. Along the way, I had my fair share of complications, difficulties and problems to resolve and overcome. Some were incidental. Others were self-inflicted. In the next few pages, I will share with you some of the encounters I had when I started making good money and real big bucks every month. I was caught in a pitfall which I was totally unprepared for. The trap: LUST. Whatever you may possess today- whether much or little, big or small- if you do not have the prudence to manage these valuable resources, assets and talents such as time, energy and money, whatever you have will be taken away from you abruptly and drastically! When that day comes, most people would find that they are unable to face up to such situations. The key to lasting success is this (adapted from Luke 16:10) : Be diligent and faithful in the little responsibilities that are given to you so that the Almighty can trust you with heavier responsibilities, bigger tasks and greater resources.
Taking Responsibility & Being Accountable
The day we cross from the stage of dependency to the stage of independence no longer under our parents’ charge, we automatically assume responsibility to take care of our own time line. This requires a sense of duty and care to plan and be responsible for our own futures. Nonetheless, we have seen so many who simply live day-to-day, without much thought and preparation for the future. In many instances, when reality finally catches up with them, they get caught off-guard and suffer the pain consequential of their careless attitude.
Take steps to look at your own time line. Have a moment of review, reflection and evaluation about your journey thus far and also contemplate on your journey ahead. Take a moment to ponder and seriously consider the needs for change, adaptation or even reinventing yourself to be better prepared for the future –your future.
Just like the story of the master and the servants – if you do not take responsibility to be accountable to the resources, gifts and talents that are entrusted with you, then whatever you have will also be taken away from you.
Are you organised? Are you taking steps to move forward? Your time line is dynamic and must be handled with care. Your own failure to acknowledge and accept Accountability and Responsibility will ruin your loved ones who are dependent on you and also the older person that you will be someday.
My parents’ ignorance or failure to take Accountability and Responsibility changed the future of my family. The cost of oversight or denial can be very painful with long-lasting implications.
Five steps to start with in taking charge of your future:
– Have a plan
– Identify your present resource position
– Allocate your resources at the right places with the right advice
– Establish a series of capital preservation programs and enhance your savings as you move towards the retiree stage.
– Institute a proper distribution and succession plan for your loved ones
Vision vs. Reality
Without vision many will perish. It is good to have a clear Vision for the future. However it comes at an unusually high price. Here are three options to managing your future:
1. Stick to your VISION and fight REALITY
2. Accept REALITY and compromise your vision
3. Accept REALITY and give up your vision
Everyday l wake up with a Choice with regards to how I use my Time, Energy and Money. The elements of VISION and REALITY confront me constantly! Everyday, I have a choice to make – to fight Reality and achieve my Vision, to accept Reality and compromise my Vision or to accept Reality and give up my Vision and don’t wake up from my sleep.
Without a doubt in my mind –
“I will try and try and even though I fail, at least I have tried.”
I will never give up on my Vision for anything. I am here on earth for a season and I have nothing to lose if I try and give my best. The rewards are not in the destination we arrive at but the life lessons we have learnt along our journey, that is: What makes us stronger, tougher and more resilient to face life’s challenges and battles.
“Success is not by Chance. Success is by Choice.”
Take the challenge today and be the architect of your life. Design it well and to your advantage. Be focused in the endeavours you have committed yourself to. In due season, you shall reap a great reward. Your future is worth it. Live it well.
Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only TODAY.
Let us begin.
Will discuss on the 3 Lusts that we will encounter when we succeed in my next Financial Literacy. Joong our Free Classes with in Cebu or Ortigas Manila. @ https://finwaze.com/seminars-classes/category/financial-literacy/
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