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Facing The Enemies Within
Kenny Ray Morgan
Fellow motivational speaker, Gary Eby once said, "Change is a door that can only be opened from the inside." How true indeed; for everything constructive and destructive comes out of the human mind. And if that destructive side is to remain inactive and dormant, you must constantly counteract all negative thoughts and behavior with positive affirmations; along with a conscious and deliberate effort toward action. If left unchecked, these destructive forces will unleash an army of life-debilitating enemies; which like a vampire, they'll suck the life out of your hopes, dreams, and aspirations. So stay vigilant and be quick to recognize these five "dream snatchers", for as you will see, they are all deadly and in some way or another, they are all interrelated.
Have you ever felt as though you had a very good idea, which you just knew would work? Perhaps, it could be financially lucrative; while at the same time, providing a very beneficial solution to a problem for mass consumers. Each day you spend time and energy thinking about and contemplating the success and rewards possible. However, you fail to do the most important thing...ACT! That is, making the decision to take the necessary action to implement your idea. Then guess what invariably happens? Someone else gets the same idea, and instead of contemplating to re-evaluate, to consider, they took the bull by the horns and made it happen. Now you're left with regret and self-directed anger, wondering what could have been. You have just become a victim of one of the major enemies from within, "Indecision", the inability to make a decision at any given point and time. Most people make the choice not to decide, for fear of making the wrong decision. But remember; not deciding, is in itself a conscious decision not to act.
One of the major reasons for the enemy of Procrastination is our tasks, projects, or goals seem so large when we approach them that, we become discouraged and overwhelmed. As a result, we dread even thinking about taking action. One of the best techniques I've found to defeat this is to break the task down into its lowest common denominator; or in other words, break it down into small manageable pieces. With this method, you focus on one portion of the task at a time, not going on to the next task until the current one is complete. Success is "commitment to completion." Utilizing this very simplistic approach, you'll gain confidence and resolve to complete each task with a new sense of enthusiasm. As Dr. Robert Schuller would say, "By a trial, it's a mile; by the yard it's hard, but inch by inch anything is a cinch". Think about it this way; if you had to, how would you eat an elephant?" One bite at a time.
This enemy is perhaps the most notorious one of all. Everyone is afraid of something. Don't give me that "no fear stuff." I'm afraid, you're afraid, the people you meet on a daily basis are afraid in some if not many ways. Whether it's the fear of failure, the fear of loss, or the fear of rejection, no one is immune. Statistics reveal that over 85% of people allow the fear of failure to outweigh their desire to succeed. One of the best ways to deal constructively with our fears is to face them. Easier said than done, I know. Take Joe for example. At his performance review, his manager indicated that his presentation skills were quite weak and suggested that he join a local Toastmasters club. Over time, with constructive feedback, after attending meeting after meeting, Joe began to display competence and confidence that was once practically non-existent. But, because he chose to take courage and face this terrible enemy within, Joe has since advanced rapidly in his organization. Just as Joe found out, it takes courage to confront your fears. Mark Twain once said, "Courage is not the absence of fear; it is control of fear, mastery of fear." When we practice doing the things we fear, eventually the death of fear will be certain.
This enemy is all too common in life and is all about time. So when we squander it away, we literally waste away our existence, which is our precious gift from the Creator. We must be involved in managing our time. When it comes to time management, there are two key essential things we must do: 1) Set Priorities - Successful people do things in the order of their importance. Prioritizing your tasks from the most important things to the least is a vital step toward taking control of your life. Next, after prioritizing, you must 2) Focus and concentrate single-mindedly on one thing at a time. Wasted time is the cousin to the enemy of Procrastination; for wasted time, more often than not, is a result of procrastinating. Remember; Time management is really life management.
Research has found that 90% of the things that we worry about never come true. So, why do we habitually worry about things, the majority of which never come to fruition? FEAR! Worry is a sustained form of fear, which comes as a result of the inability to make a decision. One of the classic ways I find to steer clear of the worry bug, is to just take action against that which worries me. And as for those things over which I have no control, I make a concerted effort to release them; just let them go. I have an affirmation that I often recite, which reminds me to let go. It may be of some value to you as well; "The heavy chains of worry are always forged in idle hours; therefore, I will become consumed by my actions." As you begin to take action, your level of confidence and self-esteem will rise, and when this happens, you'll have a sense of control and your fears will dissipate. Remember this African Proverb; "If there's no enemy within, the enemy on the outside can do us no harm."
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