The Next Positive Step(s)

I am one of those people that are unlikely ever going to be vegetarian in any form at any point in life. I love eating meat you see and hence why this popular saying resonates very well with me. “How do you eat an elephant?….one bite at a time“. (I have no plans on eating elephant meat, for the records. lol).

You can either think of the monstrous animal or think of just the piece of meat on your plate.

You can either think of the monstrous animal or think of just the piece of meat on your plate.


Some people recommend that you break down the big problem into very small individual tasks- which, if you are good with this, then no problem. But usually, when you are near breaking point, you are already sapped of the ability to logically break down the solution into actionable points. Hence why I recommend simply taking ‘The Next Positive Step’ that presents itself in the direction of your goal.

Sometimes we wait for the right combination of circumstances to tackle, the problem, no!

Today, what singular step can you take along the line of the option of actions you have decided on?

Today, what singular step can you take along the line of the option of actions you have decided on?And these steps/opportunities tend to just show up without a consistent structure, each time they show up, take them; as long as it is positively along the path of your big solution. After you take a couple positive steps, the oxygen you gain from making a little progress will help you strategize a little further and you will take one step after another, until the day, your giant is all swallowed up. Catch you soon.

Face up to the Situation

Really want to get out of the current rot! Stop cowering in that corner and staying in bed weeping your eyes out.

Get up and look your problem in the eye! I personally believe you physically should stand up to be able to look your problem in the eye. The good thing about standing up is that it enables you to visualise the fact that you are physically bigger than or equal to your problem, or at the minimum realise that your problem is not as large as it is when you are cowered down in the corner it has got you into. 


Face the brutal FACTS of your situation. 

In an analysis of some of the most successful corporate leaders in the world, you will like this – Jim Collins renown researcher in the field of corporate leadership established that the key difference between the most successful corporate leaders and their lesser successful colleagues is their ability to face the brutal facts of the situations their organizations were at. They want the facts, the statistics, the actual implications; they rejected, the feel good, warm, encouraging feeling that those who love you tend to want to bring when they see your situation and realise that they are probably incapable of helping you too. 

If you are still living in or seeking the warm comforts of words and expressions by people, the eternal optimists that assure you that things will get better and just to weather the storm and it’s going to be fine on the other side. Then you sure are not the kind of person, I intend to communicate with via this medium- because you need to get tired and frustrated with consolations that you and the giver know means absolutely nothing, if you truly are intent on getting over this situation.

It takes faith,…not optimism, to move forward!

ImageThe hope that SOMEHOW things will change is not faith. It is simply optimism! Faith moves, optimism waits!….and waits…even till the point of death.

The story is told of an American prisoner of war, caught along with a number of other Americans and held by the enemy, repeatedly abused and tortured for several years. Following his release and being awarded a national honour for devising a common sense method that helped his fellow POW’s (prisoners of war) survive the endless tortures by  teaching them to put a scale on the pain they felt; which helped them to mentally expect greater pain and therefore keep their strength for the worse, rather than the current pain they were feeling at any point in time.

When he was asked about the POW’s that died during the years they were incarcerated, his response “it was only the optimists that died. They always believed they would be released by Christmas, and then by Easter and then by thanksgiving and then the next Christmas again; they died of broken hopes and hearts”. Asked whether it was wrong to have faith like the folks that died he said ” I never lost faith that I will return home therefore I needed to ensure that happened”.

Faith moves, optimism waits!….and waits…even till the point of death.

I am learning not to be a mere optimist but one possessing enough faith to take what God has in store for me. Check out these four points that should move you from being a mere optimist to gaining the faith to move forward.

1. Is your belief for a change in your circumstances dependent on a person other than God and the incredible abilities he has deposited in your person? If it is, mind not who it is you depend on; your are an optimist not a moving with faith to your desired goal. On your way forward, people will always be important to your progress and some will be key to it; but keep your belief centered not on them, but God and this amazing creation he has made called you.

2. Gain knowledge of the way forward– read the word of God, get mentors, research books, speak with folks who have been where you are before, talk to the people you respect. Everyday, gain a new insight into the way forward and remember that all the sources and people here defer to the above first point. Recently I read a times article that listed the 25 best business management books of all time and because I intend to be successful in business, I have set myself a target of reading all 25. I am on the fourth….but I will get there!

3. Develop your strategy for achieving your goals– these should be built on the knowledge you have gained in No 2 above. You must have a plan; that’s what separates the optimist. If you want to live up to 100 years for example you will not neglect your health at 40- you will develop the healthy lifestyle that will sustain your body through that target age. That’s an act of faith not sheer optimism.

4. Get exceedingly busy implementing your strategy and learning more about the way forward on your plans. Don’t look back!

You will find how SURPRISING it is that it’s only the folks who are moving tirelessly in the direction of the change they desire that become  (in the sight of the optimist) “LUCKY”, “BLESSED” or have “AMAZING TESTIMONIES”.

I have chosen to be the ‘lucky’ guy, I have chosen to be the ‘blessed’ guy, I have chosen to be the one with an ‘amazing testimony’. I have a picture of the future and an unshaken faith that, rooted in God, I will not just achieve, I will surpass the dream.

God bless us, Everyone!