2017 was a tough year for all of us. From the orange bum pretending to be presidential tweeting unfathomable comments from his high chair, to natural disasters tearing down cities and islands (P.S. Flint still doesn’t have clean water). There have been a plethora of sexual harassment ordeals, to continued police brutality and lack of empathy for the plight of the black and brown. In summary, we’ve had a lot to deal with. But through the grace of God, we made it through the first quarter of 2018 regardless of how difficult it may have been! As the saying goes, things get worse before they get better. I don’t think any of us are trying to hear that right now, I know often times I’m not. But nonetheless, we have to push through and persevere even in the face of what may seem like defeat or a major setback. Our mindsets will ultimately dictate our actions or lack thereof.
I was recently sent a commencement speech video from Denzel Washington and one of the principles he articulated to the graduating class was to “fail big”. We’ve often get stuck worrying about things that we truly have no control over, or we make excuses as to why we cannot start and or finish a task/project. For example, when you start working out, in order to properly develop muscle, you have to work out until your muscles fail and become fatigued, that’s the only way they’ll become stronger. It’s a terrible feeling waking up after your first work out – sore AF. But as time goes on and it becomes routine, your muscles get bigger and stronger and once you start noticing results, pushing through becomes that much easier and that much more rewarding.
Most people never “fail big” because they’d rather “play it safe.” Here’s the thing, there’s nothing wrong with playing it safe, but how could you expect to fulfill your purpose if you don’t step out with an undeniable belief that you can achieve your goals? God doesn’t make a move until you do, that’s just how this works. Generally speaking there are dreamers and there are doers, I’m challenging you to be both.
Your darkest days can be the inspiration for your greatest accomplishments, it just comes down to how bad you want it and what you’re willing to sacrifice to achieve them.