For today’s Words of Wisdom, I had to share these thoughts from author, speaker, and businesswoman Sarah Jakes Roberts! In these crazy days with the coronavirus and quarantine, this one is vital to still make the progress we need towards our goals.
In this clip, Sarah brings up the quarantine and the uncertain times ahead. It’s definitely unnerving, especially with the rate that everything is going down. However, are we just going to take this time to relax and sit or are we going to make some moves happen during this downtime? “Are you just sitting back and letting this thing happen or have you decided that ‘Now is the time that I will apply pressure?'” Sarah asks her audience. “It’s time for you to become everything God has called you to be.”
Alicia Keys delivers a powerful Words of Wisdom video on the power of the words we speak over our lives.
In this clip from Oprah’s Master Class, Alicia talks about how negative she was in her early career as far as achieving new heights. She used to tell her writing partner, Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, “Well, probably with my luck, we’re never going to do this or that.” It was funny to her but Krucial never understood it and called her out on it. “That’s how it’s going to be if you say it’s how it’s going to be,” he told her.
It was then that she realized that the things we say nonchalantly over our lives (“Oh, that probably won’t happen for me” Or IF that actually happens…”) has power. They reflect what we really think about ourselves, our abilities and our future. If our words and thoughts about the trajectories of our lives are negative, how could we ever truly produce something positive and successful? If we don’t believe in ourselves and our work, and keep downplaying ourselves, we probably won’t give 100% to it which affects our results in the long run.
I’m learning this and trying to speak more positively to myself and have a stronger belief in myself. Because honestly, if you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else?
Here’s a powerful Words of Wisdom video from entrepreneur Sigurd Vedal to encourage y’all today!
In the clip, Sigurd talks about how most people settle for average while those who are highly successful go above and beyond. Successful people typically don’t fit in with a good bit of people around them because people don’t understand their commitment to higher standards and excellent work. But that’s okay. We should celebrate the fact that we are different in that regard.
I really felt this! This, in no way, is to make it seem like I’m better than people (clearly not), but I know that I hate doing average work or being involved in anything that’s not well put together. That’s how I’ve always been, which is why I HIGHKEY hate group projects because a lot of people are comfortable with doing the bare minimum to skate by. I used to feel like something was wrong with me because of that. But I get that it’s okay to want to do your best and operate at a higher level. Granted, I had to let some of my perfectionism go a bit, but I still give my all in what I do.
The same goes for all of you. Dare to be different in your execution levels and then find the right people who will support and encourage you on your endeavors and vice versa.
I wanted to share this clip from Steve Harvey with some Words of Wisdom about writing your life vision down.
In the clip, Steve talks about the importance of writing down your goals and the vision you have for your life. Without preaching to y’all, Steve mentions the Scripture passage Habakkuk 2:2-3 (paraphrase): “Write the vision and make it plain. So he who reads it will run to it, and even though it will tarry, wait for it. For surely it will come at an appointed time.“
I’ve talked about the power of vision boards and how I used them before. Whether you do a vision board or just a list of things that you want to accomplish in your life, it’s powerful to see your goals written down in one place. For me, it’s motivating and even more encouraging when I actually knock things out. Seeing what I have accomplished and what I still want to do pushes me to go harder and do better to achieve more.