Last week I tweeted the following:
Opportunities don’t always knock. Sometimes you have to create them.
By now, I wish I had a calendar full of speaking engagements, but I know they’re coming. Though there have been leads that I haven’t booked, I know someone’s waiting. When things don’t go as planned, it’s easy to lose focus and ask questions such as:
What do I do now?
What did I do wrong?
What must I work on?
Personally, for me I ask myself, not why, but what now?
What can I do now to quench the thirst I have that knows I was chosen to share my story to touch and impact many lives?
Mark Twain wrote, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
I wasn’t born just to speak, but also to empower. I wasn’t born just to entertain and make people laugh with my style of speaking; I was born to inspire. I wasn’t born to follow the crowd into mediocrity. I was born to blaze new trails and lead others to do the same.
I know the reason why I am alive! Which is why, I can have a bad day where I am knocked down. In fact, the referee may even be close to counting me out, but right before he is able to ring the bell, I am back on my feet.
I am a fighter. I know one door closing doesn’t mean another one won’t open. I have to keep knocking. I have to keep working. I have to keep believing.
The greatest enemy you will ever fight is yourself. You will doubt yourself, question your abilities and have moments when you don’t believe in your talent.
Don’t quit. The opportunities you are waiting for may not magically appear. Some you will have to create. Others you will have to claw and fight for.
The past two weeks, I spoke to twenty groups of students. Four days of sharing one of my keynote messages for five straight hours. It was physically draining because I made sure my delivery and enthusiasm was at its best for each group.
Last Friday, however, I was dealing with a severe head cold and my entire body ached. I didn’t think I was going to make it through five sessions, but I did. As I took the microphone and shared my message, I was strengthened. There is something invigorating about living life with purpose.
I’m not going to sit around and wait for opportunities to arrive. I will create them.
If I really believe my purpose is to empower and help people, I will find an audience and do so. It doesn’t matter if I speak to 5, 45 or 4500 people, I know my purpose and I will live like it.
Do you know why you were born? Do you know why God created you?
You have a purpose.
If it’s to write a book, stop wasting time and write it.
If it’s to record an album, find the resources and do it.
If it’s to start a business, get your finances in order and start it.
If it’s to graduate from college, be diligent with your studies and obtain the degree.
Whatever your purpose is, create the opportunities today to help you achieve it.