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The Right Track- Episode 5: Fundamentals “Faith is the Substance”
Alright in this episode we go back to Ancient wisdom. Many of you may know the saying, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” found in the Bible. Although this isn’t a religious discussion, I think both religious and non-religious folk can benefit from an understanding of faith because we all use it. If I were to sum up faith I’d say it is BELIEVING something before SEEING it.
Break down the word substance and you get Sub Stance…What is sub? Sub means below. Think of Sub-Zero, underneath zero. Or, submarine, submerge etc…all of these things have to do with something being below. But below also can refer to something being at the foundation. Therefore faith is the foundation of things that you are hoping for. While I was researching this I found some synonyms for foundation. The main one we could use is “heart.” Faith is at the heart of what you are hoping for. This means that all you plan to accomplish in your life will take a measure of faith. Great men of today such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg (hope I spelled it right lol) and others had enough faith in their ideas that before they actually fully reached their goal they made certain decisions such as dropping out of college (some great colleges) to pursue that goal. Now, I’m not saying to drop out of college, nor am I saying that faith is blind. What I am saying is that these men put faith into action. They had a vision and their faith caused them to take action and work on the vision as hard as they could and those moves of faith have now allowed them to surpass their wildest dreams.
But, one synonym I found for substance that I loved is “AUTHORITY.” That was so powerful when I saw it. Faith is the AUTHORITY of things hoped for meaning that whatever it is that you are hoping for, not only does faith lay a ground work for it, but it also commands your hopes and dreams and goals into reality. Now, I don’t want you to think I’m talking about magic nor am I saying it will be easy. These men had to work very hard and so has anyone who is successful but that is the very thing, you would never work hard at something if you didn’t have faith that it would eventually produce the result that you hope to see. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team but he kept working hard because of faith in the hope that he could play with the best one day. He wasn’t the primary star on his University of North Carolina team and he wasn’t even drafted first when entering the NBA, yet not only do we know his as the greatest basketball player ever, he was even able to have a brand named after him which endorses some of the top athletes from not only basketball but other major league sports as well. I dare to say then, faith is the substance of MORE than you could ever hope for!
The Right Track- Episode 4: The Avengers
This was one of my favorite episodes. I love movies, but I don’t just like watching movies just to watch them. I love pulling out certain messages and principles and find in them. One of the major things that stuck out in the Avengers movie was internal conflict.
Loki, the “antagonist” (look it up my young people), did not have to do much in order to begin wreaking havoc on Avengers and on the people of Earth. Why was that? Because, the Avengers had internal conflict going on amongst each other and began to doubt one another’s motives and ethics. Soon enough it came to the point where they were doing battle with one another. This contention allowed Loki and his goons to infiltrate. Now although the Avengers eventually won in the end, they suffered significant losses in doing so. But, once they got right amongst themselves they became an unstoppable force to reckon with.
OOOOHHHH Baby! What does that mean for you? Some of you, or rather us, are suffering significant loss from our haters and from life in general because we still haven’t gotten right within. We have not aligned the right actions with the right principles, for the right reasons; what I like to call character. Like Lauryn Hill asks in her song…”How you gon’ win when you ain’t right within?” You state that you want to do one thing but your habits produce the opposite result. How many of us say we want to be healthy but are still consuming little fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, and water? And let’s not even talk about a decent exercise regimen. How many of us students claim to want the 4.0 but yet still go to bed late, wake up late, watch an excess of television, never go to extra help, stay out partying, and cut class? You’re not right within and so you, WE, have left the door open for our haters, poverty, low living, stress, bad health, and bad relationships to infiltrate. It’s time to stop warring against ourselves. There are enough outside factors that will attempt to blockade us from success, let’s not help them out as our own hindrance…What ever your goal, dream, or idea of success I guarantee you have a much better chance of attaining it if you get right within.
The Right Track- Episode 3: Hall of Lame “BOSS”
Hall of Lame represents anything that is used with negative connotations and people seem not to really understand the true essence of the word. It seems like everyone wants to talk about being the BOSS these days. In episode 3 we took a look at the way the word is used and then we focused on what it truly meant to be a BOSS.
Most people who use the BOSS terminology in pop culture have been using it to project themselves as being above and beyond everyone else. Most times I find people using it but none of their actions resemble that of a BOSS. Many times people will actually use the term after having made a comment about tearing down the esteem of others and then refer to themselves as a BOSS. So, I figured let’s look at some true boss characteristics to see what it is that we find a boss to be. There are three very basic things that I thought of.
1) Servant- people who usually become a boss in the real world do so because they learned how to be the best servants. When I say “servants” I don’t mean slave, but rather I mean the ability to first do the task given to them by their current boss or leadership and then the ability to go above and beyond and find things that need to be accomplished before the boss even points them out. Eventually, when the opportunity to be a boss opens up you will be one of the first considered because of your work ethic.
2) Problem Solver- Not only do people hire bosses because of their work ethic but ALSO because they feel the boss can solve a problem or fill a void that the establishment is experiencing. So, you have to be a thinker. Most people who are able to solve problems are also able to be in control of their emotions and think clearly through a situation. I’ve seen many people calling themselves the BOSS and their whole conversation carries a bad attitude. How can you lead when giving off that kind of vibe? How many problems have you been working on solving around you? If you can begin to focus on being a problem solver now, I have no doubts that you will eventually be a true boss, doing it big and living it big.
3) Bigger Servant- This may seem redundant but repetition deepens impression and there’s a bit of a twist here. Some people have it backwards. Many folk think that once you are the boss there is less work to do. “I command others to do work” is the thought that passes through most folks head. Let’s see how can I put this…WRONG!!! Ask anyone who takes being a boss seriously and you will find that they often work longer hours, come in earlier and leave later than others in their establishment. They also continue doing the tasks of those that they lead. And, we usually respect them even more. Don’t we usually love leaders who are able to identify with and continue doing the tasks of their employees or constituents even if it is beneath their qualifications? YES. Bosses usually still have to answer to someone higher than them so they have to both direct some folk and take requests of others. That’s double the task.
Strive to be a true boss…not just a Social Media boss.
Episode 2: Pink & the Brain
If you are an 80’s baby then you probably remember the cartoon series named “Pinky & the Brain.” This was back before flat screen televisions like what you younger folks may be used to. Here is the important thing to realize about these to lab mice however. There was a question that was always asked and it didn’t matter what the episode was about. Pinky posed to Brain this question every single night, “Brain, what are we going to do tomorrow night?” and Brain would respond with excitement “Try to take over the world.” I know many of you may not think that’s deep but I want you to realize that Brain would say this at the end of each episode and do recall that every single night he failed, but every single night he already had a plan in advance that he was not going to give in and that his goal would be accomplished no matter what. Question: Why have you given up on your dream just because it failed this time? How much is your dream worth to you? How much do you value it? Do you believe in the dream to the point that you will reach for it daily until the day you die? Do you even have a dream that is worthwhile? I want you to begin to dream again. You NEED to dream again. Brain didn’t just have a dream however. There was always a continual plan night after night to reach the mark. He didn’t get discouraged very easily. I’m telling you that you need to a develop a backbone that can believe even when there are more failures that achievement on the way to your goal and I need you to be obsessed with successfully completing the tasks necessary to reach the top.
Episode 1: Independence Day
When I shot the Independence Day video I had two focuses for you guys in mind. For one thing, we shot the video in advance on July 2nd. When you study your history you will find that to be the actual day that the U.S.A. became independent. However, it was July 4th that it was officially recognized and declared. So what’s so special about Independence Day and why did I use it to illustrate my point? It seems myself and many others I know have had many events over the last few years that have left us often feeling as if there is something restraining us from truly reaching the heights that we dream of. To many of us it doesn’t make much sense that we have gone to college as our parents advised us to do, yet we have no jobs and no substantial income or career to validate the degree or to pay back school loans. Many of us feel like we bring in enough money simply to pay expenses and make it back to work the next day. Our lives are mundane and our frustrations have increased tremendously. Strain has been put on our relationships with our loved ones. Divorce is at an all time high. Sadly, that it a statistic that I am a part of. Children and parents are separated from each other. Just like the USA had an Independence Day, it’s time for you to experience an independence regarding your life. It’s time for you to regain control. So we are seeking independence from financial struggles, health issues, educational setbacks, career issues and relational problems. It’s time for you and I to make a decision to wage war against the things that have kept us bound for way too long.
Secondly, I put the video together when I did because the first half of the year had just ended and the second half was just beginning. Many of us didn’t have a great performance in the first half. Luckily when this happens in sports, at halftime the team has a chance to restrategize. And so, my goal up to the new year and continuing in to 2013 is to help us all to win in the second half.
Remember that movie “vantage point”? It was all about the different ways one event looked based on where you viewed it from…look at your life from a different angle and keep your hope!
Another screenshot from the end http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIYcri4oOIQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player