GAME TIME: LAST ROUND- ARE YOU READY?
By Je'Don Holloway-Talley
So the Fall is here, and so is the 4th quarter (in the business world). You've had 9 months to get to this point, and 9 months of momentum to carry you through the remainder of the year. Some of us had a laundry list of goals and plans to achieve this year, and some of us may still be on track to finish strong, while others may in fact have to regroup, and catch up! And if the latter is your current position on the court/ in the ring, that's ok! Knowing is half the battle!
This post is not for the extra focused person who has remained in a trance of tunnel vision all year long. If that's you, then there's not much I can offer you other than #Kudos! This piece is for the man/woman who has experienced hardship, distraction, obstacles, and discouragement this year, and by result have been sidetracked from their goals. YOU are the one who I want to come back like Jordan! YOU are the one I want to spark a renewed sense of purpose, ambition, and calling, within! I'm talking to YOUR spirit man/woman because I need you to WAKE UP!
The negative forces of the universe (spirits of apathy, discouragement, loss of Zeal, etc) are all key characteristics of the forces of darkness. Satan comes to STEAL, KILL and DESTROY; and you are not exempt! Perhaps your visions, and dreams are so GREAT that the devil can stop at nothing to deter you from what God has laid before you. Only thing is, you didn't know what was reeeaaaally happening.. Get my drift? You didn't recognize the changes in your atmosphere to be that of which they were: SPIRITUAL WARFARE! You thought it was just the twists & turns, and motions of life, all the while; you're actually under attack! You have to cover yourself, your family, your business endeavors, your life, EVERYTHING! You have to cover it all, using the armor of God! The Most High has made these weapons readily available to us. All we have to do is seek his word, recognize it's power, and covet our affairs!
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…” (Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV).
Meditate on this passage, and apply it to your battles. After that put a plan into place, and go full throttle!
1. REFLECT: Recognize your area's of weakness & opportunity, and come up with ways to rebound from those mistakes. It is only after retrospection that you can truly see clearly, and recognize when and where you got off track. Then you will discover how much ground is left to cover.
2. RE-ASSES: You must take time to asses your new discoveries! The goals you set at the top of the year may or may not be completely achievable at this point, and the reality of wasted time or loss of energy is a sour one. But it's ok, we're not gonna cry over spilt milk. The purpose of reassessment is to regroup and re-plan, accordingly! 😎
3. RESTRUCTURE: Now that you've REFLECTED, and REASSESED your position, you should have a renewed sense of commitment to your purpose. Now it's time to restructure your goal! At this point, you should be able to determine which way to take your strategy. There's 3 months left in the year, what can you do in that length of time? What heavy hitters off the goal list, is there still time to accomplish? What power moves would impact your blog, business, life, relationships, image, etc the most? A lot of bloggers strive to build partnerships with brands and people for various reasons. For a lot of us, a big ad campaign or sponsored post is a big deal. Have you done that yet? Business owners, have your reached out or researched innovative funding methods? Is what you're doing big enough to seek investors? Have you already created the proposal? Whatever the business, whatever the goal, a new strategy is the key to finishing strong.
4. REVAMP: Now, after retrospection, reassessment, and restructuring your plan...ladies & gentlemen it's time for the revamp! Position your new strategy on the chess board and play for keeps! SLAUGHTER & SLAY, guys and gals, get those new plans in place and #GRIND! It's your time!
Love, Live, Life