MAGICAL MONDAY- 25/8/14- The Lesson of Foolish JayZ & HOW YOUR DECISIONS SHAPE YOUR DESTINY:
You are a product of your choices and decisions. – Steven Covey.
“You are not a slave of your circumstances. Your life is a reflection of your decisions. Make sure you decide wisely…always.” – Udo Okonjo
LIFE IS A TEST.
What you say, read, watch, who you hang with, how much time you spend reading the right books, how much money you spend versus save, and even how you respond to tough and impossible situations …these are your life tests. Your decisions in those circumstances will shape your future!
THE SON ‘JAY Z’ WHO CHOSE UNWISELY.
I remember a real life story I heard from my father a long time ago. It was about two brothers –one called Jay Z was the older. He had been out in the fields working hard, tilling the soil. He had a great harvest, and all that he needed in life to be a much sought after leader and master farmer. This older brother, Jay Z, a loaded, fruitful, rich, commander of much resources, and CEO extraordinaire had come in from the field extremely hungry, but his meal wasn’t ready yet.
His stomach rumbled with hunger. His head spinning almost out of control. This young man was solid on the inside, destined to be heir to the throne, the coveted commander of all the resources of a mighty heritage, with enough resources to feed multiple hunger stricken battalions for years to come. This young man was sensible ordinarily, but weakened by his immediate circumstance. This young man, bold, strong, a hunter of the choicest of spoils, was driven to make a decision under difficult circumstances. The circumstances left him with a choice – ‘Now or later. Life or death. Wisdom or folly. Truth or lies.’
This young man, offered up his prized inheritance, and “chose now, rather than later.”
He was hungry and could only hear the rumble of his belly, rolling like drums, his brains pounding like the crashing of waves against a sea shore. He gave up the promise of tomorrow for the prize of today’s immediate satisfaction. This young man, a warrior, so used to receiving all he desired, needed his answer and he needed it now. He couldn’t wait. He didn’t want to have to wait for an uncertain future when he could get an immediate resolution to his hunger.
Jay Z, this young man chose. He chose foolishly. He chose death to his dreams. He chose. He chose lies over truth. The lies of being in immediate control. The lies of fashioning his own quick fix answer. The lies of a stomach that could have been controlled with a glass of water. The lies of misunderstanding his inheritance and misjudging his circumstance. He misunderstood how prized his inheritance was versus a short-lived hunger and satisfaction that could resurface again. His hunger distorted his mind. His circumstance made him easy prey. And he succumbed to folly. To deception. To lies. He succumbed and lost if all. He succumbed whereas he could have consulted. H succumbed, whereas there were multiple scenarios or options he could have adopted. He could have spoken to others but he didn’t. He succumbed to a one track decision process that sunk him.
It could have ended differently. It just didn’t. He DECIDED and therein lay his Destiny.
THIS COULD BE YOUR STORY.
This story could be ours.
Daily we all have an opportunity to choose. Daily we are faced with tough challenges. Daily we made decisions that will shape our lives, our businesses, our children’s destinies, our colleagues, teams, clients or even our society. How do we make these decisions? Who do we consult? How long do we spend to ponder our decisions? Do we see them in the light of eternity or do we live just for today? Do we consider the long term impact on us and others connected to us. Do we choose spouses based on their good looks or dump them when things go awry? Do we choose business partners or directors for our boards based on their connections and nice sounding names or based on their fit with your values? Do we choose our kids schools based on where their cousins or the neighbours kids went? Do we create alignments based on big names? Do we make decisions on the spur of the moment, to impress, to fit in, to prove a point? Do we make business decisions to get “a return on our ego versus a return on investment?”
I have made so many decisions, and there are some that I now look back and wonder what I was thinking. We all have a choice and can make decisions, and I bet some of them have been not so great. Fortunately and more importantly, if you are reading this, you have an even more important gift. You have the gift of ‘Another Chance‘. Another chance to review how far you have come, and to decide to start making decisions wisely. Decisions that will lead to the kind of future you truly desire. Decisions that will leave a mark even after you have lived. Decisions that will ensure that you don’t ever look back and regret.
We should all be grateful that every new day gives us a brand new opportunity to start afresh.
I am personally grateful! I have committed to choosing wisely, daily. And I hope you do too.
To your success and greatness.
P.S. May you receive wisdom to make the right decisions daily under every circumstance no matter how tough or complex. Remember that there’s no temptation or circumstance that you face that others haven’t encountered. There’s always a wise way out. Seek counsel if in doubt. (Email me if you want. I’m happy to find time to chat or refer you to someone who can help.)
Quotes of the week:
The nose of the bulldog is slanted backwards so he can continue to breathe without letting go – Winston Churchill
A leader is a lion, not a sheep – John L. Mason
By perseverance the snail reached the ark – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
In time of adversity you don’t have an obstacle to deal with, you have a choice to make. – John L. Mason
Never take direction from a crowd for your personal life. And never choose to quit just because somebody else disagrees with you. John L. Mason