Seeking Vs Seeing
By Frantzley Moise
When I was younger, I loved to play the game of hide-and-go seek. The rules of the game are simple: one or more people must hide, while another person embarks on the quest of seeking out the hidden. There are many lessons I learned through the game which I use and share with others who are seeking success. One of the lessons I learned is that there are two types of players searching for the prize- Seekers and seers. As we search for success knowing the difference will put us in a better position to win.
Success can be very elusive and finding it is not always easy. But the seeker is a searcher who is willing to go deeper and scan wider to find and achieve that success. Matthew 7:7 states “seek and you will find.” There is a greater chance of achieving success when we zealously seek it because seekers use every tool available to them to achieve their goal. While success wants to be found, it searches for no one. I’ve always enjoyed watching Sherlock Holmes movies because Mr. Holmes, a brilliant detective, is the quintessential seeker. He uses every clue and every tool available to solve the case. He is meticulous and relentless as he searches for the answers to solve the mystery. And just like the great detective, we too must examine all avenues to find our own success.
Five, four, three, two, one ready or not here I come, the seeker is ready to go. Seekers do not sit around waiting for that great opportunity; they pursue it. In many of my workshops, I share and have the participants repeat a simple phrase “You don’t have to wait to be great, but greatness comes in time and the best time to start is now”. Amelia Earhart understood this logic, for in 1932, she became the first female aviator to independently complete the transatlantic flight. She was successful in her endeavor because she did not wait for the prefect moment, she made the moment prefect. She sought success and found it because she was a seeker. Seers look for the right moment, the right sign, and the right opportunity hoping to find success, oftentimes missing the opportunity because the moment was not perfect. Seers wait for opportunity; seekers seek opportunity. As we seek success, the present time may not be the most ideal moment but moving now will get you closer to the prize.
Harriet Tubman is another example of a seeker. She envisioned a world where slaves were free and against unimaginable odds helps hundreds of slaves escape to freedom. Other slaves, whom I would classify as seers, saw the same vision, but did not pursue the goal. The seeker believes and executes the impossible. They are fearless architects of design, meaning they visualize success and explore the probable.
As we develop our dreams, goals, and aspirations, we should ask ourselves if we are only seers. Are we just going to scan through the evidence without paying attention to the details? Do we take the road that has already been traveled time and time again? Do we only wait for the perfect opportunity? Or rather, are we seekers? Are we going to examine all the evidence and clues to solve the mystery like Sherlock Holmes? Are we going to take the road less traveled or maybe even never traveled like Harriet Tubman? Or are we going seize the opportunity and chase success at any given moment like Amelia Earhart?
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Conquer the Challenge
By Frantzley Moise
I love this quote from Nelson Mandela “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb” We know that Mr. Mandela climbed many hills and conquered many great challenges. Just like the great Former President we also have many hills to climb and challenges to take. The great question is how do we conquer the many challenges of life? Regardless of the outcome there are a few things we can do to insure we are victories. For the past ten years I’ve shared this simple phase in my workshops and trainings. “Take the Challenge!” Taking the challenge can and will define who we are and develop us to who we can be. Whether we conquer the challenge or not it is in the taking of the challenge that we become greater. Once we decide to take the challenge for us to conquer the challenge we must be Real, Ready, Reliable, Responsible, and Respectful.
To conquer the challenge, we must Be Real. Be real with the moment, with your resources, and the situation. Being real is understanding the reality and accepting it. Being real gets you to the point where you will stop whining, complaining, and pointing the finger and start finding solutions. The reality check moment is a real moment. When you realize it is up to you to get the job done. It doesn’t matter if you’re fighting apartheid, fighting world hunger, climbing Mount Everest, or climbing a hill you got to be Real.
“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining”-John F Kennedy. The challenges will come just like the rain why not be ready. To conquer the challenge, we must Be Ready. The challenge is the opportunity and the opportunity is the challenge. Being ready for the opportunity will put you in a better position to win. To be ready means you have developed a planned to address the challenge. To be ready means you have practiced and how ready to play. To be ready means you’re aware of what’s going on. Your truly present in the moment. To be ready means when it’s time for you to move you’re not delaying the process. Being ready means, you’re passed your fears and now ready to fight.
To conquer the challenge, we must Be Reliable. The old saying still holds true “Your word is your bond”. If you say you’re going to do it, get it done. The challenge cannot be conquered if you quit. Being reliable means, you will see the challenge through to the end. Reliable means others can count on you knowing you can and you will conquer the challenge. Reliable means you can count on you to give your best and be your best to get the job done. Reliable doesn’t mean you are always going to win but it does mean you’re always going to show up, you’re always going to show out, and you’re not going to tap out.
Uncle Ben told Spider-Man “With great power comes great responsibility. Many people put more focus on the power and less on the responsibility. To conquer the challenge, we must Be Responsible. Every challenge has chores it is our duty to fulfill the obligations to complete the challenge. Big or small every task is important and every job must get done. Accept the challenge and all the actions and issues that comes with it is being responsible. Being responsible with our time, abilities and resources puts us in a greater position to conquer the challenge. Great responsibility is required to conquer great challenges. Regardless of what happens before, during and after we must be responsible for the outcome.
“R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me” Aretha Franklin and her sisters sang it perfectly. To conquer the challenge, we must Be Respectful. There is a process in every challenge throughout the process we must be respectful. Taking short cuts, given lack luster effort, and or making excuses is not respecting the challenge and they will not help us conquer the challenge. Being respectful means being real with the moment. Being respectful means being ready for the opportunity. Being respectful means being reliable and staying true till the end. Being respectful means being responsible with all that must be done to conquer the challenge.
Thoughts Words Actions
By Frantzley Moise
A primary key to success is to be positive. We must keep positive thoughts, affirm positive words, and follow through with positive actions. All three of these components are essential tools designed to help us achieve our greatest victories. When all three are used, we can have unlimited success with infinite possibilities.
“Success begins with a fellow’s will. It’s all in a state of mind”, Walter D Wintle. Our minds have the power to put us in the winner’s circle. On the other hand, our minds also have the power to put us in loser lane. The perception of our present and future have a great impact on what our tomorrow will be. Positive thinking is an important power we must not take for granted and a power we must constantly access. Henry Ford once stated, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” We cannot allow ourselves to be in the non-engaging category; rather we must actively take the time to engage in positive thinking if we desire a positive outcome. When farmers plant orange seeds, they expect orange trees and oranges, not apple trees and apples. Thus, when negative thoughts are planted in our minds, we will not get the positive outcome that we are seeking. We have to plant the positive to get the positive. This is the first and very important step in achieving success.
The next step to achieving success is just as powerful in the negative as it is in the positive: the power of words. As a child, I was told, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all". I still live by these words today. The tongue has the ability to articulate what our future can and will be. Unfortunately, many use this super power the wrong way. Many people have a bad habit of using words that tear down hope, dilute faith, and cloud vision. We should use words that elevate hope, build faith, and enhance vision. Muhammad Ali was a master at using words to forecast his future. Before he became the greatest he said “I am greatest”. Like Muhammad Ali, we can be champions of our faith just by using positive words that affirm our success. . We should all utilize the following words in our daily climb towards achieving our victories: I can, I will, I am, and one of my favorites it’s possible. Our words have the ability to knockout our future, Therefore use winning words now to gain access to the winning circle later.
The last step in our pursuit of success is positive action. What is positive action? Positive action is the execution of our positive words and positive thoughts. There are many reasons why many fail to achieve the byproduct of positive thoughts and positive words, but a primary reason is due to procrastination; it is notorious for impeding the progression of our positive action, and it can sometimes lead to inaction. Benjamin Franklin stated “You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again”. As such, we have to ensure that we take steps every day in furtherance of our goals to success. It is through our actions that our thoughts and words are accomplished. It is in our doing where the victory is won.
We must plant the seeds of greatness, freedom, and success in our minds, we must cultivate those thoughts into words, and ultimately we must take the necessary actions to reach the pinnacle of success. Accordingly, be positive in thoughts, be positive in words, and be positive in actions.