5 Pathways to Empowertment- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

There has been a lot written recently about developing the correct mindset in order to achieve success. Success does not happen by chance. Why even bother if it is so hard? Why not just go with the flow and see what the end is going to be? Most of us wait for someone to come along and help us, inspire us, motivate us. Like the man at the Pool FOR SOME MAN OR ANGEL TO GET HIM TO THE HEALING WATERS. I have thought about this a lot and I think there are 5 pathways to our success!

1. Focus

There are so many things vying for our attention today. Gone are the days when children played with sticks and rocks and with great imagination created all kinds of games and entertainment. Now they have game consoles that are so  real they no longer go outside to play.Between social media notifications,email pings, and message alerts, your life becomes a “taffy pull” leaving us spread out in all directions.It makes it entirely impossible to concentrate for any length of time.Successful people recognize that focus is essential for any type of success. Focusing on one task at a time, making certain that the task gets done.This is the very skill that will get you ahead of everyone else! Fron noise-cancelling headphones to isolation rooms, do what you need to focus…but focus! when you have fewer distracions, you will finf that focus is not hard to achieve.

2. Resilience Understanding that gains can not come without losses, hits can not come with out strike outs lets us know that failure is not fatal. Resilience is about having some bouce-back! Picking yourself up after a miserable fall, dusting yoursaelf off and starting over again! Risilience over time can be developed. Read books, articles about it. Find conferences, Siminars to develop it.When you are resilient no thing , no circumstance can hold you down or back!

3. Discipline

Discipline is the most important pathway of all. Learning to postpone your gratification, developing patience. You really don’t hear a lot of people even talking about discipline these days. It is an old fashion term to most people. Just watch Mellineals as they try to publical disipline thier children. It seems to me that the children are in charge. Let define discipline as it relates to this article. Discipline is your ability to control your impulses and emotions. You should dial up discipline when you are on a diet and a well-intention friend offers you an extra large slice of pie, and you should dial it up when your favorite TV program comes on and you know you must get student’s papers graged by tonight. Discipline allows you to continue down the pathway to success.

4. Courage

Courage is as equally important as discipline becausee you can use it to defeat fear. Fear is inevitable if you are going somewhere. whenever I personally feel fear I simply remember that fear feels the same wasy as excitement feels. So call my fear excitement that needs an attitude ajustment. Courage is the only antidote to fear! To build courage, face your fears, so that you can enhance your ability to be brave.Increasing your capacity for courage is an invaluable exercise

5. Faith

Faith in God! God is bigger thatn our problems. Heis bigger thatn our situations. Jesus told us that we don’t have to have a lot. Faith as a grain of mustard seed. The good news is that we all have been given a measure of it. Here is ith big clincher! Our faith is enough to get the job done.


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