Friday, October 5, 2012
In your list of priorities, God and family aside, nothing should be more important than peace of mind and the ability to be happy. We are reaching new goals every day and don’t have to be young to accomplish our dreams. If you think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, think again. Always wanted to take a few classes and learn new skills? There’s a college down the street that has continuing education classes. Wanted to run a marathon? Start training today. Always dreamed of owning your own company? Start small with the resources you have, and work for it. Reaching goals is a series of progressive acts. It might take days, weeks, and it might even take years. But with the right attitude, a little bit of ambition, and having God in your corner; you can achieve all you dream.
Many people look at the “James” they see today and often make up their own story about my past. “Did you grow up in D.C.?” “You sound like you are from up North.” “Were your parents professionals as well?” The list goes on. The bottom line is that I’m a simple country boy who was raised in Culpeper, Va. (sounds country, right?) by two loving parents who had to drop out of school in the 6th and 7th grades to take care of their families. I spent the majority of my formative years in a house with no running water, thus no indoor toilet. If you were to stop and look at these humble beginnings, you could easily conclude that any kid growing up in this environment was destined for failure or at least to continue the disadvantaged socio-economic cycle, generation after generation. Glory to God, despite our surroundings, my parents were able to raise three successful children who all learned the value of an honest day’s work and to not allow where you are to dictate where you can be.
It’s easy to dream, but sometimes we get frustrated that we're working hard and not seeing results as quickly as we'd like. We're actually building a foundation and that elusive success simply will not happen overnight. We have to fully understand that it’s a slow process in which we are constantly building and learning. If it were easy, everyone would have achieved it and the success surely wouldn’t be as appreciated. That’s why it’s extremely important to create a foundation that will remain strong even in times of crisis, and that takes time. We must constantly remind ourselves that we only fail if we quit; otherwise, it is a learning opportunity.
Like many of you, I’ve known for a long time that I had a book inside of me but never really knew what I would write about or how to begin. As a result of my life-changing epiphany and noticing others around me who also began to change, I now knew exactly what the subject would be. But the anointing during that unforgettable a.m. run made it clear that it was no longer something I “wanted to” do but rather, I “had to.” How could I disobey what God had placed on my heart and expect Him to continue to bless me? This guide has sparked the creation of Omega Consulting Enterprises, LLC. After getting a DUNS # (Data Universal Numbering System, abbreviated as DUNS or D-U-N-S, is a system developed and regulated by Dun & Bradstreet, which assigns a unique numeric identifier to a single business entity) and registering in the Central Contractor Register (CCR), I am now better positioned to win millions of dollars in government primary and subcontractor awards. Glory be to God! Dare to dream!
If you’ve always dreamed of starting your own business by using the talents God has bestowed upon you, do it! However, as we swing through the jungle of life it’s best not to fully release one vine before securely grabbing another. In other words, you don’t have to leave your primary job (vocation) to begin the career that God intended for you to do (avocation). Simply start taking steps towards preparing yourself to be blessed. This is the Prosperity Law of Preparation.
Have you ever wondered why it took the Israelites 40 years to travel a distance that should have only taken 11 days when they left Egypt? Moses knew about the Prosperity Law of Preparation and had to prepare the Israelites for their future blessings. Remember, not only did Pharaoh have their bodies in bondage, but their minds were still in bondage even after fleeing Egypt. Is your mind still in bondage?
While Moses led the Hebrews in the wilderness amid barren experiences, they had to begin to mentally prepare to receive their future blessings. Otherwise, they would not be able to recognize and accept those blessings when they came. Moses knew that hard times were actually periods of inner preparation for the greater good to come, so he invoked the Prosperity Law of Preparation by describing the vast abundance that awaited the Hebrews. Moses fully and specifically described the Land of Milk & Honey to his people even though they were currently wandering the desert with famished bodies, minds, and spirits. Are you mentally prepared for your Land of Milk & Honey? Are you truly ready for all the things you’ve prayed for and asked God to bless you with? If not, please begin now to mentally prepare yourself for the blessings that await you. Far too many have squandered God’s blessings, and I pray that you will not become one of the casualties.
It’s been said that some of the smartest people make lousy entrepreneurs because they believe they are so smart that they can easily predict all of the problems, roadblocks and hurdles they’ll need to overcome in order to succeed. They can think of all kinds of reasons why an idea won’t work before it even sees the light of day, and mentally euthanize the idea. This false prophetic foresight crushes possibilities and dreams. Therefore, when we want something, let’s focus on the positive things while being respectful of the potential barriers and obstacles. To reach our goals we really “have to” want them. More importantly, we “have to” believe that we can do it—think more about why we can make it happen instead of why we can’t. The fact that you are reading these words now is the biggest testament to what is possible. But once you’ve “made it,” what’s next?
How often do we remember the people who have made things possible for us? It is easy to take our privileges and the love of family and friends for granted. Over the next couple days, be aware of your surroundings–everything from the food you eat to the place you live—and who has helped you get where you are today. Let someone know that you truly appreciate their efforts in shaping who (and where) you are today. As stated earlier, there’s no way to control what others give us, but giving someone our sincere heartfelt appreciation will uplift their spirits and ours as well. And while you’re thinking of people to thank, please make sure God is at the top of your list and everyone around knows it.
About the Author of "Body, Mind & Spirit: The Awakening": James Hackley is an author, inspirational speaker, and a philanthropist who earned a B.S. degree in Physics from Longwood College and an M.S. degree in Engineering from the University of Virginia. He's the founder of Omega Consulting Enterprises, chaplain of a local chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, and faithfully attends Holy & Whole Life Changing Ministries International in Lansdowne, Va. His latest book, Body, Mind & Spirit: The Awakening can be purchased by visiting him at www.jameshackley.com , www.Amazon.com, and http://www.barnesandnoble.com.