Unlike any other creature on earth God endowed us with some unique characteristics. Among these are the most critical to our ability to control our own self regardless of external factors. Specifically, we possess the ability to imagine future events, to harness independent will, and to reflect with a conscience. Like any other skill, practice makes perfect. We can rest assured that learning to walk life with superb leadership qualities is not like riding a bicycle. Unfortunately we cannot leave the leadership bike in the garage and pick it up just when we need to take a ride. There may be no other surety in this world except this: leadership is a life-long journey. So then, how can we begin to practice our God-given unique skills?
Recognize this, we have the ability to decide how we will react to instigation. Sometimes it may not seem this way, but it is true. As a matter of fact, we humans stand alone with this ability to create a small window of time between instigation and a response. With practice, harnessing our imagination, independent will, and conscience, we can even lengthen and control the time that lingers in between the stimulus and the reaction. What are some common ways in which we are provoked? Who is most able to get an unwanted reaction from us? When we speak before thinking, are we really in control of our own mind? Have we utilized our God-given abilities or have we nullified them? Who is in control of us when we allow others to raise our blood pressure and cause us to utter hurtful words?
We can take back control. No longer can the commentator on the radio, on the news network, in a television series, in a hollywood movie, or in a newspaper manipulate our response. We are endowed with the ability to imagine these events before they happen. Think now then. Imagine in your own mind how you will behave when provoked. We should see our self remaining calm and orderly, expanding the response time within our own mind, deciding precisely how we should reply if a reply is warranted at all. No longer can a boss, a coworker, an acquaintance, a date, a stranger, a politician, a relative, or a new-found friend shape our emotions. We rest upon the foundation of our own independent will. We create and control the space between action and reaction. We are all uniquely independent, free-thinking men and women. The moment in which we decide to start harnessing our own abilities is completely up to each and every one of us.
Copyright © Robert Clinton Chedester 2012