Step-Up!

It is now March 2021, so what are you doing to “Step-It-Up”?  It is a simple question.  I hope you are not hoping and wishing that “normal” is just around the corner because it will never be like it has ever been before.  But this is not that the way life has always been.  Each day, each week, each month, each season, and each year are still different from the last one.  It has been this way since the beginning of time. 

So, my question still stands, what are you doing to step up these days?  This is what I know; if you step up, you are also stepping out, and this will put a target on your back.  That is not a bad thing.  Having a target on your back means you are accountable to the world for what you are stepping out to proclaim, for what you do and say, and what you stand up for.  Yes, there will be those who will criticize you, those who would ridicule you, who make fun of you and even bully you on social media, but that is not new for those of you who are trailblazers.  Not by a long stretch. 

The world loves it when those who step up fall flat on their faces and fail.  Here is the great thing about these folks, they do not stay down and bemoan the fact that they failed. 

NO!

They get right back up and try again.  The losers are those who stay down and wallow in self-pity and remain victims.

On the other side of this coin is this question: “What will happen when you succeed?”  Then what? Let me impart some truth to you here.  Did you know that success is a 100% inside job?  Here is a formula you can take to the bank.

Success requires courage.  Courage requires inspection, action, vision, urgency, and strength.  Strength inspires courage, reproduces and starts from the inside, and moves outside to action.  This is a contagious process. 

People follow courage; they do not follow authority.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to have a “friend.”  Why is a friend a part of the success process?  Good question. There are some incredibly famous sayings about the value of a friend.

  • “Two are better than one.”
  • “If the one fails, there is another to hold him/her up.”
  • “If a person who is alone falls, then there is no one there to help them up.’
  • “If two are together and walking, they cannot easily be overpowered, and together they can withstand the attack.”
  • “When the one makes a vow/commitment, there is another there to hold him/her accountable.”
  • “Do not let the vile words of your mouth cause you to be ruined. A foul mouth is not easily corrected.”

In order to “Step Up,” you must have a cause, a belief, a commitment, a purpose [this is more than just your skill at doing something], a reason to get up every day and to move forward.  What is that for you?  Not one of us was put here on earth to consume and take what is handed to us.  What purpose does this serve.  A person who merely takes adds no value to the world. 

If you have been blessed with plenty then, share your plenty.  If you see someone who is trying hard to make life work come along beside them and be that friend so they may not stumble, be attacked, and fall.  Together you can find joy in the journey and the process of succeeding.

Begin to see life with a new perspective and to look in awe at the world around you where you reside.  Look tomorrow’s sunrise and take time to,              

    STEP UP!