Until we deviate from crowd mentality, that is when we will be creating a new reality.” – Jude Abaga
As a people living for relevance, I am certain of it that we aware of how important it is for us to know that there are some things we have to interrogate their status, situation and effects they are having on us. We have to be doing it not only on things that are not good, but also on things that are good that are meant to be better.
Our lives are not meant to remain stagnant because they are to be subjected to changes by questioning where we are, how we are there and what can we do to make our affairs better than we met it. It is by doing this that we can be forging new perspectives and insights. “The mother of invention,” says Les Brown, “is refusing to accept things as they are.”
Have you ever gotten to a situation where you think you should stop doing it the way it is being done? Have you ever observed something and you realised that if you continue that way, you may not actualise your dream? Have you ever been told by someone close to you to check how you are doing things if you want to fulfill your potential? Or you yourself have ever question what you are doing today in order to discover what can hamper the future you aspire? There are many things that can prompt you to investigate the status quo.
The reason for doing this is obvious. By questioning the status quo, it will give us the opportunities to evaluate the past, how the present can be adjusted by formulating yardsticks for it and we can also determine the parameters we can use for the future we desire. It gives us introspection of what lies ahead of us, either we changed what we are doing and how we are doing it, or what may results from what we are doing and how we are doing it. Marriane Williamson opines that: “You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.”
I recently read a story of two brothers that inherited valuables from their father. The elder brother was given the largest conglomerate of their father along with a huge amount of money, while the junior brother was given the other company specialised in emerging opportunities.
The junior brother accepted his share in good faith, while the elder brother was boasting of his acumen as the thrust for his father’s confidence in him in sustaining the most rewarding business of the family. In a due course, there arose the need to learn from the status quo.
He refused to do it. He held the impression that he had gotten everything he needed to sustain the business more than he met it, irrespective of any factor that arises. He believed and admitted it that his father had built the structure and strategies to diversify and navigate any situation.
The junior brother used the words of Abraham Lincoln where the famous American advised that: “You have to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was” as the the frame of his mind. He used it as the guide for traversing his inheritance.
After a few years, the status of the conglomerate inherited by the elder brother was shrinking and the one of that junior brother was growing and the products of his company are becoming household names. When he was asked the secret of his success, he simply put it that “our father might have done great things, but he hasn’t done everything. We only look into what we can do differently right now.”
That’s the key to making your life count and one of the ways to achieve that is by developing new perspectives and ideas on how you are doing your things. Everybody is born holding in his hands the key to unlock abundant ideas that will fortify our strength to live a life of purpose and fulfillment.
Till I comes your way next week, I compels you to make Questioning The Status Quo one of the armour you are using to redefine your life.