MOTIVATION & INSPIRATION
By Deion Sanders with Tejado W. Hanchell, Ph. D
Have you ever stayed up late or woke up in the middle of the night and turned on the TV? Well, I have, and that’s normally the time that God is trying to speak to me. After a long, hectic day with work, kids and life, God has me alone and one-on-one, just where He likes me. Well, after my time with God and I turn on the TV, it seems like all of the late-night infomercials are pushing some new workout routine or some miracle weight-loss pill. It’s almost as if our society has become obsessed with losing weight expeditiously. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe in exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. Our TRUTH organization is combatting childhood obesity by teaching kids proper diet and exercise habits at an early age. Having said that, I’m still in awe of just how many weight-loss programs, Zumba and Hip-Hop Abs there are out there. It seems like everyone is becoming obsessed with watching their weight – especially now that summer is about to start. I’m wondering why we don’t watch our weight while it was going up!
However, with so many people focused on WATCHING their WEIGHT; I wonder how many people are WATCHING their WAIT. I’ve found that far more people are losing their hope, desire and patience more than they’re losing pounds. When things don’t happen as quickly as we’d like them to, we’re quick to lose our WAIT. We must remember that dreams really do come true, but they don’t come FedEx. Success doesn’t happen over NIGHT; it happens over TIME! Most of us don’t know how to handle a dream that gets delayed.
One of the most frustrating things is being at the airport, train station, or bus station, or at home waiting on your ride and your flight, train, bus or friend is delayed. You have somewhere to go, and you have a time you’re supposed to be there. You bought a ticket for a specific time, and all of your planning was based on you being there at that time. That’s one of my pet peeves. I hate being late. I don’t like waiting for anyone, and I don’t like to have anyone waiting for me. I value time. But what happens when you do everything right, but your dream still gets delayed? What happens when you have your bags packed and your ticket in hand, but you that you still have to wait? WAIT! If I wanted to wait, I would have booked the next flight!
When we have to wait, many of us respond in anger and blow up at the ticket agent at the desk – who has nothing to do with our delay – they’re just present. How many times have we allowed our delays and disappointments cause us to lash out at people around us who didn’t even cause our delay or disappointment? (You should be raising your hand right now.) Your family, friends and loved ones can’t keep paying for your frustration. Getting mad at who’s present and taking it out on them won’t cause your dream to arrive any faster. You need to watch your WAIT. Give yourself a #HOP – Hold on Playa!
Some people respond by hitting the bar. Ever noticed how just about every airport terminal has a bar in it? Or how there’s a liquor store in every inner city? They know that some people respond to delays and disappointments by getting drunk. Airport bars LOVE delays. That’s when they make their most money. The same thing happens in life. Some of us respond to life’s delays and disappointments by seeking solace at the bottom of a bottle (or in some other drug of choice). Even those of you who are like me and have never tasted alcohol or done drugs, know that we ALL have a drug of choice. All drugs aren’t illegal! There is something (or someone) we tend to run to when life gets hard. How do you spell RELIEF? Just because someone turns to find the answers in a 40 or a crack pipe, that doesn’t mean you can turn your nose up and look down on them just because your “crack” can get up and walk away. Crack is still crack! Watch your WAIT.
When our dreams are delayed, and life isn’t working out the way we had hoped and planned, we need to watch our WAIT. Here are four ways we can become better “WAIT-watchers”.
Watch your Work
The best way to pass the time when you’re in a delay is to stay busy. While some people find a bar when they’re in a delay at the airport, there are others who find a book. STAY BUSY! You see people open their laptop and start checking emails, or working on a project. While others look at delays as DOWN time; they look at delays as DONE time. They make use of the time to get things done!
While you’re waiting, don’t stop working. Faith without works is dead! You can work your way through a delay. There is no better time to work on your dream than right now. Perhaps the reason you’re in a delay is because God wants to give you some extra time to refine your dream. Work on that business proposal. Write that book. Work on that dream. Watch your work, and you’ll watch your WAIT. I’ve always said, “If I keep it moving, the enemy will never have a clean shot at me. It’s hard to hit a moving target.” I found out through my friends who hunt that it’s easier to hit a target that stands still. Don’t stop working. STAY BUSY!
Watch your Attitude
The worst thing you can do in a delay is to have a bad attitude. (I’m gon’ say that again). The worst thing you can do in a delay is to have a bad attitude. You can smell the stench of a bad attitude from a mile away. Those folks screaming at the ticket agent don’t realize that the ticket agent isn’t their problem; the ticket agent is the solution to their problem. The right attitude can be the difference between getting rerouted to a different flight that gets you home earlier or sitting in an airport for four hours waiting on the next flight. Your attitude can literally determine your altitude. Will you fly high or stoop low? (That’s a serious question. Answer it.)
Pressure will reveal what’s really inside of you. You know who you are when something unexpected happens to you. Pay close attention to your response – that’s normally who you really are. The right attitude can also make the time seem to go by faster. When you look for the silver lining…you usually find gold. Don’t let your situation steal your smile. One of my daily activities is to smile at everyone I meet. Not just because I have a beautiful set of teeth, but my goal is to brighten their day. Keep a positive attitude and watch your WAIT.
Watch your Issues
All of us have our issues and struggles. (I said, ALL of us!) We all have weaknesses, but we cannot allow our weaknesses to become stronger than our strengths. (You should have said, “Preach, Prime!”) When we deal with delays and disappointments, we must make sure that our issues don’t become the main thing. Don’t let anything or anyone keep you from your dream…including YOU! Your dream is too important to be derailed by your issues. Watch your issues, matter of fact, let’s break this word down and say it real slow… “It’s YOU!” Watch your WAIT.
Watch your Time
I don’t know about you, but I don’t play about time. Time is the most precious coin that I possess, and I’m going to spend it the way I see fit to spend it. There have been times that I’ve been in the airport during a delay and got so distracted by everything going on in the terminal that when it was actually time for my flight to take off…I nearly missed it! Don’t get so distracted by life that your dream takes off without you! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but life goes on – with or without you. There will always been someone to tell you what happened, while you weren’t there. Watch your time. Your dream may have been delayed, but that doesn’t mean that it has been denied. When your dream takes off, you need to be ready. Your time is about to come. Don’t wander off. Get off the phone. Turn off that TV. Don’t get distracted with the tribulations of life. Stay near the gate so that when your flight is called, you’ll be ready to take off. You’re flying 1st Class, Baby! So the first call is for you! Watch your time and watch your WAIT.
Watch your WAIT. Don’t let your WAIT become a WEIGHT. Lose the pounds, but don’t lose your patience. Remember, good things come to those who WAIT. I’m a living witness!