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Practice the Promise

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten out backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back I bent,” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we celebrate and observe Martin Luther King Jr. day, I challenge you to be the change you want to see in the world.

As a nation, we’ve taken several steps back from the country that Dr. King envisioned, but don’t let that discourage you. Push forward and take the necessary steps to be the change that you want to see.

You can only control what you think and what you do. Don’t allow negative people to dictate your future or your place in this world. Step forward in your life, speak positively, be kind, love generously, and hold fast to the truth that you are purposefully and uniquely made to make a difference.

You might ask, how can I do that with so many negative things going on in the world?

Here’s the answer:

1. First, turn off the news and turn inward. Reflect on the good things in your life - the good times, the prosperous and happy times. Meditate on these things.

2. Be grateful for all of the blessings bestowed upon you. Say out loud “thank you” for each blessing and write them in a journal or on a note card. When doubt and fear creep in you can look at your list and be comforted that you are blessed.

3. Envision the life you want to live. Imagine a life full of love, happiness, good health, and abundance. For example, see yourself building a business or giving to the causes that are important to you.

4. Start doing those things in small ways first – practice the promise of a good life. For example, if you desire a beautiful 5,000 square foot house on the lake, then take care of your 900 square-foot apartment now. Keep it clean. Decorate it beautifully and imagine that it is your dream house. If you have a vision of donating $5,000 to a children’s shelter, but you don’t have the money yet, volunteer your time to help young people in some way now.

5. Take account of your finances. Build your savings account. Make sure that you pay your bills on time, so that your credit is not damaged by late payments. Reduce restaurant meals, manicures or haircuts until you reach your financial goals. You might need to get a second job to fund your dream.

Whatever change you want to see or be, take the steps now towards your goals. As Dr. King said change comes through continuous struggle. The key words for me are “change” and “continuous.”

If you want change, then take the steps towards the change you want to see, and don't stop. Focus on your future, act in the present, and practice the promise of a good life.

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