Take The Wheel | The Baltimore Times Online Newspaper

Do you feel like you’re going through the motions in life with no destination? Now, may be your time to assume control of your situation. Take the wheel today and start moving with intention to create a plan to order the steps for your future— deciding what you’re going to do and who you’re going to be.

A wise friend once told me, “Everyday you have a decision to make.” It’s important to take that statement literally and move with intent and purpose in every aspect of your life. As a result, you will find yourself in places destined to achieve the greatness ordained over your life.

R&B singer, Bryson Tiller, struck a chord when he said, “Sometimes my life is moving so fast that I forget what’s going on.” Too often we move at such a quick pace that we forget about what we actually achieved and fail to set a definitive plan. While it’s important to live in the moment, it’s twice as important to take a second and set the pace for your future.

Be specific across the board making sure your desires are clear and understood. Whether it’s through prayer, jotting down a plan in your journal, or asking people who can help you achieve a goal, it’s important to always be specific about your needs. When you are not explicit about what you expect, you can leave room for the unknown. However, when you know what you want and what you deserve, ask for it and the door will be opened to you.

Comparison creates discouragement, which is the thief of joy. Don’t miss out on your destiny because you’re afraid your vision will be compared to someone else’s. You will also be doing a disservice to your future by holding on to your past— comparing the person you are today with the person you used to be. When you compare yourself with who you were yesterday, you attempt to go back to who you were instead of embracing who you are called to be.

Take control by making peace with your past and letting go of anything that may be stifling your growth, so you can move on daring to live boldly. Being intentional with effective communication is key when it comes to building healthy relationships, learning more, and improving your life at work and at home. When you practice active listening, you will open your mind to ideas, new perspectives and new possibilities. This is not the only key to genuine and empathetic engagement; it also has the potential to increase positive emotions. Communicating clearly is one of the most effective skills you can cultivate as a leader.

If you look at a map you may be confused as to exactly how to get to your destination but once you turn on the GPS the step-by-step directions will give you a clearer guide. Life is the same way. When you step back and look at what you desire you know that it’s possible to get there you just have to be intentional about taking the necessary steps to order your life on the road to success. It’s also okay if you take a wrong turn, as long as you get back on the road to the path designed for you. Start today by putting your life in drive and taking control over your destiny.

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