9 ways to understand your future

Making Things Clear

This is not a post about anything spiritual such as any form of divination or numerology, horoscopes, palm reading, fortune telling, crystal ball reading or any such thing. It is more for those who neither know what their future holds (in terms of what they want to do or their vision for it), are confused about it or often have seasons where their desires seem to change. I have been there numerous times. I remember finishing high school with completely no idea what I wanted to do. That was quite a serious problem because my dad was the kind of person who needed you to be clear and focused about your future to the point where you had to have a decent plan as to how you would carry it out. Basically the only effort he wanted was to pay for it.

That caused several problems for me, the biggest one being fear. Motivated by that feeling I would then list plenty of occupations like doctor, journalist, pilot and so on. This would go on for a straight 6 months until I finally decided that Bible school was best since he though well of me in that area. After finishing that, I was a basic recording artist and continued for some years before being involved in the video production and film industry where I did music videos first amongst many others.

The Transition
It was all a process though. I had to think about what I wanted and how to make the most of what I had where I was. That leads me to the first point:

1) Sit in very quiet spot and take time to think about what you love to do.
This process requires patience. It does take time. Whether it takes you a few days, weeks or months, it will be more than worth it! Everything else you do, that is the goals you set-short, medium and long term-will be nothing more than steps that will take you closer to your dream.

2) Use your talent.
If you don’t know or are not sure what it is read the post 10 ways on how to discover your talents part 1. At the end of that post you can get a chance to find out more ways  to discover your talents in case part 1 is not enough. You can always make a little money on the side with it or kick off a small business or anything like that with your talent. Whether that’s art to sell and display in museums; different fruits and vegetables to grow and sell (a thing like that can be learned even if economics is not your style or speciality); food to make and sell, demos and mix tapes to record and sell, it all starts small.

3) The peace of God.
This is the one of the simplest and yet most significant way (I believe) that God leads us. How do you feel when you think about banking and finance management? Are you at peace or not? When you talk to your friends and family about doing law, music, filmmaking, practicing medicine, science, the arts, teaching, ministry, being a missionary, store clerk, pilot or anything else, are you at peace? Ask yourself that question.

Romans 16:19-20

For while your loyalty and obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I would have you well versed and wise as to what is good and innocent and guileless (innocent) as to what is evil.

And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with you

Philippians 4:7

And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison (defend) and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 13:20-21

 Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament),

 Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).

4) The process of elimination. How good you are at determining your final answer for your vision, goal, passion and desire depends on you (in that it depends on how much of an idea you have for what you want to do). That will determine how long it takes you to list as many of the thing you don’t want to do as possible.

5) Link different activities.
For example I got into doing music through being a recording artist which then opened the door for me to do video production, of which music videos is what I wanted to do but expanded my skills and thought-process to focusing on more than just that. Plus I get to do sound a lot as well, which is fun. You might like reading so writing could be an option even if you’re not good at it. If you enjoy being with people then psychology and psychiatry might be decent choices, or be a consultant  coach, counselor and so on. Drawing and designing go together too. Sketching scenery, landscapes with detailed characters and items in the picture will get you on board for being a storyboard artist or illustrator for a movie, music video, documentary and pretty much any kind of video production. If you are good at technical graphics then architecture or graphic designing could be your thing. Sketch artist for police art or forensic artist for the medical police department is another alternative.

6) Ask around. 
What kind of job do you see me doing? What kind of occupation does someone like me have the knack for doing? Obviously you have to ask people you trust more often than your average joe, although they are worth considering every now and then. It’s called keeping your options open. Read the post 12 Key Factors About Desire

7) Explore
Try doing a lot of stuff that you find fascinating. If you enjoy mountain climbing and the outdoors then signing up for conservationism and safari tour guide may be worth your while. It’s all about surprising yourself. You really don’t have the luxury of being picky!

8) Work your way back
Imagine yourself being someone along the lines of stuff you are good at. If you are good at sport, then imagine yourself playing on a professional level and what your life is like. Everything you’re doing. The training. The people you’re meeting. The schedule you have to go through. The success and possible failure and consequence you face. See what kind of spark that lights up in you. If it is even remotely big, go  for it!
NB: That was just an example. Use it in the same way with business, media, commerce, church, science and so on. Whatever department you are currently in or are thinking of doing, do this.

9) Research
Read books and ask questions. Find out how other people got to discover their purpose or passion and ask them to help you on your journey. Read my other post called The plan of action for your dream: writing it down.

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Writing For The Love Of It

What do you write about?
Where do you start?
Will an empty canvas
Become a work of art?

Will something small
Be part of something big?
Will you give your all
Putting everything in?

Will the desire show
In the work itself
Or poured into the cup
Of someone else?

Who will work at it
Until they are drained
But keep the focus
Well sustained

Mind and body
So harshly trained
They overcome
The stress and strain
Only then will you in pain
Behold your efforts done in vain

Will you bury
your face in shame
Or do all it takes
To stay in the game?

Go, Know and Live

I’ve recently been learning as much as possible about the media industry, particularly the film industry. God has  shown me so much that is possible with regards to the power we have to change lives with movies.

Here are some lessons I’ve kept at heart:

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me

Our responsibility?

Go in the Way
Know the Truth
Live the Life

These are the essential keys to reaching the Father through Jesus. It’s not only in, through, with and by prayer; but also (literally) making it part of our everyday lives!

Why do you do what you do? The Why question is often a very difficult (and less thought about) question to answer. I believe it may be because:

If you don’t think different, you won’t do anything different. This is not a cliché! Try doing something different everyday. Even if it’s one thing.
Go home using a different route, even if it takes longer. Eat something you normally wouldn’t eat and are not allergic to. Call or text an acquaintance at least 3 times a week for a month. Anything. No matter how big or small. Write a small bucket list and do everything on it. Then make it bigger and bigger.


Who we are

Behaviour– this references our specific actions
Attitude– the repeated behaviour patterns
Values– the source of ethics (actions that accompany our moral beliefs)
Beliefs– chosen truth
Spirit– revelation of truth

When we think about how we live our lives you discover that we live what we believe and that (in one way or another) our beliefs are the influence of someone else’s beliefs. Looking at it that way, it’s almost like living someone else’s life whilst making it our own. That’s not what’s actually happening but it just appears that way. For me my life motto is:

See what no one else sees
Be the best at whatever you do

My favourite thing to say is Everything comes down to desireIt’s what life (more often than not) is all about. Where did I get these beliefs? Did I form them out of something else I believed, which may have come down from what someone else believed? If I combined two beliefs from different people and created a new one, can I really say it’s my own?

I just love thought-provoking questions. It’s not to say that there is anything wrong if the answer to the above questions is yes. The purpose of them is to look into your own beliefs and put yourself in a position where you can answer the Why question.

So when you watch movies and you hear characters say things like:

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” Gandalf in Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring.

Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it’s contained.” President Snow in Hunger Games

A miracle is what seems impossible but happens anyways: Griffin in Men In Black 3

You will be in a position to decide not only whether or not these are truths you choose to make your own; but also whether or not you choose to acknowledge them as truths.

In the movie industry we call this the theme: a lesson that applies to the development of the character, and also something we can apply to our own lives.
message is something that only applies to the character and the plot for the movie, simply because we cannot apply it in our lives. For example:

With great power comes great responsibility: From Spiderman 1

As we live our lives we are to think about the very things we choose to believe, as the writers for the movies we see suggest how we should live our lives (both directly and indirectly) by creating characters that stand by their beliefs. They are very easy to spot. It just takes a trained ear.

Change
To change a person’s behaviour, change their core beliefs. Our behaviour is the result or product of our beliefs. If someone is doing something wrong, like stealing, it is only because it is what they perceive to be moral. To change their behaviour, change their perception of morality regarding that action. It is very simple (it’s not complicated), but it is not very easy.

Integrity- comes from the word to integrate your beliefs and values which will influence your behaviour. This comes from the inside out, and it is consistent. As I said before you (ultimately) do what you believe.

Character-is the strength with which we hold on to the truth.

Growth and Change
You will want to continue to grow, no matter what you do. At some point we all resist change. The thing is growth is impossible without change. It comes from the inside out

Let’s take a look at Romans 3:1-3

 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us (NLT)

It references 2 things: the way we are to think (v2) and change (v3). It’s all from the inside out.

The Way
You don’t know the way until you walk in it. He (Jesus) is the beginning and the end of our faith. We give up if we don’t know where the end is. That fact is a reference to vision. In a sense it serves as your destination so that even when you find yourself in a detour, you will still know exactly where to go.

The Truth

 

Excellence At Its Best

The Sprint Cycling Team: Kenny, Hindes & Hoy from sporting life.com

If you do what you hate with excellence, you’ll naturally do what you love with excellence. Recently I’ve learned about the importance of benchmarking yourself against the best. That means whatever you intend and desire to do, find out who the best is in that field and measure yourself up against them. Find out how they got there and why they are considered the best.

I’ve just done a 3-month video production course and realized that not only does character play an enormous role on set with everyone you work with, but also operating as though you were already the best.
For me, I hate anything to do with gardening and compound work but I’m pretty good at it. Why? Truthfully it’s actually because I created a perception for myself where I do as much as possible today so that you have as little to nothing to do tomorrow. The other reason is because I attempt to perform at my level best (the greatest possible degree) and beyond. I adopt this same attitude with washing dishes.

Characters who did their very best
 Mother Theresa: One cannot proceed to talk about great people (those who performed at their level best) who truly impacted this world in a positive manner without mentioning a very inspirational and encouraging person like Mother Theresa. With her huge passion for serving and reaching the less fortunate than ourselves, I believe she truly exemplified and demonstrated what James also had a zeal and heart for. He wrote what, in essence, the true foundation of all religion  should be, as well as, the motivating factor of every singe one that exists today:

 External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspottedand uncontaminated from the world
James 1:27

 

Lewis Hamilton

He began karting aged eight and two years later won the British karting championship (cadet class) and STP karting championship.
At their first meeting Dennis (Ron Dennis is the McLaren team boss) had written in Hamilton’s autograph book, “Phone me in nine years, we’ll sort something out then.” In 1998 he was officially signed to the McLaren Driver Development Support programme. At 13, he was the youngest such driver to have been contracted by an F1 team. The contract guaranteed financial and technical support and even included a future option for entry into Formula One. Courtesy of
F1 Fanatic: Formula One blog.

All it took was operating at his level best!

 Carols Slim Helu
For those of us who don’t know who this is, he is a man ranked number 1 on forbes list of richest people in the world. He is from Mexico. His company is telecom and he has a net worth of $69,000, 000, 000! He did manage to make the most of the business principles taught by his father and used them to his advantage, even throughout school, to build his fortune and reach this point. You might want to check up on some of his achievements, they are very impressive. As you do so pay close attention to the way he dealt with his shortcomings since not everything was smooth sailing from the start. You can read about him right here. If you want to find out who comes in second and so on, you can do so over here.

Well these are just a few from different walks of life. The common thing they have is the determination to accomplish what they set their minds to. That leads me to the source of the ability to perform at the level best: motivation

What’s your motivation?
What will you keep on doing against all odds?
What would you keep doing even if you got no money for it?
What would you either get up early in the morning or stay up all night doing?

If I am going to be an award-winning director, it will take every effort necessary to sum up the discipline and perseverance  to pull it off. My life’s theme is Seeing What No One Else Sees. As I tell stories that impact lives I want to create a side of them and a side to them that most people would not realise or see coming.  That’s why I’m benchmarking myself against:

 

 This is the list of my favourite directors. Of course others such as Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Patch Adams) and Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Toy Story) are definitely worth mentioning as they are brilliant storytellers!

 If you read about each of these men in wikipedia you will see why they have such remarkable achievements and serious track records too. I’ve always been drawn to directors whenever I watch movies. It’s almost as if it’s the only name that comes in the opening and closing credits. Admittedly I haven’t learned about great directors and how many movies they’ve done, but the fact still remains I am still going to be an award-winning director. Of course I’m learning about who directs each of the top films and why they stand out from others.

In case you don’t know who these men are, who don’t appear in any particular order, here are their names:

1) Steven Spielberg– Indian Jones and The Temple of Doom, Empire of the Sun, E.T, Jurassic Park.
2) James Cameron– Titanic, Avatar, Aliens, The Terminator.
3) Michael Bay– Transformers 1, 2, 3, Bad Boys, Armageddon, The Island.
4) Christopher Nolan– Inception, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, The Prestige.
5) Martin Scorsese– Hugo, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York, The Departed.

Why Are You Here?

Think about it. You were made and born for a purpose. There is a (positive and crucial) reason behind your existence.

1) Whatever gift, talent and skill you have, work at it as if it was all you had!

2) Make the most of (to the best of your abilities) the time you have everyday.

3) Watch what you watch. Look at your circle of friends. They form your sphere of influence. That would be the impact you make on others based on the impact your friends make on you. Cherish those that challenge you. Challenge (mentally bring to a different perspective) those that criticize and ridicule you.

4) Think about what burdens you. Think about what sparks life and joy in you. Do something about it. Ignite the fire. Make it last. Let negative words be the fuel that drives you to strive for and try harder.

5) You are better than you give yourself credit for. There’s more to you than you realize. That thought is more than reason enough to love yourself enough to love your neighbour (those around you).

6) If you have negative thoughts about life and yourself, do the opposite of them.

7) Above all, always remember the One that made you. If your life will never be the same, recognize that that means your life will always be different!

A person can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.” Charles M Schwab

A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” John C Maxwell

Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.” Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

1 Corinthians 10:31

o then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God

What is most important to you?

For me it’s…

Jesus over my blog
Jesus over my mind
Jesus over my songs
Jesus over my time
Jesus over my shoots
Jesus over my sleep
Jesus over my crew
Jesus over my needs
Jesus over my work
Jesus over messaging
Jesus over my words
Jesus over everything

What about you?

Colossians 1:15-16

[Now] He (Christ) is the exact likeness of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible]; He is the Firstborn of all creation.

 For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created andexist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him

 

Intimidate Your Intimidator

Wear the Mantle of a conqueror today. Fear nothing. Your adversary, satan, is a really a deceiver and intimidator. Confront him. Bind him. You have been given authority over him in the Name of Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mindand discipline and self-control.