Imagine the possibilities of what extraordinary achievements lie ahead of you in light of your dreams, vision and greatest aspirations in life. Have you considered what it will take to get you there? Have you considered the possibilities associated with seeing it come to pass?
Think about Albert Einstein, who helped develop the quantum theory of mechanics and discovered the law of "photoelectric effect", for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. Eintstein also developed both the famous special and general theories of relativity (E=mc²), which revolutionized and launched the scientific field into a new era of discovery. Also consider the brilliance of George Washington Carver, who is perhaps the one of the most recognized inventors of the 19th Century for discovering three hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds of uses for pecans, sweet potatoes and soybeans. He also invented the crop rotational method in agriculture which helped farmers to conserve nutrients in the soil. Carver invented dyes of 500 different shades from agricultural crops, invented the process of producing paints and stains from soybeans, and worked along with Henry Ford to develop synthesized rubber from soybean. George Washington Carver was and is one of the greatest African Americans in history. Then, there is Dr. Benjamin Carson, who overcame poverty, poor grades, deep seeded anger and prejudice to become one of the world's leading neorosurgeons. The true life story of Dr. Carson is as inspirational as the phenomenal impact and contribution he has made in the field of brain surgery. As a youth, he was encouraged by his mother to work diligently to overcome difficulties in learning to "grow his imagination, intelligence and most importantly, his belief in himself." His faith, determination and self-imposed discipline led him to the highest heights as a global leader in neuro-surgery. At the age of 33, Dr. Carson became the youngest physician to ever head a major division at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He received much recognition for performing and mastering ground-breaking surgical procedures for over 30 years. Dr. Carson has consistently used his dedication and God-given talent to take on seemingly impossible operations, giving children hope for a second chance at a healthy and normal life.
The examples of these three profound individuals should encourage and inspire everyone to dream big and pursue those dreams diligently and with great passion and discipline. Each of these men were committed to discipline in giving their best efforts, energy and attention to their gift and perspective fields of expertise. Discipline is defined by Webster's Dictionary as orderly conduct or a pattern of behavior, a system of rules governing conduct or activity, and training that perfects the mental and moral character of an individual. When a person is committed to discipline towards a particular vision, interest or activity he or she will excel and succeed.
In the Bible, the Apostle Paul was disciplined, passionate, and committed to his divine purpose in sharing the "good news" and message of the Kingdom of God to the Gentiles. As a result, Paul impacted the entire known world of his day. He wrote two-thirds of the New Testament, and successfully finished his heavenly calling. At the very end of his life he spoke these powerful words found in 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith..." Paul withstood tremendous persecution from the Jews, but it did not stop him from accomplishing his purpose because knew what he was chosen to do, and pursued it with all of his might. I want to encourage you with these words which the Apostle Paul spoke concerning his determination, attitude and discipline towards fulfilling God's will for his life.
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded..."
My friend, keep the faith, believe that you can do it, keep your vision and goals before you every day, and pursue them with great passion, determination and discipline. I leave you with the words of my mentor, Dr. Cindy Trimm, "There's no such thing as a hopeless situation. Things can change for the better, and you can live the life of your dreams."
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