Sometimes life gives you what you did not bargain for. You must learn to overcome the many challenges that come your way. If you want to progress and grow you should not be afraid when you are faced with challenges.
In fact, adversities prepare you for what is coming ahead. Embracing your current challenges will help usher you into your destiny.
“Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” – George S. Patton.
You must always look forward to the day that lies ahead knowing that you will give it your very best and conquer it.
I am encouraged by Mr. Hakainde S. Hichilema, the 7th Republican President of Zambia.
He lost many general elections and never gave up. He was imprisoned and faced one of the most unfriendly governments I have ever witnessed in Zambia.
He won an election with a huge margin beating a sitting President convincingly. His story is an inspiration to some of us. His is a story of perseverance and a never-give-up mentality.
Being on the opposing side for 20 years and still having the belief and faith that he would win is just amazing. It shows how much faith the man has in his abilities.
Well, I guess that is why he is a very successful and respected businessman.
It takes a lot of courage, determination, sacrifice, and resilience to do what he has done.
Some of the folks that joined him, gave up along the way and went back to the other side of the coin to sit and dine with the very people they were calling all sorts of names and opposing.
His story also teaches us many things and makes me believe even more in the principle that “do unto others what you would want them do unto you.”
Life can change at the snap of a finger. God is the only one who has the final say in our destiny.
Never be too comfortable when you hold a position of power, especially political office. People will only respect you while you still occupy the office. Mostly because of what they can gain from your office.
The moment you leave the office and especially if you leave in a disgraceful manner you will be humiliated. You will be alone.
That is why it is better to leave when people are still clapping for you. That way they will continue to respect you even after you leave office.
Stay Focused on the Prize
When you are focused and can see the end of the road, you will be motivated to work until you achieve your goals. No amount of adversity can sway you from achieving your goals.
Your vision illuminates the path for your success. It is the torch that lights your way. Everything you do is laser-focused and centred on your vision.
All your efforts and energies are channeled to achieving what you desire.
The prize for Mr. Hichilema was the Presidency which he finally got after trying more than five times. He did not let his suffering get the better of him.
Am sure that spending all those nights in prison, in what he called a filthy environment made him even more hungry to achieve his goal.
It is also a lesson that when you are destined for something great God always protects you from your enemies. For all, I know he could have easily been harmed or killed whilst in detention.
Yet, his life was preserved and rewarded for his tenacity and faithfulness. Today he goes down in history as the 7th President of the Great Republic of Zambia.
Hang in There
The higher the prize the higher the cost. The more adversity the higher the rewards. After the storm the sea is calm.
Many of us give up just when we are about to experience a breakthrough. That is what happened to those who were alongside Mr. Hichilema.
They jumped over to the other side not knowing that he would be President and that they would continue to be on the opposing side.
If only they had persisted and endured the rough journey with him they would have been celebrating with him.
“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” – William Ellery Channing.
Follow the desires of your heart and have a vision for what you want to achieve.