Dis­turb us Lord!

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - MOTIVATION/BUSINESS NEWS - Mil­ton Kamwendo Hunt for Great­ness

IT IS easy to set­tle, never stretch­ing be­yond the pain bar­rier, and con­tin­u­ing on a well worn path of the fa­mil­iar. Even if the path is lead­ing to de­struc­tion, it is all to easy to get used to the way things have al­ways been.

You can never change any­thing un­less it hurts too much to stay in the same place. Change is not just a watch word, but ac­tion. Change will al­ways dis­turb, frus­trate and make you think and re­think.

To get out of any hole, you have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and press the “stop” but­ton. To get out of any hole re­quires you to stop dig­ging and start do­ing things dif­fer­ently to cover the hole. You will never change much if you do not want the pain that goes with the pain. To want the pain of a per­fect and fit body with­out the pain and dis­ci­pline of ex­er­cise is a myth. To re­verse out of any sit­u­a­tion you face you have to stop, turn and change course. Change is a bit­ter and nec­es­sary pill that needs to be taken as pre­scribed. Health can never come the longer you post­pone tak­ing bit­ter med­i­ca­tion.

Mo­ti­va­tion by prayer

Some an­swers come through prayer, while oth­ers come in the form of a prayer it­self. So it is with the prayer of Fran­cis Drake that has been prayed by many, sang by mul­ti­tudes and re­cited in many places. Un­til you feel a dis­tur­bance, there can be no growth and el­e­va­tion. The road to great­ness is not paved in gold. It is a rough road, with wind­ing turns and pot­holes. Tak­ing great­ness is easy, tak­ing the road to great­ness re­quires dis­ci­pline, courage and per­sis­tence. You are likely not go­ing any­where far so long as the jour­ney is an en­joy­able leisurely stroll with­out sweat and pain.

Sir Fran­cis Drake (c.?1540 – 27 Jan­uary 1596) be­came the first English­man to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the Earth. He was a bold and dar­ing man of ac­tion and vi­sion. He re­fused to park on easy street but was will­ing to take to the rough seas and con­tinue to ex­plore be­yond home­land. Drake pushed the bound­aries and lim­i­ta­tions, be­com­ing the first Arc­tic ex­plorer. He went were his fel­low men had never gone be­cause he was will­ing to do what other peo­ple were too un­com­fort­able to at­tempt.

Queen El­iz­a­beth awarded Drake knight­hood on April 4, 1581 aboard his flag­ship, “Golden Hind”. He later served as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. Words of peo­ple of ac­tion are worth not­ing. Per­haps what Fran­cis Drake is most known for to­day is his prayer of 1577. It is a prayer that is still fresh and is com­monly en­ti­tled “Dis­turb Us Lord”: “Dis­turb us Lord, When we are too pleased with our­selves, When our dreams have come true Be­cause we dreamed too lit­tle, When we ar­rived safely Be­cause we sailed too close to the shore. Dis­turb us Lord, When with the abun­dance of things we pos­sess

We have lost our thirst for the wa­ters of life; Hav­ing fallen in love with life, We have ceased to dream of eter­nity And in our ef­forts to build a new earth,

We have al­lowed our vi­sion of the new Heaven to dim. Dis­turb us Lord, To dare more boldly, To ven­ture on wilder seas, Where storms will show Your mas­tery; Where los­ing sight of land, We shall find the stars. We ask you to push back The hori­zons of our hopes; And to push back the fu­ture In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Cap­tain,

Who is Je­sus Christ.

Pat­tern in­ter­rup­tion

The prayer of Fran­cis Drake is worth pray­ing daily and keep­ing within reach. Great­ness does not come at bar­gain prices and it can be a painful stretch. Ev­ery win­ner knows as some­one once said: “Gold medals aren’t re­ally made of gold. They’re made of sweat, de­ter­mi­na­tion, and a hard-to-find al­loy called guts.”

Un­til you in­ter­rupt a pat­tern, the pat­tern will con­tinue. Un­less you are will­ing to change you will al­ways be eluded by growth and de­vel­op­ment. You do not have the lux­ury of look­ing at where you are at and call­ing this a per­ma­nent des­ti­na­tion. Great peo­ple do not set­tle, they con­tinue to hus­tle. There is more and you are able to do more and be more. Likely the ca­pac­ity you are us­ing is small, com­pared to what you can be and do. Chang­ing your mind­set is work and takes ef­fort. You can stretch fur­ther and do more. Do not de­spair or quit too soon, some­times things get worse be­fore they get bet­ter. You can dream big­ger and bolder, while tak­ing mas­sive and fo­cused ac­tion.

There is more that you can do and be­come. Do not set your ceil­ing too low. Do not be tempted to stop the jour­ney now. Keep mov­ing and keep scal­ing higher. Do not fear mov­ing slowly, be con­cerned when you stand still or re­sign from putting your best foot for­ward.

Dream Again, and Again

Do not let your dreams die what­ever the cir­cum­stances. Face the bru­tal re­al­i­ties of your sit­u­a­tion but do not stop dream­ing and seek­ing to ex­press the dreams. If you failed in the past, turn on your dream ma­chine again. Do not wait for fair weather to start mov­ing. You would have lost pre­cious ground if you do. Dream big­ger and bolder, tak­ing mas­sive and de­ter­mined ac­tion. Set new dreams and blaze fresh paths.

Reach for new hori­zons and refuse to be held back by ad­ver­sity. Mul­ti­ply your dream level by 10. This is called the “10X” fac­tor. If you do not, ten years from now you will be wish­ing that you had dared to mul­ti­ply and mag­nify your dream by a fac­tor of 100. Op­por­tu­ni­ties are most abun­dant when most peo­ple are gripped by fear and clouds of neg­a­tiv­ity. Do not let present cir­cum­stances tempt you to be­lieve that all hope is lost and there is no need to dream again. Lift your vi­sion be­yond your eye-lids and clouds of de­spair. Dare to dream. Go be­yond your shore line.

Be­yond the fa­mil­iar

Never mis­take your fame in your vil­lage for global ac­claim. Keep chal­leng­ing your lim­its and be will­ing to lose sight of the land. Be will­ing to go be­yond the fa­mil­iar, the usual and the mun­dane. Defy fa­mil­iar ter­ri­to­ries and sto­ries, fa­mil­iar paths and prac­tices, and fa­mil­iar lev­els and la­bels. There are new paths to blaze and new things to dis­cover. Be ex­cited about this mo­ment and ap­proach it with the lens of a dis­cov­ery ex­plorer and the am­bi­tion of a be­gin­ner. The cy­cle of medi­ocrity can never be bro­ken so long as you do what you have al­ways done, play at the level you have al­ways played at and planned in the way you have al­ways planned. Dare to break the lim­its and go be­yond the usual. If where you are is feel­ing too crowded, it might be be­cause you are fly­ing too low and so close to the ground. Dare to go for the open skies and open seas. There is space for your idea, thought and prod­uct. The world of dreams is the space of in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties. Dare to re-frame.

Re-frame your thoughts

Re-frame the mean­ing of things and life. It is not what hap­pens that mat­ters the most but what you think about it and how you choose to re­spond. There is more to life than sim­ple com­forts and choos­ing to run away in­stead of en­gag­ing the sit­u­a­tion. Think be­yond your own skin and your own mouth. Un­less your def­i­ni­tion of pros­per­ity goes be­yond sim­ple per­sonal com­forts, you have a poverty men­tal­ity. Dare to think big and boldly. Re-frame your thoughts and see life through big­ger lens. The level of your think­ing de­ter­mines your thresh­old of frus­tra­tion. Prob­lems at any level will al­ways re­quire a think­ing and ac­tion level that is higher. See be­yond your nose. A life is not sig­nif­i­cant ex­cept for its im­pact on other lives. Un­less you dream be­yond your door step, your dreams are too small. See dif­fer­ently in or­der to do dif­fer­ently. Think­ing big is some­times painful. Tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity is painful but nec­es­sary.

Out­live your pain

Un­til you break the pain bar­rier, you will never have a break­through. The pain bar­rier hides op­por­tu­ni­ties and pos­si­bil­i­ties be­yond your wildest dreams. All change and tran­si­tions al­ways pro­duce pain. It is when you can­not go through pain that the cause of change is for­ever lost. Em­brace the pain of change and burn it as fuel for the jour­ney of tran­si­tion­ing to a new level. You will grow only to the thresh­old of your pain. Julius Cae­sar once said: “It is eas­ier to find men who will vol­un­teer to die, than to find those who are will­ing to en­dure pain with pa­tience.”

Storms re­veal mas­tery

There are many that want testimonies with­out go­ing through tests. It does not work. Storms show mas­tery and re­veal com­pe­tence. It is when the wa­ters are most tur­bu­lent that the best of lead­ers emerge. Old so­lu­tions are never suf­fi­cient for new sit­u­a­tions. Pre­tend­ing does not solve any­thing. The ear­lier you face bru­tal re­al­i­ties, the ear­lier you steer to­wards the shore. Mas­ter­ing busi­ness is not about hav­ing a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in busi­ness but hav­ing the courage to steer through tur­bu­lence, master nec­es­sary thought and ex­e­cute strate­gies that take you for­ward. Com­mit­ted to your great­ness. ◆ Mil­ton Kamwendo is a lead­ing in­ter­na­tional trans­for­ma­tional and mo­ti­va­tional speaker, au­thor, and ex­ec­u­tive coach. His life pur­pose is to in­spire and pro­mote great­ness. He can be reached at: mkamwendo@gmail.com and Twit­ter: @Mil­tonKamwendo or What­sApp at: 0772422634. His web­site is: www.mil­tonkamwendo.com

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