A few years ago, I read , As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen. I learned from that book that we can make or unmake ourselves, and just by our thoughts we can create the weapon that can also destroy us. By choosing positive thoughts we can ascend to the greatest heights, whereas by choosing negative thinking we can plummet to the lowest depths of our souls.
Most everyone has been a part of the ‘rat race’ at one time or the other. I know I have. It was not fun. I remember waking up at dark-thirty in the morning in order to get dressed in time to beat the rush hour. I live an hour away from my job and had to be there by 7:00 am. In order to get there on time, however, I needed to leave home by 5:30 a.m. because if I didn’t, I would be sitting on I-285 for an extra 30-45 minutes. I worked from 7:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon when rush hour was at its best. I would get home between six and six-thirty in the evening and was so exhausted from the traveling, I had little energy left. However, I still had to get dinner for my family, spend time with them, help my children with homework, do a few chores, then go to bed and start the same ritual all over again the next day.
During my work shift I would be constantly moving from the EEG Lab to the patient’s floors and back and forth from the Lab to the office. I made sure that the office ran smoothly each day so that hospital records were accurate. I focused all of my energy on making sure the patients were taken care of and making our department run smoothly and profitable. After working so hard I only received dollars for the hours that I worked. Herein was only one of my ‘rat races.’ I have been in several over the years. Many who read this can also relate constantly working and exchanging dollars for hours.
I felt trapped. Although I loved many aspects of those J.O.B.s, I began to notice the entrapment when I would finally get a chance to sit down and think about how I could improve my life. I realized that I just had to get out of the ‘rat race’ for my own sanity. In order to do that, I had to change my way of thinking. Instead of thinking like an employee, I had to start thinking like an entrepreneur…taking control of my own time and my own money.
I knew it would not be easy but I finally left the ‘rat race’ and I am now learning how to work smarter, not harder. I finally found the time to write my first novel. Being an entrepreneur does not mean a lack of struggle. It simply means I am in control of my struggles as well as my successes. I decided that I needed to build my own dream or live and work in someone else’s dream.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer. 29:11
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