Sometime about 3 years ago, I came across an audio message by Pastor Chris Oyakilome. A short 4-minute audio that centers around mental readiness and action steps to succeed in life. One part of the message particularly resonated with me, and anytime I need to motivate myself to keep going I always go back to listen to the message just to hear this part….
“……time is important don’t spend your time watching TV, Videos 24 hours. Those that you are watching have put their best into what you are watching. Change the position, say to yourself, I will be watched….Some of you are so hung up on designers, designer this, designer that, where are your own designs….?”
How powerful?! Have you ever thought or wondered if you could be the next Tom Cruise, Lionel Messi, Genevieve Nnaji, Roger Federer, Richard Branson, Mark Zukerberg? Can you see the possibilities? Or does it sound ridiculous and unattainable to you given your current realities?
I want to implore you today. Take Pastor Chris’ advice. Change the game. Be the game. You too can be watched!
Many people think Game Changers have some kind of advantage – luck, extraordinary talent or privilege that separates them from the rest. There is, in fact, something that separates them from the rest, but it’s not any of these things. What they have is clarity of thought, a great positive mindset, grit and audacity, compassion for making the world around them a better place.
Game Changers are willing to look different, act different, and go off in their own direction. They change the way things are done, thought about or made. They believe things can be done better, faster or cheaper. They solve problems. They are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to address challenges, or provide solutions. They are willing to go above and beyond, take calculated risks, and stand up for a worthy cause.
Are you able/ willing to change the game for your life? Here are a few things you can do to become a Game Changer:
- Change Your Attitude – Nothing can alter your circumstances quicker than a positive attitude. Even the worst of situations can be turned around with the right attitude.
- Change Your Attire – That’s right! You many need to change your appearance. Dress for the position you want to attain. Dressing it up can improve your confidence, as well. If you want to be taken seriously, make sure you dressing reflects this intention.
- Change Your Job – Well, if you need to, why not? It may be a bad opportunity. It may not be a cultural fit for you. Whatever the reason, make the decision and move on when you must.
- Change Your Time – Well, I mean change how you spend it. Try shifting your work schedule. Many people find that working earlier in the day provides a boost to their productivity. What would happen if you arrived at work a half-an-hour earlier each day?
- Change Your Habits – Your habits define who you are. If you are on a negative path, you may need to change what you do every day. Replace negative habits with positive ones.
- Change Your Relationships – Very important! You are who you hang out with. This is true whether you like it or not. What crowd are you hanging with? It can be hard to change friendships, but it is sometimes necessary.
- Change Your Perspective – Don’t be narrow-minded. Listen to learn. Expose yourself to a wide array of new material. Put yourself in the shoes of someone else. How does your boss (or significant other) truly see you? If you are in charge of others, try doing their job for a day. It may change your views.
- Change Your Hobbies – It may be fun to stay up until 3 a.m watching TV or playing the latest online video game. However, those activities are probably not taking you where you want to go.
- Change Your Skills – Well, update them, by learning something new. What have you learned lately? Taking a class to learn a new skill or finishing your degree, or finally taking that certification exam may be the thing that finally changes the game for you.
All these may sound like common sense, but of what use is common sense if not applied? You can achieve uncommon success by committing to applying these simple tips.
I rest my pen, but don’t you forget: Up your game! Change the game! Be the game!
N.B: Something is coming! I’m working on a series of books for career, business, project and start-up success. It’s going to be game changing. It’s going to be phenomenal. Watch out!
To your success,
Deji Jemiyo, The Game Changer