"Question: how bad do you want it? This answer is crucial because the response... will make or break your dream. If you have a goal and you only dedicate 2% of your life to it, it’s never going to come to pass."
"Many have asked me, “Kevin, what’s the purpose of fasting?” Or, “exactly why are you fasting?” Or (my favorite), “what are we supposed to get out of it?”
"Therefore, my new level of honesty speaks to my current fitness mind in this manner: “if you claim to want a thing and you’re not willing to do what it takes to get it, then you really didn’t want it that bad.”
"I believe that there are some relationships in our lives not because they give us what we want. Rather, they teach us what we need."
You name it, I tried it? Productivity apps, alarms, charts, spreadsheets, task accounts, books, deleting ‘distracting’ apps, shutting down my social media (yeah, that’s why I did it), working overnight, and a host of other aimless things. All in an attempt to fix a problem that I was too proud to admit and too ashamed to ask for help with.
I’m not attempting to advocate pessimism; however, I know that nothing good comes from living like ministry is supposed be perfect.
In that moment, I had to honestly ask myself, “Exactly, what is HONESTLY AND TRULY REALLY stopping me from continuing my study?” In other words, if I said, “no matter what, I’m going to keep on studying”, what force would actually stop me?
This becomes tragic because the low self-esteem is also an arrogant presence. It believes that the world and all those in it, focus on you. If they’re laughing, they’re laughing at me. If they’re whispering, they’re whispering about me.
So, how do we make them happen? Well, the answer is activity and productivity. Work productivity is (for some) a struggle that requires consistent attention. It demands honesty, accountability, and humility.
After all, the only event that SHOULD conclude your learning is DEATH.
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.