EVERY SHIFT IS UP TO YOU!
This is our final conversation this week concerning shifting; it will also be my most direct. It’s based on a very simple statement: EVERY SHIFT in a manual transmission IS UP TO THE DRIVER.
In the forward progress of your life, the guiding principle and standing rule remains the same- YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERY SHIFT. The interesting thing about driving a stick shift/ manual transmission is that YOU HAVE TO SHIFT to get up to your top speed and YOU HAVE TO SHIFT all the way down in order to come to a complete stop. You also have to shift to accelerate forward, go to a neutral position or in reverse. Because of that you should realize that EVERY SHIFT IS UP TO YOU.
THERE IS NO MORE BLAMING ANYONE ELSE FOR OUR LACK OF PROGRESS. WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING WE ALLOW TO HAPPEN OR REMAIN IN OUR LIVES. That’s a powerful statement if you judge it correctly. If we understand that WE ARE THE ONES IN CHARGE, that WE HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO continue this present course of action or PUT OUR FEET DOWN AND CHANGE OUR WORLD; then we can make the choice to succeed and exceed where others before us have failed.
Realize EVERY SHIFT REQUIRES A DECISION- it requires for us to decide whether or not we are going TO FORGE AHEAD to the next level OR STALL OUT in the present gear. As I wrote earlier this week, OTHERS CANNOT DEFINE FOR US WHAT GEARS ARE BUT (if you allow them) THEY CAN TAKE YOUR GOD-GIVEN RITE AND DECIDE FOR YOU WHICH GEAR YOU CAN GO TO.
AS WE PREPARE TO successfully close yet another weekend and EMBARK UPON A NEW WEEK, I want you to FOCUS ON THE THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO SHIFT IN YOUR LIFE. PLEASE DON’T BE LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO READ motivational paragraphs or Pages or papers or blogs or articles AND DECIDE TO DO NOTHING. IF YOU CAN GO THROUGH AN ENTIRE WEEK HAVING READ MY WORDS AND THERE IS NO CHANGE- then YOU HAVE WASTED YOUR TIME.
My words and my time will not be wasted because SOMEONE WILL HEAR MY WORDS AND DECIDE THEY CAN NO LONGER EXIST IN FIRST GEAR! THAT DECISION WILL CAUSE THEM TO PUT THEIR FOOT DOWN in their situation AND SHIFT to the next gear. THEY WILL WATCH THIS LIFE OF THEIRS that seems to have been DRAWN BACK IN the middle of their TRANSITION, LAUNCH FORWARD UNDER the SHIFTING, ACCELERATION AND POWER OF THE NEXT GEAR.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS on whether or not you will heed my instruction. SHIFT NOW! SHIFT WHILE IT IS YET IN YOUR POWER to do so. The time may come where it will be too late for you to shift.
A shift only takes the agreement of the whole and the cooperation of a few. The whole body must allow the mind to make a decision, the leg to power the foot to put itself down and disconnect the engine from the transmission; and the arm to manipulate the hand to shift the gears. With the cooperation of a few parts, the whole vehicle is propelled forward.
All of this begins with a decision to shift. So decide, and do it. SHIFT. NOW. WHEN YOU SHIFT, YOU WILL SHIFT YOUR WORLD, your family and your children; some of your loved ones will know it is possible to go higher than they are because you shifted higher than they thought you could.
SHIFTING HAPPENS IN EVERY PERSON EVERY SINGLE DAY. Unfortunately, for most the shifting is negative. Because of that, I normally leave the week on a high note but I feel I should end it with this final declaration.
SHIFT and make everyone around you better and accountable, or AT LEAST ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR COWARDICE AND HYPOCRISY for the rest of your life KNOWING THAT YOUR LEGACY COULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT. STALLING AND NOT MEETING YOUR DESTINY IS AN OFFENSE TO YOUR PURPOSE AND EXISTENCE ON THIS EARTH.