How to Take Your Important Place in a Challenging World

There’s a place for everyone in the world. It’s not just a common place, but a significant one for each of us whom God created. Some know how to identify and take it, many others neither know how to find it nor take it.

Yes, the world has always been, and will continue to be, challenging. Whether it is pre-coronavirus, or post-coronavirus times, people living in the world had and will still witness some challenges.

This challenging nature of the world plays a trick on the majority of mankind: unemployment, loss of jobs, rising cost of living and falling purchasing power, pandemics such as COVID-19, political conflicts and wars, crime, armed banditry, armed robbery, kidnapping, stigmatization, inadequate access to education, healthcare problems, environmental issues, to name just some of them.

The trick is that the problems, particularly at individual levels, seem insurmountable. Some think, because of what they’re going through at present, there’s no meaningful place for them in the world anymore. That’s not true.

There’s great hope amid these challenges because the important places in this world are inexhaustible. They’re only limited by the scope and depth of our imaginations.

In his book, Developing the Leader Within You, John C. Maxwell, captured an inspirational picture of people who still found their important places in the world irrespective of all the odds that weighed against them.

In his words, “Bury a person in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington. Raise him in abject poverty, and you have an Abraham Lincoln. Strike him down with infantile paralysis, and he becomes a Franklin D. Roosevelt. Burn him so severely that the doctors say he will never walk again, and you have a Glenn Cunningham, who set the world’s one-mile record in 1934. Have him or her born black in a society filled with racial discrimination, and you have a Booker T. Washington, a Marian Anderson, a George Washington Carver, or a Martin Luther King, Jr. Call him a slow learner and retarded – writing him off as uneducable, and you have an Albert Einstein.”

Despite his challenging background, George Washington was the first president of the United States. He played a major role in gaining independence for the American colonies and later in unifying them under the new United States federal government.

Of Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, I wrote in my book, Power of Contributions Impact of Legacies, that “Without doubt, he secured a place in history as one of the most influential presidents in the world. He made contributions that can be described as landmark.” Neither infantile paralysis nor the Great Depression of the 1930s could prevent him from finding and taking his great place on earth.

Booker T. Washington, according to Wikipedia, “was an American educator, author, orator, and adviser to multiple presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African American community and of the contemporary black elite.”

Marian Anderson was an American singer of classical music and spirituals. George Washington Carver was an American agricultural scientist, a famous botanist, and inventor. Also known as the “Peanut Man”, he created more than 300 products from peanut.

George was born a slave on the farm of Moses Carver in Diamond, Missouri. His biological father may have been killed in a farming accident before he was born. When George was only a few weeks old, night raiders invaded the farm and kidnapped George, his mother and sister. They were sold in Kentucky. Moses Carver, the farm owner, engaged an agent to track them and bring them back. Only George was found, recovered, and returned to his owner’s farm. After slavery was abolished, the Carvers raised and educated George as their son.

In spite of their challenges, the people discussed above fought for and secured their places in life. In a revised version of the book, The Mind: Your Amazing Power to Take Big Places, I write that your thought habits are access key into you important places. “And until we first see and enter into our unique place with our minds, we can’t enter into it physically. Our thought world is so essential; it is the greatest power to take our place in life.”

Clara Schesser wrote in Huffpost that “Ninety percent of success in any walk in life is a direct result of how the mind is used. Top athletes, top business executives, top parents, top entrepreneurs, and the most successful individuals all understand the important truth that the mind is what counts.”

Our consistent and habitual thoughts on anything put us on autopilot for the accomplishment of that thing. It is in our minds our realities are first created.
James Allen, a British inspirational author, wrote a classic, As A Man Thinketh. He explained that “A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances. A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.”

So, daily create in your mind the place you want to occupy in the world. Dwell on those thoughts and imaginations, and back up with consistent actions; you’ll be surprised what marvels you will create in life.

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