Before you can board a flight and go anywhere, you’ve got to follow some instructions. Maybe you don’t like the instructions; but if you want to take flight on the aircraft of your choice you’ve got to let go of your idea of how it’s supposed to be done and submit to the way they do things. Sounds like a simple concept, right? It really is. Yet some people are literally unable to ever go anywhere great in life because of their refusal to follow simple instructions.
Following instructions is crucial on this flight called life and helps to make tasks easier, to ensure things are done effectively, to eliminate confusion and to save time. When instructions are properly followed, things work out better. Take an honest moment of reflection over your life and ask; Do I follow instructions? Or do I have this insatiable desire to do things my own way? Has your life turned out the way it is because you insist on doing everything your way? Have you lost opportunities because you’re so stubborn and dead set on doing things the way you prefer? Have you sabotaged quality relationships because you refused to follow the guidelines set for a successful outcome? Are you still trying to prove your independence and individual freedom on a flight that requires cooperation with others? It doesn’t take long before a person in their right mind looks around and realizes they’re the one responsible for their own delay in life. If you’re carrying yourself like a complete idiot, at some point shouldn’t you be tired and make the intelligent decision to snap out of it and start following instructions? Nothing works out right until we all come to the place where we are willing to relinquish our need to always be right and accept the fact that following someone else’s direction is not going to kill us. I seriously think some people are so bull headed that they will literally limit the enjoyment of their own journey because they refuse to ever listen to the wisdom of anyone else. You don’t know everything! Your way is not always the best way! There I said it. You can be mad at me if you want, but I’m probably the only one courageous enough to tell you this. No one is giving you the opportunities to do things you think you should be doing, because you don’t listen. It’s not because you aren’t talented and gifted and creative. It’s because you’re not in the flow. You want to do what you want and you don’t represent something outside of yourself well having this renegade spirit. If you’re part of a team, you’ve got to learn to follow the directions. But this is why people end up sitting on the sidelines and losing their spot; because every chance some of you get to do something, you go off script and start making up your own lines. No one asked you to improvise.
Funny thing is, some of the most non compliant people love to smile and act as if they’re part of the team until it’s time to follow instructions. See, you can pretend to be in agreement and actually never comply with the protocol and guidelines set before you. You can live the rest of your life “bucking” the system, never cooperating with other people and sadly you will have to watch other people take off while you stay stuck at the gate. When traveling on an airplane, you can’t even get past security if you can’t comply with their rules. Some people are the same way in real life, stuck arguing with TSA because they insist on taking things along with them that are not allowed!
Check your life today and ask yourself what am I determined to take with me on this flight called life that’s keeping me from being someone who follows the instructions? Am I trying to go somewhere great but determined to take a bad attitude with me? Am I working hard to be successful but my habits are bad and in complete conflict with my desired destination? Do I actually expect to become something bigger and better than what I am today living a lifestyle that’s not helping me become that? If I want to lose weight, why won’t I stop eating donuts and cake? If I want a husband or a wife, why am I determined to be so weird and distant in my interactions with others. Why do I think I can walk around sloppy and not take care of myself all the while saying I’m ready for a special man or a woman in my life? If I want to be a leader in my organization, why won’t I just follow the directions that are set before me? Why must you make things so difficult? Follow the instructions! It’s not that hard to reach a certain destination. Many of you just have to get out of your own way and agree. Stop saying you agree and still doing the opposite. Do what’s asked of you to do and you’ll move ahead. Listen, if you’re constantly fighting and going against the flow, you’re not going anywhere great. Get in the flow. Follow the plan set. There’s a template. There’s a playbook. You don’t need to make your own up. For once in your life, cooperate with what you say you’re a part of. It’s literally going to change everything and you will begin to experience the kind of elevation you’ve been praying for. It’s a simple thing to do. You just have to stop doing your own thing. That rebellious spirit is not helping you go anywhere great!
I challenge you to take some time today to examine your heart. Make the changes needed for your own ascent. It’s directly connected to your ability to follow instructions. When you sincerely do this, I promise you are going to go far!
Copyright ©️ 2019 Sherry Grant
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