Make A Move

Bishop T.D. Jakes, founder and CEO of the Dallas-based The Potter’s House, believes change is good. Of course, it’s all about how you do it.

In his book, Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits (Atria Books; $24), Jakes challenges readers to effect positive changes in their relationships, careers, and even finances by adjusting themselves.

“When we grow into ourselves, learning from our mistakes, becoming a student of our deliverables,” Jakes writes “then we relax and enjoy a level of confident authenticity that naturally sheds limitations and embraces positions in which we prosper, not just financially but holistically, as whole persons at peace with ourselves, content to be who we really are.”

With a message that the starting point for reallocating one’s efforts and/or priorities begins from within, Jakes proves that change is just as much about how we think as it is about what we do.

Fate or state? Identify whether what you want to change is fate or state. While fate is inevitable (think age), state is a temporary existence that one can transcend such as unemployment. Focus efforts toward bettering the situation.

Take inventory. Acknowledge what you want to accomplish, then assess where you are in the process. Thereafter, determine the resources you have and those still needed. Take all of this information and use it to help map out a plan.

Bring it back. “Like an arrow caught in a bow,” Jakes writes, “most people go backward before they shoot forward.” Retraction increases impact, he insists. Be unafraid to take a sabbatical, or seek professional help. Do what is essential to growth; it will support a launch that hits your target.

All for one. Keep loved ones informed about your intentions as well as your progress. There’s no need to travel alone; take your family, friends, and faith with you on this journey.

If not now, then when?
Ellen Junious, life coach and author of Unleash the Power of Personal Advantage: Seven Keys to Unlock Your Potential for Success (iUniverse Inc.; $12.95). Junious says there are three occasions when altering your stance could prove critical:

-When you want more of the same. Boost your current position to maximize success.
Work to build on your strengths, while capitalizing on positive experiences.
-When you need a change. Shift or adjust your position to better meet goals and desires.
Strategize efforts and fine-tune your course of action.
When you decide to relinquish responsibility. Repositioning can help you successfully remove yourself from a situation that is not providing the anticipated results.
Identify the problems; construct a new plan.