• Dr. Bob Durham

What Are You Going To Do About It?

Updated: Aug 19, 2019

What Are You Going to Do About It?

Or

(High Apple Pie in The Sky Hopes)


What are you going to do about it?


Good Question.


You must know who you are, and why you are here, before you can do anything about it.

So, if you haven’t read the posts, “Who Am I,” and “Why Am I Here,” please go back, and read those two posts before proceeding.


In this post we will answer three very important questions.

1. Why – Why are you going to move in a certain direction in order to complete your mission.

2. When – When are you going to move in that’s direction.

3. Where – Where are you going to take your first step in that direction.

In other words, we’ve thought about who we are and why we’re here. Now it’s time to put all though thoughts and plans into action.


Why? Because without action, all those thoughts and plans are for not.

Let’s be honest here.

There are hundreds if not thousands of books and tapes that tell us we can be great – for a multitude of reasons and to reach personal goals – but the step-by-step is often missing.


Why?

Because we are not particularly interested in the step- by-step process.

We want to read and hear about…the end result.

You know, that part when we drive up in that expensive car, walk into that enormous house, take off that designer suit, put on the luxury casual attire and impatiently wait for dinner to be served before going to the theatre. “That’s what I want!” we shout.

But, step-by-step…. forgetaboutit!


Problem is, without the step-by-step, goals are not reached, and worse yet, dreams do not come true.

Remember the song, “I didn’t promise you a rose garden?” That’s because life is a short journey of; ups and downs, smooth sailing and vicious storms. In the midst of great wonder and beauty can come, at a moment’s notice, the most horrendous terror.

While focus does not eliminate these champagnes in life, If we keep focus on who we are, why we are here and what we are doing about it – we can rise above these storms of life, regardless of how tumultuous, and leave a legacy that will last for generations.

And that’s what we want to do – leave a legacy that will last for generations – and in our lifetime, prosper as well.

Let me say that again…. and in our lifetime, prosper as well.

That’s sounds like a pretty heavy load.

Not really.


Why?

Because we are going to take it on, step-by-step.

Let me pause here – not stop – pause.

Some would say great dreams do not come true because of procrastination.

Putting things off till another later date. In so saying, they are, in many cases, accusing dreamers and visionaries falsely.

It’s not procrastination that stamps out dreams and blurs visions. It’s knowing why we are moving in a certain direction, when to begin and where to take our first step. It’s also almost never, “fear of failure.”

It’s simply taking the first step.

Beginning.

Getting started.

Turning the key.

Pulling the trigger.

So, let’s begin.


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First step.

You will need to answer the question,


why am I choosing that direction?

It’s not a difficult question. It’s really pretty simple. You already know who you are and why you’re here. You already have a great idea what you want to do and where you want to do it. You already have a good idea what the first step will have to be. So, let’s priorities. Be very specific here.

1. Why am I choosing this direction?

2. Am I going to wind up being an Entrepreneur or Trained Professional?

3. Will I need to form a company (Entrepreneur)?

a. If so: what type?

b. Can I do it myself or will I need an attorney?

c. How long will it take to form and when will it be up and running?

4. Will I need any special equipment?

a. If so, what type?

b. Will I need it to begin, or later?

5. Will I need assistance?

a. if so, what type?

b. Can I go it alone for a while?

You get the idea. Be specific.

I recommend downloading one of the many online free business plan templates, complete it entirely and keep it updated as you journey. Promise, it will change as you go along...one step at a time.

Make sure these questions are answered thoroughly before moving on. Give yourself a date deadline.


Step Two

Answer the question; When am I going to move in that direction?

1. When it gets warmer?

2. When it stops raining?

3. When the kids graduate?

4. By the end of this week?

5. By the end of this month?

6. By the end of this quarter? – is this too far away? Should I shorten this start date?

7. By the endo of this year? – is this too far away? Should I shorten this start date?

When? If your answer is beyond the end of this week – think, plan, step again. Try within the next twenty-four hours. Maybe forty-eight.

Just do it!


Step Three

Where are you going to take the first step in that direction?

1. First: In your mind.

2. Second: In your heart.

3. Third: In the world around you.

Thinking, planning, preparing is over. It’s time to move.

Don’t let anyone stop you.

If you truly believe what you are about is your creative eternal calling.

1. Your Mission.

2. Your purpose for being.

3. Your destiny.

Then do it.

Don’t let anyone tell you, “it can’t be done.” That’s what they tell all the high achievers. Those who get done what everyone else says, “can’t be.” Do it anyway. Why? Because it’s your destiny and legacy…not theirs.

Don’t let your closest friend – which should be your spouse, or others in the family tell you it can’t be done. Do it anyway. Not to show them up…. but to show them you have a reason for being. A mission. A purpose. A calling.

Remember that Frank Sinatra song: High Hopes?

Just what makes that little old ant

Think he'll move that rubber tree plant

Anyone knows an ant, can't

Move a rubber tree plant

But he's got high hopes

He's got high hopes

He's got high apple pie

In the sky hopes

So any time you're gettin' low

'Stead of lettin' go, just remember that ant

Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant

Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant

Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant

When troubles call

And your back's to the wall

There a lot to be learned

That wall could fall

Once there was a silly old ram

Thought he'd punch a hole in a dam

No one could make that ram, scram

He kept buttin' that dam

'Cause he had high hopes

He had high hopes

He had high apple pie

In the sky hopes

So any time you're feelin' bad

'Stead of feelin' sad, just remember that ram

Oops, there goes a billion kilowatt dam

Oops, there goes a billion kilowatt dam

Oops, there goes a billion kilowatt dam

All problems just a toy balloon

They'll be bursted soon, they're just bound to go pop

Oops, there goes another problem kerplop

Oops, there goes another problem kerplop

Oops, there goes another problem kerplop, kerplop


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What if you decide its your calling to be a Doctor? Well, why not?

If that is why God sent you into the world, then God will help you become what you were sent here to be, Doc. Get ready for a wonderful life of caring for others.

Think about it. Walking into a room where a patient, a fellow human being, a fellow eternal spirit in human form, is hurting – and you…you…a well trained medical doctor can and will take away that pain, cure that disease in their body, fix that problem and make them well. Talk about being an instrument of God’s Grace. I will research this career for you. If I believe I’ve found something that might help you, I’ll let you know.


What if you decide its your calling to be a Teacher?

To shape the minds of others. To use your wisdom and knowledge to help others. To leave what you have learned and are learning with others to carry on. Wisdom and knowledge are not to hoard or keep to one’s self – but to share that others may benefit. When a person reaches this stage in life, they are arriving at a state of existence that can not be measured. You may hear that in the future there may be the need for a smaller number of teachers – and while this may be somewhat true, due to computers programed to impart knowledge, who is going to write those programs? Teachers. And in many, many parts of the world, there is a crying need for teachers and will be for decades. I will research this career for you. If I believe I’ve found something that might help you, I’ll let you know.


What if you decide it’s your calling to be an Ordained Minister, Priest, Rabbi, Iman?

To devote one’s entire being, both spiritual and physical to the wellbeing of others – to be so in touch with the Spiritual You, that you can bring peace and assurance to your fellow human beings – what a life…well lived for the glory of the One who called you in to life in the first place. Keep in mind, since the dawn of time there has been religion and until time is no more religion and the need to touch and be touched by the divine will always be. To those who answer this call, meaning and purpose fill their entire being. I will research this career for you. If I believe I’ve found something that might help you, I’ll let you know.


What if you decide it’s your calling to be a Corporate Executive in the business world?

Nothing happens in the world until something is sold. And so, you want to wake up each morning and dress for the corporate world. Travel to the company’s offices and spend the day working and making decisions, some small some big. To interact with colleagues with the goal of accomplishing much. In this fast pace corporate world job performance is king. If you perform well, promotion will be just one step ahead, and another and another until, sitting in the board room you look back at a career, lived for the glory of the One who called you into life. I will research this career for you. If I believe I’ve found something that might help you, I’ll let you know.


What if you decide it’s your calling to be an Accountant?

To help others, both business and personal, keep their finances straight in this time of financial upheaval would be a blessing for everyone. What with changes in the tax law, and uncertainty in the financial markets, - personal investments, and planning for retirement…which most Baby Boomers tried to do but lost most during the cart turn-over of the mortgage global scandal. A well trained, CPA Accountant is always sought after – and always will be. I will research this career for you. If I believe I’ve found something that might help you, I’ll let you know.


What if you decide it’s your calling to be a First Responder EMS?

Many can remember the time when the rush was to get someone to the hospital on time, while hope faded as loved ones suffered. Within the last fifty years countless lives have been saved since EMS came into being. Those first there to administer life-saving medicine, take vitals and transport to medical facilities – being one in motion themselves. What an opportunity to be an instrument of grace in action for the saving of lives and the glory of the One. I will research this career for you. If I believe I’ve found something that might help you, I’ll let you know.


What if you decide it’s your calling to be in Law Enforcement?

To serve the community by safeguarding lives and property. To protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality, and justice. To know that the public recognizes the badge as a symbol of public faith, and public trust based upon ethics, values and principals. To stand in front of, and up for fellow citizens and know that the one who called each of us into life is always with the one who’s meaning, and purpose is to serve the community lifting each life and protecting. What a calling. If this is your calling, I salute you. I will research this career for you. If I believe I’ve found something that might help you, I’ll let you know.


What if you decide it’s your calling to be in the Armed Forces of your country?

To protect and defend your country’s constitution. To serve in defense of your country’s sovereign right to be. To prepare for and then live out a life of service to your country. To always do your best, each day, every day, gain rank and lead others. To move, at a moment’s notice, in peace and during war, from one place to another. To be willing to lay down your life, if necessary, for fellow citizens. Greater love hath no man then he be willing to lay down his life for another. If this is your calling, I salute you. I will research this career for you. If I believe I’ve found something that might help you, I’ll let you know.


What if you decide it’s your calling to be an Attorney?

To stand up for justice. To stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. To represent, through the maze of Law, people called clients and do your very best. To lay your head on the pillow at night and know that the day was well lived in representing, in standing up – well lived for the glory of the One who called you into life to stand up and deliver. Attorneys, Lawyers, are into everything. From business and politics to arts, real estate and religion. Everything. So, a well-trained and practiced Attorney will never be unemployed. I will research this career for you. If I believe I’ve found something that might help you, I’ll let you know.


What if you decide it’s your calling to be an Elected Public Official?

To be elected by the people, for the people. To participate in committee meetings where research is accumulated on which decisions are made for the benefit of the people. To assist in the writing of proposed legislation and then bring that to the floor of the hallowed hall where all fellow duly elected public officials vote. We hold high, on a pedestal, any and all who strive to give back to society and serve the people. History records those elected whose purpose is to serve are, most of the time, re-elected. For they serve to make better. I will research this career for you. If I believe I’ve found something that might help you, I’ll let you know.


What if you decide it’s your calling to use your hands like a Plumber, Electrician, Mechanic?

To use one’s hands artfully in a learned skill or trade when others haven’t a clue how to do, is without question a great calling. Not everyone knows, nor could they learn…even with diligent endeavor, the where-with-all of how to build, put together, fix, repair, maintain, and rebuild. Those arcticians whose hands can, are truly a gift to every society and have been valued down through the ages. If you, “have the gift,” in using your hands, then truly you have been called into life for that very reason. I applaud you, just for being here at this time and in this place. I will research this career for you. If I believe I’ve found something that might help you, I’ll let you know.


What if you decide it’s your calling to be a Designer?

To see in your mind’s eye and then to recreate that picture so others can joy and celebrate with you. To draw from the past, add the current, and vision the future in designing. To receive the applause of others but more importantly to see your vision come true. To be among the daring and few. If this is your calling, you are truly blessed. For your purpose is to help shape the future in design so that in and through your hard work the world can witness beauty and grace. I will research this career for you. If I believe I’ve found something that might help you, I’ll let you know.


Get the point?

Your calling, your mission, your reason for being can be in any field where you serve others.

But you have to have…. “high hopes!”

…“high apple pie in the sky hopes!”

OOPS there goes another successful…

Pursue your happiness…and you will find life’s true happiness.


Download your 6 page: "Why Am I Here," WorkBook Click Here.

Download your 6 page: "Why Am I Here," WorkBook

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