|Crown Life Enterprises, LLC. - Marquez Hughley
Another key component to us living the "crown life" is the importance of having "VISION". This word has many definitions, but I want to focus on the "foresight" connotation for clarity and understanding. I've found a way to go deeper into the comprehension of the word "vision" by viewing the word in 3 ways: 1. VISION, 2. VIS-ION, and 3. VIS-I-ON. The first way of viewing it speaks more to the traditional understanding regarding the "foresight" or “the ability to see forward”; The second way is "VIS-ION": The Latin prefix "vis" means "to see" and the suffix "ion" means "action, to act, or process". This speaks more to the necessity of seeing ourselves actually "acting or carrying out" exactly what we have envisioned; lastly, the third way is "VIS-I-ON": (or to see....myself....onward!) This speaks to us realizing that we do have "a bright future", and the best is yet to come for us! These 3 perspectives will keep us striving to become all we were purposed to be in life. "CROWN LIFE!"
In life, there will be challenges that you have to encounter on the road towards your destiny. The key to success during these seasons of trial is to have a "strong resolve". Having your RESOLVE strong will help you remain consistent when things seem unstable or uncomfortable. There is a quote by Denis Waitley that says, "Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you." Another way to understand the power of resolve is to break down the word itself. The prefix "re" simply means "to do again" and the word "solve" means...."to answer". So, this gives us a clear message that resolve means "to provide the same answer.....again and again." It means that nothing will move you from what you've purposed in your heart to achieve or accomplish. It's wise to have a strong resolve because we know not always what life will send our way; but, you should know how you will respond.......regardless. Even in tough times, it's possible to remain at peace and in control when your resolve is strong. Remember: Resolve is something that you must have before you go into the fight, so that you will know the "outcome" even before the "end comes"! "CROWN LIFE!"
One of the first lessons in time management that you should learn is that time.....must be respected. We MUST respect time; and, the understanding of this should remind us all that we don't have time to waste! Before we can ever respect other people's time, we must first respect our own. We must understand that our time here on earth is LIMITED. We don't have the liberty to procrastinate in life. We have to manage our time well, and we can do this by actually doing what we're supposed to do....when we're supposed to do it! If you are supposed to be working, you actually need to be WORKING! If you are supposed to be resting, you need to be RESTING during that time. If you're scheduled to be in a meeting, be punctual, alert, and prompt. It's a waste of time if you're not maximizing each moment you have by being productive and/or "truly" PRESENT. When we have a healthy respect for our own time, we then can do likewise in regards to respecting the time of others. Remember: Not one of us can get even "one minute" of our lives back once it's spent; so let's use each one wisely. "CROWN LIFE!"
I have resolved that there are 4 levels in life that lead to leaving a LEGACY on this earth, beyond our lifetime. The first level is SURVIVAL (which is when you are struggling just to make it each day; not knowing if you will even make it through to see another day, week, month, or year.) The second level is STABILITY (which is when our necessary needs are met, and we have our lives in a comfortable cycle; You are stable, but yet still living in mediocrity.) The third level is SUCCESS (which is when you have begun to move in your purpose, and are experiencing the bountiful rewards and returns from your work or labor.) Finally, the fourth level is SIGNIFICANCE (which is when your life no longer solely benefits you and your family, but also the lives of others.) This level is when you begin to leave lasting contributions to this world which live far beyond your time here to see it. It's the level where people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, Thomas Edison, Harriet Tubman, and Jesus Christ reached. The question is this: "What legacy will you leave?" No one can answer that question for you. Only time.....will tell. "CROWN LIFE!"
Over the years, I've found out that a major hindrance to our effectiveness and productivity is the lack of proper rest and "refreshing" periods. On one end, the problem is too much rest, slothfulness, and procrastination: On the other end, the problem is the result of not "sharpening the saw" as best-selling author & international speaker, Stephen Covey, likes to emphasize. It is critically important for us to learn how to place ourselves in a cycle that allows us to "refresh" during our pursuit of greatness and destiny. The worst thing that could happen is for your body to shut down because it was not properly cared for. When was the last time you "really" took a vacation or got the "proper" amount of sleep or had a quiet moment alone to think? These are all necessary to be truly effective in life, especially if we plan on being here for the long haul. Even our computers have a "shut down", a "restart", and a "refresh" function. How much more should we pattern our lives with that type of cycle to keep us functioning at our best? You really don't know how much stress and excess strain is being caused due to not taking time to refresh. Don't allow your best not to come forth because you simply are not.......refreshed! "CROWN LIFE!"