Monday, July 23, 2012
Wise Words from Williams
It was a Saturday morning, the only morning Bill really got a chance to sleep late. On Sunday mornings he had to get up early to get ready for Sunday School and church. On this day, Bill looked outside from his bedroom window and saw that the rain was really coming down. It was dark and the thunder was creating a major ruckus while the lightening appeared like fireworks across the sky. Bill got back in bed, pulled the cover over his head and quietly fell asleep. Well, he almost did, but something nagged at him. It might have been his conscience that said “But you promised you would be there. You gave your word.” I am sure you have had those times when you absolutely don’t want to do something that you should do, or you promised to do. It’s worse when you can also find really good reasons why you shouldn’t do them. This was one of those mornings for Bill. He had given his word to his friend that he would be at a seminar this morning and he was really serious about going; but he had no idea that the morning would turn out like this. As a matter of fact it was just last night that he spoke to his friend and told him, “See you in the morning.” Bill fought with himself and argued with himself as he got dressed and as he drove the 30 miles from his house to the seminar. About five minutes before he got there he finally decided to change his attitude and get the most he could out of the morning. After all he thought to himself, “if something is worth doing it is worth doing cheerfully.” It wasn’t more than five minutes before he got in the hotel room before the weather outside completely reversed itself. Darkness changed to light, the rain ceased, and out of nowhere brilliant sunshine seem to suddenly smile upon everyone, everywhere. But that was just the beginning of Bill’s payback for his commitment to follow through on his word. Because of the weather many people who had promised to be there did not turn up. Due to the fact that there were so few people the speaker gave everyone present a special surprise: an idea that they could turn into a profit of $25,000 or more in one year. He was so certain that it would work he was prepared to provide the start up money for the 10 people that were present, out of the 50 that had originally signed on. Well for Bill that idea netted him not just $25,000, but $100,000 the first year. Bill shared a number of lessons with us that morning at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, Jamaica; but his main point was that it pays to keep your word and that commitment will get you places and bring you results you never imagined. By the way, this was not a sales event and Bill wasn’t selling anything. This was a religious event to encourage Christian leaders. So, my word to you is, follow through on what you say or started and be committed despite the obstacles and the challenges you face. The Rev. Valentine Williams is the Pastor of Transforming Life Center Church in Pineville, a motivational speaker, seminar/workshop leader, personal development coach, adjunct instructor and the author of Youth Empowered to Succeed. He is also the president of Williams Speaking and Training Services, a people development organization that conducts professional and personal development training and staff development workshops. For questions, comments or speaking engagements contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.