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A Mental Shift before a Progressive Shift

“Before any group can enter the open society, they must first close ranks.”  Those are the words of Stokeley Carmicheal.
The term to “close ranks” refer to the action of filling in the gaps or securing you vulnerable areas.
In this day and time the mind is the most pivotal, powerful, dangerous, sought-after and vulnerable possession we have in our arsenal.
The mind is paramount or essential to our discussion of what needs to be done internally as we prepare for our destiny ahead.
There are a few things that have to be settled within ourselves and in our minds.
We must ask ourselves are we ready for this journey?  Do I really know what my responsibilities are and am I aware of the results that I desire to see?
We understand responsibility as knowing that we have an obligation to accept the consequences of our actions.
Furthermore, we have a responsibility to ourselves to define our vision…not just any vision. 
What are our goals?  What is our plan?
Some have been taught and instructed that without a vision, the people parish.
Now that we understand that we must have a clear and definitive vision moving forward, the question now remains:
What kind of  mental shifts should we undergo as we progress?
The dictionary defines the word shift as a change or move from one position to another.
In other words, to see and realize change, my mind has to be changed.
Biblically, the Apostle Paul instructs us to be transformed by the renewing of the mind.
Referring to the fact that as the mind goes the body and its’ actions will not be far behind. 
Michael Jordan once said:
“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
There are many things that we aspire to accomplish and change, but along with those intentions of valor, there must be a change in thinking.
The way we feel about and value ourselves must change.
The way you treat and love yourself will set the tone and standard of how others with treat and love you.
Without self love, you will just be all by yourself while searching for someone to love the person you won’t.
As a side note:
I’ve never seen a happily married person, who was not happily single first!
With that, we must change the way we determine satisfaction and fulfillment.
The way we see and feel about each other must change.
The way we view the events of the past must also change.
Author, Earnest Gains once commented:
There will always be men struggling to change, and there will always be those who are controlled by the past. 

We must take this to heart and declare this to ourselves:
There are some things that will not and do not hinder nor haunt my destiny.
Generational curses end right now… the mind.  It’s over.
Just because my father was and just because my mother may have, has no chains or bearing on how my life will be lived!
Some of us have to declare that our current situation is not a set-back, but more of a set up.
 The present circumstances will help you appreciate that climb once you’ve reached the very peak of your mountain!
They way we view our position in the world here must change!
You are here on purpose to live a life on purpose.
Your campuses…..classes….involvements….relationships must all be viewed with a higher purpose.
You are not just here.  You are more than present.
Muhammad Ali boldly proclaimed after a boxing match:
I am America.   I am the part you won’t recognize.  But get used to me.  Black, confident cocky;  my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. 
Your campuses…community……country better get used to you!
Finally, we must cement this last point within our minds:
We all are taking others with us on this journey to excellence.
Who are you taking with you?
 And at the same token who is ultimately responsible?
Your families are counting on you.
Your Children are counting on you.
Your Church is counting on you.
Your Community is counting on you.
Believe it or not you haters and your enemies are counting on you.
The many people who have sacrificed and laid down their very lives for this opportunity that you have now been afforded are counting on you.
As well as countless others who have invested the very best that they had so that you could be right here, right now.
However, at the end of this journey, the only person that is ultimately responsible for your success, failure…..destiny—is you.
Because, when it is all said and done, we will be able to proclaim as the poem says:
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, 
I am the dream and the hope of the slave. 
I rise 
I rise 
I rise. 
Let us arise mentally so that nothing will separate or keep us from our destiny.
You're the Change!

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