As we approach the end of the year, I am compelled to share my personal I AM NO LONGER with my fellow architects. (The architects are those are actively building…brands, vision, future, etc.) I was inspired to write my own after reading the one that Meryl Streep wrote that became popular on social media.
Why did I write my I AM NO LONGER? I wrote this concerning this year because of what this year represents in my life as it marked my arrival “back to 0.” When you have arrived at a moment to start over, I believe it is key to clearly define what you’re leaving and decide what you’re beginning. After you have gained clear definition and made a precise decision then you must announce to yourself what time it is! This is powerful because many of us spend our lives based on other people’s announcements – what they are allowing and disallowing, and we adjust. However, I agree with Maya Angelou, “we teach people how to treat us.” Sometimes we get stuck thinking, living and even behaving out of old seasons and cycles because of where other people are. Then we wonder why we’re frustrated, agitated and constantly in a mode of either explaining to people where/who we are OR wanting them to get where/who we are. At some point, you’ve got to realize you can bring it all to a halt.
As we are on the cusp of transition into 2017, I want to invite you to take an in-depth assessment of your current situation. Compare it to the truth you know about where you should be or where you are wanting to be this time next year, then write your own benediction – your personal I AM NO LONGER – this this place!
Let me say that this is not something that just occurred to me on a whim. This is something that I have talked, taught and proven for a whole year this month. I wrote my personal I AM NO LONGER in December 2015 and set my life on a trajectory for this year and am living in the production of my declaration. Before this year ends, some of you will need to not only say some things to yourself but you will need to say some things to others. Yes, this means you will have to be confrontational as it pertains to your own destiny!
Please be aware, there is a difference between being intentional and being evasive! Many people have developed evasive behaviors and have never really confronted their own lives. All this means is you are a person who does not take responsibility. I know it’s rough, but it is the truth. When you write your I AM NO LONGER it will serve as a personal accountability system. When you announce your I AM NO LONGER you hold other people accountable. Integrity is not maintained without responsibility and accountability.
When you’re an evasive person, all you do is become a person that knows how to “flee the scene.” You never really deal with situations and circumstances. You leave them where they are and the truth is, at any given time they have a right to re-occur and make disruption or distraction in your life. Think about it! There’s no liberty in that because you have never officially closed the door or burned the bridge…you’ve never removed the access from what was; which means it still has a right to be what is or even what will be! (I know I’m talking to somebody!) The buck has to stop here! Don’t let another year go by where you repeat the same cycles!
Now, this isn’t for everyone. As I often say: I am for people who are ready!
I’ve shared my personal I AM NO LONGER. If this has blessed you…if you have further thoughts, please like and share in the comments. Also, I am open for you to share your I AM NO LONGER testimonies with me. I am excited about your new beginning…your shift!
Elliot Carlyle | the brand. the voice.