Happy Tuesday #Jontourage,
Welcome back to the “Classy Gent Chronicles”, where staying classy is the only way to be. In this week’s edition, read about how my last two weeks have been CRAZY. Not just because of what happened but how it all came about. Who is ready for a good story…
Last week, I made two major announcements. Between all of my social media accounts, over 1000 people reacted to this with likes and probably over 100 comments so I am extremely grateful for that. The first being that I met my goal of losing 100 pounds. It took me exactly 295 days to do so.
I got to celebrate with Cheesecake Factory with my friend, Tiphane’, as promised that I would do. The funny story about the day I lost the 100 pounds was that a few days prior, my mom and I were having a debate about how much I actually have to weigh to be done with this goal. My argument was once I reach the whole number, I am done regardless of what the decimal point is (i.e. 200.6 pounds). My mom’s argument is that the decimal point has to be at 0 (i.e. 200.0 pounds). When I woke up on April 23rd (the day I finished the goal), I was 0.7 pounds away from being done. Not sure why but that irritated me so badly to be that close and not be done. I called my parents and I said, “I’m finishing today!”
I put my walking shoes on and did three miles. When I got back to my room, I had lost the 0.7 pounds and was done. So you will never guess what happens the very next day…
I am laying in the bed and I get an email saying that I was approved to host the first-ever TEDxFortWashington. (click here for more info https://tedxfortwashington.weebly.com/) Instantly, I started screaming and crying.
More so, I am in disbelief because the very next day after finishing my 100 pounds, I get approved to host this TEDx conference. Now here’s the crazy part, I applied to host my own TEDx conference on February 26th. What are the chances that the day I would be approved is the day AFTER I finish my health goal? Instantly, I knew that it was nobody but God. Sometimes in life, our steps are out of order and that is why things do not happen for us. Deep down, I know that God knew if I found out about the TEDx conference, I would have devoted more time to that and could have ruined my health goal progress. In your life, many of us want certain things but I encourage you to stop and think about other goals that need to be catered to first. Maybe you want to be a homeowner but God wants you to work on your money management skills first. Maybe you are interested in a promotion at work but God wants you to work on your patience and how you speak to people first. The way that everything came about for me will be a very powerful lesson about timing.
Moral of the story: Stay patient, your time is coming. If a certain goal has not happened for you YET, continue to work on the other areas of your life. That may be where you find the key to open that door.
Remember, in order to live out your dreams, you have to think it, feel it, live it! Until next time, stay classy...
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Jonathan C. Harris is no stranger to leadership, hard work, or success. At the age of ten years old, he earned the right to be a guest weatherman for a day on Fox 5 DC News. He has already received over 100 honors and awards including Forty Under 40 for Prince George’s County, MD, TEDx Talk speaker, American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Outstanding Men’s Program, high school Valedictorian and the Kiwanis Club Citizenship Award. Raised in Fort Washington, Maryland, he has served in leadership positions his entire life, from being the manager of the school store in elementary school to the president of the Homelessness Awareness Club in middle school to the president of the National Honor Society in high school.