How To Transform Yourself To Succeed (Part Three)

Crossover Stage – ‘Go Over’

In previous articles we looked at the Passover Stage and the Makeover Stages of transformation. Today lets talk about the Crossover Stage.

Can you imagine if billionaire Richard Branson of Virgin Group would keep saying ‘I had acute dyslexia when I was a kid’, or if Nelson Mandela would always talk about spending 27 years in jail? They would never have moved on in life. In order to crossover you need to forget what lies behind and set your eyes on the future. Today I would like to share a few lessons on the instructions which were given to Joshua to crossover and takeover Canaan. The Israelites had been in the wilderness of confusion, drought and lack of progress.

“Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross {over} this Jordan River…to the country I am giving to my people” : Wipe them tears Brother Joshua, life goes on! Watch carefully the kind of language and words used here:

Forget The Past – “Moses my servant is dead”

In other words, forget about the past, do not pity party about how things were bad in your social, financial, economic or political wilderness. If you hold on to the past, you will have no hands to grab the future. You might have had it rough and tough in the wilderness – no electricity, no good schools, no running water, no jobs, no fancy food, no fancy clothes. You have passed over that now. Your wilderness experience might be a bitter divorce, retrenchment, rejection, betrayal, bad deal, broken promises, financial loss, grief, past successes, trophies or victories – so what? It is all in the past – IT’S DEAD!

Do not make a funeral of your past. It is instructive that there is no mention of Moses’ funeral – or mourning period. The living have no business with the dead! Point at your ‘wilderness’ and say “Thank you but no thanks, never again, I am crossing over”

Keep Moving – “Get Going. Cross over”

A man who is released from prison does not hang around the prison gate – he moves away quickly to enjoy freedom. Joshua is told clearly ‘get going’. There is kinaesthetic feel about these words – there is bodily movement and muscle engagement. In simple terms there is ACTION.  What is it that you have always wanted to do? Start today. The crossover transition is a game of faith. In the wilderness you deal with the familiar – in the crossover you deal with ‘unknowns’. You may not even know what awaits you on the other side – just do it! Let’s get practical about things now – write that application, register for that course, publish the book, start that project, get your visa, make that important phone call, send that vital email, set that key appointment or make that crucial visit.

Without crossing over you cannot takeover. When you crossover you need a specific toolset and unique set of skills to deal with uncertainty and the unfamiliar. I will share those in the next instalment in this series in the next article on Takeover. For today get going. Just do it. Keep walking until you crossover for your takeover…

 

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