Jesse Jackson
**FILE** The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)

When we operate according to biblical standards — just by following Hebrew 11:1, which says, “For we walk by faith and not by sight” — we can never go wrong. We will be able to change our thinking, amend our errors and develop new habits to replace the old. Another perfect Scripture that defends this philosophy is Romans 12:2, which reads, “And be not conformed to this world, but ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

An exciting way to achieve your goals in life is if you will renew your mind and your plans daily. This will surely yield results that are almost immediate.

If you decide to grow your business, develop a marketing plan, and once you have the perfect marketing tools, keep that plan in front of someone who can use your services every day!

My sisters and I were new on the scene. Nobody knew us. Why would an unknown like me believe it was possible to work with Rev. Jesse Jackson?

Although he didn’t win, the 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson, was very significant as it represented the first major attempt by a Black to gain the presidency. It got us President Barack Obama!

During Jackson’s first presidential campaign, my company commissioned a sculptor to create an official bronze bust of him. It took two years, a lot of mistakes, 40-60 phone calls to schedule appointments to meet with Jackson, but in the end, it worked.

My ability to continuously learn daily was key. Daily affirmations became the norm for me; written statements hanging near my bed so I could fall asleep at night by seeing myself already meeting with Rev. Jackson, studying and memorizing Scriptures and quotes. It worked!

Today, that bust stands as a testament to my faith, sitting as the centerpiece of Rainbow Push Operations headquarters in Chicago. He takes pictures with his visitors at the bronze bust. The plaque bears my name as president and CEO along with my board of directors.

While going through the early phases, it was difficult to see this project completed but I believe that it would make a difference for my company, and it did! With faith as my ammunition, and by wiping away any non-belief or doubt, it was essential that I took time to renew my mind daily.

The Lord ordered my steps, and today my work is a testament to my ability to stay focused. I couldn’t teach this to you if I hadn’t already proven my own abilities to do this.

Now that I have such strong roots that spread far and wide like those of the bamboo tree, one of my favorite successes is my coaching abilities. As I reach out with this column to help thousands of readers achieve dreams the Lord has placed in their hearts, writing about success principles and trying to motivate you, encouraging you to “do it now” feels really good to me. I know it is the purpose for my life!

The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step. As Alan Alda once said, “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.”

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website,, email or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.\

Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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