“Life’s blueprint is an intricate design, where the strength of its foundation lies in the choices we make and the goals we pursue.” Maximilian Kikwembe, Swahili Apologist
John C. Maxwell once said that, “A dream worth pursuing is a picture and blueprint of a person’s purpose and potential.” A life blueprint or plan can be incredibly valuable in assisting us to attain our objectives and live a fulfilled life. A blueprint can help us identify our beliefs, passions, and priorities by providing clarity and direction. It can also assist us in breaking down our long-term ambitions into smaller, more achievable milestones, making them easier to achieve.
Even in the midst of setbacks and difficulties, a blueprint may keep us motivated and focused. We may stay on task and avoid becoming overwhelmed by distractions and time-wasting pursuits by having a clear plan. This is particularly crucial in the incredibly quickly world we live in today, where it is simple to get overwhelmed and sidetracked by the never-ending stream of information and demands on our time. A blueprint can help us make better decisions in our personal and professional life, in as well as provide direction and inspiration.
We may make decisions that are consistent with our goals and support our general well-being and happiness if we have a clear grasp of our principles and top priorities. A blueprint may give us direction and inspiration while also assisting us in making better decisions in both our personal and professional lives. If we have a solid understanding of our guiding principles and top priorities, we can make decisions that are in line with our objectives and promote our overall wellbeing and satisfaction.
Personally, several times I have been listening to Dr. King’s speech on life’s blueprint. Passionately, I am entirely touched and motivated to stick on my dreams, knowing my ability and what I can do better, as well as counting myself that I am able, I can do it, and I have all the reasons as to why I should march forward, pursue my dreams and make them real.
Take your time to reflect on this powerful speech by Dr. King:
Six months before he was assassinated, Dr. King spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered this speech speaking to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967. This speech is also popularly known by the title, “WHAT’S YOUR LIFE’S BLUEPRINT?”
Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?” speech to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia. In this particular speech King gives the students a few guidelines he believes they should follow to reach success in life and calls for them to commit to fighting for freedom and justice in America. The words King spoke on this day are still relevant to anyone looking to set a standard of success in their life. Here are four excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech that anyone can use for their personal blueprint of their own life.
1.“Number one in your life’s blueprint should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your own worth, and your own somebodiness. Do not allow anybody to make you feel that you are nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth. And always feel that your life has ultimate significance.”
2. “Secondly, in your life’s blueprint, you must have as a basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor…If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. And sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of Heaven and Earth will have to pause and say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.’”
3. “If you cannot be a pine on the top of the hill, be a scrub in the valley. But be the best little scrub on the side of the hill. Be a bush if you cannot be a tree. If you cannot be a highway, just be a trail. If you cannot be the sun, be a star. For it is not by size that you win or you fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”
4. “And finally, and finally, in your life’s blueprint, must be a commitment to the eternal principles of beauty, love, and justice…However young you are, you have a responsibility to seek to make your nation a better nation in which to live. You have a responsibility to seek to make life better for everybody. And so, you must be involved in the struggle of freedom and justice.”
— From the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The framework that directs our choices, activities, and decisions throughout our lives is known as the “life’s blueprint.” A thorough grasp of our principles, priorities, and goals as well as a dedication to upholding them despite difficulties and setbacks are necessary for developing a solid and relevant blueprint. We must first consider our own distinctive strengths, interests, and purpose in order to design a life’s blueprint. We must also decide what gives us the most fulfillment and joy.
We may begin to set realistic goals and tactics for accomplishing them after we have a clear grasp of our own principles and priorities. This involve setting explicit milestones or benchmarks, reducing major goals down into smaller, manageable steps, and seeking the resources and assistance we need to stay motivated and focused. Being open to new experiences and chances, remaining curious and adaptive, and accepting failure and setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning are all examples of what it entails. Finally, by designing a life blueprint that represents our own particular abilities and objectives, we may create a life that is both rewarding and meaningful, allowing us to make a positive impact on the world.
This content is extracted from my book titled Believe, Begin and Become: Anatomy of Triumphant Success