I remember a time in my life when I kept everything bottled up in side. I feared that if I shared my struggles with someone it would make me less of a person, leave me open for judgement and let’s face it, vulnerable to snarky comments from the sidelines. Another reason I remained silent was PRIDE. It influenced my actions and decisions causing me to suffer unnecessarily. As a result, I built an emotional wall to prevent others from getting too close and gave fake answers when people asked me how I was doing. Never mind the fact that I was on the verge of losing my home, financially broke, and emotionally bankrupt all while dealing with my mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and my father’s declining health. I felt trapped and at times, I truly believed that things would never turn around. My faith was tested and yes, I failed multiple times and wanted to give up, but by the grace of God, support from my inner circle of friends, some corrective actions and the testimony of other strong women, I was able to turn my life around.
I came to understand that my struggles and victories could encourage others. As I shared my story with my knees shaking and my heart pounding with fear, I felt release and in many cases when I shared my raw and uncensored story, women began to cry and tell me that they too were facing similar situations and dealing with the pain and shame. We found strength in sharing and encouraging each other.
In Luke 8:39, the man was instructed to go home and share how much God had done for him. Again, in Revelations 12:11, we learn that the power to overcome is found in the words of our testimony. 2 Timothy 1:8-9 tells us not to be ashamed of the testimony about God, instead share it boldly. Sharing your struggle and victory can be the key to helping someone overcome and walk in victory. Don’t remain silent! If you have a story you want us to consider for our Rize Up! Podcast, we invite you to submit your story here.
Rather than wait for perfect, simply prepare the best that you can and launch out into the deep. Don’t stay to close to the shore, you might be tempted to turn around and run for safety. When you launch out into the deep to pursue your dreams, you will have to work harder and smarter; you have to be resilient and create opportunities to keep from going under. Yes, there is a chance that you might begin to go under or even fail. So what─ the payoff is worth it! No one lives his or her dream without experiencing some level of failure. Yes, tomorrow is coming but there is no guarantee that you will be around to experience it. Don’t wait another day, hour, or second. The point is, start living your dreams NOW!
The only way to find your dream is to trust the gifts you’ve been given. I’m not talking about a misguided “name it and claim it” philosophy. You need to accept the value you offer, not invent it. But at some point, you need to stop doubting yourself.
– Michael Hyatt
TIPS ON HOW TO START LIVING YOUR DREAM:
Identify your dream
Make the mental shift from, “I can’t…” to “I can…”
Create a plan to reach your goal
Select one action item from your plan that you act on today
As painful as it might be to hear, it has to be said, “Sometimes we are our own worst enemy in reaching our goals and we are the ones standing in the way of own success”. However, it does not have to remain that way, you can make the necessary changes to shift into gear and move out of your own way. Join my guest, Bridgette and I as we share tips that have been helpful in our lives.
You asked for it and here it is…the replay of my segment from the Abundance Reigns Tele-Summit where I shared how to transition from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset by incorporating specific techniques into your daily routine.
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