There are always opportunities to learn more to expand our thinking. Personal growth first begins with changing the way we think. Renewing our minds through the exposure of new knowledge can help us spread our wings to soar to higher places. Investing in mentorship, coaching programs and seminars can be the catalyst that moves you from your current state to your purposed state. But we have to be willing to make the investment of time and money. If you don’t have the money to invest, there are still countless opportunities to learn more about your industry and to advance your skills. You can do so by volunteering for local or online organizations, you can read books, and take complimentary self-study programs that are available on the web.
There is always something new you can learn to increase your capacity and to improve your current circumstances. You just have to be willing to make the investment of our resources. We are responsible for our own future and no one else. If we want a better life, we must exert the effort and invest the resources to make it happen. No one owes us anything. And as long as we think the world owes us something, we’ll always sit around making excuses and never launching out to strive for better by using our own abilities. It’s a hard truth, but truth is what brings transformational change. Every action that we take is an investment in our future.
Positioning our lives to bloom is about having the courage to not perch in low lands with the chickens and to lift ourselves up to soar as eagles. It takes work, sacrifice and diligent effort to fly higher. We must be willing to pay the price, if we’re serious about a better life. In everything we do and every action we take, we must ask ourselves if we are sowing profitability or if we’re sowing insufficiency. What we sow is what we reap. So invest wisely.
It’s not always comfortable considering what will happen after we’ve fulfilled our time here on Earth. The reality is that this world will keep on turning. Our loved ones will continue living out their own journeys as they navigate the ups and downs of life to explore, discover and realize their own successes. With that said, what will you leave behind to make their journey even more purposeful, productive and profitable? We’re all responsible for leaving behind a foundation that future generations can build upon, not only for the benefit of our loved ones but also for the benefit of human society.
When we’re entrenched in our own problems and issues, it can be difficult to consider the state of our families and our world after we’re long gone. Every place that has our footprint should be left better than it was before. Wherever our presence is being felt, the atmosphere and the people should be positively influenced. Whether it’s our home-life, workplace, relationships and brief moments of passing with strangers, our impact on others should be a favorable experience. It should be the same footprint we leave behind after our time has passed. Leaving the world in a better condition than when we first began our journey on Earth is the legacy we want to build. It doesn’t mean that we have to become famous and build a multi-million dollar business to leave a legacy behind that matters. Simply, we can make use of our God-given abilities to bring value to people that can be multiplied in ways that we may never see personally, but we know that our works will leave evidence of our gifts. And our legacy will be known among those that benefited from them. Making ourselves an asset to the world requires us to think bigger and to have a heart for helping those we’re called to serve. We want to remove any stinking thinking that may be preventing us from stepping out into deeper waters to have a greater impact on people.
God may be challenging you to promote your business or develop your skills more so you can have greater outreach. Maybe you have envisioned yourself doing something that would give you more visibility to expand your services, but it feels very uncomfortable and appears to be out of your element. If you stay focused on those you’re called to serve and not on your fears and hang-ups, you’ll be more driven to move full steam ahead to achieve your objectives.
Living a life of greatness is accomplished through investing in people, as declared in scripture. Through the service of your gifts, room will be made for you. You’ll be able to attract the resources and the relationships you need, resulting in an exponential increase in opportunities to serve even more people. Throughout the process, you’ll find yourself personally fulfilled. You'll live in abundance and the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve made your mark on the world.
I think about the story of David when he made the decision to go up against Goliath. Let’s keep in mind that David was a small guy in stature. Biblical scholars estimate his height to be around 5’2, while Goliath was around nine feet. David had every reason to fear Goliath. The giant was scaring off all of the trained soldiers that were assigned to kill him off. David, a young boy, was a sheepherder with some sharp abilities that apparently no one knew about. He immediately took on the challenge to defeat the giant as soon as he heard of how Goliath had the audacity to threaten the armies of the land. Saul began to dress David to war against Goliath by putting on the gear that all soldiers typically wore when they were preparing for battle. Saul dressed him with a brass helmet, a protective coat made of metal, and a sword to ensure he wore what had been proven to physically guard their bodies during war. David was outfitted for battle when he realized that it wasn’t appropriate for how he usually fights in battles. Wearing what soldiers have always worn was not suitable. David stated, "I can't go in these, I'm not used to them.” He took off all of the dressing and weaponry. David picked up his staff and five stones; and he took off for battle against Goliath. The lesson here is to live out your life based on your own uniqueness and how God has wired you. Individuals have to live out their own path, exclusively designed by the Creator.
David is a true demonstration of courage in his abilities and in his relationship with God. He had the confidence in his skills to take Goliath out. But even greater, David knew that whatever he lacked in skill, God would fill in the gaps to ensure he had the victory over the enemy. When David met up with Goliath spewing out threats, David responded by making it clear that he had God on his side. Because of that fact alone, he knew that he would win the battle. David won his fight against Goliath using a slingshot and a stone.
Confidence is defined as having full assurance in or about something. God commanded us to be courageous in times of difficulty and opposition. In other words, walking in confidence and courage is a decision we make, not an attribute we pray for. It is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our love for Him when we must make a choice to be led by our flesh or be led by His word.
Trusting God at His word means to step out of the boat when He calls you to use your abilities to fulfill His purpose. Yes, even when you don't see all of the steps in front of you and when it looks like it's an impossible situation. You have to make a choice based on your fears or based on your con- fidence in His word. God's way is always perfect and with God you cannot lose when you make the decision to trust Him, regardless of how you feel.
Alice is an Educator, Coach, Speaker and Author. She loves teaching women how to create peaceful lives through purpose & productivity.