Blow the Lid Off!
What keeps you moving forward when you want to quit? What makes you quit when what you really want to do is to move forward? Everyone deals with at least one hidden thing within that they believe keeps or have kept them from being the successful person they dreamed of being. You will find that that there are many successful people who appear to not have allowed anything to stop them from excelling. Then, you will find those who allow everything to keep them from excelling. Finally, there are those in the middle who have had some success, but still may not be experiencing the level of success that they desire. This post is all about helping you to blow the lid off that hidden hindrance that impedes your progress, and ultimately to help you get your wheels spinning in the direction that you would like to go in order to maximize your God-given potential.
There are several ways to look at what’s holding you back. Let’s start with the idea that “technically” no one or nothing is holding you back. No one or nothing has you in restraints. The unfortunate thing about delayed dreams is that somehow people end up talking themselves out of the very thing they want to do. If you have read any of my previous posts, you already know that the very first thing I am going to address is, “What are you telling yourself?” If you are handing yourself a great big serving of excuses, then there’s no wonder you have allowed yourself to be detained by excuses. If you are telling yourself, that “They won’t give me a promotion or a chance”, then there’s no wonder that you probably have stopped believing in yourself, and started believing that “they” have the power to keep you back. If you have been telling yourself that “I do not have time”, or “It’s too difficult”, or “I don’t see how I am going to be able to do this”, then where you are now is the direct result of what you have confirmed to yourself.
So, the first thing that I’d like for you to do is…
1.) Develop new thoughts that allow you to converse with yourself affirmatively. How, you ask? Think of a traffic light. When the light has turned yellow, that is your cue to slow down and prepare to stop. Right? Well, when a thought enters your mind that could create a negative conversation with yourself about what you want to do with your life, consider it a “yellow light”. Slow down your thoughts, and prepare to stop them in its tracks. Every time you rehearse progress-impeding thoughts, you invariably begin to meditate on them. What we meditate on soon becomes our reality. That is why the Scriptures teach us to meditate on God’s word night and day; and other thought leaders teach that what you give the most focused attention on, we consequently create that reality. This strategy takes practice. You owe it to yourself to develop it. Nothing more, nothing less.
2.) The second strategy I would like for you to try is to “set your intention”. You do this probably more than you realize. Setting your intention is equivalent to setting your GPS to get you to a place you have yet visited. The next level of success that you want to attain, you apparently haven’t gotten there yet. So, you really are not sure where to go per se or what to do. Maybe you do, but you hadn’t done it yet. So, you need to set your intention; your internal GPS. This means you have to determine what it is (in specific terms) that you want to accomplish or where do you want to go. Once you have cleared that up, then you can begin to unpack your ideas and develop your objectives (how you are going to accomplish it). I can assure you that once you make up your mind and set your intention, you will be guided in the direction of the energy that you expend to accomplish your next goal. When you get serious about what you want to do, God will get serious about helping you!
3.) The third strategy I would like to offer is to “chart your path”. Quite honestly, I have had difficulty in times past with this one. I have found that I have not always been consistent. Which means that it seemed like I would always have to start back at square one on a particular goal. If you find that you have had a challenge in this areas, then I have some good news. To chart your path, you will have to refer to Strategy 2 above. If you know what you want to do, and you have fleshed out your objectives, then you can begin to chart your bath. In other words, you begin to peel back the layers of your objectives. If you want to build a sandbox for the neighborhood playground; and you have already set your intention (objectives), then you can begin to implement your objectives by chunking them down one step at a time. For example, if you need to buy two by four planks. Then, one of the steps you will probably need to take is to determine the size of the sandbox. The next step you may need to take may be to purchase lumber or materials that you will use. Another step may be the amount of sand you’ll need. You get the picture, right? It’s the same thing as “charting your path”. You will not move any greater than the effort you put in to blow the lid off of any hindrances that impede your progress.
I have found it useful to set days, time limits, and completion dates on some of the most difficult tasks that I have had to do. When I am left to the randomness of my personality, I am challenged to get anything done. My hope for you is that you will blow the lid off anything that keeps you from topping off and flowing over! You’ve got this! Try these three strategies, and let me know how productive you have become as a result.
Make this your BEST day ever!
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