It seems like no matter what’s happening in the world around us, our own lives are constantly going through the process of change.
Whether it be in business, relationships, events, hobbies, interests, or ministry – circumstances and variables are always changing.
Sometimes it can become too much, we think, and we have to start back-pedaling, or even bailing out altogether, in order to function again.
I’m here to tell you, doing that would be a recipe for dysfunction, not progress.
Since we’re always in the midst of change and transition, however, let’s discover how to work through it, and prepare ourselves for the opportunities that wait on the other side of change.
These last couple of weeks, I’ve been at one of my favorite places in Colorado, reflecting on so many areas of life and enjoying the scenery of the autumn colors in the fresh, mountain air.
It was incredibly refreshing to get away from the noise of city life, and the day-to-day routine. We are living in a strange time, and it’s almost as if you can feel the palpable weight of the burdens, struggles, and stresses of the environment wherever you are.
It reminded me of an experience I had about three years ago, while I was on a solo retreat, doing some writing. Along with spending time working on writing one of my books, it was really some time of rest, of reflection, and of preparing for the season ahead.
I am working on the assumption you’re somewhat like me here and can relate to the fact I’m a driven individual. I’m a high-achiever, I’m incredibly results-oriented, and I’m always wanting to do more.
In that drive and desire to do more, I tend to say yes a great deal more than I should, and I tend to take on more projects than I can realistically complete.
When you’ve been around for as long as I have (does that make me sound old?) you may find yourself looking at life a little bit differently.
It’s no coincidence as we’re officially in autumn now, the topic of seasons would come up. There is such a thing as seasons of life. I know that in the natural we have four seasons. Where I live in Texas, we don’t get four distinct seasons per se. Sure, some days we get two or three seasons over the course of a day, but we don’t have the extremes other parts of the country – or world – experience.
One topic I talk about often is belief. I share it on my podcast, I write about it, I talk about it on my Monday Mastery videos.
My premise and focus is this: What a person’s mind can believe, it can achieve.
If you believe something deeply enough in your heart, if you confidently believe you can accomplish, can be, can become, can write, can do, can have, etc., there is something about the power of another dimension (in my case, I believe it comes from heaven) that comes alongside and puts wind in your sail.
This dimension puts the capacity and the ability in your hands to perform at levels you never dreamed possible. BUT, you have to believe.
I am a believer.
Every promotion in life comes as a result of saying yes to opportunity. You can’t rise to a new level of financial gain, influence, or leadership without first saying yes to an opportunity you’re presented with.
Saying yes requires us to believe, in spite of the lack of facts or the lack of evidence or the lack of data. It requires us to step into the unknown. God never invites you on a journey you have already figured out.
Saying yes means being fully committed to the path, no matter what it may cost you. Saying yes means trusting your heavenly Father is going to give you what you need each day. It means going all in. It means risking it all. It means trusting the outcome is not something you can manufacture, but has been predetermined by your creator. If you’ll simply trust the process, you will get to the destination.
It was the year 1519. Hernán Cortés and his few men, horses, and boats had landed on a vast inland plateau referred to as the Yucatán Peninsula or, as we know it, Mexico. This Spanish conquistador and his men were about to embark on a conquest of a powerful empire that hoarded some of the world’s most awesome treasures: gold, silver, precious jewels were just a part of what was waiting for them should they be able to conquer and to take over this land. Anyone who succeeded in their quest to conquer this Aztec kingdom could lay hold on this incredible treasure.
Cortés had only 600 men, none of whom had encumbered themselves with protective armor, and conquering the Aztec empire, with such an extensive territory, was a death wish. This daring undertaking was made even more insurmountable by the fact that for more than 600 years, conquerors with far more resources at their disposal, who attempted to colonize the Yucatán Peninsula, never succeeded.