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.
Rick Warren, author, speaker, and pastor, once said, “Transformation is a process. As life happens, there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery. There are moments on mountain tops and moments in deep valleys of despair.”
Lao Tzu on his perception of a journey said, “Do the difficult things while they are easy, and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
Dreaming is the essence of life. Planning is essential. The real magic happens when we have a willingness to work on ourselves and have the will and perseverance to do the necessary things so we can ultimately realize those dreams.
It’s not hard to dream. It’s not difficult to formulate a plan. It’s not always easy to execute and to stay with it.
This is what the journey is all about.
“The kingdom is administered relationally. Every time God comes in to bless your life He always does it through a person.”
These are the words of one of my dear friends, Dennis McIntee. Dennis is a leadership guru, who for the last 25+ years, has helped businesses develop and implement strategies and solutions for some of their biggest challenges. Dennis has one of the best taglines I’ve ever seen. It reads, “creating drama-free teams that get results”. He had me at “drama-free”.
When I say Dennis knows his stuff, I mean it. He and I have similar backgrounds, which is one of the reasons we have such a meaningful friendship, and I had the honor of having Dennis as a guest on my podcast a couple of years back. So much of what Dennis shared resonated so powerfully with me, and I know also with the listening audience, because he identified the hard-hitting truths we all maybe realize, but couldn’t put a finger on.
It’s a buzzword! It’s a real problem! It’s…..well, what is the status quo? Status quo is more of the same. If you went back to the beginning of the year and evaluated your life, your finances, your career, your marriage, relationships with your children, your spiritual life, your physical health, etc., can you say you are now further ahead in those areas?
Or would you say you’ve plateaued, it’s more of the same, and, for some reason, you fell back into a status quo mindset, status quo activities, and now you’re kind of stuck there?
Right now, we’re staring in the face of the oncoming fall. Perhaps school is about to start or has already started where you are. A new season is beginning which gives us all an opportunity for a new beginning.
Often times new beginnings are exciting, though sometimes they can be intimidating or overwhelming. I want to offer a challenge and also invite you to do a process with me. Winding down toward the final quarter of the year, 2017 is drawing to a close. You and I are looking at another year ending sooner than we might be ready for.