✔️ What does success look like to you right now?
✔ What numbers are you trying increase?
✔️ Why are you trying to increase them?
✔️ How is all of this making you FEEL?
God designed good work coupled with good rest. But we take it to extremes....being busy stems from the fear of never being enough. Busy covers our emptiness and says I am in control.
If we stay busy, how can our lives feel meaningless, RIGHT?
Don't edge out INTENTIONAL LIVING with your striving and "busy". Life is too short to spend an entire season working hard, thinking you'll live later!! God wants us to live NOW.
(Honesty moment: I'm a work in progress and struggle with this as much as the next person!!)
This thought came to me as a I was reading the book, The One Thing. The book's premise is that there is always "one thing" that is of utmost importance that will help other things in your life become easier or more productive. The authors goal is to get people to focus on their one true priority rather than get bogged down with all the other "stuff" that seems to be a priority but is just crap stealing our focus.
I was reading a chapter on thinking big. The author was asked if thinking big was a realistic thing. Personally, I've gone both ways on this. As a kid and even young adult, I believed anything was possible and that I could accomplish great things. Then I went through a part of life where I settled. I stayed in my comfort zone. I didn't do things that were challenging. Since I've gotten back into the habit of reading some personal development books and listening to podcasts, I've started going back to the attitude I had when I was younger. I tell myself things like...
We all have perceived limitations or obstacles that we feel are blocking us from doing what we really want to do. It's a rarity to find someone that truly knows what their limits are. Think about it, even Olympic athletes believe they can run a race 1/10th of second faster. The CEO, if he is successful, always believes that his company can earn more, do more, produce more, serve more.
It's that growth mindset that has helped us push through obstacles. Use obstacles as your path...embrace them. They will actually show you the direction you need to go....which is right THROUGH THEM. It's like a road map. It is through those challenges that you grow and live your purpose.
Once you figure out your way through them, your real opportunity lies on the other side!!
Sometimes you see God work in big ways...and sometimes in small ways. Both are amazing 😉 but I'm always reminded that:
He WILL provide...so we can laugh and not worry so much!!💗
I don't know about you, but stress brings out the worst in me. These last few weeks have been hard...we're out of routine, haven't had a "home", (so thankful for my lovely in-laws who opened up their house to our crazy), attempting to keep our business going and growing, supporting our team and running accountability groups while we remodel the RV, clean out our town home, sell all the leftover stuff, sell two cars and purchase a new car, make sure Eli still knows we exist 😂 and spend time with him...plus try to remain sane, get our workouts in and try to have a little normalcy. There's been no time to think, breathe or process much.
I've been trying to control outcomes and circumstances rather than just trusting HIM and His faithfulness. He works in ways we don't expect...and can move the most impossible situations.
Why do we forget that when things get tough??! Because we're human and we're messy, that's why. The beautiful part about all of this is that He waits patiently and just draws us back to Him. But It's up to us to admit that we need a His help 💗 He won't force anything on us.
Yesterday as we were driving to look at a potential car to purchase, we took a second to pray together and just ask for guidance. After an hour or so of Dan chatting with them and me chasing Eli around 😜 the dealer wasn't budging on the price...so we decided to pack it up and keep looking elsewhere. 20 min later the dealer called and came really close to what we wanted...so we went back and bought it. We could have obviously just chalked it up to the stuff car dealers normally do...but it was pretty much exactly what we had been wanting to pay and it was everything we had been looking for. So yea. A God thing. Not a coincidence.
If you're going through some stressful times and feel like you have to control everything....or know how everything is going to work out. Just stop. Breathe. Simply do what is in front of you at this very moment and TRUST GOD with the big picture of your life!!
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