Last week I began this 2-part series, sharing the different situations God used to prod me from apathy – towards my dreams and goals – to intentionality.
Some of the situations God used included leadership, the loss of my dad, joblessness, marriage, business start-up and a cross-continental move.
I am still growing
Now, I want to begin by saying that I am not the “poster child” for personal growth : )
I am still learning and will be learning for the rest of my life. So this is very much a “from one sojourner to another” kind of encouragement.
Just like me, you may be struggling to connect the dots when it comes to success.
Recently I heard someone say that you can’t have a $50,000 income without having a $50,000 mindset.
In writing this 2-part series I hope to encourage you to start pressing past the mindsets and attitudes that keep keep you from achieving your dreams.
So here are some of the things that characterize intentional growth that leads to success.
1. It’s more than intentionality.
More than anything else, it takes grace – God’s unmerited favor – to become successful in life.
I know many of us already believe that but it’s something we need to remind ourselves constantly. It’s easy to lose sight of Who owns it all.
Nonetheless, when you have God as your strength and source, your very life reflects that dependence.
It shows in the way you bounce back from setbacks, in the things you talk about and in your attitudes.
Real fulfilling success comes from doing God’s thing, God’s way – this is the revelation keeps you grounded and anchored in your journey.
2. You need a specific dream (s)
At one point in my life, I wanted to be like several different people I admired.
I tried to walk like a model, talk like my pastor’s wife, be in-charge like my boss, be sweet and mild like a close friend, dress like a colleague, think like a guy.
Of course that didn’t work out too well, especially the latter part.
I’ve come to see that while people can provide inspiration for your life, you alone (through grace) get to decide how to live your life.
And success in any area of your life – in your business, your walk with God, your family, your marriage, your career – comes from focus.
As a dreamer and achiever, you must learn to filter out the distractions. (Tweetable?)
Discover (and focus on) the kind of race you want to run in order to go further.
Find out what your dream is, make goals out of that dream and keep focus. Purpose to order your life according to His vision for your life.
3. Readiness to be stripped
I have discovered that if you dream long enough (and hesitate long enough) God will find a way to nudge you out of your cocoon of comfort.
Ultimately you get to decide if you’ll fall off the nest (okay maybe fly off... but it does feel a lot like falling!).
Or dig in your heels and hang on for dear life.
To really grow, to find that stretch on the inside that propels you towards your dreams and goals, you must be willing to face up to your fears, both real and imagined.
You can’t grow if you allow you fears to control you.
Be willing to do things afraid.
Readiness to be stripped includes a willingness to wait, to continue to put effort towards something that’s not bearing fruit yet.
It means acknowledging that intentional growth means just that – deliberate focused thoughts and actions. You don’t wait for emotions or circumstances to get on board first.
Your turn – Do you have a dream? Are you pursuing your dream? What are some of your experiences? Please share in Comments