How many times have you neglected to get something done because you were either dragging your feet or you didn’t think that you were capable? I know that has happened to me numerous times. There have been days when I thought, “Why even give it another shot?” And those are the days that brought about the necessary change that I did not know I was seeking.
Are you a fire starter or the person who needs someone to set a fire under you? I have been on both sides of the fence. However, most of the time I have been the person who gets set on fire. I am thankful for the people in my life who see beyond my belief in myself. This year has shown me that the fire starters in your life can create confidence and give you that much needed push to imagine the unimaginable. Because of the choices that I made to better myself in one area, I received the push I needed to accomplish much more in another area. Thanks to my fire starter, I now have a presence on four social media sites, and I share daily on all of them. Not only that, I learned how to schedule my posts in advance so my time and energy is better utilized. In addition, I am more comfortable with Facebook Live, which has opened another window of opportunity for me to share my messages of inspiration and encouragement. So, your fire starter may be there for a reason other than what you intended, or YOU may be the fire starter in someone else’s life.
Don’t rehearse your troubles! I remember some time back when I had a financial need and all my attempts at finding an income resource were flying out the window. The more I focused on the lack of funds, the more circumstances which needed financing, kept coming my way. The moment I decided to stop stressing over what I did NOT have and started looking at what I had in my hands, that’s when the window of opportunity opened wide. I recall sharing this particular situation with my youngest daughter and having her tell me, “Mom, the more you look to money for your happiness the less happy you will be. You have so much to be thankful for even without money in the bank. Do not allow this moment to dictate your happiness and spoil your whole day or week. Nothing should have that much control over you!”
What a wakeup call that conversation was for me. I immediately changed my attitude about money and how I acquire it. I refused to allow one day to pass without being thankful for what I have. On those days when I did not have funds, I stopped seeing my life as lacking, but instead I focused on the one thing that could bring me joy in that particular moment. In doing that I was amazed at the ideas that God gave me for securing income, one day at a time. Rather than look at my situation from a weekly or monthly perspective of what I needed to make ends meet, I started to focus on one financial goal at the time. This change in strategy took away the overwhelming feeling of not having enough. We all have heard the question, “How do you eat an elephant?” Well, the answer is one bite at a time. Use that same analogy to conquer any elephant that shows up in your life, whether it’s finances, relationships, or career. Inch by inch, it’s a cinch! Don’t rehearse your troubles! You are meant to go through them only when they occur.