Lesson #1: Wanting it is not the same as being Willing to have it.
December of 2017 I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. Can you relate?
I’d been wading around in the kiddy pool of my potential for far too long. Taking some risks, but not enough. Making some strides, but never fully committing to the race ahead. Making some progress, but nowhere close to what I knew I was capable of.
Somewhere along the line, fear of failure, rejection, judgement, etc… kept me tied to my comfort zone. All the while I got to see friends, associates, and family soaring in their individual lives. I was mostly happy for them, but part of me couldn’t help but to feel resentful because I wanted more from my life than I was experiencing.
I wanted to be happy doing work that would make me a lot of money and allow me to make a huge impact on the lives of those around me. My reality however, was that I was in a job that was unfulfilling while making money that barely covered the basics. I wasn’t helping people to the degree that I wanted to and I wasn’t able to give to myself, family and others in the way I wanted to.
Being newly married, with my 30th birthday on the horizon, and with talks about starting a family becoming more frequent, I had a “come to Jesus” moment one day. Literally, I was so fed up, that I went into prayer about it. When I finished praying, the solution was clear… “Stop playing small and be willing to put forth the work it takes to be great. Make the choice to be strong and courageous and move in faith. Remember this, you cannot wish your way into the miracles and the victories you want. You receive them by walking in faith and expectation.”You cannot wish your way into the miracles and the victories you want. You receive them by walking in faith and expectation. Click To Tweet
In that moment I made some decisions.
I decided that I don’t just want to be great, but from now on I would be willing to be great.
I don’t just want to walk in my purpose, have a fulfilling career, and make a boat load of money, but from now on I’d be willing to do the work required to receive those. And that work includes moving through every ounce of fear that stands between me and my greatest dreams.
Here’s what really hit me… When you play small and refuse to harness the full capacity of your potential to do what you’re called to do in this world, you do a disservice to God, yourself, and the people He’s created your to serve and impact.When you play small and refuse to harness the full capacity of your potential to do what you’re called to do in this world, you do a disservice to God, yourself, and the people He’s created your to serve and impact. Click To Tweet
So, it started… I decided that I wanted to and was willing to make $100,000 in 6 months while doing work I loved and work this is aligned with my God-given purpose. I decided that I’m going to be in a position that allows me to be a greater blessing to those around me financially and in other ways. I decided that I would use everything God gave me to do everything He’s called me to do. And I decided that no matter how many times I get knocked down, that I’m willing to get back up every time.
I’m trusting God to develop me and help me to be the absolute best version of myself at this stage in my life. I’m trusting Him to help me be an example of what obedience, faith, and a commitment to being who God has called me to be in every area of my life.
So, I invite you to follow me on this journey and to share your journey with me!
Cheers to the next level! 🍾
Ps. Be more committed to your future than you are to your fears. Let’s go! 👊🏾