by James Hale, author of “Quiet Spaces: Hearing God’s Call in a Noisy World”
“…think of the power a mosquito has trapped in your bedroom.”
Truth # 1 of 5: You are endowed with the seeds of greatness … made in God’s image
Your power is much greater than you think. Sure you have limitations, but you also have some tremendous strengths that you may take for granted. If you accept the fact that you were born for greatness, you will be surprised how you can control your own destiny.
Find that place deep within your heart where you know you where hardwired to succeed. If you do not know where to look, it is that tiny spot buried under the busy-ness of modern day life and all the difficulties that have come your way recently. Find the spot, dust it off, and take a look. You know it is there. It has just been neglected for a while. It’s time to clean it up and give it some attention.
Once you recognize the truth that you were born for greatness, ACT like the great person you know you were meant to be. Start getting your health under control. Pour some energy into the people around you. Set a goal for yourself. Start reading or learning or becoming an expert at something.
If these are all too tough for you at the moment, start by controlling some simple behaviors. Consciously put a spring in your step. Hold your head high when you walk. Look people directly in the eye and when they talk listen to them not just with your ears, but with your eyes and your heart. Introduce yourself first to new people you meet. Smile. Be a little bold in your speech by talking first and saying things that put a high energy positive spin on the conversation. These are the behaviors of a person who is born to win.
You need these behaviors even if you have to fake them at first. If you start to ACT like you believe in yourself, you will start to FEEL like you believe in yourself. When you start to act bold and confident and optimistic, you will draw people in, which will give you power. When people give you this power, you turn their expectations into reality by becoming the person they think you are… a person of greatness.
You may have self-doubt that makes you feel small at times, but think of the power a mosquito has trapped in your bedroom. Despite its tiny size, the mosquito rules all. You can rule your entire destiny and consciously alter your future … by a simple personal choice to succeed.
Because of this great potential, you must accept responsibility for all your actions. You must consciously choose what thoughts to let grow in your mind. You must act with graciousness and bold action. Be aware of the self-doubt and the worries, but do not let these thoughts take root in your mind. Instead, focus on turning positive, optimistic thoughts into tangible, concrete actions. When you have no time to entertain negative thoughts, no one will be able to stop you. You will constantly push on when you encounter setbacks, because you truly were designed to succeed. Like the world champ Muhammad Ali said, “It’s hard to beat someone who never gives up.” Your job search starts with the recognition that you were endowed with the seeds of greatness.
I save truth 2 for next time, but I’ll give you the title: You CANNOT be anything you want to in life.