Focus, Hard Work, Believing & Grace
Pick one and start there; to get anything done successfully you will need to engage them all!
I started with GRACE. Grace has been defined as un-merited favor; goodness or gifts that are bestowed upon us that we have no reason to expect.
The challenge lies not in the lack of grace in our lives but in our inability to recognize and acknowledge it. Acts of grace are abundant and are all around us. Here are a few gifts of grace that you may have lost sight of;
It is by God’s grace…
- That we can ponder the idea of a life of greater purpose.
- That we desire right and not wrong.
- That we have this day, this moment, right now!
There are many, many people who work really hard to make great things happen but when you can walk in a spirit that is conscious of the grace factor, aware that even if you fall short, grace can not only make its way in and carry you over but it can bring you to the door of divine possibilities!
Make a list of moments of grace in your day to day life. Also take note of those moments when your reward far exceeded your expectations. Make it a practice to acknowledge these moments. This habit will humble your heart and make you feel more worthy than you will ever realize.
.. that ability to center your mind on the manifestation of one thing. Some of us are blessed with many gifts and it can be difficult to choose what to solely commit ourselves to. But know that no matter where you start, you will always find your way to it.
Look for this!
Look for that thing that consistently appears in your life; that thing that you are always being told you’re good at. When people tell you you’re in the wrong business, what are they referring to? Yeah, that!
Work to begin to focus your energy and effort on this thing. When you’re in line with your gift, focusing on it will be something you look forward to and you do gladly! You just need to create a system that allows you to focus on it consistently and effectively.
Begin with these steps:
- Create your plan of action. Begin with having one small and doable end goal, one with easy action steps that will be easy to commit to. Once you’ve completed it, you will be more encouraged and have the confidence to move forward to something bigger and get even closer to where you’re headed.
- Decide when you have uninterrupted time to devote consistently to manifesting your plan of action. The important thing here is consistency.
- Write it down. Keep a journal and pen ready for expected and unexpected ideas and inspiration.
- Stay organized.
- Find reliable support & resources.
I think the concept of hard work is relative. On the outside, it may look like you are making tremendous sacrifices, laboring hours upon hours and YOU ARE. But what’s happening inside, is a spirit of excitement, eagerness and purpose! You love it and in fact you lose all track of time!
Don’t be fooled, there will be times when you will want to stop, give up or question whether or not you’re on the right course. These moments are the hardest. These are the times when what you believe for yourself will either move you forward or have you to pack it up and call it a day.
So, how do you ensure that your hard work is effective and will lead to something great?
One of the most important keys to making sure your hard work pays off is a well thought out plan. The last thing you want to do is to jump out there and wing it! You will waste a lot of time and energy and open the door to failure and doubt. Know exactly what you’re going to do every time. When you take the time to create a thorough plan, it will always yield good fruit, even if it’s not what you expected.
Five major components of a well thought out plan include:
- Goals- Long & Short Term
- Doable & Realistic Action Steps
- Reasonable Timetables
- Reliable Resources & Support
- A Dependable Accountability System
Note the use of the words, doable, realistic, reasonable, reliable and dependable. Don’t get so carried away with getting it done that you sabotage your efforts with unrealistic ideas and expectations.
This is where your blessings come in! Your belief is what will sustain you when times get tough. Believing has the power to move barriers and can cause the universe to lean in your favor!
Believing in yourself is that part of your Spirit that speaks to what your true purpose is. Either we listen to it and have the courage to act on it or we close our minds to it because we have yet to recognize and accept our God given potential…our gift!
Your belief system is nurtured and fortified every time you get it right! When you are in line with your gift, you will begin to experience successes. They may be small at first, but that’s ok, that’s all you need for now. These successes will validate that you are indeed on the right track!
They may not appear as you expect so be prepared to accepted them however they come.
So, I guess your question now is, what if I’m not getting it right? Suppose I’m not having any success at all?
My answer is to give it some time, only you will know how much. If your allotted time has passed with no validation or confirmation that you’re headed the right way, slow down or stop altogether. Review all that you have done. Reconsider your purpose and intention. Be sure that what you’re setting out to do something that has a broad and generous purpose and that your intentions are not purely self-serving. Take the best of what you’ve done and learned and revise your strategy and your vision and start again.
Time For Prayer & Gratitude:
Thank You for renewing my spirit of hope and encouragement. Sometimes I get tired and it gets hard to stay on the path. These words of direction have strengthened me and I’m ready to go a little farther. Allow me to also be a source of encouragement to someone else along the way.
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