If We Cease to Grow We Begin to Slide. If a rosebud ceases to bloom it will perish. It’s beauty may last for a season, but only while attached to the bush can it fulfill it’s ultimate purpose…to reproduce!
When I determine to advance to a new level of growth I will immediately be faced with the discomfort of new and different challenges. My old habits, thoughts and routines line up to resist change. Each obstacle seems insurmountable and creates a sense of personal defeat. The easy way out will be to simply step back into the comfort (or rather, familiar) zone and avoid the pain rather than struggle through this valley of despair.
To rise to the next level of success I know that I must press on through regardless. The only way to do this is to:
1. Think on purpose. I must realign my thinking with my vision, and remind myself of the benefits of reaching my goal and living my dream. The singular constant focus on transformed thinking is vital to this process. “As a man thinketh, so is he.” When I allow my thinking to slip I can rest assured that my actions will soon follow. I see this happening over and over…I see it happening now, in my presence and the sadness is overwhelming.
2. Make sure I have a clear plan and stick to it, avoiding any and all distractions that come my way. Anything outside of the track I’m on will serve to dilute my passion…no matter whether it’s a “good” book, “good” movie, or “good” company. Presently my quest is for great. There will come a time for all things. That time is not now! Start my plan early to be sure I stay on track.
3. Stay in touch with my mentor and associate with positive influences that have the same success mindset and draw from their personal experience and positive input.
Taking these simple steps will clear the noise of opposition in our minds that comes from past failures and experiences and make room for courage to find a home. Remembering always that although we do have a constant enemy, he is not alive and well, nor is he all powerful. He is mortally wounded and his very best efforts can be no more than laying present traps based on our past experiences.