As I reflect on the many associates and women friends that I have acquired over the years, I notice the abundance of potential and talent that lies within each of them. Most of them have unknowingly been an inspiration to me in some way. However, as I take a closer look it appears to me that quite a number of them are unaware of the great treasure which they possess. Not realizing their true worth and what they uniquely have to contribute, they drift in the wind being tossed to and fro by the many circumstances of life. Let me say right here that I can so relate to that place, which is why I recognize it so well.
These women and women like them are to some degree the reason I am on this journey. I know that many are like the me I use to be; waiting for someone to validate their significance, to see the sparkle in their dream. They (like me) are waiting to be told that it is doable, it can be achieved, it’s not impossible, you are not asking too much. They seek a word of encouragement and a hand of help. A word and hand of help that will assist them in pushing past where they are into what their heart deeply desires, but too afraid to believe they can possess it. The thought of this pushes me to move beyond my own comfort zone in pursuit of that which I have myself dared to believe I could have.
For some women this seems to come easily. Pushing the envelope is an innate part of their character, just part of who they are. Maybe even how they were reared. If that describes you, then please know that you are needed. As there are others (like me) for which it becomes an intentional battle. A mental fight where we engage in fierce warfare to tear down old thought patterns of defeat and discouragement, and feelings of inadequacy.
There is something that each of us are designed to accomplish, but for some life events and even people have talked us out of that which we deeply desire (that which we are designed for). In some instances, we discover and uncover our passion as a result of lives happenings. And yet at the same time feel trapped outside the reach of what we were designed to do and accomplish. For us, much encouragement is required, it is downright non-negotiable! Because I am one of them, I have found ways to encourage myself, which in turn helps me to change my mindset and know that living my dream life is possible (which by the way, does not come without adversity).
If you are in need of a word of encouragement or a hand of help to push past where you are to where you want to be , here is my list of must reads:
Destiny by T.D. Jakes
The Power of I AM by Joel Osteen
Identity by T.D. Jakes
Instinct by T.D. Jakes
Delivered from Negative Self Talk by Lynn R. Davis
Passion, Purpose & Profit by Dawniel Winningham
The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale
As a Man Thinkth by James Allen
This Time I Dance by Tama Kieves
Along with the Bible, these books are my constant companions and I lean on them heavily for encouragement. I read and re-read, I listen and listen again. I also listen to motivational speakers like; the late great Zig Ziglar, Les Brown, Jack Canfield and again T.D. Jakes.
I have made a daily habit of listening and/or reading something that will encourage me to keep moving forward. If you are among those (like me) with unfulfilled dreams and desires, I encourage you to pick up your dreams, dust them off and bring them to life. I am told that the journey along will change your life, and the cherry on top will be the fulfillment of the dream!! Won’t you join me on this journey? I would like nothing more than to take it together.
Until next time, live life to the fullest, laugh a lot and love much, and remember to never forget that you have greatness in you….. because you were created by a great God!
"Becoming Semply Whole”