I smiled about the bold and crazy moves Clayton and I made so we could build our dream house and acreage before the age of 35... we did it, but gosh were we busy.
And then I thought about my business; my professional purpose. The blood, sweat and many, many tears I cried to push myself to the 3 year mark without giving up! Great big things are finally happening now and my persistence is beginning to really pay off.
As I reflected about these important highlights in my life, a few things really stood out for me:
1) none of these major accomplishments were easy
2) most of these accomplishments will require my continued commitment
So as I continued to reflect, I asked myself what my strengths were as I was working toward what I wanted. Several words began popping in my head but these were most predominant:
1) vision (getting clear about what I wanted and how to make it happen)
2) implementation (consistently working toward my vision despite challenges, fear and discomfort)
3) determination (staying focused on my vision despite the obstacles)
4) stick-to-itiveness (never giving up on what I wanted)
5) and most importantly... FAITH! (constantly believing that God was working in my favor even when shit would hit the fan)
After reflecting, I realized that my life's treasures were not easily attained. Having a strong marriage requires me to bend, shift and change in ways I often resist. Being a conscious parent testw every little nerve in my body. Building our dream home was full of sacrifice in terms of how we spent our time and money. And finally, investing in myself as an entrepreneur and believing in myself even when there was barely a thing to show for it, was like pushing a boulder up a mountain.
None of these accomplishments were easy, in fact, all of them were really challenging! There were (and still are at times) many temptations to throw up my hands and give up in each scenario... but I keep plugging away because I won't give up.
Are you relating to this? If not, push yourself to dig a little because every single person has accomplishments (we've all done great things). When you pinpoint one of your accomplishments ask yourself these: Did you have to work hard for your accomplishment? Were there some blood, sweat and tears? Did you want to give up? What kept you going?
Next, make a list of 50 things you have accomplished (this is a mind stretching exercise... do not give up... even the little accomplishments count). Then reflect on your strengths. What makes you powerful in your life when you decide you want to make something happen?
Finally, a few little words of wisdom from me: You have what it takes to get what you want in life. You can be, do and have whatever you desire. Leave your doubts behind. Be willing to identify your strengths and to see your own greatness! Give yourself a pat on the back for what you've already done.
Daily Affirmation: Dear _______________, there is so much I want to accomplish in my life. Help me get really clear about what I want and then help me to harness my strengths so I can get to work right away. I want to remember every day that there are no limits to what I can achieve in my life. Thank you! I love you! And so it is!