Desiring to be at a certain place at a certain time, prevents us from being at the right place at the right time. When we are not where we want to be at a certain point in our life, we turn and begin to point fingers at everyone and everything that could have possibly prevented us from accomplishing our goals. We complain and validate ourselves instead of taking time for introspection. We waste time defending our credentials instead of yielding ourselves to the process of being humbled and learning patience.
The time we spend refusing to listen and learn is time that could have been used to get through and to where you are supposed to be. Our posture is preventing us from passing through this phase. We refuse to be broken down, we refuse to cry, we refuse to scream, we refuse to get on our knees and pray, so we suffer. Our strength becomes a barrier to our heart. We want the blessing but we do not want to change who we are, how we think, or increase our faith. We feel as if what we have been doing is good enough and anything more is simply icing on the cake. But if you want to get more, you have to give more.
You can’t move higher in any area of your life without increasing your sacrifice, your skills, and your stability. Many times we give just enough and end up with more, but there comes a point where you can only exude excellence and your sacrifice to get there, remain there, and grow from there is great at all times. You cannot be running around wasting money, time, and your talents and expect to get to the level that many others never even get to see. You can want more but if you do not give more of yourself and invest into your dreams, you will continue to gain but never achieve your ultimate goals.
Many people are very talented. Therefore, when you proclaim to be talented and want to be recognized for your talent, you have to continuously refine your skills, take notes from the greats, and increase your value. People are not going to simply see your talent and elevate you, but they must see that you are passionate, progressive, and punctual. Timing is everything. If you don’t see the urgency in being better than other people won’t rush to ensure that you are given that crucial moment to prove yourself. Once you set yourself apart others who SAY they are great, you will be recognized as the one who can stand among those who you have looked up to your entire life.
Being stable has everything to do with being able to focus on the prize and not being swayed by the popular or easy choices. Being stable has to do with being mentally prepared to go through some anguish, lonely nights, and potentially a road of many failures before achieving success. Being stable is not selling yourself short because you want more now instead of the grand prize later. You have to possess the fortitude, patience, and drive to keep going even when people stop believing in you, stop supporting you, or start to talk about you. Your mind has to be prepared to not begin to be consumed by doubt, fear, or negativity. You have to be stable and be able to steadily walk the road to the end.
We are the only person that can get in the way of our blessing. We think that it may be others that hindered us but we are the ones that allowed those people to be in our lives past their expiration date. If someone is weighing you down, no matter who they are, you have to separate yourself from them or they will drain or deter you from getting to that next destination. Many people don’t even know they are being used by the enemy to prevent you from reaching your goals, but it is not their job to recognize their role, but yours and you have to be prepared to remove them from your life expeditiously. The longer you allow those to leach on to and drain you, the longer it will take for you to be able to focus on what matters.
When we look back at the mistakes that we have made, we have to be ready to see ourselves for who we are and not what others tell us we are. People may say that you are strong, driven, and passionate, but only you know where you have fallen short. You know where you are weak and although your strength, drive, and passion may have been good for the level that you are on, the next level requires more. I have learned to stop allowing my past to be my reason for not having great credit, for being so deep in debt with student loans, or for not being where I thought I should be. If I did not go through those things, I would not have met the many angels that God has used to assist me along the way. If I would have had a different life, then my compassion, empathy, and outlook would be different.
So I am learning to embrace my past and present and use it as my stepping stone instead of my shackles. I have got out of my comfort zone and become okay with being uncomfortable. I have decided that my path to greatness may not look like everyone else’s but I will get there when I am supposed to be there. I have learned that the only person that is hindering me from receiving my blessing is me, myself, and I. I no longer desire to be at this level, so I have decided that increasing my sacrifice, refining my skills, and working on my stability is what I am going to focus on until I get there.
Stop pointing fingers at others or your circumstances. Instead focus on you. Do not be the hold up to your blessing. Be you. Do you. Tell your own story. On your own terms.