Today’s podcast is for you if you are working towards some big goals (or would LIKE to be), but you’re feeling overwhelmed or behind–or like no matter how hard you work, it’s never enough.
I’ve gathered up six truths that will hopefully give you a lift and renew your energy so you can more fully live your purpose.
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Truth #1: Your goals are not too big. In fact, your goals are not even about you. Reaching our goals enables us to better serve others, and we need to remember that we’re not here to serve everyone. We’re here to accomplish our specific mission, and our imperfect efforts are enough. I doubt myself all the time, but when I step back and realize that the only job I have is to be an instrument, I feel so much better.
Truth #2: You are not failing. There’s often a voice in our heads telling us we are totally falling behind, we’ll never match up, and we’ll never find that success we’ve been looking for. Check out this chart below if you need help identifying where that voice is coming from….
Truth #3: When challenges arise, recognize that they are only going to strengthen you. The fact of the matter is that God needs brave sons and daughters. I know you’re going through hard things. I hear about the unique trials of our community members every single day. We all go through experiences that refine us, but, as expressed in a quote attributed to Wayne Dyer, “When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.” We have the choice to become just a little stronger every single day.
Truth #4: You have enough time. Do you often think things like this: “Everything is important. It all needs to be done right now. No, it actually has to be done yesterday”? In a previous podcast with Greg McKeown, we talked about how that is absolutely not true. And in a book I’m loving (Jen Wilkin’s “None Like Him”) she explains how we aren’t expected to do more than a day’s share. God did not make a mistake in giving us too little time to get things done. We have all the time that we need.
Truth #5: The only thing that matters is what God thinks of you. In the book I wrote featuring life lessons from my mother, I shared an experience from back in fifth grade when one of my classmates said that I was ugly. Through a comforting conversation with my mother, this truth became instilled in me. I used to get all bent out of shape if I did something that frustrated someone close to me, and I often blamed myself, but now I know to step back and simply ask what God thinks of me. That’s truly the only opinion that matters.
Truth #6: The Lord wants us to BOUNCE through life. During a doubt-filled moment at a recent conference, I called my sister Laura to ask her advice. She reminded me of this sixth truth. It was something our mom (pre-Alzheimer’s) said all the time. It’s amazing what a difference this concept made in my mood and my self-confidence. You know those things weighing you down right now? No matter how heavy they feel, the dread, anxiety, and depression are optional. (For more on this, please check out Dr. David Burns’ “Feeling Good” podcast. I’ve listened to every single episode.)
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Additional Links Referenced in the Podcast
- Dr. David Burns’ books and podcast with me (eliminate anxiety and depression by retraining the way you think)
- Jonathan Bailor’s book and my SANE journey (no more calorie counting!)
- Amy McCready’s Positive Parenting Solutions (stop the yelling and nagging while helping your children to behave)
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