What causes our lives to feel so out of control? Is it pressure to perform? Pressure that others put on us or what we allow on ourselves?
Do you realize that there has never been a “ladder to climb”, or “fame to acquire” or even the thought of “becoming successful” when it comes to the internal workings of a human being? I know you’ve been taught that success is vital and it comes in these various ways but I tell you it’s all poppycock!
The Internal Order You Possess is 3-dimensional. We each have a body, a mind and a spirit but we didn’t have to DO anything to obtain them. They were each given to us without the slightest amount of pressure to perform something successful. There was one initial requirement from the creator; obedience in love. In order to lovingly obey, we MUST keep these dimensions in good working order to provide optimum health, for us to live a healthy lifestyle, no matter what direction we choose.
You are in a constant position of leadership over your life. How do I know? God allows us to choose. There are times when the pressures moves us in different directions, like a reed in the wind swaying from side to side, and when this happens we look for something else to blame. What we don’t realize is that this is a symptom that something within our 3-dimensional system (mind, body or spirit), is out of order.
Let me challenge you, even if you think you live by them already, repetition is the solidification of memory.
Pillar Number 1:
Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.
Your character is far more important than your skills. How do I know this? Because you were not born with tools in your hands, but you were born with a mind and heart to develop your character. The tools came along later as an added bonus to aid in bringing more abundant blessings in to your life.
Lets use the garden analogy because it’s simple to understand.
May I ask you a simple question: If your life were a garden would you allow the garden to be over-run with weeds?
Everyone wants to believe they would never do that and say they would harvest a substantially large amount of produce rather than weeds… but lets think about it.
After planting your rows of seed, what pops up first, the plant or the weeds? (Unless you’ve taken steps to put down a protective barrier to keep the weeds from coming up through the rows the right answer is weeds.)
Within a few days you’ll see the weeds grow and you tell yourself you’ll get to them tomorrow. You realize it takes time and energy to pull the weeds up but you’re too busy or too tired, which allows the weeds several more days to grow in the garden. I’ve been guilty of this before.
When you do make the time to weed its just enough so that the weeds won’t completely choke out the vegetation. The problem is the vegetation still suffers from all the extra insects and roots near the plants. I’ve been guilty of this also.
There are many gardeners who will look at someone else’s garden and criticize or tell them how to garden while their own produce suffers at home. Oh my no….I’d never…um..well okay…(red faced)…I’ve been guilty of this too on occasion.
So back to the Pillar…
Working harder on yourself means choosing to be a life-long consistent gardener. Pulling out the weeds in your own life weekly, daily so that your character develops vast amounts of produce to share. Eventually you become the type of gardener that others come to count on as being wise, and someone who shares plentiful amounts of fruits or vegetables. (This is the law of attraction at it’s best)
In the past few days I’ve spoken to 4 people who say they don’t know their purpose, don’t know how to find it, or where to begin looking for it, or what direction they should even begin looking. Here is how I respond to these people:
1. First, decide what you want for your garden of life just like you would decide what seeds to plant. If that includes prayer then begin with that. You may also want to ask yourself a few questions like:
- Do I want corn? Do I want carrots?
- Why do I want these things?
- How will they benefit my life or the lives of others?
2. Talk to others who know their purpose or ask yourself a set of questions that will allow you time to figure it out.
- What do others feel I’m good at planting? (this means asking)
- What do others feel I’m not good at planting?
- Listen to the answers objectively and write them down.
I want to be very clear about the importance of WRITING THEM DOWN.
Without writing down your desires you will neglect them just like you would your garden. Every successful person I know has written goals and keeps them where they can see them, including myself. Some of my greatest teachers are successful because of how well they have tended their gardens – NOT because they make 6 or 7 figure incomes. It can often take a constant reminder to stay on the path of gardening so put your desires where you will see them daily.
When your brain confirms what you want, your body and spirit will follow.
If your mind is telling you this is selfish or “That God doesn’t want this for me”…read what the Bible says regarding ‘the desires of your heart’ and allow yourself to be amazed. You can turn your weeds into incredible gardens!
Educate in every way that aligns with your purpose; listen to CD’s in your car, read, attend events that teach about your desire, get to know others who already do what you want to do. These are some of the very best ways to keep your garden weeded. The more you learn the more you will produce greater character and less weeds.
You will find Pillar 2 –>HERE
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