All distractions can steal your time, but some distractions can steal your potential. Even though all distractions can take you off course, these potential-limiting distractions can make you think that you are still on the right road.
These potential-limiting distractions play upon your desires and fears. If you do not keep these desires and fears in check, these potential-limiting distractions can make you think you’re doing what’s best. But they will prevent you from realizing God’s best for you.
Here are three potential-limiting distractions to watch for in your life.
There will be times that you feel you can do nothing right. There will be times you will feel that you can’t get your spiritual life on track. You’ll feel at times that you are poisoning the relationships you have with others. You will feel at times that you can’t get a handle on the sins that you commit. But that doesn’t mean God is finished with you. Because you are not disqualified to serve God.
When you continue to stumble in specific areas of your life, you can still be used by God. Don’t hear what I’m not saying. You should NOT be content to sin and cause havoc in your life and in your relationships. It is important to admit the sin, repent of it, hate the sin, and put it away from you. But it is OK if you still wrestle with sin in your life. The key is that you keep wrestling.
The enemy of your soul will try to convince you that you are useless to God. The enemy of your soul will try to tell you that you might as well give up and give into the temptation. But you are not disqualified to serve God because of your sin. It’s how you handle it that matters.
Here are some heroes of the faith from Scripture who had sin issues—but God used them nonetheless because they were not disqualified to serve Him.
What you expect will come your way. It is a biblical principle: you will become whatever you believe in your heart (Proverbs 23:7). You won’t be able to change your life until you change your self-talk.
Fear and faith are two opposite concepts. But they both are self-fulfilling. Both imply a belief system that will support their fulfillment.
You have a choice to make. You can either choose to listen to faith or listen to fear. What you listen to will determine how you think. And how you act. And what you say.
Here are three ways you can change your life by changing your self-talk.
Soon after my book Dear Boss: What Your Employees Wish You Knew became a #1 best seller in three categories, my thinking went into a downward spiral. I developed a defeatist attitude about the book, about myself, and about life. After about a day of wallowing in this funk, I realized I had to give myself a talking-to. Because I had to remind myself what was true. I had to remind myself that the book had 30 endorsements. I had to tell myself it received 18 glowing reviews. And I had to say out loud to myself that I thought it was a good book. Because I knew that I can’t believe everything I think.
There will be times that you will have similar situations. You will feel beat down by circumstances—and sometimes you won’t even know why. You will get negative thought patterns stuck in continuous loop and you won’t know how to get out of it. That’s why you can’t believe everything you think.
Because those defeatist days will come, it’s important to know when they will come. Using biblical accounts as illustrations, here are some times to watch out for “stinking thinking.” Because you can’t believe everything you think.
Have you ever made an error that made you lose everything? Most people have not lost everything, but they live as though they might. That’s because they fear failure more than they believe in themselves.
Most people are so afraid of failure that they don’t do what they could do and they don’t become who they could become. They try so desperately to avoid failure that they are afraid to try.
But God doesn’t want you to live that way. He wants you to embrace all that you can be. Here are three steps you can take so that you won’t fear failure in the process of becoming who God made you to be.
You cannot avoid risk. In fact, in this economy, and in God’s economy, taking risks is good for you. That’s why you should embrace risk as a way of life.
I’m not saying that you should be doing stupid stuff. Taking risks doesn’t have to mean being foolhardy. Instead, it means being willing to step out of your comfort zone and doing something you haven’t done before—and trusting God for the results.
Here are three reasons you should always be taking risks.
When you were growing up, did you ever have a coach? Someone who pushed you past what you thought you could do? Someone who made you better than you thought you could be? Decades later, I’m sure you still remember their name.
It’s powerful to have someone believe in you, put the time in to help you improve, and rejoice with you when you succeed. It’s also humbling to have someone call you on what you’re doing wrong—but only so that you can become better.
Because of how a coach believes in you, it’s worth believing in yourself enough to invest in a coaching relationship. Here are three reasons why having a coach will help you succeed.
Change is here to stay. And not just change, but constant change. You can count on turbulence in your career. But how do you survive and thrive in the midst of an uncertain job market?
First things first: The God of the Bible is still God today. He has not abandoned you nor forsaken you (Deuteronomy 31:8). Do not let the circumstances you see in the job market tell you otherwise.
As you go through constant change, here are three ways you can prepare yourself for uncertainty in the job market.
People think they need to be more, do more, or have more to be successful. But that’s not how life is. Focus is the key ingredient. And focus means priorities. That’s why less is more every time.
You don’t have to be all things to all people. You don’t have to do everything all the time. And you don’t have to have more to be all you can be. It all comes down to your priorities.
Here are three examples where focus is the key ingredient to success.
As you grow into the person who God made you to be, you will come across obstacles that will hold you back. There will be times when you will not believe what you are capable of doing. That is to be expected. It’s how you handle it that matters.
The enemy of your soul does not want you to become the person who God called you to be. And he will do everything in his power to prevent you from fully developing into the person God designed you to be. The key is to recognize that and be prepared for it.
Here are the three main things that will hold you back from becoming all you are supposed to be—and how you can overcome them in your life.