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.
Sometimes things don’t go quite as you planned. Or they completely flop. And you have to clean up your mess. And figure out how to start over.
It’s never easy to deal with disappointment—or even outright failure. It’s tempting to brood about it. Or to ignore it. Or to deny it ever happened.
I have lost count of the number of times that I have had to process what went wrong. And I know it’s no fun to have to admit that things didn’t work out.
But disappointment and failure can be great teachers. If you are willing to be taught by them. Based on my own experience, here are three steps you can take to clean up your mess and start over.
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.
As you think through what you want to do differently in the coming year, it’s important to think through how you will change you in 2018. You can’t change your circumstances until you change yourself first.
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity. Do not do that to yourself. If you want to have different results, you must change you first.
You will be the same person in ten years that you are right now—unless you change these three things.
You walk into work on a Friday morning, thinking about all that you have to do that day and what you want to do that weekend. Soon after you get in, your boss calls you into his office. After you sit down, he tells you that you no longer have a job at that organization because your services are no longer needed there. He then informs you that you need to pack up your desk by the end of the day. And for the rest of the day you think through how a job loss will impact your financial situation.
Can you relate to this? This is a difficult experience to go through. You have to fight thoughts of worthlessness and worry. Because a job loss feels like an attack on your identity. But it shouldn’t be.
You are not your job. You are not what you do. Because you can change what you do. And a job loss can be a great blessing if you look at it the right way.
After a job loss, you can move forward and not just move on. Here’s how.
True self-confidence can be elusive. Even though people may project a confident exterior, they usually deep down harbor a lack of self-confidence.
But people who genuinely are self-confident are oftentimes not self-aware. They don’t realize that their self-confidence is ill-founded. Because they don’t really know who they are. As a result, they deceive themselves.
True self-confidence has to start inside you. It will not come from things outside you. But it can be confirmed from things outside you.
Here’s how you can build true self-confidence.
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.
Most people settle for what they can achieve in life. They don’t become all that they can be. Because they are not able to overcome past failures.
Failure is not something we should fear. Instead we should look at failure the right way. Thomas Edison reportedly said, “I have not failed 10,000 times. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Approaching failure with Edison’s perspective will make failure your servant and not your master.
Here are three things you can do to overcome past failures and achieve what you want to achieve in life.
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.