Have you ever wanted to do something that you thought would be awesome, but then never followed through with it? At some point you got detoured and thrown off course and you never quiet complete it OR didn’t even start? If so, then girl – this is for you!
Let me start by telling you that I am basically a professional idea thinker-upper. (Like I’m fairly certain I just made that up. BOOM!) I have always loved the idea of starting new things! I conjure up ideas for crafts, home decor projects, party decorations, small businesses, marketing strategies, household chore lists, workshops, etc. ALL THE TIME. But in the past, I would never actually follow through with any of these things.
Why is that? Have you ever stopped and asked yourself “What happened?” or “Why didn’t I ever do that?” or maybe “What happened to the “hot fire flames” that once filled my soul with the passion to take on the world?” Just kidding… sorta. Well I began asking myself these questions recently and through prayer, devotion and self evaluation – I have narrowed it down to just five reasons why I personally never started or finished something. I think they will resonate with some of you too!
#1. Laziness – For real. I’d rather be watching other people chase their dreams and burn those lazy lifestyle calories while I throw down some Girl Scout cookies on my couch watching Fuller House. (You all know what I’m talking about! Don’t get me wrong though, Samoas are AMAZING but they aren’t worth losing your dream over. Just sayin’.)
#2. Fear – Fear of failure, rejection, humiliation, bullying, criticism, etc. If you can name it – you can claim it! But no one, I repeat NO ONE needs to claim any of these. Fear is not for you. Get rid of it! God is not the author of fear and I personally want him to be the author of my life. And if that’s the case then that means fear has no place here. *Bye, Fearlicia!*
#3. Lack of Confidence – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. I’m gonna be honest (and some might disagree with me) but I don’t often look to find confidence within myself. However, I know who lives within me is far greater than myself and He can do anything. Literally. So I put my confidence in Him! Because He can do it!
#4. Poor Time Management – Okay. I am totally preaching to myself y’all! I work a full time job, I have a husband to feed and help keep alive; and we are very involved in our local church. But I gotta tell you, I have been believing a lie for a long time that has robbed me of a lot of things and it is this. “I don’t have enough time.” or sometimes it shows up as “I am too busy to do that.”Girl, boo. The majority of us can debunk this lie real fast if we were to just stop and think about how much time we sit on our phones every day. Right?! Can I get an amen from a sista? (Yes, my Pentecostal is showing.) It is key to prioritize your time, y’all. But I’ll talk more on this in a future post.
#5. Too Much “Noise” – AKA: Turn down the haters. Be careful who you seek council from. Don’t accept just anyone’s opinion as truth or advice as right for you. We have a lot of avenues for people and things to speak into our lives and we gotta be careful! Sometimes we gotta put on some spiritual ear muffs and tune out the world and tune into what Jesus has to say. Because girl, He is speaking but He ain’t screaming! You gotta eliminate some unnecessary noise so you can hear Him speak to you. #Prayer
#1. Get up and do something. Just start already!
#2. Say “So long fear!” and let God author your life.
#3. Put your confidence in Him who can do all things.
#4. Prioritize your time.
#5. Turn down the noise. Tune into God! (And those whose opinions matter.)
Now go get ’em, girl!