I’ve spoken many times that our belief is a very powerful yet fragile thing. This is especially true when it comes to what people believe about themselves. A firmly held belief can power us to do amazing things while the seed of doubt can stop us dead in our tracks. Powerful yet fragile. This is why we have to be very careful about listening to what others say about us. And why we have to be careful about listening to what we say about ourselves! The first numbers I ever read about self-talk claimed that 87% of the time we are negative and 13% of the time we are positive! That’s incredible! Almost 4 out of 5 times we speak negatively about ourselves! When you think of all the dream stealers out there, those that are afraid for us or of us and then add to it our own negative self-talk, well, you can see why there’s almost no reason to get out of bed in the morning! How could we possibly believe in ourselves?
There’s just one thing: Each one of us was created for a mission, a calling, a purpose. We’ve each been given gifts and talents with which to fulfill that mission. And work prepared in advance to do. This is the truth about each and every one of us. The real work on this planet is to believe in who you were created to become! And the real work needed is to really listen to how you talk to yourself and how you let others talk to you as well. I have a saying about this: “Do not give undue power or influence to those who cannot or will not have your best interest at heart!” That includes you! If you are not in a position to be as kind to yourself as you would someone else, then I would ask you to challenge your own thinking!
Deep down inside you know you were meant for more and I’m not talking about just fame and fortune. I’m talking about that place where you are valued and respected and can best serve others. I love how Fredrick Buechner said it: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Isn’t that awesome? You do have a purpose! You are endowed with gifts and talents! And you will serve others in order to make the world a better place! Deep down inside you will know that’s the truth and what we’ve been listening to is the lie. No more! Choose to believe in who you’ve been created to become!