The question seems intricate and deep; however, the answer is pretty simple. The only thing that holds us back from our potential, from achieving our goals, hopes and dreams, is Self. There are several ways we self-sabotage our own momentum and here are a few to consider.
- Forgetting What Makes Us Strong. Life struggles and/or hardships develop character, which can sway our behavior either in a positive direction or negative. In the Book of Ruth found in the Bible, Naomi lost everything. She just had Ruth, her daughter-in-law who depended on her. In loss, Naomi found strength, why, because there was someone depending on her. Self-destructing or engaging in a pity-party wasn’t an option. Living life helps us to recognize our true character. Last year’s struggle has poised you for this year’s success! That bitter divorce has caused you to better guard your heart. The job that determined you lack experience or skill set, forced you to improve your presentation for the next job application. Take heart, all experiences are designed to ‘pull’ the best out of you while strengthening the very weakness of our character.
- Stolen Rest. Unsettled thoughts, evil actions, unhealthy conversations will confiscate the very gift given by God and that is rest! The Bible states in Psalm 23, v2 “He makes me lie down in green pastures.” (NIV) I have learned on my journey, not everyone experiences ‘good and restorative rest’ but God withholds nothing from those whose trust is in Him. If you feel that your rest has been stolen, then resubmit your life to Jesus Christ! “But you, Lord are a shield around me, my glory, the one who lifts my head up high.” (Psalm 3:3).Stop and take a breather! Enjoy a cup of decaffeinated coffee, hot tea or lavender bath and allow the Holy Spirit to cause you to lie down in green pastures so that He may restore your soul! It is then you will regain that rest that has been ‘stolen’ from you.
- Lack of Gratitude. Henry Cloud said, “The good life sometimes has little to do with outside circumstances. We are happy and fulfilled mostly by who we are on the inside…. And our internal lives largely contribute to producing many of our external circumstances.” Write down three things each morning for which you are thankful for when you must endure your difficult season, you will have plenty messages of gratitude.
Be thankful, always, in and for everything.
Remember, you are the composer with the pen, begin transcribing your new destiny.