Quite the cliff hanger, yeah? If you are like me, you once, or now, or ALWAYS have had an inkling inside you that life could be more. More than it is, more fulfilling, more fun, more adventurous, more profitable, more compelling, more…you fill in the blank. We come up with ways that we think will help us make life this “more”, however that thought turns into a passing thought, then moments, minutes, hours, days, months, even YEARS pass, and we still have that thought ( or idea ) but have never done anything, or taken any action, to bring that thought into fruition. WHY!??!
Whether you want to admit it or not, 9 times out of 10, whatever it is that is holding you back is coming from the INSIDE. We like to blame outside factors for our not taking action…blaming the economy, lack of time, lack of monetary resources, lack of knowledge, etc, for us not pursuing our dreams. But to bust your bubble….all of these limiting thoughts are actually in your HEAD. Once you make the conscious choice to get rid of these limiting beliefs, you’ll be astounded at how much you can accomplish.
But where do these beliefs come from in the first place? What are other limiting factors? Fear?…yes. Doubt…yes. Intimidation…definitely. But I think there is one in particular, that has more power than all of these…combined. It is an emotion that I’d like to illustrate with the following story, an old fable that has been passed down and retold over the years…”The Devil’s Greatest Tool”.
The devil was having a going out of business sale. On his sale table he had a number of odds and ends things, brilliant and valuable looking things. Things like his silver sword of fear, that had a high price. His golden spear of doubt, with an even higher price. And his platinum dagger of envy, which was almost unaffordable. However, behind his table sitting on a pedestal, was a very simple and humble wooden hammer. Not at all impressive in appearance, someone asked, “How much for that hammer”. “Oh”, the devil said, “that is not for sale”. “Well why not”, asked the customer. He said, “because that is my most valuable possession. It is the hammer of DISCOURAGEMENT, and it is priceless. With this tool, I can do more damage than all of the other tools combined. This is the tool that allows me to first get inside a person and plant all the rest of the negative beliefs and emotions, and once I am in, the hammer of discouragement ensures that I will never get out.”
Discouragement is something that hinders ALL action. It is literally the catalyst that causes us to STOP and take NO action at all. Once we feel discouraged because of a lack of confidence or courage, or a small failure, we allow all of the rest of the emotions to take us over and cause us to stop whatever progress we are making, because we feel UNWORTHY. Though fear, doubt, and envy are all negative emotions that may cause us to act negatively, or in an aggressive manner, at least we are taking some sort of ACTION. At least some sort of movement is being made, maybe backwards, but it is movement Discouragement is the definition of a lack of movement. It causes no motion at all, forward or backward, action is stopped and falling back into old ways is encouraged.
So how do you eliminate discouragement, and prevent the devil from using his greatest tool on you? Simple….faith. Have FAITH that whatever circumstance you are going through, you will overcome it. Whatever event is diminishing your confidence, whatever tool you need to power through is ALREADY inside you. Focus on your strengths, find empowering beliefs, set a clear vision, and have FAITH that whatever it is you set out to do, can be accomplished.
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