Setting your priorities and focusing on the things that matter to you FIRST is the key to walking in your purpose.
Remember the book I announcement from last week?
I am over the moon excited to release this book. Here's the reason why:
It's been getting me together for the past several years!
The material from this book has been all up in my business. It's been stepping on my toes. It's just downright offensive. In a good way of course.
I've struggled for a long time with really operating in my God-given gifts and talents. I've been setback dealing with fear, a lack of confidence, the comparison trap and life crisis fatigue. This book makes me face these setbacks head on.
These are some of the questions the book answers:
Who am I in Christ?
How does knowing who I am make a difference?
What barriers are holding me back from walking in my purpose?
Are there circumstances keeping my mind and my spiritual growth stagnant?
How can I learn to dream again and be my authentic self after experiencing the inevitable pain and losses of life?
Whew! All in your business yet? Yep, I told you.
Don't get discouraged though, there's good news!
All it takes is one step. Consider this new book step one towards pushing you towards your purpose. One step. One day. One moment and before you know it the things that once overwhelmed just don't anymore.
That's exactly what happened to me. As I dealt with each of these questions and allowed God to change my mind and my heart something actually happened.
Inch by inch you will grow. You will get stronger, better, wiser. You will move towards your goals and your purpose in Christ.
But How Exactly?
Set your priorities.
Remember last week's exercise '25 Things to Have Do or Be'? This is a great way to isolate the things that are most important to you. Take that list of 25 things and pick your top 5. Commit to praying over these areas. Post reminders on your mirror, set goals around them. Put all other efforts behind them. Priorities Ma'am!
Once you've set your priorities you can now FOCUS on what's most important to you. So that means everything else gets a NO. Of course you must assess your own personal responsibilities but within good reason stop saying yes to things that don't help you achieve your goals. It wears you out, takes your energy and kills your inner passion. It's ok to take a sabbatical from a demanding position, relationship, or ideology. This is your best tool to move towards your purpose.
Don't feel bad!
When you prioritize your life according to your available energy and priorities, people will not like it. That's ok. It's what's best for you. Don't look for permission. Friends, seeking validation in this will hold you back. Walk away with peace knowing that God supports your decision to prioritize and focus.