BelieveDo (ch 25) – Overcome

…adapted from Believe. Do. And Follow Through!

Chapter 25

The times that life slaps us in the face are times in which we have to stand our ground and fight back.  Nothing will be given to you for free in this life beyond love, grace, and beauty.  People respect you for who you are and for standing firm in your beliefs.

Don’t be wishy-washy – it doesn’t serve well.  Belittling other people will tear you down – not that it will kill you, but it will keep you from moving forward.  It’ll hold you back on the inside, because you’ll know you’re guilty.

Speak the truth in love, but don’t run away from love – it only pushes your true emotions further down than they should go.

What’s holding you back in life?  Thoughts?  Ideas?  Other people?  You?  Move forward.  Attack the issues that you’re dealing with.  Make them small enough to consume them, and finish them off.

Don’t let them rule your world.  Make them become subject to your will and not the other way around.

You have dominion over your fears and your shortcomings.  When God made you, He didn’t make you in an image of timidity and limp living!  He made you in His image – in the image of the Almighty Creator of the universe.  Man, that’s powerful!  Start living like that.

Don’t let the world dictate your actions and life any more.  Dictate to the world that you’re going to overcome and are going to live in positive, powerful ways, every day, from now until the end of your life.

If you’ll do that, you’ll truly be amazed in a very short time just how powerfully good the effects of your life are.  You are free to choose success, to live it every day, and to become the person you were meant to be!  Go for it!

To overcome something means to figure out a way to go around it, under it, over it, or through it.  Whichever way you choose to do it, it must be done, if you’re going to overcome.  There’s no other way.

Have you ever seen plants that grow up through cracks in a sidewalk or on the steep side of rock face cliff?

Those plants are simply doing what they were designed to do – they grow – no matter where – no matter what.  They grow.  The harsh surroundings make them tough.  If those plants can overcome “their situations in life,” think about how much more you can.

Part of living successfully is consistently doing the hard things that other people are not willing to do.  Why?

Because that’s one of the things that separates you from the rest.  By doing what other people aren’t willing to do, you prove that you have the moxie to get it done.

Then, by consistently doing those things – day in, day out – you prove to yourself that you really are different than a lot of other people.  Is it easy?  No.  Is it worth it?  Definitely.

What it comes down to is this:
Is what you’re trying to accomplish worth the pain associated with the effort it will take to overcome the obstacles in your way?

…If your answer is “No,” then stop doing that, and do something else.

…If your answer is “Yes,” then press on, and don’t quit until you’ve broken through the frustrations and have safely reached the other side.

If you choose to press on, will you come through on the other side tarnished and burnt?  Maybe.  Is it worth it?  Yes, if that’s what it takes to achieve your dream.

How much you do depends on how badly you want it. 

Do you want it badly enough?  Do you?  If  so, then do what it takes to reach the other side of overcoming.  Don’t stop until you’ve broken through and have accomplished all that you set out to do.  You can do it.  No doubt about it.

Flip the mental switch in your head, and figure out a way to succeed.  The human spirit is stronger than most people give it credit.

You are an amazing creation.  Live like it.

You have it in you to succeed.  Just do it.

There was nothing lacking in your initial make-up as a person, when you came into the world.  Think back to the earliest points in your life, and realize just how many things from then ‘til now that you have lived through and have survived…think of all the times you’ve won and overcome…you are a capable human being – live like it.

Overcome.

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BelieveDo (ch 24) – Lean into the Wind

…adapted from Believe. Do. And Follow Through!

Chapter 24

Sometimes, you have to just turn around and face the storm; lean into the wind; and push forward.  Drops of rain might sting your face; flurries of life might blind you.  YET, while the world around you shouts that you can’t make it, if you lean into wind, you will.

Stamina gets developed when we stand firm and continue to fight for what we know is right.  One of the ways to find peace in our lives is to do what we know is correct, work hard, and enjoy rest.

We all get tired and grow weary.  When that happens, rest – whether it’s for a few minutes, a few hours, or longer …rest.  It’ll rejuvenate your body, your mind, and your spirit – all of which will give you a renewed perspective on your job, project, or life.

You’ll come back full of spunk and fire.  The gleam will return to your eyes, and you’ll be able to handle most of the things that life throws at you.

One of the fastest ways to raise your spirit is to listen to your favorite music.  It brings up positive memories and replaces dreadful images with things that put a smile on your face.

It’s not possible for your heart to be full of joy and not have a smile on your face to match.  One automatically happens with the other – sort of like pedaling a tandem bike.

We are all able – because we were made so.

“It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard –
‘Impossible’ is not a word –
It’s just a reason for someone not to try.”
-Kutless

Lean in.

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Dreams That Speak Into, But Wake (villanelle poetry)

(This poem is in “villanelle” style – I wrote it when someone bet me that I couldn’t do one… I won.  Enjoy. )

Dreams that speak into, but wake
With their somewhat arms surround
And hold me tightly, though I quake

They are of frightenings, which now ache
In this night time I have found
Dreams that speak into, but wake

Holding close the dew in flake
I wish it now to touch the ground
And hold me tightly, though I quake

Dream on, dream on, to end’s forsake
I’ll run wildly ‘til I’ve found
Dreams that speak into, but wake

At last, I reach the born daybreak
And grasp at last, through hollow sound
And hold me tightly, though I quake

I stop to rest; I pause and take
A final breath, which tightly wound
Dreams that speak into, but wake
And hold me tightly, though I quake.

(Great explanation of “villanelle” here: http://www.uni.edu/~gotera/CraftOfPoetry/villanelle.html

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