Your Inner Wealth
out like any other Wednesday - reports to type, telephones
to answer, books to balance. When the clock finally struck
4:30 p.m., Lauren locked her desk and wearily made her way
to the fast-food café where she waited on tables
several evenings a week. As a single mother struggling to
make ends meet, Lauren's days were an endless blur of typewriters,
ringing telephones and demanding children.
hours later, Lauren's entire world changed when she discovered
that she had won $5 million in a lottery.
was five years ago. Today, Lauren is back to typing reports
and answering telephones. Other than owning a nice home,
she has no assets and is once again struggling to make ends
meet. Like many lottery winners, Lauren lost her winnings
in bad investments and frivolous spending. Rarely a day
goes by that Lauren doesn't agonize over all that she could
have done with her life, had she properly managed her wealth.
only I could get my hands on that kind of money," you
may be thinking. "I would never waste it."
may be. But what are you doing with the wealth you already
possess? I don't mean your bank accounts, business or investments.
I'm referring to your talents, time, skills and opportunities,
which are far more valuable than your money. And in many of our
lives, these treasures are either buried or squandered in
John Henry Newman stated, "Fear not that your life
shall have an end, but that it shall never have a beginning."
Tragically, many people come to the end of their lives having
never scratched the surface of their potential.
are some keys that will help you invest your inner wealth
and achieve your full potential.
to Your Power Source
Brian, is a hobby handyman. He's enthralled with his latest
purchase, a "JigSaw" power tool that will cut
any angle or shape. Last week he used it to cut a frame
for a cathedral style window. According to the user manual, this tool has impressive capabilities. But even a non-techie like me knows it won't do anything unless it's connected to a power
fulfill our greatest potential, we, too must
be connected to our power source. Jesus Christ
said, "I am the vine, you are the branches
that abides in me and I in him, the same will
bring forth much fruit: for without me you can
do nothing (Jn. 15:5).
Are you connected to Jesus? Creativity, joy
and purpose grow in proportion to our "connectedness"
to Christ. Draw closer to God, and divine power,
love and grace will imbue your inner seeds of
potential, causing them to germinate, grow and
the late author Catherine Marshall was asked what advice
she would give to someone seeking to be more creative, she
replied, "That's easy. I would tell her to stay intimately
attuned to God."
of us have areas of our lives that seem like insurmountable
obstacles to achieving success.
Ludwig van Beethoven began to lose his hearing, fear and
anger became his constant companions. "O Providence,"
he wrote in his journal, "grant me at last one pure
joy - it is so long since joy echoed in my heart. Oh when,
oh when, shall I find it again?"
despaired over whether he would ever be able to compose
music again. But the time came when he decided to let go
of his anger and be grateful for what he had. He chose to
focus on God instead of his handicaps. The result was the
composition of the famous Ninth Symphony, the tune to which
we sin, "Joyful, joyful, we adore thee."
handicaps that hinder most of us are not physical; they
are handicaps of perception such as negative attitudes,
fear of failure, inferiority, and doubt. Focus on your handicaps,
and you'll be discouraged and resentful. Choose gratitude,
focus on the enabling grace of God, and you'll experience
joy and productivity.
Johnson once said, "Nothing will ever be attempted
if all possible objections must first be overcome.
who wait to take action until every real or imagined obstacle
is removed will never get beyond the starting gate. Many
of the world's greatest geniuses died having never succeeded
at anything. Why? It takes more than good intentions and
talent to be successful. It takes boldness and courage.
Translated into everyday living, that means action.
people avoid taking action because they fear failure. Often,
this is rooted in concerns about what other people think
will paralyze you more than worrying about other people's
opinions. Refuse to compare yourself with others. Be willing
to risk failure. Today, take one step outside your comfort
zone. Then tomorrow, take another. Over time, you'll develop
greater courage and resilience.
action requires a disciplined lifestyle. Athletes have coined
the phrase, "No pain, no gain." They know that
excellence requires discipline and hard work.
is the harness that releases our potential, transforming
dreams into accomplishments. Set realistic goals and establish
a detailed course of action to achieve those goals. Then
be sure to follow through. Periodically evaluate your progress
and, whenever necessary, adjust your plan.
never give up. Most great accomplishments are realized through
many small steps; most achievements follow a series of setbacks.
Some of the world's greatest novelists received hundreds
of rejection slips before publishing their first book. Many
of the most world's most prominent business and political
leaders failed dozens of times before ever succeeding at
these principles, and you will experience the
fulfillment that comes from knowing you are
doing the very best with what God has entrusted
Rushfeldt is an author, speaker, and online
magazine publisher who has been writing for
25 years. Her passion is to inspire and equip
women to reach their dreams. Her latest book,
Making Your Dreams Your Destiny - a woman's
guide to awakening your passions and fulfilling
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