But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.
So let's be completely honest. How many of us can produce these amazing dreams, ideas and concepts, but for whatever the reason the follow through just isn't there?
I started off today's reflection with James 1:22-23 because if you have struggled with this aspect in your life during 2016, we cannot let this be a factor in 2017. It's always about the follow through within everything in life.
Sad to say, I was like this too for quite sometime. Jane of all trades, master of none! At least it felt that way.
I would always have an excuse as to why I couldn't make my dreams happen. Whether it was being subconscious about my skills or delivery, comparing myself to others, not feeling worthy enough, lack of funds or even lack of help to get my ideas off the ground, I was ultimately the one standing in between my own success.
But fortunately for me, I couldn't allow that to be the case this year. I had to follow through on the vision God gave me with full force. Within this year, I didn't have time for the self-doubt or the numerous reasons why I couldn't pull this off. Trust me, the thoughts were there, but I acknowledged them in that moment and then politely allowed them to let them pass right on by... I had to train my brain to fully believe what Philippians 4:13 says:
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me!
So for every negative thought that came to mind, I fought back saying at minimum 3-4 positive words of encouragement over my life. Our biggest battles always starts in our mindset first. Once you are able to make that mental shift, then the follow through becomes second nature. Remember, we can never lose the fighter within us. We just have to learn how to fight more effectively, especially during our valley seasons...
Looking back on it, by combining my laser focus, speaking life over my circumstances, creating a hell of a work ethic and refusing to give up on myself my first major event for my business was a complete success! My conference sold out, my brand awareness increased and most importantly women who I didn't even know left the event feeling worthy and ready to make some important lifestyle changes! It was surreal seeing everything come together in the way it did. I stood in shock and amazement for most of the event lol!
You can't tell me what God can't or won't do for those that He loves!!!!
By being obedient to God, He then realizes He can trust us with more and thus creates a domino effect of ideas and bigger visions that has to be accomplished as well. It pays off to do what God says to do the first time around!
So what is the the vision God has given you for 2017?
You have just under 3 weeks to receive the vision, plan for it and then run after it like your life depends on it...