They say hindsight is 20-20 because when you look back at things that have happened in your life, hopefully you’ve learned some things or gained a different perspective. Hopefully you’ve gained a new or deeper understanding of why you experienced what you did.
Can I just be real with you? For the past few years, I’ve been stacking on the pounds. Now, the pounds did not accumulate in a short time period. They slowly accumulated over a few years. But when my husband bought us a scale earlier this year, I finally mustered up the courage to weigh myself IN SECRET–and I was devasted.
The secret to success and outstanding achievement in life isn’t about being a “genius”. It’s about your GRIT or the unique combination of your passion, purpose, and long-term perseverance. According to Dr. Angela Duckworth, the world’s leading expert on grit, GRIT is having PASSION + SUSTAINED PERSEVERANCE when it comes to achieving long-term goals.
“You’re not inspirational.” Words spoken into my life by a highly respected and influential leader. I’m not gonna lie. Those words caused me to believe I wasn’t good enough to be an effective leader. Because a leader is supposed to be inspirational right?
As I look over this past decade of my life, I’ve discovered and experienced a greater sense of joy, purpose, well-being, peace, and significance by letting go of 6 major things (see below). In 2020 and beyond, I commit to embracing 6 other things at a greater level so I can receive all God wants to do in and through me. It’s time for me to live a better story. How about you? What’s on your “let go” and “embrace” list? I’d love to know!
In 2020, I believe God wants me to make a greater impact for His kingdom. This deep sense of spiritual mission drives my daily decision making and thinking. I’m always evaluating my life asking “Am I making the impact I was created to make” and “How can I impact more people with my life for the glory of God?”