For Today’s Encouragement: It’s Time to Stop Believing that…My Past Will Deter My Future
Some say the greatest trick Satan ever pulled was convincing people he didn’t exist. I will take that a step further and state, “The greatest plan Satan ever pulled was cutting off people’s potential without them realizing it. Let’s face it; he is outstanding at his job.
For my book, “Dream Madly, Pursue Wildy, Trust Completely” I conducted a survey of 68 questions to over 2034 people to evaluate how well he was doing at his job. In other words, I wanted to see if people (through a representation of racial, gender, religious, sexual preference, nationality, social and class status) dreamed for the future, were moving toward their potential, were hopeful in their lives, and were pursuing and trusting in the idea that their life mattered and made a difference.
In that survey, 50% of people believed they “would be okay if the abuse, trauma, hurt, etc. never happened” in their lives. 52% of people believed that others “can’t handle the real me.” 58% percent said they felt “less than or that there is something wrong with me.” Finally, 74% of people said that it was “easy for me to find fault with myself and/or others.”
Why? Why are we so hard on ourselves and believe so little in ourselves. What has taken place to turn the little girl or boy who once dreamed madly, pursue wildly and trusted completely into the adult man or woman who now uncomfortably settles for lost dreams, often remains in safety and trusts no one? Why has even the breathing pattern that once was normal and healthy as a baby changed to one that is abnormal and allows less air into our bodies as adults? What has happened to that little girl and boy? What has happened to those dreams and bright eyes? What happened in your past?
Each one of us, from the white house to the out house, have a past. Regardless of how much we desire to hide the mistakes, failures, hurts, habits and hangups in our lives, are all human and walk among the wounded. The problem has never been that we were wounded or even that we failed or were harmed. The problem is that we, myself included, bought into the huge lie that there was a problem with being wounded or failing.
When did we begin to buy into the lie that because I lost at something, I was a loser or because I failed at something I was a failure? All lies that we picked up somewhere between the insecurity of a father’s rage or the immaturity of a school mate’s shout.
Somewhere in our lives we began to exchange what we felt for who we were and in that moment, our dreams became too hard too capture. Our hope slowly turned into things we could easily obtain. Our trust was relegated to a world we believed we could control.
Man, sometimes doesn’t it just seem so hard to live life? I feel that. I know what it is like to say, “Enough, I can’t take another step.” I know the feeling of being so overwhelmed with shame and guilt from the past and not only believe that there is nothing you can add to the world but believe the world would be better with out you. Yeah, I get that.
It is only because I get that and have known that feeling that I can write this blog today and say…There is another way, I promise you. Those feelings and beliefs are total lies and will always and forever cut off your potential. You have the power and the choice to stop them.
Your story is not meant for you to remain in pain or sorrow. It is to be used for greatness, for others, to tell, and for a purpose. There are those of you who were told you would never amount to anything. But watch out, in time, you will be speaking to and helping millions. Others feel that you are just a housewife or just a student or just a whatever. But watch out, in time, you will be pouring into someone’s life and change them forever for greatness beyond anything ever imagined. You nor I know why our stories are written the way they are….they just are.
So today, as you begin to dream, start working out, planning, organizing, just allowing yourself to dream and imagine great things, remember your past is not a hinderance to your purpose but the foundation for it. Your past is simply a combination of themes, passions, burdens and events that offer hints to the purpose and greatness yet to come. The best is yet to come. What are you beginning to dream madly for yourself? You Can Do This!
Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely tm
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