St. John Paul II reminded us that “it is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives.” (Tweet This)
Not many people wake up and dream that they might live a boring life. Don’t get me wrong, you might feel that your life is boring or that you are stuck in a boring dream. I don’t think this is what God has in store for you.
Don’t stop. Don’t settle. I want to share some tips on overcoming 3 common excuses for growth and holding back in taking a new step in your life.
Excuse #1: I can’t.
I have a confession to make that might be surprising to you: I myself don’t know how to personally edit video. The reason that might sound strange to you is that I run a social media campaign that’s based on producing and distributing lots of video.
Sometimes we believe the lie that if we don’t know how to do something, we can’t do it. The secret to doing great things is not knowing how to do everything in life. It’s knowing how to surround yourself with an amazing team.
One of my business mentors always says he desires to be the dumbest person at the table. What he means by this is that he wants to surround himself with people who are experts at what they do so they allowed him to fill the leadership position only he can fill.
Perhaps you feel stuck in your job or that you have plateaued spiritually. Don’t settle for “I can’t.” God can and often God can through other people (Tweet This) who have different gifts than you have. Find wise counsel. Search out good friends. With the help of good friends, a business team, a mentor, a spiritual director, etc you can turn the “I can’t” into “I can.”
Excuse #2: I need to ask permission of “someone.”
When I first started #ShareJesus, one of the funniest emails I received was a note telling me to thank the many people I must have had to ask permission of to start this Catholic social media evangelization project. Feeling compelled, I left my desk and found my wife and said thank you because she was the only person I could think of that I had to ask permission.
What I found humorous in that email was the assumption that permission needed to be granted by someone or some authority. Too often we are waiting for permission when we need to just act. I am not saying that there’s not an instance where we do need permission from people like our bosses or our spouses. There’s a time and a place for that.
What I mean is that we don’t need to hear the audible voice of God to make a decision or to act. If you’ve been praying about something for a long time and feel like it’s time to pull the trigger, don’t be afraid. Go for it.
God doesn’t desire you to plateau. If you are stuck spiritually, don’t wait for “permission” to grow. Make some changes. Read a book. Go on a retreat. Get to confession. We must continue to allow ourselves to be transformed in Jesus.
Excuse #3: I don’t have the resources.
Starting a new project can be intimidating when you don’t have any money and you realize what you are endeavoring to do takes financial capital. I knew that God wanted me to make the vision of #ShareJesus come to fruition so I was committed to doing whatever it took to do that. This was risky. I knew this was going to take more than time and expertise. It would take money and resources I didn’t have.
I’ve come to realize that sometimes it’s easier to raise $2,000 than it is $20. That might sound strange, but I’ve found that if your vision is small it’s hard to get people on board. Know your vision and be able to share that with others in a way that invites them to join you.
Don’t operate from a scarcity mentality in your life. If there are investments you need to make to take your business, spiritual life, or relationships to a new level, don’t hold back. You can’t make lemonade out of rocks. You need to find some lemons.
Don’t be limited tomorrow by what you have today. If it’s time for growth in your life, it’s good to know where you are lacking. This lacking should lead you to figure out what it is you need to achieve the growth you desire.
If you are lacking in your prayer life with God, don’t believe the lie that you can’t overcome this lack of resource. God’s desire for us is to grow in relationship with him. Seek him with your heart and you will find him. Pray to be more receptive. Know that God desires you and he is enough for you.
What’s holding you back? What have you overcome to achieve spiritual or personal growth? Share below…