I Know the Plans I have for you…..

"Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD. -Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11

This morning I am thanking Jesus for his goodness. "No Matter What!" (even though my phone fell in the water and doesn't work right, it isn't fully paid for yet and I don't have insurance on it) God is still God and he is a GOOD God and my lips will praise him. 

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

When God looks at us He sees us from the future.... WOW! that is such a big deal. Little things in life can get our focus off of God and his plan for us. When we only see the small finite things of today we tend to be troubled and frustrated. God is looking at a much bigger picture. 

He sees us growing everyday and he guides us in the way he wants us to go.  
He sees the crowds of people in front of me and how they are being impacted. He sees the TV show I am on that is spreading out to goodwill to many many people across the nations. He sees the lives that are being changed through the words of my mouth and the touch of my hands. 

Look into the future and know the desires of your heart are GIVEN TO YOU by your Father. Speak them over yourself. See them coming to you now. 

Take some time and WRITE out the things you desire to do in your life. Write them out as if they are already happening. Time has no constraints to God, so what happens in 10 years is the same as today to God. God is Spirit and our Spirit connects and interacts with His Spirit. Don't think the desires you have are merely YOUR desires. They have been placed there by GOD. 

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart's desires. Psalm 37:4

Why would he give you your hearts desire? Because he placed them there!

 

Unleash Your Full Potential

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Determine Your Full Potential

At its heart, achieving your full potential is about being the best person that you can be and is about expressing yourself to the fullest.

What is your Full Potential? What are some of the things you have longed to accomplish for a long time, perhaps ever since you remember?

What is your Vision for your Life? It is after all your life and you will live it only once. Perhaps you have a picture in your mind of what you want. Or you may have several items on your bucket list. It is very important that you know where you want to go or else you end up where you don’t want to be.

One of my favorite quotes of all times is from Alice in Wonderland.

“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”

Commit to Your Own Achievement

Once you have confirmed your vision is realistic and achievable, and you know it is your heart’s desire at its peak, start working on it. The most difficult part people face is to actually begin. That first step however small it is certainly is the best gift you will ever give yourself.

When you set your vision, it doesn’t have to be set it stone. Times change and people change, therefore you need to allow yourself the space for your vision and goals to change and fit in with your surroundings. You may discover once you start goal setting that you can actually reach much higher goals than you ever imagined. You always need to leave room for more and growth.

Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

The best gift you can give yourself is to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. S.M.A.R.T. goals are defined as being specific, measurable, achievable, results focused and time-bound.

Set Your Action Steps in Small Increments

Take baby steps. As a child you didn’t go from crawling to running. You took baby steps, then as you became steadier on your feet you picked up speed. Once you have attained the energy and the mindset be sure to take it at a pace to keep it at eye level. Never take your eyes off your goal.

Embrace Pain as a Stepping Stone

Accept pain as life sustaining. Failures and setbacks are a natural part of life and will happen. Failures are a simple way of showing you what works and what doesn’t. In development of the light bulb Thomas Edison failed many times. He didn’t class any of those as failures. He simply said he learned many ways that did not work and there was only one way that worked.

Build up Your Confidence

Find the confidence inside yourself. It is there even though it might be buried deeply. Confidence is defined in different ways for different aspects of what your goal is.

Find a Support System

Get support. No matter what you are dealing with, it helps to have external support. This could mean friends, family, coworkers, or buddies at the gym, depending on your goals and environment.

Depend on your Intuition.

Develop intuition. Intuition comes from experience and instinct. Some people tend to follow their intuition, while many like to “jump the gun”, or go with their gut instinct. Strike a balance between these two.

Know when it is appropriate to follow your instinct.

Arrive to your Full Potential

Arrival is not a destination. It is a state of being. See yourself as already having arrived. Your potential is within you and as you gain the confidence you will be able to see yourself in a much different light and you will be doing the things you used to dream of and go places you always wanted to go.

Benefits to Living your Powerful Potential

Very few people ever truly get to this stage. The biggest reason is fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection, fear of not being loved, fear of being hurt, fear, fear, fear… You are probably aware that fear itself is just an illusion, created in your mind, by your thoughts. Thinking negative thoughts will be destructive and stop you dead in your tracks from unleashing your greatness.

Once you remove fear from your life you will live to your Powerful Potential.

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The Beauty of a Vulnerable Heart

“What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful.” ~Brene Brown

We live in an era where people consistantly put up many walls, fences and roadblocks to keep people out. We have been hurt and wounded and fear further hurt. So the easiest remedy is to block it all off. We end up with a society of many people feeling lonely and alone. That is because we are using a mechanism we think will protect us.

Vulnerabilty is to allow every part of yourself to be utterly and completely open. There is no holding back for fear of judgement or rejection. It allows you to be ‘real’ and true with who your are and every aspect of yourself. Being vulnerable is not just about showing the good parts of you, but allows you to reveal your insecurities without shame or fear.

Seldom do we consciously choose to be vulnerable. It is too difficult!

If we are truly authentic, there is a great possibility of being rejected and at the least misunderstood or labeled. For that reason most of the time we try to hide behind some sort of facade, but the truth is at one time or another the facade will go down and someone will see something about us that we didn’t want them to see. It is very difficult to know how to respond at such a time.

The most beautiful thing to experience though is complete willingness to being vulnerable.

To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.

It is so beautiful and authentic, it draws people in to you and allows them to open up in ways they generally don’t allow themselves to open to others.

As Criss Jami’s said: “To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.”

It takes a takes a lot of strength to allow yourself to become vulnerable. It is so much easier to close yourself off and not allow others to see the real you. But at the same time we really appreciate when we see others being vulnerable.

Being Vulnerable is much Easier when You Love Yourself

Others can see an appreciate when you show yourself some love and respect and they are drawn to you. It is tempting to love a portion of yourself and degrade another part of yourself, but true love will embrace every aspect of your makeup. Your Body. Your Spirit. Your Emotions.

Being Vulnerable Increases Your Self Confidence

It all comes from Knowing Who You Are! When you love and respect yourself your confidence level rises without much effort on your part. It consumes every portion of who you are.

Strength Comes From Inner Beauty

Inside the heart of a truly vulnerable person is a pearl of gold. It is precious and perhaps the rarest jewel to ever be found as seemingly nothing surpasses its beauty. It can’t be seen and really only felt, but the feeling goes so deep that ones see a heart that sparkles and shines.In close retrospect one sees a corner that was smashed by ill-intended words but that corner only radiates more deeply through the recognition of the core of it’s existence, knowing it is truly in deepest form the rarest of all jewels and it is so seldom found. Nothing can really crush it because the strength is being drawn from its core of inner beauty.