This past week I dove into a book my husband bought a few months ago titled "You and Me Forever: Marriage in light of Eternity". The first twenty pages held some words I really needed to hear, not just from the perspective of a wife, but as a woman of faith as well. This phrase, "err on the side of action" really got me thinking.
What first came to mind was how so many of us get to the other end of the spectrum (I've been there many times), living stagnant lives much below our vast potential. Lack of direction, trying to perfect everything before making a move, poor organization, lack of self esteem...these are all reasons (or excuses) that have held me back from many opportunities and blessings. Each and every one of these "factors" boiled down to one thing: mindset.
Our mindset is often what needs the biggest adjustment...and its one of the most challenging things to change.
When we are mentally weak, it provides an open avenue for all of the fears and hesitation to creep in. We are often like a deer in the headlights, unable to move in light of the challenges we face in that moment.
Somewhere in the process of transitioning from childhood to "well adjusted" adults , we lose our spontaneous edge and ability to act quickly. That "go for it" optimism of childhood dwindles, replaced by cynicism and inaction.
Why? That relentless determination takes a blow every time we experience pain, failure or loss. Think of when you fell off of your bike as a kid, scraped elbows and knees...it stung like no other pain, but you got back on and tried again.
There may have been a parent with you, coaching you through, or perhaps you were self-taught, picking through the fine details each time you stood the bike up and made another attempt, until eventually you SUCCEEDED. And that feeling is one you can't ever forget.
In that moment, there is no more pain or fear, simply the joy and pride of accomplishing what seemed near impossible when you started. That glimmer of hope stems from action, your willingness to try despite the possible scrapes and bruises along the way.
We conquer our mindset through the little wins each day.
Like learning to ride a bike, we have to take life's obstacles the same way. Evaluate, recognize where we can improve or approach things differently, and GET AFTER IT. It's not easy, but it is the only way we can build a strong mentality in order to achieve more than the status quo during the time we have on this earth.
No matter how scary, improbable, or distant your goals may seem, you can rest assured that taking action every single day is the only way to get there. We can't expect to grow standing still!
Put aside everything that's holding you back, fail forward each day and TAKE ACTION to realize everything God has in store for you!
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Kelly is a loving wife, mother, veteran, life-long athlete, personal trainer, and self taught cook with a passion for helping others. She hopes you will be inspired to live a healthier lifestyle while enjoying delicious meals cultivated in her home, and shared at your own tables.