I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:13
I have a simple philosophy in life: It’s called “DO IT.” Fulfill your dreams. Do whatever it is God has laid on your heart to do. There is no one standing in your way.
Correction… There is only one person standing in your way: YOU!
Whether you are an entrepreneur who wants to start your own company, a writer hoping to write then publish your debut novel or just someone who wants to learn a new skill and improve yourself, there is nothing that can stop you. Not if you don’t let it. Stop procrastinating. Start doing. If there is something in your life that you want to accomplish, that you want to do, then I only have one message for you: DO IT!
Sometimes “you” are the only person standing in your way. How is that possible you may ask?
Here are 7 Ways You May Be Standing in Your Own Way and Blocking Your Own Blessings:
Remember the old saying “You never know until you try” Sometimes we have our minds programmed for failure and we expect the worse before we even try. Think of how many talents, dreams, goals, businesses, gifts, jobs, relationships and so much more go to the grave with people. Fear is a roadblock stopping us from experiencing the life for which we were created to live.
Being able to admit our faults and wrong doings are what enables us to get back up and keep going when we fall. Proverbs 24:16 says “The righteous may fall seven times but still get up, but the wicked will stumble into trouble.” We sometimes allow pride to keep us down way longer than we have to be.
James 1-8 says that “a double-minded man in unstable in all his ways.” When we have doubt, believe, doubt, believe, we are double-minded. We need to remain constant in belief no matter what is going on. No matter how our situation looks.
We need to decide if we are believers or doubters. Recognizing this will help God restore your faith in areas you are stumbling. Do not be ashamed to confess this to God. It’s necessary to move forward.
“Whenever you stand up to pray, if you have something against anyone, forgive so that your Father in heaven may forgive you of your wrongdoings.” Mark 11:25.
Being able to forgive is so important. Not just because God commands it, but for our well-being as well. Unforgiveness emotionally ties you to a person for as long as you are carrying a grudge. Think of it as having a scab and just when the scab starts to heal, you peel it. That’s what unforgiveness does. It stops your healing process.
Negative thoughts can become negative words, and we all know words have power. Negative thinking can keep us captive. We can unknowingly choke our own blessings with negative thoughts. We tend to think that if we expect the worse then we will not be as disappointed if things do not turn out the way we had hoped. It is time to stop speaking in a way that is inconsistent with what we want. Life is better when we keep a positive mindset.
Holding on to the past
Living in the past and refusing to move on only hinders growth and blessings. While you’re trying to hold on to a relationship that was never meant to be, God is trying to make room for the right one to come into your life.
The devil’s favorite tool. He loves to remind us of our mistakes. Avoid the ‘If-Only Syndrome’. “If only I had done this… If only I hadn’t done that”. Guilt only reminds us of who we were yesterday, not who we can be tomorrow. God forgives you, but you must learn to forgive yourself. Learn from your mistakes and move beyond them.