There is an old saying that, no one succeeds alone, and while many agree with that saying, I want to pose a follow-up question. What if there is no one to help fuel your success?
While we live in a world centered around having others to hold us accountable, we must understand success requires self accountability. Accountability partners are great, but who will hold you responsible when no one is around? Who will help you strive to reach your goal when temptation is staring you in the face? The success that you achieve starts with you and you alone.
According to Winston Churchill: "The price of greatness is responsibility." That responsibility that Churchill speaks of is a responsibility that starts with the individual. To be successful, it is essential to understand that you have a job to do. If no one else supports or helps you, you have to be able to have a focus that will remain the same. This type of attention and self-accountability is vital in your success, and here is why...
1.) No one cares about you like you care about you.
Your life, your soul, your body, no one cares about it the way that you do. The most important thing to understand is that the only person that will make sure you fulfill your goals and your dreams is you. While your accountability partner may check in on you from time to time, who is going to check on you during the times no one is around? It is not to say that people do not care about you, but the truth is no one else will be as in tune with you and what you need to do except you! You are your biggest cheerleader, and you are the key to succeeding.
2.) Your vision may not appeal to everyone
The truth is that not everyone will agree with you, not everyone will accept you, not everyone will support you, and that is okay! You must understand that if no one else believes in you, you will believe in yourself. Just because someone does not agree with your vision does not mean that it is in vain. Some of the most successful people had naysayers, but if they had given into the opinions of others, you would not see the results of their success today. Keep your vision first, and remember that no matter who supports it, you will fulfill what the Lord has placed on the inside of you.
3.) Your success starts and ends with you
The only one that can fulfill the vision that is inside of you is you. Whether, it is losing weight, starting a business, or even beginning a ministry, to succeed, you must put in the necessary work. No accountability partner or support person can finish the work for you; only you can do it. Distractions, procrastination, and obstacles are going to come, but when you have a purpose inside of you, you learn to push past those things and tap into what God has for you. Remember that if God brought you to it, he will bring you through it, but the one he is calling to do the work is YOU!
In closing, I encourage you to reflect on this scripture, "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also" James 2:26. The things placed inside of us require us to work. We must stop depending on others to push us and remember that we must complete the work that God has put on the inside of us. Start with self-accountability and work, and I promise you the rest will follow.
It's a GIRL!!!! A baby girl!!! I am so very excited to meet this sweet lady in October!!
My entire pregnancy, even up to the moment that they said it was a girl, we thought it was a boy. While we both simply wanted a healthy baby our instinct was telling us boy, and BOY were we wrong!! But after months of anticipation, and what seemed like forever for the ultrasound tech to announce the gender...she finally said, it's a little girl!
I am so blessed and honored to be a mother to this beautiful girl, I look forward to raising her and teaching her to be a warrior for God. I know being a mom may come with challenges, but I am ready and excited to see what this new journey will bring.
Check out the memories of me sharing our news with our family!!! It was so much fun.
Asking for your prayers along this journey, I know that no matter what the future holds, God has got us! We can't wait to meet you baby girl!!!
"Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough" -Josh Bullings
At our core, we are people pleasers we want to make everyone happy even if it means us being unhappy. We seek to please others so much so that we are willing to put our goals and dreams on hold for the sake of others.
I found that over the years I have said too may yeses which led to frustration, overwhelm and resentment. Along the line, I found that pleasing people is not worth my time or sanity. Over the past year, I committed to saying no more often. As a result, I have seen my goals and dreams moving forward, and seeing that helped me understand that my no's were necessary.
You must understand that what you do now is vital to what your life will look like later. When you are saying yes to everyone and everything you risk overcommitting your time, energy and even finances. While letting others down is hard and saying no seems like a selfish choice, it is the best thing that you can do for yourself. So how do you start saying no more?