What You Need is Already Inside You

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Legend Has It

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According to an old legend, there was once a time when all human beings were gods, but they so abused their divinity that the chief god decided to take it away from them and hide it where it could never be found.

Where to hide their divinity was the question. A council of gods got together to decide. Some suggested that the treasure be buried deep in the earth. Others suggested that it be dropped in the ocean. Still others thought about placing it on top of a mountain. But since humans were able to reach all those places, the gods gave up on these ideas.

The gods finally decided to hide humans’ divinity within the humans themselves because they would never think to look for it there. It was the perfect hiding place. Since that time, humans have been digging, diving, climbing, and exploring, searching for something already inside themselves.

From the Inside Looking Out

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After graduating from Oral Roberts University in 2007, I started helping my parents in ministry. I loved my work, but my life revolved around it. I often felt isolated from family, friends, and the world. I suffered silently. I read books, attended success conferences and events. I was motivated at first, but I still felt stuck. I was not happy.

Yet, I remembered that my dad Alton Williams once told me, “What you need is already inside you.”  You are limitless. God has wired you to succeed. It’s not about trying harder, making more effort, having more willpower or discipline. Although these activities are great, the key to revealing who you are is connecting with God in your heart.  We can do this through reading the Word, praying, being still and allowing God to speak to us, and finding a group of believers who can encourage you in your journey.

Dad also introduced me to a program by Dr. Jim Richards of Impact Ministries called Essential Heart Physics that showed me how to meet with God each day in my heart. Here God reveals who you really are. This is where transformation takes place. For more information about this ministry, please visit http://www.impactministries.com.

Our Lives Reflect Our Hearts

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I had an epiphany. The best is within us. Everything we need to succeed in life is within us. What we see within us is greater than what we see and pursue around us. Our lives are a direct reflection of what is happening in our hearts. As long as I focused on outward behavior alone, there was no lasting change. We experience transformation and success, however, when we start living from our hearts.

Based on this revelation, I started creating vision boards. Then I received a divine idea for EnVision That! on February 1, 2018 and started fleshing it out to include vision board presentations, seminars, consultations, articles, videos, and more.

God has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). God placed treasure in us earthen vessels so that His power may be revealed in us (2 Corinthians 4:7). People cannot say “Look, here it is” or “There it is,” for the kingdom of God (or the rule of an eternal, sovereign God over all the universe) is within us (Luke 17:21).

So what vision, idea, or dream has God given you to share with the world? I would love to hear from you.

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It…

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A mission statement is a formal summary of the goals and values of a company, organization, or individual.

This past Sunday, my mom Sherrilyn Williams asked me to create and copy half-sheets with the words Mission Statement at the top for her Sunday School life coaching class.

She shared that a personal mission statement is our written reason for being. It clarifies who we are and what we are about.

Mission statements are vital to individuals, families, organizations, and companies. They reveal our significance and the brightness of our futures.

As Stephen Covey explains, a plane is off course 90% of the time, but it has a definite start and end point. Anytime the plane gets off track, the pilot gently guides it back to its end point until it reaches its destination.

In the same way, our mission statements keep us on track, guide us forward, spark new ideas, shape our personal and company culture, establish consistency, drive action, send a powerful message to others, and simplify and focus our efforts on fulfilling our vision. In many cases, our personal mission statement is a dominant theme in our own lives.

Mission Statement Creation Resources

There are several methods for crafting a mission statement. Some of them include: prayer, Bible reading, identifying core values, identifying contributions, and finding the main idea in our lives, work, and activities, to name a few. Online and hard copy resources abound for developing your summary of values and goals. Here are three:

Mission Statement Builder –https://msb.franklincovey.com/

8 Steps to Writing a Personal Mission Statement – https://liveboldandbloom.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/mission_statement_template.pdf

The Five-Step Plan for Creating Personal Mission Statements – http://www.livecareer.com/career/advice/jobs/creating-personal-mission-statements

Mission Statement Examples

Here are a few examples of personal and corporate mission statements:

Oprah Winfrey, CEO of OWN NetworkTo be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.

Richard Branson, CEO of The Virgin Group To have fun in my journey through life and learn from my mistakes.

Joel Manby, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment – I define personal success as being consistent to my own personal mission  statement: to love God and love others.

GoogleTo organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful

Facebook To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected

MicrosoftTo empower every person and every organization on the planet  to achieve more

My Mission Statement

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My mission statement is to empower people to discover and fulfill God’s vision for their lives. I do this through articles, videos, vision board parties, seminars, and more.

What is your mission statement? I look forward to hearing from you.

For a Limited Time…

Maximizing our time is critical to accomplishing God’s vision for our lives.

Time is a nonrenewable resource. Once it is gone, we can never get it back. So it is imperative that we use it wisely so that we can acccomplish all God has assigned to us. Below are three methods I use to maximize my time.

Check In With God Daily

Any time spent with God is time well spent.

Time spent with God is never wasted. By praying, listening to Him, and meditating on His Word, He helps us determine what is important and what is not. He can streamline and simplify our days so we can focus on fulfilling His vision for our lives.

During my quiet time on February 11, I read the following devotional from Small Straws in a Soft Wind by Marsha Burns: Fix your gaze on Me, says the Lord.  Everything in the world around you is designed to distract you and pull you down.  Your spiritual vitality will come from establishing your relationship with Me first.  Then, you can deal with the issues of life with wisdom and the power of the Spirit.  1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

Just Say No

We must say no to the good so we can say yes to the great.

As stated in the above paragraph, many people, activities and responsibilities vie for our time and attention each day. There is no way we can accomplish God’s vision for our lives without focus. Saying yes to one thing means we simultaneously say no to many others.

For instance, saying yes to fleshing out this EnVision That! idea means I have said no to having a TV in my home. Watching TV would waste valuable time that I could spend reading, writing, creating, producing, planning, and implementing.

Also, I once worked on a ministry project that somehow snowballed from just taking meeting notes to prepping folders, decorations, food, and other items for an entire event one Sunday afternoon. No duties had been delegated. Ironically, that day, my father was ministering on, “Are We a Mary or Martha Church?”  I did not hear the message because I was busy being Martha for the fellowship event. The event went well, but I was completely drained and burned out. I cried in my office and felt like I heard the Lord say, “You are doing things I never told you to do.”

From then on, I have been more careful about what I agree to do. My top priority is accomplishing God’s vision for my life. I do not want to stand before Him and hear Him say, “That’s all you accomplished with the years of life I gave you?”

The Pomodoro Method

The Pomodoro Technique is a powerful time management method.

When I need to break a big project down into smaller chunks or if I am struggling with motivation or procrastination, I sometimes set up a pressurized situation with the Pomodoro Method. I set a timer for 25 minutes and work only on one task until complete. Then I take a 5 minute break, reset the timer, and begin again. This method focuses me, increases my accountability and productivity, and maintains my motivation. Each project and assignment moves me closer to fulfilling God’s vision for my life.

Have you ever used any of the above methods to maximize your time? What other time management tips do you recommend? I would love to hear from you!

See It Before You See It

Gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard sang, “You gotta see it before you see it.”

Gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard sang the following lyrics in her hit song “My Words Have Power” – “You gotta see it before you see it.”

This lyric discusses the importance of visualization. Visualization, according to Cambridge Dictionary, is imagining or remembering someone or something by forming a picture in our minds.

Visualizing is a popular practice. The premise is that if we “see” our goal in our minds first, then we are more likely to achieve it.

This practice is validated in the Bible. According to Proverbs 23:7, as we think in our hearts, so are we. God showed Abraham the stars to give him an image of the number of descendants he would have (Genesis 15:5).

Our Brain’s Filter

This practice is also validated in science. Our brains have a “reticular activating system,” a network of neurons that filters the information we receive. It allows certain information in our brains and blocks out other information. We and others from our past programmed our filter.

If we feel unlovable, our reticular activating system will point out every instance that confirms this belief. This is why we have a confirmation bias. We love to read articles we agree with because it confirms our filter.

The reticular activating system is important because if we took in everything at equal value, our brains would melt down. This system protects our brain by only letting in info it agrees with.

Reprogramming Our Filter

This is why we must reprogram our brains according to the Word of God. This is the importance of looking at our vision boards daily. Our brains will spot opportunities to apply the Word. It will point out evidence that things are working out.

So for instance, if our goal is to improve our confidence, one method of doing this is to read and ponder over scriptures such as 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” or Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Another way is to close our eyes and get a specific picture in our minds of what it looks like when our confidence increases. We see ourselves speaking up at work, dressing for success, setting boundaries, and taking care of ourselves.

Then we consider the positive emotions associated with these actions. We will feel proud, happy, strong, powerful, and grateful that we took these actions. Marrying this picture with these emotions trains our brains to have a totally different filter.

Our brains don’t know the difference between what actually happened to us and imagined memories we are creating. Our brains experience visualizing as real memories. This changes our reticular activating systems.

Benefits of Visualization

The more we visualize, the greater our confidence and security. Simply visualizing ourselves doing things help us develop and improve the skills as if we are actually doing it. We believe what we think because we are reprogramming and changing our brains.

The more we believe in ourselves, the more confident we become, the more skills we build, and we will actually do it. Our brains will seek opportunities to do what we have in our minds.

I review my 2019 vision board regularly. To date, I have already touched 10 of the 20 items on my board. I see my goals first in my mind, then I take action and see them become reality.

How has visualization impacted your life? If you have not already started this practice, I encourage you to try it and share your results.

Christian Meditation Inspires Vision

Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.

In a day of information overload and many daily pressures, people often turn to such meditation practices as yoga, Hinduism, transcendental meditation, and other Eastern philosophies in an effort to achieve a “higher consciousness”

However, these practices conflict with biblical or godly meditation because they teach that salvation is found within ourselves, not through Jesus Christ. These practices also encourage us to empty ourselves. This is dangerous because we are then open to being filled up with darkness.

Christian meditation, however, is the practice of studying, pondering, praying over, and asking God to help us understand His Word. We as believers seek to be filled with thoughts of the God of the Bible. Our focus is on Him, who is high above all.

The practice of Christian meditation is confirmed throughout scripture. In Psalm 1:2, David’s delight is in the Lord, and he meditates on His Word day and night. Holy Spirit promises to lead us into all truth (John 16:13).

Psalm 19:14 states, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Joshua 1:8 states: This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Prayer is us talking to God. Meditation is God talking to us. When we spend time in His presence, He speaks to us about His plans, dreams, and vision for our lives.

There are several methods of Christian meditation. The Abide app, in particular, offers hundreds of guided Christian meditations on every subject from sleep to strength to sacrifice and more! I play their meditations on YouTube regularly to tune into God’s Word, edify my spirit, and find rest for my soul. Whether you use the Abide app or other Christian meditation method, my prayer is that your time with the Lord brings your vision into clearer focus so you can carry it out and bless the world with it!

The Abide app and YouTube videos offer hundreds of guided Christian meditations.