Dare to Believe

In February 2018, I reached out to coaching organization Noomii for help with my career. After initial consultations with three coaches, I worked with the great Marilyn Rose of Marilyn Rose Coaching. Throughout our sessions, Marilyn taught me about energy leadership styles, asked penetrating questions that led to discovering new perspectives, changed certain thought and behavior patterns, encouraged me to believe in my gifts and talents, and challenged me to stand in my truth with love, but without fear. She also offered unlimited support via e-mail, text, and phone calls. For more information, check out her website here: http://www.marilynrosecoaching.com.

One of the first encouraging words she gave was the following poem Dare to Believe.  I hope it also empowers you for your life’s vision.

Everybody Knows:
You can’t be all things to all people.
You can’t do all things at once.
You can’t do all things equally well.
You can’t do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else’s.

So:
You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of being you.

Then:
You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you’ll be a most vital mortal.

Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it’s more than a right, it’s your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

Making Peace With Me

This poem addresses one of my greatest challenges: the comparison trap. Every time I compare myself, my gifts, talents, limitations, and challenges with others, I lose my joy. I used to ask, “Why don’t I have Beyonce’s body? Why can’t I live overseas? Why can’t I strike out on my own without any family ties? Why can’t I go to Hollywood?”

Over time, I have made peace with the fact that I have broad shoulders instead of an hourglass frame, that my calling starts in America, that one of God’s purposes for me is to love, serve and empower my family, church, and community, and that the seemingly glamorous Hollywood is largely smoke and mirrors.

Which one of these points in the poem is the greatest challenge for you? What is your biggest takeaway? I would love to hear from you.

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.

Morrie Schwartz’s Tuesday Teachings

My sister Sheronda recommended author Mitch Albom’s book Tuesdays with Morrie.  In this precious work, Morrie Schwartz is an extremely lovable college professor in his late sixties who learns that he is dying. The story of his last few weeks on earth is told by Mitch, one of Morrie’s former students, who runs into him during his final days. Below are just three of the many takeaways I gleaned from this book.

Our Values Will Decide Our Vision

In the chapter titled “Taking Attendance,” Morrie discusses the importance of pursuing a meaningful vision and life.

Pursuing God’s vision for our lives will always give us meaning, purpose, significance, and legacy.

Learning How to Die Helps Us Live

In another chapter, Morrie and Mitch discuss death. Morrie once thought he would be a healthy old man, not an old man dying from ALS. He confirms that we usually do not believe we will die, so we often live on autopilot. Yet,

Realizing that we must all one day stand before God and account for our time on earth, and realizing that how we live on earth will determine how we live in eternity, will prompt us to wholeheartedly pursue His vision for us.

Without Love, We Have Nothing

Morrie told Mitch that one of his many visitors asked him if he worried about being forgotten after he died. He said he did not think he would because of the many people he was involved with in close, intimate ways. He quoted poet W.H. Auden: “Love each other or perish.”

Love is the most powerful force in the world. It is stronger than death, and it makes our vision worth accomplishing.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a gem of a book that stays with readers long after the last page. It is required reading in high schools and colleges across the country…and for those who want to lead the full, abundant lives that God intended for us all.