What would you do if you were face to face with a lion? I think it’s safe to say RUN! Yesterday I finished an awesome book titled Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson. I must say, it was one of the most thought provoking books I’ve read in a while. In the beginning of the book, Batterson told the Biblical story of Benaiah, who stood toe to toe with a lion.
Benaiah ultimately defeated the lion and his life changed forever after that day. Chase the Lion is a unique read that compares our personal dreams to a lion, while encouraging the reader to either run from their lion or chase it.
Growing up, I repeatedly heard people say they were “dream chasing”. Until now, I never thought of it as a life or death situation. Batterson stressed that we are all one idea, one risk, one decision away from a totally different life. Every so often we convince ourselves that our dreams are impossible, other times we allow others to do the convincing for us.
What idea, risk, or decision are you on the brink of making for your own life to change completely? Today I encourage you to courageously chase your personal lion. Block out self-doubt, and the naysayers. It’s just you and your lion.
Do your friends have positive vibes? Do you have positive vibes? World renowned motivational speaker Jim Rohn said, “We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.” Whether we realize it or not, we’re significantly influenced by our friends and it affects our decisions and way of thinking.
Throughout my life, I’ve had both positive and negative friends. For me, the toughest part was weeding through the people who were right for me, and those who weren’t.
Here are a few things to ask yourself, if you’re having trouble determining what’s right for you.
Do I feel supported?
Am I happy when they’re around?
Do they make me feel like I can reach my goals?
Hopefully you answered yes to most of these questions, if so you’re in great shape. Remember that your definition of positive will be different from mine. Only you hold the key to finding the right friends for you.
Yesterday, we read our students a great book titled Don’t feed the ANTs by Erin Bernardi. This book taught an awesome lesson about Mindfulness. Bernardi coined the acronym ANTs, which stands for Automatic Negative Thoughts. The book explored various ways that negative thoughts play a role in our daily lives.
Have you ever been handed a test, and immediately thought that you were going to fail? Or have you ever finally mustered up enough courage to pursue your dream, and suddenly thought it was too difficult? Every day we all have ANTs, whether they be thoughts of fear, sadness, or frustration. Today, I challenge you to find a technique that helps you, when conflicted with ANTs. Feel free to share some techniques that you may already use.
P.S. Remember to Inhale Positivity, Exhale Negativity
A few years ago, I entered a local motivational speech competition. My speech focused on the journey a caterpillar takes to becoming a butterfly, and I compared my life to it. Growing up I wanted to know my purpose in life, and like others I struggled finding it. Compared to a caterpillar, I also crawled through each day at a slow pace. I often worried about the past and things I couldn’t change.
It took some time for me to realize, that the past has no bearing on my future. I’ve learned that it’s okay to take time to work on myself. They say tomorrow isn’t promised, so every morning I seize the opportunity to be a little better than I was the day before. Remember your past doesn’t define who you are, nor does it determine your future.
“Nobody gets to live life backwards. Look ahead, and that’s where your future lies.”
Have you ever felt like you’ve made all the right decisions, and yet the outcome isn’t what you were hoping for? I spoke with someone recently who was in this situation. Over the course of her life, she’s felt that the majority of her choices were the right ones.
Whether it was being kind to those who were rude, or giving to those in need, she did the right thing. She repeatedly asked me, when is it her turn? When is it her turn to be happy? When is it her turn to be successful? My answer, was something I learned when I was younger, if it doesn’t open, it’s not your door. Even if you make all the right moves, things sometimes don’t always go as planned. Unfortunately, that’s how life tends to be. The only thing you can do is stay consistent, and hopeful, while believing that one day your door will open. Life has a way of blessing you when you least expect it. My advice to those who are in similar positions, is to keep knocking, and one day your door will open.