I have had a day of wrestling with God. I wrote a few articles for big sites and I didn’t even hear back. It feels like a punch in the gut. A big NO coming in the form of silence. It feels like asking to sit at the “cool” table and everyone ignores you; just this air of silence and dejection. I can get into a mode where I feel like if I switch a behavior or have enough faith, then He will allow my want to come through. If I change, then I can sit at the table and will be accepted.
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This dream chasing is not easy. Your path will be littered like mine with rejection and failure. Winston Churchill said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” How true this is. Our dreams are going to require us to dust ourselves off and get back up. To rise again after failure is one of the most important habits to get into. To learn to not quit, separates history makers from the forgotten. These 5 principles will bring you back from rejection and failure.
1. Speak Life. In Proverbs 18:21 it says that, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Talk about conviction. When I have a problem I talk about it and think about it until no one will listen and then I will start calling people to talk about it some more. This is not what God tells us to do. We need to speak life into our situation. Speaking the promises of God gets our minds off of our own inadequacies and on the One that changes us! Talk about how big your God is and not how big your problem is. It is okay to wrestle and cry out to God, but in the end we need to bring it back to His promises.
2. Take Ownership. We must take ownership for our actions and inactions. It is easier to blame others, however, the truth is the responsibility is ours. Shirking responsibility gives power to others and is the beginning of justification for our actions. Take ownership of what you can control and give the rest to God. I will write new pieces for some of those sites trying to improve my writing. Trying a new angle and a fresh look to see if that’s what they are looking for. How can you take more responsibility?
3. Get Counsel. Proverbs 15:22 states, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” I will get counsel from my coach as well as other people I trust. We have blind spots as people and that is one of the reasons why we need each other. Get counsel before you shoot again. Your dream is your baby and frankly no matter how impartial you think you are, you aren’t. A group of people can help you look at it more honestly and lead you in a proper direction. Get counsel from wise people.
4. Reconnect With Why. Your why is your anchor, not your what. Stop getting hung up on how and what. We always like to go there. Rekindle your passion for the dream by cementing with your why. If you are married talk with your spouse. My wife remembers things that I forget that help me when I am feeling low. Times that God came through and things that I have said. Write down why and say it out loud.
5. God’s Plan. The reality is when we are living in God’s will, we need to lay down our timing. Sometimes, like the Israelites, we think we are ready to fight and we are not. Sometimes we need to walk around in the desert to prepare instead of going the quick route. God loves you and I believe He wants the best for your life even if it’s not what you want. Continue to push forward, but remember God is the dream giver. You are the one partnering with Him to do His plan. Trust God. He is faithful and just.
Remember your feelings in failure are just that; feelings. The fact is God loves you and has your back. Get back up and fight. Fight for things worth fighting for. Every person that has accomplished anything has had obstacles to overcome. The bigger the obstacle, the sweeter the victory. God will be faithful my friend. It is not easy, however, it is worth it. Be blessed on your journey.
What makes you get back up?
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