Discovering the Capacity for Greatness That Lies Within
Who doesn’t want to be their own boss?
If we are all honest, there’s something about slaving away for a pittance of a paycheck that seems beneath us and almost suffocating. It’s almost like we are selling ourselves into slavery for what we call security that as America and the world changes becomes less and less secure. It is almost unheard of for somebody to last in a medium to large business for thirty or even forty years anymore, unless a person is willing to have a limit placed on how far you can rise.
With that in mind, I am sure that many others have also tried many different forms of businesses from network marketing to sole proprietorship, only to fall on your face and lie bleeding financially from a thousand small wounds. With each failure and each fall from grace, the world as a whole becomes less and less of a place filled with hope for a bright future.
I was stuck in this place for years, knowing I was capable of starting my own business, but frozen in fear believing that I would fail once again.
Until I was sitting in a seminar in California listening to a speaker talk about being spiritually and financially prosperous. He used an analogy of sailing around two islands that he labeled mammon and poverty that absolutely changed the way I think.
I grew up hearing, “you’ll never amount to anything”, from well-meaning parents and teachers who gave me this fantastic label simply because I was incapable of sitting still for long periods of time. With this lie firmly ensconced in my believing I split my time sailing around these two islands for way too long.
I would have a great year in sales and there I was sailing around mammon island (I have relabeled this in my mind, “Prosperity Island”) thinking I had finally made it and was on my way to financial breakthrough and my new Hummer would be sitting in my driveway soon.
Then, I would begin to panic and believe the lies that had swum in my heart and mind for years and the next thing I knew I’d be sailing around Poverty Island, deep in debt with no hope and quiet desperation setting in.
Stop Believing the Lies You Tell Yourself
Life changed as I began to write down the lies that I had believed and then began to replace them with truth. Of course, this took several long runs to work out the details since that is where I think best without distractions.
On one of these runs through the redwood forest my mind drifted to Isaiah 43:2 (New Living Translation), “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” As I dwelt on that verse I began to think about the times where God has called us to go deep with him. Psalms 107:24 (The Passion Translation) “We were witnesses of God’s power out in the ocean deep; we saw breathtaking wonders upon the high seas.”
With the thoughts of the two islands, Prosperity and Poverty, in my head, I began to think that perhaps it was time to sail away from the islands and sail into the deep waters where breathtaking wonders await. I decided to face my fears and finally begin what has only been a dream for as many years as I can imagine.
My first week as I faced my fears, I picked up my first client and am now in the midst of building a sales mechanism for this company. The company has a great, eco-friendly product so now it is just about using the gifts and talents I have been given to help this company develop a sales pipeline.
Over the next week I picked up two more clients, both in my local area and quite literally as I look at the entrepreneur field the belief level is so high that I am beginning to shock myself. There are so many businesses that attempt a startup every day that fail because they are creative but are not salespeople.
None of this would have been possible though without believing that I am capable, that I have been made into the image of a son to the King of Kings and that there are good things in the future for my family and myself. These new truths would not have been possible had I not made the decision to stop sailing around the islands of Prosperity and Poverty and instead began to focus on moving into the deep water away from the islands.
Moving Away From the Islands
There is a lot of fear in moving away from the comfortable and the true and tried methods but the fear in moving into deep waters is way less than the fear of repeating the same cycle year after year after year.
As I build this new business, I find myself thinking a lot about all of you. A number of people who read this are already well-established writers and may think, “I’m doing what I dream of.” My question to you is simply, “what more are you capable of? And what is your capacity to grow?” If you believe you have reached your potential, I hate to break it to you but you are wrong. When I was running 5K and 10K races I thought this was something amazing coming from an overweight, out-of-shape round mound of fun. However, as I began to believe I was capable of far more I discovered that I could just as easily run 50 miles and 100 miles as I ran the shorter distances. I had more capacity. You, as a writer who is successful, also have more capacity. There is an audience that needs to hear more of your words.
There are others, like myself, who are aspiring writers. We know what we are passionate about, are discovering good writing techniques and learning how to build an audience. However, are we really sailing in deep waters or are we circling our own islands in the writing sphere? What would happen if we really began to tap into the incredible talent that lies within us? Could we reach more people with the message that we have been given to write?
Then, there are other people who may chance upon this and read. You’re the ones who are sitting at work, wishing you were somewhere else. You dream, but you never chase the dream. You believe that because of your race, your upbringing, your environment, your body type, your intellect, your degree or lack of degree; that you are incapable of beginning your own gig. You dream, but you won’t sail away from the comfortable island because your fears keep drawing you back to the harbor where it is safe. Perhaps, it is time to dream again. Perhaps, it is time to change the focus of your journey and begin to believe that anything is possible, instead of believing that everything is impossible.
Learn Your Capabilities and Your Capacity
I used to say that I have no idea of where I am going, but it is going to be a fun journey discovering where I’m headed. That has changed. I now have a very firm direction that I know I am going and I know what I need to do in order to keep pursuing this direction.
My dream is that many others will set sail into the deep waters because there is a lot more room for all of us out there than there is in these safe harbors we have been sailing around in for far too long.
So, are you with me? Are you ready to explore the immense capabilities and capacity you have been filled with?
Are you ready to sail into the deep waters?
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