At times life throws curveballs when we think we’re about to hit a home run. Discouragement quickly sets in. We’re tempted to step off the field, and we lose the will to try again. Everyone steps up to the plate with the hope of hitting it out of the park. Yet very few hit a home run. Some make it to third base, while even more make it to second and first. None start with a guarantee of success.
Life will never be free of doubt and insecurity. The path to greatness will never be completely straight. Mediocrity will tempt you along the way. The road to greatness is paved with setbacks, doubt and discouragement. There's no growth without struggle. Challenges build true strength. You'll need it when you arrive. After all, greatness isn't about you. It's about what God wants to do through you.
Attitude is everything. I bet you hear this frequently. You may even grasp the concept. It's natural to be thankful when all is going well. But how do you maintain a grateful heart, even in the midst of trying times? Many circumstances in life are beyond your control. But you have control over how you respond to them. Mindset is key. What you think about yourself becomes your reality. Believe that you can and you will. Walk through life with an attitude of gratitude. And turn what seems impossible into a possibility.
Sometimes we lose direction to find our way. Grace brings us back stronger than before. In fact, what feels like a wrong turn might be just what you need to find your way. Many circumstances are beyond your control. Even so, you have control over how you respond. God is ultimately in control of the outcome. If life takes you down a rough road, hold on tight. You’ll get through the ride, stronger than before.
Although negative thoughts and emotions may still come, you don’t have to receive or acknowledge them as truth. You can choose your thoughts and shift your focus. Once the mental and physical clutter is cleared away, there’s going to be empty space. You need to be prepared to put something in its place. While freeing up space is excellent, be sure that you have something positive to fill it with.