Each of us carries our burdens … struggles, hurdles, challenges, histories … of some kind.
A secret to success and achievement is learning to focus on what you have the power to control, and letting go of that which you can’t control.
Don’t pretend the troubles don’t exist … your subconscious knows better. But, you can learn to let it go.
Hang your troubles on your “trouble tree”. Let God worry about what you can’t control – let His light shine on them. You set about the work God has called you to do.
History: We’ve all made mistakes. Learn from them. But don’t dwell on them, don’t let them hold you back or make you feel less of who you can be. Those mistakes were just stepping stones on the path of life as you journey and grow into the greatness God has in store for you. Hang “your past” on your trouble tree.
Other people: Don’t worry about what other people think. Deep within you God planted a seed of purpose and greatness … others might not see it yet, or they’re “comfortable” ignoring their calling, or you’re being protected from going down a wrong path. Yes, you need discernment of respectful and appropriate interactions with humanity, but most of us worry too much about what others think. Hang “what other people think” on your trouble tree.
The list could go on. Hang “your troubles” on your trouble tree.
Visit your trouble tree daily to scream and acknowledge the struggles and challenges that do exist, add any new ones to the tree, then pray the troubles over to God, let Him worry about them, and you go on about your day, less burdened.
When you’re focused on your burdens, you’re distracted from the very activities and opportunities that could solve or alleviate those burdens.
Focus on the tasks you can control. Decide to step around the distractions and stay on task.
Choose to be happy. Devise and seed your day with triggers that put you in a happy place, without distracting you from productivity. Whether it’s music, a hand-written, a picture … whatever keeps you productively focused on accomplishing your tasks, and not distracted dwelling on the negative chatter going on inside your head about your “troubles”.
Maintain a simple checklist of your tasks for your day and week. Once a week look at your monthly and quarterly tasks. And once a month look at your annual and long-term tasks. If the list is too overwhelming, trim it down into do-able achievable chunks. As your skills of accomplishment grow, make the list bigger; but don’t burden yourself with un-realistic goals.
Avoid procrastination. Not all the steps are enjoyable, but they are the necessary steps to accomplish the goal, and we’ll be happier looking back at our growth and achievement for tacking the tasks that we were putting off. God’s abundance is yours … claim it in prayer … then set about the responsibility of doing the actions He’s called us to do in order to create the abundance.
Gladitude. Attack your task list with cheer … smile at the steps of accomplishment … celebrate the milestones … prod yourself to stay on task. You – can – do – this !