Dumb. Stupid. Unworthy. Embarrassing.
…not good enough.
You are so much stronger than you think!
So I am not Iyanla, and the only somebody who can truly fix a life is Jesus! But, as a woman whose heart knows the beat of feeling insignificant for the better part of my years – if I see the opportunity to knock the snot out of negativity, I’ve got the tissues ready to catch it!
Too often, the one holding us back from making a second date with success is our own self. In the past, no matter how my support system would try to filter positive encouragement into my spirit, I would internalize those not-so-pretty adjectives the enemy would try to conquer them with. It would wear me down until I was completely broken. But the great thing about broken pieces is, sometimes they can be put back together.
Today I challenge you, Dear Reader: Do not let your own words destroy you! We have to watch what comes out of our mouths, because the Word of God declares our words have power (“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21 KJV)
I encourage you to edit your own life story. DELETE dream-threatening words/phrases from your vocabulary – can’t, won’t, how, no way, impossible, why would, why me. These words are all counterproductive to creative peace. Get rid of them and proceed with confidence. Counter self-deprecating tags you put on yourself with positive reinforcement.
“I don’t know how” evolves into “I’ll learn.” “I can’t” becomes “I will.” “I don’t have the funds or resources” reminds us that God will provide. (“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” Phillippians 4:19 KJV)
Don’t play possum to circumstances. So often, we convince ourselves that we have so many haters, detractors, or folk who are just not for us. Truth is, Heaven has an entire cheering section celebrating our success before we can see the finish line! Today, write your own appreciation, sing of your own triumph, and dance to a beat that only you can make!
Sometimes, we let our own limited perception of who we think we are define us, but take a closer look, lean forward and LISTEN.
It’s your background music.
Let it play as you star in your own life!
– Candice Y. Johnson is the author of the upcoming novel, Practice What You Praise.