1. Own who you are.
Over the past few years, I have been telling the world about this giant secret I’ve uncovered. Are you ready? Ok. If you own who you are, you win life. This sounds simpler than it is, because it takes some digging and uncovering to be comfortable and loving with who you are and how you were created. But then the freedom comes riding in on a white horse. I truly believe that it brings God joy to see his sons and daughters owning their identity and using their gifts to influence the world. And as you’re walking this out and notice areas where you’re stuck, that’s usually a giant sign that you need to quit or change something. Ask me about that next time you see me.
2. Ditch anxiety.
We should only be allowed to instruct people on issues that we’ve figured out, and I’m in the middle of this one, but I’m fighting to win. My entire life I’ve battled serious anxiety, which if we break it down, is basically fear of the uncertain. I recently heard this quote by Kent Nerburn and it took my breath away – “We wake up one day and find we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days.” Wow, right? When we are anxious, we rob ourselves of possibility, and I am refusing to live that way anymore. My practice includes a lot of deep breathing, whispering “Jesus help” and other self-talk reminding myself that it’s not up to me to figure it all out. But the most productive way I’ve found to combat anxiety is to verbalize all that I’m grateful for. When I feel the fear rising, I begin to thank God for my health, my family, my career, the sunshine, the clouds… until the fear lifts like a fog. God has abundant dreams in front of us. It’s time we release control and walk them out.
3. Walk in your influence.
I really believe that God is tired of our passivity. Bold statement, eh? We make excuses about all the reasons we cannot chase the dreams inside our hearts. The voices say, “You don’t deserve that…” “No one will listen to you…” “You’re not talented enough.” Listen carefully to me – these are ugly, rotten lies from the pit of hell and I’m tired of us rolling over and believing them. I want you right now to grab a pen and write down 3 things that you’ve always wanted to do, big or small. In vulnerability, I’ll share mine so we’re in this together– 1. Write a book. 2. Be a film director. 3. Fight for women and children. Now what? Stop making excuses. Carve out time in your day to chase one of them. Believe that God created you so uniquely that He put these fun, adventurous ideas inside your heart and that He might actually want to have a conversation with you about them. When did we stop believing we have influence? The kingdom of God is inside of us. Are we just going to sit here? I heard this quote a couple days ago and have decided to walk this one out – “The person in the room with the most influence is the one who carries the most hope.” Hope is a choice to believe in possibility. I see God sitting on the edge of his seat waiting for us to choose it.
Andrea Kleid owns Boxer Poet, an artist development company focused on identity, storytelling and emotional connection. Find out more at boxerpoet.com.