I don’t know where I first heard the phrase, tell yourself a different story. It may have been the first business coach I hired or maybe it was from a life coach I heard on a podcast. All I know is this simple phrase is serving me well right now. It’s giving me a greater freedom to be more of myself in the last month. If you don’t know I resigned from my job at the end of February. BIG – HUGE decision for my family. I didn’t have another job waiting for me. I thought I would take on a part-time job, but honestly, the way my life is set up right now… My husband and I have decided it’s better for our family that I be home right now.
My goal was to have been further along with the goals and plans I have for this GRAND vision God has given me for a business/ministry. The uncertainty of this season of my life has kind of sent me spiraling. I spent most of the month of June feeling lost. July was a little better because there was more to keep me busy. For the most part I felt worried, anxious and a little depressed. I’m not a carefree twenty-something. I’m a 40 year old married woman with one child in high school, one in junior high and one in elementary school. Our daughter, our oldest, will be headed to college in 2 short years. This is not a decision that we have taken lightly. I’m getting older and I have so many dreams and goals that feel unfulfilled.
One of my biggest dreams is to create a place, a space that produces a substantial income for our family. An idea that will grow and flourish. An idea that is sustainable. I know God wants to do this through me, but the process feels painfully slow at times. Fear has tried to talk me out of my Promised Land.
And then… a turning point… at the beginning of August I attended a women’s conference. It was during praise and worship I felt God releasing me, freeing me from the fear of failure, rejection, disappointment and discouragement. We sang a song…
I’m no longer a slave to fear. I am a Child of God.
These lyrics washed over me and I knew it was God speaking to my heart. The deep work started that day has continued on.
Tell yourself a different story. For me it means not staying stuck in fear because of the thoughts I’m believing about my life.
Telling myself a different story has caused me to start sharing my vision with people who can help it become a reality.
Telling myself a different story helps me be free to be myself when I’m in a room of people and there’s no one there that looks like me.
Telling myself a different story is helping me be a better steward of what’s already right in front of me.
Telling myself a different story has helped me be more grateful.
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