In today’s post, Dr. Matthews encourages others to get out of their own way, just as she had to do in order to walk in purpose.
There’s a saying that goes “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got”. I have found this to be true, whether it’s a personal goal, professional aspiration, or just taking the first step. In order to accomplish anything great, it is essential to get out of your own way.
It is not easy stepping out of a place that is familiar and safe. Many times, I chose to stay in that place too long and ended up being pushed forcefully out of my comfort zone by life’s unpleasant circumstances. At the time, it seemed harsh. In the long run, it was just the push that was needed for lifelong learning and growth in all areas.
I had to learn to stop blocking my own progress. As a shy young lady growing up, I was always very reserved, polite, and considerate, never wanting to be in the way. Well, that young lady had some hard knocks in life that showed her the need to be more assertive and speak up for herself. Assertiveness is not arrogance. It’s important to know who you are and what you have to offer, but carried with grace and humility. Asserting yourself simply means that you are not afraid to demonstrate that you have experience that can enhance your place of employment or whatever circle of influence to which you aspire.
What have you been afraid to do? What is it that you really see yourself doing? Are you willing to step out on faith to make it happen? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.