Third Roadblock : Fear; Blockbuster: Faith

I have been helping dreamers, believers, and achievers climb to their God-given potential for almost 25 years and the most frequently mentioned roadblock with people I have worked with is…fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of losing friends, fear of what others may think, fear of stepping out of their comfort zone, the list goes on and on. Fear is the number one roadblock I have seen for those not climbing to their God-given potential. People are often paralyzed by fear.

Several years ago I heard this acronym for fear:

fear

False

Evidence

Appearing

Real

Most of the fear that keeps people from moving forward is based on speculation at best and complete falsehoods at worst. True story: Several years ago, a man hijacked a plane. He had a box with a bar of soap in it and he told the pilot he had a bomb and to turn the plane around and go to Cuba. The pilot turned the plane around and he went to Cuba.

The evidence was false, but it appeared very real.

So, what is the blockbuster used to bust through the roadblock of fear? Faith! “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV). Faith will not eliminate fear, but it will give us the courage to move forward in spite of our fear. Everyone experiences fear. It is what we do in the midst of that fear that will be the determining factor in whether or not we reach our God-given potential.

Here is an acronym for faith:

faith1Fearless

Attitude

Inspiring

Troubled

Hearts

Having the faith and trust in God to move forward in the midst of our fears will also inspire others to do the same. As an introvert, I have had to overcome many internal fears in order to follow the plan and purpose God has for me. Faith has made the difference not only in me but also in those I have worked with over the years.

About five or six years ago, I used these acronyms as a Facebook post. Someone commented that the acronyms were cheesy, corny, and trite. Maybe they are, I don’t know. I do know they have helped me put both fear and faith in the right perspective and that has helped me climb to my God-given potential. So, if I need a little corn and cheese to please God then, by all means, bring on the corn and cheese!

I will say that several people came to my defense on that post. The one who made the comment did not put any additional comments. I have no hard feelings toward the one who made the comment. I am saying that what one person may roll their eyes at, another person may take and apply to their lives and it makes all the difference in the world.

I am a simple person and often times simple principles are what help me the most. So, if you feel these acronyms are too corny or cheesy to be helpful, then go ahead and roll your eyes, give a little smirk, and then find something that is helpful for you. Do whatever it takes to climb to your God-given potential.

However, if you are like me and these simple truths help get you closer to your God-given potential, then embrace them. The important thing is not that you like my blogs, videos, books, and teachings. The important thing is that you find the tools to help you climb to your God-given potential!


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_MG_6842cropTommy Lanham is a dynamic, award-winning speaker who has been training individuals and organizations to reach their God-given potential for 25 years. With a unique blend of Ziglar motivation and ragamuffin faith, Tommy delivers powerful, life changing messages filled with humor, hope, and enthusiasm.

Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

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Your GPS For Success – 3 Steps to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.

 

Regardless of what you want to accomplish or achieve as an individual or as a team, there are certain steps you must take to get from where you are to where you want to be. It will not happen automatically. You must be intentional.  That means you’re not going to get there wandering around. gps2

I have developed a three-step process to get from where you are to where you want to be. It is a simple process that anyone can put into practice. I use these three words to outline the simple process; location, destination, navigation.

gps3Location – Where you are

If you are going on a trip you have to begin where you are. If you use a GPS, it first must find your current location before it can program a route to your desired destination. The same is true in life.

Before you can get from where you are to where you want to be, you must first discover where you are. This sounds like a no-brainer but frequently people want to get from one place to another without having a good understanding of where they are. In the behavior science field, this is called self-awareness.

Get an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, personality, spiritual gifts, your present state, etc. This helps give you an understanding of where you are starting. Where are you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually? You cannot map out where to go until you find out where you are.

Destination – Where you want to be

gps4After your GPS finds your location you can then enter where you want to go. Until you enter a destination, the GPS cannot calculate a route. The same is true in life.

Get specific about your goal or dream. Do not say, “I want to lose weight.” That is like telling your GPS, “I want to go north.” That is not a destination. Get specific.

Describe in detail where you want to go. What will life be like when you get there? Create a vivid picture in your mind and perhaps even draw or print out a picture to put on a vision board. (Maybe I should do a blog on how to set up a vision board.)

Navigation – How to get there

Once your GPS finds your location, and you enter the address you want to go to, then and only then will the GPS calculate a route for you. Then you can follow the direction to get to your destination. The same is true in life.gps

Map out the actions needed to get from where you are to where you want to be. What do you need to specifically overcome the obstacles that may be in your way? Develop what Tony Robbins calls, “a MAP, a Massive Action Plan.”

Sometimes you may need to re-calculate along the way just like a GPS does, but that does not mean you abandon the destination. It just means you may need to make some adjustments along the way.

There you go! A simple three step process to get from where you are to where you want to be. Location + destination + navigation = your GPS for success in getting from where you are to where you want to be!


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_MG_6842cropTommy Lanham is a dynamic, award-winning speaker who has been training individuals and organizations to reach their God-given potential for 25 years. With a unique blend of Ziglar motivation and ragamuffin faith, Tommy delivers powerful, life changing messages filled with humor, hope, and enthusiasm.

Tommy will empower, entertain and energize audiences to achieve extraordinary results and live a life beyond what they ever dreamed possible.

Tommy is dedicated to helping you make your next event the best you’ll ever experience. Your audience will laugh, learn and be inspired as he mixes enthusiasm and humor with motivational stories to deliver a high content message.

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