Have you ever watched the old Wipe Out shows? I’m sure there is a more relevant, current show that I could use as an example, but this is the best I got right now, so I’ll just go with it. Contestants that are waaaaay more comfortable in their skin than I could ever be, come on this show and do a crazy hard, awkward, challenges from start to finish to beat the clock. If I was a chiropractor, I would be at the front line passing out business cards because I would be set for life. The things that are expected of contestants to accomplish could be so much easier if they weren’t trying to stand or run on things that moved and shook and tried to get their footing off. This most often would result in a sad, but I can’t look away, helpless fall to the muddy water below. Whaaaaa whhhaaaaaa…. Success was so close yet so far away. Thanks to an unsteady foundation. Now think of doing their challenges without the foundational issues. It’s still not easy per se, but the success rates would go up drastically!
That’s what I think about when I think of a life built on lies. You can never be the best version of you, the most successful version of you, if you aren’t even standing on what is real and solid! This is what I found to be true in my life. I would pursue something with great enthusiasm and ambition, hit a road block, or a lie, that would send me reeling and I would end up at square one again. After doing this repeatedly, the discouragement would get so disheartening, it would be better not to even try.
You could be in peak physical shape, on you’re A-game and captain of the football team (you see where I’m going with this…). But building your hope of getting to the finish line is pretty sad if you don’t have a solid foundation of truth. You can apply this concept in any area of your life. The results are the same. Shifting sand instead of a firm foundation equals poor results.
I do not want you to have poor results in your life. Yes, life will throw you curve balls and be challenging and unfair at times. But don’t let lies, things that aren’t even true, set you up for failure. You are capable of so much. Your dreams and passions have value. You were meant for more than your lies would have you believe!
Today’s steps to get you to firm foundation:
- Are you open to the fact that there are areas of life that are not built on truth? Are you willing to challenge those areas to be a better version of you? It requires being open minded to some beliefs you have. You owe it to yourself to wrestle with these beliefs that might be hurting you.
- Can you come up with 2 lies you have believed?
It could be something in your faith. One of mine was I believed God was disappointed in me if I did not live up to what was my true potential. This made me feel like if I failed at something, God was frustrated with me. This brings me to my second lie or very shaky foundation. Failure is bad. It means, you chose a wrong path. Start over! Again!
- Can you combat those 2 beliefs with truth?
For me, my truth is, there is no disappointment or condemnation in Jesus. Truly. There is only grace and love. My second truth would be a change in mindset, or perspective on failure. Failure can be very good if you let it! It can be the best way for you to learn and readjust for a better outcome. It isn’t an end necessarily, but a way to grow. Re-adjust your perspective to see it as a positive, not a negative.
I have probably thought of what seems like a million different reasons I should not be writing this first post. I am not a writer. Does what I say really matter? Do I matter? Will this even go anywhere? Will anyone read this, besides the friends and family I force to? I am 41. This…