30 Tokens of Wisdom about Change

The phrase, “It takes twenty-one days to form a habit” encourages us to change in three weeks. Is change really possible in such a short period? For some it may work, but for others (let’s face it) it may take longer.

Change begins with a focus. I took a 4-step guide to discovering who you’re meant to be, Oprah had published. It helped me realize I am living out my purpose. Once I had confirmation about my purpose, I started a plan to focus on.

Through tokens of wisdom from mentors, family, friends, entrepreneurs, and books, here are what has helped me make better choices in life. Habits are what we choose to do daily. Some days are going to be easier than others, but keep going because you’re closer than you think.

#30Tokens

  1. Early to bed, early to rise.
  2. Carry a pen and paper with you for spontaneous thoughts and creativity.
  3. “You have to plan out what you ultimately want to achieve, and then create a content strategy that gets you there.” Brian Clark
  4. Exercise does your mind and body good.
  5. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy
  6. “Know your purpose. Live your dreams.” Lynette Lewis
  7. “Passion must be in your heart and at the top of your mind every morning when you get up and prepare to push forward.” C.C. Chapman
  8. 24 hours are in a day, carve out time for you.
  9. “Write things that make people think. Inspire people. Change lives. Create value. Blow people away with your usefulness.” Corbett Barr
  10. Live beyond your comfort zone, you might like it there.
  11. Accountability partners are like insurance. It’s something you need all the time, especially in times of emergencies.
  12. “I have a purpose and big vision, amplified by my goals and specific tactics that I apply to my life, blog, and business.” Natalie Sisson
  13. You are not defined by your job/title/position.
  14. “Your fear of failure, as valid as it may be, is only a sign that you’re doing something challenging, pushing your own boundaries. Don’t let it stop you from trying.” Corbett Barr
  15. Your past has shaped your present. The future is what you make of it.
  16. “Develop strong relationships with strong people.” Steve Gutzler
  17. “To unleash your power, start believing in your power.” Randy Gage
  18. “Wake up with a purpose and go to bed with a dream.” #Oola
  19. Read often to think outside your own opinions.
  20. “You alone are the judge of your worth and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks.” Deepak Chopra
  21. “A champion’s heart can not be taught or found without a good dose of humility and respect for others.” Tim G. Carter
  22. “We all need something to hope for, to live for and to die for. What we do to meet all those needs is what defines who we are.” Bruno Coelho
  23. Use your manners. People will remember you for them.
  24. Respect is only given when it is earned.
  25. “Create a vision for the future. Move towards something that matters.” Alli Polin
  26. Dream big, everyday.
  27. “You alone are the judge of your worth and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks.” Deepak Chopra
  28. Be honest, even if it hurts.
  29. Do it until it becomes a habit.
  30. “Buried within you is an unlimited capacity for creation.” Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Everything is a Test of Faith

As I write this out, I glance at the top of my screen and see the clock. It’s going to be another late night, but how many times does I stay up late doing other unproductive things? Always. I promise you everything is a test of faith as I tell you a story.

I am not perfect. I don’t have three months of bills saved up in my savings account for a “rainy day.” I saved up enough money for a computer program instead of saving for my future. I’m 24 years young and sometimes I am naive. Should I be more proactive about saving? Yes. Am I worried about where the money is going to come from? No. I have put one of the hardest staples in my life up to God. Money. I don’t fear losing it or not having enough. I have been tested in the past to choose between buying myself lunch or giving money to a mother who was short money for a child’s birthday cake. Guess what? I felt compelled to give her half my money, but not all because I thought I needed half for lunch. No more than 15 minutes later, my boss tells me I have a check from a claim for a lost dividend from two years ago came in. I was given a check amount about three times as much as I could have given the mother! Coincidence? Hardly!  Through this experience and wisdom from God, I have learned I failed this test. I failed by putting my trust in my own hands instead of his.

Monday.

I was driving home from college to go to work when my car started to overheat. I pulled over and popped the trunk (to get the gallon of water I keep for reasons like this) and the hood. I could have been worried, but I felt calm. I got the water out and closed the trunk to check my radiator coolant level. It was moderate, so I added more water. I got back inside and waited for my car to cool down. Soon a Road Ranger pulled up beside me and I told the nice man what had happened. He was a sweet, older man who asked me to pop the hood so he could do what I had just done. He said there wasn’t much I could do but carefully drive it home and do what we had just done. I figured as much and carefully got back on the highway. I didn’t make it two miles and my car started to overheat again. I forced myself to go to the next exit to park in a public parking lot and call my parents. After about three hours of waiting to coordinate schedules, I was back home as my car stayed where in a public parking lot.

Was I upset? Sure. Was I worried. Honestly, not as much as I thought I would be. I realize this was a way the devil could keep me back from doing the things that make me who I am. I am not a missionary knocking on doors or traveling the world, but I am making a difference in my small world. When I am in my car, I am free to go where I am led to go. Without a car, I am stuck at home and at the mercy of fate. Fate knows I believe in something deeper, more meaningful so it can be pushed aside.

Tuesday.

I tried arranging a car situation to get a ride to where I needed to be today and guess what? It didn’t work out. Was I upset? It goes without saying I was, but there was nothing I could do. I didn’t fret or worry myself with the weight of fear or doubt. I told who I had to about the situation and left it in God’s hands. I worked from home and got assignments done. In the middle of working from home, I felt sick. I started to feel cold chills and my feet felt started to feel heavy. I must have eaten something awful because I was starting to feel really weak. If I was at the office of where I should have been today, I would have been uncomfortable. At least I was at home in pajamas enduring the nauseated experience. After eating something solid and medicine, I started to feel a bit better.

I ended up visiting my car with my mom to diagnose the damage. I was hopeful, but sadly my motor is shot. There was a rattle noise when we tried driving it around the parking lot. Obviously, driving it to next exit was dangerous to my car’s health, but smart because we were in the parking lot long after the sun had went down. On the way home, I was given options of what I can do with Betsy the Boat:  sell it to a junk yard, keep it for parts, sell it to someone looking for parts, and more. It was overwhelming, but my heart and mind were calm. Again. The rush of “it’s going to be ok” feelings filled me up with hope. Do I know where my next car is going to be? No. Am I going to have to work to produce a car fund? Yes. Does this scare me? Not really.

Wednesday morning.

I know when it comes to my faith, I am a warrior who has wisdom beyond her years. I have the gift to help others through prayer and words of encouragement. Sometimes those words are something so specific, it is much appreciative by the person I am helping that I had said something. Without my faith telling me to open my mouth and allow the spirit to speak through me, I would not have brought joy into people’s lives. Living by faith is not only following God’s word, acting in obedience, sharing his love but it’s a matter of trusting in God’s plan more than your own. All this is who I am and why the devil tries to attack me when life gets me down. Do you ever feel that way? It’s a downward spiral of doubt to more doubt until it’s a weight of an ugly slump. I know if I am down and shaken, I am not standing firm in God’s will. For the first time in years, I am certain the future is bright because I passed this test and know more will be coming behind it. Am I ready? More than I will ever be with God near my side.

Do you have a test of faith you passed or failed? Maybe we can learn something from one another.