Increase may not seem like it’s worth it in the beginning but if you hold fast it will all be worth it in the end. I’m writing this post because there are several people that struggle with the decision of living on public support versus earning their living through labor of some sort. It’s frustrating because at many jobs the pay is minimum wage or near minimum wage. It is disheartening someone working full time and trying to manage a family while barely making enough money to get by. Many times it feels like, what’s the point? But in reality, if we desire true increase over our lifetime, this tougher path is the one we must travail.
Below you will find lessons I found valuable in my journey of increase, which is still ongoing. Here are six key areas that I believe will help you along yours just the same:
1. Develop an understanding and awareness of the fact that all good will be attacked. It is nature’s way of qualifying those who are worthy and those who are not. The improvement of our personal circumstances means that we must learn to do what the failures are simply not willing to do. God did not intend for us to fail, or wallow in poverty, self-pity, self-martyrdom, or mediocrity in any form.
Many people view a thing as impossible because they are mentally crippled by personal life experiences. This is only because they have allowed their failures to govern their reality and limit their possibilities. The only limitation placed on our abilities is our inability to easily recognize our unlimited nature. It takes effort to become aware of our staggering and limitless abilities.
2. Learn to accept the perpetual existence of negativity, and learn also that negativity always yields constant human effort coupled with the constantly growing human faith and attitude. The constant, unrelenting pull of life is downward, giving cause for disappointment, despair, and discouragement. However, progress in any form and happiness or success in any form require constant effort, for obstacles exist that might discourage the weak and the undeserving. Life is designed to be a story of achievement in spite of adversity, not in the absence of adversity, for without adversity achievement could not exist.
3. Friendships are indeed valuable, but so is human life and it is foolish to fall short of our potential because we feared alienating a good friend. One of the disappointments of life is that friends will abandon those who begin to change their life for the better, and yet those who remain behind will say “he has forgotten us now that he lives well.” It is those who accept their mediocrity who choose to “remain behind.” It is almost always those who have climbed above the crowd who would wish to return to their earlier friends and embrace them in friendship and love, knowing that they dare not, for jealousy among those who remain behind will not allow it to be so.
4. Waiting while God is enlarging your vision is difficult, and in our rush to get things done, we easily get ahead of God’s timing; we also rush ahead of God’s blessings. It is a tendency of humans to look at those who enjoy success as having been, at some earlier time, either lucky or dishonest. Surely, the man driving the luxury car toward his expensive home on the hill could not deserve it through hard work and sacrifice. Such is the language of the poor. Those sources of doubt, worry, negativity, greed and selfishness must be cut free, for as long as that influence remains, change will not likely occur.
5. Harvest, which is our life as we now live it, is the result of seeds planted at an earlier time. We either improve, or we regress, for never do we remain the same. If we do not improve, it is because we do not use our intelligence, our reasoning, and our full potential—and finally, what we do not use, we lose. Through lack of use we may lose our intelligence, reasoning, potential, strength and increase.
6. Challenge yourself to be changed as you experience the changing of life’s cycles. The weak person looks at other people doing worse and says I’m doing good because I’m doing better than them. Instead of looking at people who are doing better and saying I want to do as good as them. It is better that you look at yourself and say I can do better than me!
Finally, there is no need to focus or wonder where your increase is coming from, trust that it’s coming! If you just believe and stay committed to becoming, you WILL reach the point which your striving toward!
Andra C TAylorJr