I Only Have, I Get Another
Sometimes, to experience true change and achieve the results we desire, we must realize what we are capable of and what we are not. I have realized, I am capable of: Loving deeply, Listening intentionally, and Leading boldly. I am not capable of sitting idle and expecting a life that satisfies me. With consistent Positivity, accurate Perception, I will experience Progress. Trouble is, I am not always a positive person. I don’t always have the right perception. Sometimes life grabs a hold of me, shakes me around, and really works to derail me. But just when my attitude of frustration begins to surface, God calms my storm. He reminds me where to focus. What to believe. How to act. I am incredibly blessed to have such a relationship with Him. One where He helps me walk by the Spirit, not my flesh (Gal 5:22-24). One where my perception is keen. One where I get to see life similar to a photographer seeing that perfect shot or how an artist sees the world. Having a relationship like this gives me many opportunities to impact others.
A few months ago I was sitting down with a friend of mine who recently turned 50 and as we were enjoying our coffee, I sensed something was bothering him. I asked “what’s on your mind buddy?” He replied, “I just realized I only have 30 more years left, if I’m lucky. He continued by explaining this was really on his heart. As I listened, I prayed from the Holy Spirit to give me the words. Words that would demonstrate I was there to Love. Listen. Lead. That’s when it came to me. “Buddy, you don’t only have, You GET Another” What a shift in perspective. One was negative, the other positive. One steals your joy, the other gives you hope. I believe this is why God inspired Paul to write Philippians 4:8, he needed a shift in perspective. Paul was in prison at the time he wrote Philippians, yet in verse 4:8 he demonstrates the power of positivity. He demonstrates how to focus his mind. By focusing on “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy…” This is what we are to think about.
Inky Johnson, former University of Tennessee defensive back and promising NFL pick suffered a career ending injury in 2006. Life handed him a bad chapter to his book, but those who know him often say, “Inky, you’re always so positive, don’t you see the negativity in life?” He replies with “I see it, but I don’t see its value, so I choose to focus on the positive. That’s where value lives.” I love that attitude! Knowing his story, you know that what Inky had was a perspective shift from pre injury to post. He decided to add value and serve rather that self-sulk and surrender to a paralyzed arm. Today he is a public speaker under high demand.
So how do we make progress? Mitch Matthews, founder of Dream. Think. Do taught me to start with small shifts (in thinking) which result in big wins (in life). For my friend (“buddy” above), his small shift was from “only have” to “get another”. I believe that day he began walking with a different stride. He began to believe the impact his words made in his heart and attitude. So can you.
Tell Me How
A. You are at the helm of your attitude. You choose whether you are Positive. How you will Perceive a situation. Whether you make Progress. You are the influencer, decision maker, and one and only person your mind will listen to. So…what are you saying? Are you more apt to say: “Lord, please remove this fear, the worry, the hardness in my heart from me” or do you KNOW the Lord you serve and confidently say “Thank you Lord, thank you for removing from me all negativity, all fear, all worry, all anger, all discontent, all criticism, and all bitterness. Thank you for giving me a spirit of Peace, Joy, Contentment, and Confidence. Thank you that I am positive.”
That feels good to say, doesn’t it?
B. You must feed your mind with truth. Start with God’s Word, but don’t be afraid to leverage the volume of resources which offer you an opportunity to get mass dosages of repetition in truth. Two amazing resources I highly recommend are: Aaron Walker’s book View From The Top and Jon Gordon’s book Energy Bus. Of course there are other excellent resources to start getting the right dosage of mass repetition in the right content.
What I'm Trying to Say…?
Positivity. Perception. Progress. requires an individual willing to be honest with their current situation (good or bad) and then the desire to achieve, give, and serve. I have pulled a few highlights from The Power of Positivity Summit, I recently attended, which I feel embody the shift from “only have” to “get another” mentality.
“Perspective is not about how you see something. It’s about how you CHOOSE to see something. The facts don’t change, but the outcome could.”
“Do the unremarkable with remarkable consistency.”
Mark Batterson says, “Catch people doing something well.” and “Brag about them behind their back.” What Mark is saying and how it relates to positivity is focus your mind on the results you wish to see. To create a culture of positivity, you must first start with a personal positivity plan. If you don’t think the best (Philippians 4:8) you won’t see the best and you won’t be looking for it. It starts with you.
Erwin McManus shared at the summit that every human being has the power to imagine and then create. What are you creating? Worst yet, what aren’t you creating that we need?
I believe in you!
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Chris Hewitt, HITOP Ministries WOE Writer