If you have ever taken a road trip with me, then you know that my sense of direction is a little off. A few stops at a gas station for directions may occur, illegal u-turns, etc no matter how many navigational devices or maps are at my disposal. I have also encountered many dead-ends. In each instance, I was forced to look back over the path that I had taken and make a different choice. Sometimes in life, we also have to make the decision to look back or reflect on the past in order to take another course.
I was presented with an opportunity to take part in a Starting Over Challenge. Initially I thought to myself, “I don’t need to start over, I just need better tools and support to move forward”. I didn’t want to look back because I felt like what was behind me had already been resolved. But I soon realized that was not the case.
I have always been transparent about my journey. I started off discussing some of my own strongholds and the difficulty I had with surrendering it all. I discussed my failed relationship, my family, my journey as a single mother, my faith and my dreams but not my fears. I am realizing now that if I don’t conquer my fears they will conquer me. So I am starting over and dealing with the fear that makes me afraid of success. The fear that is keeping me back. The fear that continues to dim my light. The fear that camouflages itself as procrastination, irritation and lack of focus. I am giving of that fear so that I can gain freedom and the success that I deserve.
I am surrounded by over 400 women who are committed to starting over, holding each other accountable and supporting one another along the process. These first 31 days of 2013 are going to prune some areas of my life that have never served me but hindered me. If you feel like you have become stagnant in your progress and growth. I challenge you to also start over. You don’t have to dwell on the pass, but instead reflect on it and release those things from your life that have hindered you or are no longer serving you. By starting over, you can start this year better, in a better position and mindset to do exactly what has been purposed in your heart.
I will see you at the finish line!
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