A couple of weeks ago, I woke up wide awake in the middle of the night. A slight, somewhat familiar fear was setting in.
I got up quietly so as not to disturb Jess or the dogs and headed down to my basement office. I knew what I had to do, and I went right to work. Over the years, I had faced this fear many times, so I knew how to deal with it.
And I did. I dealt with it. And then I went back to bed.
So, what was this fear?
Well, before I answer, I want to share how I’m wired.
You see, ever since I can remember, I’ve believed in the impossible. I’ve been fascinated with stories throughout history of men and women who have done unheard of things. Of those who have made the impossible be possible.
From biblical stories of building an ark for the world’s largest floating zoo to the Wright Brothers soaring like Superman, history is filled with humans who refused to be limited by the doubts of those around them.
They chose to be limitless.
And that brings me to how I see myself. Though I don’t profess to be like any of these world-famous people, I do believe that my potential is only limited by my own thinking. I do believe, that at my core, I am limitless.
That is a bold statement. And I’m not trying to be arrogant.
But I truly believe that all of us have so much more in us than we could ever imagine. After all, we were made in the image of God, the most limitless being. What a great honor it is that the Father of the Universe is our Dad.
So, let’s continue with my story from a couple of weeks ago.
What was it that woke me up? What was this mysterious fear?
The fear is that I am running out of time. I picture an hourglass losing its top layer faster and faster and that my life is quickly slipping away. That my “limitless” is leaving me. I am momentarily scared that everything I have envisioned for my life, my family, and my “higher” purpose is just a figment of my imagination. That it will never come true. And a slight panic always starts to set in.
But then I remember... I’ve created the tools to deal with this. I’ve been here before. I know how to defeat it.
I start thinking about all the good things that have happened in my life. I’m a big believer in seasons. You plant a seed, you water it, it grows, and then you harvest it. It takes time. It is a process that usually cannot be sped up.
I keep a journal, so I go back and review all the wins that have happened in my life. It realigns me with the right perspective. It refocuses me.
I start listing things that I am thankful for and I start dreaming about the future.
Over the course of the next 45 minutes or so, I unclog the deep well of hope in my mind. And this forces the fear out. There is no room for it. And slowly peace fills my thoughts.
And I remember who I am.
I am God’s son.
I am limitless.
What's the Takeaway?
Be limitless in your thinking.
Develop rescue tools to restore your “limitless” when fear tries to force its way in.
Remember who your Father is.
#3 – Be Limitless
I HAVE A SECRET
I have a secret.
There are only a few people who know it completely but many others who know bits and pieces of it.
It was August of 2001. I was 25 years old. I had been married for 4 years to my high school girlfriend. I owned 4 houses, was vice president of a multimillion-dollar company, was an entrepreneur, drove new cars, was a private pilot, took tropical vacations, and so much more.
I had a lot.
And I had nothing.