You’re Closer Than You Think…!

This week I had the opportunity to attend a statewide conference for elected officials.  I am just getting settled in from a day of empowering sessions and keynote speakers as I type this.  And although the event itself has been amazing, I still had a few snags on my way down to the conference.  Unforeseen circumstances caused me to arrive at my hotel much later than I planned.  By the time I checked into my hotel it was nightfall.  I had not yet found the convention center where the event was being held the next day but because it was late so I decided to get settled into my room.  I told myself that I would just get up early and look for it in the morning once I had some rest. After waking, I decided that I would relish a little bit in the fact that I had a room on the 15th floor (which is something I love!).  I went over to the window to let the sunlight in and I began to gaze over the city.  While looking out over the city, I attempted to identify the buildings with hopes I would see the convention center that I was due to be at in the next few hours.  Unfortunately, I saw nothing that seemed to be what I was looking for.

More time had passed and I decided to get dressed.   I still had to see how I was going to find my way to the convention center.  I hadn’t even thought about whether I needed to call a cab or if it was in walking distance.  I began to search through the conference material that I had to see if my hotel had shuttle bus offerings.  To my great dismay, my hotel didn’t offer one!  Ugh! Frantic, I raced down to the front desk to see what I could do to get to the convention center on time.  The clock was ticking!  So I grabbed the first person I saw in a hotel uniform and asked a series of questions that sputtered out of my mouth so fast I can’t even remember what they were!  All I know is I had to find a way to get to the convention center.  The hotel employee then looked at me calmly and asked me a series of questions.  It went something like this: HIM: You’re looking for the convention center you say? ME: Yes… HIM:  The one that’s hosting the conference for elected officials? ME: Yes… Then with a big smile he pointed his finger in the direction of a building right outside the front door of the hotel that said “Convention Center”.  It was directly across the street!  Because I arrived at the hotel late the night before and I was so tired, I didn’t notice that my destination was that close!  His parting comment to me was “See there, no need to panic. We’re always closer then we think!”  That remark stuck with me through that day and it caused me to think. Why are we so quickly discouraged by what we see or more often what we don’t see?  Why do we panic first instead of just asking God for direction and strength? Why are we most tempted to give up when we are closest to our breakthrough?  How do you know you are at a breakthrough you ask? Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to see:

  • Have you been seeking God for something and it seems like the answer is taking forever?
  • Are things getting worse instead of getting better?
  • Are people that were once in your corner, suddenly against you?
  • Are you having some crazy financial setbacks?  

 

If you answered YES to any of those questions, there’s a good chance you are right at your breakthrough!  I strongly believe that the area that you are tried in the most, is the area that God is going to bless you in the most.   God simply needs to know that He can trust you when He moves you into this new area of increase.  He needs to know that you will have the faith it takes to be able to stand in this place!  Check out this scripture that backs me up:

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4 (NLT) 

So don’t give up!  Giving up is what the enemy wants you to do.  You’re right at your blessing!  So to take a line from the hotel employee that helped me earlier – “There’s no need to panic – You’re closer than you think!”

QUESTION: What are some ways that you can encourage others and yourself to hold on when you feel like giving up? Share your suggestions below!

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Rachel L. Proctor

Rachel Proctor is a productivity coach for multi-passionate entrepreneurs who struggle with taking their business ideas from the starting block to across the finish line. Through her inspiring blog posts + videos, on-demand training products and one-on-one coaching, she’s here to challenge you to take purpose-driven risks and shake up your approach to goal setting. She will show you how to turn your ideas + passions into purposeful actions to create a business that will change the world - while making every step seem effortless! And when she’s not coaching, you can find her indulging in (and highlighting) the latest John Maxwell book, watching anything on Food Network or shopping for fabulous shoes. Meet Rachel and get ready to turn your passions into to a business that will change the world at www.RachelLProctor.com.