In my professional speaking career, one of my favorite messages is “It’s a New Day.” The six keys are reflected in various chapters of my book. To simplify them for you, I decided to write about each key over the next six weeks.
The six keys are: 1-Reinvent yourself; 2-Relationships (Create a group of successful mentors); 3-Are You Relentless — Unstoppable, no matter what happens? 4-Are you reliable, can you depend on yourself; and can others depend on you; 5-Are you responsible? Would you believe in a promise you made? 6-Are you resourceful — which means, you will find a way, especially during this time of the coronavirus pandemic. Everything will be different once we come back out in full force.
This week, let’s talk about how to reinvent yourself! Starting all over again, here is when you must reprogram your thinking. Same as when you delete all old programs from your computer, you start all over again.
Can you see yourself already having whatever it is you’ve dreamed of? Feel yourself already in possession of your dream and believe you shall have it — that’s called faith! Mark 11:24 reminds us, “Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].”
We can learn from a metaphor of a boat. Picture yourself riding on a boat, it has an engine and as it moves forward, you look back and you see the water’s path that’s left behind. That’s called a wake.
Wikipedia defines “wake” this way: It is the region of recalculating flow immediately behind a moving or stationary solid body, caused by the flow of surrounding fluid around the body.
You sabotage yourself when you focus on your wake the trail you’ve left behind. Many of us keep our eyes on the trail we’ve left behind rather than living in the moment. It is the present moment that will move us forward. What’s left behind us is simply that — the past.
Faith is the object of things hoped for and it is the evidence of things not seen. Therefore, when we reinvent ourselves, we must see ourselves the way we want to be. We must see ourselves as if we really are exactly what we want to be. You must bring your thoughts in harmony with your beliefs.
Nothing from the past can hold you back. Like me, you can overcome domestic violence! I was choked so often that I’m now deaf in my right ear! Don’t allow that bad stuff — rise up and be what God would have you to be.
You cannot find light by analyzing the darkness. You can’t change by living in the past. Been there, done that! It is the energy of the present moment that propels you forward.
Pretend you’re on a moving boat. What’s actually moving the boat? It is the present engine of the motor running. When the engine stops the boat will stop. Present energy propels that boat. Same thing with you, it is your present thoughts and energy that will propel you forward. Don’t allow what has happened to you in the past to hold you back.
Give up your personal history. Stand on a boat and look at the water behind you. Is it possible for a trail that’s left behind to make the boat go forward? No. It is a belief that what happened on the trail that was left behind is holding you back.
Disconnect from past history — get rid of the story of your past. Get a hold of the present moment and have a love affair with who you would like to become. Treat yourself that way, our Lord and Savior will see you succeed!
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email email@example.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.