As professional women we are always seeking the path forward – to be better at what we do. The fundamental aspect of growth is to always push ourselves, to make advancements in every aspect of our lives, not just our working life.
But to do this takes energy, patience, and most importantly, love and respect for ourselves. It’s important to be kind to ourselves, to love the now, and trust that you can indeed manifest your own destiny.
Speak It into Existence
They say that when you put energy towards something, eventually it will come to fruition. This includes the words we say. But can we really speak our goals into existence?
Let’s be clear: the words you say are powerful. Example has taught us that words can speak life and encouragement to a person very deeply. They can also be discouraging – shooting holes in people’s ambition, bringing death to their dreams. This is also true for your inner dialogue so it’s important to always be positive.
Consider all the people who have been inspired by another telling them a word of encouragement. Understand your words have power, both for the people in your life and for yourself. There is real power in manifesting your destiny by speaking your truth.
Pray Like Your Prayers are Already Answered
A major component of prayer is the mindset of the one praying. Often times, prayer is about waiting, and in current days of instant gratification, waiting can seem to be a torturous exercise. Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Knowing what to even pray for can be a tricky thing. In today’s world of social media noise and bombardment, coupled with drama in our lives, it’s tough to find a quiet place to truly reflect on things. Then events don’t go well for us, we often turn to prayer when we find ourselves at wit’s end.
After solid reflection on what you really want, the simple act of praying about it and believing it will happen goes a long way. Go about your days with a firm belief that things will turn out as they should. Pray and live as though your prayers have already been answered. Because they have. Often times we only need to pray for strength and guidance to see the outcome through.
Never Compare Yourself to Others
Comparing ourselves to others is a natural part of the human condition, and yet it is a wasted exercise. There are several reasons why:
Enough isn’t enough – we are rarely satisfied with what we have, typically because we see what others have, and so we want more for ourselves. This is a vicious cycle that needs to be broken.
You may feel unhappy – the higher we climb on the comparison cycle, the more unhappy we feel.
Everyone is different – with different situations, circumstances, and goals. In other words, what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander.
Comparisons cause you to not recognize what’s good in your life – it takes away from appreciating and embracing what we do have.
Celebrate How Far You’ve Come
You’ve already made great strides in your life, and the goals you have set for it. But in the day-to- day, it can be hard to see that. It’s tough to hear the truth when a hundred worries and voices are clouding your mind. Be sure to take a few minutes out of each day to just sit, breathe, and quiet your mind, letting the good come in.
Ask yourself, “Where was I this time last year? Five years ago? Ten?” You will be guaranteed to be surprised by your answers and recognize how far you’ve come. Change comes so slowly it can be hard to see it. So, make a list of those accomplishments, both personal and professional, no matter how small or insignificant.
Finally, as you go about your day, recognize the little things that propel you to your goals, and be sure to honor them in some way. Even if it’s just to write it down in a journal. We all want to reach the summit of our mountain, but know that the work will never be done. There will always be room for improvement or another goal to meet. Our lives are a constant work in progress, but as long as we keep moving forward, our goals will be met.