Did you know the movie Jaws brought in $470,700,000 at the Worldwide Box Office?! ????
Did you also know that no one, including the director and cast, thought the movie would ever amount to anything?
Just goes to show you that you can’t ever listen to the naysayers, the sharks ???? in your life who are trying to tell you…
“This won’t work.”
“There’s no shame in quitting.”
Those voices are exactly why I HAD to write my new book, Shark Proof.
I know what it is to feel like you’re a small fish in a big pond. ????
Years ago, I was invited to attend Joyce Meyer’s annual conference as a special guest. That meant I would be back in the green room with all of the guest speakers and VIPs at the event. I was so intimidated!
I don’t belong here, I thought. ????
Have you ever felt that out of place, sweaty palms, intimidated, oh-so-awkward, I wish I could just disappear feeling?
Don’t shy away from it.
Let that feeling sink in! It’s a great opportunity for learning what is, in my opinion, one of the most important lessons… (more on this later).
Intimidation is just another word for fear; it’s fear that we are not enough.
So, how do we move past the sharks in our lives, sharks of intimidation, fear, and manipulation?
Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
I learned that, when the sharks start threatening, I need to do two things:
1. Get out of my own way.
2. Trust that God appointed me, and He has a plan for me.
When I was at that conference, what got me through my fear was remembering that it wasn’t about me; it was about my mission, my passion for people, and my heart for helping them live their very best lives! ????
Once I remembered, It’s not about me and got mySELF out of the way, I was able to focus on the needs of others, which is my calling.
Once I put the spotlight on others, I didn’t feel fearful or out of place anymore. I felt right at home, right where God invited me to be.
Remember, God will never appoint you past where you are ready to go.
Here are some incredible Bible verses to help you cast down thoughts of self-doubt and insecurity with God’s Word! ???? Go HERE and be inspired by what God has to say about you.
I am SO excited to tell you about my new book, Shark Proof: How to Deal with Difficult People! I learned how to successfully deal with difficult people the long, hard way, but you don’t have to.
I know that this book is going to unlock the incredible principles that changed Gary’s and my life. I can’t wait for you to read it!