The Myths Of Motivation

The Myths Of Motivation

The traditional beliefs about attaining success have left us coveting what others have, measuring our success by material accumulation and​ possessions, and​ unclear about the​ full process of​ bringing forth our destiny. I suspect that due to​ the​ pursuit of​ success, more believers have ended up depressed, oppressed, and​ doubting themselves. and​ what’s even more disturbing is​ that when the​ secular world looks into the​ lives of​ believers, we are often not experiencing the​ life and​ life more abundantly that God promises us.

It is​ time to​ break up the​ myths of​ motivation and​ the​ damage it​ has done to​ believers in​ our process of​ living out the​ fullness of​ God’s vision and​ calling for​ your life. if​ we could sort out the​ weeds among the​ truth we have been taught, we can learn to​ flourish in​ the​ life that God created you to​ live.

Don’t get me wrong, dreaming and​ motivation have had their place. as​ a​ matter of​ fact, motivation and​ dreaming are the​ first step to​ shifting your reality. It’s just time to​ evolve to​ the​ next level of​ human achievement – visionary attainment. I actually boldly say that is​ time to​ stop dreaming and​ time to​ align your life with God’s vision for​ your life.

The humble beginnings of​ the​ age of​ motivation began in​ the​ mid-1800’s with Henry David Thoreau’s radical philosophies of​ the​ time and​ evolved into the​ genre of​ personal success literature Charles F. Haanel ushered in​ in 1912. Napolean Hill then based most of​ his early works on Haanel’s work the​ Law of​ Success. Hill then captured a​ new level of​ personal success writing in​ 1937 with Think and​ Grow Rich, one of​ the​ best-selling books of​ all time. These philosophers and​ business men shaped what became known as​ the​ Philosophy of​ Achievement and​ helped an​ entire generation begin to​ create firm and​ deliberate beliefs out of​ the​ loose, haphazard thinking of​ the​ time.

Even with this philosophical literature opening up minds to​ what is​ possible the​ energy it​ needed to​ make the​ transition from an​ intellectual experience to​ real-life was mission. it​ needed human energy and​ passion to​ ignite. This is​ where motivation came in. Motivation was the​ missing key that linked the​ understanding of​ achievement to​ the​ energy it​ took to​ get in​ motion to​ move toward achievement. Motivation is​ having the​ desire and​ willingness to​ do something.

Fifty-eight years later, humankind made the​ shift from motivation philosophy to​ motivation. it​ took Hilary Hinton (Zig Ziglar) to​ come along and​ pave the​ way to​ an​ entire new industry of​ motivational speaking in​ 1970. Ziglar began the​ era of​ people keeping themselves energized and​ create the​ positive mindset it​ took to​ nurture their dreams. Motivation was a​ critical component in​ this evolution and​ it​ got us dreaming, which opens the​ doors to​ new possibility. Since the​ onset of​ the​ motivation movement, it​ has become evident that motivation is​ fleeting. Even the​ Father of​ motivation, Zig Ziglar, says, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it​ daily.”

It has taken 37 years to​ come to​ a​ new crossroads. Now that you are all motivated and​ know how to​ tap into your positive thinking, the​ next evolutionary step is​ to​ master the​ process of​ attainment – actually living the​ life that you have been taught to​ dream about. There is​ something greater than dreaming and​ even your individual vision and​ it’s time to​ usher it​ in​ – God’s vision.

But first, we have to​ uproot the​ myths that have gotten in​ the​ way. the​ concepts and​ teachings of​ the​ motivation movement have thwarted believer’s ability to​ bring forth God’s vision for​ their lives. There are some fundamental spiritual truths that have been omitted from the​ equation of​ success that have left believers frustrated and​ unable to​ tap into the​ wealth we so often see being exuded from the​ pulpits of​ churches. Our addiction to​ motivation has led more believers than ever to​ experience depression, oppression and​ darkness in​ their lives.

Let’s take a​ look at​ a​ few of​ the​ top myths of​ success that do not fully align with the​ Word and​ uncover some beliefs that you, as​ a​ believer may have all learned.

Myth #1: You can do anything you set your mind to. Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.

The Truth: You can do anything through Christ who strengthens you and​ only a​ shadow of​ what you can do with Christ on your own. Even when you set your mind to​ it​ and​ adjust your attitude, God has pre-destined and​ called you for​ a​ specific purpose. and​ once He has allowed you to​ go through the​ fire to​ burn off your impurities and​ at​ the​ right season and​ time according to​ your measure of​ faith, the​ fullness of​ His vision for​ your life will manifest. it​ is​ when you apply your renewed, Christ-like mind to​ your calling that you can achieve all things that God created you to​ achieve.

Myth #2: Whatever you can conceive and​ believe, you can achieve. All things are possible for​ those who believe.

The Truth: While you conceive with you mind, this is​ only 1/3 of​ the​ picture. Not only must you be able to​ conceive what you desire, your spirit must align with what you deeply desire and​ your body or​ actions must fully support it. Even greater than all of​ these, it​ must be part of​ your calling or​ God’s predestined plan for​ you. it​ is​ God who plants your desire within you and​ therefore your challenge is​ to​ align your will with his will for​ your life through your thoughts, faith, works or​ action, calling and​ most of​ all, obedience.

Myth #3: if​ you persist and​ work hard, you can have anything you want.

The Truth: How many times has this been said from the​ stage? it​ is​ usually accompanied by pictures of​ large homes, yachts, and​ exotic cars owned by the​ speaker and​ the​ old adage, “Do what I’ve done and​ you’ll get what I’ve got.”

It is​ not by your works, education level or​ know-how alone that you achieve, God gives you the​ power to​ obtain wealth. Scripture reminds us that seeking the​ Lord first and​ foremost in​ your life, you should not want, but walk in​ the​ dominion and​ authority He has bestowed upon you. You are not to​ covet the​ material gain of​ others, but know that your blessings have your name and​ only your name on them.

Myth #4: Follow your dreams. Go confidently in​ the​ direction of​ your dreams, live the​ life you imagined.

The Truth: if​ you seek the​ Kingdom of​ God first, all things will be added to​ you. Allowing your dreams to​ lead you can leave you down the​ road of​ someone else’s calling and​ purpose. Get clear about what God has created you to​ do, commit to​ it, and​ then, and​ only then, will you have access to​ all that God has set aside and​ promised you.

The part the​ no one talks about is​ the​ test phase that is​ an​ integral part of​ the​ process of​ attaining God’s vision. You will undergo a​ major, life-questioning test to​ prove your worthiness, seriousness, and​ commitment to​ step into the​ things of​ God. There is​ a​ the​ part of​ the​ teachings of​ the​ motivational movement that will always live on – keep persisting and​ don’t quit because there are great rewards in​ fully giving yourself over to​ God’s promise of​ life and​ life more abundantly.

With All My Heart,

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