Have you felt stuck or ready for a change?
Many people are feeling this way because we have been in a major time of transition. I want to encourage you to not give up and to get ready for the new season that is upon us.
So many people have been in a time of being in a spiritual wilderness or dark night of the soul or spirit. It is time to break out.
I want to share a few steps with you that took me from breakdown to breakthrough! I have been sharing this with people over the years, and the stories and feedback I have gotten are amazing.
Years ago I felt stuck in my 9 to 5 job. I knew I was called to do more, but I had no idea what that looked like — let alone how to get there. I took time away to pray, and came up with a few things I felt God speaking to me.
I knew I wanted to start a new style of church that would reach people who do not like churches. I wanted to get married, become a stand-up comedian — laughter is medicine to the soul, after all — and I wanted to help others who were dealing with many of the things that I had dealt with; I thought that might include writing a book as well.
Doing these things seemed impossible at the time. Although I have accomplished them all now, and more, it all started by taking a few steps to activate those goals.
So here are the 2 activation steps that I took to break through to new things:
1. What are the desires of your heart?
Take a moment to ask yourself some questions.
- Are there goals or desires you have given up on achieving or accomplishing in life?
- Are there things you would like to do but you are not sure how to get started or what steps to take next?
In Psalm 37:4 NIV, it says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” If you have not done so already, make a Desires of My Heart List.
Write down some of your heart’s desires, allow yourself to just write. And do not worry about what should or should not be on the list. Be honest with yourself.
2. Take 1 simple step
You can turn your frustration and dissatisfaction into action.
Look at your Desires of My Heart List and choose just 1 item.
Now, what is 1 simple step you can take, right now, towards making that 1 item a reality? Or what can you do now to find out more about it? Maybe you can find a book on the subject, do some research, sign up for a class, download an application or mend a relationship?
List out what you want to accomplish and what it will take for you to do it. It is amazing what will happen over time as you keep taking small steps. You will find that new creativity will flow and after a few months you will have accomplished a lot with a minimal amount of effort.
So what did “taking the next step” look like practically for me in my goals to start a new style of church, get married and become a stand-up comedian?
- I took a seminar on church planting and started reading books on the topic.
- I started going to the singles groups and outings at my church.
- I took a stand-up comedy workshop.
It did not all happen overnight, but clarity started to come to me.
If you make just 1 degree of change per week, think of the change you will see in 30 days, 60 days, 6 months or a year!
If you do this consistently, then 1 year from now you will see massive change in your life! And again, it is usually with a small amount of effort because you are learning to do small, baby steps, over time.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 NKJV.
Your breakthrough starts now
Destiny is like a connect-the-dots drawing. Taking time to gain clarity, and moving just a few small steps towards your destiny — will help you begin to build your life. You will be amazed at what God can do through you.
~ Doug Addison
Doug Addison is a prominent conference speaker captivating audiences with clean stand-up comedy and high energy prophetic messages, also shared on TV, radio and the Internet for over a decade. He brings laughter, fun and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand dreams, tattoos and piercings. His powerful messages stay with his audiences long after hearing him.