Dissatisfaction in one’s life… is the Beginning of a Dream. – Words to Live by
By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan
I suppose we could say a person is considered reasonable when they are content with the way things are presently. However, when we encounter a person who is dissatisfied with the status quo and endeavors to change it, they are frequently considered to be unreasonable.
This concept takes me back to a time when I was a young boy. My great grandmother played an important role in my upbringing. She was my great grandmother on my father’s side. She was continually telling me I should be satisfied with what I had. I would always talk to her about my dreams, and even though at that time I didn’t understand a lot about life, what I did understand is I had dreams and the big dreams.
My great grandmother was a real Angel of God in my mind, but as I look back to those days, I realize there were a number of points she attempted to sell me where she was wrong. This was one of those points. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being dissatisfied; in fact, there is a lot of good to be derived from a mind, which is dissatisfied.
It was dissatisfaction that caused Edison to light up the world, Ford to give us the automobile, the Wright Brothers dissatisfaction that introduce world to aviation, and Bell’s dissatisfaction that enabled us to speak to someone on the other side of the globe. All of these great advances were brought to us because their inventors were, as many believed, unreasonable. The beautiful truth is these inventors were dissatisfied.
If you are disagreeing with a present situation just to disagree, you are very likely unreasonable. However, if you are diligently attempting to improve a situation, absolutely refuse to permit someone else’s remarks, that you are unreasonable to dissuade you. It may be unreasonable to them, but don’t let that stop you from moving ahead. In the long haul they will very likely follow you.
One of the things that I’ve learned is that people do not understand “your dream” that you’re carrying it’s not that they don’t like you personally. It’s just that they cannot handle your dream.
Sometimes a person with the dream can be intimidating to those who have small dreams or no dreams at all. What I’ve learned to do is maintain my confidence in my “intent”. Your confidence will depend on how strongly you believe in your intent. Your intent is your goal or desire. Without intent any action is useless and meaningless, and your words utterly devoid of power. To be successful you need to formulate, focus on, and put all your mental energy towards your intention.
Think of it this way; although we know we can never truly be certain as to the exact outcome of any event, we can be certain about our intent. Your intent is the outcome you want to achieve. Just focus on that and nothing else.
Also it helps, before you do anything, to go inside and say to yourself confidently and powerfully, in the most authoritative voice you can muster, ‘Oh I can do this!’
Say it so you believe it, ‘Oh I can do this”. You’ll notice that the mere fact that you are saying that inside your head causes you to accept and believe the fact that what you do will be successful. So, we all know that we can never truly be certain about all the specifics of any interaction, we can always be certain about our intent.
I also want to point out this important fact – confidence isn’t certainty. This is true for anything in life. You can still be confident, but you can never be certain of anything.
I know that I’m very confident, but even with all my confidence, sometimes things don’t work out the way I want them to. That happens. However I also know that even though I am confident I know HOW to do something, and I have the ABILITY to do it, if it doesn’t work, it is not going to erode my confidence. I know if I am consistent and focus on my intent…IT WILL happen. My point here is this – never get discouraged. With a little practice and focusing on your intent, you WILL be very successful. So just “BE” confident in your intent and the rest will follow.
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Lonnie G. McCowan is pastor at The Miracle Center of Ventura, in Ventura, CA. He can be contacted through email email@example.com or by visiting www.miraclecenterventura.com.