DCL 6.1 Instruction | Belief Lifts Your Talent
When people figure out their strengths, what often hinders them is not lack of talent but a lack of belief in themselves. When people believe in themselves, they unleash power in themselves that almost immediately takes them to a higher level.
Video Presentation: Todd and Julie Mullins, Lead Pastor Christ Fellowship, Florida
Whatever your talent is, it will not be lifted to its highest level unless you also believe in yourself. You need to…
1. Believe in your potential.
To reach your potential, you must first believe in your potential and determine to live way beyond average.
2. Believe in yourself.
Sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.
3. Believe in your mission.
Belief in your mission will…
- Empower you.
- Encourage you.
- Enlarge you.
Understanding the following three principles is crucial to becoming a talent-plus person:
1. Belief determines expectations.
A belief is more than an idea that a person possesses; it is an idea that possesses a person. If you want to achieve significantly in life, you must believe that you can. You need to expect to succeed. That does not mean you will always succeed. Sometimes you will fail; you will make mistakes. But if you expect to win, you maximise your talent and you keep trying.
2. Expectations determine actions.
More than anything else, your expectations will determine whether or not you take bold action to reach your dreams.
3. Actions determine results.
Many people simply hope for good results in life. Hope is not a strategy. Good results come from good actions.
Remember: If you want good results, you need to perform good actions. If you want to perform good actions, you must have positive expectations. To have positive expectations, you must first believe.
- What do you think your top talents are?
- Do you truly believe in your talents?
- What is one way you can more effectively use your talents to accomplish your God-given mission?
Biblical Case Study: Paul (Philippians 4: 4-13)
Paul challenged the Philippian believers to rejoice because of their relationship with Jesus Christ. He encouraged them to put into practice the things he had taught them and that they had believed. He reminded them that God would be with them to empower them to do those things.
Paul could challenge the believers to put their beliefs into actions because he – even while in prison – put his beliefs into action every day. With faith in Christ and bold expectations because of the Holy Spirit living within him, Paul focused on serving God by making the preaching of the gospel his primary activity. Paul became an unstoppable leader.
Paul, the man who willingly endured incredible suffering and persecution during the course of his ministry, demonstrated belief, expectations and results. He could rightly say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
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