Who is in your circle? Who do you spend your time with? Who do allow access to your heart, your mind and your dreams. If there is one thing I have learned over the years, it is that those around you will either celebrate or sabotage your success. It's an unfortunate reality. As a result it's important to assess the hearts of those around you on a regular basis and to pray for God to give you wisdom with your friendships and associations.
There is a way to successfully maneuver through life without being paranoid or super suspicious, but it is important to stay alert and aware. It can be a painful process but a much needed one. I often remind the ladies, leaders and little girls I work with that the delete button on our phones, in our emails and with our social media contacts are there for a reason. It's a good idea to frequently scroll through your contacts and if you determine the heart and intentions of those around you aren't quite right . . . DELETE. You don't need to make massive announcements or provide excuses to those around you. Simply muster up the confidence and courage to make some much needed cuts where needed with a simple press of the button. If you aren't willing to do it for yourself, do it for those who would be impacted by your bright future.
My husband loves the television program Antique Roadshow, where individuals bring in items often passed down by relatives or found in attics or at garage sales.
During the Roadshow, experts from around the world assess the items and place a value on them based on their expanded knowledge of the item and it's origin.
It's always fascinating to see someone who brings something that others have told them is worthless or a piece of junk, only to find that it's value is actually beyond measure. I've seen laughter and tears from guests who are overwhelmed with emotion at the value of their hidden treasure.
Every time I watch the show I am reminded of just how the rare treasures shown on television, mirror the value we each possess. However, just as on the show, if we aren't careful, the opinion of others can cause us to easily overlook our value and worth and mistake it for trash instead of treasures.
Instead, we must shift our way of thinking and begin to see ourselves as the rare and priceless treasures we truly are. God, the master craftsman, custom created us and knitted us together in our mother's womb. He set us apart and provided each of us with individual gifts, talents and abilities. In His wisdom He placed us on earth for such a time as this for a particular purpose.