Success Principle 14 – JUST LEANING INTO IT


Here is a quote I will like you to add to your diary:

“You can’t cross a sea by merely staring into the water.”

Often times, success happens when you just lean into it – that is when you make yourself open to opportunities and are willing to do what it takes to pursue it further – without a contract, without a promise of success, without any expectation whatsoever. You just start. You lean into it.

Leaning into it create momentum. One of the most extraordinary benefits of just leaning into it is that you begin creating momentum – that unseen energy force that brings more opportunity, more resources, and more people who can help you into your life at seemingly just the right time for you to benefit the most from them.

The point I am making this morning is this: be willing to start without seeing the whole path. It was Martin Luther King Jr. who said: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” Of course, just leaning into a project or opportunity also means you must be willing to start without necessarily seeing the entire pathway from the beginning. You must be willing to lean into it and see how it unfolds.

Often we have a dream and because we can’t see how we’re going to achieve it, we are afraid to commit ourselves because the path is unclear and the outcome is uncertain. But leaning into it requires that you be willing to explore – to enter unknown waters, trusting that a port will appear. Simply start, then keep taking what feels like logical next steps, and the journey will ultimately take you to where you want to go – or even someplace better.

Dear reader, I want you to know that successful people have made their mark by simply follow this principle of taking the first step trusting God to show them the next step to take. Here is what the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 11:4, 6: “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that or both will do equally well.”

Dear reader, I encourage you to pick an area of your life – career, finance, relationship, health and fitness, recreation, hobby, or contribution – that you would like to explore and just lean into it. Remember you can do all things in Christ because His strength is available for you.

This summary was taken from “Success Principles” by Jack Canfield

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