Recently I told a work colleague of mine that I had my own blog where I post content on a regular basis. Intrigued, she asked what I blogged about and I answered: "everything that has to do with positivity". Then she looked at me for a second and started laughing hysterically. "You, writing about positive thinking? Really?", she asked and tried to keep herself from laughing even harder. I was surprised by her reaction and even felt a bit hurt. Did that mean I didn't ooze positivity out of every pore? That I wasn't the person that always had something positive to say in a negative situation? That I was a fraud and that I had been exposed?
Then I had a rethink. Of course, I have to hold myself to a higher standard. After all, I want to inspire others, which in essence means that I always have to be inspiring. That I can't allow myself any emotional slip us - basically I should be an epitome of positive thinking, words, and actions. Well, unfortunately, the reality is that I'm not completely there yet. I definitely am more positive regarding some things than others. That is a trait I naturally have, I am a happy person. But this is about the next level. The level of really being positive, not rehearsing positive quotes I can pull out for every situation but to be truly transformed.
In the Bible, Paul is a true depiction of change. Before he became Paul his name was Saul and he had made it his life mission to persecute Christians. After a supernatural encounter with Jesus Christ, his mind, heart and entire life were changed. In a letter to the Philippian church he wrote the following: "I do not claim that I have already succeeded or have already become perfect. I keep striving to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has already won me to himself. Of course, my brothers and sisters, I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead. So I run straight towards the goal in order to win the prize, which is God's call through Christ Jesus to the life above." Philippians 3:12-14 GNB And that is the perfect analogy of my journey and the process I am going through. Every time I publish another blog post, it inspires me equally. And I hope it inspires others as well. It doesn't mean that I have figured it all out or perfected the things I write about - it means I'm still on the road to perfecting the art of positivity but I'm already going in the right direction.
In a nutshell, this exchange with my colleague was an inspiring and positive experience, because it reminded me that we should always have a clear vision of what we want to achieve and who we want to be. And to then take that vision and keep pressing towards the goal. You are responsible to shape your life into what you want it to be, so keep persevering.