Settling is stopping short.
To settle in is being content.
In either case, where you are may not be where you thought you'd be by now. It may not be where you want to be right now. And it may not be where you know you could be by now.
All of that can either paralyze you, or propel you. It can hold you back, or launch you forward. It can frustrate you or remind you.
Wait...remind you? Of what?
Your past may have played a part in your present, but it doesn't have to determine your future.
There isn't one of us, myself included, that doesn't need to hear this from time to time.
There is value in a little self-reflection, to provide new direction.
It's at those moments that we have to decide if we are going to feel sorry for ourselves, and start settling for less than our full potential. Or...take a deep breath, settle in, and see things from a fresh perspective.
Be fully present where you are, who you are with, with what you have.
And when you start moving forward, bring contentment along for the ride.
Stop settling today for what your past is lying to you about. Stop settling today for who others say you are. Stop settling because the obstacles in front of you seem like they are too big to take on.
To believe your past is your launching pad, because it was your learning ground. To believe who you are isn't determined by the the insecurities of others. To believe your future is what you make of the opportunities you leverage today.
And when you do...
Enjoy the contentment you find when you settle in, because you've committed to stop settling.
The expectant life.
We have the expectation part down cold.
We don't have to be taught to want more.
That's effortless for all of us.
But we are missing something when all we do is expect more,
without doing something that will make it happen.
Where is it found?
An expectant life starts with embracing a sacrificial lifestyle.
We can't expect more, expect change, expect progress...
without embracing a sacrificial lifestyle.
Until we've given something up for it,
we haven't really committed to it.
I'll go first.
Since my college soccer playing days, I haven't taken care of my body.
I'm not overweight, but I'm out of shape.
I have back pain on a daily basis.
And it's correctable.
For the past couple of weeks I started doing something about it.
I've seen progress.
And to see more, I'm going to have to sacrifice more.
I want to today. It's a good day.
I might not want to tomorrow. I might be sore.
But I'm all in.
I can't expect to feel better about myself, if I keep giving in to what's easy.
What do you need to sacrifice so that you can realize the expectations you have?
The expectation that comes from a sacrificial lifestyle,
creates a contentment that is undeniably incredible.
Because it's not just about us.
It's about others.
It puts us in the position to care for,
and pour into other people's lives.
And that, my friends, is a life clicking on all cylinders.
From the desk of our founder, Brett W. Gould.