Now that I’m attuned to it, I hear this word everywhere. If I turn on the radio, someone speaks it. A character on television uses it. More than one book I’ve read focuses on it.
Maybe the reason lies in where I invest my time. Listening, watching, and reading for secrets that define success. And I’m paying attention.
What is this mystery word? Resolve.
Resolve first came to my attention during a Bible study. I recognized it as a secret to Daniel’s success. No matter what the man faced, he had already resolved his course of action.
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel 1:8 (NIV)
Resolve is defined as a definite or earnest decision, to make up one’s mind, to determine. But, resolve also means to break up or disintegrate, and as any successful person knows, you must break up plenty of fear, insecurity, confusion, and inner-resistance to make a positive change.
Another word crops up when we seek success. When any of us decide to unearth a buried dream, to risk the addition of something new, or cut out time-wasters holding us back, resistance will try to convince us we’ve made a mistake.
At the very least, resistance will attempt to steer us away from our intended change. Don’t believe me? Start a healthy body plan, and watch the world, in and around you, align to keep you from doing that which is good. It can feel like we’re pushing against impossible obstacles.
This is why we need resolve. To decide in advance, to prepare for inevitable attacks, to succeed. Tomorrow, we’ll look at some practical tips to help us resolve. Isn’t it time we disintegrated those things holding us back?
What pattern of resistance crops up when you attempt something new or a better plan?
Anita FreshFaith @ Work
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.
She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy marriage, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.