For a long time, my actions did not align with what I really wanted out of life. The bible passage James 2:17 speaks volumes to me, “Faith Without Works Is Dead.” James 2:14 (Easy to Read Version) states “if a person that claims to have faith but DOES NOTHING, that faith is WORTH NOTHING.”
Overcoming my fears, baby-stepping my dreams into reality and doing what I love, all are results of me applying action to my faith. As I sat on a VIP bus returning to Accra from Kumasi, I felt extremely optimistic about the future. Over a year ago, I included in my Toastmaster’s Bio that I desired to be a sought after international speaker. On Good Friday 2019, the international professional speaker declaration actually came to fruition. My first speaking engagement overseas was to a group of young girls In Kumasi, Ghana. I even had an interpreter.
It goes to show whatever you put out in the atmosphere will eventually come back to you like a boomerang — positive or negative. I’m a firm believer in affirmations and declarations. Even more so, I’m learning the importance of applying action to my beliefs. I once heard a speaker say,
“do what you can do and allow God to do the rest.”
As I expand my thinking about the possibilities in life, I wish I would have taken more action much sooner.
Being married to a West African man, living abroad, speaking professionally, it all began in my imagination. Allow me to give you some insight into my past. Born to a widowed mother of three children, my father passed away when my mom was three months pregnant with me. Til this day I have not seen a decent photograph of my father. No one in my immediate family or anyone I know personally has lived in another country. My mother’s line of work consisted of domestic jobs. I had to think differently. Furthermore, I had to narrate the story I wanted for my life, put action to my words and not just give lip service.
As I evaluated my first 100 days of living a new chapter of my life abroad (which I narrated), I realize the significance of employing practical tactics to achieve objectives I have set for myself. Subconsciously, I was utilizing a version of the S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, action-oriented, results-oriented, time-based) goal-setting concept to realize my dreams.
On March 15, 2019, I made a specific goal to obtain a paid speaking engagement by April 15, 2019, and I shared my aspirations with my accountability partner. I clearly defined my objective in precise detail and shared my goal with someone to hold me accountable. Accountability is a key aspect in achieving goals but make sure the person is not judgemental or a dream killer.
I quantified my goal by setting a target of one speaking engagement to ensure I was making progress. Due to the fact, I personally do not have any solid contacts internationally, I didn’t want to discourage myself by setting an absurd number of engagements.
It helped I lived abroad already. I created a speaker’s packet and started promoting myself as a professional speaker. As I went about my day, I asked individuals did they need or know anyone who could use my services. I started with those close to me (my in-laws). My brother-in-law knew of an upcoming event that could possibly utilize my services.
On March 31, 2019, I launched my blog www.findingchalandamichelle.com and began making two posts a week on Instagram to direct traffic to my website. My website provides me with an online presence, assisting me in building my audience and directing interested individuals or organizations to my “HIRE ME” page.
I gave myself 30 days to put my words into action and see the manifestation of my desires. On March 29, 2019, I received an invitation to speak at the 3rd Biannual Ladies Conference for the Historic Adventist National Youth Organization held on April 19, 2019.
My new way of thinking has concluded that faith plus action equals results. Now, I just have to keep the momentum. Making S.M.A.R.T. goals and taking practical steps to achieve my goals will aid me in reaching the highest, truest, fullest expression of myself. Join me in “finding yourself”, and discovering new ways of thinking, new ways of working and new ways of living. You’re invited.
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