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There is an old saying “you can if you will.” Initiators don’t wait for others to motivate them. They know it is their responsibility to move themselves forward beyond their comfort zone, and they make it a practice. President Theodore Roosevelt said, “There is nothing brilliant or outstanding in my record, except perhaps this one thing. I do the things I believe ought to be done. And when I make up my mind to do a thing, I act.”

This is a lesson that all of us should inspire to do. Make up our mind and then act on it. However, we need the assurance that we are doing the right thing. So where does that assurance come from? It could be from our own personal belief system or from a friend or perhaps someone we work with.

There are Biblical words that say, “Trust in the Lord, and do good which is to say take action.” Remember that all of us can learn from our failures and keep moving forward. The good news for initiators is, they make things happen. The bad news is, they make lots of mistakes along the way. The greater your potential, the greater your chance for failure.

The question for you is this: Are you constantly on the lookout for opportunity, or do you wait for it to come to you? Are you willing to pray and take a step toward a leap of faith, or do you endlessly analyze everything? As the former chairman of Chrysler Lee Iacocca said, “Even the correct decision is wrong when it was taken too late.” The lesson is don’t be too late making your decisions. It might just cost you a great opportunity.

Ask yourself, when was the last time I initiated something substantial in my life? If you haven’t moved yourself forward out of your comfort zone lately, you might have to jump-start your initiative. The Bible says, “He is your help and your shield.” That means God will help you to succeed. And when you fail, he will protect and redirect you. Your life is your leap of faith. So don’t waste it on fear of failure. And Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten