One of the most difficult transitions to make in personal development is from a lack/struggle mentality to a provision mentality.
Let me explain what I mean.
There’s a very familiar story in the Bible that every person knows very well. Whether you are religious or not. It’s the story of the Children of Israel’s exodus from Egypt, then wilderness journey towards the Land of Canaan.
There is also a certain point in the story when they had to transition out of one mindset and into another. The scripture verse that captures that moment is Joshua 5:9,
“And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Therefore the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day.”
In that moment God was saying that the idea of seeking for sustenance from another person is over. You MUST believe to be able to gather for yourself!
I see the parallel of that concept when I’m coaching today’s student-athletes and speaking with adults too.
The lack/struggle mindset doesn’t mean that you physically lack the things you need. It means that you lack the mental ability or will to get them so you wait until they are given to you. When you accept the idea that things should be given to you, you train your mind to accept its own mediocrity and it conditions you to be enslaved by the hands that are giving you what you “need”.
When a student-athlete comes into a program, the coach gives them passion, focus, motivation, inspiration, schedules, punishments to form behavior etc. Rarely does any of that come from the athlete themselves.
But then a day comes when a performance coach comes in the picture and tells the athlete that they can be free from waiting for the coach’s hand and can fend for those things themselves, by strengthening their own mind. And the athlete freezes up.
This reaction is ‘the fear of success’ and probably most appropriately ‘the fear of placing personal responsibility in the boat with success‘. They aren’t comfortable for doing it for themselves. It’s why I see many athletes repeating that they want to win but still can’t go and get it. They are waiting for it to come…just like they’ve unwittingly trained their minds to do.
In the Children of Israel’s story, God provided manna for them daily but at Gilgal, Joshua 5:12 records that,
….the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the Children of Israel no longer had manna, but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
You can control your mind and gather for yourself the things you need to bring about what you really want. You don’t have to wait for someone to bring it to you!
Let this day be your Gilgal moment! I know it’s tough to go after promises you want to have. And I know that it’s easier to wait for someone to pass and give it to you…but why would you enslave yourself like that? Maybe you don’t think you’re enslaved. So here’s this statement…
You know that you are in bondage when you try to leave, but find that you can’t.
If you tried to go after something but “decided” that it wasn’t worth it so you stopped and began blaming things and people around you, then I’m talking to you. #PushForward