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Successful people start before they feel ready. The key: they respond to their heart’s passions with action before their mind can list all the reasons why not.
It’s important to understand the difference between heart and mind. Our public schools and Christian educators have generally taught us to exercise our mental computers to store data and develop recall in order to pass tests. Most of us are not in touch with our hearts and have no concept of what to expect from our minds versus the function of our hearts. It’s been trained out of us.
God writes his desires in our hearts. It is the place of instinct and passion. It is the well spring of “what” we do. It is the real home for our deepest desires. In some ways “subconscious” is the secular term for heart. None of us “do” what our minds tell us; 1) 90% of everything we do comes right out of our heart, and 2) many have no clue what’s really in their heart… sometimes good, sometimes not so good.
And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing. Rom 7:15-19
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45 NIV
Our mind isn’t particularly original. That’s why educating our mind tends to reduce creativity instead of inspire it. The normal function of the mind is to think up dangerous scenarios and protect us from harm. People who are too “mental” are prone to worry and fear; the natural focus of our mind is always on the worst scenario. Once we have a direction, our mind can serve the purpose of helping to choose the correct “how.” However, if we use our minds to decide “what” to do, we always choose the safest path of least resistance. It’s passionless, heartless and boring. The safety sought by our mind competes with the dream in our heart. If you let your mind make the decisions, you will only follow, never lead. You will follow safely behind some other trail-blazer who is in touch with his heart.
How do I get in touch with my own heart?
Permission – Give yourself permission to be yourself. Believe that God has something special for you… because he does. We are each uniquely called and we have a special assignment in the Kingdom.
A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. Prov 18:16 NASU
Dream – Allow your heart to imagine the best scenarios. Put the Kingdom first and allow God to share His heart with you. We have the greatest authority and confidence when our heart overlaps with the desires in God’s heart. The Kingdom is built when your dream does come true. Jesus invites us to “ask” for the desires of our hearts in faith. It’s one of the major ways God speaks to us… desires in our hearts.
Be inspired – Pay attention to what thrills your heart. God often speaks to us through great artists, great music, great books and great movies. Those themes are hints about the dream in your own heart. Allow your heart to be inspired, and let your emotions flow. Focus on art that moves your heart, and see where it leads.
Heroes – God often shows us people already doing some aspect of our heart’s desire. Healthy envy happens when your heart resonates with someone else who is functioning in your gift. Make friends with those people, make them your mentor, read their biographies and follow their blogs. Here’s a short example.
Fruit – Allow yourself to feel what it’s like to be in touch with your own heart. Have fun, make money, love people and build the Kingdom. The greatest insight is that people who are connected with their own hearts are successful in business, in life, and in relationships. Great accomplishments are preceded by connected hearts and motivated people who are doing what they naturally enjoy… fulfilling a destiny because they have tapped into the reason they are here. Have you felt your heart leap?
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Ps 28:7 NIV
Worship – I first learned to release my own heart in worship. Lifting our hands to God and singing praise and worship leads to an experience. It feels like soaring with the eagles; carried by His presence into the greatest sense of joy and delight there is. It took me a few decades to take that sense of soaring into the marketplace. Releasing you heart is not an idea; it’s an experience that you can take to work, your business, your marriage… everywhere. It’s a “Path of life,” a way to live.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. 11 You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Ps 16:9-11 NIV
Resurrection – Realize that the enemy would like to steal your dream, and God would like to test your commitment to it. Apprehending your dream and inheriting your land will come at a price some are not willing to pay. Doubt and discouragement steal the dreams of many. Guard the desires of your heart; they are your life. Make your dream come true as an act of faith… an offering to the Lord.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Prov 4:23 NIV
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Heb 11:6 NIV
Coaching – We use a Heart Plan to help people get connected and identify the dream God wrote in their heart. It’s an amazing process that makes a huge difference. Your dream is important. Your destiny is worth the investment of your time and money to experience it.
You will enjoy a prior newsletter, How to Connect With Your Own Heart.