Part 1: Is your environment helping you or holding you back?
I’m super excited about today’s post, because I believe it will bring a much needed release to a lot of people’s lives. I hope – if you’re in need of one, it will be you. My wish for you, is that your life will begin seeing an increase after reading this series. The series will continue for the month of June. My birthday month… and to celebrate my life – I present you this gift. Thank you for taking a moment to read what came to me one day while I sat embracing gratitude for my own increase, on the mountainside of Georgia. Blessings. Enjoy.
W. Clement Stone was quoted to have said, “You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?”
Even though the entire quote pretty much illustrates the message I wish to convey in this series – it’s really the question at the end of this compelling excerpt that I would like to pose to each of you in the 4-part series I’ve entitled, Expand Your Territory.
I also encourage you to go back and check out the first 4-part series I published here as well.
“It’s Not the End, Butterfly” was a series based on the hardships I faced in my life, that had me thinking the end was near for me. I now reference that series as being the cornerstone of RMT. It’s where it became apparently clear to me that my life was in need of a metamorphosis to take place.
And if “It’s Not the End, Butterfly” is the cornerstone of what RMT is all about, then “Expand Your Territory” could very well be the foundation.
What does Expand Your Territory mean? And what’s my goal in writing this series?
The term “Expand Your Territory” is one that I first heard growing up in church. The verse, 1 Chronicles 4:10, was one I’ve heard many sermons on over my life, and was even one that I would use in one of my first messages, being groomed for my initial sermon. (The initial sermon would never happen, but the power of the verse and it’s meaning, would remain intact in my heart and soul.)
“Expand your territory”, in its simplest form, means to experience an increase in our influence. Since there are so many areas in life that could benefit from seeing an increase of influence; many people apply the term, to any and every area in their lives, that they desire to see an increase in (i.e. business, finances, relationships, wisdom, and so on).
However, for the purpose of this series, the term will mean to break free from any self-limiting beliefs, behaviors, and practices – that were created, developed, or adopted (knowingly or otherwise) to keep us being a prisoner to our comfort zone and mindsets. I believe that’s where any increase, begins.
The phrase should encourage each of us to believe that we can become more, do more, and access more in life, than we could have ever imagine for ourselves.
In order for us to access this type of expansion in our lives, we must begin retraining our way of thinking and freeing ourselves of any environmental mindsets, we may have acquired on this journey.
My goal in writing this series is simple – It’s to remind each of us – myself included – of the incredible amount of influence (whether good or bad) our environment has over every aspect of our lives.
Releasing Life Lesson
We can never know what’s possible for our lives, if we aren’t capable, willing, or honest enough of telling ourselves the truth first.
Upon this series completion, my hope to come of this is for each of you to be able to access an increase – not only in your territory – but also in your environment, your finances, your home, in more purpose filled relationships, and throughout your lives, in general.
Exposing the Dangers of Underestimating Your Environment
There are many of us who are incredibly susceptible of becoming defined by the environment we associate and relate ourselves with the most.
As a result, there are many who have become prisoners of the circumstances and situations they’ve had to face in life. I would grow up seeing this behavior throughout my own environment, and I’ve even been witness to the behavior being passed down through the generations.
We must take responsibility for our life and social environments, in every realm we may find ourselves. This must take place because we have choices whereas our environment is concerned. And wherever there is a choice for us to make, concerning our lives, as soon as we make that choice -whether good or bad – we’ve taken responsibility for that decision.
Failing to own that responsibility will cause us to ignore the many resources we have available to escape our circumstances, and it will keep us refusing to acknowledge the self-imposed prison, we’ve built for ourselves; using our fears, adopted self-limiting beliefs, ideas, mindsets, and traditions – all of which was supplied to us by the environment we were exposed too.
If we don’t know any better way of doing things, or seek out better than what we do know, we will never experience the best that could potentially be, ours to have.
So to end part 1, the introduction to this series, I want to encourage you become the controller of your environment, and own the responsibility of the environment you may have created and accepted for yourself. Over the next few weeks – I will share with you how to go about doing this, and so much more.
I hope you decide to stay tuned for the rest of this series. Peace.