We are often told to move forward, never to look back, stand still or step out (on faith), but we are hardly ever told to step back. Stepping back is a faith move. We live in a world where we are constantly moving quickly with this false notion that we are productive and going somewhere. Rarely, we are quiet or alone. Rarely, we think things through before making moves. Rarely, we seek wisdom from people who've shared an experience or from counsel as we navigate through life's many curves, channels and challenges.
However, your step back may be totally different from mine, but it's commonality ultimately means choosing to 'lose' a position. Your position may literally be a position in your career, a friendship or a relationship. Losing this position may seem as failure, however holding on to this position isn't getting you anywhere. It's time to reflect on this and position yourself differently. Doing this allows you to reset your focus toward something better, an even better position. People lacking vision only see stepping back as failure, but in fact it's losing a position in order to win in the long run. 'Losing' it allows you to create even more opportunities.
It takes optimism to see opportunities no matter the position you're in...
Taking a step back isn't comfortable or for the weary at heart. It takes courage because it causes discomfort and ridding what you want in the now. During this period, you may have to remove 'friends' whom don't (and will never) understand. And, that is completely okay. It may even mean resigning from a position you once prayed for in order to start a business (from scratch) or go back to school. Whatever "stepping back" means to you, the ultimate goal is to gain peace of mind for the purpose that's driven within your heart.
God will remove things (and people) from our lives for our greater purpose.
Some people spend their entire life in a comfort zone (hanging on to things they can't afford... holding on to relationships that bring only heartbreak... hanging on to jobs that bring only stress.)
Please know that the things we hold on to that brings stress in our lives are holding us back. And, if it's not easy to hold on to, there's a strong chance it's not ours in the first place. Don't let it take you longer than it has to in order to realize this...
If you are a person of faith as I am, we often look at holding on to friendships, relationships and things that consistently burden us with honor and are quick to say it's a test or trial. This isn't always the case. Sometimes the best fights entail stepping back, and even letting go.
We often think that other people and things make us valuable or blessed, but no...
We are valuable whether we have things or even certain people in our lives. It is up to us to evaluate what should stay or what should go periodically. Then, step back. Stepping back again is powerful. It strengthens and prepares us for the best for us, thus moves us forward. Be blessed. Subscribe here (for free--as someone recently asked me whether there was a fee to subscribe) using your email address (on the right hand side if you're on the web version or below if mobile.) I would love to hear what you think (feel free to comment below.)