Last 70 Days of 2013 – Day 44: Exceed your own expectations (not other people’s)

Last 70 Days of 2013 – Day 44: Exceed your own expectations (not other people’s)

“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into meI am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].” – Paul, the Apostle
On this day 44 of #LAST70DAYSOF2013, I want you to know that there is no limit placed on you by other people that matters in your life than the one you place on yourself. Most times we fail to acknowledge the power that is in us and what we can do with it. We are all powerful individually and have been gifted uniquely to live at our highest potential. I will like to bring to your mind this very important quote by Maryanne Williamson. You may have heard of it as well but it is important to refresh your mind with it even if you have heard it below. It tells how much you need to exceed your expectations.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 
What I want to point out by highlighting this quote is that, it is not that we do not have what it takes to live our dream life, it is that we are afraid to live up to our own expectations. We are afraid to accept who we are. We feel it may mean that we are full of pride or haughtiness. We do not want people to see us for who we truly are. We succumb to pity or less than who we originally are meant to be.
Sometimes, we leave it all to other people’s expectation of us. The fact is that no other person’s expectation of you is real, authentic or realistic other than God’s expectation of you which He has laid in your heart. We begin to fail or miss the mark and stray away from our potential when we begin to look at ourselves from the perspective of other people’s expectation of us. Not even your own expectation of you is good enough (in the context of other people’s expectation and in comparison with what God has in mind for you) because you could have a distorted view of who you are and what your potentials are. That is why I believe you must have to exceed your own expectation of you, and make attaining God’s expectation of you your ultimate goal.
Can you just scroll up, back to the opening quote again? What do you see? You can do all things… When you fight with all you have and commit to exceeding your own expectations you don’t need a trophy to be a champion.Dear friend, do not let anybody tell you that you cannot do it. There is an inner strength from God that lies within you. His Spirit is dwelling inside of you. His anointing works in you. You have strength for all things. So, there is no limitation that is above or beyond your ability to beat.  You can break old records and create new ones in your field of expertise. Do not let anything get in your way of exceeding your expectations. Take the lid off your potentials and soar above the sky!
These are my personal decisions for the coming year and also my candid challenge to you this day. Join me and let’s make a difference with our lives in this generation.
Prayer: May God give you the understanding that you can do more than you thing through His power in you all through 2014 and beyond in Jesus name, Amen!
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