- Become an Expert
The first time I heard this phrase, I cringed. I’m the type of person who likes to live life by the seat of her pants. Becoming an expert meant work to me. Then, I realized I was already an expert.
I remember when I first partnered with Proverbs 31 Ministries. I thought, “Wow! How did I get here? I’m serving along side of some very talented women of God. This is exciting! I can really help people.” That’s what I did for years. I helped people—thousands of people draw closer to God. Then one day, Lysa, issued a challenge to become excellent at what we do. Our team was introduced to Rob Eager. His favor word was ‘Expert.’
“Y’all all look alike.” He revealed. “Each of you needs to become an expert in your own field of expertise.” Rob added.
I decided to take the challenge. I had to discover my specific calling and then specialize it in. How did I do that? I prayed-a lot; I wrote down my passion; I reflected on my messages; and before long, I had a brand.
Fear Less. Live More.
From there I began focusing all of my speaking and writing according to my brand making me the go-to girl on topics of overcoming emotions and living large for God.
2. Do the Work—Results will follow.
After you determine your calling, you must work toward becoming an expert in that field. I happen to be allergic to work so I knew it was going to take real motivation to get me moving. I found motivation in my relationship with Jesus. My love for Him compelled me to serve. That I was doing. Now, I had been challenged to do it with excellence. This meant it was time to “bring it.”
I decided to hire Rob for personal training. Like any type of training. It was hard stuff. I had to remind myself daily that I was paying this man to tear me down and then build me back up—better than before. I have to say, it was a success.
After working with Rob, my confidence grew in my area of expertise. I gained more speaking engagements, and learned how to create value in a way that didn’t just touch lives but transformed them. I also learned to do the work. Results have followed.
3. Like Who You Are
While it’s good to look toward mentors such as Beth Moore for inspiration and motivation, you must remember to be yourself. God already has a Beth. He doesn’t need two. He need’s you. You’re the only you the world has so embrace yourself. This was a hard lesson for me to learn.
When I first began speaking, I thought I was supposed to be posed and professional. That was my image of the perfect communicator. The trouble was… I don’t do posed and professional. I’m too down to earth. I also fought my accent. Being from the south, my accent runs deep. For years, I searched for a voice and diction coach that could teach me to speak like the people on the 6:00 news. During my search, most of my speaking engagements were in the north. This only enhanced my insecurity. I remember thinking, “God, you have a strange sense of humor sending me to the north repeatedly.” I didn’t find it funny at all. In fact, I tried to fight back. Have you ever took on God before? If you have, then you know how it ends. He wins.
But before He won, I had to wear braces for 2 ½ years! During that time I spoke like southern Sylvester the cat . Eventually, I surrendered when it dawned on me that God knew where I lived and who I was when He called me. Surely, He had a plan I could trust. Once I did trust His plan, my speaking became more natural and I felt completely free to be me!
The same is true for you. When you were born, God didn’t look down from heaven and say, “Hum. What am I gonna do with her.” No! He knew exactly His plans for you before He laid the foundation of the world. He knew He would need someone just your size, with your accent, and your personality—with your experiences, your hurts, and your heart. So the best way to succeed is to love yourself. God can’t use you like He desires until you choose to be simply you.