Faith It Until You Make It


When I work out more times than not you can catch me listening to something along the lines of what the young people call “trap music.” There is something about these high energy tunes that get my blood flowing and heart pumping. Recently, as I prepared for my workout I came across a panel discussion from the 2017 Essence Festival featuring Queen Latifah; Monica; Jada Pinkett Smith; Mary J. Blige; Niecy Nash; Dee Rees; and Kristi Henderson as they spoke about the strength of a black woman and the advice they would give to their 15-year-old self.

I listened to this panel discussion on repeat throughout my workout and immediately I knew that there was no trap song that could ever amount to the sense of motivation and inspiration I gained from listening to this interview during my workout session.

One moment that struck me was Monica’s response to the question: “How do you overcome when things don’t work out the way you want them to?” Her answer: “Faith it until you make it.” Ever since I heard that phrase it’s become my daily motto. What does that mean exactly? Having the ability to believe in something you can’t see but you know is possible.

In the Bible, Faith is described in Hebrews 11:1 as “the assurance of things hoped for; the conviction of things not seen.” Simply put, the biblical definition of faith is “trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove.”

Whether it’s your career, mate, lifestyle, or finances having a strong belief that what you want will manifest if the most important step toward conquering your goals. When you don’t believe it’s impossible but when you believe you can achieve.

While having faith is an important step in fulfilling your purpose, it’s equally as important to put your faith to work for we know faith without works is dead. Think it, meditate on the exact way you see your vision revealed. The same way you imagine yourself in a particular outfit is the same way that you can visualize your goals. Say it, verbalize and affirm everything you want to come to fruition. Using your voice is powerful. Stating exactly what you want to conquer in this life gives it power; brings it to life; and makes it real. Do it, take physical action and watch your vision manifest. Your goals will never happen is you don’t jump in and take action.

Applying to your dream school, getting a financial advisor or networking in the field you want are all physical actions that one can take in the pursuit of their purpose.

Dig deep to find your inner motivation and you will feel compelled to pursue your dreams in the end. Remember your purpose and never quit. The journey isn’t always easy, but it will be worth it. Stay the course even if the pace seems slow for you never know what’s waiting for you at that next step. Wholeheartedly believe that no matter what cards you are dealt, you are going to be successful. This is just how my faith is set up. This is just how I was built.

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