I recently did an interview for Black Authors Matter TV. The very first question I was asked is, “What motivated you to write this book?” I thought it was a fascinating question.

Very rarely do we think about the question, “What motivated me to do that?” as it relates to matters in our personal lives.

This week, I’d like to explore our motivations for our desire for any career, ministry, or leadership aspirations that we have. As a self-reflective exercise, ask yourself the following questions:
What motivated me to want to pursue the career I have in my chosen field?

What motivated me to want to preach, teach, or serve in my local church organization?

What motivated me to accept my leadership position on my job, in my community, or within my place of worship?

When you ask yourself any of these questions and you come away from that exercise clear and confident about your answers, you are well on your way to being most effective in whatever position you hold?

Why do I say that?

Because when you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, you are less likely to be intimidated or doubt your right to be in the room or at the table.

On the flip side, when you ask yourself these same questions, yet you are not clear and confident, instead you’re insecure and doubtful that you qualify or deserve a position of stature or authority, you are more likely to be intimidated and second-guessing everything you do.

In these two scenarios, which do you believe pleases God the most? When we’re confident and performing at the top of our game, or we’re timid, quiet, and accommodating others when we should be speaking out or standing up? I won’t answer this question for you, but I believe you get my point.

As I answered the question, during the interview, about what motivated me to write my book, Eve, Where Are You? the story I shared offered my deeply held conviction that I wrote it because I believe it was God inspired. If you want to be convincingly clear that you too are making God-inspired moves in your life, learn how as you read your copy of my book. Also, you can hear that interview on this week’s podcast right here.

With the Kingdom of God in heart and mind,

Dr. Nicole

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