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How to Overcome That Mountain in Front of You

Keep your head down and attack.

That’s a principal I employ when I’m facing the daunting task of running hills.

The theory is that we’re easily defeated by the looming mountain ahead of us, but it becomes much more manageable if we just tackle it step by step. Focusing on this concept is the only way that I can continuously conquer the rolling hills of Tennessee.

But I’ve realized this is far more than a running principle. It applies to so much of our lives and leadership.

God didn’t intend for us to focus on the mountains, the challenges looming in the distance. He asked us to focus on his guidance for the next step.

When we focus on the mountain, we become victims of fear, doubts and insecurities. 

We become overwhelmed by the belief that “I can’t do it.” We stumble. We falter and sometimes we stop. We give up.

The truth is we can’t do it. We can’t because the mountain is the wrong focus. Our responsibility is the next step.

The step in front of you is always smaller than mountain ahead of you.

With every step of willing obedience, God provides the endurance for the rest of the journey.

Step by step, our obedience sharpens our faith and the mountain shrinks before us.

When our faith collides with our obedience, we realize that we can’t, but God can.

What mountain are you focused on right now?

How could you change your focus to simply being obedient to a next step?  

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A self-proclaimed “leadership junkie,” Jenni spends her days serving the local church. Most recently she served for nine years as the Executive Director of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN, where she led the staff and oversaw the ministry of its five campuses. Jenni is the founder of Cultivate Her. She loves great books, the perfect cup of tea, playing a game of tennis with her husband and hanging with her dog Mick.