When Your Brilliance Becomes A Burden

    Black Brilliance

    We all have so much that we’re capable of doing. When we have the courage to tap into the power that’s within us, there’s nothing that we can’t do. But if you’re like me, sometimes you start to do too damn much. When you start to do things outside of what God wants you to do in the moment, you begin to feel pulled in every direction. You start to give a bunch of things 25% instead of giving one thing 100%. That’s how your brilliance becomes a burden.

    2018 has been off to a rocky start for me. In the midst of struggling with homeownership, I hit a major wall with the direction that I’m going in. I started to contemplate what I’m passionate about and if I’m doing what God wants me to do in life. There’s a lot that I’m interested in and that I know I can do, but being ambitious and full of ideas started to backfire.

    While I’ve had a rough few months, hopefully my journey can help you get unstuck. Here are five ways to lighten your load when your brilliance starts to become a burden:

    1. Pray often

    As a believer, I know that God fights my battles. But that doesn’t always make my issues easy to handle. During my rough patches, I pray for something different every day. Sometimes it’s a prayer of discernment so I can avoid mistakes or clarity so I know which direction I should be going in. Other times it’s just a prayer for strength so I can make it through another day. Whatever you need, ask God to give it to you and in time He will give you what you need through experiences, lessons or people.

    2. Pay attention to what’s in front of you

    Often times, God reveals what we need to know in obvious or mysterious ways. It’s up to us to interpret what He’s trying to tell us.

    After doing some soul searching, I realized that my passion has always been storytelling  – since I was little I’ve done that through writing poetry and short stories, acting out scenarios in my head and getting lost in books. Having a degree in journalism was also a clear indicator that my passion was right in front of me this whole time.

    3. Surround yourself with people who can help you get clarity

    Give your tribe an opportunity to help you through whatever you’re struggling with by opening up to them. People that you love and trust can help you get unstuck because they know you and may help you see things in yourself that you don’t recognize.

    I sought advice from people who believed in my potential or understood my journey, including my mentors and close friends.

    4. F.O.C.U.S – follow one course until successful

    Until you commit to doing ONE THING well, you will continue to half-ass everything else. We all have 24 hours in a day, and often times those moments are full of distractions.

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