A friend of mine posted the following on Facebook recently:
Two fishermen are at a lake and one can’t help but notice that the other always puts the big fish back in but keeps the little ones. This goes on for several hours.
Curiosity got the better of him and he just had to ask, “Say, I see that you keep putting the big fish back but keeping the small ones. Can I ask you why?
“Oh, that’s easy to answer, I only have a 10 inch frying pan. It’s been in our family for generations!!”
Joel Osteen asks… “How big is your frying pan? Have you been conditioned to think you’re only deserving of the little fish? Do you dare to think bigger? You’re not going to see increase if you’re stuck in old ways of thinking. Start believing for far and beyond favor.”
WOW! What a powerful story. Whether you agree with all of Joel Osteen’s ministry or not, the story is clear: We have all been conditioned to accept and even expect certain things—are we limiting ourselves?
I think so.
What would and could we do if we didn’t fear failure, rejection, embarrassment or humiliation? What would we try—and therefore accomplish?
We all need to increase the size of our frying pans. We need to expect bigger and better—for our expectations are usually met—whether good or bad.
What are you doing that is limiting your growth? Throw off those things that are weighing you down and reach, dream big, dream bold…but dream as if you EXPECT those dreams to come true.
Think about what is holding you back, but don’t dwell on it. That’s the negative. Rather, focus on what can help you exceed your own expectations and limitations. It’s not the economy, the government, your education, etc. Those have all been overcome by others. Don’t fall into the trap of letting outside influences set your standards! Go for it!
I don’t know about you, but I’m headed out for a bigger frying pan!