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September 4, 2012

Guest Post: What Gabby Douglas Showed ME about Elevating Your Influence

Stewarding your gift means putting yourself in a position to be heard. And if there’s anyone who can model that for us, it’s Gabby Douglas. Now, face it, you probably didn’t know who she was two months ago. I know I didn’t…

But by now we all have heard her story: She trusted her calling, she put in the work, she prepared and prepared, she prayed and she showed up in London in the absolute fullness of her gift. When the time came to perform, she sent the blessings up to God and they fell back down upon her.

At 4’11 and the age of 16, Gabby has stood on the global stage and put herself in a position to be heard. She’s taken her “royal” position as a minister to the world.

And here’s what I believe this spirited and courageous young firecracker  can teach us visionary leaders and dreamers about the marketplace…

Hire a Good Coach. “I’ve got to get a coach I can believe in, and who believes in me,” Gabby told her mom two years ago. She left home and went to live with a family she’d never met in Iowa, because her new coach had a gym there. She made her decision—and that was that. She was lonely. She was homesick. And she stuck it out for her dream, with a coach who believed in her. Have you made the decision to invest in a coach who believes in your dream?

Be Consistent. Gabby recognized her own gift (her mother reports she could do perfect cartwheels at the age of 3) and said YES to her dream. God chose her and she owned it. You know how I like to say, Many are called, but few choose to answer that call? Well, she did, again and again and again. Former Olympian Kerri Strug wrote, “Gabby held her lead by staying dedicated to what she could control—her own skills and routines.” Where do you need to be more consistent, show more effort, be more dedicated?

Live in Faith. When you walk in pursuit of your purpose, you will be protected. Gabby moved 3,000 miles from home at age 14—and found a loving “second family” who took awesome care of her. Her mom emailed a scripture every day before practice. In an interview, Gabby said, “I wanted to perform for sharing God’s glory. When you’re scared of [learning a new] skill you just have to rely on God. He hasn’t given us a spirit of fear but a spirit of peace, love and sound mind. If I keep falling… I meditate. We have to put on the full armor of God so we are ready and prepared.” When fear knocks at your door, how do you strengthen your faith?

The promise is waiting for you. Thanks for showing us how it works, Gabby.

 

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Marshawn Evans is a Global Mentor and Catalyst for Women looking to Launch Their Dreams and Live Their Purpose. She equips others to AMPLIFY their lives, their leadership and their legacy by teaching the principles of influence, branding, and divine purpose. Her weekly eZine goes out to thousands of subscribers. Are you ready to unleash your brilliance and align with your REAL destiny? Sign up for a FREE subscription at http://marshawnevans.com.

 

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August 22, 2012

The Gift of Elevation

This afternoon I was reading through my awesome NKJV Chronological Study Bible when this verse jumped out at me:

“Do you see a man who excels in his work?  He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men,” (Proverbs 22:29).

Now being that I’ve been walking in the Lord (pronounced “Lawd”) for the majority of my 26 years (since the age of 7), so I’ve read this verse several times, but it stood out to me particularly today.

It speaks of a man (or woman) who is greatly talented—maybe in one area, maybe in more—and because of that great gifting God has given him (or her) access to “stand before kings”.

Standing before Kings

When I look at the phrase standing before kings, I think of several things such as the people you “stand” before:

  • Royalty
  • Politicians & Judges
  • Corporate Moguls
  • Celebrities, Athletes & Entertainers, etc.

I also think about what the term “stand” implicates.

  • To Meet, Become Acquainted
  • To Network
  • To Speak & Preach
  • To Teach & Train
  • To Befriend
  • To Be Mentored

King Solomon had it down when he stated this verse.  He knew that the giftings God placed inside of us would be worthy of the great men and women He (God) would cause you to interact with on various levels.  He knew that the greatness of your gift would denote the greatness of the people in the you were literally made to stand before.  You WILL NOT [only] stand before unknown men.

We also know that when a thing is said once or twice, that it is established.  So I guess that it’s a good thing there’s another verse to back Proverbs 22:29 up.

“A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men,” (Proverbs 18:16).

Again, a person’s gift will literally create a time, place, and opportunity for you to stand before great men.

Real Life Examples

Marshawn Evans, ME University 

Marketplace Mentor, Reinvention Strategist, Author 

Site, Facebook Page, Twitter @marshawnevans 

I’m on a particularly exciting high right now due the free televent (conference call) Marshawn just hosted.  It was extremely inspiring!  Due to Marshawn’s mentoring from a distance, I was able to (finally) create a realistic Mission Statement for my life that helps to guide my decision and actions, started this blog, and wrote a book (353 pages and counting) that I am currently editing and looking for a publishing house to pick up.  All this and I haven’t even got the opportunity to buy her book SKIRTS in the Boardroom or attend one of her live events yet!

Officially, Marshawn Evans is a marketplace mentor and reinvention strategist who mainly deals with women, yet she is also a consultant who deals frequently with athletes, corporate giants and their businesses, and other high level individuals.  Marshawn has also finished as the third runner up in the Miss America pageant under the title as Miss District of Columbia (she won in the Talent & Interview segments) and starred in Donald Trump’s The Apprentice reality show.  Needless to say, Marshawn’s ability to take her wisdom, intelligence, and go-get-it spirit into a product that can be merchandised and also used to mentor other individuals on various levels has created a special niche in the world just for her.  If you’re not familiar with her, get familiar.  Her gifts will help you to realise your own.

Dr. Myles Munroe, Myles Munroe International

Kingdom Specialist, Government Consultant, Business Mentor, Author 

Site, Ministry Site, Facebook Profile & Page 

Dr. Myles Munroe is also another favourite of mine.   Defying the odds of his grade school teachers who told him he would never do anything, this determined man graduated from Oral Roberts University with not one, not two, but three Bachelors degrees at one time!  And that was just his undergrad studies!  I have sat under Dr. Munroe’s teachings theological and corporate teachings more times than I can count and read (and gotten autographed) more of his books than I can recall.  His influence during my formative college years into the present has produced in me a [Gospel of the] Kingdom mindset that is still continuing to form as I learn more and increase in wisdom.

Dr. Myles has the privilege of travelling the world translating his Kingdom principles into governmental trainings, corporate teachings, theological sermons, and phenomenal ministry products that world-renown individuals would pay any amount of money to receive in person.  Dr. Myles has stood before “great men”; he has literally been bestowed honours by the Queen of England; he has and is continuing to fulfill his purpose in the earth through the giftings God has placed within him.

Note that although your gift is meant and made to bring you before great men, that it does not mean you will never have a reason, need, or desire to stand before common men.  For if there was no one to provide you with a good and godly role model how could Marshawn and Dr. Myles have attained the heights they have?  Our common man, everyone who has a desire for more wisdom, more knowledge, and purpose will always need those who have mastered Proverbs 22:29 and 18:16 to teach them how to master it as well.  This example we get from the greatest and most gifted man to walk the earth, the Son of God: Jesus Christ.  His compassion moved Him always to minister to people whomever they were, wherever they were.  We should strive, even in all of our giftings to be just like Him.  God has given us each gifts and measures of gifts, therefore, we must be good stewards of that which God has given us and help to benefit, first the Church, then the world at large.  Without that goal in mind, our gifts would be entirely useless.

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