Our Hidden Power
Go From A to A.1
What if you aren’t sure what is available to you and what you are capable of? When you are in an unhappy and scary place, searching for truths about yourself seems overwhelming.
Strickland encourages you to relax and understand that the first step is to comprehend that a lot of small things are actually not that small after all. “Sometimes we overlook the most powerful tool we have, and that is those consistent steps we take every day,” she says.
In counseling a 14-year-old boy on the verge of entering a juvenile detention program, Strickland went on a walk with the young man. “We were walking side by side, and I pointed out that if we keep walking this path and keep looking ahead we know exactly where we are going,” she says. “But if we take the slightest turn and then start walking, you may not see the difference now, it may be two weeks or two months down the road, but we will be a huge distance from the path we are on now.”
This situation mirrors the way life changes and throws us roadblocks—and opportunities. How can you make subtle shifts right here and now? Ask yourself, “What is the one shift I can make now that will turn up the quality of my life?” Strickland says. “You can’t go from point A to point Z, but you can go from point A to point A.1.”
And in times of change and uncertainty, no matter how you frame your higher power—God, or the mastermind or the universe—one of the most important things you can do is ask for help. Pay attention to the answer when you ask for guidance, when you ask to be shown the next step. “You will begin to create a relationship with higher wisdom,” Strickland says.
She shares the personal example of what led to her journey from a career in Corporate America to the ministry. In addition to a connection with something beyond what she knew herself to be, she reached the point where she felt she must go into the ministry. “It had always been reaching for me,” she admits.
Another component of her calling to the ministry was when she reached a personal crossroads. In her moment of crisis, with the intention of ending her life, an inner voice spoke to her with the scripture “for as he thinketh in his heart, so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7).
“It was not so much hearing the scripture as it was receiving it at a whole level of being,” Strickland says. “In that moment, I knew myself to be a compassionate and loving person and to be doing my very best. In that moment, I offered up a prayer and said ‘if you help me through this, I will do what I can to help other people.’”
By embracing the little things, she moved from point A to point A.1 and remembered the amazing person she knew herself to be.