If Faith Was a Car, You May Need an Oil Change

by Rev. Lady Diannia Baty

When things in our life don’t go our way many of us begin to doubt ourselves, lose faith, give up or get depressed. Especially in an economy like the one we are in right now, it is important to remember that regardless of what unfolds before you that you will be ok. You will absolutely will be just fine.

The path my life has taken has proven to me that the things in our life we often see as obstacles or setbacks are really just the universe’s way of guiding us toward our highest fulfillment. Looking back on all of the frustrating and seemingly horrible things that have happened in my life, I wouldn’t trade an ounce of it because I know that it has brought me to where I am today. I can now stand in awe of how intelligent the whole process was, knowing that if things had always gone the way that I planned, hoped for or wanted that I would be nowhere near as happy or fulfilled as I am right now.

When things aren’t going your way remember that it is merely guidance. Trust that the universe has your best interest in mind and trust it to guide you and take care of all of your needs. When you open yourself to the universe’s wisdom and abundance you can achieve more spectacular things than you could ever imagine.

My faith that all will be well no matter how it may appear at the moment has carried me far in life. I trust God and God trusts me to understand the guidance I am being given. I am being offered a course correction at any given moment and through free will it is up to me as to what I do with it. No matter what choices I make I am always given knowledge from the event or situation if I look for it. The gift of experience always presents itself to me.

The Success Equation

We’ve heard it all a million times: the various secrets of how to manifest lives of abundance.  Every “Guru” has their own angle; a singular approach to manifesting that we’ve all tried.  And yet, in spite of the countless Gurus offering books, programs, products, etc that espouse the “secret to manifesting” we are in the biggest Global economic and well-being crisis since the Great Depression. What does that say?  That somehow we, as brilliant and intelligent human beings have failed the “secrets” that have been taught to us?  I know this is not true.

And yet, as a Life Success Coach, I have countless talented individuals come to me saying that there must be something seriously wrong with them because they have diligently applied the principles of affirmations, positive thinking, visualization and The Law of Attraction and yet they just can’t get the “truth in manifesting” to work for them. They come to me believing that they haven’t found a way to fix their character flaws or their lower selves in order to “allow” in abundance.

The truth is that everyone already has within them the ability to manifest lives of Sustainable Success.  Sustainable Success is lasting and fulfilling abundance.  “Sustainable Success” is created through applying an equation and not any one singular thing.  There are three key factors that form the basis of the equation:

1. Defining what Abundance and Success is for you.  Not adopting some outside opinion or value that isn’t consistent with the core of who you are, but identifying the definition that is representative of your own values.

2. Applying ALL aspects of yourself in the manifestation process that means accepting the TOTALITY of who you inherently are as a human being.  Each of us is a perfect blend of ingredients that when used together create the perfect recipe for success.  If we only use one or a few of the ingredients in the recipe, the dish doesn’t turn out successfully.

3. Understanding that you cannot have true success without spiritual well-being.  One without the other will serve to prevent sustainability of any success that you may initially create for yourself.

The definition process in #1 is essential before you can successfully begin to create Sustainable Success.  If you can’t define what success or abundance is, you won’t be able to achieve it.  Too many people think that a definition is a desired tangible object.  One must define success based upon the essence of the thing or things that you want to achieve for yourself.


What is your definition?  Take the time to develop your own definition.  When using words like: Happiness, be sure to define what that means for you too.  Too many of us are in the practice of using words that identify what we want to achieve and we don’t even have definitions for them.

All of us have within us emotional, rational, intellectual and creative bodies.  And, we all seek to achieve security and recognition in our lives.  Thus, to disown any one part or natural expression of ones self is literally to disconnect from ourselves.  If we disconnect and identify any one part as “bad” we are not utilizing all of our divine natural gifts and talents.  We all have areas that we feel we are strongest in; but we can strengthen those other areas with practice and by creating a community around us that supports our journey.  To force ourselves not to have certain thoughts, or to think of any aspect of ourselves as “negative parts” that need to be gotten rid of is the ultimate act of self-injury and doesn’t provide the self acceptance that is necessary in manifesting the wealth and well-being that we all desire to achieve.

It is in the acceptance of ourselves as inherently whole and managing a balanced interplay between all components of ourselves that successfully achieves sustainable abundance.  Balancing inspiration with perspiration; emotion with reason; being in the now while keeping an eye to the future and having the wisdom to reflect on the past but not dwell on it; dreaming up a dream and developing and implementing a plan to make that dream a reality; deciding what wealth and well-being is to you and knowing that wealth is not sustainable or fulfilling without well-being. This all equals utilizing the sum of all parts of yourself for the achievement of long-term successful and fulfilling outcomes.

The plan for life would seem so complicated but it is in truth simple if you examine it closely. If your life isn’t going the way you want it to then be honest with yourself and you will see how you believe in something that does not fit what the truth is. What is your truth, your authentic truth? Find your voice and celebrate the perfection that you are. God has your back and always has. This is a truth to put into your mental memory bank and keep it at the forefront of your daily life. God has and always will desire your greatest and highest good. This is just something to think about.

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