The I-Factor

Day 1 of 7 • This day’s reading


One of the biggest problems in our society is that so few people recognize or acknowledge the I-factor. Everybody has one, but many people don’t realize that. In some people, it’s positive; in some, it’s negative. In some people, it’s weak; in others, it’s strong. For most people, though, it’s a struggle because it goes unnoticed and therefore unaddressed. It’s like a stealth bomber that wreaks havoc in a person’s life, while the person has no idea the bomber is even in flight...

In many ways, life is a battle, just as real as any military conflict. People wrestle with financial issues, relational issues, bad habits and addictions, poor choices, trying to get ahead personally and professionally, and a host of other challenges that everyday life presents. Like it or not, in order to succeed we have to fight. We have to fight external enemies, but we also have to fight the internal forces that cause us to sabotage ourselves.

In order to win the battles necessary to succeed in life, we have to start with three things. First, we need to recognize the I-factor. We need to realize that not every hindrance, delay, or challenge we face is external. Some of them—some of the most potent—are internal.

Second, we need to deal with the weaknesses and negative aspects of our own I-factors. This may not be a quick and easy process, but the rewards will be tremendous.

Third, we need to replace the faulty elements of our I-factors with strong, healthy ingredients. As we do this, we turn the things that hinder us into things that will help us.

I believe you are destined for so much more than you are currently experiencing. I am convinced your life can be so much better than it is now, and so much better than you have ever imagined. I know you have many gifts, skills, talents, and dreams just waiting to take you to the next level of greatness. No doubt, you have many of your externals in order, but perhaps you know deep down that something—something you cannot perceive clearly and may not be able to articulate, but you know it’s there—is holding you back from the life you long for. There’s a good chance that “something” is related to the I-factor.