Hello Believe Nation. I’m Evan Carmichael, my one word is believe and I believe that entrepreneurs are going to solve all of the world’s major problems. I started the Mentor Me series with the goal to try to learn from people who’ve done a lot more than us, people who have done amazing things.
That by spending a little bit more time with them, hopefully some of their values, their belief systems, their way of thinking seeps into us to help us become the best version of ourselves. So to help you on your journey today we’re going to learn from Joel Osteen and some of his best motivational speeches.
Mentor me, Joel. Rule number one is my personal favorite and I’d love to know which one you guys like the best. And, as always guys, as your watching, if you hear something that really resonates with you, please leave it down in the Comments below and put quotes around it so other people can be inspired as well. And when you write it down, it’s much more likely to stick with yourself too. Enjoy.
Joel Osteen Motivational Speeches
#1: Change Your Mindset
There’s a large company that has a slogan that says, that was easy. A few years ago, a friend of mine sent me their big red button. When you push it, it says, I keep this by my bathroom sink there on the counter. Every so often I’ll reach over and push this button. I like to get that phrase down in my spirit because it’s easy to go through life looking at our problems, focused on our obstacles, thinking oh man, this is going to be so hard, I dread dealing with this, it’s never going to work out.
That mindset is not only stealing our joy but it’s keeping us from seeing God’s favor. When my dad went to be with the Lord and I first started ministering, it took everything I had to write a message for that weekend. All my focus, my creativity, my energy, I was pressured, stressed. When I finally finished, I felt like that’s the last one that I could ever do. And if I wasn’t careful, I was tempted to dread it and think this is too hard. I’m not going to know what to say, I can’t do this anymore.
I had to turn it around. Father, thank you that your yoke is easy. Thank you that I’m well abled. Thank you that you’ve equipped me and empowered me. I got my mind going in the right direction. I went through seasons of struggle, strain, difficulty, but I didn’t let it become permanent in my thinking. And one day I came into this anointing of ease. What once was a struggle is not a struggle anymore. Every week when I finish a message I hit this button. Just to remind me that it was easy. Quit telling yourself this is so hard, I’ll never accomplish my dreams, I’ll never get out of debt. This is a new day.
#2: Don’t Let Weariness In
If the enemy can’t take you out all at once, his next strategy is to try to wear you down. Many people are suffering from battle fatigue. They’ve been standing a long time, trying to break the addiction, believing for the promotion, praying for that family member, but it hasn’t happened yet. They never dreamed they’d still be single, still be dealing with the illness, still be trying to get the loan.
Now they’re tired. Let me encourage you, your time is coming. Your due season is on the way. Don’t let time talk you out of it, don’t let discouragement cause you to give up, don’t let negative thoughts convince you to settle where you are. You’re mind will give you good excuses. Things like I’m too tired to fight this addiction. I’m too tired to believe for my marriage. I’m too tired to stretch to the next level.
I’ve been doing it so long. If you dwell on those thoughts, you will allow weariness in. You’ll become more tired, more weary, more discouraged, more negative. Weariness cannot automatically come, you have to open the door. When thoughts tell you it’s never going to work out, it’s been too long, just say, no thanks, I know my time is coming, I know God is still on the throne, I am strong in the Lord, I’ve been armed with strength for this battle.
When you give in to weariness, you lose your strength. When you start thinking it’s not fair, it’s been so long, it’s never going to work out, the energy you need to move into your destiny is being drained out. Now, I’m not asking you to never feel weariness, it will come. I’m asking you to not allow it in. When you’re weary, you won’t have the passion, the determination, the courage to fight the good fight of faith. Don’t let battle fatigue keep you from your victory.
Don’t let weariness stop your dream from coming to pass. You are closer than you think. When it’s the most difficult, you face the greatest temptation to settle, that means the victory is near, the promotion, the healing, the breakthrough is about to show up.
#3: Drop It
We all have had negative things happen to us. People did us wrong, the company laid us off, a clerk was rude to us. It’s easy to go through life offended, in self-pity, blaming others, blaming ourselves, even blaming God. And because we’re always looking back, reliving the negative, we end up carrying around all this baggage that weighs us down. One of the best things we can learn to do is to drop it, let it go.
Whether it happened 20 years ago, or 20 minutes ago, don’t carry negative baggage from yesterday into today. You won’t live a victorious life if you’re always reliving what didn’t work out, who hurt you, the mistakes you’ve made. The reason it’s called the past is because it’s over, it’s done, it’s history. Now do your part and let it go. Well, Joel, they betrayed me, they walked away, broke my heart, that’s why I’m bitter, that’s why I’m upset.
Well, they hurt you once, don’t let them continue to hurt you by always thinking about it. As long as your dwelling on that, it’s going to keep you from the new things God wants to do. You may have a lot of negative things in your past, you had a rough childhood, you lost a loved one, your business didn’t make it. You could easily go around with a chip on your shoulder not trusting anybody, bitter, resentful, but everything you’ve gone through has deposited something on the inside.
You’re not defined by your past, you’re prepared by your past. You may not realize it, but you came out stronger, with more confidence, greater experience. If that hadn’t have happened, you wouldn’t be prepared for the new levels that are coming your way.
Don’t have that poor old me, look what I’ve been through attitude. I’ve heard it said, you can be pitiful or you can be powerful but you cannot be both. And you may have made a lot of mistakes, you have a lot of regrets, you blew your marriage, didn’t raise your children right, but you can’t do anything about yesterday. Living guilty and condemned doesn’t make it any better. You have to drop it.
#4: Plant The Right Seeds
You are where you are today, in part, because of what you’ve been saying about yourself. Words are like seeds. When you speak something out, you give life to what you’re saying. If you continue to say it, eventually that can become a reality. And whether you realize it or not, you are prophesying your future. And this is great when we’re saying things like, I’m blessed, I’m strong, I will accomplish my dreams, I’m coming out of debt.
That’s not just being positive, you are prophesying victory, prophesying success, prophesying new levels. Your life will move in the direction of your words. But too many people go around prophesying just the opposite. I never get any good breaks, I’ll never get back in shape, business is slow, I’ll probably get laid off. Flu season is here, I always get it. They don’t realize they are prophesying defeat. It’s just like they’re calling in bad breaks, mediocrity, lack. And the scripture says, we will eat the fruit of our words.
You are planting seeds when you talk. At some point you’re going to eat that fruit. My challenge is make sure you’re planting the right kind of seeds. If you want apples, you have to sow apple seeds. If you want oranges, you can’t plant cactus seeds, poison ivy seeds, mushroom seeds. You’re going to reap fruit from the exact seeds that you’ve been sowing. In other words, you can’t talk negative and expect to live a positive life.
You can’t talk defeat and expect to have victory. You can’t talk lack, not enough, can’t afford it, never get ahead, and expect to have abundance. If you have a poor mouth, you’re going to have a poor life. And if you don’t like what you’re seeing, start sowing some different seeds.
#5: Quit Relying On People
Quit relying on people. What they do or don’t do doesn’t determine your worth. What they give you or don’t give you cannot stop your purpose. God breathed His life into you. He has crowned you with his favor. Quit waiting for people to approve you and start approving yourself. People may not encourage you, you can encourage yourself. People may not make you feel special, you can make yourself feel special.
I’m a child of the Most High God! I know I’m crowned with favor. I’m one a kind, I’m a masterpiece. You’ll have better relationships if you’ll start validating yourself. If you’re always depending on somebody else, you’ll become needy, a burden, waiting for other people to keep you fixed. Well, Joel, my parents didn’t raise me right. I didn’t have a good childhood or my spouse never compliments me.
My boss didn’t give me the credit that I deserve. I say this respectfully, if you didn’t get it, you didn’t need it. They can’t stop your destiny. What they say or do cannot override God’s plan for your life. Shake off the negativity. That person that walked away, did you wrong, made hurtful comments, shake off the disrespect. Don’t believe the lies that you’re not talented enough, attractive enough, good enough. They don’t determine your value. They can’t lessen your self-worth. The only power people have over you is the power that you give them.
#6: Feed Your Destiny
We may not realize it, but we’re always feeding ourselves. What we watch and listen to, the people we’re around, the thoughts we’re dwelling on. That’s feeding our inner man. If you go to lunch with people that talk bad about the boss, make fun of a coworker, put down a friend, they’re feeding you gossip, feeding you jealousy, feeding you disrespect. Here’s the key, whatever you feed is going to grow.
You may not like what they’re feeding you. You’re a nice person. But if you continue to hang around them, before long you’ll be gossiping, you’ll be critical, you’ll be disrespectful. Why? Because you kept feeding the wrong things. If you’re always feeding negative thoughts, thinking I’ll never get well, I’ll never meet the right person, you’re feeding doubt, feeding mediocrity, feeding fear. A man told me how he spent years of his life on drugs and alcohol and it had ruined his marriage and he wasn’t there for his children.
Now he was so down on himself, so discouraged. What was he doing? Feeding the guilt, feeding the regret, feeding the blame. If you feed guilt, it’s going to get bigger. If you feed fear, it’s going to become larger. What if you spent that same energy feeding your faith, feeding your hopes, feeding your dreams. What are you allowing in your spirit, the people you’re spending time with, the thoughts you’re dwelling on all day? Is that inspiring you, building your faith, pushing you towards your dreams? Or is it junk food?
Feeding you guilt, mediocrity, negativity, causing you to compromise. A friend of mine was diagnosed with a serious illness. The doctor put him on a very strict diet. He couldn’t eat any sugar, any flour, any meat, it was only raw vegetables, nuts, grains, very limited. And I asked him if he was going to do it. He said, what do mean am I going to do it? I don’t have a choice. My life depends on it. Today, I’m putting you on a new diet.
Not physically, but for your inner man. No more junk food. No more dwelling on thoughts of worry, fear, I don’t have what it takes. No more hanging around people that are feeding you negativity, causing you to compromise. No more guilt, condemnation, I’m all washed up. Your prescription is for faith food. Feed your hopes, feed your dreams, feed your confidence, feed your destiny.
#7: Let Your Enemies Motivate You
In 2002, we received word that the Houston Rockets basketball team was moving out of this building and the city was thinking about selling it. We needed a larger auditorium. When I heard that, something came alive on the inside. I knew it was supposed to be ours. And word got out in the city that we were interested in it. There was all kinds of debate as to what should happen to this building.
A friend of mine was at a business luncheon sitting with some high-powered executives. One of these executives, a very influential man, found out that my friend attends Lakewood. He started talking about the Compaq Center and about how against us he was, about what a terrible thing this would be for the city, and how no church should ever have this building, on and on. Some other people at the table joined in, kind of laughing, making fun, talked about how Lakewood didn’t have a chance in the world to get it.
Finally, this executive looked at my friend and said very sarcastically, it will be a cold day in hell before Lakewood ever gets that building. My friend called me afterward and told me about the conversation and I said, thanks a lot for the good news, appreciate that encouragement. But the truth is, that conversation was ordained by the Creator. He was one of those Goliath’s God has strategically placed in our path.
And when I heard about how against us he was, I was already determined but something rose up in me, I had a holy determination. I had a new fire, a new resolve, and every time things got tough, looked like it wasn’t going to work out, I would be tempted to get discouraged, I could hear that phrase, a cold day in hell. I’d get my passion right back, wouldn’t take me five seconds. Sometimes God will put an enemy in your life to keep you stirred up.
He’ll allow critics, doubters, discouragers, even some haters. So when you feel tired and think you want to give up, you’ll keep pressing forward, shaking it off, not because you feel like it, but because you don’t want to give your enemies the joy of seeing you defeated. Not out of spite, not out of pride, it’s a holy determination. God uses the negative to keep us stirred up. And that business leader that was so against us, he doesn’t realize it, but God used him more than he used my friends.
He was one of the most instrumental people in us getting this building. And the funny thing is he wasn’t for us, he was against us. God used our enemies to bless us. If I ever see that man, I need to buy him dinner. McDonald’s probably, Some of my enemies, I feel like I need to write them a check. If they hadn’t have been against me, I wouldn’t have prayed so hard. If they hadn’t have made fun, I would have given up sooner.
If they hadn’t have told me I couldn’t do it, didn’t have what it takes, I might have been complacent, settled where I was. It was their opposition that pushed me forward. Many times, God will use your enemies to catapult you to success more than your friends.
David said, God prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies. Notice, when God brings you through the opposition, He’s not going to do it in private, He’s going to do it where all of those enemies can see it. This building is located on the second busiest freeway in the nation. You can’t drive in this city very long without seeing what God has done. And that man that was against us, I can only imagine every time he passes by something whispers in his ear, it must be a cold day in hell because there they are.
Thank you guys so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed. I’d love to know, what did you take from this video that you’re going to immediately apply somehow to your life or to your business. Leave it down in the Comments below. I’m super curious to find out.
I also want to give a quick shout-out to Marcus Campbell. Marcus, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book Your One Word and doing that review and posting it on your YouTube channel. I really, really, really appreciate the support and I’m so glad that you enjoyed the book.
Today we have a special book review for you and it’s about Your One Word by Evan Carmichael.
So thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love. I’ll see you soon.