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We Got Next: Mark Tratt

Posted on 22 June 2017

This June YXU launched our "We Got Next" campaign to highlight more than 20 young leaders from across the country who are applying their passions to make a difference in their communities. Follow along with YXU on Facebook, @yxulife on Twitter and Instagram and grab your We Got Next tee benefiting the Lebron James Family Foundation.


It is no secret that we have all spent minutes and hours of our days day-dreaming about our dream job, our dream house, car, or family. Most imagine the lavish and luxury of exotic day trips and thrilling nightcaps. However, for that same majority there is often a disconnect with the vision. There is something that impedes our ability to truly feel these things in our lives, and thus to truly create them; an incessant thorn in our side reminding us to return to the “real world.”

This disconnect is a lack of faith.

The concept of faith is tricky to maneuver. Our imaginations run wild with detail in the colors, the places, the sights, the people, the money that we desire, but at some point we stop short for some reason. The truth is, we allow ourselves to day-dream and create these ideal lifestyles, but we do not truly believe we will get them! We may not think it is possible, perhaps we think ourselves unworthy, it's unrealistic, it's too expensive, it’s too late now, blah blah blah. When we get to the root of this disbelief, and accredit it as lack of faith, we are admitting to ourselves that we do not truly believe in the existence of that which we desire. In other words, if you don’t believe you will ever receive that which you want most from life, you are admitting that you do not believe what you want exists for you. Well, how do we solve this?

There is a stark difference between wishing and desiring. Until we learn to shape the desires in our imaginations, and then back those desires up with faith and action, we will be met with average results. Imagine the types of day-dreams that went on in the minds of Edison, Ford, Einstein, or Jobs; yet we know each of their fortunes started through the self-same internal desires you feel. So, what’s the difference? Glad you asked! The difference is that these people backed up their desires with intense faith and relentless enthusiasm. Their faith did not allow them to consider the possibility of failure. To them, failure did not exist. Edison said, after having solved the secret of electricity, “You know, I had to succeed, because I finally ran out of things that didn’t work.” His faith drove him forward despite countless perceived “failures” until finally his persistence was rewarded with the object of his aspirations. You will find that most, if not all, people who are considered successful share, at least, in this one trait.

You are only limited in the scope and strength you place on your own faith. Faith removes limitations.

You've heard it said that you must, "see it to believe it." But in faith, we must believe it to see it. Faith, at its root, is belief in the unseen, the unknown, the unproven. If we waited for physical manifestations to appear upon which to place our beliefs and our faith, we'd have none of either! You must have concrete faith that you will claim the station in life that you desire, and you must back up this faith - this belief in the unseen - with a fierce sense of passion, purpose, and initiative. You do not attract that which you want, but that which you are. When your faith is so poignant and your conviction in it so unyielding, you will reach the point when you start to see what you already believe, because you will have attracted such results.

We are always able to control our states of mind; conviction, desire, passion, faith – they are all states of mind. The beginning of our journey to the life we desire resides in our own thinking - our own state of mind. We are anxious to improve our circumstances, yet we are unwilling to improve ourselves; therefore, we remain stuck. A state of mind that is characterized with self-doubt and hesitation will never yield results that require self-assurance and initiative. Before life brings you all that you desire, you must believe it will come, you must believe you are worthy and deserving of it. The task does not stop here, however, for belief and desire alone will not attract positive results. You must follow your newfound faith and positive state of mind with action. There is no such thing as something for nothing. The Universe will always reward you with what you desire, but only when it senses your strong faith and witnesses your decisive action.

There is no substitute for faith. It cannot be taught, but it can be learned. Whoever masters faith behind desire is destined to high achievement. So, w

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