Mia K. Wright’s life is now very different than her upbringing in a single-parent home on the wrong side of town. While she never imagined she’d beat the odds, once she changed her thinking, her actions followed, and she became to experience a new level of life she never thought possible.
Wright is co-pastor and director of ministry at The Fountain of Praise, a 20,000 member megachurch in Houston, Texas. Host of the popular Metamorphosis women’s conference, Wright is a noted community influencer. She has been a host on TBN’s Praise the Lord and a guest on Daystar’s Joni Table Talk and Celebration programs. Wright holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Here she talks about her new book, Unthinkable, Wright challenges readers to push past the limitations placed on them by society, culture, and themselves to reach next level success in life.
Defender: Why did you decide to write this book?
Mia K. Wright: To remind women and men of the unlimited possibilities they have when they move beyond self-imposed limitations to get beyond their comfort zones. I’ve heard it said that failure is familiar, but success is strange. Our human tendency is to stay with what is familiar because we know what to expect. It is the fear associated with what is unfamiliar, coupled with an increased level of commitment and work that keeps many people from achieving new successes. I have found that through my faith in God, what is familiar is no longer acceptable because there is so much more that He desires to do in, through and for me. It is this message of the things it takes to move to new levels that I wanted to share with the world.
Defender: What do you hope readers take away from the book?
Wright: I want readers to really evaluate the areas of life where they feel stuck or they are not experiencing their desired success. When they read Unthinkable they will have a strategy for consideration on what others have done to experience the extraordinary. I believe that they will be inspired to think outside of their box to trust God for things they had never thought of before.
There are ten principles that I share in the book to move you to the next level of your life. I feel that three set the foundation for all others. They are: your beliefs in yourself and in God, releasing the baggage you carry with you, and positioning yourself for expansion.
Defender: What are some of the things that inspire you?
Wright: I am inspired by others who are living the life of their dreams. Their examples give hope to others that is is possible to do extraordinary things and achieve success. I’m also inspired by children. They see life in a simple but profound way. They fall but get back up again without ever thinking “I can’t do this.” They connect with others without regard to gender, ethnicity, or financial status, things that separate and segregate us as adults. We can really learn a lot from little ones.
Defender: What do you do for fun?
Wright: First off I love to have fun. As we are doing this article, I am on my way to Disneyland with my family. I love to travel, love to experience new cultures, foods, dance and music.
Defender: If you could offer words of encouragement/motivation to women hoping to pursue their passion, whether its writing a book or starting a business, what would you say?
I would encourage anyone to not give up on an idea, passion or their hearts desires. Keep it in prayer and if it is something you feel compelled to do, then stay focused on it.
For me, writing my book took several years and a few versions. It want until I scheduled the time to do it, that things came together. The concept of Unthinkable began in a series of notes that I started writing in my phone. Whenever I would have an experience that would be beyond what I thought could happen, I would write it down. I named the file “God is Blowing My Mind” one day as I was organizing my electronic files, looking at the sermons and Bible studies that I had taught and recognized the common thread of unthinkable actions the biblical characters had taken and I saw the results they experienced. Their lives were changed for the better!
In essence, my project started with a thought. It started much further back than I realized. As I started compiling my work from the past 20 plus years, I realized that everything I had been doing was leading me to this particular project. I hadn’t wasted any time, all my work helped to prepare me for this project. Often we think that we are doing something that is disconnected to our past, however I believe that God knows how to repurpose our experiences, natural tendencies and skills for what our next purposeful endeavor will be. For anyone aspiring to do something great, keep working at it. Schedule time for it. Block the time and do it! Research, connect with others, take workshops, and pray about it. You can do it!