Happy NEW week everyone!!
Welcome back to my blog! I’m back from what seems to be a long hiatus, so my sincere apologies. I’m now back refocused and ready to share (and please share too) with you all. This past week has been one that I definitely struggled through. I had no motivation to do absolutely anything, and of course it had its surprises coupled with it. It was one of those weeks you’re praying to end as soon as it starts. Can you relate?
Now, have I told you all my long list of dreams and talents I want to cultivate? The list is lllonnnnggg (I’m such a dreamer), maybe too long even. I will definitely share with you all, but that will have to be a blog post all on its own. For the past few weeks, or maybe longer, I really haven’t been chasing after any of those aspirations. Why, you ask? I think the biggest challenge had been that I lost the motivation and I’m sure you can relate. So let’s chat on how you can keep the dreams alive.
- Remember why you started
Often times the biggest dream killer is forgetting what triggered the dream to begin with. The thing that brought you passion, the zeal, the fire to pursue that dream has been lost and without a true reason to pursue it, you’re chasing the wind. There are so many things that it could be: a different career so that your kids can have a better life; becoming an author so that you can express your ideas, becoming an entrepreneur because the world has need of your services, losing the weight so that you can be a healthier version of yourself. The list could go on and on, and please feel free to add in your own dreams as we move on. There is also much to be said about purpose or calling that goes along with the dreams that we have. Once you identify that reason why you choose a dream will help push through what ever it may cost you.
- Count the cost….again
So you didn’t expect it would cost you so many sleepless nights, money, time, etc. and here you are wondering how did you end up in this position. I was going over some of the goals I wanted to accomplish this year, especially the ones that I felt I hadn’t made much progress on, and I had to sit myself down (yes I just said that 🙂 ) and ask myself “How far girl?”. I needed to be brutally honest as to why I hadn’t made as much progress as I had hoped to make towards them. I hadn’t adequately counted the cost of the dream and I wasn’t prepared to pay for it’s success.
- Believe you can do it/ Envision Yourself There
You may have fallen off the band wagon. It’s ok! Recognize it. Own it. However, don’t stop and dwell there. Although you made some mistakes you mustn’t let that taint your belief in yourself. Part of success is failure actually. I use to laugh when I made mistakes in the past and I would tell myself “Well you’ve successfully found one way NOT to do it.” So allow yourself room to fall, not that you hope to but because you know your failures may be more valuable than gaining success right away.
- Plan To Succeed
My dear friend, if we don’t have a plan to carry x, y, and z out, we are essentially planning to fail. The very lack of a plan is a setup for failure or will make you less successful. Create a map for yourself to follow to get to the point of success. At first thought, it seems silly. Why should you have to write down things that you already know? Well, there is a ton of research that suggests writing things down/planning them out in pen in paper will make you more likely to succeed at it. I mentioned before about counting the cost, so when you plan you need to keep that cost in mind. Make realistic plans!
Incorporate this into your week, starting with today! You owe it to yourself to use your gifts, accomplish your dreams, and to be the best version of yourself. Dreams. Vision. It’s what we live for. What are some of your dreams and gifts?
“A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him in front of great men.”
Proverbs 18:16 (NLV)
Living life on purpose,
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