If you haven’t noticed by now, I do a lot of pondering. About all areas of life and life in general. And well, lately I have been doing ALOT of thinking and reflecting on life and where God has me right now. Looking back on my younger self, I can see dreams that have died, new ones that evolved, and some that are taking root as we speak. In wanting to make life count, I’m writing some new goals! New dreams. New visions. To be honest it scares me at times. There is a quote I hold dear:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.”
Can we just read that quote once more? “Who are you not to be?” I don’t think I have ever asked myself that before and maybe you can relate. We rehearse and speak so much negativity over ourselves that we forget who we are, whom we belong to, and what we are capable of. Having said that, sometimes we get distracted and discouraged. Here are few practical ways to keep your dreams alive.
Remember the Reason
It’s easier to quit doing or pursuing something when you don’t remember why you’re doing it. One thing I have been doing is before the start of each month I write goals for that month that will ultimately lead me to accomplish my overall goals. Breaking things apart can make daunting tasks feel small and more attainable. While writing those goals each month, it’s always a great time to remember why I’m doing it. Working overnights, studying, writing 10,000 papers, missing out on traveling- remembering this helps me tremendously to keep going.
Count the Cost
If you know what to expect for the cost of a dream you will be less likely be put-off when it’s time to “pay up”. What I mean my cost is the sacrifice you will need to make to accomplish it. For instance, if you know you want to be an entrepreneur you will need to behave like one. Maybe that means putting yourself out on a limb, networking, having your ideas rejected sometimes. Having this all in mind in the beginning can give you the strength to keep going!
One Day at A Time, With Purpose
Sweetheart, even with all the ambitions in the world, you still have only 24 hours in a day and only 7 days in a week. Not even God created the world in one day. So please don’t expect that you will be able todo better :). With each day you should work towards goals purposefully and accomplish as much as you can. However, if you have been waiting for permission to enjoy yourself along the way, here it is. Enjoy your life too! Need some examples of things to do “sharpen the saw”? Here are a few: travel (my personal favorite), write, go see a play, go skating, spend time with people who make you laugh, mentor someone, go skydiving if you like. Now I am not naïve, I know that not all of these are obtainable for everyone. Another option is to just take 30 minutes of your day and set it aside for yourself to do whatever it is you like. There can be a delicate balance between it all but find what works for you.
We only have one life to live, but if done well one life is enough. What are your God-given dreams? How are you going to carry them out to change the world (because you absolutely can!)?
I want to know! Feel free to email me or comment below.
Living on purpose,