A few months ago I posed a question to you. I asked it specifically to the moms of littles like me, but, really it’s a question for everyone still breathing, no matter your age or where you are in life.
The question was: Mamas, what are your dreams? I said on that post that I’ve been dreaming of how God could use my unique talents and gifts more strategically for His purposes. How that might look is all up to Him, but I’m at a place where I am wanting to pursue every ounce of what He has for me and ultimately, to make my life count for Him.
I find it interesting , though, that some people only talk about their dreams, while others actually make them happen. What is the difference between these two groups? What do they have that you and I might be missing?
For a while I thought they were just smarter than me, or maybe more well-connected. But the more I read and listen to their stories, I find that isn’t necessarily the case. It seems that successful people who are living out their dreams all have to take the same first step. The best part? You and I have access to this step as well.
The First Step in Going After Your Dreams: Courage
Chasing your dreams can be scary. For me to start this blog, I had to face some fears:
Are people going to like this or even be interested in what I have to say?
Do I have what it takes to make this happen?
What if I fail?
These are legitimate fears. People may not like what I’m offering. I don’t know if I have to what it takes, and indeed I could fail… But I have to try. And so do you.
I like what Jeff Goins has to say about courage in his book The Art of Work. He says of course we could fail, but
“We all know what happens when you don’t try…. nothing. There will be bumps, but at least you’ll be moving.” -Jeff Goins
Haven’t you been there? The Lord gives you a goal, yet you’re too afraid to try, so you wake up the next day with absolutely nothing different than the day before. I don’t think God wants us to just sit in that fear.
I woke up today to find out that my baby steps of courage had been taken notice of by a big-time blogger. Michael Hyatt is a leader in the truest sense. As the former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, he now has his own blog (1 million hits a month) and a business that is all about leadership development and productivity.
A couple of days ago, I tweeted how his Influence and Impact Summit had helped me gain courage. To my surprise, he actually noticed and affirmed my little tweet, which boosted my courage all the more! See his shout out here.
So, what is God calling you to do? Take His hand and trust Him as you take a step forward. He’s holding you. He’s got you. Even if you fail, you are still His. Even baby steps are moving in the right direction. Be courageous, friend. There’s no telling what He has in store for you!
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