Fives Truths To Keep You On The Road To Your Dreams
1. Realize you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
You have been created specifically for an intended purpose. No mistakes were made when you were being shaped and molded for your great destiny. Most of us look around and compare ourselves with others thinking “If only I was taller, then I could…” or “if my personality was different, then I could be successful.” I recently heard a pastor say that if you had what others have it would be a burden, because you weren’t created to live with those things. You have been created with everything that you need to run your own race.
2. Know that success doesn’t come without pain.
I’ve had many conversations with friends and family regarding success coming so easy to some people; people that for one reason or another shouldn't be successful because of the shear odds given their circumstance. Maybe they didn’t have any resources but still launched a business and somehow made it. Maybe they’re just not a good person and we wonder why they get to be so blessed. Looking at these kinds of successes we have no idea what sort of pain they have gone through or are going through to be where they are. One thing I know for sure is that if you want to be successful, you will have to embrace and grow through pain.
3. Stay Committed.
Sometimes the pain gets to be unbearable to the point where you don’t think you’re going to make it through. Stay committed. It is growing you and preparing you for the next step. With every new step comes different growing pains. In fact, you should be worried when there isn’t any because that’s when the growing stops and the stagnating begins. I read a quote the other day that said “I asked God, ‘why are you taking me through troubled waters?’ he replied ‘because your enemies can’t swim.’”
4. Rest knowing the passion in you is a promise.
The great Denzel Washington has said “True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you, set beforehand, to indicate that it’s yours already. Claim it.” In the same speech he says, “You’ll never see a U-haul behind a hearse.” Washington is talking about pursuing your passions and your dreams because they are in you for a reason. You do not need to worry about all the what ifs associated with pursuing those dreams because the fact that it is in you means you already have it. However, you can’t take anything with you when it’s all said and done. He says, “It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with what you have.” Pursue your dreams and passions boldly and use it to bless others.
5. Understand that you have talents that you have not even realized yet.
Lastly, maybe you think you do not have any talents or skills right now. Or maybe you think you know exactly what your talents and skills are. I am here to tell you no matter how well you think you know your situation on this front, you will find with each and every growth moment you are continually and relentlessly developing talents and skills you never knew you had. Each growth moment preparing you for the next. This is what pain produces, and this is success. Success is a living, breathing, changing thing and it is different for everyone.