You have a big dream, now what? Most people never fulfill their dreams and goals. Why is this the case? I can personally provide an answer to the question at hand. People are waiting for someone else to give them their big shot. The chances of this happening are slim to none.
Being discovered can and will happen for some people, but for most their dreams become deferred. They will never rise to their true potential and even face becoming bitter about living a life that’s unfulfilling.
I have been out of college for 17 years. During that time, I pursued my dreams and goals while working several full-time jobs, being a wife, raising a family, surviving Domestic Abuse, and enduring the longest divorce ever. I am a creative introvert with many skills, talents, and gifts under my belt. So self-promotion is a clear weakness that I had failed to master. As a result of my perpetual shyness, I struggled to present my gifts and talents to the world.
I often waited for someone to give me a chance, to support my vision or see my creative talent…it never happened. I am a very unique individual and I always have been misunderstood by my family, friends, and peers. My personality is fearless, innovative and self-aware. These are characteristics frowned upon by mainstream settings like the churches and businesses. So that means…I didn’t fit in most crowds.
However, my dreams, visions, and goals haunt me in my sleep. I hate working a 9 to 5 job and desired to earn a living to take care of my family in an alternate way. So after much prayer and soul searching, God revealed to me that I must create my own opportunities for success. Here are my top three tips.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu
Take the 1st Step: You have to start somewhere to accomplish your dream. If you want to be a writer, you have to write. If you want to be a singer, you have to sing. If you want to be an artist, you have to create. My first step always starts with prayer and then God gives me the vision. I put the vision on paper and generate a to-do list. I start with the first thing on the list. That’s my first step. You have to start somewhere.
Understand that Everyone Can’t Go: The journey to success is lonely! God gave the vision or dream to you. It’s yours and yours alone. People won’t always understand your process or your purpose path. You have to accept that everyone cannot make it to the end and see your dreams fulfilled. You may have to eliminate people that are in the way of your personal growth or negative.
In addition, you have to protect your dream from naysayers. Some people are so limited in their understanding, their minds cannot conceptualize the vision that God gave you. If you know that God gave it to you, just know that he will see you through.
Create Your Opportunities: For years I believed that my success would happen in a church, it never did. In prayer, God revealed that I was supposed to go into the streets to my best work. I refuse to believe that, so for over a decade I did it my way. My way failed and my dream was stalled many times. The disappointment and discouragement of others questioning my craft, made me doubt myself. Doubting yourself only prolongs the inevitable success of your dream. I would get depressed and question the dream that God gave me.
I finally got it after multiple failed attempts of trying to imitate other speakers or seek acceptance from others. I needed to be confident in knowing that God gave me everything that I need to follow my dreams. I had the resources, knowledge, and experience to create my own opportunities to write and speak. So I look for opportunities to market what I do and God presents new opportunities. Always understand that God has the master plan, He just needs you to execute faith and hope to complete the assignment.
I hope that this blog inspires you to “Face Your Fear and Fly”. Everyone has a purpose. Click on the link and download your free “Face Your Fear and Fly” workbook today!