Lately, Jenny and Tammy have both written about living out your dreams. I love how beautiful their writing is and how it makes it all sounds so possible.
Only thing as soon as you start working on them feelings of fear mixed in with a bit a unworthiness and a dash of I’m not capable seems to creep. Does this happen to you? Please tell me I’m not the only one.
When I start moving closer to a dream or goal, I start to feel sick to my stomach and I just want to go hide under a rock. But then I remember, I don’t have to do this in my strength and this isn’t even about me anyways. I belong to God, these are His dreams for my life so why am I so freaked out?
So the Lord put it on my heart to supply you with a simple process to help you go for your dreams. As an easy way to remember, I’m going to give it to you in the acronym D.R.E.A.M.
D – Decide to move toward your God-given dreams. God has equipped you through your natural giftedness and past experiences that no other person possesses. Therefore He desires to use these attributes for a larger purpose. You most likely know what it is but are unclear how to start. Part of deciding is actually telling yourself and others in your life what you are desiring to do. Once you share it with someone else you now become accountable. I know this can be scary and this simple step many people won’t take out of fear of failure. Well guess what? Failure is ok. It really is the only way to learn how to do it better the next time. So get it over it and do it anyways even scared.
R – Receive encouragement and support by someone who has been there or fulfilled a similar dream. If you want to be a speaker or writer, then go find others that have done so and pick their brain. I’m all about not recreating the wheel so go ask others and find out about their experiences. Also, go search for some online mentors to support you and learn more about the industry you are desiring to enter. When I felt the Lord prompting my heart to write a book, I went to a Christian writers conference to learn about the industry and meet other writers and publishers. This helped me gain understanding and confidence as I was preparing to write.
E – Energize your dreams by creating a team. When Tammy wanted to start this blog, she didn’t want to do it alone so she included others to come alongside of her. I’m thankful she did! There is so much more power in numbers. I love putting teams together and leveraging everyone’s talents and circles of influence. This makes the dream possible when you involve others and not try to do it alone. Jesus even had an awesome team of twelve to help Him accomplish His purpose and calling. Make a list of people you would like to have as your “Board of Directors” as Jenny calls them. These folks have different skill sets that support your dreams whether developing a talent, a business or a ministry. They will also provide feedback as you test the waters.
A – Accomplish a step each day toward the bigger goal. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. As you accomplish one small task everyday towards your goal, it won’t seem so impossible. If you are wanting to an actor then start memorizing scripts. If you want to be a singer, then start learning music theory. If you desire to be an artist, then start creating. It won’t be the masterpiece at first, but it will be a stepping stone.
M - Motivate yourself because no one will do it for you. Some ways to stay motivated is by creating a dream board that turns those dreams into a visual for you to see everyday. Beside pictures, include empowering words and scriptures that lift you up. Also, read positive blogs or read articles that will keep you from becoming discouraged. By the way this will happen so I encourage you to elect one person to be your cheerleader - person that believes in you no matter what and tell you to stop your pity party and just do it. (Btw, I’m a great cheerleader.)
So are you ready to go? Does this help make it seem possible?
I want some feedback and I want to know your dreams.
Pick my brain I dare you. You tell me what you love to do in life and I will tell you how you can make it a business. I love a challenge.
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