Over the previous years, I spent a lot of time talking and writing to you and others on the topics of “Rediscovering or resurrecting your God given dreams”, being “Created by Greatness for Greatness”, as well as reminding you to “Transform your thoughts, transform your life”. While those topics will always be interwoven into everything I speak and write, I don’t want you to get caught up or excited about the catch phrases but never step out and into the real you.
Week after week many people leave churches, temples, motivational conferences, leadership workshops, and “Be All You Can Be” events excited. They buy all the DVDs, CDs, and books but rarely make the lasting changes or take the necessary steps that lead them to living their authentic and abundant life. I don’t want to write or speak to groups for the applause or to tickle your ears. I don’t want you to just discover your dream. Don’t get your feelings all worked up over the idea of a dream and of faith but never exercise that faith. I want you to actively step out, take leaps of faith, let the real you emerge, and watch your dreams unfold into a reality that will change the world around you.
I had a dream the other night. I awakened in the middle of it and then went back to sleep. We often do the same thing with our lives. We dream a little and then go back to sleep. We become comfortable with just having a dream or a revelation of who we are- something to talk about- but often faill to act upon our dreams and desires and fail to allow ourselves to become who we really are! We have to become accountable to that which we know, responsive to the desires God placed on the inside of us, and have the guts to be who we really are.
Often it really isn’t the lack of resources, time, investors, or support that is hindering us. Instead it is usually a impoverished mindset and the lack of guts due to plain old fear. “Oh no she didn’t just say…” Oh yes, I did. Now don’t get angry with me. I can say that because I know what I’m talking about. There were times I didn’t step out because of fear- fear I’d fail, fear of what my family would think, fear I’d have to leave some folks behind, fear I didn’t look the part… I covered up those fears with excuses. “I don’t have enough money”, “I don’t have enough support”,… Even more dangerous and wasted were the times I downplayed who I was out of some false sense of guilt or due to the insecurities of other people. Foolishness I tell you! Foolishness!! I had to ask myself, “Where is that gutsy little girl who believed anything was possible- the girl who refused to let anything crush her spirit or her dreams? Where is that girl who would look at you as if you were “all kinds of crazy” if you told her she couldn’t have, do, or be something?” Oh, here I am baby… right here! I may have appeared hidden for a moment but by faith I emerge and step confidently and courageously into the future- bringing everything God gave me with me! Faith not fear must be our modus operandi. Oh, I could tell you plenty of stories about times I should have been scared but ran through that fear like a bulldozer. I can’t stop now and neither can you.
I want to challenge you to awaken and be proactive. Don’t go back to sleep. Your life is significant. You are so much more than just a dream. Be sold on who God made you to be! Be sold on what God is doing in your life! Wake up to who you are and have the guts to actually live your dreams. Take some time this week to outline steps you can and will immediately take in the direction of your dreams and living your authentic life. Find an accountability partner who will support you, push you, not fall for your excuses, and challenge any stinking thinking you may exhibit (Remember the way you think directly relates to how you respond to life.)- someone who won’t allow you to compromise your God-given greatness!
Email me at WendyInspires@gmail.com to let me know what steps you are taking and whom you chose to be your accountability partner. We can also connect and do the same thing on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Wendymreynolds. Follow me and I’ll follow you back. Just let me know you read this article. Let’s support one another. Not another day will we just dream a great dream and talk a good talk. No, today and from now on, we awaken, we arise, and we walk it out! Come on and shine. I see you. Let’s go!