Does that title sound exciting to you? Or does it sound a little selfish? Maybe you think I’m writing about taking time out to get a mani-pedi or treating yourself to something shiny and new because you worked really hard this past year. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the gifts you have inside of you that you AREN’T using.
When was the last time you worked toward the hopes and dreams you had for your life? Sure, those dreams can change a little bit as we get older and wiser, but is your life where you want it to be? Are you heading in the direction you wanted to go? Or did you get diverted off that path due to circumstances, or finances, or family problems, or the choices others made for you, or the wrong choices you made for yourself?? (We’ve all been there.)
I received the book Writing Right to Success in the mail today, and as I was reading it I realized there was one factor that set me apart from many of the writers in the book. Many of these authors were encouraged to follow their dreams and to use their God-given gifts of communication. Sounds great, right? But, this is where I am different.
I wasn’t encouraged to do anything with my life.
I was told if I applied to a college, which was the ONE thing I wanted to do (so I could become a teacher one day), and got into the school–it wouldn’t matter, because I wouldn’t be allowed to go. Period.
But that my friends is another story, for another day. . . .
The point is that you don’t need someone else to validate your dreams.
You just need to DECIDE to follow your dreams. GIVE yourself this gift.
The dreams you had for your life when you were growing up were directly related to the gifts God had placed inside of you. And they still ARE. Maybe the dream you had for yourself was to help people who were poor like you were. But maybe as an adult you feel lucky just to survive the 9-to-5 grind. Or maybe you wanted to be a doctor, but didn’t have the math skills or the money to stay in school for eight years.
Whatever the case may be, don’t let these dreams go.
The dreams of childhood (before you became jaded by life) are closely tied to your innate gifts. Sure, the implementation of the dreams and goals may be different than what you imagined, or maybe not, but they are still attainable in one form or another.
So, during this holiday season, think about where your life is and where you want it to be. (And this is nothing to get depressed about, but excited about! Can we say “New Beginnings!”)
- Write down the dreams you had for your life as a child.
- Then write down the dreams you have for your life now.
- (Have the dreams changed or grown a little bit? That’s okay.)
- Then on a separate page for each Dream-Goal, start listing the choices you can begin making that will start you on the path to fulfilling those dreams.
- And then START today.
- Purposefully and with intention, START making choices that will lead you to your dream.
- DECIDE who you want to be, and make decisions and choices that point toward your goal.
- Remember, it’s the little foxes that destroy the vines.
- It’s the little NON-DECISION-DECISIONS that can keep you on the couch instead of LIVING your life with intention and purpose.
GIVE the gift of who you were meant to be—TO Yourself this Christmas & in the New Year.
GIVE yourself the GIFT of You.
GOD thought you were pretty important to the world, or He wouldn’t have sent you here.
GOD thought Jesus was pretty important too, so partner with Him for true fulfillment.
And by the way God does fulfill dreams, because not only did I go to college later–but now I even teach in them!!
With much love for you,