What are your dreams and goals? A lot of us use the phrase someday when we talk about them. We often put off taking that first step until it is too late. I wonder how many works of art died before they were ever realized? How many great stories were never told?
Kids dream big. Astronaut? President? Racecar driver? Sure!
Could it be that we were never taught how to reach our goals? When I had something I wanted to accomplish in the past I would often get caught up in my own thoughts, holding myself back. I would basically talk myself out of it. I would think, “I can never actually do that,” or, “I don’t have the education or the training.” Worse yet, “I don’t have the connections I would need to succeed with that.”
Do you see how I never even took the first step?
Today when I think about my goals, I investigate them. I learn everything I can about them and then I begin to chip away. I put one foot in front of the other. Each day I make progress in the direction I wish to go. I keep that mental picture of myself doing or succeeding at what I am dreaming about.
This is when I have learned to be patient. Let’s say I did arrive at the end without all the hard work in the middle. If that happened, I would not be ready for the success. Most likely I would fail. I wouldn’t have all lessons that I would need to fall back on that I should have learned on the way to reaching my goals.
God knows what I can handle – success and failure – and where I need to be. I have to trust in him on my journey to accomplish the dreams he has put inside me.
Ambitious dreams are great! Working towards them is part of life. Letting them die is a waste. I am sure that any cemetery is full of wasted possibilities and unfulfilled potential.
I do not know what legacy I will leave behind when I die, but I do know that I do not want to be remembered as the “Someday I’ll accomplish that,” guy.
There is no better time than right now to take that first step towards your goals.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.