As kids, many of us were told the sky was the limit. If we could dream it, we could be it. Our dreams were validated no matter how far-fetched they seemed. The support and acknowledgement made us feel as though anything was possible.
We were dreamers. We had a “save the world” mentality. We wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. We went from dreaming of being magical characters to entertainers, athletes, doctors who cure cancer, lawyers, cops, firefighters, educators, mad scientists, business professionals and more.
We thought we had our calling and purpose figured out before we knew the meaning of such terms.
As life happened, however, something changed.
We grew older and wiser (so we thought). Our purpose was not as solidified as it had been previously. Our support started crumbling. We went from being dreamers believing in the impossible to playing it safe and settling. We went from being told we could do the impossible to playing “20 questions” whenever we shared our visions for our lives.
“Do you know how long you are going to be in school for that?”
“You want to be stuck with all those student loans?”
“I hope you have a back-up plan because you know most people don’t get into that field , right?”
“Did you know most businesses fail within the first five years, so are you sure you want to start one?”
“What if you get shot? Are you willing to die for people you don’t know?”
Our dreams slowly died with our lack of support from well-meaning friends and family. We began living lives that weren’t meant for us. Calling and purpose went out the window with destiny. We adopted others’ visions for our lives.
Now we are trapped in an existence. We occasionally reminisce about those plans to chase destiny and live all she has to offer. However, we replay the questions, doubts, and fears that others have projected onto us and resume our existence.
Now is the time for a wake-up call…You do not need the permission of others to chase your dreams and live out your purpose! Click To Tweet
1. Your dreams are tied to a calling on your life that is uniquely yours.
Everyone has not been called to the same mission. Life would be pretty boring if that were the case. Stop expecting others to grab hold of a vision that doesn’t belong to them. Others perception of the world is a result of their experiences. Your vision belongs to you, which is why you see it in a light that those around you may not see. Be okay with that. They were crafted differently from you for a reason. You don’t need them to “see it” for you to move forward.
2. Following your dreams has a direct connection to your happiness.
Do you feel like you just exist? Do you feel like life is just passing you by? Do you find joy and happiness in your daily activities? Do you find joy and purpose in your work? True happiness and success is in loving what you do. You deserve the best life has to offer. Work doesn’t feel like work when living out your purpose. Challenges are perceived differently when operating in your calling. Obstacles become stepping stones that bring joy in overcoming them. Chasing your dream can take you from merely existing to living. Chasing your dream will give your life purpose and meaning.
3. Fulfilling your calling and purpose are your responsibility.
Your calling is your gift to the world. You must move beyond the idea that life is just about you. You possess skills, talents, and gifts that are needed to impact the world around you. It is your responsibility to make sure the world receives those gifts. No one can do this for you. You were created to fulfill a purpose. So, you must ask yourself “How many are missing out because I’m not operating in my calling?” You cannot afford to neglect your responsibility for the sake of others’ feelings and opinions.
It’s a wonderful thing to have the support of those closest to you when building your future. In reality, that’s not always possible though. It doesn’t mean they don’t love you. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are trying to be dream killers. Sometimes they think they are helping you by giving you a reality check before you fail.
You must remember their perception and your perception of your dream are not one in the same. Just because they believe it won’t work doesn’t make it so. Ultimately, you have a responsibility to yourself. It is your duty to live out the calling on your life. This world needs your gifts.
Don’t make us wait any longer. We need you.
See ya next week,