I have big dreams for the future. Sometimes those dreams are so big and hazy that I can’t make them out quite clearly. Honestly, its pretty frustrating. I get this feeling in the pit of my stomach when I think about all of the things I want to do in my life and who I want to be. And then, all of the sudden I feel paralyzed because I can’t figure out how to get there. Does anyone feel me on this?
For the dreams that are clear I have this mental image of the steps it will take to get there and what I could be like – what life could be like! – once I take those steps. I’m pretty sure the frustration comes in knowing what I should be doing but not actually doing it, you know? Like, wanting to have this intimate, deep relationship with the Lord but being two weeks behind on my chronological reading study. Or, wanting to be a writer but not actually sitting down to blog more than once every month or so. I don’t know if the lack of doing is from fear of failing, a need for perfection or pure laziness. But my guess is it probably falls on the spectrum of all three.
The one thing I do know? The not doing isn’t getting me any closer to who I want be or what I feel the Lord has called me to do.
How do I move past that? How do I get past this mediocrity I’m feeling and take the steps I see clearly or even make moves towards the future thats hazy? Well, there’s not much I can do about the foggy vision except wait on the Lord for clarity. (I’m pretty sure the fact that I can’t see it is a pretty good indicator that I should be focusing on what is clear.) But the clear picture! Oh, the clear picture. That one I should be able to do!
You know, I once read this study about people that visualized their success beforehand actually being more successful because they had mentally envisioned it first. Can you believe that? Apparently its that easy! Something about being able to see yourself accomplishing what you’ve set your mind to allows you to actually do it.
So, I guess thats what I’ll do. I’ll eat that elephant one bite at a time and not just mentally see myself taking the steps to get where I’m going, but do those actual things – what a concept! Instead of sitting still, paralyzed by an overwhelming feeling of needing to do something, I’m going to actually DO it.
Maybe you can, too. Find those things that you can see yourself doing and do them! Make a list, cross them off – dream big! I have a sneaking suspicion that we are all a whole lot stronger and more capable than we think and that when the Lord gives us a clear picture for our lives it means he probably wants us to act on it.
I would LOVE to hear what some of your dreams and visions are for your life and help encourage you in them. Some of mine include writing more, honing a craft and taking more action in applying for teaching jobs.
We can do this! Let’s get going.
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