1 pkg passion, firmly packed
1 large scoop of courage
1 or more ideas, explored and developed a bit
2 or more good friends and family members to come alongside
1 dose of reality check
Several prayers, mostly listening
Courage is something that frightens one. Strength in the face of pain or grief.
bravery – valour – valor – pluck – gallantry – nerve
Any dream worth realizing will require courage. Recently, a friend said that life is traumatic, even if nothing overly terrible happens. There is a point to this. Rejection, disappointment, failure and things that shake us up are part of the deal.
Courage is not “lack of fear,” it only shows up when there is fear or something challenging with which to deal.
“If you have a small dream for life, then you will have a small life, but if you dream a big dream; then you will have a big life.” (Yonggi Cho)
This pastor of perhaps the largest Church in the world goes on to say that suffering is part of walking into big dreams. Or if you prefer, destiny. Back to courage!
Destiny is now, not sometime in the future. We walk it out day by day. To sit around waiting for destiny to happen or for dreams to come true on their own is to wait for a lifetime with no results.
*Put your dreams before you every day. Write them on a poster and hang it above your bed so that you see it first thing.
*Surround yourself with people who will encourage, inspire, challenge and cheer you on. Nay sayers are not for you.
*Turn dreams into goals: What steps come first, then second…? How will you know that you completed a step?
*Count the cost. What are the pitfalls? What barriers do you need to address?
*Check out resources: What do you need? Where can you get it?
*Have fun; keep on keeping on.
Here is some advice I was given that I pass on to you:
Follow your dreams and the vision that God has given you. Don’t allow fear to circumvent what you have to give to others. I have learned to “feel good about myself”
No, I’m not dealing with the things that discourage you (natural feelings on your part) but I do believe that you are a living testimony to others.