On your pursuit to being awesome some things and many people will have to be ignored. When you begin to pursue the dreams that are hidden deep within your heart they will not make sense to everyone. On the surface, others will view your pursuit as futile, crazy, absurd and even ridiculous. Your dream may have absolutely nothing to do with the degree you obtained or the career you’ve established since you graduated. Your dream may have no relation to your current trade or skill, and that’s okay. As a matter of fact, it’s great, exciting and commendable because you’re taking a leap of faith to do what others only dream of doing. You’re taking a step to actually do and become the things you’ve dreamed of instead of living the daily nightmare of going to a job that disconnects you from your dream.
A quote that best describes the journey we often encounter on the road to being awesome is “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win” (Gandhi). Though it is somewhat disheartening to know that we will be ignored and laughed at, we have to stay focused on the victory of “pursuing.” There is victory in having the courage to actually begin the pursuit. How many cemeteries are full of potential? My guess is A LOT because we so often live based on the opinions and thoughts of others. We live with the desire to be affirmed and accepted by others. It’s funny that we allow feelings of discomfort (i.e. being ignored) to allow us to become comfortable with accepting the decision to ignore our dreams. It’s funny that we allow those temporary feelings of discomfort to make us comfortable with making decisions that create lasting feelings of regret, as we settle for being average and accepted.
I don’t know about you but that’s certainly not the life that I want for myself. Furthermore, it’s not the life that God wants for us. He sees us as a beautiful creation that is great and powerful. He sees us a man and woman made in His own image who is capable of doing ALL things through Him (Gen. 1:27 & Phil. 4:13). So why don’t we see ourselves this way? Why are we okay with dying full of potential? Why are we okay with living each day for others instead of living for God and for dreams? These are questions that only we as individuals can answer. Only you know what holds you back. Only you understand the reasons why you desire to be affirmed and accepted rather than pursuing your dreams, and accepting the possibility of being rejected and ignored for a short time.
When God created you, He desired for you to live on earth temporarily but live a life that leaves a lasting impact. He desires for you to leave a legacy. Leaving a legacy means living a life that’s set apart from the opinions and thoughts of others but one that is connected to the love and faith of God. In other words, He desires for you to leave a legacy by living for Him. The only way that happens is to become unconcerned with others’ thoughts of you. It happens by saying “you know what, I was made for a great purpose, and today I am going to pursue my purpose. Today, I am going to pursue the hidden dreams of my heart and trust that God has my future in His hands.” (Ps. 31:14-15)
As explained by Gandhi, the road to awesome will not always be easy and there will definitely be plenty of critics. You will have haters and people who dislike you and the work that you do. However, none of those things or people matter because in the end, you WIN. In the end, you get to live life as a champion. You get to live as the person who pursued their dreams, accomplished their dreams and even inspired a few people along the way to do the same. In the end, you WIN. You have been formed with a purpose so begin to live in it and live for it. Ignore the opinions of others. Be comfortable with standing alone because God is always with you (Is. 41:10). Most of all, become enthused about the dreams in your heart and don’t allow another year to pass without taking a step to see God bring them to pass.
Today begins the first day of your pursuit to being awesome! If this post moved you to begin your journey, please let me know by either leaving a comment or sending me an email at email@example.com. I am going to begin saying a daily prayer for those who are ready to begin pursuing their dreams and I would love to add you to my list. Be encouraged today my friend!
Happy Monday! 🙂
This post was inspired by Jon Acuff’s book “START.”