We’ve all lost our way at least twice in our life, maybe in our teen years and again in our adult life and there is nothing wrong with you. What matters most will be your tight grip on the hopes and dreams you had to begin with. You are not too beat up, worn out, hurt, or disappointed to see those dreams come to pass! Remember, the difference between the most successful people and mediocrity is successful people don’t give up!
Recently I had an incredible opportunity to sit in a group of professional married women and speak…this was definitely outside of my comfort zone. These professional women were doctors, CEO’s, administrative assistants, and everything in between; what I learned was truly amazing and motivating, they actually joined my crowd. You see for years I believed I was the only one who struggled to manage day-to-day pressures of life without becoming overly stressed out and completely overwhelmed. I actually forgot what was most important. The constant exertion to redefine success became exhausting. Since, I’ve been able to piece together the puzzle pieces to see success cannot be driven mainly by profit; that model will compromise principles and push us into the endless shortchanging of quality and services for the ones who mean everything to an organization, the customer. We cannot allow ourselves to be the first responders in every situation, the destiny of all can only be impacted by shared experiences. The only way to truly make a positive difference in the lives of others is through the sharing of experiences and the lowering of our sail…we can’t live this life alone we need help and a crowd for the dark days.
The dark days? Yes, the days when you feel like you’re running in the hamster wheel making absolutely no progress…you’re holding on to survive instead thriving. So you might ask, “What difference can I really make?” or “How can I keep going when so many things are stacked against me?” or even better, “Why keep pressing forward when everybody has already told me it won’t work, it can’t be fixed-just walk away and dream a new dream?” We press forward and attack that mountain in front of us because the dreams that keep you up late at night and won’t let you rest are placed there for a purpose much greater than you! Love holds us together and carries us through the storms of life. Storms will come and often times the people who were “with” us when we began seem to have switched sides, they aren’t there anymore…they don’t understand or no longer believe in your dream and may even begin to question you. “Why do you continue to pursue your dream when so much is stacked against you?” The fire in your belly won’t let you quit! Sometimes you may feel that you don’t have the strength to press through; and that is just fine. Just as Moses held his arms in the air for Joshua and the Israelites we have “people” who we may or may not know who believe in each step we take to hold on and pursue our dreams, hopes, and goals. These people are standing in the crowd ignoring the negative thoughts (even in our minds), opposing viewpoints, and actions against our dreams. They believe we will make it over the mountain and they are in the crowd and they are cheering us on.
We may not hear them, but they are there softly cheering…”keep going, don’t give up now!” Life isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon! The loud voices telling us to give up, it’s too hard, too late, etc. are lies trying to keep you from your successes. We’ll face many mountains of hurt, disappointment, failure, regret, and fear…however if you allow yourself to remember that fire in your belly you had when the dream first came to you, you’ll make it over that mountain and look back and see only a molehill. Think about a marathon runner, the grueling pain they experience at some point during the race; it may begin to look hopeless and they want nothing more than to give up because it will somehow stop the pain. These runners experience so many different emotions and sometimes they come all at once. When you ask them, “How did you do that, how did you finish?” you may hear them say something like, “I just let the crowd bring me in.” So I say to you, DON’T GIVE UP! We all have a “crowd” and they are cheering us over the mountain. The hopes and dreams you had are still very much alive and even more possible now than they were when you first envisioned them. Remember, your crowd may be new but that doesn’t matter…they are still in your corner and believe in your dreams and know your fears, pain, disappointments and they are still right there cheering for you. Finish this leg of the race; don’t give up…press through and over the mountain to victory! It will look so much better once you’ve gotten to the top than it will if you give up!
2 Chronicles 31:21: “And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God, and in accordance with the law and the commandments, to seek his God, he did with all his heart; and he prospered.” Your greatest achievements and ultimate joy will only come from pressing through what seems to be insurmountable. Don’t give up, ignite the passion from within and move past hurt, pain, fear and disappointment; your best days are ahead not behind you…