It is hard to believe that we have just completed mOnTh FiVe of the six-month dream challenge! For the last month (September) we are going to be FeAtuRiNg women who are LiViNg tHeiR DrEaM. We are excited to showcase their accomplishments. These women will be our Woman Of The Week (we will share their story on Fridays). We hope you EnJoY!!
If you have a dream, how do you know it is LeGiT? One of the best pieces of AdViCe I have ever received is to “AlWaYs FoLLoW PeAcE.”
Peace is that knowing deep in your HeArT what is “RiGhT”.
And it will never lead you WrOnG.
This past SpRinG as I trained for a marathon I had a friend SuRpRiSe me with this necklace. On it is an engraving of the the word “BeLiEvE”, a runner, and May’s birthstone representing the month of the race. During the long winter months of training it was a constant ReMiNdEr of the finish line and what I was working so HaRd for.
In pursuing your dreams you may find it motivating to have something TaNgIbLe to stay focused on. It can be a PiCtUrE that you rip out of a magazine, a rock that you paint and use as a paperweight or whatever it is that InSpIrEs you. Find that thing that PoInTs you to your dream and DrEaM On BaBy!
Have you found your SwEeT sPoT? If you are still trying to figure that out, take a look at what “CliCks” for you. Where do you seem to get good ReSuLts and in almost an UnCaNnY way things just work out for you? It is sort of like jumping into a river and the CuRrEnT sweeping you downstream. You may have to paddle a bit to stay on course, but there is an underlying FoRcE moving you forward. Some people may refer to this as the stars aligning or just plain ‘ole luck, but I believe that finding your “sweet spot” will bring the FaVoR and pLeAsUrE of God in your life. When you find your “sweet spot” you find what God created you for and that brings God great DeLiGhT!
Find that thing that “cLiCkS” for you, that thing that brings so much sAtisFacTion to your soul that you feel as though you get “lost” in the moment and where time stands still. Because when you get to the point that you can “click it” it may be that you have found your TiCkiT!
Still trying to find your “SwEeT sPoT”? If so, take a look at what fuels you, not just what you love to do and what you are good at. If what you are doing is making you feel drained and “spent”, chances are you haven’t found your “sweet spot”, at least not yet. If so, take heart and KeEp LoOkInG!! Your “sweet spot” will be a place you are EnErGiZeD and revitalized. It will be a place that you are at the top of your game, a place where the creative juices just seem to flow.
When looking for your “sweet spot” think EnerGizEr BuNnY. Nothing outlasts it and it keeps GoIng and gOiNg and GoiNg and gOinG….
I love to watch people who are “NaTuRaLs”. Whether it be in music, theatre, business, communication, athletics, etc, I find that these people are mesmerizing because they are so good at what they do. They make it look EffOrtLess and in a way it is, because their gift just naturally flows out of them. It’s as singer and actress Pearl Bailey observed when she said,
“There are two kinds of talent, man-made talent and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent, you just ToUch iT Up once in a while.”
I’m not saying you don’t have to work hard to achieve your dreams, because from my experience, hard work has always been a requirement, but I do believe that you will have to work a whole lot harder if your talent is a man-made one.
One way to find your “SwEeT sPoT” is to find out what you’re God-given talent is. This may take some time and definitely some experimenting but it’s well worth it.
How do find what you’re good at? Take a look at what comes easy to you, but not necessarily for others. That is where you are going to get the greatest return on your investment, the biggest bang for your buck.
If you are looking for your God-given talent, remember Go WiTh tHe fLoW, Baby!
What do you LoVe to do so much that you could do for the ReSt of your LiFe and you would do it for FrEe? Chances are your PuRpOsE in life is hiding behind that question.
When searching for your purpose look for the things that you are pAsSioNate about. What do you love to do?
That’s not to say you should only do things that you love, especially if you are trying to figure out what your purpose is. There are numerous stories of successful people who didn’t realize initially what their passion was. Instead, they just took advantage of an opportunity and Voi-La! The passion surfaced.
You’ve probably heard the saying that it’s easier to to “StEeR a mOviNg car vs. a PaRkEd one”. Maybe it is time to get moving and volunteer, take a class, pick up a new hobby, change careers or take advantage of an OpPorTuNity that has been presented to you.
If you’re looking for your passion get the car mOviNg and EnJoY the ride!
I went through a time in my life where I was fRusTrAteD in almost every aspect of my life. Things just didn’t seem to be going well for me. I felt mediocre, or worse, like a failure. That is when I remembered a couple of compliments I had been given years earlier by two separate individuals. They both said the same thing, “Robynn is the NiCeSt person I know.” I remember being floored that two people who didn’t even know each other and didn’t live in the same city said the same exact thing.
My point in sharing that story is not to say I’m the nicest person around because it turns out that I know fRiEndLier aNd NicEr people than I am and I try to emulate these people. Instead my purpose in sharing this story is to show how these people had seen my gifting, my tAleNt which is being fRieNdLy and enCouRagiNg to others. That is my StrEngTh.
When I thought back to these comments the LigHtBuLb went off!! I wasn’t operating in my GIFT, instead I was trying to be someone else. I was trying to emulate people who have strengths in the areas of my weaknesses and when I did I failed.
What gifts and talents do others see in you? Maybe it’s not even something that you have ever considered being a gift or a talent. Maybe you have blown off CoMpliMenTs thinking that people are “just saying that”, “don’t really mean it”, or “are just trying to be nice” . It may be time to take their compliments to heart. Could it be that they are pointing you to your “SwEeT sPoT” without you even knowing it?
Do you have one? A StRoNg-WiLLeD ChiLd, that is. I actually have two, but my youngest is the one with the strongest will. You better believe that she can throw a full-fledged fit and scream at the top of her lungs for hours on end. Literally. I wonder how I ended up with not one, but two of these precious little darlings. After all, I was the compliant child and what you sow you reap, right?
My response to this mayhem? I refuse to be manhandled by a 3-year old. So, BriNg iT DaRLiN’ because If wE tAnGo I promise you, I will always win. I do tell her that frequently. We even rehearse this dialog often:
MOM: “Who is in charge?”
CHILD: “You are.”
MOM: “So, that means that who is NOT in charge?”
CHILD: “We (her and her sister) are not in charge.”
Besides my children, there is another strong-willed child I have to deal with almost every day – a.k.a. ME!! It’s that undisciplined part of me that only wants convenience and comfort. It willingly cooperates, but only if it doesn’t involve sacrifice and hardship of any kind.
This strong-willed child is my public enemy number one. It is 99% of my problems. It’s what stands between me and my goals. It refuses to cooperate with my plans, wants its own way, and will throw a fit if it doesn’t get it.
How do I handle this strong-willed child? The same way I handle my strong-willed 3-year old. Sheer determination to be the LaSt oNe StAnDiNg. Feelings, comfort, and convenience will have to take backseat, because I will win this one. I promise.