Most all of us have dreams, ambitions, goals or aspirations… at least of some kind. Things we want to do or become.
But sometimes life can get in the way, can’t it?
We may have intentions but the monotony of the day-to-day, the responsibilities and the busyness can leave us merely trying to survive… much less giving us any margin to thrive.
Days turn into weeks and weeks turn into years and if we aren’t careful we can find ourselves living but not being truly alive.
The good news though is that it doesn’t have to be this way.
We can do anything, if we make the choice to do so.
In my work with a number of highly successful leaders, best-selling authors and thought leaders I have recognized multiple traits that set them apart from the crowd. Things they do to live their lives on purpose and in a direction that makes them or their accomplishments admirable to others.
What I have found is that it’s not necessarily that they are smarter or better looking or more privileged… it has more to do with their drive and their perspective of how they see the world.
While the traits are many, here are 3 that we all can use to pursue our dreams and live our lives on purpose…
1. Believe – If you have a dream or an idea to pursue, believe in it and believe that you are capable of achieving it (no matter what anyone else tells you). It’s very possible that your idea is part of your purpose, the unique calling that God has placed on your life. If you don’t go after it then you’re not living the life that you were intended to live and you will feel out of balance as a result. If God gave you the idea then he will equip you to achieve it. It doesn’t mean that it will be easy or that you won’t encounter resistance along the way, after all no dream worth living was ever accomplished without hard work, persistence and determination. The resistance is part of the journey and what helps us to grow. Success in whatever it is you want to achieve may not come easy but it won’t come at all if you don’t believe it is possible.
2. Stop Waiting for Perfection – Perfection is a myth and you will never achieve it. You’re kidding yourself if you are waiting for the perfect time, the perfect place or the perfect sign. Waiting on perfection is just an excuse to procrastinate and bow down to the fear that tries to limit us. Almost every successful person I know is a doer. Yes, they think things through but they don’t over think it to the point of inaction. At some point you must do or you’ll just keep wishing you did.
3. Start Today with Tomorrow in Mind – If you want to achieve something big, recognize that it’s a marathon and not a sprint. There are very few real overnight successes. Most of what we see is the result of years of work. Start today and keep the end in mind. Like a brilliant sculpture is created by chipping away piece by piece, you too must do the same. Don’t get discouraged in the beginning, just keep chipping away. When you work with the end in mind, you are being intentional about your outcome. Being intentional is what keeps you on track towards the goal you wish to achieve.