I would venture to say that the majority of successful people are those who pursued their dreams despite having less than ideal circumstances and far from a guarantee that their ventures would prevail. However, the majority of people will not pursue their dreams to the fullest unless the circumstances line up in a way that can guarantee success. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way and that is why most dreams look more like wishes.
You have to start somewhere and you must know everyone starts small with very little physical evidence that there will be a success. I heard it describe that the very act of starting a business or being your own boss is an act of the utmost courage! However, in the midst of that courage, we can walk towards a higher purpose that is bigger than ourselves.
Tim Urban once referred to everyone as blank canvases, but unfortunately, most people are just painting white on white. They are working, but no one really notices. It is easy to hit cruise control in life and work through our days, weeks, and years with very little impact. Very few people live beyond themselves to add a splash of color in this world.
Now dreams don’t have to be these lavish things that must be world-renowned, but they do need to be relationally rich. They do need to be able to impact those in our sphere of influence. Some people’s sphere is larger than others, but we all have the ability to impact lives for the better. I can promise you that life will never make sense until you live for something bigger than yourself and until you start pouring your life into someone else.
I felt today very quickly that I simply wanted to share with you and maybe give you the permission to START! Just start! Start that business plan, build that website, start writing that book, start that blog, enroll in school, start serving, start that LifeGroup, start hustling on the side… Yes, it is scary…Yes, you have a ton to learn… Yes, it will harder than you can ever imagine… Yes, you will have to work your tail off… But YES it will be worth it. Tune out the fears that are screaming “what if you fail” or “what if it sets you back” and know that setbacks just give you a running start towards something greater! JUST START!
I wanted to leave you with an excerpt from J. Oswald Sanders’ book Spiritual Leadership
Procrastination, the thief of time, is one of the devil’s most potent weapons for defrauding us of eternal heritage. The habit of “putting off” is fatal to spiritual leadership. Its power resides in our natural reluctance to come to grips with important decisions. Making decisions, and acting on them, always requires moral energy. But the passing of time never makes action easier, quite the opposite. Most decisions are more difficult a day later, and you may also lose an advantage by such delay.