Here we are at the last and third of the three points I shared on the New Year New You 2014 Tele-Event. Just as a recap, the first point I shared with the women to help them live in and on purpose was to Do it Afraid. At some point in our lives, we get to a place were we can no longer let fear get in the way of purpose and destiny. Then I encouraged you to ‘Stop living for them and start living for YOU!’ You can not and will not be who and what God has called you to be if you continue to be what and who ‘they’ want you to be. When you finally come to that fork in the road where you know that it’s time to walk in your uniqueness and ‘differentness’ you need to make sure the path you take is the path designed for you by God NOT by others.
Now as we transition to the last step I gave, in order for you to do it afraid, and start living for you, you MUST take the first step TODAY! YES… do something.
Most times we are waiting for the right time but that day will never come if you don’t take the first step. I saw a sign that said ‘you can’t wait for all of the lights to turn green because they never will.’ I’m not sure who said it but it’s true. Waiting for the perfect time to start means you will be waiting forever. In his book, “In a pit with a lion on a snowy day,” Mark Batterson says,
‘that taking no risks is the greatest risk of all.’
He later goes on to say,
‘What sets lion chasers apart isn’t the outcome. It’s the courage to chase God-sized dreams. Lion chasers don’t let their fear or doubts keep them from doing what God has called them to do…. I’m absolutely convinced that our greatest regrets in life will be missed opportunities.’
You see the reason you haven’t taken the first step may not be because you are waiting for things to be perfect (or maybe it is) but that’s just the excuse that you use. Things will never be perfect even when you get a rhythm going once you get started. Things happen and life happens. So expecting things to be perfect just sets you up for even more disappointment. So let that go! However let’s get back to what you are really covering up and deal with why you haven’t started.
Could it be that you are afraid… YES.. AFRAID…
- afraid of failing
- afraid of what ‘they’ might have to say about you venturing out to do something they ‘dream’ about doing but won’t attempt
- afraid of disappointing people and yourself
- afraid it won’t work
- afraid it may work
- afraid that if you quit your job and it doesn’t work, you don’t have anything to fall back on
- afraid that the voice you hear and the tug you feel really isn’t from God
Believe me I’ve been there and once I told myself (well actually it was God) that if I didn’t try I would never know. I took the first step. That’s right… in order to find out if it will or won’t work, you have to take the first step and you have to take it TODAY!
You will not become an expert overnight. It takes time but it will never happen until you take the first step. Think about it about it this way…
“The expert in anything was once a novice or a beginner.”
The more risks and steps you take, the easier it becomes. Moving in spite of how you feel is called faith and faith is what drives fear right out of the way. With each step you take, each day you build your faith and minimize your fear. The only reason fear has so much power is because it’s what you are giving the most attention. You’ve heard me say this (or read it it previous blog posts) what you feed grows. If you feed fear… it will continue to paralyze and assassinate your dreams, purpose, goals and aspirations. But when you feed faith… My GOD! That’s when things start to happen.
Just put one foot in front of the other and take it one day, one step, one minute and one second at a time. It’s the exact way you would eat an elephant… one bit at a time. Maybe you’ve never heard of that before but when my coaching clients are having a hard time accomplishing BIG GOD-sized dreams and goals I ask them… how do you eat an elephant? Either I get this strange silence on the other end of the phone or I get strange looks… because at first they aren’t sure how you would tackle something so huge. But then when I share that the answer is one bite at a time… they all say… ooooohhhhhh it makes sense now.
So here’s your assignment, think about that one goal, dream or vision (just one for now because I don’t want to overwhelm you) and ask yourself what one thing can I do today. Then I want you to write it down and then I want you to GET YOUR BUTT MOVING! It’s just that simple, I don’t want you to overthink it. What one thing can you do today? Once you’ve figured it out– DO IT! Then share it with me below in the comments section. I want to be able to help cheer you on as you push into purpose!
Don’t wait another day. Take the first step… TODAY!
Until next time….
Choose to live in and on purpose!
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