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Stop and listen carefully to what some of the people around you are saying. Many of them express regret because they backed off from their dream of earlier years: a career not pursued, an opportunity left unseized, a relationship allowed to wither and die.
Decades later, they come back to it and think more about it. But for some, it’s too late. They can’t achieve their dream at any price. For others, the dream is possible but the price is much higher.
In his book, Put Your Dream to the Test, Dr. John Maxwell writes: ‘Going after a dream is like climbing a mountain. We will never make it to the summit if we are carrying too much weight. As we enter each new phase of the climb, we face a decision. Do we take on more things to carry, lay down things that won’t help us climb, exchange what we have for something else, or stop climbing altogether? Most people try to take too many things with them…when successful people climb, they let go of things or start changing them in order to reach a higher level…The payments required for reaching a dream never stop. The journey continues only if you keep paying the price. The higher you want to go, the more you must give up. The greater the price you pay, the greater the joy you feel when you finally reach your dream.’
Someone said a task without a vision is drudgery. A vision without a task is daydreaming. But a task with a vision is the pathway to victory and achievement.
So Jeff Gordon one of the best Nascar Drivers out there decides to pose as a mildmannerd ffamily man that only drives a mini-van. The car sales man smells blood in the water and gets him to test out a new Camaro.
This is classic
I have a fatal flaw; I am impatient. Though its my impatience that has gotten me very far, so it has it’s good moments.
There are moments in our life when things will feel stagnant. That no matter what we do and the amount of effort we put in we see barely if any at all results. The easy thing to do is to get angry frustrated and pissed off, and these are actually good emotions.
We’re geared towards pleasure and other good emotions so it puts off to be in somewhat unpleasant emotions.
These emotions are all part of the process of growth, and its in these moments of pain and frustration that we begin to grow.
In our careers/ passions the age period of 20-30 is when we learn mostly before we make any significant impact, this period is a period of learning; making mistakes, and learning from them.
There arent any shortcuts in life. We’re young and so its understandable to want everything to happen overnight. But timing is vital, and things will always come to us at the right time. While we wait patiently we’re developing qualities such as faith and hope.
“…We know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character hope.”
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|‘…Its parts should have equal concern for each other.’ 1 Corinthians 12:25|
When you buy a house, you need clearly marked boundary lines to let you know what’s yours and what’s not. Good boundaries make good neighbours. The Bible says, ‘Seldom set foot in your neighbour’s house-too much of you, and they will hate you’ (Proverbs 25:17 NIV).
So, how close is too close? Let’s look at three kinds of boundaries we establish between ourselves and others.
Rigid boundaries. These are designed to keep others at arms’ length and protect your private, self-absorbed world. Without saying a word, your attitude says: ‘Keep out, trespassers will be prosecuted!’ Why do we create such boundaries? Fear! We fear being known, controlled, hurt, or feeling inadequate and inferior. And our rigidity prevents intimacy. Our unwillingness to be vulnerable or to compromise leaves us defensive, isolated and lonely. Closeness and intimacy are things we long for, yet fear and avoid. We think, ‘You can’t hurt me if I keep you at a safe distance.’ But it doesn’t work. God designed us to share life’s victories and defeats, not to live in isolation. We are to ‘…have equal concern for each other. If one part [person] suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it’ (1 Corinthians 12:25-26 NIV). Rigid boundaries rob you of life-enriching relationships. ‘So what’s the answer?’ you ask. Reach out! You were created to give to others, and to receive what they have to give back to you. In giving you are fulfilled, and in receiving you are made complete. Anything less is just existing.