Sunday’s Snippet – 1

 

Hello purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers. Hope you’ve had a good week.

I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to my newbie followers and visitors.

My thanks to you all for taking the time to stop by.


 

Author and motivational speaker, Dr Mike Murdock, refers to “pictures of possibilities” hidden away in our imagination. He further goes on to describe these pictures as “dream seeds”.

We don’t have to be an expert gardener, or farmer to know that a seed once buried in the earth remains invisible and takes some time to germinate.  Before the desired result is achieved (crop, flower or plant), there is a necessary process. And all the while, this process requires the right conditions in order for the seed to flourish.

 

QUESTION:

Are you cultivating the right conditions for your dream seeds, or are you setting yourself up for crop failure?

 

The above snippet has been taken from one of my previous posts (Dream Seeds – Part 1). If you’ve never read this post, or if you’d like to refresh your memory, the post may be found here.

Wishing you a peaceful and productive week ahead.

 

CREDIT: the above CC0 image comes courtesy of Jill Wellington at Pixabay.com

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Be Your Best You!

 

Today, I give you no frills, no introduction, no build-up. Just the following motivational message.

 

 

 

Question:

Have you read a great book this year that has inspired, or motivated you? Please share in a comment box below and I’d love it if you could share how, or why this inspired you.

Many thanks in anticipation.

 

 

Live the Life of Your Dreams — The Light in the Heart

Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others. Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

via Live the Life of Your Dreams — The Light in the Heart

 

Hello folks,

I came across the above message – sweet, succinct and my sentiments exactly!

Had to share it with you all. 😃 💖

Have a great weekend!

Go Get Your Dream!

 

Do you have a dream? Then go get it!

 

GO

Move forward.

Proceed.

Travel in direction of.

Walk towards.

 

If you are not moving forward you are either stagnant or regressing!

 

GET

Achieve.

Obtain.

Own.

Make effort.

Possess.

Succeed.

 

You need to plan, pursue and execute!

 

YOUR

An inner compulsion.

Individual.

Personal.

Unique to you.

 

Not borrowed, coveted or stolen from others. So stop competing with the Joneses, with the Kardashians, with celebrities!

 

DREAM

Ambition.

Aspiration.

Desire.

Personal ideal.

Seed of imagination.

Vision.

 

Nurture and nourish your dream then trust God for its fulfilment!

 

And by way of further encouragement and motivation here’s a song to spur you on your way.

 

Have a great week dream-achievers and purpose-driven believers. And, if this post has encouraged you today please let me know in the comment box below. Likes, shares, ratings also highly appreciated.

 

CREDIT: This beautiful CC0 Image comes courtesy of San Wai Han at Pixabay.com

You Are Never Too Old To Dream – This Is Why!

 

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success…

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THEME THOUGHT:

You Are Never Too Old To Dream!

 

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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

 

I have seen the above quote attributed to C. S. Lewis and also to Les Brown. I am presuming that the quote originated from Lewis, but at this point I’m not that concerned. I’m just glad I found a quote relevant to this theme.

 

Fears of Passing Years?

Dear friend, follower or visiting reader, do you entertain fears that your ship has sailed, that opportunities have passed? Do you wonder whether you are too old, whether it’s too late to achieve your ambitions, pursue your destiny, follow your dreams?

It is tempting to think that dreams are only for the young. After all, they still have much of their lives before them. If they’ve not yet found their niche in life, not yet accomplished their goals, not yet discovered their purpose, then potentially, they have years in front of them to do so.

Well, whilst I was researching this topic, I was surprised to see a post from a woman who had entertained similar fears at the grand old age of 30yrs. So what of those who have moved past the age bracket of 30-40 yrs, or 50-60 yrs, even 70-80yrs?

 

Foolish or Faith-filled?

What of those who feel there are less years in front of us than there are behind us? What of those who are concerned that whilst time is slipping by, whilst maturity means we cannot abandon our responsibilities and run off into the sunset to pursue our dreams, the opportunity and potential for realising said dreams is ever decreasing?

Should we still hold onto our ambitions? Should we still cling to those cherished dreams? Should we still seek to discover and pursue our destiny?

Before I answer that question, let me just say that as purpose-driven believers, our first frame of reference whenever we want direction, need a troubling question answered, or seek godly wisdom for our lives, should be the Word of God. That said, what does the Bible reveal? Listen up!

 

Some Dreams are in God’s Hands

  • Abraham – fulfils his dream of fatherhood at 100yrs old (Genesis 21:5)
  • Caleb – at the age of 85yrs felt as fit as he was at 40yrs and subsequently fought and drove out the inhabitants of Hebron, taking that city as his inheritance (Joshua 14:10-14)
  • Moses’ dream of becoming Israel’s deliverer only started to take shape when he was 80yrs old (Exodus 7:7)
  • Simeon’s cherished desire to see the promised Messiah with his own eyes, came to pass when he was in the winter season of his life (Luke 2:25-32).

And so, if this message speaks to you where you are at, be encouraged dear one. You are never too old to dream!

Perhaps some of you are still sceptical. Yeah right, Lady Cee. I hear you. But how about showing me a modern day example – huh?

Ok. I will do.

 

A Modern-day Inspirational Icon

Have you heard of Deshun Wang? I do hope you haven’t! But if you have, allow me to refresh your memory.

Below is a 2min video (I beg you – please, please don’t skip it!).

Prepare to be blown away! Prepare to have your biases, concerns and reservations about old age and the pursuit of dreams challenged. Prepare to have negative preconceptions regarding the parameters of success dislodged.

And now, allow me the pleasure of introducing you to Deshun Wang.

 

 

Purpose-driven believer and aspiring dream-achiever, I trust you have been encouraged, inspired, yeah motivated afresh. Have a wonderfully blessed and fruitful week.

For further relevant reading check out:

Pursuing your dreams? Be tenacious! https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/a-dream-plus-persistence-success/

Use spare time wisely – whilst you are still able! https://apurposedrivenachiever.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/prodigal-or-profitable/

 

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Did you enjoy reading this post? Were you encouraged in any way? If so, please do not hesitate to let me know your response in the box below. As usual, your likes, comments and shares are gratefully received and appreciated.

CCO Image (courtesy of Pixabay.com)

 

How Are You Using Your Gift of Imagination?

You will always move in the direction of your strongest and most dominant thought.

 

One of the most beautiful gifts God has given you is your mind. There are two major functions of your mind. One is your memory, the other is your imagination. Both are God-given gifts that can help or hurt you. Your memory will photograph, file and replay pictures of your past. Your imagination, on the other hand, creates and preplays pictures of things you want to happen in your future.

Dream Seeds – Mike Murdock

 

SELF-SCRUTINY

Where are your thoughts focused – in the past, or towards the future?

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers – enjoy an abundantly blessed and productive week!

 

CCo Image: courtesy of Sophie Janotta  (Pixabay.com)

 

Focus, Focus, Focus!

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY (1st Monday of each month)

Sharing and Savouring Secrets of Success…

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THEME WORD: FOCUS

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Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.

Roy T. Bennett

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To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.

T.F. Hodge

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You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.

Sabrina Bryan

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I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.

Venus Williams

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When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.

Joel Osteen

 

The following is a short motivational video encouraging us to focus on our dreams.

 

SELF-SCRUTINY:

When it comes to following your dreams and pursuing your goals, have you  allowed your focus to be broken?

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers – Have a blessed and focused week!

 

Do you know…?

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Hello people,

I just wanted to post something short, sweet and motivational to set you up for the week ahead.  This song has been revolving around my mind for several weeks and I managed to find a short video that I think serves my purpose. Listen. Enjoy. Reflect and be inspired!

 

 

Purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers, have a great weekend.

 

 

 

 

Will You Leave A Lasting Legacy?

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

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ACHIEVE:

  • To reach, realize or attain (a goal, ambition, etc), especially through hard work
  • To earn or gain (a reputation, etc)
  • To be successful

(Chambers 21st Century Dictionary

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Billie Holiday - Image from Fotoshop Tofs (Pixabay.com)

 

Even though I didn’t know them personally, there have been several celebrities whose deaths have touched my heart. People like Michael Jackson, or the recently deceased Prince, who were the subject of untimely deaths. People like David Bowie and Victoria Wood, whose lives were snuffed out by terminal disease.

These individuals were talented and successful and shared their gifts with the world. Many of us enjoyed their songs, their musical or comic abilities. When they died, their gift died along with them.

However, at least we have the legacy of previously produced songs, scripts and sketches, which they have left behind. At least we can still recall, enjoy and celebrate their achievements.

Which set me thinking…

If I, or you were to leave this world unexpectedly, will we have left behind us a good and lasting legacy? Will we have contributed wholeheartedly of our abilities, gifts and talents?

I pray that the example of those whose writings, films, songs and innovations have brought pleasure and enrichment to our lives, will motivate us to develop and use our own gifts for God’s glory.

Purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers, let’s not go to the grave with our dreams unrealised, our gifts hidden under the bushel of procrastination, our talents buried under excuses, slothfulness or disillusionment. Let’s make every effort to glorify Christ, fulfil our God-given destinies and become dream-achievers.

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

Golda Meir

Pursue Creativity

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

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Creativity:

  • the ability to make new things or think of new ideas
  • the quality of being creative
  • the ability to create

Merriam Webster Dictionary

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 In my post Unlock Your Potential, I said:

as human beings, made in the likeness of our creative Father, [we] share the same incredible potential to find creative solutions in whatever context we may find ourselves. We have the same ability to make valuable contributions to the world in which we live”.

 

As purpose-driven believers and dream-achievers, are we nurturing a spirit of creativity in our lives?

I have selected the following inspirational quotes in a bid to both influence our thoughts about and, encourage us toward creativity, whilst we pursue our dreams… whilst we journey towards our destiny.

 

  • Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. Edward de Bono

 

  • Creativity is bound up in our ability to find new ways around old problems. Martin Seligman

 

  • There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period. Brene Brown

 

  •  An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. Edwin Land

 

  • Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. Steve Jobs

 

  • I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few. Brene Brown

 

  • When we are angry or depressed in our creativity, we have misplaced our power. We have allowed someone else to determine our worth, and then we are angry at being undervalued. Julia Margaret Cameron

 

  • There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. Sophia Loren

 

  • Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting. Edward de Bono

 

  • A lot of people forget how important it is to be creative. We get caught up in getting ahead and in day-to-day minutiae. But creativity is a fundamental mode of expression, as is being tenacious and standing by your own convictions and passions, even if it’s not the ‘popular’ choice. Tabatha Coffey

 

SELF SCRUTINY

Did any of the above quotes resonate with you?

If creativity is not something you have actively pursued in your life to date, have any of the above quotes inspired you to change that this year?

If creativity has been a feature of recent endeavours, were you happy with the result? Bearing my above quote in mind, how did it make a positive contribution to the lives of others?

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post. Please share your comments in the box below.

Unlock Your Potential

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Potential – the range of capabilities that someone or something has; powers or resources not yet developed or made use of (Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)

“Potential is like a seed.  It is buried ability and hidden power that needs to be cultivated.”  Myles Munroe, Understanding Your Potential

You may not believe it. You may not want to accept it as truth. Nevertheless I am going to say it – you have enormous potential! How can I say that? Because you are the handiwork of a master creator! We have seen and marvelled over the work of God’s hands, the ingenuity of his mind.  As people made in his image, that same capacity for creativity, that same potential for greatness lies within each man, woman and child.  However, the onus is upon us to discover, develop and nurture it.

Humour me for a moment and let’s travel back in time to the Garden of Eden.  When God created Adam, He gave him a specific task to fulfil (see Genesis 2:19-20).  Adam had no one else to consult, no one with whom he could confer and no one to emulate.  He simply had to get on with his assignment, drawing from inner resources to fulfil his responsibility. Can you appreciate the creativity and imagination required for Adam to name every beast and every bird? (I sometimes find it hard to come up with a suitable password!)

These two verses paint a scenario of significant achievement.  They demonstrate that we as human beings, made in the likeness of our creative Father, share the same incredible potential to find creative solutions in whatever context we may find ourselves. We have the same ability to make valuable contributions to the world in which we live. That is potential with a capital P!

In order to grasp the reality and scope of what lies within each one of us, I want you to consider potential as a seed – the seed of a fruit tree.  Now that seed contains the latent ability to develop into a tree and produce fruit and that fruit contains more seeds and therefore the potential for more trees…  more fruit…  I’m sure you’re getting the picture.

You and I are like that seed. Within each of us lies a fount of untapped ability and resources – the stuff of dreams! Yet, according to scientists, we use as little as 10% of our abilities. A shocking fact, when one realises that within most of us, as much as 90% of our capabilities lie dormant.

Regarding human potential, American philosopher and psychologist, William James, had this to say: “Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources. Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives far within his limits. He possesses power of various sorts which he habitually fails to use.”

So how do we remedy this habitual failing and unlock our potential? How can we tap into that fount of creativity?  Winston Churchill believed that “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential”.  It sounds simple and accessible doesn’t it? Not superhuman strength, or super-intelligence – just continuous effort. It would be easy to dismiss Churchill’s observation as being too simplistic.  I mean if that’s the case, why aren’t people generally more creative? Why don’t we experience an ever-flowing release of our potential?

Well, I believe the key lies in the phrase ‘continuous effort’. Not now-and again effort, once in a blue moon effort, only when I’m in the mood effort – but continuous effort! Does that mean becoming a workaholic, or being so driven your life becomes unbalanced? Absolutely not! It means you and I have to learn to adopt a mind-set that focuses on an end goal. It means arming ourselves with a determined will to find a way through obstacles and go all the way to the finishing line. It means being persistent despite difficulties or discouragement, for they will surely raise their ugly heads during the course of our pursuits. It means not expecting God (or anyone else) to present us with a silver platter of opportunities from which we can select our heart’s desires. It means not resting on our laurels.

In his book An Enemy Called Average, John L. Mason challenges believers to step away from the well-trodden path of mediocrity.  He says: “If you choose not to step out and make maximum use of the gifts and talents in your life, you will spend your days on this earth helping someone else reach his goals.  Most people let others control their destiny. Don’t allow anyone to take over the driver’s seat in your life.  Fulfil your own dreams and determine your own life’s course.”

If the above speaks to you where you are at right now, are you ready to accept Mason’s challenge? Are you prepared to discover and utilise your unique skills and abilities, your God-ordained purpose? Will you commit to developing your potential?

RESOURCE LINKS:

http://www.amazon.com/Enemy-Called-Average-John-Mason/dp/089274765X

Dream Seeds: Part 2

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In my previous post, I referred to the concept of dream seeds –
pictures from our imagination hidden away in our heart.  I mentioned
how these seeds take time to germinate and required the right
conditions in order to flourish. I spoke about dreams and how they
required both patience and dogged commitment if we want to see and
enjoy their manifestation and I concluded with a challenge to
resurrect dead dreams or in the case of deferred desires, to cling to
the hope of eventual fulfilment.

Now some of you might be sighing and I wouldn’t be surprised if others
are thinking: I’ve heard this all before.  I’ve tried the
goals/time-management thing and it just doesn’t work!  If this is you,
then I suspect you have not read Donna B. Comeaux’s  article “Success is a ‘choice’ away”, as recommended in my first post.  If that  is the case, then I encourage you to read it now before going any  further.  However, if you have read it (but forgotten the message and  challenge of this thought-provoking post), then my advice to you is:  STOP making excuses – instead, make opportunities! Become a  dream-achiever.

Easier said than done?  I both agree with you and relate.  But who
said following our dreams would be easy? Experience of everyday life
with its twists and turns should prepare us for the reality, yet still
we can feel flummoxed by the task of discovering and developing our
potential. Still, we expect the process of achieving our dreams to be
easy. Why?

Is it because we’ve been brainwashed by bulletins,
deceived over documentaries and seduced with stories about businesses,
celebrities and entrepreneurs that have become an “overnight success”?
But we know better than that – right?  We know that there’s no way
these individuals got up one morning and experienced success the
following day, week or month. So if we have somehow fallen into this
make-believe trap, we need to ask ourselves: why should it be any
different for me?

I’ve realized that it takes courage to achieve your dreams.  It takes
courage because there will be obstacles. Listen to what the Brazilian
author of best-selling and internationally acclaimed book, “The
Alchemist”, has to say:

“I was struggling to establish myself as a writer and to follow my
path despite all the voices telling me it was impossible.  And little
by little, my dream was becoming reality. Ten, a hundred, a thousand,
a million copies sold in America.

…The book has been translated into fifty-six languages, has sold more
than twenty million copies, and people are beginning to ask: What’s
the secret behind such a huge success?

The only honest response is: I don’t know.  All I know is that, like
Santiaga the shepherd boy [protagonist] we all need to be aware of our
personal calling.  What is a personal calling? It is God’s blessing.
It is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. […] However, we
don’t all have the courage to confront our dream.” Paolo Coelho

So there we have it. One dream-achiever’s frank account of his journey
towards success – a journey that required him to overcome overwhelming
obstacles of self-doubt, personal struggles, nay-sayers and
dream-slayers, until eventually the arduous terrain altered and he
found himself on ‘Success Street’.

In “Forgetting Your Past – Turn Your Pain Into Purpose”, Bob Gass says:
“The greatest tragedy that could happen to you would be to grow old
and know that somewhere along the way you’d lost yourself, and never
succeeded at being who God called you to be.”

Another writer believes that a wealth of dreams and unfulfilled potential lies forever lost within burial grounds. The late Myles Munroe, author of “Understanding Your Potential”, mourned the loss of untapped resources within individuals, which result in aimless lives, haphazard decisions and the tragedy of what should have been.

Do you regret wasted years and lost opportunities? Then ask your
Heavenly Father, to redeem the time that you have left here on earth.
He is capable of making you super-productive… of accelerating your
progress.

Remember Joseph? His dreams of power and prestige seemed
ridiculous, even impossible when he was sold into slavery and later
imprisoned but he continued to hone his abilities, working for and
serving others with diligence.  At God’s appointed season, Joseph was
promoted to the position of Pharaoh’s right-hand man – his dreams came
true!

Oprah Winfrey is credited as having said: “The biggest adventure you
can take is to live the life of your dreams.”  My question and
challenge to you is: will you? Will you leave the security of your
comfort zone and embark on that adventure? Will you tap into your
potential? Will you follow your dream?

Congratulations to those of you who have already discovered your
God-given purpose and are fulfilling your dreams  – keep going, keep
achieving! For those of us who may be struggling to find that path,
I’ll leave you with this final thought by Janet Autherine, author of “Growing into Greatness with God: 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons and Daughters”:

“Greatness is finding your natural talent, fuelling it with passion,
planting it in well-nourished soil, and toiling in the garden until it
breaks through the earth and reaches for the stars.”

RESOURCE LINKS:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Alchemist-Paulo-Coelho/dp/0061122416
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alchemist-Paulo-Coelho/dp/0061233846
http://www.amazon.com/Forgetting-Your-Past-Turn-Purpose/dp/0882708171
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Forgetting-Your-Past-Bob-Gass/dp/0882708171
http://www.amazon.com/understanding-your-potential-discovering-hidden/dp/156043046X

Dream Seeds: Part 1

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About to get married in a few months’ time I was worried, really concerned. You see I did not consider myself to be much of a talker. I had a strict upbringing and grew up at a time when children were “seen but not heard”.  So I was used to keeping myself to myself, keeping my opinions locked away in my heart.  Now that I was about to acquire a husband and fully expected to be with him until death do us part, I was afraid that I would not know what to say to him.  I was afraid that the demise bit referred to above, would come sooner rather than later – since my non-existent conversational skills would surely bore him to death!

As it happens, I need not have worried. More than two decades later, my husband chides me for interrupting him when he speaks and for anticipating (wrongly) what he is about to say, then finishing off his sentences. And I suspect he secretly despairs about my tendency to become extremely chatty at bedtime when all he wants to do is slip away peacefully to the land of nod.

Now as I embark on this new journey into the blogosphere, I feel some trepidation. Will I make it? Will my potential readership want to know or even care about what I have to say? Will my dream of entertaining, influencing and inspiring others through my writing come to pass, or will it bite the dust? Only time will tell.

Despite my trepidation, I’ll admit I’m also quite excited.  To see one of my dreams take shape and become a reality after years and years of yearning… thinking… procrastinating… being side-tracked… more procrastination… forsaking… dream-retrieving… then finally doing – is beyond awesome.

So why did it take me so long? Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington believes: “dreams without goals are just dreams and they will ultimately fuel disappointment!” Okay.  I agree.  I not only agree, I can even testify that I made goals (very often the same goals) year after year, after year. Maybe there are some of you out there who can relate.

Well, Dan Rockwell (blog owner of Leadership Freak) explains that making long-term goals give us direction, whilst setting short-term goals spur action.  He further advises: “deadlines turn dreams into reality”.  My failure to set and commit to a timescale was a significant (but not the only) factor that immobilised me.

In his book Dream Seeds, author and motivational speaker, Dr Mike Murdock, refers to “pictures of possibilities” hidden away in our imagination and he further goes on to describe these pictures as “dream seeds”.  We don’t have to be an expert gardener, or farmer to know that a seed once buried in the earth remains invisible and takes some time to germinate.  Before the desired result is achieved (crop, flower or plant), there is a necessary process. And all the while, this process requires the right conditions in order for the seed to flourish.  Is it any wonder then that in the midst of everyday life with its demands and disappointments, its trials and traumas, its ups and downs, the majority of our dream seeds result in crop failure?

Do you have a dream, or have you allowed people, circumstances, even your own self to abort, or uproot it? If you have a dream but you are struggling to keep it alive, don’t be weary – take heart. It may seem like trite counsel but historical evidence from people such as Thomas Edison, has proven the truth of a well-known proverb: “if at first you don’t succeed try, try again.”

Life coach and author, Jason Harvey asks: “Are you just “showing up” in your life or are you taking an active role in guiding it to reach your full potential and dreams?” If your response to Harvey’s question is to make a bunch of excuses, I implore you to read Donna B. Comeaux’s excellent article: Success is a “choice” away (see link below). There’s just no way after reading this post that you could come away still feeling your excuses are justified.

Yes, dreams are notoriously difficult to translate from the sphere of our imagination into the realm of reality but not impossible. It takes planning, persistence and much perspiration. Perhaps you are someone who has given up on your dream. Whether big or small, why not make the decision now to recapture that abandoned desire or aspiration?

Meanwhile, in a bid to both encourage and spur into action, I close with the following words by American poet and playwright, Langston Hughes:

Dreams

Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow.

SEED THOUGHT:   Dreams require goals with deadlines

SELAH (pause & consider):  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1)

SELF SCRUTINY:   Are you burying a talent or planting a dream seed?

What small step will you take this week towards achieving one of your goals?

RESOURCE LINKS:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dream-Seeds-Mike-Murdock/dp/156394149X http://www.amazon.co.uk/Achieve-Anything-Just-One-Year/dp/0981363903 http://awriterfirst.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/success-is-a-choice-away/

Dream-achievers!

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What does  Rick Warren (best-selling author), David Oyelowo (celebrated actor), or Ashley Smith (Born-again ex drug addict), have in common? Read on, and you will see!

But first, can I let you into a secret? This blog should have been launched in the summer of last year (2014)! For various reasons it was not. Suffice it to say that Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life (one of my motivations for this blog’s existence) and the film Captive  (recently released in the UK), are big factors in my decision to launch it now.

Warren’s inspirational book played an important role both in this film and in the life of Ashley Smith, the single mother, whose life-threatening experience is captured in this crime drama.

When I first heard about the film and its plot, I dismissed it as improbable and ridiculous. Imagine my utter surprise when I discovered it was based on a true story (truth, as they say, is sometimes stranger than fiction!). It got my attention and changed my mind. I resolved to go see it.

I did, and very much enjoyed this faith-based film, the more so I think because of its connection with a real-life incident and because David Oyelowo, who played the lead, is an excellent actor. Furthermore, not only did Oyelowo (a Christian) deliver a sterling performance, I was impressed and thrilled to learn that he was also a producer of the film. Which brings me round to my reasons for choosing to launch this blog now.

Premier Christian Radio interviewed both Ashley Smith and David Oyelowo. You can listen to these two interviews (see links below) but I regret they are only available for 30 days from the date they were aired (24 and 29 September respectively). I appreciate your time is precious, so be warned, the breakfast shows are approx. 2hrs long. If you wish to fast forward, I have included the specific segment period below where each interview occurs. Happy listening!

If you decide not to listen, or you arrive at this page after these interviews have been withdrawn, I do hope you will enjoy what the rest of this site has to offer.

INTERVIEWS:

  1. Ashley Smith reveals how her life changed when 10 years ago, wanted murderer and rapist, Brian Nichols broke into her home: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Weekday/Inspirational-Breakfast/Episodes/Inspirational-Breakfast333  (interview segment = 1:10:30 to 1:22:35)
  2. David Oyelowo discusses his faith, the film’s themes of forgiveness and hope and, his belief that no one is beyond redemption: http://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Weekday/Inspirational-Breakfast/Episodes/Inspirational-Breakfast336 (interview segment = 1:12:50 to 1:25:24)
In my book, Rick Warren, Ashley Smith and David Oyelowo are all dream-achievers. For a long, long time, my heart’s desire was to be a professional, prolific and published writer.  I’m not sure why it took so long for me to take advantage of the blogging platform, which is here literally for the taking.
Although I cannot help but mourn over the valuable loss of time and potential opportunities, I am so glad I have finally taken the plunge. I’m moving myself into position to become a dream-achiever.
Is there a secret desire of your heart that you’ve been denying yourself? If so, what’s holding you back?