That is the exact thing I have been asking myself.
Last week I met a man on a plane to Austin. He was in the Army and had many amazing stories to share. We got to talking about life and his dreams post-army. His deepest longing was to own a shop to work on old cars, to have a high reputation and show his cars at shows and work on them with his young boys. I was so excited for him. I could hear the passion in his voice when he talked about cars. I asked him "So when are you going to start on this!?" His response fell lackluster to his previous passions, he shrugged and muttered "Its just a dream, I'll probably end up working in management somewhere. It is safe and I am pretty good at it."
When did we stop being so courageous with our hearts? Maybe it was when life left us feeling empty for a season, or when we failed at work or in school, or look a leap of faith and fell flat on our face. When the waves of life come rushing in (and they will) we need to use these setback experiences to learn to swim. To swim with the tide of our vision, to swim against the currents that swoop us under, and too float on the love that is always, always for us.
Cool. So how to we get there? What does it look like to recklessly pursue your calling?
1. Know your calling.
What are you on this earth for? Some ways to find out is to ask yourself: What is your vision? What has God said? What makes your heart beat? What are you pinning, talking about, and instagramming? Who is your idol and why? Interview your closest friends and family about yourself, you may be surprised at the strengths they tell you! Questions Questions Questions. Know yourself.
2. Map it out.
This might look like a journal or a inspiration wall. It might look like collecting quotes, images, or just day dreaming and imagining the perfect location. This is where dreaming really comes in handy. Dream big, write it down!
3. Tell a friend or a mentor.
When you tell a friend about your dreams, and really talk to them about your desires, have them hold you to it! Have dream catching dates, go to tea and spill your heart out. Don't be afraid of failure, these are the people who will be there to catch you if you get off course and remind you why you started!
4. Do something.
Anything. I fell into a stagnant place of dreaming up my plans and never taking action. Always wanting to be someone but never taking the time to be the best me. Whether this is working on yourself, taking a college course, or getting out of your comfort zone, anyone who has experienced success is moving.
5. Make short and long term goals.
Share them with friends and business mentors alike, hold yourself to them and be mindful of grace.
Keep dreaming, Keep moving.
Thank you friends and tribe of readers for constantly inspiring me and pushing me to pursue my dreams.