I’m good at encouraging others by saying things like “Go Big or Go Home!” or “God gets no glory from your small thinking!” It probably won’t surprise you that I’ve been known to throw around more than my fair share of “Dare to Dream!” sayings at anyone within hearing range. But what do I say to the dreamer when the dreamer is ME?
I’m facing some real challenges as an entrepreneur and I’ve never been particularly big on empty platitudes or weak mantras. Don’t get me wrong. When I tell others “Dare to Dream!” I am saying it with the utmost faith in their ability to make their dreams come to pass. I’ve been telling myself the same thing of late and you know what… I really do mean it. When I say it to myself the translation is this: “Dare to imagine an event at which your participants are moved so profoundly that THEY have to acknowledge their new-found spiritual location – BOOM! Dare to move from simply ‘imagining’ to conceptualizing, planning and executing such an event! Dare to price it right and promote it right and then… dare to totally enjoy it when it happens.” That’s what I dared myself to do and that’s what I’ve already begun doing!
I started this year with some hefty-size dreams. I really did dare. I dared to sign the lease on a conference space; I dared to furnish it; I dared to dream up the kind of events I wanted to host and I dared to tell others. I dared to establish fees and I dared to make everything I do profitable. It’s not over yet… matter of fact I’m only in the first quarter of the year.
How about you? What do you need to dare yourself to do? I’m not talking about some foolish, ill-conceived, half thought-out stunt either. I’m asking you – what is in YOUR heart that we both know was placed there by God the Father? What are you afraid of and what are you waiting on?
This is your season to dream and then, to dare to do. Get your prayer circle, professional team, best friends or whomever else you need for emotional and spiritual support. If you need a Life Coach get that too. Whatever you do, decide to live your life with greater focus, intentionality and joy. Tell your dreams that you apologize for the delay… you’re on your way! I dare you.
Dr. Sheryl L.W. Barnes – Life Coach, Author, Speaker