"If you want something to happen in your life then you can't sit around and wait for it to come to you." The words were for my husband, but they smacked me pretty hard as well. There are things that I dream about and hope for, but what am I really doing to make them a reality in my life?
The answer is nothing.
Stepping out into my dreams can be like walking in Alabama mud. It saps the energy and fills the mind with dread that at any moment I can fall. My own thoughts about pursuing the dream are soon crowed out by questions and fears. It seems easier to stay where I am than risk not getting to where I want to be.
Fear of failure cannot be an option. After all, the only guaranteed way to fail is to not even try. It may be scary to jump out with nothing but faith holding me up. The road ahead may be dark, intimidating and even overwhelming. The mountain may look impossible from this vantage point. One step small step out, just one little piece of the puzzle at a time, and a long, deep breath will get me going in the right direction.
Martina McBride has a song called "Anyway." In it the lyrics talk about dreams so out of reach that they might not ever work out but that you should dream anyway. It's one of those songs that sticks in my head and encourages me to dare to believe.
Believing and dreaming are only part of the equation. Like I was telling my husband, I have to do. So today I will do more than dream. Today is the day that I leap.
What are you letting anchor you to the ground so that you are unable to fly towards your dreams?