Deep within each heart is a strong desire ‘to be.’ We all want to be something out of the ordinary or to be someone that is the envy of the neighbor next door.
While that may be true, many are yet to live up to their own expectations. It’s a situation where you feel trapped in a system that somehow have already drafted you and already established how far in this life you will go.
You know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have a purpose and that you have been called to greatness. Yet you feel inadequate. The fear of the unknown and the fear of failure threaten the birthing of the idea that you can achieve far greater than the ordinary.
That’s why I want you to know that you have control over your destiny and who or what you become. You can be anything that you want to be. Your life is filled with endless possibilities!
|“The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for that future.” – Gifford Pinchot|
The Desire ‘To Be’ Starts at a Very Young Age
From a very tender age you begin to have those desires of what you want ‘to be’ as an adult.
It could be that while you were a little girl playing doll house with your many different dolls, you wanted to grow up soon so that you can be a mommy.
As a little boy with your fire truck, it could be that in your little mind you envisioned yourself growing up to be a firefighter.
You want to be a doctor. You want to be a lawyer. You want to be a preacher or even a teacher. You want to be a singer, a superstar or you want to be an actor.
You want to be the owner of your own multimillion dollar empire. You want to be a leader in your organization. It is all about what you envision for your future.
I recall in my early days I wanted to be an interior decorator. Although I did not pursue that path, I still have a strong love for interior decorating.
|Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” – Matthew 19: 26 NIV|
The Desire To Be Means That You Quit Procrastinating and Begin to Take Action!
Many persons are dying and they never get to the point where they fulfill their childhood desires. Some have experienced sudden and tragic death, whether at the hands of others or through their own doing when they resort to suicide.
Research has shown that in the United States alone, on an average day 91 persons die from gun violence, this according to the US Centers for Disease Control. Read more here
Around the globe the number is also alarming. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in a statistical report revealed that there were 437,000 intentional homicides around the globe in the year 2012. Read more here and here
It’s really unfortunate that they died and were denied their chance to be. That’s a tragedy
What makes me even sadder though is the alarming rate at which people wander around in life without having a clear sense of direction of what they want to be in life.
Not only do they lack direction, they are without a plan and lack vision, goals, and have no clue what their purpose is. They speak one thing but their actions are completely opposite [negative] to what they are saying and have clearly set themselves on a path to destruction.
Others procrastinate and never take action to do anything with themselves.
6 Simplistic Ways You Dare To Be and Have Good Success
Here are 6 ways that you dare to be. These ways are simple and take little to no resources to practice and adopt in your life so that you have good success:
1.) Dare to be a Dreamer
When was the last time you dreamed of doing something, being more than average or being at a specific place in your life?
When was the last time you had a burning desire about something or have a succession of ideas, thoughts, and images passing through your mind that just would not let you sleep – it keeps you awake day after day?
A dream don’t just come true, you must first have that dream and take action to make sure that what you dream about come to its full manifestation.
Dare to be a dreamer and as J.M. Power once said, “If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.”
2.) Dare to be authentic
“I wish you the wisdom to know you’re better than what you’ve settled for…the desire for something greater…and the courage to get it.” – Steve Maraboli
I marveled at that quote by Steve Maraboli because looking around I observe that too many are settling for mediocrity and things that are far below what they are capable of. There are many copy-cats who outwardly, they give the appearance of being genuine and real but beneath the surface unquestionably they are false and cannot be trusted.
When you dare to be authentic, you give yourself permission and the liberty to allow your layers of baggage to fall away. You are able to self-realize, and be open to self-awareness and self-knowledge.
With those critical factors, you also give yourself the freedom to be you without having to feel the pressure to be someone else you were not meant to be. You have the courage to go after your own dream, and for authenticity to arise in you with standards and values that are exceptional and credible.
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1.) 11 Ways You Can Live An Authentic Life In A Contradictory World
3.) Dare to be yourself
I cannot stress enough the importance of being you. It is something that I have written about often times in the past. You get the world to know you and who you are, not as you think you should be or the label someone else has placed upon you.
Of course situations, circumstances and even your past experiences will always try to get in the way of you being who you were created to be in this world.
But you have a purpose that is waiting for you to embrace it so that you can begin to stand out. You were born to be great! You are wired to succeed. Dare to be yourself. Step up to the challenge!
“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.” ~ Andre Gide
4.) Dare to be confident
It doesn’t matter if you are a dreamer, you are authentic and you work towards being you, if you lack confidence it will be extremely difficult for you to be successful in this life.
Almost inevitably, confidence and success go hand in hand. Confidence has to become second nature to you which ultimately allow you to be creative, persistent and passionate about what you do.
You must dare to be confident and believe in your dreams when no one else will believe in them with you. When you dare to be confident it is you telling yourself that nothing is impossible or off limits to you.
You rely on your instincts and your gut feelings by living in the present while having the faith to believe that your future is bright with endless possibilities.
As you pursue this new level of confidence, talk yourself into focusing on your strength and not your weaknesses. Never be afraid to make mistakes along the way, to clam up, or step on other people’s toes. Instead you learn how to communicate in a confident and mature way.
Don’t be afraid of failure and view it as an excuse to quit, but look at failure as a stepping stone to success. Dare to be confident and fearlessly do anything you set your mind to do in order to succeed!
5.) Dare to be courageous
Nelson Mandela during his lifetime was a very courageous person. He dared to be courageous even in times of great adversity, imprisonment, persecution and where he could have been murdered for his ideology and beliefs.
He gave many speeches while he was on earth and stood out as an anti-apartheid icon of all time. One of his quotes that I love very much says, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
In your stance to be courageous, you will lose some things, and you may even lose some friends especially since there will always be folks who will challenge your thoughts, beliefs and your actions.
Being courageous also mean that you cannot and should not rely on your own strength but looking up to draw strength from God Almighty who is the source of it.
Just recently I had a conversation with a friend who shared with me about a relationship she was trying to get out of. The guy is married and is having an extra-marital relationship with her. She said that she really wanted to get out of it because not only does she want to return to God as a Christian but it was something heavy on her conscience.
I sensed in that conversation while she was saying she wanted to get out, she really lacked the courage to make the move in the right direction. Of course I shared with her what the Bible says about such and provided other resources to her with the hope of empowering and encouraging her to do what needed to be done. At the end of the day however, it will still be up to her to dare to be courageous!
6.) Dare to be committed
Success takes commitment and therefore despite the obstacles that get in your pathway towards climbing to the top of the ladder, you’ve got to stick with it.
Life is not going to always have a smooth path and many times you will question yourself, your desires and your method of achieving.
You will meet those who will try to convince you that it cannot be done one way or the other. They may even try to talk you out of your plans and strategies because in their eyes, they or someone else they know tried and it did not work for them.
But whose report do you believe? Do you get out of the race because you had one mishap or a plan that did not work out the way you had intended or do you persevere in faith until you achieve your goal? The thing is goals take commitment in order for you to achieve them. Peter F. Drucker challenges us to stay committed. According to Drucker,
“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”
Have a plan. Commit to it. When you commit yourself to anything where you find great conflict, rest assured you are also building for yourself a strong and resilient character.
Don’t be a loser who only makes promises that they themselves break. Instead be a first class winner by keeping the commitments that you make. Have someone to hold you accountable. Dare to be committed and have great success!
Your turn, let’s talk it over in the comment section below
- Which aspect of this post resonated with you the most?
- Which ‘dare to be’ do you think you need to work right now?
- What other ‘dare to be’ would you add to this list that you believe will help someone achieve success in their life?