A Call to All Wannabes – Are You Ready to Take Your First Step?
Why do we consistently spend our time on things that don't promise a better tomorrow? We'll sit in front of the TV all night, vegging out on the couch with a bag of chips or some other snack. It's fine if we already feel fulfilled and just want a relaxing evening. Or if we need a break. But if we find ourselves wishing we could do something that we're passionate about, we've got problems.
Time is a precious gift, and our time on Earth is short. A year can go by in a blink of an eye. That's how it feels sometimes. There isn't much time to do much in our lifetimes, but there's still a lot we can do. We can still work toward our big dreams and give ourselves a chance to say we gave it all we had. There's still time to make a difference in someone else's life. There's still time to make our world a better place.
We need to stop being wannabes and get fired up about our lives. I'm pretty sure God didn't intend for us to sit at home and watch TV all night. He wants us to rest, but if there's something we desire to do and we're not doing it, we need to find a way to get started.
Our society gets so caught up in instant gratification that we're quick to settle for the easier path. It's painful starting something new, even if it's something we've always wanted to do. Starting something new means we have to change our schedules and routines. We have to change our habits and our priorities. It's easier to do the things we've always done. We don't have to change. We don't have to fight hard to keep things the same.
But while it can be painful, it can also be really fulfilling. If we stick with the new, eventually we'll start to see results from it. Maybe it makes us happier. Maybe it makes us feel good because we stopped being wannabes and started following a passion. Maybe we get to see a positive change in other peoples' lives. Maybe those around us pick up on our positive energy and start to work toward their own dreams.
I shared a quote recently by Fabienne Frederickson that said, "The things you are passionate about are not random. They are your calling."
Our passions aren't necessarily the activities we enjoy doing. They're the things we can't stop thinking about. They're the things that compel us, that pull us in. Some people have a strong desire to build big businesses or coach entrepreneurs. Others have a strong desire to write and reach people through stories.
Following a passion often requires taking a chance. And it may take time to see results. But time is valuable, and it's up to us to decide how we'll use it. Will we stick with what's comfortable or will we take the leap and break out of the comfort zone to pursue a passion?