admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.
I believe we all have dreams. goals. gifts inside of us that we were born to pursue and enjoy. But so often we see life beat that out of us. We often feel like we're just clinging on for dear life as best we can, with that dream or desire forever lingering in the back of our minds, but so far from being realized.
there's a difference between dreaming and being a resolute dreamer. There's a difference between being an activist, and being an inactivist. There's a difference between stagnating and reaching.
You are a dreamer, yes. But you are more than a dreamer.
You have goals, yes-- but beyond that, you have been born with all that you need to accomplish those goals already trapped between your rib cage, and folded into that wild, beating heart.
You were born to dream, but you were born with the resolve to make those dreams manifest. You were born with the words "I can do all things..." inscribed on your heart in the handwriting of your Creator.
Your dream is not just your own. It's not a selfish thing to pursue your dreams and goals. They were woven into your heart for a reason. They were handed to you so that you would make this world brighter and more beautiful with them.
He believes in you. That's why he gave you those dreams.
Now you have to believe in you.
Be a dreamer, yes.
But be resolute.
I love this excerpt from one of the Rocky movies. Some of my favorite running motivation videos include a sound bite from this particular speech, and it gets me every time because it is SO true.
"You, me, or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not point fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you-- you’re better than that!"
Taking the hits.
Continuing to move forward.
Not pointing fingers.
Getting back up.
That is how being resolute is done!
That's how dreams stop being just dreams.
That's how goals are met.
It's not easy-- it's hard. It takes courage and resilience to keep on going, even when things get tough. Even when people tell you it can't be done. Even when everything around you is trying to bring you down.
Just remember, you're in good company. The river is only made stronger by the rapids. I love the way Helen Keller put it:
"While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done."
What they say doesn't matter. It's how you handle it.
It's about staying true to yourself-- and believing in you because HE believes in you.
It's about staying resolute.
go forth and conquer those 2017 resolutions and goals. WE BELIEVE IN YOU. Tell us if you've set any particular goals for the new year ahead of us