As kids we had wild imaginations and never-ending dreams. Nothing seemed out of reach, and it was fun to think about who we would be in the future. Somewhere along the way we probably became a lot more “realistic” and we stopped dreaming big. We let other people tell us what was possible, and we discovered self-doubt. We started working to live up to someone else’s expectations rather than our own dreams. We started listening to everyone else but ourselves.
In the Genesis story when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they realized they had no clothes on and tried to cover themselves. God asked them, “Who told you that you were naked?” Until they were told that they were naked, they didn’t even know what ‘naked’ meant. Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?
The world tells us what is admirable, beautiful, worthless, foolish, and what’s possible. It tells us that we’re not enough as we are, that what we do isn’t enough. But what really matters is not the value that someone else assigns to a task, but how it makes you feel. Your dreams are possible. So dream big and go after what you want in life, not what others have told you that you should want.
Game Plan: What do you want? Or as Oprah likes to ask, Who are you really?