One of the hardest things to do, but a necessity, is to make actions as if something is true when there is no evidence. This is how dreams work. Here is an example Jeff Goins talks about when his writing took off; he started referring himself as a writer even when he didn’t feel like he was one. For me this rings true. The more I have decided I am a writer and speaker, the more what I am doing has taken new life. Your dream and “calling” will be the same way. You must make decisions and actions as if you are already living the dream. It will feel awkward and strange, but this will work. You may even feel like a liar at first. These three things will happen when you live out your calling before you see any evidence.
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1. Feelings. I feel anything but a writer some days. I feel like I don’t have one inch of talent some days. I feel like I have nothing new to offer and no one will care. I feel like everyone will think I am a fake and point and laugh at me. These are all feelings. Your feelings and mine are liars. You can’t listen and be controlled by your feelings. Even as I write this I am having to say no to my thoughts and yes to this thing burning inside of me making me want to puke, laugh, and cry all at the same time. I am not crazy, I have just found what I am meant to do. Say no to your feelings and move to a new level.
If we don’t understand the inconsistency of emotions, we will be controlled by them instead of being led by the Spirit. (Tweet that)
2. Community. The more I believe that I am a writer, the more I have connected with other writers. I am forming friendships with many people in this community. I have talked on the phone with a few, connected on Facebook and Twitter. This is so huge for me and it will be huge for you. You cannot do what you want to without the help and support of others. We are not meant to go at this thing called life alone. If you need encouragement and or support, you can contact me on Facebook and Twitter. We need to walk with others and encourage each other. Get involved with the community that you want to be in.
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” ~ Proverbs 27:17
3. Actions. Belief and wisdom are nothing if they are not turned into action. It is the action before the fulfillment of the dream that produces the result, not the other way around. This has been confused in our debt ridden culture and almost turned backwards. We can buy stuff on credit then work for it instead of working to be able to buy stuff. I wake up every morning before my family to write and communicate on different platforms. I go to work as a writer for this three hour window. Do you go to work chasing your dream for part of the day? I challenge you to spend at least fifteen minutes working on it today. Don’t put it off one day.
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
So today tell one person what your calling is. I will say it to give you courage. My name is Zechariah Newman. I have pizza parlors and I am also a writer and speaker. So again here are your two tasks today: Tell one person your calling and spend at least fifteen minutes today pursuing that dream. Be blessed on your journey.
What is your calling or dream?
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