Be realistic! I have heard this so many times. Mostly in my mind, but from others as well when I dare to tell them about my dreams. This phrase kills more dreams than we can imagine. Taking them to the grave, most people never dare to utter their dreams at the risk of being perceived as unrealistic. I heard once and believe it is true, that the graveyard has more ideas and inventions than we have in this world. People scared to look silly, scared to fail so they just settled for realistic; settled for something that is a shadow of what they were meant to be.
I want to shed light on this evil doer statement, “Be realistic.” At the root, it is just plain old fear. Fear of failure, fear of man, fear of going the wrong way, fear of the tough road ahead. FEAR! The killer of goals, dreams, and plans. Fear, the thing God warns us against over and over in the Bible. We may dress it up and put lipstick on it, but really it is nothing but fear.
We need to shed light on this fear. I talk about how to do that here. Another way to reduce our fear is to give hope by showing how others who have gone before us overcame their fear. Today, I wanted to highlight a few people who beat odds to achieve their dreams. You may have heard of these stories before, however, really take in how they must have felt before they knew they would achieve what their hearts longed for. Here are some people who beat the odds!
Abraham Lincoln. If I was to meet any person in U.S. history, this would be who I would choose to talk with. He was the sixteenth president of the United States. He only had one year of formal education. He lost more elections than he ever won. He was the first president outside of the original colonies and the first president from an unknown party. What an amazing man who outsiders would have never expected to make such a stamp on my country. President Lincoln was very unrealistic.
Helen Keller. At the age of two Keller became deaf and blind. At the age of seven she learned to write, read, and communicate. She learned Greek, Latin, French, and German and graduated cumlaude from Radcliffe College. Keller became an internationally renowned author and founded the Civil Liberties Union. Helen Keller was definitely unrealistic.
Albert Einstein. Einstein didn’t speak until he was four years old. Throughout his elementary years, many teachers thought he was lazy and wouldn’t make anything of himself. He received good grades, but his head was always thinking of other things and complex questions that others couldn’t understand. This Nobel Prize winner, Einstein was definitely unrealistic.
You. Whatever limitations setbacks and failures you have had does not preclude you to something great. In fact, when we get focused on our shortcomings we are taking our eyes off God and putting them on ourselves. The Bible says that He is made strong in your weakness. So it is your very weakness that makes you qualified in Him. You are more than a conqueror through Christ.
Me. When I started writing, my wife who taught Special Education before we had kids, would have to spend twice as long correcting my work as it took me to write it. I never did great in school and dropped out of college to start my first restaurant. I have had a dream to write for Entrepreneur and recently found out I will now be a contributor to their site as well as Addicted2Success! There’s nothing realistic about that!
My friend Matt McWilliams says, “I am a world changer just like you!” So true. Together we can change this world if we say, “NO” to fear. Push through the limitations you have and cling to God. This world can be better and you and I can change it. Be blessed on your journey.
What fears have you pushed through?
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