God planted a dream inside of you. Maybe you believed that at one time—and you even had evidence to back it up. But, perhaps your dream is barely a memory now, lost in the thick of day-to-day and disillusionment.
It makes me think of a fire. We take so much time setting it up, making sure that the sticks are in the best position to start, and stoking it faithfully so that the flames will grow and give warmth. Once the fire is going strong, we sit and enjoy the flames until they become only hot embers.
After the fire has burned all the logs to ash, someone may need to get close to the hot embers and breathe oxygen onto them so a flame can start again and light the wood that is waiting.
Some of you might think your fire has gone completely out. Maybe you have been learning new things, throwing sticks and logs of information and ideas onto dreams and embers that were hot once, but to no avail. You keep waiting for just the right stick to land and start the flame again, just the right log to get things warm.
But it seems like the more you throw on it, the more you risk stifling it from ever coming back. To make matters worse, you are fully aware people have circled around your fire trying to get warm by what you have to offer.
Stoking Your Dreams Into Reality
Most of us have experienced this in one way or another. For you, in the thick of it right now, I want to remind you—fires are resilient, and so are you. This is not the end of your story, and you can get the flame burning again by doing things just a little bit differently.
It is likely that your fire doesn’t need more logs, but it is desperate for oxygen. You can get that oxygen in two ways.
- Get some help. If you are too tired to breathe deeply and blow on the fire you have been tending by yourself, reach out. Ask someone you trust to help you. Sometimes it is the simple act of being honest about where we are that gives us the burst of life that we were desperately trying to create on our own. This life was never meant to be lived alone, and your ministry is too big for you to shoulder alone. Reach out and get some help, this is not failure. This is by design. This is life. (Another way to do this is to talk to Advocace about Leadership Coaching >>)
- Create movement. Just do something. Get out of your comfort zone. Maybe something on your list, perhaps something else, but whatever it is, you need to get moving. It is amazing what life-giving oxygen comes from movement. It can reactivate hope, dreams, and progress. Don’t keep staring at the embers, far away from the revealing ash and unburned logs. Get your face up close and blow with all your might. Remember what you are trying to accomplish and what helped you have the nerve to start all of this in the first place.
Once you see the spark, you just have to keep at it. There is no shortcut to keep the flame going, it takes consistent stoking.
Create Your Personal Growth Plan
Creating and following through on a personal growth plan is the best way to see your dreams become reality. And while planning can feel intimidating, it doesn’t have to be that hard. Just do it consistently, and take one logical, thought-out step, at a time.
We do have to initiate the change. And we can do that if we are willing to honestly evaluate the fire in front of us. If we see it dying, we need to change something or start something new. If the fire is barely embers, we can’t ignore that and hope it changes. We need to get our breath back so we can breathe new life into our callings and our passions.
Ask yourself these three questions today:
- What area should I start with for personal development?
- What do I want to do?
- What is an idea I have that is out of my comfort zone that I can do right now?”
Let’s talk about your personal growth plan. God has a dream for you and I can think of no greater honor than to help you find it! You can start the conversation by scheduling your Free Coaching Call >>