How to pursue your purpose and live out your calling in the face of doubt and negativity
If you’ve been in a position where you were excited and buzzed-about something then shared your heart with someone only to be met with negativity then this video is for you.
We're looking at how to pursue your purpose, live out your calling and protect your dream at the same time from the doubters and naysayers.
I think when we embark on something new, whether it’s a new fitness routine, a new hobby or starting a new business chances are we’re buzzing with excitement.
We’re motivated, we’re energised and sometimes we’re overly keen to share our plans with those around us.
So, when you’re on the phone with a mate or you meet up with a friend for a walk and they ask you, “What we’ve been up to?…”
And, you light up and passionately tell them what’s been going on in your world...
It can be earth-shattering when you’re impassioned energy is met with a muted, dampened and discouraging response...
Worse still, if it’s met with negativity and they flag all the reasons why it won’t work or why you should be “more realistic”...
And it can cut deep if they bring up past examples of when you fell short as a warning for you to keep your feet on the ground and not be overly ambitious.
Just one quick conversation can be soul-destroying ~
It can be spirit-crushing ~
It can be enough to throw you right off course.
I just wanna say that I don’t think for a second that our family, and friends and loved ones actually mean to hurt us and trash our dreams.
Instead, it’s the opposite.
I believe they love us and don’t want us to get hurt or experience the pain or shame of failure.
Sadly, sometimes the very people who stop us from flying the nest or soaring to the highest of heights, are themselves scared to do the same.
So, here’s the key takeaway: Protect your dream.
Your most sacred parts are not for everyone's consumption.
Not everyone deserves to hear your dream. And not everyone is capable of supporting it.
There’s a beautiful quote by TD Jakes. And although he’s talking about love, the metaphor can be easily applied to dreams.
“We are ten-gallon people, but we may have been born into families of people who have pint capacities. When you are a ten-gallon person you want love on a ten-gallon level, but if you fool around and hook up with a pint person, they could be giving you all they have. Sincerely giving you everything, but it doesn’t fill you up because you’re bigger than that. Because you operate on such a higher level you’ll say, “Is that all? “Is that all you’re going to give me?” ~TD Jakes
I love that quote. It’s such a gentle reminder to be mindful and compassionate towards those with whom we share our dreams.
If the environment you stand in is hostile or the people around you have pint-sized proportions of thinking then ~
Protect your dream. Safeguard it as you would your child.
Your dreams, your big, and small, audacious and spiritual dreams are precious.
Seek out people who share similar goals and aspirations and be to each other what those around you may
not currently be able to be.
And if, because we’re all human and I am the first to raise my hand as say that I have done this and am guilty of it…
But if you have ever been less than supportive of someone else when they’ve opened up to you and shared a part of their journey with you.
Then forgive yourself and commit to doing better next time.
You’re not alone. I’m on the journey with you. We’re all trying to navigate these unchartered waters together, am I right?
But if we can all lead with love and compassion then that’s always a great place to start.
Protect your dream and press on in the direction of your calling.
Alright, now, I would love to hear from you!
Did you like this video? Did it stir anything in you? Have you ever been in a situation where you shared your dream and regretted doing so?
I would love to know.
Leave me a comment.
Till next time ~
Love Nat x