How do you know when you are ready to take the next step? Here you are, savoring the view of your dream from across the room. It looks nice and neat, pretty even. From this distance you can’t see any flaws, not a single struggle, it is very attractive!
So you venture over and begin to converse with your dream, about your dream, around your dream. Everything is daisies and roses. You smile, laugh even, you are connect ing and feeling quite comfortable… so does that mean you are ready to actually engage in relationship with your dream?
The next logical step is doing something not overtly committal, or overwhelming. You know, take your dream out of the fantasy setting and actually engage with it, one on one. This is much more vulnerable… but not yet committal. Again, you are met with pure joy and utter satisfaction. Everything is clicking and going smoothly. It feels like a perfect fit. You are definitely ready for the next step, longer interactions perhaps a in a variety of different settings. There may be hiccups and a few bumps but overall you find yourself content, overcome now and then with feelings of completeness.
This phase can last F.O.R.E.V.E.R. Of course to the outside world this dream is definitely a part of you and it is meaningful. It is still vulnerable, absolutely fun and often very satisfying – but it is not committal. You have an exit sign at every turn still.
So how do you know when you are READY to commit to that dream God has placed in your heart? How do you know “this is for real” and it is worth the investment of a solid, bold, and profound YES? I am not talking about the “I am in a monogamous relationship” kinda commitment. I am talking full-fledged covenant. You know, the kind that requires financial investment, serious risk and your entire-vulnerable and authentic heart.
How do you know? What are the for-sure signs of being “ready”?
You don’t. There are none. This final step in the pursuit of your calling, your dreams is an all out choice. It is a leap of faith, with your eyes wide open. This choice may come whether you feel ready or not. But you must know – the only way to truly embrace this level of committment with your dream is to go forward knowing there are no more exits. Once you leap you cannot retreat.
Whatever you dream of, whether it be pouring into a full-fledged ministry, opening your own business, singing, drawing, building, writing (grin) – go for it, commit heart and soul. The beauty of raw passion and authentic talent will not disappoint! The only thing you have to lose is regret.
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