I’m on a whirlwind travel schedule as I write this. Five states in seven weeks. Crazy, I know.
So why do I put myself through this? Especially since the income is inconsistent, the investment costs are high, and tomorrow’s work is not guaranteed.
Because speaking and writing, not for personal gain, but because of the satisfaction I feel from helping others, is a benefit like no other. These past few years I’ve discovered why I was wired the way that I am, why my unique DNA mix matters in such a positive way, and how to finally live in my purpose. It’s difficult, audacious, and exhilerating.
But now that I’ve discovered this, one thing still makes me extremely sad. How few people are truly living alive — like I once was. The more I travel and speak, the more women and men I meet who are still hunting for that thing that makes them want to jump out of bed in the morning. Most confess to barely making it through the day. Some are looking for exhileration in all the wrong places. Many are dealing with consequences from decisions made in desperate attempts to feel better. This is not what we were created for.
One of the lessons I’ve learned through my own journey is the power of accepting the dare. Choosing to believe your dreams might be possible — even if only by a whisper-thin thread. Faith in action, by making one daily decision at a time that moves you closer to discovering and then living in, that special something you were created to do. Daring to trust that the gutteral moan inside your soul, telling you there is something more yet to be discovered, is the truth.
It takes awhile to figure out what your special purpose is, but I fully believe that each person is made with one wired inside of them. I’ve found that most of our gifts are so natural to us, we don’t consider them as part of a greater plan. And it is in that very discounting where so many evade the tug, ignore the call, and miss the greater plan for their lives.
Comparing abilities with someone else’s talent is another mistake many people make. Because if you look long enough, you will find someone against whom you don’t measure up. So if you are struggling with your purpose, your destiny, or your life plan, then take heart.
- My first suggestion is to listen to your soul’s whispers.
- Then consider those things you do that others compliment you for, but you think are no big deal.
- If your dream seems bigger than possibility, dare to believe God, who is in the business of making the impossible possible. Just be prepared for his own creative ways — how he makes dreams come true can differ from our expectations.
- Look in the mirror and tell the person you see that you believe in them. Encourage them. Give them a reason to keep going.
- Resolve to tenacious actions. Do not give up. Every day, do something intentional toward reaching your goals. Learn. Practice. Connect. Rest.
- Allow yourself to feel fulfilled in what you do. Every day, in some task, in some way.
It is a great gift to know what you are made to do, and then to experience the living of it while there is still breath in your body. Don’t settle for less — go for your best.
What more were you made for?
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Brooks, CPT, CLTF, CCS, motivates others to dynamic break-throughs. Blending mind, heart, body, and spirit, as an Inspirational Business/Life Coach, International Speaker, and Common Trauma Expert. She shares hope and encouragement on the stage and from the page — reminding 21st century audiences, “It’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.”
Anita is also a multi-published, award-winning author. Her most recent titles include Readers’ Favorite International and Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association Award Winner: Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, Barbour Publishing, and Death Defied, Life Defined: A Miracle Man’s Memoir, Clovercroft Publishing. All of her titles are available at major and independent bookstores as well as from online retailers.
Anita is quoted as saying, “Reading is my obsession while writing is my compulsion.” Her life’s passion is inspiring others to transform life’s battles into lasting victories.
For pure pleasure, Anita’s favorite pastime is watching sunsets with her husband of thirty-three years, while they laugh and dip their toes in a Missouri river or lake. She adores her grandchildren, but she also wants to hear about those you love.
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