Have you ever wanted to do something but your fear kept you from going for it? Or maybe you just felt like you didn’t have the time or energy. Do you wonder what it would take to enable you to muster up the strength and courage to go after your dreams?
Realize this truth, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). The NIV translation reads, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but give us power, love and self-discipline”. Doesn’t that reflect someone who is courageous, strong and ready to fight for what they want?
Thankfully, you can pursue whatever you want in life by putting some simple strategies to work that will reveal your inner warrior!
Use these strategies to help you create the life you desire:
1. Get acquainted with your physical strength. Pumping some iron will help you recognize your physical strength, which is an important step to revealing your inner strength. If you love aerobics, get your heart pumping and do them with a vengeance, as long as your doctor approves.
· If you’re interested in improving your balance and flexibility, practice yoga to strengthen those. The point is that feeling physically strong will help you go after your dreams in other aspects of your life. Think of yourself as a warrior-in-training.
· For me, strengthening your spiritual strength, your inner man is important as well. Building strength requires nourishment as well. Isaiah 30:20 mentions adversity being like bread or food and affliction being like water or drink. I’m paraphrasing of course but you get the idea. Allow your difficult times to build your faith, endurance, perseverance and character.
2. Know that you can do it. Just like the children’s story, “The Little Engine that Could,” so, too, can you do what you desire. Yes, you must have faith in God, but you also must believe in yourself. Don’t waiver in this. You must know and believe, deep down inside yourself, that you can achieve your greatest dreams.
3. Keep your focus. Sure, you’ve got to go to work, raise your family, and live your life in the here and now. However, stay focused on your dreams by keeping reminders in your car, bedroom, living room, and briefcase or purse. Post-it notes can come in handy here. Make a vision board with images and words about your goals and dreams and hang it on a wall where you’ll see it often.
4. Refuse to let anyone or anything stop you. If you’re 35 years old and you still want to go to college, start taking courses one at a time during your off-work time. If people say, “You’re too old for that” or, “You’ve already got a job. There’s no need for that,” just ignore them. All you need is a yes from God and you can stand on that even in the toughest storms; the foundation, the rock is solid. A warrior is single-minded and isn’t deterred by others’ perspectives.
5. Educate yourself thoroughly. Do you want to move to California so you can surf on the weekends? Read everything you can about the California coastline, the cities and towns found along the ocean, and the locales for the best surfing. Study it. Learn all there is to know about the area. The more you know, the more you can do. So, as you see, it isn’t solely about getting a college degree, but in researching where you want to go, you are better prepared for when you get there.
6. Allot time in your week. Take small steps each week. For example, if your dream involves visiting all 50 states in the US, start by planning time to create a budget that allows you to visit 2 states a year: one relatively close by and the other further away.
· Also, schedule time to research the 2 states you plan to visit this year. This strategy is closely related to keeping your focus (#3) because if you’re regularly allotting time to work toward your goals, the minutes you spend on doing related activities will bring you closer to the dreams that are your focus. A wise warrior plans ahead. Be intentional.
7. Share your goals with your friends and family members. They’ll most likely be interested and thrilled that you’re going after what you want in life. They might even be inspired to try to fulfill their own dreams. Use discernment here. If you know them to be a dream assassin, stop telling them.
8. Love yourself. A concept that sounds simple yet is incredibly complex, loving yourself will help you see that you’re truly worth the time, effort, trouble, space, and money to stay focused on whatever you seek in life. A warrior is truly proud of what he can achieve.
9. Use Wisdom. The Bible tells us that wisdom came before everything. Wisdom was right by God’s side when He created the world. Wisdom is the foundation of life and favor is given to those who find it. Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgment.
You absolutely have the right to go after your dreams. When you follow these steps to uncover your inner warrior, no person or situation can stand between you and achieving your dreams.
Although it will take work and practice, revealing your inner warrior just might turn out to be the greatest adventure of your life!
There is already a champion that lives inside of you. Strengthen your inner warrior and fight for your destiny.
The Catalyst Coach
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Author and Women's Wellness Coach.