Overcoming Obstacles & Reaching Your Dreams – Manafest – This Is Me TV
Close your eyes and picture your greatest and most unreachable dream.
Is your heart racing and is fear beginning to set in?
Yes. That’s the one.
When something is set apart from reality, we call it a dream. It belongs in the land of the impossible, and your dreams can feel impossible to achieve.
Some of you recognize your dream as a God-given calling. Still, your fear of failure and perceived absurdity of the dream holds you back.
Canadian-born rapper Manafest has been there. He knows about the setbacks, failures, and pursuit of the big and impossible dream.
At the age of 14 Manfest began skateboarding: pursuing his one big dream of becoming a pro boarder. Unfortunately, an injury changed his path and devastated his pro-boarding dream.
Manafest refused to stay in the pit. He says that God spoke to him and provided him with a new dream: music. Today Manafest is an award-winning musician, author, and speaker. He uses his story to inspire others to pursue their dreams and is an example of a life lived with clear direction and purpose.
What does it take to overcome obstacles and pursue the dream of your future?
These seven tips will help to get on the right path to reaching your full potential and becoming who God made you to be.
1. Ask God to guide you
First, take a moment and sit quietly in prayer, and ask God: what do you want from me? Using your life for a clear purpose by choosing to follow the gifts and talents God has given you is a noble pursuit. Take a moment to be still before God and ask him to confirm the dreams of your heart.
2. Write down your goals
Grab a pen and paper and write down clear and specific goals for yourself. Where do you want to be in a month, a year, and over the course of your entire life? Keep these goals somewhere safe and look at them often as a reminder to press on as your pursue the dreams of your future.
3. Look to the future
Don’t look at the failures of your past, or what could have been. Live for the here and now and focus on the future that awaits you. Remember that you have the power to make the right changes and get your heart and life right before God. When you surrender your life and future to God you can have confidence that he will do great things in you.
4. Find a mentor
John C. Crosby once said “mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction”. If you can find a like-minded mentor who has gone before you in pursuing their goals you have found an invaluable resource. Mentorship is often overlooked, but it is a necessary component to remaining steadfast in the pursuit of your dreams, and inspiring you to see that they are possible.
5. Surround yourself with encouragers
Having other friends around you that believe in your dreams and stand beside you in solidarity and encouragement will give you the push that you need. In moments of frustration, or when you need some reinforcement, a good friend will be there to tell you that your dreams are possible and you’re on the right track.
6. Fight for what you want
Nobody reaches their dreams without a fight. The road to success is not an easy one, so be prepared to fight for what you want. You won’t be great at what you do from the beginning; trust the process and give yourself time to grow into the potential that God has given you. Your faith will bring you through the hard times, and give you the strength to fight hard when you need to.
7. Keep your foundation in Christ
When you first decide to pursue your dreams your roots need to be firm in your faith; your relationship with God will propel you forward. As you move towards your goals and begin to overcome obstacles you will need to stay grounded and remember the things that matter most to you. When you begin to see success – perhaps most importantly – you will need your faith to keep you centred. We all have seen successful people fall because of pride and a shallow character. Keeping your roots in your faith, family, and morals is important from the beginning.
Is the adrenaline pumping yet? Are you excited to get started on pursuing the passion of your heart?
Leave us a comment below telling us what your God-given dream is!
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