Afraid to Believe
I snuck around for years with my secret longings. No, it wasn’t anything weird or perverted. My longing was to transition into work I love, to make a living doing something that fits how I am wired and allows me to be who God created me to be. For years I consumed any and all content about passion, purpose, calling, hearing God, mission, prayer, coaching, spiritual gifts, etc. I knew how to figure out what I am passionate about and identify vocational areas that interest me. I knew how to set goals and create detailed plans and schedules to reach them. But I never seemed to get past the planning phase. What stopped me? Let me name the top two and see if you can identify:
- Those closest to me did not believe it’s possible to love your work and make much money. They say, “You can have a passion for your work or make decent money, but not both.”
- Fear of failure, of success, of the unknown. I had so many excuses. What if I hate it and end up miserable? What if I regret the decision and have to listen to, “I told you so?” What if I mess it up?
Take action: What is stopping you? Give it a name. Then get honest about it. Is this really true or are you just making excuses?