As a full-time entrepreneur, I’ve learned the importance of dreaming while you’re awake! There are so many people who dream BIG dreams but don’t know how to turn them into amazing REALITIES! They are “Sleeping” on their dreams, creative ideas, & purpose; not knowing that if they just “WAKE UP” their entire life will change for the better! I’ve ALSO learned that there are 3 TYPES of people who can hinder you from living your dreams if you give them the POWER to! In this blog, I will share who those 3 types of people are & some tips on how to DREAM INTO YOUR PROMISES! I pray that as you read this, you are inspired, motivated, & that you awaken to all that God has planned for you in your life!
Truth is, the very SECOND you make the decision to madly PURSUE & live your dreams, you are agreeing to start a journey to becoming the BEST you! You WILL face opposition, rejection, & see people for who they really are! Heck, you will begin to see YOURSELF for who you really are! These are DEFINING MOMENTS! I like to think of a DEFINING MOMENT as this: A moment that has the capability of discouraging &/or distracting you from your purpose; OR this moment can PUSH you even deeper into who you are called to be! You are DEFINED in these moments by how you ▪️THINK ▪️RESPOND ▪️& from what you LEARN from it!
I remember a DEFINING MOMENT for me (and I’ve had MANY since I’ve launched my business) was last year when I planned to host a big wrap party! For those of you who don’t know, in my business, I host a lot of parties & help people live healthier lives & become financially free! Last year, there was a period, of about a month or so, where I wasn’t having much success with wrap parties! I remember during that time, at one point, I drove an hour and a HALF away to someone’s house to host one and only TWO people came and one of those people was the HOST! Then I had another party after that that wasn’t THAT successful either! THEN, I said to myself “Ok, I’m just going to do my OWN event & throw my own party & invite people!” I remember I was low on money because I wasn’t as successful as I am now & I was still BUILDING my business! I made the sacrifice though! I had this amazing idea to do a trunk sale/wrap party! I bought a TON of food, set up everything super nice, and was looking good lol A lot of people said they were coming so I was super excited despite that during this period in my life, parties were NOT successful for me! Well, NO ONE showed up to the wrap party! When I say NO ONE, I mean NO ONE!!! LOL I can laugh about it now because I’ve overcome! After about an hour of no one showing up, I laughed & said “Well, no one is coming so let’s eat & enjoy the day!” In that moment, I was DEFINED! RIGHT after I said that, God spoke to me & said, “CONGRATULATIONS!!! You passed the test! A FAILURE is only a failure if you don’t LEARN from it!” That was one of the most SUCCESSFUL days of my life because I learned what success was to God! It wasn’t about what you can see on the OUTSIDE, but how wealthy I was on the INSIDE! From that point on, I wasn’t really swayed by what people did or didn’t do! I learned the value of PERSEVERANCE & laughing when things don’t go as I’ve planned! That was a DEFINING MOMENT for me that has helped me to live my dreams even today!
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4 NIV)
*Take a moment to think about a defining moment you’ve had this year & whether you’ve learned from it or you’ve let it define you negatively! Write down how it defined you*
The 3 TYPES of people who can hinder you from living your dreams if you give them the POWER to!
OK, so now that we have covered DEFINING MOMENTS I want to explain the 3 types of people who can hinder your dreams if you give them the POWER to! I will provide SOLUTIONS after describing each type! When you come in contact with one of these three people, remember to let your experience with them define you POSITIVELY and not negatively! You will have MANY DEFINING MOMENTS when encountering these people that will help you begin to DREAM yourself into the promises God has for you!
TYPE 1: A DREAM THIEF
Dream THIEVES try & copy everything you do &/or steal your dreams & ideas from you because they don’t know who THEY are in God. They are VALIDATED by attention & will do whatever they can to feed that void! If you pay attention to them for too long, you will become frustrated, & that frustration WILL hinder your movement. The GOAL is to not even pay attention to them AT ALL! Lol Please realize that imitation is the highest form of flattery! If you see all kinds of people imitating who you are & what you do without ever giving you credit, that’s one of the BIGGEST compliments you can ever receive!
What’s the solution when dealing with a dream THIEF: Remember, they may be able to copy your IDEAS, but they can never copy your ANOINTING! God has anointed each and every one of us DIFFERENTLY! We may have the same ideas but when it comes down to it, YOU can’t do it like anyone else can & THEY can’t do it quite like you can, because the ANOINTING makes the distinction!
TYPE 2: A DREAM DOUBTER
DREAM DOUBTERS are a little tricky to identify because they often times look like those CLOSEST to us! For example, they can be a family member, friend, &/or someone you look up to! When you begin to REALIZE the potential of your God-given dream you get SUPER excited about it & can’t help but start telling those who are CLOSEST to you!!! ALWAYS pray about whom you share your dreams with! Even those closest to you can secretly be hating you! (P.s. I’m NOT into glorifying “HATERS;” But what I AM into is WISDOM!)
Take my homie Joseph for instance:
“Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.” (Genesis 37:5 NIV)
A dream DOUBTER has the potential to hinder you from living your dreams if you give them the power to! They don’t like you! Flat out! But they ACT like they do because they are driven by DOUBT & JEALOUSY! They don’t have the courage to live THEIR dreams so when you come along & share YOURS with them, they doubt them! They can never FULLY be happy for you! Secretly, they think what you’re planning to do is absolutely CRAZY, but deep down, they wish they had the courage to do it too! Listening to & taking advice from a DREAM DOUBTER will cause you to begin to doubt your dreams & slow your momentum down!
What’s the solution when dealing with a dream DOUBTER: STOP SHARING YOUR DREAMS WITH EVERYONE & disconnect from those dream doubters no matter how hard it is! Give yourself permission to ONLY surround yourself in your inner circle with peace & with those who FULLY believe in your dreams! Don’t doubt who God has called you to be!
TYPE 3: A DREAM KILLER
Dream KILLERS are just flat out driven by ▪️Insecurity ▪️Jealousy & ▪️Hate & they do NOT want you to live your dreams!!!
“Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” (Genesis 37:19-20 NIV)
Dream killers are just miserable people who don’t know how to celebrate other people! They are USUALLY intimidated by the greatness that God has placed inside of you! They feel like if YOU live your dreams, you will become GREATER than who they are, & that scares the MESS out of them! They don’t realize that greatness comes by SERVING & helping other people become GREAT! They will do anything & everything they can to stop you from dreaming BIG & living in your promises! Truth is, these types of people will constantly show up on your journey & you will never get rid of them! As long as you’re living your dreams, you WILL encounter one! Lol
Here’s the solution to dealing with a dream KILLER:
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27-28 NIV)
As Danny Silk says, “KEEP YOUR LOVE ON!”
God prepares a FEAST for you in the presence of your enemies! I’ve learned, and am still learning, to be glad when my enemies start gathering around! That just means that God is preparing my FEAST & it’s about to be GOOOOOD!!!!
I want to close with this! I asked my good friend Marcus McCauley, who also happens to be an AMAZING & successful entrepreneur, & is ROCKING it in the music industry, to share on “DREAMS!”
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As you read these words, soak them all in & be ENCOURAGED!!!
“What are dreams made of? As children, we all had aspirations to be somebody or to change the world. As you grow intellectually and physically, you may have slowly realized that those dreams may not be your reality. The woes of life may have slowed you down &/or just made you feel like your dreams will NEVER come true. So the question still stands, “What are dreams made of?”
Dreams are made of optimism, determination, creativity, innovation, endurance, and most importantly, FAITH IN GOD. In the world of entrepreneurship, you’re embarking on a lonely, but fulfilling, road. Now, let’s not get into the “Hater syndrome.” People always voice that they’re lonely or can’t surround themselves with people because they are hating on their entrepreneurship endeavors. Haters and nay sayers are a given in life. Get over it, once you get delivered from people you are on the right track.
Don’t mistake haters for constructive criticism. Some people’s intentions may be good, and others may not. YOU choose what to internalize and what to throw away. If it helps you, keep it. If it discourages you, throw it away. Yes, easier said then done; but you will have so much freedom and a clear mind to proceed in your entrepreneurial journey.
Don’t ever compare your journey to others. Always keep your goals and dreams close to your heart. Enjoy the journey, work hard, stay positive, and roll with the punches!!! Never give up and let God lead the way!!!
You are worth it!
NEVER stop dreaming,
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