Do you know that it can take an entire day for a large ship to turn around and go a different direction?

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Making lasting change in your life around will naturally take more than a couple of days or weeks. One of my favorite motivators, Denis Waitley says,

“It is obvious that the majority of people spend more time planning a Christmas party or vacation than they do planning their lives.”

You’ve been living life a certain way for a long time, and some habits you have or paths you are on might be good. And some are not. The good thing is that you’re dedicated to making your life as close to utmost as possible. And that requires change, discipline, direction and focus. These things take time.

This week I want you to examine your dreams based on your unique set of talent, experience and personality.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASSETS?

Ask yourself these questions:

1. What talents do I have that will be a benefit to my dream?

2. What challenges, even if they weren’t pleasant, have given me experience that I will need either to attain my dream, or better live my dream?

3. What aspects of my personality are beneficial to my dream?

In his book, Talent is Not Enough, John Maxwell says, “People who believe in themselves get better jobs and perform better in them than those who don’t”. It is important to know who you are and what you have to offer.

Now here’s a hard question, but an important one:

Is my dream realistic? And is it something I believe God wants for me?

Remember that as we grow in God, our perspective can change. In fact, certain beliefs that you held closely a few years ago may have shifted a little. This is all a natural part of growth. When you were five, you might have believed in Santa Claus, and your imagination was a healthy part of being a child. But as you matured, you started to doubt that Santa could really fly to all those houses in just one night – why did your thinking change? Because your perspective on your world grew. Now that you are an adult and watch CNN, you know there are almost 7 billion people in the world. I HOPE you don’t still believe in Santa!

CHANGE IS TO BE EXPECTED

So don’t be afraid if your dreams shift with time. It does not mean that you’re flaky or lacking in faith. It may mean that you are maturing in God and growing as a person.

What does not change is God’s original purpose for your life. His gifts and his calling are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). You were born with certain gifts and a calling that, no matter what you do in life and no matter what choices you make, will follow you wherever you go.

Sometimes when people get around me or go to my meetings, they say, “I want to be just like you, Tim Storey. Show me how to do what you do.” They don’t realize that I was preaching to 40,000 people when I was 26. I have a unique purpose, and I spent a long time in preparation for fulfilling my calling. But you are not called to be me. You are called to be YOU.

GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING

“I WANT TO LIVE BY DESIGN TO MY GOD-GIVEN PURPOSE; I WANT TO FULFILL MY PURPOSE FOR BEING ON THE EARTH.” - TIM STOREY

Have you forgotten who God called you to be? Or have you ever stopped to listen to what He designed for you?

In the Bible, the apostle Paul challenged a young pastor named Timothy by saying, “Remember who you are, Timothy!” Paul went on to say:

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. [II Timothy 3-7]

Timothy had a call on his life, and he had a gift of sincere faith which he inherited from his grandmother and mother. But Timothy was facing some challenges, and he was feeling timid. Paul was reminding Timothy that God had not changed his mind about Timothy just because Timothy was afraid. Paul was LIFE COACHING Timothy. He was stirring up the best that God had deposited in Timothy so that Timothy could live an utmost life.

Sometimes, I wonder if Timothy had a fear of failure. A lot of us have that. There can be so much pressure on us to succeed that we are scared to even start. Here’s what we need to remember, though. Your purpose is God’s purpose for you. Your dream is God’s dream for you. Submit your dream to God. Knowing that it is not all on you, but that He is working with you, will ease the fear of failure.

Remember who you are. If you try to be someone else, the world will miss out on YOU. Don’t let that happen. Is it time to go to God and ask again, what is MY PURPOSE?

Proverbs 3: 5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

THE BEST IS YET TO COME

Keep dreaming,

Tim Storey

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His name was Terry, and he was eight years old. A group of us boys were hanging out at lunch one day, and Terry walked into the lunch room. I wished I knew what was going on in Terry’s head because he wet his pants at school that day! I know this is something that may happen with young kids, but Terry was already eight years old. I thought to myself, “Wow… why couldn’t he have worn jeans today?” Terry had on white pants, but that’s not the strangest part of the story… Terry walked right into the lunch room like nothing happened, and kept the same pants on all day! If that were me, my butt would have run, jumped, or even flown away and looked for safety somewhere.

tumblr_lttb3v7Mk41r2z2l3o1_400Twenty years later I was at my school reunion when Terry walked in. It was the same confident walk he had when we were kids. When some of the other guys saw him they said, “Hey there’s Terry… the guy who wets his pants.” It was a little surprising that they said “the guy that wets his pants” as though he did it all the time.

Many times that’s how life is. It tries to label you, or define you in a bad moment. Terry obviously got past that embarrassing day, but apparently not everyone else did. I liked the way he walked into the room like nothing ever happened, because he refused to get stuck in an “almost” life. The word almost means: not quite, nearly, and just about.

Many become stuck in “almost”, because of bad choices or events that happen in their life. They sit and settle in the middle of the negative event that happened. Kobe Bryant could have done that, but instead he said, “I can’t let what people think or say about me bother me.” Or Britney Spears who said, “I made mistakes, and it is what it is… I still have a lot to learn.” They both got up from their “not so finest” days and decided to do their best to move forward.

You see life is full of moments that aren’t so perfect. All of us have to work through our faults, flaws and failures. I’m sure most of us have had days that we wish we could take back. I know I do.

I was at the gym one time and I saw this big, muscular guy wearing a t-shirt that read: “No Regrets”. That was a nice shirt, with a nice slogan on it, but it’s not always easy to live by those words, but you have to always try to move forward in the best way possible.

I have the privilege of helping many people who are stuck in an almost life—and sometimes, their finest life seems far away– and it’s amazing how many wrong choices can create a bad situation, but one good, healthy choice can turn that all around.

We are finding ourselves nearing the end of 2014 and most of us are not ready to head into a new year. You may have had some challenging moments, days, weeks, or even months this year, but you are still standing. I like to say it this way, “You may not be what you wanted to be, but thank God you’re not what you used to be.”

Let’s be like Terry… even though he knew that we knew what happened all those years back… he maintained his “swagger” and stood tall. And do you want to know what Terry is doing now? Terry became a very successful doctor and is living his finest life.

“Whoever you are and whatever you want, I know that you are capable of achieving it. In fact, I know that you are capable of achieving much more.”