I blinked my eyes and ten years flashed.
Where did the time go?
It seems like only yesterday I was asked to join a start-up firm.
It sounded nuts at the time, leave a stable job at a large firm and bet my career on the dreams and visions of two attorneys -two attorneys that wanted to start the first female-owned litigation law firm in the area.
It was a gamble but, there really is something to “girl power;” because ten years later- this place is soaring and celebrating a strong 10th anniversary. Their bold move paid off and transformed the area’s legal landscape.
I love this quote from one of the founding members:
“I never believed I could go to law school, much less stand beside professionals like my colleagues at this firm. If you have suffered setbacks - if your child is struggling in school - if you feel hopeless or sad. Find your passions and the people who share them. Visions can become reality!” ~Tricia Derr
A beautiful testament to the power of vision; yet, vision without action is hollow- merely a dream unrealized.
So, how do you turn dreams into reality?
I recently heard a Podcast, New Year’s Vision by Dr. Krista Kurlinkus on this very topic-
In this podcast Kurlinkus relates the importance of vision and challenges her listeners to contemplate the following:
Who do you want to be?
What do you want to do or accomplish?
What steps can you take for your happiness?
She pushes further to ask- “What would your perfect day look like?”
These all sound elementary but, don’t dismiss them because of simplicity.
It is in the basic that we can find and verify purpose; otherwise, we may spend our lives perusing things that don’t matter and realize too late our miscalculation.
Do you realize that God created you for a specific purpose?
If you aren't already living your purpose, I would challenge you to devote time to developing your vision by:
Determine your core values
List out at least three core values that drive both your work and play. For me, these values are peace, wisdom, and love.
Think about your “perfect day”
What does your perfect day look like? Plan it and implement it at least once in a while.
Discover your God-given skills & talents
What are you naturally good at- where do you excel? What brings you joy? What did you love doing as a kid? Are you utilizing any of these things today?
Are you fulfilling God’s purpose for your life? Look for ways to be creative and put your whole heart into it- it’s not just about going through the motions.
Don’t be afraid to dream and get back to the basics to find your vision. Be willing to trust God and take a risk by answering when He calls you.
Life should be lived with passion and purpose- not just a never-ending struggle to get to the weekend!
BE BOLD AND DO IT- THEN VISIONS CAN BECOME REALITY!
Father, you are the God of hope and it is through your plans that we can prosper in - living a life of purpose and passion. Grant us wisdom and plant your vision in our hearts so that that your purpose prevails.
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established." ~Proverbs 16:3