Choosing to go along the road less traveled is not always the easiest path to take. It requires a certain level of commitment to continue this journey. If we are being honest, taking the road less traveled is not always pretty, it can be uncomfortable, and in most cases it’s lonely. During those moments of loneliness, doubt can begin to creep into your mind and will have you wishing you never veered off from the crowd, but in those moments, you learn what you are made of. The hardest part about this journey is dealing with yourself. Before you can fully go after any plan or ideas you have to first confront your insecurities and past hurt. This may seem unnecessary, but it is crucial to deal with you first before your behavior hinders your progression.
Think about it, if you decide not to deal with experiences that offended you in the past it will eventually spill over into other parts of your life. Those emotions will begin to fester up inside you and create unwanted feelings. Every time you are triggered, you’re going to have an unnecessary reaction that can cause you to burn bridges with others. This can all be avoided if you take the time to heal from those experiences. When you take the time to heal you become aware of your feelings and have a better chance at finding healthier solutions to deal with the problem. It’s time to stop blaming others for your past and taking responsibility for your actions.
Now that we have you squared away; you’re probably asking what’s next? It’s quite simple, you go after your heart’s desires. In a previous blog post, Becoming SMART with your goals, I talked about writing down things that you are passionate about and choosing one of those passions to master. Once you master that particular passion builds upon them with the other desires that you wrote down. Eventually, you would have created a life that is full of purpose and meaning because you took the time to live the life God intended for you. This might be shocking to hear but God put those specific desires in your heart for a reason. It wasn’t just by chance that you created a deep longing to fulfill those needs in your life. He wants you to create goals and have a big future planned for your life. What he doesn’t want is for you to feel like you have to do it all alone. That’s where most of us mess up, we feel like we have to do everything. All God wants for you to be a willing vessel so He can orchestrate the plans He has created for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). His plan for your life is far greater than you could ever imagine. Take that leap of faith! I know for sure that He will be there to catch you in His arms wide open. He is ready to guide you along this new unusual journey you are about to embark on. Trust me it is worth it because you will find freedom and confidence; your faith will be built up and you’ll be happier that you didn’t let another opportunity like this pass you up.
One last thing, not everyone is meant to be taken with you to the next level of your life. When you decide to live for God everyone is not going to understand why you are operating a certain way. Their opinions and side remarks can be a distraction and can have you hold on to fear a little while longer. Watch who you keep close. After all, you don’t want to hinder your blessing because you are scared to cut off those dead ends (but that’s a conversation for another time).