Owning your dream means having your belief in yourself outweigh your fears. Acclaimed leadership author John Maxwell wrote in his book, Falling Forward: How to Make the Most of Your Mistakes, this inspirational thought: “If you know who you are, make the changes you must in order to learn and grow, and then give everything you’ve got to your dreams, you can achieve anything your heart desires.’ It’s not about the failures you’ve experienced in the past. As Maxwell says: ‘If you tend to focus on the particular events in your life, try to put things into perspective. When you do, you’ll be able to share the philosophy of someone such as the apostle Paul, who was able to say, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” (Philippians 4:11 NKJV) And that was saying a lot, considering that Paul had been shipwrecked, whipped, beaten, stoned, and imprisoned. Throughout everything, his faith enabled him to maintain perspective. He realised that as long as he was doing what he was supposed to do, his being labelled success or failure by others really didn’t matter.‘ So which matters more to you? Your past failures or the dreams God has laid on your heart? God gave you these unique abilities because He has plans for you: “I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord, ‘Plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
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