The most significant thing you can ever do in life is to discover a dream worth chasing. As you pursue it, you will stumble, but understand that stumbling isn’t falling. Pursuit changes everything. It captivates your heart, increases your speed, sets free your focus, and brings amazing results. Successful lives are motivated by a passionate pursuit.
In life, we stumble for a number of reasons; health crisis, vision difficulty, persistent disease, poor balance, and even a side-effect from specific drugs. Every day we are faced with risky situations that cause us to stumble or at least pose as a threat for stumbling.
You must understand that it’s not unusual for you to stumble and fall when you’re learning to take a new walk, taking your first step after been declared unable to walk by your doctor, or get hit by a drunk driver, but it’s unusual for you not to learn from those tumbles.
When you stumble, a lot happens. You may trip over something and catch yourself so you don’t completely collapse. You may twist a muscle or sprain an ankle trying to avoid a fall. You may also suffer the bruises, bumps, or breaks from a hard fall. Stumbling makes us cautious, not weak. It’s okay to lose a few confidence when you stumble but don’t let it stop you from pursuing your dreams.
Pure happiness is chasing your dreams, not reaching them. A major corporate study of sixty-two business leaders all over the world, from Marriott Corporation to Apple Computers, revealed that not one of the leaders was a classic workaholic as we imagine: grim, driven, enslaved by work but compelled to do it anyway.
Instead, they were actually lovers of work. They absolutely loved doing what they did. The right pursuit brought joy and success. I love Charles Garfield’s explanation- ” Peak players are people who are devoted to a clear mission. It is clear that they care deeply about what they do, and their efforts, energies, and enthusiasm are traceable back to that particular mission.”
As a Christian, you can stumble spiritually and in your pursuits as well even when you have the best intentions especially when sin is constantly around us. Anger, cross dispositions, doubts, fleshly desires are all pointers to why Christians stumble. It’s hard to maintain your stand in God when you’re living in sin and disobeying his commandments. When you sin, you stumble but you fall when you fail to repent from that sin and consult with God. A consistent prayer life facilitates a steady walk with God and all your pursuits.
“For many people, religion can be so easy they stumble right over it.” Kathie Lee Gifford stated. Whatever your religion, faith, or profession, you’re not truly free until you actively pursue and have been made captive by your ultimate purpose in life. There are million-dollar ideas around you every day. There are a thousand miracles every day waiting for us to grasp them but we fail to because we give up at the first stumble. Your big shot is right where you are now.
Earl Nightingale said, “you are, at this moment, standing right in the middle of your own acres of diamonds.” There is a master key that unlocks life’s possibilities. Understand that dreams are good, but not good enough. Faith is good, but not good enough. Goals are good, but not good enough. There’s only one way to prove your faith, dreams, and goals, only one way to transform them into a reality; it’s in the ability to pursue them.
According to John Foster, it’s a disgraceful thing not to be able to reply, with some degree of certainty to the simple questions, ” What will you be?” ‘What will you do?” Unfortunately, the regular man’s life consists of eighteen years of having parents ask where he or she is going, fifty years of having a partner ask the same question, and at the end, the mourners wondering the same.
Success invariably starts with a dream that seems absurd, but when that dream is pursued and served, it gradually comes true over time. Nothing profitable happens overnight. The road to success runs difficult, filled with bumps that will cause you to stumble, but stumbling isn’t falling. So, don’t expect to break any speed records.
“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”-Joseph Campbell
Success takes time. The moment you get your dream going, you have to maintain its speed, stumbling, or not. You can’t afford to stop along the way. The hardest thing to do in pursuing your dream is to get it swirling from a standing stop. The earth makes room for a person on a pursuit. Like a fire truck with its lights on or a police car with its sirens blaring, people may not know where you’re going, but they know you’re off to something significant.
In the words of Martin Luther King Jr; “if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
For the firm, there is always time and opportunity. But following the words of Martin Luther King Jr, don’t be caught out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers when opportunity knocks at your front gate. Choose to be on a mission intentionally.
Albert Hubert remarked, “parties who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of the field and hope that the cow will back up to them.” The choice of halting or pursuing is a clarifying moment in your life. When you make the determination to pursue, the certainties don’t count. The past doesn’t count. The probability doesn’t count. The only thing that matters is the decision to pursue.
My dear friends, let’s dig for diamonds and not chase butterflies. Learn from the words of William Arthur Ward- “To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.” Life is too short to think small. Go where you have never been before. Take the limits off you and be extraordinary. You serve an extraordinary God, you can’t afford to be ordinary.
There’s no greater joy to the heart of authorities, parents, partners than to see men, women, children, following their purpose in life. I encourage you to climb out of the corridors and onto the playing arena.
Stumble but don’t fall.
Love and Best Wishes
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