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Friday, March 21, 2008

Desire- Reaching your Dream

How do we figure out what to do with our life? By following our desires. I'm not talking about lust, like for another person. I'm talking about passion, something you love doing, something that brings you happiness, something you dream about.

What if you dream about being an astronaut? Well, let's look at that. The most proven method is to start by joining the military. So you join up. There you discover you don't really like that kind of rigid lifestyle, but you have a natural talent for leadership that is groomed and utilized while you are in. Since you don't want to stay military you give up your dream of going to space and leave the service.

Drifting a bit you get a job in management at a corporation. While there you work your way up for a few years learning a lot about corporate structure and business life. You find yourself becoming restless and dissatisfied. One day you get a great idea for a better product. Life has prepared you perfectly, without you knowing. You leave your corporate job, start a new company and soon the lives of millions are a little bit better because you are the CEO of a multi-million dollar international company, a company that never would have come into being if you hadn't followed your desire to be an astronaut.

The root meaning of the word "desire" is "from God." By trusting Him and having faith He can guide our steps, but only if we follow. The Universe will arrange itself to support you. Since there are no billboards in the sky, how do we know what to do? By following those nudges, urges and ideas incubating inside. Sometimes that dream or desire is the goal. Sometimes following that idea just gets you on the right path to start.

When you take a road trip most of the time it is not a straight shot. For me to get from Seattle, WA to Boise, ID I hop on the I-5 then switch to I-90. After a few hundred miles it's onto the I-82. Finally onto I-84 into Boise.

Sometimes life is like that. We follow one path for awhile. Take a little break or become restless. Switch paths. Eventually, if we are lucky and paying attention, we arrive and are doing our dream.

First we have to get started. If I just drove around Boise forever I'd never get to Seattle. First I have decide I want to go somewhere. I can always correct my course if I get lost on the way, but if I never start driving I'll never get anywhere different.

If I'm going someplace really far I may have to get on a plane or a boat. I may even have to transfer between planes. Going to Ireland I had to go on 3 different planes to get there.

So, first step, identify your biggest passion or desire then take a step in that direction. What is something you can do? Can you study a new subject? Talk to someone in that field? Move? Write? Take a class?

If you knew the perfect step to take, what would it be? What can you today to start?

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