Long before you enter the arena, there is that quiet moment when you are alone with your dreams. They sit still, like a jetliner on the runway before take-off, awaiting your instructions. You double-check your list to make sure you're ready. Why do you feel like the groundhog awaiting groundhog day? Maybe it's because the time has come for you to emerge from your burrow and you're not sure about the climate. Here are some ideas to help you determine if it's gametime:
- Your dreams have been sitting on the runway so long that they want to get off the plane and check into a hotel.
- The weather outside is cloudy. Dreams don't care about the weather and they are willing to fly in any climate.
- Your desire to fly becomes greater than your fear of heights.
- The cave you are living in is no longer big enough to house your dreams.
- You hear the control tower say, "the runway is clear."
- You realize you are not a groundhog; you are created in the Maker's image and you were designed to soar like an eagle. Your dreams are the wind beneath your wings and the wind is blowing.
- You find the lost suitcase stashed away in your garage and open it up to find all your hidden talents.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt