"A dream is an incredible thing.
It motivates and sustains you.
It gives you direction and helps you
know your priorities.
But it ultimately doesn’t mean a
thing if it remains only an idea.
Whatever your dream is, pick
yourself up and do your best to
make it come true!"
Becoming a Person of Influence
And all the while, while you are focusing on your dream….people are watching! Did you know that?
Do you think it’s true?
Well I experienced something yesterday, that confirms that people are watching us reach for our dreams!
I was determined….to make contact with someone at the gym. Every time I go there, I want to encourage someone just like me, fighting their way through the journey! Seems lately, that I’ve been pretty preoccupied with myself and have not made an effort to pour out to anyone else. I’m like, come on, how hard is it to give an encouraging word? Not too hard! Anyway, it usually hits me when I’m in my car on the way home that I negelected to spread some cheer.
So last night I was really determined….I was going to seek out someone and give them an encouraging word.
As usual the gym was packed (which for me, personally, even though it's harder to get on the equipment, it fills my heart with joy to see some many people there changing their life and getting healthy). Anyway, I got on the treadmill and the one next to me was empty. I was determined that whoever occupied that machine was going to get an encouraging word.
Then she walks in. Dun dun dunnnnn.....This woman, who I’ve seen in the gym for months now....someone I've wanted to meet! She has a number of pounds to lose and she is quite focused and determined to get the weight off. I’ve seen her sweating and pushing toward her goals. I have many times wanted to go introduce myself, but either chickened out or got distracted and did not get it done. But last night, she walks through the door and I immediately sent up a simple prayer asking the Lord to send her my way.
Guess what….next thing I know, she’s on the treadmill right next to me. Before she could plug in her headphones, I introduced myself.
I said, “I’ve been meaning to introduce myself to you. I have noticed you in the gym a lot and I want to let you know that you so inspired me with your hard work and dedication. You are really making things happen!!” She got the biggest smile on her face and that just opened the door for conversation.
We had a great time until my trainer entered the gym and was wanting to get started on my training. While I was finishing my time on the Treadmill, my trainer got to talking to my new friend. And almost like it was planned, my trainer says to my Friend, “ You know, I’ve seen you in the gym a lot, you are doing fantastic!!”
You should have seen my new friends face! She did not say so, but I am quite sure she was pleased that we noticed her dedication.
Double encouragement!! It was almost like it was an orchestrated encounter of encouragement. How awesome is that?
After my trainer and I went away from my Friend we were talking about the goose bumpy moment we just had. We both agreed that we should be doing that for each other more often. It could be life changing!!
So keep following your dreams. Keep pushing through..it will help you reach your dream and also help encourage others to reach for their dreams!! People are watching!
Do other people inspire you? Are you an inspiration?