This is a repost from a blog my husband Philip wrote for me. He’s the real deal and has always inspired me to reach for my dreams and to keep seeking to be the best I can be. He practices what he preaches, working full time in the corporate sector as well as being a pastor and ministering to people every weekend and throughout the week. He is also studying full time for his MBA, is an amazingly supportive husband and awesome Dad to our six kids. If I could recommend someone to listen to and take notice of then he’s your man… 

As an executive coach and pastor I have met some very talented and gifted people. Yet the gifted and talented do not always shine. I have seen people with extraordinary talent in certain areas of their lives walk away from using and developing their gift because there was too much work involved. I can recall an extraordinary musician leaving a music school because there was a mix up when they enrolled. I have seen a brilliant mathematician (averaging 97%) leave higher education because it was too much work. I have seen talented sports people leave their sport because they didn’t want to put in the effort to train.

Talent is not the answer to achieving in life. Being gifted is not a guarantee of becoming who you were made to be. Every body has a God given dream inside them. But having a dream and being gifted and talented isn’t enough. We need to understand that there is also a price to pay to be who God made us to be.

To achieve the dream that is inside us takes dedication, sacrifice and commitment. Talent and gifting may get us started, but it is character, commitment and sacrifice that will achieve the goal.

No doubt you will experience setbacks and disappointments because it takes commitment, dedication and sacrifice to fulfil our dreams, especially when it looks like it can’t and won’t happen.

What is your dream? What would you like to achieve? Are you putting in the time and effort to position yourself to achieve it? If the dream is worth it then there is sacrifice involved. It may mean not buying items you want because you are saving for a house. It may mean having to study at night after work to get the job you desire. It may mean getting up earlier in the morning to exercise to become fit and healthy.

Everything has a price. Will you stand out from the crowd and pay the price or will you settle and probably regret it. The choice is ours. No one said it would be easy, but when we achieve the goal, the sacrifice is forgotten, and we get to enjoy the achievement.

Make a decision today. Write down your goal. Work out the next step to achieving it and go for it! Make the commitment, decide you will overcome the setbacks, push forward and attain the prize.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” (1 Corinthians 9:24)