(Source)I heard a teacher give some amazing advice yesterday. She said "When I was little, my parents told me 'You're female, you're black, and people are going to tell you that you can't do things in life. Don't ever listen! Prove them wrong! Know who you are, know what you want, and make it happen no matter what anyone says or thinks.' I've lived my life this way from that day forward. In my job at a technology company, someone told me I couldn't pass the programming class they offered, so I took it and passed, just to show them I could. If I want to and I'm capable, I will do it."
Wow. That made an impact.
I pray the positive words I say and the inspirational things I do make that kind of impact on someone... to fuel that drive to give their all, to never let what ANYONE says stop them from pursuing their dreams. I pray I make that kind of an impact on myself.
Reminder: Satan doesn't want your dreams to come true. He wants you to live your life just getting by, super busy, focused on everyone but you, and depressed by all your dreams that didn't come true. He wants you to believe you don't have any dreams left and, if you did, you'd never be able to see them come true. He uses negative, pessimistic, jealous, insecure people as weapons to get to you, telling you it can't be done, that dream's too big, it'll never happen.
When you begin to feel this way, RECOGNIZE who's really talking to you and how much he wants you to fail! Then, recognize and call on The One who can - and wants - to help you through it and desires to bless you abundantly! Ask God to reveal the dreams He's placed in your heart! Ask Him to help you move past the insecurity and doubt. Ask Him to help you ignore the haters and find the motivators! Ask Him to give you courage and peace to set aside a little time to focus on you.
Then, take the first step towards your dreams...