There once was a boy whose biggest dream was to be on TV one day. In sixth grade, he had an assignment. The assignment was simply to write on a piece of paper your name and what you wanted to be. This boy wrote "I want to be on TV." He was the last student in class to stand up and read out his answer to the class. After reading his answer, the boy was called up to the front of the class by his teacher. Feeling proud, he walked up to the front, thinking his answer was the best and he was going to get rewarded.
But boy, was he wrong.
Instead, the teacher called him up to the front to humiliate him. "Why did you write this? Who do you know that's ever been on TV?" This little boy already had a stuttering problem, and due to the humiliation, he couldn't get a word out. "You can't even talk, how do you expect to be on TV?" She replied to his stutters. He was devestated.
Fast forward to his late twenties. He had been living in his car for three years, trying to start a comedy career. He would bathe in fancy hotels' public bathrooms with fancy linens towels, wet them in the sink with soap, go the stalls, and wash his body. One day, a convention was in town. With the flood of people coming in and out of the bathroom, he got stuck in the stall for a while. He sat down on the toilet and started crying. He couldn't take it anymore. He called home to an answering machine that his parents had set up for him. This answering machine was specifically for people trying to reach him. On the answering machine was a special message. It was from Chuck Sutton from Showtime at the Apollo in New York. He said, "We saw a tape of you and want you to come perform Sunday night. We're going to put you on TV." He heard this message on Thursday. He had a total of twenty-five dollars and was down in Florida. What seemed to be possibly the greatest break of his life was so close and yet so far.
He went back to his car and cried again. He said, "God, how could you do this to me? This is my biggest dream, and yet I can't even make it?" He decided to listen to the recording one more time, just to make sure it was that Sunday. Sure enough, it was that Sunday, only three days away. But just as he was about to hang up, he heard a beep, meaning he had another message. The message was a request for him to do a gig in Florida, close to where he was, and was going to pay $150 for Friday night. He called back immediately and agreed to do the show. After doing the show, the crowd loved him so much that the club owner asked him to do another show the next night for another $150. He called Chuck Sutton, and the next day, he was on a plane to New York. On the plane, he wrote a very specific joke.
That night, on TV, he told that joke. And that was the joke that made him famous. He has been on TV ever since that night.
His name is Steve Harvey.
Imagine if Steve let his sixth-grade teacher crush his dreams. He could have thought, "You're right. How is this little stuttering boy from this small town ever going to make it on TV?" Imagine if after a few months of living in his car, Steve said, "Forget this comedy stuff. It's never going to happen at this rate." But Steve never gave up. He knew his calling in life was to be a comedian and have an impact on TV. He knew his passions so well that he did not let anyone stop him. He was the only one who saw his dream the way he did, and he didn't let anyone who couldn't see his dream stop him.
We can all learn a lesson from Steve. Life throws everything at us to try to discourage us from pursuing our dreams. But the ones who keep pursuing, the ones who don't let discouragement take them down, those are the ones we hear about. Those are the ones who successfully achieve their dreams. Discouragement is inevitable. Plans will fail, people will be negative. It's how we chose to react to the discouragement that defines our character. Will we allow people's negative reactions to stop us from pursuing our God-given dreams and goals?
God didn't forget about Steve in those three years of homelessness, even though that's exactly the way Steve felt. God has not forgotten you in the times when you felt lost, discouraged, and hopeless. Rather, He is preparing you for the very thing you were made to do. Don't let discouragement drag you down. Take it as a growing experience that will launch you into your future success. Trust God and don't give up.
If you want to hear more on Steve and his story, watch these videos. I highly recommend them, as they are very inspirational.
Steve's sixth grade assignment
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You've gotten inspired by other's vision boards and are ready to make your own. But with so many options for how to make them, it is hard to know where to start. In this post, I lay out a step-by-step process for how I made my vision board. I am in love with my board and have already seen things come to pass that I placed on the board not too long ago. I decided to go with a digital vision board, as I find there are many more options online in regards to pictures and words, but this process can still be applied to physical boards! Or, you can make the digital vision board, print it out, and frame it if you want to place it somewhere around your house or office.
Step 1: Choose a Timeframe
Vision boards are very personalized and can be made to your desires. The first step is to decide how long you want to give yourself to achieve these dreams. Are you going with goals that you want to accomplish within the next month? Next year? Next five years? Over your lifetime? I suggest planning somewhere in between one and five years, as it will give you enough time to follow your big goals while still having a deadline. Too small of a deadline tends to limit the options for a big board that tends to be more permanent, while no deadline gives no motivation to get moving on your dreams. But it's up to you! I went with a one-year board for 2019.
Step 2: Make Categories and Goals
Planning out goals can be more challenging than it seems. You have a bunch of ideas, but when you sit down to list your goals, suddenly your mind goes empty. A good way to begin is to start with categories. In what major areas of your life do you want to accomplish your goals? Mine consists of health/fitness, relationships, faith, business, and personal. Once you have your categories down, list a few goals under each one. Make sure to make these goals specific! Broad goals are harder to get motivated for, whereas specific goals give you an exact idea of what you want to accomplish. Instead of listing "lose," list "lose 15 pounds." The more specific, the better!
Step 3: Find Pictures
Once you have your goals listed, it's time to find pictures that match. My favorite website to do so is Pinterest, as I find it has prettier and lighter pictures. However, Google Images is always a good option as well. Wherever you decide to find your pictures, find specific pictures that match with your goals. Pictures that when you look at them, you know exactly what the goal is. Along with pictures, find words that match your themes and bring inspiration and encouragement. When you find pictures you like, save the images to your computer and store them all in a folder for easy organization. This will help make a much easier process later on. Labeling each picture individually on your computer is optional. I did this as it helped my brain organize topics, but it is not necessary. I suggest finding light and airy pictures, as it will make the board easier and more appealing to look at. Or, choose a color theme and stick with pictures within the theme. This will make it more challenging to find the pictures you want, but if you are dedicated, you can make it work well.
Step 4: Set Up the Collage Background
Once you have all your pictures, you are ready to start making your collage. There are multiple places online to make free collages, but my personal favorite is BeFunky. For the rest of this post, that is the website I will be explaining. Once on the website, click "Get Started" and chose the "Create a Collage" option.
It will give you a layout, but in order to make our vision board,
we will be using our own layout. Go to the Layout tab on
the sidebar and chose "Create your Own."
If you are happy with the size, then you are ready to go. If you
want the collage to be a different size or specific shape, go to
the Customize tab and type in the exact measurements.
For example, I use my vision board as my computer background, so I set the width and height to my computer screen measurements. You can do the same for your phone screen or a picture frame you have if you are choosing to print it out.
Step 5: Download your Pictures
Next, go back to the Image Manager tab and hit the green button labeled "Computer." Open up your folder and download all the images you saved previously. They will all pop up right underneath the button. If you wish, you may also find more pictures using the Stock Image button below the green button. It may be hard to find specific pictures, but they are great quality pictures, so it's worth a look.
Step 6: Design your Board!
From here, it's all up to you! Simply drag the images onto the board and arrange to your desire. My personal preference is to leave a little white space in between each picture for a light, clean look. Separate your different major topics (Relationships, faith, etc.) into different sections of the board and add text to define which sections are which. For example, make the top right corner your Health and Fitness section. Arrange all your health and fitness pictures into the right corner and type out the word "Health" to place in that section. Have fun with this step! In the end, it should look something like this.
My personal vision board for 2019
Step 7: Save and Place
The last step is the most vital. Make sure to save your vision board! The website allows you to save to your board to your computer as well as Google Drive, if you wish. After saving it, pick your desired location. Set it as your phone or computer background or print it out for a physical copy. Wherever you place it, make sure you place it somewhere you will see it often. A vision board is pointless if you don't ever look at it!
And there you have it! Your own personal vision board. Vision boards do not have any power in and of themselves, but when you see your dreams and goals laid out before your eyes, you have more motivation to chase after them yourselves. I hope this post was helpful to you! Subscribe to my email list here to get updates on my newest posts and the announcement for my online shop's grand opening! Have a topic you'd like me to cover? Comment it down below!