Motivational Moments: Follow your dreams

stockvault-seascape146000What does it mean when people say, “Follow your dreams?” I think that means to never give up on what you really what to do or be. I believe it also means that your dreams are your true calling. “What is a true calling?” That is something that you were destined to do. That thing that you can’t seem to stop thinking about and that you believe you will eventually find yourself doing.

I once believed that my true calling was to write and maybe write something that would change the way people look at life and want to better themselves. My true calling is exactly what I’m doing now, writing and helping to motivate individuals to see that they are powerful and can do incredible things! I write not because I am forced to, I write because it is what I’m called to do. Sometimes I feel like I’m writing for others, but the truth is I write for me.

There was once a young lady that I met who shared with me the true meaning of doing what you were really called to do. She stated that she was called to help children and give them a place to live. (She did foster care in her home.) I once asked her how she knew for sure that this was a calling, and not just something that she wanted to do. She said that the difference between wanting to do something and being summoned to do it, is one is something that you work at and the other is something that doesn’t feel like work at all. Now that is a great feeling!

I share this with you today because I want you to listen to the small still voice inside of you that keeps telling you that there is something you could be great at if you go for it and have faith in yourself. Follow your dreams and with hard work and determination you can live your true calling also.

And as always, stay focused, stay determined, and keep striving for greatness.

Penny Jones-Richardson is a published author and life coach. She can be reached via her website at or email at

June 16, 2015
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