Have the Courage to Dream Big

Our culture can be very harsh towards dreamers. There’s an unspoken belief that dreaming big is just for children, no grown-ups allowed. We ask four-year-old Billy what he wants to be when he grows up and he says, “I want to be president. And an astronaut. And a garbage man.” We smile because we know that no one is all those things when they grow up, as Billy will be taught in time.

I find this very sad. I believe that dreaming big should be encouraged in everyone, even adults. Dreaming big is how we explore our truest desires and special gifts we have to share with the world. We just need the courage to do it.

Big Dreams Take You on a Journey

Having big dreams is not an ego trip. God wants us to dream big so we can reach our greatest potential. The great thing about having big dreams is that if you reach them, you get what you want. If you don’t reach them, you’re still far beyond where you ever would have ended up if you’d never dreamed at all.

Big dreams force us to stretch ourselves in ways we never imagined. We stretch ourselves by believing that we’re capable of more than we thought. We stretch ourselves in the actual work we do as we pursue our dreams. We stretch ourselves by facing our true nature as we struggle along the way, coming face-to-face with the things we love about ourselves and the things we aren’t so proud of. It’s an incredible journey.  

The Universe Takes Notice

When you dream big and start taking action towards making your dreams come true, the universe notices. That’s when things start aligning for you. Opportunities appear that you could never have anticipated. People show up with the connections or the words of encouragement you need at just the right moment. It can start to feel like magic – and it is. You just have to be open to letting the universe help you on your way.

Why Doesn’t Everyone Dream Big?

I believe part of it is our culture that doesn’t encourage big, outlandish dreams past the age of 8 or so. I also believe that many people who used to dream big stop believing in themselves somewhere along the way. They look around at the life they’ve created for themselves and they see the responsibilities they have rather than the opportunities that are in front of them. In the end, they have a much smaller impact on the world than they could have had, and they keep their unique gifts to themselves rather than sharing them with the world.

It’s easy to let this happen as we go about our daily lives. The fact is, we do have responsibilities and families and bills to pay. But being responsible and dreaming big are not mutually exclusive. We can do both. We just need the courage to allow ourselves to dream.

Having the Courage to Believe You Can Do Something Great

There’s a quote by Marianne Williamson that you may have heard that speaks to this idea. It goes: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure… We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.” This is the mindset you need to develop the courage to dream big. The question is not whether you are capable or worthy of doing incredible things. The question is, why wouldn’t you be?

Go dream big. It’s what you were meant to do.

One Door Closes, Another Opens: The Story of How I Became a Dentist

Every person has their own story about how they got into the field they’re currently in. For some people, they drifted into their jobs without any forethought. For others, they weighed the pros and cons of the careers they were considering and chose the one that was the best fit in terms of education, income, lifestyle, and skills.

Still other people ended up in their profession due to a life-changing event. They were called to their job and are deeply committed to it because it’s so personal. This is how it was for me, and this is the story of how I became a dentist when I originally wanted to be a musician.

How My Grandfather Changed the Course of My Life

When I was a teenager, my grandfather was diagnosed with throat cancer. This news devastated me. I loved my grandfather and I also looked up to him as a mentor. At the same time, I had a scholarship to Central Michigan University just waiting for me. I didn’t know what I wanted to do though, as my whole world was in chaos. I ultimately decided that it wasn’t right for me and I remember the moment I told my mother that I would not be going to college right out of high school and instead was going to turn down a full ride.

Unsurprisingly, she wasn’t happy about this news. She was also dealing with the news of my grandfather’s – her father’s – throat cancer diagnosis. She told me she didn’t have money saved for my education if I wanted to go to college in the future. I told her I understood and I’d never ask her for a dime. In the end, she supported my decision because she knew I was committed to it.

My grandfather lived for three years from the date of his diagnosis before he finally passed on February 3, 1994. At that time I was still not in school but pursuing a career in music, which I was happy with. His death set me on a new path when I realized I needed to honor him after all he had done to bless my life.

Choosing a New Path

I had originally wanted to be a medical doctor but my wife Sabrina, a registered nurse, felt that being an MD wasn’t right for me. She knew how devoted I was to my family and while I might like the patient interaction and the work itself, I wouldn’t like being tied to a pager my whole life.

That’s when I knew that dentistry was the right choice for me. It would allow me to remain devoted to my family but still build a thriving career. It would allow me to work closely with patients and give them exceptional care. It would allow me to help people with throat cancer and make a difference in people’s lives by helping prevent the terrible disease that had taken my grandfather’s life.

It took a long time but I did it. Nine years after my grandfather’s death, nine years after making that decision, I graduated from dental school and began my life as a dentist and I haven’t looked back since.

Honoring My Grandfather

I believe that everything worked out as it was supposed to. My decision to turn down Central Michigan was a scary one at the time, but I knew in my heart it was right. I was able to live my dream of being a musician for a few years before turning my attention to dentistry, which was ultimately the right career choice for me. I have my grandfather to thank for it. Because of him, I’m able to honor his memory and help change my patients’ lives every single day.

Planting a New Seed (Trying Something Different)

The universe rewards dreamers. It rewards people who go and get what’s rightfully theirs. It rewards people who work towards their goals and never give up.

I like to think about it as planting a seed for future greatness. Each time you embark on a new journey towards a new goal, you’re planting a new seed. These seeds are like the seeds that sprout basil or strawberries or marigolds. They need nurturing and attention. They need patience and time. They require faith – you can’t dig up the soil to see if they’re working. You simply have to have faith that things are unfolding as they should, even though you can’t see it. This is how you plant seeds for your future greatness and allow them to grow.  

It’s About Mindset, Not Money

How often do you see people living off government assistance turn into millionaires and achieve great things? Not often. It’s not because people raised in poverty have less potential than people brought up in different circumstances. It’s because they live in a culture that tells them “can’t.” “You can’t be this. You can’t do that.” This message becomes a deeply rooted belief that stops people even trying for something great.

It doesn’t take the right amount of money, it takes the right mindset. A mindset that tells you that you can do it, you can change your circumstances. That needs to become the deeply rooted belief you hold about yourself – one that says “you can” rather than “you can’t.”

This subject is not theoretical to me. It is very real. Growing up, my family didn’t have a lot of money. But I didn’t let those circumstances stop me from dreaming big and working for what I wanted. I worked hard, and with the support and sacrifice of my family, I became the dentist, business owner, and author I am today. None of it would have happened if I hadn’t believed in changing my fate.

It Takes Commitment, Too

Mindset is necessary but it’s not sufficient. You also need to work towards your goals. This work needn’t be hard, but it must be consistent. It must come from a place of commitment. You have to take step after step after step towards your destination, even when – especially when – you don’t have any proof that what you’re doing is working. This is the aspect of faith that separates people who are truly committed from those who aren’t.

Just remember that you have to make the changes you want in your life. You can’t wait for someone else to do it for you. That’s not how life works. No one else cannot believe for you or commit for you. You have to do it yourself if you want to claim what’s rightfully yours and see your seeds of greatness come to fruition.

Dreaming of a New Destiny

What is your destiny? Is the vision you have for yourself so big that it almost scares you? That’s a good thing! Dreams are meant to be big, and dreamers are meant to reach for the stars.

This is how people change their destiny and the destiny of their family. You could be the one who sets a new standard for your family, as the first person to graduate high school, or to get a PhD, or to open a business. What was once unheard of in your family can become the new norm. Or you might create something incredible the world has been waiting for. Or you might touch the lives of the people in your community and beyond in a profound way. All because you believed in your dream and planted the seed.

Stay True to You: How to Never Compromise Your Character

Do you stay true to you? By that, I mean, are you your true self in every situation you find yourself in life? Many people behave differently depending on the current circumstances. They behave differently around their spouse than around their friends. They interact with other people depending on whether their spouse is with them or not. They act differently when they’re alone compared to when they know they’re being watched. Someone with true character does not alter themselves or their behavior depending on their current situation.

Mickey Mouse as a Role Model

Mickey Mouse is more than a cartoon character. He’s a good example of what it means to have character. Mickey is the same no matter what situation he’s in. He treats others kindly and is honest, friendly, and well-behaved. He never smokes or drinks or cuts loose. He doesn’t flirt with anyone other than Minnie. You will not see Mickey being anything other than the Mickey you know. Walt Disney was adamant about this. He wanted Mickey to retain the qualities of his character that he is so identified with. He knew that if Mickey’s character was compromised, it would be detrimental to Disney, as well as to the people who had grown to know and love Mickey.

Determine the Character You Want to Have

How can you become a person of true character? Start with figuring out what you value so you can work towards living those values in your life. Here’s an exercise to help you do that. Start by writing down all your character traits on a piece of paper. These may be things like patient, loyal, or sincere. Think of this like a character in a movie. This is what the movie is like right now.

Now picture the same character at the end of the movie. Maybe by the end of the movie, this character looks more like someone you admire and have great respect for, such as a family member, mentor, or historical figure. Now write out their positive character traits. Then analyze the differences between the two lists. You likely have some overlapping traits with the person you admire. You likely have some traits missing, too. These are the character traits you need to work on to become the person of true character you want to be.

Up until now, this has been confined to paper and to your imagination. Here’s where the work comes in. Come up with ways to begin expressing the character traits you want to develop and be proactive in expressing them. If you want to develop the trait of generosity, think about how you can be generous in your own life. You can give more of your time to help out a family member. You can give money to support a cause you believe in. You can even practice generosity by being more loving or patient with yourself.

Do this for each character trait and continue to work on making those traits part of your core character. This will help you develop the character you admire in others.

Be Uncompromising

Being uncompromising about your character means you don’t put your core values aside depending on the situation you’re in. If you’re generous and kind in public, you’re generous and kind behind closed doors, too. If you value loyalty and fidelity, then you’ll interact with others the same no matter whether your spouse is by your side or not. True character upholds you with Christ and through the people you spend time with and the people you lead. It’s something no one can take away from you. Do you have true character?

Trust Your Instincts

You’ve probably had this experience with your GPS while driving: your GPS tells you to turn but you miss the turn anyway. Your GPS then announces that it’s recalculating and comes up with a new route to get you to your original destination. It may take a few minutes more, but you get to the same place in the end. The GPS never wavers in where it’s guiding you to. I like to think of each of us as having an “internal GPS.” I suppose this is another way to talk about our instincts. When we listen to our instincts – when we follow our GPS – it invariably leads us to the place we need to go.

Using Your Internal GPS

How do you use your internal GPS? Start by programming it with the coordinates of your destination. Ask yourself where you want to go today, this month, this year, in your life. Next, check that the coordinates you’ve programmed in align with the goals you’ve set for yourself. Does the destination you’ve chosen move you closer to your goals? Or does it move you further away? Your internal GPS is one of the strongest tools you have in your toolbox to help you achieve your goals, so make sure it’s leading you on the right path.

Trust in your internal GPS. If you’re clear on where you want to go and you know it aligns with your goals, it won’t steer you wrong. It will even work with your subconscious and the universe to get you where you want to go. It’s the best in the business.

Getting Off Track in Life

Sometimes life gets in the way and prevents us from following our GPS to our destination for a while. Other times, we’re the cause of the detours that take us off track. An associate of mine got off track in a big way several years ago. He spent more and more time drinking and taking prescription drugs than he did practicing as a dentist. He even lost his license for writing prescriptions using other doctors’ names and went to jail for a while. His wife left him and took the children. His old life as he knew it was gone.

But at a certain point he decided he’d had enough and it was time to change. He changed his priorities from drugs and alcohol to rebuilding the life he had before his addiction. I’m happy to say he succeeded. He’s broken free of the demons from his past and he’s working again as a successful dentist. His internal GPS was still there when he was ready to listen to it, trying to guide him back to the life that was meant for him. It’s the same as when you’re on the highway heading towards your destination and you punch in a detour to the gas station. As soon as you leave the gas station, the route to your original destination is still there. You just have to follow it.

No matter whether the detour was caused by you or circumstances outside your control, understand that detours happen and they don’t mean the journey has come to an end. It may turn out that the detour has happened for a reason, perhaps to teach you a lesson or make you grow as a person. Just commit to getting back onto the route as soon as possible.

Listening to Your Internal GPS

When you find yourself at a crossroads, be still and tune into your internal GPS. It will tell you whether to turn left or turn right or carry on straight ahead. Follow that voice you hear telling you which way to go. The journey it takes you on may not be easy – in fact, I can almost guarantee you that it will be difficult – but when it’s aligned with your bigger goals, the universe will work to lay the right path open at your feet. Trust in your GPS and you’ll go places you never knew possible.

Why & How Planning Gets You to the Top

Imagine you’re in the middle of an unfamiliar place. You have an idea of where you want to end up, but you don’t know how to get from where you are to where you want to be. You have no map. It’s the same with goals. Many people have an idea of what they’d like to accomplish in life, but they have no plan – no “map” to get to there. Yet a plan is essential if you want to reach your goals.

A Game Plan for Your Life

Football teams practice all week in preparation for a game. They have plays they run over and over until they know them by heart. They have strategies in place based on their knowledge of the opposing team. They have a game plan for game day because they have one goal, to win, and they know there’s no chance of winning if they don’t plan for it.

Do you have a game plan for your life? If not, why not? You know where you are now (your starting point) and you know where you want to end up (your goal). This is the basic information you need to start putting together a game plan for your own life.

Without a plan, you may stumble towards the vague direction of your goal, but you will never be able to make the purposeful strides towards your goal that enable you to become a top performer. You need a plan with a purpose.

When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

It happens. The football team’s plays don’t work. Your plan to reach your goal wasn’t quite right. This is not the time to give up on the goal. This is the time to make adjustments to the plan and adapt to the new situation.

Though this may seem like a setback at first, it can actually be a great opportunity for growth. A setback requires you to think about how to reach your goal differently. It may require you to go outside your comfort zone to try something new. Football teams do this when they run a brand new play. You can do it, too.

I learned this lesson about being flexible after being a business owner for many years. I realized the game plan can change every day, and it’s recognizing that change, and being able to adapt to it, that helps me continuously evolve into a better leader.

Top Performers Plan

It’s probably not surprising to learn that people who are the top performers in their fields all have a game plan that helps them win at the game of life. They have a goal and move towards that goal systematically. They understand that when their plans don’t work, it’s not a failure, but rather an opportunity to change the plan to something even better and grow in the process.

You can be a top performer in your field, too. You first have to create and commit to a plan. Know what you want. Work on your craft every day and embrace the practice and repetition that’s required to get better at it. Put your plan into action and expect setbacks along the way; embrace, them, too. They’re what help you grow along your journey. By keeping your plan front and center in your mind, you will have the map that’s the key to achieving your goals.

Harnessing the Power of Your Dreams

“I have a dream.”

These were the words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C. in 1963 that have since become famous. How could four simple words be so incredibly powerful? It’s not just because Dr. King was a wonderful orator, which he undoubtedly was. It’s because the idea of having a dream resonated with so many people, and it still does.

Dreaming Big

To have a dream means to believe in a vision of a future that you want to see. There’s no such thing as a dream that’s “too big.” You must dream big! Dreaming small doesn’t serve anyone.

There is no downside to a big dream. If you achieve your dream, then you have accomplished exactly what you want. If you fall short, you’ve still accomplished a lot, even if it’s not everything you wanted.

Dreaming big forces you to stretch yourself, and through that process you grow. Dreaming big and committing to your dream calls in the universe to help by clearing obstacles and providing the resources you need along the way.

Don’t forget that God wants all of us to reach our potential, whatever that is. We all have individual gifts that need to be shared with the world. He wants us to dream big and He’s given us creative energy to make our dreams come true.

Yadda Yadda Yadda: Making Excuses

  • “I have responsibilities.”
  • “I have bills to pay.”
  • “I have too much to do.”
  • “I don’t have time.”

These are just some of the excuses people come up with for why they can’t dream. I believe that people who say these things have forgotten what it’s like to be a child with a dream.

They have high stress levels simply from trying to get through daily life and are blocked by negativity.

The sad thing is, people with these beliefs and attitudes stop themselves from dreaming and doing something bigger in the world. They miss out on being able to have a huge impact on other people.

Fortunately, this is not a permanent state of mind. Once you decide to stop making excuses and face the fear that’s holding you back from daring to dream, you too can begin to harness the power of your dreams and work towards making a big change in the world. It starts by recognizing the fact that you’re making excuses and then deciding to live life according to what you dream of, not according to what other people want from you.

How to Harness the Power of Your Dreams

Stop making excuses. See above.

Never forget to dream. Give yourself time to envision the future you want to see and let that vision excite you.

Don’t ignore your dreams. Do you have a recurring dream that’s been nagging at you? Don’t ignore it. This is a sign that you should pursue it.

Write down your dreams and read them out loud twice a day. There’s something very powerful about taking action in the physical world. By writing down your dreams and reading them out loud, you’re moving your dreams from the world of imagination into the world of the tangible. It’s an important step towards making them come true.

Allow your subconscious mind to be a bad mamma jamma on your behalf. Once you’ve committed to your dream – truly committed – your subconscious mind will work behind the scenes towards making it happen.

The Power of Dreams

Dreams are powerful because they can affect so many people. On an individual level, they will help you stretch yourself, grow, and express more of your God-given potential while being a source of constant happiness and hope. On a larger level, they can change the world by making lives better for people or sharing with them a new vision of what the world could be like. Big dreams aren’t just for kids, they’re for everybody.

Say it out loud right now: “I have a dream.” What’s your dream?

Developing A New Mindset

It’s January, the perfect month for making changes in your life. Many people make resolutions to improve their physical health and fitness. I challenge you to do something different: make a positive change by altering your mindset instead.

Mindset: What It Is and Why It Needs Changing

What is a mindset? It’s the set of habitual attitudes you hold that in turn dictate your behavior and the way you see the world. Because it’s habitual, you act on these attitudes or interpret someone else’s words or actions in a knee-jerk way without thinking. It’s only when you consciously examine your mindset that you realize what a huge impact it has on your life.

Why change your mindset? When you change your mindset for the better, you change your life instantly. While the things outside of you may not change, your interpretation of them and reaction to them do. The decisions you make will be guided by your new mindset, which can have a profound effect on the lives of those around you.

Selfish Versus Selfless Mindset

Here’s an example of how mindset impacts others so you can see what I mean.

I wanted to go to dental school so I made the decision to go without a lot of thought to the impact that decision would have on other people. My wife had to work the third shift in a cath lab, on call 24/7, while raising our son, and I barely saw her for the first two years of school. My son was woken up at 4:30 every morning to go to his grandparents’ house. My in-laws watched him every day until my wife could pick him up.

Do you see how one decision on my part had such a big effect on those around me? I didn’t realize at the time how little I considered others when deciding to go to dental school.

At the same time, my wife thought of everyone else but herself and decided to support my dream, working a night job so she could pay the bills and spend time with our son. My in-laws decided to support us by watching our son every day. They made their decisions from a mindset of putting others first, and without their selfless support, I could not have done what I did.

I’m now a dentist and a business owner. My wife no longer has to work and I’m able to spend quality time with my family. I provide jobs to many people which helps them support their families, I order supplies from vendors that helps keep their businesses going, and I help improve my patients’ lives both physically and mentally. I can now give generously to my community and my church, something that wasn’t possible before.

I can’t take sole credit for the impact I’m able to have on so many lives. Without the selfless mindset of my wife and her parents who supported me at a critical time, I never would have had this opportunity. To me, this is the strongest evidence of how much a selfless mindset can have an impact on the world.

A New Mindset for the New Year

Many people have a mindset that focuses on themselves first, others second (if at all). That’s certainly the mindset I had at the time I decided to go to dental school.

This is the wrong way ‘round. Instead, the mindset should be one of everyone else before me. This is a mindset that sets you up to live a life that’s selfless, not selfish. The kind of mindset my wife and her parents had when they decided to support me.

This new year, make it your goal to cultivate a new mindset, one that considers others first. Get into the mental habit of approaching the world in a selfless rather than a selfish manner. It takes time to develop the habit, but once you do, you’ll have the power to change lives for the better.

What Impact Could YOU Make? (Gaining Happiness in Helping Others)

Too many of us go through our lives focusing on ourselves and our own needs. This ignores the immense power at our fingertips to be purposeful when it comes to having an impact on the lives of those around us. Because we all, each and every one of us, impact the lives of other people whether we think we do or not.

The question is, if you were intentional about the impact you had in others’ lives, what would that be?

A Pebble or a Boulder

The first reaction to hearing this may be “I don’t matter enough to make an impact on other people.” But this isn’t true. We can’t see the full extent of the impact we make because one action can set off a chain reaction, like dominos, that reaches far beyond the starting point.

Imagine a boulder hitting water and the way it causes a large splash followed by ripples. Now imagine a pebble hitting water and the way it causes a tiny splash followed by ripples. Yes, at first the boulder makes a much larger impact. But both the large boulder and the small pebble cause ripples that move further and further out. Even the pebble, which seemed so insignificant at first, causes repercussions felt far away. There’s no such thing as “too small” when it comes to making an impact.

Intentional Impact

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a “boulder” or a “pebble.” The choices you make, the things you say, and the way you treat people are all part of the impact you have on peoples’ lives.

Knowing this, you can choose to be intentional about how you impact others. You can choose to be positive and supportive rather than negative and critical. You can smile and open the door for a stranger or perform a random act of kindness. Those small, positive actions will have a ripple effect you aren’t even aware of.

Or you may want to have a huge impact! You may want to affect millions of lives in a positive way. You may have a message to spread or a gift to share. You should do it, and you can.

Either way, you’re spreading positivity and, in the process, gaining happiness yourself. After all, there’s nothing more gratifying than helping others.

Get the Universe Involved

Have you ever partnered with the universe? I have. Many times. It’s not as hard as you think, and it’s even more powerful than you can imagine.

Once you’ve decided on the kind of impact you want to have, you can get the universe involved to help you out. You do this by committing. Whatever your goal or your dream is, you commit to making it come true, no ifs, ands, or buts. This shows the universe that you have faith in yourself, you believe you’re worthy of your dreams, and you’ll stop at nothing until you reach them. In turn, the universe opens doors and puts the people and resources in your path to help you. This is a powerful way to intentionally work towards having the impact you want in the world.

The Happiness Connection

Having a positive impact on the lives of others can bring you happiness. Being intentional about the impact you’re having, and working with the universe to make that impact even bigger and better, can spread that happiness from you to hundreds, thousands, even millions of others.

Recognize that you impact others every day. Then decide exactly how you want to impact people from now on, and work with the universe to make that happen. You can be the catalyst to make change in the world all while becoming happier yourself. Now that’s win-win.

Finding Faith (Believe in Something Bigger Than Yourself)

Do you have faith? I don’t just mean faith in God or a higher power, though that could be it. You can have faith in many different things, including yourself, your kids, or your even how your life will turn out.

What is Faith?

Faith is believing that something is going to happen before it happens. It’s knowing with certainty how the future will be despite not being able to see into the future.

It’s true faith when you continue to believe even when it seems things won’t turn out in your favor. True faith is not lessened just because things aren’t going your way. Just the opposite; faith is there to get you through those hard times. Yet it’s natural for faith to waver. Just choose to live in faith more often than not.

How Faith Changed My Life

Less than a decade ago, faith changed my life. I had just sold a practice in Clawson, Michigan and started working as an associate at a dental practice in Flint. From the moment I walked in to my new workplace, I felt something inexplicable. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that this was the place for me and that someday I would own it.

This belief was not based in fact. To the contrary, the practice was relatively new and the owner had no plans to retire soon. Still, I had faith that one day I would own the practice. I started acting “as if” I was already the owner in how I treated the staff and patients. I imagined how I’d change the floor layout if I were in charge. I learned the ins and outs of the practice and I visualized and I believed. All this while I only worked there one day a week!

Six months later, the owner came up to me and asked if I was still interested in buying the practice. He even said he hadn’t planned on selling, but he felt he wanted to sell. I don’t know what moved him to decide to sell; I’m sure that there was something bigger in store for him, just as there was something bigger in store for me. It came about because I had faith that I would own the practice despite evidence to the contrary.

Faith and Fear

The opposite of faith is fear. Faith tells you that you’ll have the things you want; fear tells you that you’ll lose them. Faith tells you that things will work out, even when it looks like they can’t; fear tells you that the worst-case scenario will come true. Faith tells you that you’ll succeed; fear tells you that you’ll fail.

What if I’d had fear instead of faith? I wouldn’t have told the owner that I was interested in buying the practice, because I would have believed there was no chance at all. I wouldn’t have felt worthy. I wouldn’t have acted “as if.” But I did have faith, and because of that I was able to make my vision a reality.

When you have faith, there’s no room for fear. You know that you have the strength to overcome loss and that any failure you encounter is a stepping stone to something even better.

A Bigger Plan

I believe we have a responsibility to serve the Lord and live our lives for our Savior. The Lord removes obstacles in our path to give us what we want. All we have to do is have faith and commit to working towards it first.

Just remember that we are all here on this Earth to fulfill a purpose. You must have faith that you are part of something bigger and better, a grand scheme that you can’t see in its entirety, but that you are an integral part of.