Serving mission-focused people as I do, I sometimes hear about people who have massive visions for the future that are so powerful that they aren’t taken seriously.
The sad thing is that more often than not it’s women who are disregarded or not taken seriously, even though they are extremely well positioned to make the kind of impact that the world is begging for.
It’s never nice to be dis-respected or made to feel undervalued, especially when you have a heart-call to a big mission that will require staying power and grit, but the criticism or apathy from others is usually because they haven’t dreamt as big as you or believed that they too could take on such a call. It’s an innocent misunderstanding, but one that if we allow it to can sap us of energy and leave us feeling isolated and separate.
Here are 6 things that you can do to counter balance these opinions:
1. Know that there are other people with a similarly massive mission and that if you surround yourself with people who are equally invested in either sharing your mission, or answering their own call, you can support each other to find new perspectives and life-hacks that will enable you to take the next step, however small.
2. Read autobiographical texts of people who have had equally big visions for the future and explore how they overcame in the midst of adversity. How they were not taken seriously, yet prevailed. This can give you a great insight into how to find your next step, next funder, or your next supporter.
3. Connect with people who you would love to have in your dream team. Share your passion and call and you might be surprised of the support you receive from people who are looking for leadership or for a cause they can coalesce around.
4. Be tenacious. Tenacity is innate, it comes from within you and, provided it’s led by wisdom, can enable you to persist even when you’re not taken seriously.
5. Realise that if you’ve been called to this work then the universe is behind you. You might feel overwhelmed in the face of the challenge, but knowing that there is wisdom flowing from God can release you into fresh new thinking that will help you stay the course, even when things get tough.
6. Don’t get separated. When I say separate, I mean to say stay connected to who you are. When we feel like we are alone or separate from ourselves or others we can run into trouble, because the challenges we face can feel personal, when they are neutral. It’s our experience of our circumstances that is key to success.
If you are embarking on a big mission and feel alone, reach out and let’s talk, as I have more ideas that might help you. Every month I keep a few spots open for people who are dreaming big, but feeling small. Claim a spot at www.mattgoddard.as.me
Big love. Matt