Daring to Take Charge

So, I’m reading Dare to Take Charge: How to Live Your Life on Purpose by Judge Glenda Hatchett.   Let me just say that this book is simply amazing!  I’m sure many of you know her from her show, Judge Hatchett, but as an author she is just as inspiring and compassionate.  I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction inspiratonal books over this past year and this book is just really blowing my mind and moving something inside of me.  And no I’m not just saying this to help promote the book.  I actually received this book as a gift.

Anyways, I got to thinking that I’d love to share some of my favorite parts and exercises from the book with you all.  This is just too good to keep to myself.  I know that some of you reading my blog are like me and have let the curve balls and surprises of life intercept your dreams.  Many of us have probably even lost control over our lives!  We’re stuck on autopilot being moms, wives, girlfriends, etc.  Well, it’s time to snap out of the trance and break the mold.

I am a mom and a wife, but I am also an individual outside of those two terms.  I am vowing today to take back control of my life.  Once upon a time I had dreams and then I got sidetracked.  I’m cutting off the autopilot and plotting my own course from here on out!

I’m not expecting it to be easier but at least it will be what I want.  I can’t let my destiny pass me by.  A lot of people have the misconception that fate just happens.  Sorry to burst your bubble but it doesn’t.  We have to work towards the fate and destiny we want to end up with.

In Chapter 1: How Dare You Not?, Judge Hatchett talkes about how we have to get up off our butts and dare to dream again.  I admit that YUMMommy is a year old and has done well, but it could have been so much more than what it is now.  I got discouraged, overwhelmed and even scared and lost focus of my vision.  It’s time that I saddle back up and keep it moving.

I found a comfort zone. Well, I’m about to mix this thing up.  Time to add some real flava in here and really go after what I want for my brand.  I truly want to make this resource for my readers.  I hope that you all will take the challenge with me and rediscover your dreams too.

Our first exercise is to ask ourselves three questions:

1-What is the one thing that you have always wanted to do in your life and have not yet done?

2-What’s holding you back? (Why haven’t you done it?)

3-How dare you not follow through on your honest ambitions!  Do you dare not try?

If you have lost sight of your life plan, dreams, goals or are just tired of where you are in your life, I want you to seriously think about these questions and get a journal and write down the answers.  They will come in handy for the next exercise.  Until next time this is our dare from Judge Hatchett:

~Do what you dream of doing
   *Work toward the grace of fulfillment.
   *Be clear with yourself about what your life requires or demands of you.

~Live out your gifts
  *Depend on and act on the grace of God within you.
  *Increase the amount of time you spend doing what your’re good at.

  *Take the high road.
  *Expect more of yourself.

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  1. Mimi

    January 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I had no idea she wrote a book. Will definitely be picking this up.

  2. YUMMama

    January 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I'm hoping that she'll write more because she is certainly talented. She writes with such passion.

  3. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy

    January 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I'm hoping that she'll write more because she is certainly talented. She writes with such passion.

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