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You Can Never Cross Oceans Until You Have Courage to Leave the Shore

A famous quote by Christopher Columbus was “‘You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, and navigator completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean.  He discovered America, opened the passage for widespread European exploration and colonization of America.  A new world arose out of the discovery of America with the entrance of the English and we know history has changed.

Crossing the ocean means in order to achieve our desires and dreams, we have to step out of our pockets of comfort and the shores of familiarity.

There are four things we need to do in order to achieve our dreams and desires.

We have to leave our Comfort Zones:

In order to achieve our goals and aspirations, most times, we have to leave our comfort zones and areas of familiarity. A comfort zone is a place where our abilities will never be tested and we feel safe.  It is not easy to leave an area of safety and protection.  This does not mean that we become unwise and choose paths of danger just to prove our strengths.  It means with careful wisdom and planning, we choose to step out in faith on ocean waters, to cross over for a purpose, just not on a wild adventure, though in the bargain, we will experience thrilling adventures that will enrich our souls and sharpen our insights.  We are always learners in the journey of life.  It is through stepping out that we can glean powerful lessons through life-changing experiences.

Leaving our comfort zones might mean looking for a new job if the present is making you unhappy, traveling to a new location if the present one is tying you in bondage, or rising up and speaking for your country if you want good honest governance.  It may mean going the extra mile, traveling somewhere, doing something different to break out of old dull routines.  It could start with something as simple as a morning or evening walk that would draw in captivating treasures into your daily routine, and in this newness, beautiful change will transpire.

We Leave the Shore and Enjoy the Journey:

We leave the shore with a feeling we have to achieve our goals.  At the same time, there may be times we may not get exactly what we wanted.  While we should have a purpose, we can get very discouraged if things are not going our way and that is when we want to give up.  Therefore, we should have a policy that no matter what happens, we will always enjoy the journey in the spirit of joy.

On achieving our goals, we should not do it with a gloomy face, feeling that we are walking through hell on Earth, but rather anticipate a miracle each day, and we will start seeing tiny miracles of mercy.  As we experience these, that will open up a pathway of greater events to help us to achieve our goals.

As we are traveling over the ocean, we should have a strategy and plan too, because it brings clarity into all that we do, but joy, love, and peace should be our companions or we will become cruel and soulless in order to achieve our ambitions and that is when the celebration of the adventure of life leaves us forever.

We Never Give Up:

Sometimes on the ocean journey, dark stormy clouds loom ahead of us and it is easy to give up when we rise up to dark horizons.  On facing these, start with a prayer or meditate, or start saying positive exhilarating words to spring up with hope each time.

We have to keep going even through the tough times with grit, courage and determination and without complaint.  Every night has a dawn and every there is a rainbow after every storm.

We Always Generate Positive Energy:

If we are destructive in our ventures, this will destroy things along our way and that will boomerang back to us in the end. It is said that if we keep on complaining and saying negative words, such as “We are doomed” “It’s so useless”, “They are going to destroy us” you are actually giving negative powers the energy to do their work of destruction.

Pray with faith and believe, or declare with faith that good will happen and those words will generate positive energy in the atmosphere.  Always develop mental pictures of the victories you want to achieve and they will happen.  The Universe is on your side when you fight for the right, want to achieve powerful goals that will help others as well.  Glorious things happen when there is no negativity or destruction inside of you.

On a concluding note, may you leave the shores of comfort to travel across the ocean of joy to achieve mighty things!

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