'Grab for the gold ring' is fairly common terminology associated with reaching for achievement. Back in the day, on a carousel ride, you had an opportunity to win a prize by grabbing a gold ring. The opportunity came with risk. In order to grab the gold ring, you had to reach past comfortable and going for the gold. The risk associated with reaching is possible failure. You might fall down and you might even get hurt, but it's all part of the fun of reaching for something extraordinary. Gravity, after all, is a great learning tool.
Joshua 1:9 NLT
"This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua was certainly undertaking an unforeseen future. He must have had questions about his abilities to take over for Moses. I mean, those were some big shoes to fill, yet he went for the 'gold ring'. He forged ahead in the face of adversity and he had a spectacular outcome. He walked right into the promised land and grabbed the 'gold ring'. Setbacks? Yes, he had a few. Obstacles? There where some of those too. Yet, Joshua knew, and believed, deep down in his knower, that God was with him. God was with him, and he was making a way when there seemed to be no way. Every single time.
Reaching out, in the first place, takes courage and effort. We have to jump, we have to move. Once we decide to do something, we have to actually do it. Sitting and thinking about achieving something will not get us that 'gold ring' win. Plans and strategies may help us align ourself properly, yet we still have to decide to jump. Yes, it takes forethought and effort to forge ahead in the face of potential failure. However, failing to reach the objective the first time, should never represent defeat. We have to have the fortitude to pick ourselves back up, dust ourselves off and try, try again. If (realistically, that 'if' should be 'when') we fail, we should consider and understand that failure as a learning experience. That experience allows us to know what not to do. We can go for our dreams, but we can't go for the gold while sitting still.
God gives us 'gold ring' dreams for a reason. His purpose is poured into our lives to bring us into the promised land that He has destined for our us.