“The power of our minds to dream, to imagine and to create visions is one of our greatest and most important gifts. For out of the realm of the imagined can come the ideas we can use to create everything from a work of art, to a life-changing discovery.” Morgan Simone
We all know the importance of having a dream. Think about the number of times you let your dreams be dashed by someone who didn’t have the capacity to envision it with you. Did you continue to pursue your dream, or did you try to find one that was more “realistic?”
Maybe your career was set by familial expectations – everyone in your family went to law school and so you decided to go, even though you would have much rather been an executive chef? Perhaps you were expected to go to college and get a “real job,” but you really wanted to spend your time on the road as a long-distance truck driver. On the other hand, maybe no one in your family continued their education after high school and they can’t figure out why you have such “high and mighty” aspirations. Whatever it is, when you listen to the advice of others at the expense of creating a life that brings you joy, you are setting yourself up for a life of unhappiness.
An associate and I were discussing my speaking career. When I shared with her all that I wanted to accomplish as a successful international speaker, she quickly snatched her calculator out of her purse and proceeded to inform me how naive I was being for having such lofty goals. Instead of being sucked up into this negativity, I changed the subject and we moved on. By choosing to ignore her, I allowed myself to protect my dream.
If you were given $50 million to do with whatever you wanted to, and all of your bills were paid, what would you do? Chances are that whatever your answer is, it represents doing what you love to do. Take a minute and consider the path you have chosen in your life. If your $50 million dollar dream does not even slightly resemble your current reality, think about what you can do to get closer to your ideal life.
The only way you can truly fail at anything you do is to quit. Your objectives may take more time, more money, and greater persistence than you feel that you have, but when your yearning coming from deep within you, the only logical thing to do is to move forward, even if it’s one baby-step at a time.
We all want to see the highest and best for ourselves, but we have to deal with that little voice inside our heads asking, “What makes you so remarkable?
PLEASE KNOW THIS: You are remarkable. Your dreams count. You WILL exceed your wildest expectations by believing in yourself and taking requisite action towards your goal. If you have naysayers and calculator-carriers in your life, minimize your contact with them. Surround yourself with people who have large dreams of their own and support each other. The people you surround yourself with make all the difference.
We all have the same 24 hours in our day. Choose to use your time wisely by scheduling time with the most positive people you know