Dreams are not a frivolous indulgence — they’re a lifeline. Your life should be lived in a way that is fulfilling. Any other way of existing can and should be changed. Today.
What is it that makes you excited to be alive?
Have you ever wanted to do something that gave you butterflies just thinking about it? Maybe you’ve wanted to speak to a large audience, fly in a hot air balloon, or travel somewhere beautiful.
What’s stopping you?
Let me guess. Kids, work, debt, time constraints, etc., etc., etc. There are always reasons we tell others and ourselves as to why our dreams aren’t practical. I would love to (fill in the blank) if I only had enough, time, money, motivation, discipline…the list of excuses goes on and on.
What if you were to suddenly recognize that every single restriction you’re facing could be eliminated? Not buying it? Well, what if every dream killer could instead be altered? Or at least be seen in a different light.
I have a little practice that I engage in quite often. Before I go to sleep at night, I imagine that it is my last night here on Earth. I take a look back at my life and try to decide what I might regret not doing or experiencing.
Next, I make it a point to take the most dominate regret that surfaces in my mind, and affirm to take one small action the following day that will bring me one step closer to completing, or experiencing the hypothetical end-of-life regret I imagined the night before.
For example, one thing I know I would regret if my life ended prematurely is that I haven’t written a book that positively impacts the lives of others. Since the prospect of writing and marketing a valuable, helpful book is daunting, I started by deciding on a subject. Then, I wrote just an intro. Even though my goal is still in the distance, it’s a bit closer than it was before I had done anything.
Another dream of mine is to travel often with my husband and two children and have many amazing and memorable adventures together. To get the ball rolling on this goal, I opened a savings account earmarked “vacations,” and I contribute to it each month.
What dream can you take one small step towards achieving, today?
A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.
~ Karen Lamb
Think about it. What would happen if you stopped making excuses and started making progress?
There is no better feeling than that of being in control of your destiny. And I have really, really good news for you. You are completely in control!
Now, I’m not saying that there won’t be obstacles along the way — because there will be. Life is just unpredictable like that. But much like hiking down a trail where a tree has fallen, you’ll slow down, climb over the tree, and continue down your desired path.
So, while we can’t predict the difficulties that may appear and delay our progress towards reaching our goals, there is one thing we know for sure — not doing anything guarantees that we’ll never achieve our dreams.
With this in mind, I have a life-altering challenge for you. Take a moment right now to remember a goal you hoped to achieve someday. Now figure out one thing that you can do today to bring yourself one step closer to accomplishing that goal.
Not sure where to start? Let’s say your goal is to go back to school to study a subject that fascinates you. Your first step could be to go to a few local college Websites and learn more about the entrance requirements. Is money the thing that’s stopping you from enrolling? If so, then your first move would be to find out more about the financial aid packages available to you by visiting the FAFSA Website.
The exact goal isn’t what is important, what truly matters is that you take one step towards reaching your dream today. It’s amazing how quickly that one step can turn into two, and then three. Before you know it, you’ll have built up some momentum that will help carry you through to the magnificent end.
What do you think? Are you up for the challenge? What will you do today to bring yourself a little closer than you were yesterday to a dream you’ve always hoped to realize?