Everyone has dreams. I’m not talking wishing to win the lottery, world peace, or for people to be nice to each other. I’m not even talking about the dreams of traveling the world, building a school in a struggling community or funding research to find a cure for a disease. I’m talking about the simple dreams of getting your life on track, dreams of having a home you love, being debt free, paying for your kids’ college or having enough money to get through the month. Some days it all feels like an uphill battle, especially when you watch the news and the world seems to be falling apart in front of our eyes.
Different types of dreamers
From my years of reading books, listening to speakers and watching videos, the people that follow their dreams seem to fall into two camps. One camp is all about putting on blinders and going for it. They ignore everything else and just get it done. These are people like JK Rowling who admitted to living in squalor for four years while writing the first Harry Potter book. They ignore everything around them, get to the task at hand and wrestle their dream to the ground. While I admire their fortitude I am not that person.
Then there are the people who let life, the Divine or God direct them and go with the flow of life. They set an intention and see where it leads them. They know if they focus on one thing and ignore everything else, they set themselves up for failure so they prefer to go with the flow and let the Divine take the lead. People like Jim Carrey who wrote himself a million dollar check that he put in his wallet fall into that camp. I am more like that person.
There are potential problems with both groups. In the focused group, while they often achieve everything they set out to achieve, when they arrive, they have no one to share the joy with because they never invested time in building relationships so the achievement pales. A wealthy friend of mine told me once that there are more depressed rich people than you can imagine. Think of people like Steve Jobs and Howard Hughes who were cash rich and relationship poor. These people were so busy building their portfolio that they forgot to build a life.
For the people who let the Divine take the lead, the problem is different. These people often have friends and family who love them, but they are the embodiment of unrealized goals and potential. They are the woulda, coulda, shoulda people who end up wishing they had more time to be the person they aspired to be. Because I tend to be this person, even writing this makes me sad.
Pushing through the fear
This past weekend I went to my first blogging conference In Portland Oregon. Unlike other ventures that I invested a large chunk of money in, I left this conference with my head spinning with new ideas and a confidence I’ve never felt before about my blog and it’s future. I only got about an hour of sleep as I flew a red-eye from the West Coast back to the Midwest. In the past, that meant taking several days to recuperate before I would drag myself to the notes and try to figure out what to do next. With this conference, I already knew what to do, and began implementing what I learned immediately. I found the direction and guidance I was looking for, and I’m doing the work while still being a great wife and mother, which will always be at the top of my priority list.
Why am I telling you this? Because I know you have dreams, and I want you to follow them. Keep looking and keep trying until you find what works for you. It may not be the right time, but you can learn and grow and be prepared for when the time is right. I want you to take the steps to make your life better each day so that when the opportunity arises you can do that and feel good about what you’re doing, and if you need help with that, I’ll be posting about that over the next couple of months as I refine and redirect the blog. There will be so much good information coming to help you live a better life and follow your dreams, whatever they are, and I’m excited to see where it takes you.
It can be scary following your dreams. I know because that’s how I feel, but I’m reading a book right now titled, The Twelve Week Year, and it’s changing how I look at my past mistakes and failures. The view this book says your mistakes and failures have valuable input toward your future success. Get rid of the guilt and shame and use your past as fuel for your future. I love that and plan to use it as I work through the last twelve weeks of this year building a better experience for my readers. One of the new features that is already in place is a new subscribe experience. If you already subscribe to emails, great! If not, beginning in October I’ll be adding a newsletter with additional tips and information especially for the holidays, including recipes, planning tips and maybe a video or two.
So, are you ready to rock the rest of this year? Are you ready to set yourself up for a great holiday season and 2018? I hope you are because you deserve to live your best life possible, and I can hardly wait to see you achieve everything you dream of and more. If you’ve enjoyed this post, please share and subscribe and as always, thanks for being your and have a great day.