Dreams sh’meams right everyone? Why do we dream of doing things? Going after things? Accomplishing things? Have you ever noticed how easily children “dream”? We start off as pure beings of innocence – no baggage, no scars, no traumas. Then, for some reason as we become adults, our dreams and belief in our selves gets skewed somehow … leaving us with a dim flame and deep unfulfillment.
Here are some common self-sabotaging thoughts that can creep into our precious (and powerful) minds and begin to stomp out that fire in our hearts. When these thoughts present their damaging, ugly, mean-spirited, realist, discouraging, good-for-nothin’… ok, you get the picture. When these thoughts pop in, politely (or not) tell them they have been dismissed.
When you’re thinking: “But, I’m too “old” to go after my dream/s now! I have a family, a mortgage, a decent job … maybe in my next life.”
Tell yourself: Listen to me good. You have ONE life to live as the person you are today. This isn’t a dress rehearsal – this is the show! You should never hinder yourself from pursuing anything your heart desires no matter what age you are or what stage of life you’re in. Life is supposed to be about no regrets – don’t end up regretting the things you never did! If you have a desire, put it to work and start planning. No, you can’t just up and drop your current life, patience will be needed … but the point is, you can do it.
When you’re thinking: “There are too many people chasing the same dream. What makes me so special? Why would I stand out amongst others?”
Tell yourself: This all has to do with believing in what YOU have to offer … not others! What makes you unique? What value do you bring to the table? Don’t pay attention to them … they’re dealing with the same insecurities you are. Only the people with confidence, passion, drive and more confidence are going to make it. All you have to do is choose to believe in yourself. Look, if everyone thought that way, no would be pursuing anything … am I right? Someone once said that luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Do your homework, work hard, study hard, play hard and chances are the universe is going to help you out … that’s when opportunity comes in.
When you’re thinking: “It’s too much work! I don’t have time. I’m too tired. No one will help me.”
Tell yourself: Stop the whining! Do you think anyone who ever reached their dreams did so without working for it? Um, let me answer that for you … NO! Yes, it’s hard work – and yes, you’re going to be tired … but isn’t it worth the pain? You’re living life! You’re doing what most others fear doing. Fill your book of life with chapters upon chapters about how many times you fell down, got back up and told life, “You’re not gunna BEAT me!” This builds true character, supplies you with thrilling stories to tell your grandchildren and fills you with pride like you couldn’t imagine. Never give up until you’ve tried so many times you fall over. This is your game folks, show ’em how it’s played.