Everybody has dreams. But not everybody achieves their dreams. That’s just a sad fact of life. So many just think “Well, it’s a nice thought, but it will never happen.” They don’t have time, or they don’t have the opportunities, or they don’t know the right people. They just don’t have that kind of luck, or there’s already so many other people out there who are more talented so there’s no room for them.
So they go through their days fulfilling their obligations to family, work, and friends, doing everything to ignore that little voice inside that says, “There’s more. You were meant for more.”
What do you do when you know in your heart that you are not living the life you were meant to live, but you don’t know where to begin? When the burden of being ordinary when you are anything but becomes just too much to take anymore, then you are ready. There’s never a better time than right now to simply…begin.
“But I don’t know where to start,” you say. That’s okay. You don’t have to lay out a whole roadmap right now. All that matters is that you do something. One step will lead to another and then another, and the way will become clearer as you go. Yes, eventually you will need to get focused and lay out a plan, but to get started one must simply take action.
Maybe you need to go back to school to achieve your dream. Maybe your dream is to run a marathon or climb a mountain. Maybe you’re an artist or a musician stuck in a soul-sucking job just to pay the bills. The first step is the same for everyone: simply decide you’re going to do it, and take action.
Think on your optimum outcome, what it looks like when you’re living your dream, and work backwards from there. Are there others who have achieved what you want to do? Take some cues from them. Reach out for advice from those you admire. You would be amazed how willing most people are to give advice and help others.
Granted it’s scary to pursue your ultimate dreams and ambitions. That’s the main reason so many don’t do it, but remember this: You were born with everything you need to be everything you want in this life. You were born with talents and gifts that were intended to be used.
You weren’t put here to trudge through your days feeling unfulfilled. You were born to share your unique abilities with the world. Quite simply, you were born to shine!
What’s your dream? And what one thing can you do today to get closer to it?