The phone rings, and you find out that your best friend accepted a job paying twice as much as she earned previously. You’re sad to know she has to move, but you congratulate her. The next day, you learn that the shy, introverted new guy is going on a cruise. Who saw that coming? Then, you bump into an old high school friend at the mall, and find out that he has just published his first book. He then tells you about a girl who went to high school with you. You remember her. She drew anime all the time, and taught herself how to speak Japanese. Well, she just landed a top job with a Japanese company making a six-figure salary. You can’t believe it.
You are surrounded by great news, but you can’t seem to stomach any more of it. Why does it seem like success only reaches others? Why are you still working a mediocre job with no real chance of promotion? You can barely keep afloat in the hustle and bustle of life. Your days are filled with working endless hours, and taking care of your spouse and children. You don’t have time for you. You don’t have time to dream. You don’t have time to really enjoy anything. How does everyone else seem to have “made it”? Is there some secret play book about life that you missed out on?
The truth is, life can be whatever you make it to be. When is the last time you dreamed? When is the last time you wrote down your ambitions, and planned out how to achieve every item on your list? There’s an old saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” What are you waiting for? You keep saying you’ll live for you when the kids are older, when your finances change, or when the economy is more stable. Is it such a bad idea to show your kids that not only do you have a dream, but you are willing to pursue it in spite of life’s challenges? Is it such a bad idea to take a chance on getting that patent for the invention you created years ago? Is it such a bad idea to start up that business while still working your current job? Who knows how far your dreams will take you?! Your story is not finished. You have the power to change your story.
So, I’m challenging you. Wash away your fears, your doubts, and your insecurities. Take five to ten minutes to write down your dreams. Then, write down what it will take to achieve those dreams. How will you know you are on track? What evidence will there be? After you’ve written down your plan, and the steps you need to take to achieve each dream, find someone that can hold you accountable for carrying out your mission. Remember, life can be whatever you make it to be. The only one who is stopping you from achieving your dreams is you.