Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Realize Your Dreams

Do you like to dream about the future? I sure do :) Often, however, there are road blocks that seem impenetrable to realizing my dreams. Do you find that to be true with you as well? Here are some of the obstacles I need to overcome to be able to move forward:
  • Lack of Confidence: Do I really believe I can do it? Do I really deserve to be both happy and successful?
  • Fear of Failure: My husband and I have hit the bottom a couple of times and when this happens, it's very difficult to dust ourselves off and try again. I know if I want to do something out of the ordinary I'm going to have to overcome this fear.
  • Feeling of Being Overwhelmed: The prospects of realizing my dreams can not only be exciting, but overwhelming as well, so it's easy to cower and settle back into the mundane of life.
  • Programming: As a result of living this life, I have been programmed to handle my fears, pains, and adversity. Can I make the adjustments necessary to be able to handle success?
If I'm ever going to combat these obstacles and tear down the walls preventing me from being creative and living an extraordinary life, I am going to have to use some, if not all, of the following strategies to take me from clustering with the chickens to soaring with the eagles:
  • Create Goals: Setting goals and benchmarks for various projects that will move me closer to attaining my dreams is essential to maintaining focus and keeping on track.
  • Start Small: Whatever dream I am working to fulfill, it's important to not set unrealistic expectations of myself. This threatens to squelch any dream of becoming a reality.
  • Being Confident: Giving myself permission to be both prosperous and happy is one of the biggest steps I can take toward fulfillment.
  • Make Dream a Priority: If I constantly push my dreams back under the surface I'm likely not going to take steps each day toward accomplishing my goals. It's important for me to recommit to my dream often to keep proper perspective and to keep it a priority.
I read a wonderful blog post by Stephen Cox on The Change Blog about the steps we can take to realize our dreams. He inspires us to imagine our lives as a ship, navigating the seas of life:

"I would like you to imagine your life as a ship, a great ocean liner navigating the stormy seas of life. Within this ship, which is your life, are three compartments. The first compartment at the rear is your past. It contains all your yesterdays, regrets, and could-have-been’s. The middle compartment is today. It is the endless right now of the present moment. The final compartment at the front of your life-ship is your future. It contains all your hopes, dreams, worries and paralyzing anxieties.

You will notice, as you picture your life-ship, that between each of these three compartments are enormously strong bulkheads. Right now those impenetrable steel doors between each compartment are open and cracks in your past compartment and your future compartment are causing your today compartment to flood. Because the bulkheads are open you are frantically working the pumps to keep your life-ship from sinking, to keep your head above the waters of the stormy seas of life.

Picture now, those impenetrable steel bulkheads closing and locking tight. Sealing off the torrent of worry and anxiety that was roaring into your today from the past and the future. You don’t have to worry about either of them any more. You’re safe and secure in the compartment of today. You no longer have to man the pumps. Instead, you can get down to the very pressing business of today. You can set to the things that you can do today that will bring you that one step closer to your dreams."

I don't want to go through life "drowning in a sea of anxiety and worry," do you? Let's let go of the worries of our past and the anxieties of our futures and live in the tight compartment of the here and now so we can successfully implement the strategies I've listed above and knock down the barriers that often hinder us from realizing our dreams.

Blessings today for a bright future ahead!

1 comment:

Ginny Marie said...

I get overwhelmed a lot, and then I'm no fun to be around! Such a great lesson in this post!