Inspiring and Empowering Positive People
Someone very close to me once said that I should give up on some of my dreams because they weren’t realistic. I was crushed.
I’ve fostered many dreams: living in a foreign country, volunteering in a third world country helping people with sanitation and medical care, performing in a Broadway show, having my own business, traveling the world, and making a positive difference in other people’s lives.
My dreams probably began at the moment I could start thinking. All kids you talk to have big dreams, but then they grow up and what happens? They become adults and logic and realism and practicality cause them to give up on these “childhood fantasies” and just do what they think is practical, un-risky, and has a higher chance of success, even if it’s not what they’ve dreamed of.
Even though I was told to give up on my dreams, I never did give up. I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to fulfill some of them and I’m still pursuing the others. My rationale for holding onto my dreams: to live an EXTRAORDINARY life.
Now let’s talk about you (didn’t think I would let you off the hook now did ya?). What is your dream? What is a dream you’ve had as a child but let go because your friends, parents, relatives, or colleagues told you to be “reasonable” and “practical”?
I say SCREW THAT. People usually squash other people’s dreams because they’ve let go of their own dreams due to fears and self-doubt. Thus, they don’t want to see you attempting to do this because that would contradict everything that they believe in and it would “un-validate” their actions.
Again, what is a dream you’ve had as a child? You can also try asking, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”
As you remember this dream, notice if a different voice in your head starts to speak about why it would never work: you’re too old, too poor, too average, too shy, etc., to go after this dream. Squash that internal voice, or what I like to call your gremlin! And I mean NOW! Everyone knows what they want or wish or dream about, but their gremlin and inner voices of doubt cause them to struggle internally and then they end up being confused. Trust your gut and your heart when you start thinking about your “once-dreams” that cause you excitement and give you hope. As for the voices in your head, the moment you recognize them as voices of fear and self-doubt, then that’s the moment they’ll start going away.
Life is limited and fleeting, and we owe it to ourselves to fulfill our dreams. Otherwise, what are we striving for?
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”- Eleanor Roosevelt
What are some of your dreams? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!
I am a fear conqueror, life coach, and health junkie helping quarter-lifers embrace their passion, purpose, and find courage to live their dreams!
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