Most of us have a desire to accomplish something big, a dream we’ve always hoped would come true. Too often we get paralyzed by our fears. It may seem hopeless. Circumstances in life can make you feel trapped. All too aware of our responsibilities in life, work, family obligations, and paying bills. Maybe you feel stuck in a job that isn’t fulfilling. Maybe you’ve always wanted to start your own business, go back for that degree, travel the world, run a marathon, pay off debt, travel to places you’ve never been before, go back for your degree (or get another degree) or go for that promotion. Whatever IT is, it calls to you now and then. You may shove it in the back of your mind for a while, months or years even. It will always resurface and make your heart skip a beat once again. Knowing what our heart’s desire is and being afraid to take the leap is common. Conquering your fears is key. They are holding you back. What are you afraid of, really? Failure? You might fail, yes. But you might also succeed. It’s been said that nothing will change unless you make a change.
I believe there is more to life than struggling to make ends meet, working at a job that doesn’t make you look forward to waking up every day, worrying about your future, when and if you’ll get to retire. There should be more to life than that. I’m grateful for my children, my love, my family and friends that bring me happiness. I’m truly blessed. However, I want to accomplish a few goals for myself (and for them). Something halted my dreams, for many years. It was always ‘something’. Financial instability, relationship issues, or family health problems. I can cry about it and wallow in self pity (I’ve done my share of that). Overcoming many obstacles, I know now I can stand up, hold my head high, wipe the tears and get busy. I have stopped waiting for ‘my luck’ to change or for things to ‘eventually’ work themselves out. I’m capable and willing to take chances to ‘make it happen’. I have a bucket list a mile long and I intend to check every one off (eventually). Where there’s a will, there IS a way! I am through taking the back seat in life. Yes, it will be very difficult to rearrange my schedule and make time for what I must do. Admittedly, it’s terrifying just thinking about holding down two jobs and getting my masters and still spending quality time with my kids. But, it will be worth it. I want to better myself, learn and grow as a person. I want to make my dreams come true. In a couple years, I’ll look back and say, “Damn that was tough, but I did it!”
Are you in? What’s your dream? Why? I mean who or what is IT all for? Know your ‘why’? Remind yourself every day of that driving force. Whatever it is, write it down, figure out what steps you need to take to accomplish ‘it’, make a plan. Tell your best friend. Gather up your posse for support. Turn to them for encouragement and the pep talks you need when times get rough. Then put on your big girl pants and GET IT DONE!