We live in an age where we are constantly being judged by our performance or how much money is in our bank accounts, what model car we drive, even what suburb we grew up in and what school we went to.
It’s becoming more difficult to stand out and be different when everyone wants to be following Kim Kardashian and listen to the latest hit single on the top 40 countdown and wear fisherman’s pants with tank tops with this seasons converse and hang out at the local café drinking $6 cups of coffee and watching people and time go by. I mean that’s okay when you’ve got money or you’re on holiday but for some people this is their lifestyle.
Now that’s all fun and games for a time but is it getting you any closer to your dream? Is constantly lining up at the local cinema every month to watch the new box office hit or spending $40 on a new album or constantly surrendering to your shoe fetish leading you closer to your dream when at the end of the week you’re broke and can’t pay your bills? Now I think I’d rather be broke and have paid all my bills and live modestly, I’ve learnt to live life like that.
One thing I’ve realized recently is that I’ve spent the good part of my adult life wasting money and time on endless pursuits that have not produced any fruit. I mean seriously, I’m 32, almost 33 this coming December and I have nothing to show for all that time. I haven’t even finished my degree yet. No house and certainly have NOT achieved ANY of my dreams and there are a few.
The only dream I’ve successfully accomplished is to be the best mum that I can be and I’m certainly proud of that.
What’s going on then? Well, firstly I’ve had a pretty rubbish upbringing and a tough start to life so it’s taken me a good part of my adult life to get over a lot of things and one of the things I’ve had to work with is my mind and how to think successfully.
It has taken only until earlier this year in 2017 that I have promised myself to do all that I can to make this the best year to be the best me that I can be and I’ve done pretty well so far. Mind you the first and most important goal and desire was to put God first in every area of my life, to trust Him and to do things His way.
God started to show me that I had all these dreams that I had done nothing about. One of those dreams was to write a book which has now evolved into a number of ideas for books and just last week I decided to start my own blog. Now I had to start somewhere but each day this week I have committed to not doing anything unless it was in line with my dreams.
Each day, I’ve made a habit of writing on my blog and sharing what’s on my heart. Why? Because it’s getting me closer to my goal of being a self published author and because I’ve committed to getting into good writing habits so once I start formulating the ideas for my book, the writing part will become natural.
I’ve also been searching on the internet and educating myself about blog writing, how and what to write, and how to share and publish my blogs also I’ve enrolled in a publishing course which I start on the 22nd of October. I’ve also committed to reading every day about how to write and publish books and how to market my books.
Now every day now for almost a week I’ve done something towards reaching my dream. Now I’ve only just begun but this is more than I’ve done in my adult life to achieve any of my dreams.
I have other dreams that are waiting for me to bring to life but I decided that I’m going to make sacrifices and do the hard work every day to write and research until I achieve all that I can achieve and more.
The key is consistency and working every day at moving forward, don’t let a day go by that you’re not taking steps towards achieving your dreams.
What dreams have you forgot about? What dreams have been lying dormant waiting to spring to life? Do something today, take that step and put a plan in place to succeed every day.
I’m not sure who came up with this quote but it often scares me “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs”. It scares me because I don’t want to help another person live their dream at the expense of my own dreams not becoming a reality.
The great Martin Luther King even says “If you can’t fly then run, If you can’t run then walk, If you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward”.
Whatever you do today, is it moving you forward towards your dreams?