Respect the Dream– Part 1.

I have been on a personal development rampage over the last few months. It seems that lately I can’t get enough self-help.   So why all of this consumption of “You can do it” literature?

The answer is simple. I have a goal to create a lifestyle that allows me to work when it suits me and not when it suits an employer.  To do this I have to completely rearrange how  cash flows into my life.

“Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard it all before Shane. Dream big!  You can do it! Rah, Rah Rah!”, you say.

That’s ok. This is  my dream. It doesn’t have to be yours. But if you change your mind here is what I have learned about goals and dreams so far.

Lesson 1: You have to have a dream.

The problem many of have is that as we get older our dreams start to die and we settle into “comfortable”. Comfortable is the worse place you can be because when you’re comfortable you’re not living and you’re not dying. You’re stuck.

When I look back on the last twenty years, my biggest leaps forward have been calculated risks. The goals I set were attainable, but they were scary. If I hadn’t moved outside of my comfort zone, I’d be sitting at home thinking “Maybe someday I’ll……….” or worse I’d have given up.

I once heard motivational speaker Dennis Waitley say “You have to have a dream if you want to make a dream come true”  That’s a great point. Don’t be afraid of your dream.  You’ll never know how great your life can be if you never dream; even if that  dream seems a little scary.

In part 2 of my series I will talk about putting the dream into Action. Dreams acted upon are called goals. Don’t miss it.

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