“The last day you have on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” – Anonymous
How powerful are those words? Wouldn’t you hate looking at the life that you lived on planet Earth and see someone else live out your dreams, or worse..see a movie of how your life would’ve played out if you would’ve just followed your own?
I suffered with haunting thoughts of seeing so many souls going through this in the afterlife, that I chose to never let that happen to me. Running my own business, publishing books, becoming a life coach, a doctor and more are all dreams of mine. I’ve had many people tell me to focus on one and one thing only, but doing this didn’t make me happy.
I always hated working weekends, so I found a job working weekdays only and felt that this would be perfect for me. After a few months on a repetitive cycle of waking up, clocking in, clocking out and sleeping, I decided that a traditional job was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I started to feel out of place and that I didn’t belong in the workforce. I was always being told what to do, and how to do it and I just felt like I had better ideas. I have an entrepreneurial spirit.
Our society has formed our minds into believing that you have to find a job to give you the finer things in life, but who says that that job can’t be your own?
When that uncomfortable feeling that I described creeps up on you at your work desk, cash register or wherever it may be, don’t ignore it! That’s your soul’s way of telling you that you aren’t where you need to be! Do you honestly think that you were created to live a complacent life? Working the same job, eating the same food, living in the same place until you die? With a God as creative as our’s, I find it hard to believe that that is what he desires of us.
My favorite Author, Paulo Coelho, states in his blog post “32 Life Lessons I Learned By Age 32” on his site PauloCoehlo.com,
“There has never been a better time in history to live an extraordinary, unlimited life”.
My biggest fear before quitting the job that I hated, in order to start living my dream life was “when”. When do you stop a somewhat “guaranteed source of income” to follow your dreams? How will I pay my bills? How will I have money for leisure?
I knew exactly what it was that I wanted to do and the excitement that flowed within me confirmed that I was now on the right path! After the goosebumps came and went, what followed next was doubt. I started to believe that my needs were more important than my wants and that it was not the right time to become who I was meant to be.
There are many people who feel and think the same way that I had and are now closer to the end of their lives, wishing that they had made the opposite decision of what I had. This thought led me to make the biggest decision of my life, to start now. Coelho’s eleventh lessons in his post was to..
“Worry less. As happiness researcher Shawn Achor says, “Adversities, no matter what they are, simply don’t hit us as hard as we think they will. Our fear of consequences is always worse than the consequences themselves.”
I no longer wanted to allow my negative thoughts to control my actions. I wanted to gain control of my life and I had to start with my thinking. Letting go of worry led me to gain faith in myself and in God, and I soon began to feel “hope”. Coelho also states many more lessons that I took and applied in my life on his blog.
#27 “No one is ever ready. Just begin, baby!”
Waiting to start your dreams just puts you further away from the success that awaits you. When you think about it, the only reason why you’re miserable is because you’re allowing it. You clock in to that job that you hate. You allow yourself to work at a wage in which can’t afford. You’re the only reason why you haven’t started. What are you waiting for?
#28 “Focus on your strengths, always. Crafting your strengths will get you much further than improving your weaker areas. Let your strength’s shine and don’t apologize for them!”
If you’re facing challenges on how to do something when it comes to your dreams, stop and focus on what you do know how to do. Don’t know how to start a blog? That’s okay, I’m sure you know how to write; start there. One of your strength’s is your words, and that is what will make an impact on not just your dreams, but the world.
#30 “No-one knows what they’re doing either.“As Ricky Gervais says. We are all just doing our best as we go along. Let this make you feel free, liberated and tolerant of all others who are just doing their best, too”.
Don’t watch others success and begin to feel like you’re not doing it right, fast enough or better. Your journey is your own, and roadblocks help you figure out what it is that you do not know how to do. This helps steer you in the right direction towards becoming a master at your craft. The people you look up to as mentor’s didn’t know what they were doing either. They figured it out just like you will.
My last lesson that Coelho listed that I want you to put at the top of your list is..
32) “You are going to be OK”.
Following your dreams isn’t easy and they wouldn’t be real if they didn’t scare you. Remember, you’re going to make mistakes, you are going to fail at some things and lose some friends. You may even feel like an outcast at times, but the fire behind the end result; let that motivate you always towards never giving up on yourself and seeing how your hard work, turned you into person you were meant to become, at the end of your life with us.