LIVING YOUR DREAM OR NOT? As I write on my third novel and wonder how I got here, I am made aware of a teenager remark that I made “One day I will write a book.” I didn’t say what kind, when I would write it or if I would even publish it and much less, write at least 2 more after the first one. With that introduction, I have multiple dreams and some of them I have already lived them. This is not an egotistical statement but one of encouragement. Have I lived any of these dreams to full rendition? Not hardly, but I am alive and I keep stepping toward each one a little more each day. My blog post today is to inspire you to turn your dream into a reality but looking at yourself with a hard look. Am I willing to sacrifice to live my dream? Am I willing to work without immediate gratification? Am I kidding myself with all of the excuses keeping you from making your dream come true?
1. Get honest about what you want from life. It’s scary to admit what you want to do and what you want from your life. You may want something that’s well outside of your comfort zone and even scares others in your life, but those dreams are in your heart and mind for a reason. Sit down and say it out loud. No matter how crazy it sounds — get real.
2. Use the Internet to research your dream. We live in a time where information is readily available. If you own a smartphone or have access to the Internet, you can research what it would take to make your dream life a reality. You don’t have to guess, chances are someone has mapped out what you need to know.
3. Put a plan together and take the first steps. If your dream life is going to become a reality, you’re going to need a plan. It’s amazing how many people “wing it” and end up failing. If you want to quit your job — you should have another job/business in your plan and an emergency fund. If you wish to lose weight — you should map out a healthy diet and exercise plan. You get the picture, but the plan, implemented over time, is how you’ll reach your goals.
4. Ignore self-limiting beliefs and negative people. Along the journey to your dream life, you’ll encounter doubt, fear, and self-limiting beliefs. There will be people in your life who don’t get it and will make their opinion known. If you listen to any negativeness, it will convince you what you want is impossible, and you won’t take the necessary steps to make your dream life a reality.
5. Choose to live life every day. You can miss so much that life has to offer with the chaos and busyness of life. It’s easy to get caught in routines and what feels comfortable. The problem is that all anyone is guaranteed is this moment. It’s important to live each day as if it were the last because it very well may be.
It bothers me to see so many people who are not waking up every day and experiencing freedom in their life. I realize this is a short article among thousands you’ll probably read, but my hope is that this is a starting point. It will be hard, and it will take time. There will be many times along the way that you’ll feel like giving up — don’t.
Your dream life is attainable, but more than that, it’s important. Life is short, and each of us only gets one life to live. Choose to believe in yourself. Choose to believe in what’s possible, and then do something about it. Start today and don’t give up until you wake up experiencing true freedom in every area of your life.
Are you living or existing?
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Note from Arline Miller: As a blogger, author, former interior decorator, project manager, finance manager, general manager in a car dealership and insurance agency, and finding success in all of these adventures, I want to share my thoughts on living your dream or dreams. Be fearless in your courage to try different adventures and don’t confine yourself to a specific dream when you are young. I made the comment I would write a book but the other adventures I experienced gave substance to my life and added dimension to draw from in all of the careers and talents I embarked. I want to summarize to reflect how all of these added experience to draw from:
1- Bookkeeper and sales gave me structure and balance along with having to come out of a shell to be successful in sales. I was not made to sit still and deal with figures and math all day so it gave me courage to make a change into sales.
2_Insurance agent, finance manager, and project manager taught me to calculate a person’s response and directional focus to move the sale into a close. I learned to pay attention to people’s actions and body language. I became a good listener and negotiator.
3-Interior Decorator gave me my first creative outlet and it allowed a hidden talent of color, texture, budgeting, and trade show experience. I had my first business with all of the glorified outcomes as well as the proprietorship responsibilities of managing, purchasing, development of accounts, customer service, as well as personnel supervision. My accounting experience was pulled and I was happy I had been a pea counter. Later as a blogger, I am developing a page dedicated to one of my first loves.
4-Project Manager combines all of the above experiences and no matter which facet of the project I am involved in, I draw from all of them. I listen intently to the requests and needs. I summarize and budget paying a lot of attention to the details. I use my creativity to display, lay out, and market phases of the project.
5-Author and Blogger is the ultimate dream and I live it pulling from all of the experiences in life to blog and of course, even in fiction there is a lot of research and creativity is demanded to complete the dream. As soon as I complete this blog post, I continue writing on the third book and final one in the series, Reflections of Love and titled Riddle Me This, Love or Bliss?
What my blog focus has been is to look at life as a dream and use each phase or event as an intricate part of accomplishing your dream or as you can see dreams……Until We Read Again…….Arline Miller
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2 thoughts on “LIVING YOUR DREAM OR NOT?”
Thank you for sharing your ideas and tips. I think that “Ignore self-limiting beliefs” is especially important.
I agree and thanks for sharing your thoughts.