I was reading a blog post awhile back that requested readers submit their true aspirations and dreams. It was a very interesting post. It revealed that responders were harboring aspirations to become a multitude of things.
Disturbing, was the passion ended with a dismissal of sorts and “oh well, there, it’s out in the open ” and they left it there. I’ve been pondered this for quite some time, knowing I couldn’t let it reside.
I conceive people have roots, and obligations and responsibilities that compel daily commitments. And I’m not by any means suggesting we start selling houses, and cars, cash in 401 Ks and embark on journeys that hold no warranty or fulfillment or return. I am posing this question. If there is something that you always wanted to do and it’s doable on some level without wildly disrupting existing financial, family, and personal commitments, just why don’t you do it?
Why haven’t you returned to school for that degree you long for? Why haven’t you acquired that dream home you have been loathing? Why haven’t you started that consulting business? Why aren’t you working on that relationship or marriage you have always desired? Why are you still going around and around in the same redundant circle without even making an effort to add some level of additional fulfillment to your life by taking at least step one to accomplishing additional goals that are rightfully yours?
Consider this. Focus on your blessings and not your burdens to start with. Again, don’t go selling off the farm and divorcing the wife or husband, and leaving town in the middle of the night without just cause and a plan. But if you are dreaming it, you can have it, and the only person denying you is you.
Concede these true anecdotes:
Dr, Martin Luther King flunked public speaking in college (Who would have thought???)
Col Harland Sanders was well past middle age when opened the first KFC ( sorry this one dispels the “I’m too old card)
J.K.Rowling , the author behind the widely popular Harry Potter series survived on six months of welfare and a part time job while she penned the first book in that series. (Financing should not detour you if you really want it)
Barrack Obama well, if I have to tell you his story, then maybe complacency is the right shoe for you.
Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. Born prematurely, doctors did not expect Wilma to survive. She did, but at the age of four, she contracted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, leaving her left leg paralyzed. She learned to walk with the aid of a metal brace. When Wilma was nine-years-old, she removed the leg brace and began walking without it. By age 13, she developed a rhythmic walk. That same year, she decided to begin running. She entered her first race and came in last. For the next three years, Wilma came in dead last in every race she entered. But she kept on running, and one day she won. Eventually, the little girl who was not supposed to live, and then who was not supposed to be able to walk, would win three gold medals in Rome’s 1960 Olympic Games.
James Earl Jones. Known the world over for the natural brilliance of his voice – beyond, it is resonant, beyond sensual, it is sonorous, beyond imitation, it is one-of-a-kind – you would never guess the award-winning actor suffers from a speech impediment.
Fred Astaire was told he was too short to dance and sent home.
Jennifer Hudson – well, we know Jennifer don’t we?
Jerome Bettis – former star running back for the Pittsburg Steelers- obstacle – asthma (An NFL running back with asthma?) You better know it and it never stopped him to say nothing of the defenders he reeked havoc on.
For those of you that are not content with the status qou in your life, this post not only dares you to dream, but dares you to take the first step toward transforming that dream into a reality. It’s not going to voluntarily come to you; you have to go get it!!
Build in a contingency factor and get to work on that dream or goal.