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Stop. Right. Here.
Take a minute and think of your biggest dream or goal at this moment. Literally. Stop, close your eyes, and see what that looks like. Imagine what it feels like to be in that place of achievement. Feel yourself there. What is that goal? Are you wanting to lose weight, go back to school, start a business, take the trip of a lifetime? No matter the dream or goal, no matter how impossible it may seem right now, no matter how far off it may appear, you can take the first step today. The time will pass either way. Why not go for it now?
But, But, But.
Let’s start with the “buts”. So, you have a goal, right? We spent last week talking about how important it is to take a few minutes a day to envision these things, dream big, set goals. If you missed that post, check it out here. Now what do you do? Well, I will tell you what you DO NOT do, and that is let the buts get in the way! You know exactly what I mean here. The minute you start dreaming, HERE COME THE BUTS! But I’m too old, but it’s too hard, but my goal is impossible, but I’m not _____ enough. You can fill in the blank with the term of your choosing. Regardless, we all deal with these unwanted, uninvited, never-ending buts.
I will tell you though, the buts are lies. Straight. Up. Lies. The buts are simply another form of fear attempting to hold us back. We can chose to give in to the buts, or we can choose to get rid of the buts. Allow the buts to hold us back, or recognize the buts for what they are and allow them to propel us forward. It’s a choice. You make it.
I will use myself as a quick example. I did not complete college as a young person. Wait. I’m still young. But I digress. Honestly, I actually dropped out of high school and got my GED at the age of 17. I had been accepted into a performing arts high school and dropped out of the program. I gave up because I wasn’t willing to put the work in. This was one of my biggest regrets for many years. The fact that I had an amazing opportunity that so many people desire, and I quit. I never made that walk across the stage and I did not receive my official HS diploma. Not to mention the fact that I gave up on a dream of singing. All of this weighed very heavy on me for a very long time.
Around my mid-twenties, a former boss encouraged me to begin taking college courses, so I did. That was a big step for me. I was a divorced, single mom with a full time job, but I made it happen. I took several courses over the next few years, but could not decide what I wanted to major in, so I eventually stopped. No degree. Again.
Fast forward about 8-10 years. I was remarried and had two more children. Twins. Yep. Double the fun! In July of 2010, I decide that when our twins started kindergarten the following month, I would start school again as well. Majoring in what you ask? Music! Vocal performance to be exact. Talk about scary! I had not touched music in years. Two decades. Not one single note. But I did it, and I did it scared (or, at least very nervous). I made a few calls, did a bit of research online, and registered! Within five years I had three college degrees. Not one, not two…but THREE! I completed my AA in Music, my BA in Music Business, and my MBA in Marketing. Talk about a massive feeling of accomplishment. It’s hard to find the words to describe.
What are you waiting for?
There were so many times that I could have given up. Heck, there were several reasons (BUTS) that could have kept me from starting in the first place. I was too old, it was too late. It was going to take too long. We didn’t have enough money. Why would someone my age pursue a music degree? I’m not even that talented. The list goes on and on. However, my philosophy was (and still is) the time is going to pass anyway. You never know unless you try. I could have given up before I started and never accomplished anything. Or I could take the first step, and make great things happen. So glad I chose the latter.
Where do you imagine yourself one year from now? Five years? Ten? Are you in a place of accomplishment or victory? Did that dream come to pass, or are you on the path towards making it a reality? Or, by chance, are you exactly where you are now? Allowing doubt, fear, or discouragement to paralyze you. The truth is, we have the same 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year as everyone else. The difference is what we choose to do with that time. If we will take step one, then step two will come naturally. Then step three and four, and so on. The time will pass either way. Why not go for it now?
Believe that you can do what you set your mind to, and guess what? YOU CAN!
The time will pass either way. Why not go for it NOW?
I’ll say it again, as this is definitely worth repeating over, and over, and over…until it is permanently ingrained in our minds. Today, tomorrow, and the rest of time is going to pass either way. Why not take the first step towards your dream TODAY? Like, NOW! Got for it, because if you don’t work towards living the life of your dreams, someone else will. You are worth it. You deserve it. Just. Do. It.
Happy Mindset Monday!
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