How to Live the Dream
A lot of people talk about “living the dream” and here’s what I think they mean: “Someday” they will make it. The business will fly; the house will get bought and the car upgraded. There will be first class flights to exotic destinations where they will sip cocktails on the beach while sunning their sculpted bodies.
If you are waiting to live your dream someday, I’m afraid I’ve got bad news for you – that day is a long way off and it may never come. For as long as your dream is anchored somewhere in a distant future – a future none of us can be certain of – then you are likely to spend the foreseeable future chasing a wish.
Living your dream starts NOW, in every moment. Think about it as stepping into your dream instead of waiting years for it to come true.
Before you protest “but I’m still driving a 10-year-old car and I’m barely covering my monthly expenses”, let me explain.
What’s your dream really about? Is it really about the money and the foreign travel? I doubt it. Of course the material success is an important part of it, but the real motivation is far deeper than that, and it has very little to do with material possessions.
When I was a little girl I knew I wanted to “be somebody”. I wanted my life to matter; to make a difference; to achieve great things.
That’s my real motivation for doing what I do and wanting the things I want: to fulfill my potential as a human being and to use all the gifts I’ve been given and skills I’ve acquired to do what I am here to do. I want to learn and grow ongoingly; to love and be loved; to feel as if my existence on this planet makes a difference.
Think about it for yourself. Why do you really want what you want? Is it that you want to feel that you’ve achieved something and fulfilled your potential? Is there not a desire within you to live life to the fullest, to “suck the marrow out of life” as Thoreau put it.
All of these motivations go beyond the material. They are thoughts, feelings and ways of being. And because of that they can be experienced right now, without having to wait for “someday”.
What would it be like to spend today living your dream? It doesn’t take much – other than your imagination and the courage to dare – to spend today thinking, feeling and behaving in ways that reflect success and fulfillment.
Live your dream now, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly your life adjusts to accommodate you.