Your dreams are delightful. They’re flowery and bright, like your grandmother’s drapes. I applaud you for having those dreams, for entertaining their potential. But what if your dreams aren’t doing you any favors? What if they’re nothing more than mid-day distractions? You deserve to see your dreams take shape and move from the dusty corners of your mind to the place where you live and breathe.
When Dreamers Become Doers
My son is a dreamer. He’s never short on optimism. Many years ago, he watched me tie my running shoes and decided he would learn too. He promptly removed his cartoon-themed sneaker, placed it in my lap and said, “Teach me.” Never mind that his shoes had VELCRO straps in place of shoe laces. He prodded until I took a seat on the floor beside him with my own shoe. We wound one lace around the other, tugging and fastening for what seemed like hours. Although I did the teaching, I learned something too: When it comes to making sh*t happen, there’s no room for no.
A few years later, my son asked his teacher about the curvy letters I was using to sign my name. She told him that cursive was no longer being taught and his printing was just fine. He came home that day, slapped a blank paper on the counter and again said, “Teach me.”
Fast forward to his teen years. Most days you’ll find him in front of the T.V., wearing a headset and holding an Xbox controller. He’ll be making excuses about the mess that’s overtaken his bedroom, the collection of empty Gatorade bottles, and heap of worn clothes on the carpet. But if he should decide that he really wants something, whether to master some magic trick or earn enough money to buy a new gadget, move aside.
How Bad Do You Want It?
So what is your dream and where does it live? If it’s currently on the other side of some obstacle, it’s time to ask yourself if it’s worth the leap. If the answer is yes, make room in your mind. Notice I didn’t say make a detailed plan? Because plans are good, but sometimes we can’t see the hows. So the first step is having a vision. Let the planning come next.
In another article, I talked about failure and how asking too many questions can keep us from stepping into our goals. The surest way to fail is to talk yourself out of moving forward. But if we can maintain an UNWAVERING belief that goes beyond our trials and errors, we’ll find ourselves achieving our dreams…in ways we couldn’t fathom.
So The Secret to Making Sh*t Happen is believing it can and WILL happen. Simple, huh? Tell yourself you can and you’ll be knocking down every NO until you’re standing wide eyed, toes at the line where your dreams intersect with reality.
Mantra: My deep, unshakable desire plants the seed; the universe brings the rain.