When we were kids we dreamed of being police officers, firemen/women, fighter pilots, princesses, Presidents, deep-sea divers, astronauts, etc. Contrary to our dreams we ended up being bartenders, accountants, retail workers, engineers, sales staff, etc. Not that these occupations are not admirable, but I don’t know many 8-year-old kids that say they are going to be an account executive for a bank versus a fighter pilot when they grow up.
I have a Walt Disney World stock certificate hanging at the top of our staircase which has a quote from the visionary himself, “That’s what’s wrong with the world today, too many people grow up.” And I think about that quote every single day and make sure that I just act goofy enough to remind myself that this life is a game and I try to play it like a kid. I allow myself to laugh to tears at any chance, I tell stupid jokes that make no sense, I sing-song what I want to say every day (completely annoys Evelina).
I fight every day to keep the kid in me alive and well, because being an adult is so completely boring!!
So we go to college or enter the workforce, get steady work that pays our bills, get married, start a family and then live through the lives of children…right? Occasionally experiencing a moment of nostalgia in which we recall the person we used to be and the dreams we once had. A 2013 Gallup Poll estimated an alarming 70% of those surveyed either hated their jobs or were completely disengaged, and not even financial incentives were enough to change their views about their job.
Are you kidding me that 70% of people are working jobs that they hate?? Not dislike, but hate!
So what I say is dare to dream and dare to be extraordinary, because chances are you could spend your life working a job you hate only to get terminated after 10 years and then what are you left with?
Several months ago I had a friend of mine share with me how much he hated his job and felt trapped by it because he had to support his family, pay bills and take care of his responsibilities. His thought was to just keep the course and maybe things would get better, but in the end, his focus needed to be on his family; keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. My first thought was…”are you kidding me, that is a horrible plan!” But I pulled myself together and dove deeper.
Come to find out he had zero financial freedom and couldn’t take a job he would enjoy because he could not make less money, nor could he take the risk of starting a business. So my advice was to focus his entire life force to becoming debt free!
Ultimately his issue wasn’t that he couldn’t find a job he enjoyed, it was that the way he lived his life disallowed him to attain freedom from a terrible job. Remember, #2 in the rules of the universe is you must decide what you are willing to sacrifice to have that which you want.
His entire life focus, mission, all his energy had to become solely focused on freeing his family from the horrors of debt. And the debt must be attacked with faith, perseverance, desire! Stop going to restaurants, stop drinking, stop smoking, disconnect cable, stop buying $1500 televisions, stop using credit cards, start shopping at Aldi…and sacrifice for as long as it takes to gain freedom!
One of my favorite past times is people watching as it is so much fun (and very educational)! I especially like listening to people complain about their current life situation and troubles, which often revolve around relationship problems, loneliness, friend drama, or money; and more times than not, money. I then look at how they squander their resources and the problem becomes clear!
Here’s the thing: Living your dream may require change!
Pinpoint an area in your life that is holding you back from living your Dream and work toward fixing the problem!! If you are in too much debt then make your life mission to be debt free! If you want a better job, then start taking classes to get a specialty degree and get that job! If you want to meet that special someone, get off the couch and find ways to meet new people! If you are not happy where you live, then find a way to save money and move somewhere that you will enjoy!
You are the commander of your life, the dictator of terms, the architect and designer. So pick one thing to change and see it through, then pick another, then another, then another…build positive forward momentum. Do not be afraid to identify your dreams. Don’t let naysayers tell you, you cannot. Don’t allow fear and doubt to dictate your life course. I challenge you to be extraordinary, bigger than life and fulfilled!