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 olds 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 in the bedroom which contains 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 look online at toys I had when I was young and reminisce about my youth, I fight each and every day to keep the kid in me alive and well because being an adult is so completely boring!!
So we exit childhood, head off to college or enter the workforce and work to obtain steady pay to take care of bills, get married, start a family and then live through the lives of our 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 incentives and extras were enough to change their views about their job. Are you kidding me that 70% of us are working jobs that we hate??
So why not dare to dream? And why not dare to be extraordinary? Either that or 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 as 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 enjoyed and make less money nor could he take the risk of starting a business. So my advice to him was to focus his entire life 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 determine what you are willing to sacrifice to get what it is you desire. His life focus, mission and energy has to become solely focused on freeing his family from the horrors of debt. And the debt must be attacked with faith, perseverance and desire! Stop going to restaurants, stop drinking, stop smoking, disconnect cable, stop buying $1500 televisions, stop using credit cards and sacrifice for as long as it takes to gain freedom!
Identify the real problem and take action immediately!
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; but mostly money. I then look at how they squander their resources and the problem is usually evident!
Pinpoint an area of 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 people! If you are not happy where you live, then find a way to save money and move somewhere that you 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 with your dreams. Don’t let naysayers tell you that you can’t. Don’t allow fear and doubt to dictate your life course.
I challenge you to be extraordinary, bigger than life and fulfilled!