Many people put their dreams and goals off for the right time. You hear these and similar words all the time.
“I’ll do it when my kids are grown.”
“When I retire, I’ll have time to work on my dreams and goals.”
“Once I’m stable in my job, I’ll have time.”
Life won’t wait for you to decide your dreams and goals are important. It keeps right on going day in and day out, despite what you are doing. One day, it will be gone, and you will be left standing in the void wondering, what if..?
What if I broke my goal down into something I could do once a week or once a month to get me closer to achieving it?
What if I could find 15-20 minutes a day to work on my goal?
I’m asked all the time, how I am able to be a single mom, full-time attorney, ultrarunner, and writer. Here’s my answer: I can do it because it’s important to me. I can do it because everything else is dropped like a dirty diaper.
You have to be willing to sacrifice. You have to delve deep and find what is important to you and who you want to be for yourself and the world.
You have to leave behind people who don’t support your efforts at achieving your dreams. Sometimes that means cutting them off completely or regulating them to a small role in your life. Chasing your dreams is hard work. Don’t drag unnecessary weight with you.
It comes down to that question we all began to answer the moment we drew our first breath, who am I? We exerted our independence as toddlers and again as teenagers trying to define who we were separate from those around us.
As we become adults, we become caught up in society’s grey dream as automatons. We color within the lines laid before us by others. We paint by the numbers. We wait for the right time and the right place to escape into our dream. If you don’t work toward your dreams, you will be paid to work toward someone else’s. Why is theirs more important than yours?
It is not what we do that defines who we are. It is the why we do it that defines us. Decide your dream is achievable, conquer all obstacles, and jump through any hoop, even if it has burst into flames.