Are you living the life of your dreams?
Do you wake up excited for the day…every day?
Not many of us are there. Too many people settle for living a mediocre life that leaves their dreams buried and forgotten.
Life got in the way
In April of this year I grabbed my long forgotten dream and took a strong hold of it. Ever since I was a child in elementary school I dreamed of writing and publishing fiction but after I graduated college, got a job and got married I grew up and away from my dream.
I hadn’t taken any writing classes in college or even high school so I thought that my life was taking a different course. Since I had written in my childhood any thoughts that I had about writing the idea seemed somewhat “childish” even though obviously it’s not childish. I had even gotten away from reading fiction.
It was something that I thought would never happen so I stopped thinking about it for years. I spent hours trying to find something to do for myself. Friends suggested classes, clubs, and the like. None of it sounded like “the” thing that would meet my “me time” need.
The dream resurfaced
Then after entirely too long I rediscovered my dream. I started writing fiction again! I took some time deciding on an idea for my book and then I started writing. I was very rusty but it came back quickly and soon I was having fun and I was getting into a groove.
Everything started working out as I started pursuing my dream!
- Some bloggers that I follow started The Self Publishing Podcast which has been such a help to me. Actually in tomorrow’s podcast they are going to answer a question that I asked them! (Here is the now-live link to the podcast.)
- I won a brand new laptop!!
- I found an amazing graphic artist for my cover who is new to book covers (but not graphic art) and it’s been wonderful to work with him!
- I discovered Jeff Goins‘ blog on writing and applied to be on the launch team for his latest book, Wrecked. I was so excited to be chosen and I have learned so much from that experience and met some other amazing writers too!
Living the dream
In this very thrilling ride of pursuing my dream I’ve learned that two things are needed to bring our dreams to life. I’m sure there are plenty of other ingredients but these two are crucial and necessary.
Change and Sacrifice
If we are not living our dreams then we need make changes in life in order to live a different life. If we want the excitement and joy of living a life in pursuit of a dream serious change must be made!
We will need to give up things that are holding us back. Do you sleep as late as possible every morning and then relax in front of the television as soon as your day is over? Do you keep up on all of the shows and see every movie that comes out?
Here’s a secret: people who are pursuing their dreams aren’t doing any of that. They are waking up early, staying up late and working on their dream every spare moment that they can find.
Dreams require sacrifice! People who are living comfortable and easy lives are not living a life of excitement. Pursuing your dream is extremely exciting!
When I first read Jeff Goins’ challenge to get up two hours early and start writing I couldn’t believe it. I thought that I was getting up early enough. I had a boat load of excuses and probably didn’t even comment on that post. No way was I going to get up earlier, not even for my dream.
Time went on and I became increasingly frustrated with my efforts to write like I wanted to. Eventually I came to the conclusion that if I really wanted to be a successful author I was going to have to sacrifice something. I saw that getting up earlier was the only thing that I had to sacrifice. Was I willing to give up some sleep? I was already feeling desperately underslept.
You know what??
I now get up earlier, hit snooze less, and I have MORE energy! I don’t even need my morning cup of coffee until later in the morning than I did when I was getting up later! I’m more excited and it seeps into other areas of my life.
I’m a happier person getting up before 5am to write! Currently I’m getting up at 4:45 and my goal is to keep getting up earlier until I’m getting up by 4:15. Craziness!
Are you living a life pursuing your dreams? What have you given up? If you’re not living the life of your dreams, what do you think that you need to give up? What’s holding you back? Why?
To Your Success!!
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