Follow Your Dream – Part 2

We were talking about following our dreams last time. It is important to have a dream and to follow it. A dream gives us a goal to works towards and motivates us to action. Dreams do come true if we believe in them hard enough and if we do our part to make them come true. But sometimes something holds us back. That something is fear.

Honestly, I don’t even like to say the word. But one thing I have learned all these years is that I have to confront. As I talk about in my new book. “The Power of Faith”, we must FACE OUR FEARS!

We all have them, yes? Some of them go back as far as childhood. Others are buried deep in our subconscious mind and we may not even be aware of them. Yet they can still influence our behavior today.

Let’s take finances for example. Let’s say my dream is to own my own home. But, because of some experience in the past, I am afraid to get into debt and take out a loan. I may have a good job and a decent income, but I still am hesitant. Why? Because my thinking is colored by an irrational fear.

When I take a look at the reality of my situation and understand my fear comes from something in the past and not something in the present, then and only then, can I make a choice to step out in faith.

I think that’s part of what makes achieving goals and dreams so exciting. We gain strength as well as knowledge when we pursue something new and conquer a fear that has held us back for far too long. Now, isn’t that something to rejoice about?

Until next time, follow your dream, keep the faith and above all, keep looking up!

Follow Your Dreams

As the song from Mama Mia goes, “I have a dream, a song to sing.” We all have a dream, don’t we? Dreams come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. Some dream big dreams like becoming president or CEO or making it to the Olympic team.

Your dream might be to own your own home, learn to fly a plane, ride a motorcycle, ballroom dance. Or maybe write that book you’ve always wanted to write or own your own business.

Life is made of dreams. Dreams make life worth living because they give us something to live for and something to get excited about. They put the passion and spice into life.

What is it that you dream of doing, having, becoming? Have you forgotten or given up? Don’t let anyone discourage you. It is truly possible to live the life of your dreams. Begin by taking the first step. Then another and another. You will be amazed at how doors open and soon your dream will become a reality.

I know because several of my dreams have come true already. I am in awe of some of the things that have happened. What’s even more exciting is that when you see the smaller dreams come to fruition, you will be even more motivated to dream bigger dreams the next time.

Until we meet again, follow your dreams, keep the faith and keep looking up!

Storms, Summer Vacation and Patience

As I sit here watching yet another summer storm slow down the pace of life outside my window, it strikes me how patient God is with humanity and, in particular, with me.

I have been on vacation for the past 5 days and totally enjoyed myself. A complete sense of relaxation and joy pervaded my spirit the entire time. As I have done many times in the past when coming off of vacation, I vowed once again to savor the feeling of relaxation and to carry the unhurried pace into my daily life.

Yet it only took about 4 hours back at work when I noticed my speed. There I was rushing again: conference calls at work, the electrician arriving to fix my ceiling fan shimmy, calling the shop about the noisy exhaust system in my car. My to-do list is never-ending. The rain and thunder continue outside my window.

Such is life. The pace is not going to slow down is it? Neither will the storms of life. There will always be something. So I’m the one who has to change. It’s either slow down or wear myself out sooner than my Maker would like. Can you relate?

Summer storms may be inconvenient. Power outages are a huge disruption for sure. But perhaps there is a bright side. Do you think the Universe is trying to slow us all down so we don’t wear out?

Until next time, let’s all have patience with ourselves as we learn the lessons in the storms of life.