It was a life-changing moment.
Norman and Sherry, two people I barely knew, were enjoying cocktails and laughing with their friends.
“How many nights were they here at the restaurant this week?” I thought, while I labored through the dining room with,
The heavier-than-me tray full of beautifully-plated meals weighing down my shoulder.
I wondered, “What the heck do they do, that I don’t do?”
“They’re here near every night. They travel all the time. They’re successful. They enjoy life.”
As I was remembering crying just a few short hours ago, while I struggled to find a babysitter, so I could get to my twelfth work-shift in a row that night,
And still not have enough money to pay my bills, never mind go out to dinner, travel and enjoy life like they did!
When I first read poet Mary Oliver ask, “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” in her poem, Summer Day, I was like, “Heck if I know, I’m too tired from working all the time!”
Jim Rohn said, your “dreams get you started; discipline keeps you going.”
But Rohn didn’t just say this, he literally showed me HOW to dream again, beyond the grind of the day-to-day, so I could actually consider the weight of what Oliver was asking.
In an exercise very similar to the one I offer you, Rohn asked me to think about all the dreams and goals I ever had in life… AND to write them down!
As I discovered, and as you’ll soon discover too, you’ll remember the craziest and coolest things that you always wanted to do, but forgot, and you’ll be like, “WOW, COOL! YES, I remember wanting to accomplish _______ and do _______!”
But the grind takes over. Immediate needs take precedence, and I, and maybe you too, simply forgot how much you’d really love to accomplish that thing, or do this thing!
I give all my clients this Dare to Dream Exercise, because it changed my life, and I know it can change yours too, IF you want your dreams to drive the actions you take to achieve the goals and results you most want.
Dare to Dream WILL remind you of things that once really mattered to you, but got buried underneath you daily to-dos and responsibilities! It WILL bring back excitement into your goal setting! And if you’re excited about your goals, your way more likely to create the results you really want!
On first run, you might feel like this very simple exercise is hard, if, like me, you feel like your dreams got lost somewhere amidst your day-to-day grind.
But no fear, it’s an exercise you can do again, and again, and likely get better at as you do it again!
The question, “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” will begin to take on a life of it’s own in ways you can’t see just yet, when you begin to reclaim what you most want to do and accomplish!
Years back, I NEVER imagined me as the “self-disciplined one,” but ’tis true, it’s who I’ve become as I began to excavate what I most wanted to do and accomplish in life!
In looking back, it’s incredible how people I barely knew made such a difference in my life.
I’d love to hear what you discovered from taking on this exercise.
I’d LOVE to hear what you discover, when you dare to bring your dreams alive again…
It’s a simple, but not necessarily easy exercise, and I’m happy to help in any way. Just post your questions and ideas in the comments section below and I’ll respond pronto!