This is my last post on How to Not Sabotage Your Dream. If you haven’t read the first few posts you can check out part 1 and part 2 to catch up. I realized the other day that this boils down to making right choices. We’ve all made poor choices in our lives, and hopefully we have learned from them. I hope that these last few posts have proved valuable for you so that you can critically think through the choices you have to make each day.
Financial Debt – Dreams cost money! My dad used to say something to me whenever I wanted something as a kid “it cost money to ride the train.” Nothing can cripple you from doing what you want to do like debt. Debt robs you of your future, and not only of your future but your kids future too. I have debt that I am working to pay off as we speak. People that are financially free live better than those that are crippled by debt. How will you be able to live the dream with a mountain of debt? I have to admit that I am not the best with money, but I have gotten better at handling it. Money is something that I need to study more and understand more. I know that there are many resources out there that can help you get out of debt (Dave Ramsey is a good one). For my family having a realistic budget and staying disciplined has helped us the most. In fact, just last night my wife and I decided not to take a trip because of the cost. Our future dreams were too important for us to sacrifice right now!
Past Experiences– When we move into different seasons of life we can bring with us our strengths and our hurts. The hurts can get in the way of us having the dream. Letting your past determine your future is a great way to sabotage your dream. None of us are perfect and we have all done things that we are not proud of. The beautiful thing about life is we all get a chance to start over. Our mistakes and failures are there so that we can learn from them not to hold us back from the life that we want. If you can’t change your past what is the use in dwelling on it? We have to be willing to let parts of our lives that we thought were our identity die. Then something new will come. As the saying goes “yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, today is a gift – which is why it’s called the present.”
Making Excuses – About every time I sit down in front of a computer and begin to write I have excuses come to me…“don’t write that, people are going to hate it, you suck, etc.” Then I tell my brain to shut-up and I start writing! George Washington Carver said “99% of failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.” What is your excuse? Are you not smart enough, not enough money, not enough education, your health?. Can you leave your excuses behind, and all the reasons why not, and go after your dream because you know in your heart that its yours? We can all come up with excuses why something will not happen…can you come up with one reason why it can? [Tweet worthy?].
>Here is a challenge: why don’t you send the resume you have been wanting to send, take the class you have been wanting to take, start the blog or book you have been wanting to write. Leave your excuses behind and leave your mark on the world!