Do me a favor? Don’t let your dreams outlive you.
When I say do me a favor, I obviously mean do yourself a favor.
So many people stop living long before they accomplish what they dream about. Dreams are not like a savings account at a bank. You can’t will your dreams to your children or put them in a trust so they help cover funeral expenses. Unlike money, you can always make newer and more exciting dreams. In fact, your dream supply is unlimited.
I know a retired lady whose husband passed away recently. He worked hard until late in his life to make sure their finances would hold up for many years. She told me after his funeral that she deeply regretted they only shared four years of retirement together. Four years where his body was physically depleted from decades of work. Four not-so-golden years.
Most folks can’t just walk away from employment and live off their dreams. However you can do things that will take you in that direction.
First, examine everything you own and every bill you pay. Make a simple decision to eliminate everything that is not necessary or brings you closer to your dreams. Does $150 every month for cable really help you achieve that trip across Europe you dream about? Cut out the unnecessary until it hurts. Once it’s gone you’ll find it really doesn’t hurt that much. Get rid of everything you own that does not bring you true happiness.
Second, start taking steps toward those dreams. Baby steps if needed, but steps nonetheless. You may find those dreams get modified along the way, but don’t let that trouble you. For instance, I used to dream of being an astronaut – many years ago – but now have decided on watching a satellite launch instead. I have started keeping track of launch schedules and locations, and am planning a trip around it.
Third, include friends and family in your dreams. They will become your support group and sounding board. You will find your true friends will encourage you all the way to those dreams. Some may even join you in the quest.
January 15th, 2013 at Vandenberg Air Force Base for an Atlas V-401 launch, if you are interested.
Your dreams can be simple or complex, mild or wild. The scope does not matter. All that matters is that you move toward them and find a way to make them happen.
Dream big, and cash in those dreams. I know everyone reading this has the ability to make dreams come true.