Joy is the best makeup.
-- Anne Lamott

 

   

The MONTHLY Motivator - January 2012

From someday to now

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. — Leo Buscaglia

Here’s a seven-word sentence that encompasses everything you must do to really, truly live your dream:

Move your dream from someday to now.

It’s fun to dream, to think about what you would like to do someday. But that someday part is a real problem. As long as you see your dream as occurring someday, it’s not going to happen for you. Every person who has ever achieved a dream has done so by changing that dream from someday to now.

What’s involved in doing that? Action. There is something you can do right now to begin living your dream. Of course that presents you with a real challenge. Are you serious about your dream or not? Do you truly want to live the reality of it, or do you just want to keep dreaming and wishing and hoping for it your entire life? If you’re serious, there absolutely is something you can do right now, some very definite start you can make today.

Yes, I know about the excuses. You have all sorts of them. After all, if you didn’t have all those excuses you would already be living the full and complete expression of your dream. But you’re not. What enables you to keep your distance from your dream are those very impressive excuses.

There’s not enough time. There’s not enough money. You don’t know anybody who could help you. Something’s holding you back and it’s not your fault. You’re tired. You got off to a slow start. You have a slow metabolism. What else? Do any of these sound vaguely familiar?

The most powerful excuses are the ones that are true. Some excuses are just flat-out lies, and you know it, and those are pretty easy to get beyond. But the excuses that are real and valid and reasonable and true, those have the power to hold you back forever if you let them. The good news is, you don’t have to let them.


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