Please, stop putting off your dreams
Dreams, fantasies, wants, desires, whatever you want to call them that's what I'm talking about today. That's right, I'm talking bucket lists today!
You know, that mysterious list that everyone talks about, yet never actually writes down. It's that list we all have in our minds of places we dream of going, people we dream of meeting, and things we dream of doing. But today we're taking it one step further... Today we are checking off items by turning dreams into reality!
Last week I had the pleasure of working with a new client. She came as a personal referral seeking help with planning a trip to Africa. The destination has been on her bucket list and with a friend living in Nigeria she decided this is her time to go.
With this woman's bold spirit to live out her life and my mom's birthday all happening in the same week it just really hit me hard. It just made me think about how none of us know what tomorrow will hold, making it more important than ever to take advantage of every moment. My goodness, all you have to do is take a quick scroll through your Facebook newsfeed and you'll quickly see all the hurt, all the loss, all the troubles facing so many of us today. And you think that's bad, just wait until you turn on the local news in the morning and you'll quickly see just how precious life is.
But what is important is that we do not allow the fear of the unknown to rob us of living out our lives. We are to live fearlessly! And I strongly feel that a big part of living fearlessly is to live out our dreams. We need to stop putting things on that ol' bucket list without crossing any off. I bet you've got so many things already on your list that you can't even remember what they all are.
I've got a challenge for you. Starting today, I want you to do me a favor. The next time you hear about something and say to yourself, "Wow, I would love to do that one day," just stop and ask yourself another question, "What do I need to do today to be able to do that?"
And trust me, I get it, there's a lot of things we want to do in life that financial problems stand in the way of, health problems get in the way of, and life itself just makes difficult. But if we could at least start by working on changing our mindset so that those things we dream of doing don't get placed on our bucket list, but rather make it onto our To-Do list. This change would put us all one step closer to living out our dreams.
And that right there is the single most important piece of advice I can give you... Your dreams, fantasies, wants, desires deserve to be on your To-Do List, not on some mysterious Bucket List. You owe it to yourself to start living and enjoying life like it was meant to be. We are blessed to be living in a world so diverse, so beautiful, so magnificent and yet the large majority of us never allow ourselves the opportunity to experience it.
If you resonate with anything I've said today I encourage you to take another few minutes to just sit and think about things. When you were a child, what did you dream of? What did you think life would be like when you grew up? What did you dream of doing when you were an adult? Have any of those childhood dreams come true? If not, maybe you should think about things and determine what in life could be changed to allow yourself the opportunity to finally live out those dreams. Remember, dreams don't always have to be something that never happens.