Several conversations I’ve had recently have got me thinking about following your dreams. I was talking to a few of my students who are desperate to make their healing businesses their full time occupation, but they can’t quite pluck up the courage to leave their 9-5. I have been talking to several people about moving house, buying a new car, travelling… the list goes on.
We all have different dreams, and our dreams change dramatically as we grow and our priorities change.
- Aged 6 my dream was to have my own pen knife to be able to whittle wood and make bows and arrows like my Grandad Joe and to have tassles on my handle bars.
- Aged 11 my dream was to be brave enough to do the school production.
- Aged 16 my dream was to pass my GCSE’s and sing in the West End.
- Aged 21 my dream was to get my own house, find my soul mate and settle down.
- Aged 26 my dream was having the perfect wedding and starting a family.
- Aged 31 my dream was to go to the bathroom alone and drink a hot drink.
- Aged 36 my dream was to make my business successful and be able to spend time with the family as well as having a job I loved.
- Aged 39 my dream is to travel. I would love to take the family some where exotic and show them the magic of India, Thailand or China.
These are just a few of the dreams I’ve had over the years to give you an idea how our priorities change. Some I’ve achieved others I haven’t. Some, by the time I achieved them they didn’t seem so important, and others I decided against before I even got close.
I never did get tassles on my handle bars but there’s still time *giggle*.
As I have just subtly revealed my age you now know that I will be 40 next birthday and although I am not someone who holds a lot with birthdays I do feel that landmark birthdays are a good time to take stock. I decided to create a list of things I would like to achieve before I turn 40. Some of them are personal goals, some of them are fun activities and others and just a reason to make sure I get going and do something.
I feel very fortunate that I have been able to do a job I absolutely love, and I mean that with all my heart. I have basically created a job that didn’t even exist before to suit my skills, my passions and my physical restrictions and that feels incredible.
So my question to you today is:
[Tweet “What would you do today if you knew you couldn’t fail?”]
This might seem like a simple question to answer but it is often the most difficult thing in the world to be truly honest with ourselves. As carers; parents, teachers, primary carers to our parents, nurses… we are great at shelving our dreams in order to give us time to make someone else’s come true.
This week I got brave and I sent in a proposal to give a talk at the BIG Education Show at the NEC next year. I may or may not be chosen but this time last year I wouldn’t have dared find out. Since I made that decision all sorts of other things have started to click into place. Sometimes it just takes one small shift to start a domino effect that can truly change your life.
I challenge you to do one thing today that you wouldn’t normally do. A small step towards your dream. Let me know in the comments below what your fairy step was and tomorrow take another tiny step, and the day after, and watch and your life begins to change.