For every person that pitches in to help me live my dream, I will find a way to help them live theirs. While an act of kindness from an individual may feel small, when scaled across a network of people, these acts can cumulatively change someone's life.
The common thread of all these individuals is persistence, belief in self, and not putting time limits, age limits, or any type of constraint upon themselves.
The fears come in the morning. Early morning around 6am: here comes the second guessing. The fear of not having, the doubts of never succeeding, of living a life I am not in control of. Of having to go back to work at a job I despise to pay the bills.
And when what you dared to dream becomes reality, the magic of your success rubs off to inspire others to dream as well.
I'm sure some fears have already popped up. Acknowledge them. Ask yourself, what are you afraid would happen if you let your curiosity guide you? Now, what are you afraid would happen if you didn't? This is where we find the good stuff -- the motivation to keep going.
Whether it's through your work, in your spare time or through the legacies you leave in this world, you have the power to create change and make your mark -- whatever stage of life you're at.
I am not advising that you go out and quit your day job today in pursuit of opening your own yoga studio, but you could start taking action in that direction. Or perhaps you want your passion to stay a hobby, but make you a little extra income - you can take action towards that, too.
Many people in your life will say you're not ready or the time just isn't quite right. Well, I don't believe we're ever truly ready for any of the great leaps in our lives -- but we must step up and embrace them.
I still read my horoscope everyday as I pick up my morning Joe and whatever it says I'm sure to pay attention because, after all, if you don't follow the signs - you're bound to get lost. Life is too short for that.
Take the time to define what you want by dreaming it, writing it, sharing it, and taking a risk -- then prepare yourself mentally to take the journey of allowing it to happen.
Let it start with the messages that you tell yourself about what you are truly capable of. From there, begin to create change on a local level within your own community.
If you have spent your professional life living in your head, pushing yourself harder and harder, this may be a dramatic and welcome change. You can stop trying to prove yourself to the world, to your boss, to your customer, and focus on proving that you are good enough and content enough to yourself.
Well, what if that "can't" word is not even part of your vocabulary -- chuck it away, throw it out with the trash, lock it in the trunk, light that sucker on fire.