Making the decision to dream big can be a scary endeavor for many people, and yet it’s the exercise that leads us to living a life we absolutely love. Many people tend to want to wait for the “right time” but, truthfully, the right time does not exist. And no successful person has ever waited until the perfect time to say YES to their dream.
I often think about Martin Luther King Jr. — what if he waited for better conditions or evidence of a better future to lead the civil rights movement? What if Jim Carrey waited until he was no longer living in his van to pursue his acting career? What if Oprah decided that TV wasn’t right for her after getting fired as a news anchor? In fact, the adversity in their lives catapulted them into action. These are ordinary people who decided to do extraordinary things for the sake of their dreams, their desires. They are no different than you and me.
So, what if we gave ourselves permission to dream beyond our current reality? Where could these thoughts take us? What if we decided to move forward despite our current circumstances? What if you said YES to a life you want to live?
Taking these three steps can help you begin building your dream life.
1. Honor your discontent.
It sounds counterintuitive, but discontent is an important signal from our soul that something bigger is seeking to emerge through us. Give yourself permission to enter and explore the realm of your deep desires. Harness this discontent by letting the dream begin to live in your mind and heart as a true possibility. Notice your body and your emotions. Does the feeling of desire heighten your sense of aliveness? An expanded feeling of aliveness is an important indicator that you are on the right path.
2. Practice repeating “Up until now…” to keep thoughts of your past experience from limiting your possible futures.
This one is huge! If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get the results you’ve always gotten, right? So, pause for a moment. You’ll hear the old chatter that dictates every reason for not taking a risk. Listen, then pause. All these negative experiences, disappointments, and unproductive habits may have been true in the past. Now is the time to shrug them off. Your history does not determine your destiny. All your disappointments and regrets belong to a time that is ending at this moment. In the next moment, let out your yearnings in a first roar of awakening. This is a roar of triumph.
3. Consciously co-create with your greater power (God, the universe, etc), and the impossible becomes possible.
Co-creation means you partner with Spirit to build the greatest life you can live. You can either live a life by design or by default. And when you recognize yourself as a co-creator, you ask for guidance and break through the self-imposed barriers that have stood between yourself and your desires. Begin each new day thanking a higher power and concentrating on a desire of yours that you previously believed was out of reach. Just for that day, act as if what you wanted was possible. Then see what transforms.
Here’s to living your BEST LIFE!
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