July 27, 2011

When Dreams Hinder Growth

See that right there? Doesn't it look dreamy? Yeah... I think so, too.

One of my dreams was to own a beach house by the time I was 25-years-old. Seeing that I turn 25 in a little over a month, I've certainly failed to make that dream come true. It's upsetting but instead of focusing on the negative, I'd like to explore why I am so far from achieving my dream.

I find that the problem is sometimes we dream too much instead of making plans and setting goals in order to achieve them. We dream so much that we believe that simply dreaming will make things happen. And it's time to wake up, because we're so wrong.

What's that saying? "Some people dream of success…while others wake up and work hard at it." Yeah, that one. It's the truth and I need to start honoring it -- we all do.

Now don't get me wrong, having dreams and aspirations in life is a very good thing. It provides us hope in some of the most despairing of times. That hope starts to fade away, though, when we sit on these aspirations for too long without any action. Look at me. I started dreaming of this beach house when I was 18-years-old -- I had seven years to make it a reality and I am awfully far away from that.

I'm going to give myself the next five years to seriously work towards making my beach house dream a reality. Even if I don't own it right away, if I am at least renting a place with a balcony overlooking a sparkling sea by the time I turn 30… at least I'll know I am well on my way. I'll be happy!

And I'll tell you, even thinking about being 30 gives me butterflies. I'm not dreading it by any means, I believe that my 30s will be some of my best years, but I know it will be here before I know it!

Happy dreaming! Err.. working hard to make your dreams come true ;)

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