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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost
There’s a dream in every one of us
I believe that there’s a dream that’s stored in every one of us. Some of us have many dreams. Some realize it earlier than others. Though I knew my dream at a young age, I got distracted and followed what I was “supposed to be doing.” I went on to get my degree and did the traditional route of getting a job with an employer.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for all the years I’ve worked because I gained valuable insights and have led me to where I am now. Though I always wondered what it would’ve been like had I listened to my heart and followed my dreams sooner.
Keep pursuing your dreams
A few months ago, a friend of mine called me and we talked about friends who are in a certain job position or how this other person is making a huge amount of money working at a certain company and so on. It was an innocent conversation that later haunted me.
That call from a friend made me question whether it was a waste of time pursuing my dreams instead of staying in a career that was stable, comfortable and easy. I had been at this fork in the road plenty of times. I always felt drained after going back and forth with my decision because I never know which path to take. Unlike other times, I took the time to quiet my thoughts and listened to my heart. That was when my “A-ha” moment came and solidified everything.
Around that time, I started working with a career coach to figure out what I should be doing with my life because I had little interest in growing further in my then-career. You see, my dream has been to be an entrepreneur since I was young. I caught the bug growing up when I saw my dad managing his hardware business and my mom building her daycare business. It appeared better to make your own way than to be confined to a job.
Whether you’re on your way to pursue your dreams or have felt that your dreams deteriorated years ago, I want to let you know that it’s not too late. Here are a few examples of individuals who achieved their goals at a later age: Donald Fisher co-founded Gap at age 41, Ernestine Shepherd was the oldest female bodybuilder at age 56, and Harriette Thompson started running at age 94. While recently touring Cabo, a 73-year-old woman told us that a few years earlier, she took the step to rent her place in the Bay Area and move to Cabo despite her daughters’ objections. Now she and her dog are loving a beautiful ocean view from the moment they wake up until they go to bed. It’s NEVER too late to pursue your dreams.
Now is the time
My dream had been calling out to me for the past 5 years and I’ve ignored it over and over again. This time it’s been getting louder and I simply couldn’t put it aside. The way I saw it, this is my time to explore and discover what the entrepreneur realm has for me. Even though it would be great to have a comfortable career in the design field, I know in my heart of hearts that path is a dead-end road for me. I would be building someone else’s dreams instead of mine.
My dream has been patiently been waiting for me to catch up. I hear it in my heart telling me, “C’mon, you can do it. Don’t give up. There are distractions and hurdles but don’t focus on those. You’re so close! Keep pursuing. Keep persisting.”
In a way, I believe that call was a test. A test whether or not I am ready to embark on a wonderful journey in fulfilling my lifelong dream and to be the person I’ve always wanted to be. I know I am making the right decision to travel this path that’s been calling out to me.
If you have a dream inside you that’s been dying to come out, listen to that voice and take some time to follow it.
Here are ways to keep pursuing your dreams despite all the distractions:
1. Create quiet time
Take some time to quiet all the noise and tune into the voice inside of you. Hear what your heart is telling you.
2. Go back to your reason
Do you remember why you started this journey? Post it where you can see it every day to help you keep going.
3. Surround yourself with encouraging people
This can be a good friend, mentor, family member. If you don’t have a like-minded group of people, you can join Facebook groups or listen to Podcasts.
Jot down ideas, strategies, goals daily or weekly. Those will be helpful to know what direction you are going and to figure out what areas you need improve in. Dreams are not easy to accomplish — that’s why most people never accomplish them. You must pursue your dreams with vigor.
5. Celebrate the small victories
Every step you take to pursue your dreams
For the other dreamers out there, don’t give up your dreams. They are there for a reason. Take the road less traveled. It may not look exactly what you had in your mind, but it will be the only direction you can take to feel fulfilled.
I’d love to hear from you! What strategies do you take when distractions come your way? How do you keep yourself focused on the path to fulfilling your dreams?
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