There is a dreamer in all of us.
The only difference is that some of us decide to pursue our dreams tenaciously while the rest of us shrug it off and continue taking the path laid out right in front of us. In which camp do you reside?
A couple of years ago, I decided to bid farewell to the comfort zone that I had grown so accustomed to living in and had actually worked long and hard to build. A Master’s Degree in one hand and a well-paying job in the other, life seemed to be pretty good – on paper! What I lacked was that spark and energy that made what I was doing exciting and fulfilling. I know that us “millennials” get a lot of heat for our constant need to feel like we are doing something worthwhile and satisfying. As biased as I may be, I say “what’s so wrong with that?”
Taking that leap of faith of quitting my day job to join my husband in pursuing photography is one of the best decisions that I ever made. But the truth is, within this dream of living a creative life (that pays the bills!) lies another dream. A dream of touching people’s lives in a profound way with my art. I know that sounds quite intangible, and it is! I haven’t figured it out yet, but I am taking the time to assess and contemplate what that might mean.
One book that has got me delibrately thinking about this topic is written by John C. Maxwell titled Put Your Dream to the Test. This is the book that we have been reading in my book club the past few weeks. When we met up last weekend to discuss it, I was amazed at how it touched my friends’ lives in such a meaningful way.
I loved this book, because it challenged me to intentionally sit down and analyze what I want to accomplish in this life. By the end of the book, I didn’t have everything figured out, but I certainly had a more concrete idea of what I want to do, and the motivation to figure out how I am going to get there.
Questions that especially struck a cord with me from the book:
>> Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?
>> Does working towards my dream bring me satisfaction?
>> Does my dream benefit others?
It’s not enough to just have a dream floating around in our heads without any action – we might as well call that wishful thinking. It is vital that when we set out to achieve something, that we do it with a high level of commitment and a well-thought-out strategy. And since most of our dreams may take years to come to fruition, it is also important that we enjoy doing what needs to be done along the way. What spoke to me the most was making sure that my dream benefits others. I don’t believe that we were put on this earth to simply serve ourselves, but to serve others.
My question to you is: are you ready to pitch your tent in the camp that not only dreamers reside, but are actively on the chase to see it come true?