By Darlene Arechederra
Remember your very first job? That all-grown-up feeling! Your
own money to buy things... That feeling of independence!
Do you still have that excitement today? Do you jump out of bed,
eager to start a new day? Or are you tired, even slightly
Perhaps you've lost touch with your own special *dream* over the
years. What was your dream? Have you thought about it lately?
Acknowledging your dream can free you up to remove the obstacles...
Those Nasty Obstacles
What's keeping you from your dream? Start a small list of things
you consider obstacles in your way. Are they *Time,* *Energy,*
*Money?* Is your life just too stressful? Brainstorm some
solutions and write them in the column next to the obstacles.
Each of the above were obstacles for me. We were about $14,000
in debt (credit cards and school loans). I was working 40-60
hours a week -- just to pay the bills. I was using my energy to
work for *things, * leaving none for pursuing my dream.
If you could trade something for your dream, what would it be?
If you wanted it so badly you could taste it -- how could you
make it happen?
I wanted to work part time and pursue my writing. I negotiated
with myself. If I could learn to live on 20 hours pay per week,
I could go part time. Two and a half years later, we were debt
free with a small nest egg. Our spending was minimal. I had
finished the first draft of my book a year earlier. I moved to
part time, evening hours, and my new job was now 3 miles from
home. My immediate goal of part time had spurred me on.
What could you negotiate with yourself today - to pull your
dream a little bit closer? How about making a small deal with
yourself? If I (fill in the blank), then I could (fill in the
blank). Who better to negotiate with?
Which Way to Easy Street?
There is no Easy Street (at least not on my road map). But there
is that road less traveled... with a few obstacles along the way.
My husband lost two jobs soon after I made major changes in my
life, the first just months later. It wasn't easy, but I had
Plan B ready to go.
What's the worst thing that could happen if you take a different
path? Beneath your obstacle list from above, jot down the worst
things that might happen. In the column next to them, jot down
some ideas for a Plan B of your own.
What's Keeping You?
***Time*** Instead of working more hours away from home for
'extra money', could you invest your time in planning and saving
for your dream? Do your current activities move you closer to
doing what you'd love to do?
***Energy*** Short on energy? Try blowing the dust off your
dream. You'll be amazed at the renewed energy you'll have!
Eliminate energy wasters -- things that don't move you forward.
***Money*** What spending can you 'exchange' if it means finally
living your dream? Money I spent weekly buying books is now
funneled back into my dream. Trade your current spending for
your dream. You'll be wonderfully surprised at how much money
you'll *find* for your dream!