Wake Up and Live!
Action without vision is only passing time. Vision without action is merely day dreaming. But vision with action can change the world.
– Nelson Mandela
You can drive down the freeway, not paying attention to where you are going. It passes time, and you go places, but in reality you are just passing time. Vision without action is day dreaming. You can write down how you want to go to Scotland. But if you don’t save any money, it is just a day dream. But when you put the vision and action together, miracles can happen. You can put a budget in place, and save money. You can check out websites and find a really good deal on airplane tickets, or a travel package. You can put in your request for vacation time at work. You can research and plan and pay for the perfect trip to Scotland, and it happens because you put the dream into action.
Don’t tell people your dreams. Show them.
I love science fiction books. The writers dream up things that don’t yet exist or that people of their day didn’t yet know about. In Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathon Swift wrote that Mars had two moons – it would be nearly a century later that they discovered he was right. Jules Verne had rockets launching into space from Florida. Kipling had mail being flown all over the world, before there were even airplanes. Such things as television, solar power, video phones, movies with sound, space flight – all things talked about in science fiction before they were invented. All of this came from someone’s dream, or vision being brought into reality. I know that some day in the future, we will beam people from place to place. Science will catch up to those dreams too.
But what about our every day lives? Can our dreams create the future for us personally? I have always loved this Steve Jobs quote:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
– Steve Jobs
It is really up to us to get still enough that we can hear the voice of our soul, our intuition. Not listening to who the rest of the world wants us to be. But getting still enough that we can hear the whispers that we have pushed down for years.
The distance between dreams and reality is called action.
To listen to that still, soft voice. You can’t be the anchor for everyone else in your life. If you succeed in drowning out the voice of your soul, you drown your happiness. Life is a gift. Your soul knows the key to happiness. It wants you to be crazy and live out those dreams that you buried deep within. It wants you to wake up and be awesome. The ruts in the road only show up, when you are not living your dreams. The negative emotions drain your energy, and your life. Wake up and dig up those dreams. Don’t let them die in the dirt. Put your vision into reality.
Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take Action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.
– Steve Maraboli
Your soul will open doors, but you have to be looking for them and walk through them. Your soul will give you signs, but you have to read them and then do what they say, by following through with action. If we are listening to the radio and not paying attention, then we will pass the signs by. Just like on the freeway, there will be more than one sign telling you to stop for gas. You can’t blame the universe when you don’t pay attention to the voice of your soul and run out of gas.
Every morning you have two choices; continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.
Get curious. Dream Big. Be Unstoppable. There are those who try to make the doors to our dreams slam shut, they put things in the way so that they can’t be opened. So while you have to see what is, you also have to see what else is possible. That is where the magic happens, that is what makes the miracle possible. That is the place where the newer, bigger dreams live. That is the place of giants, where the dreams are deeper than the bottom of the ocean and larger than the boundaries of the universe, So Wake Up and LIve!
Life Lesson #5: Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words, and your faith stronger than your feelings.