Part Two – It’s Not Just About Chasing A Dream, It’s About Catching It Too

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.  The time will pass anyway.

  – Earl Nightingale

On our birthdays and the beginning of each new year we take a look at both the time that has passed, and what time might yet be available to us.  We think of the dreams we have that haven’t come true yet.  We wonder if we have what it takes to get them done.  We might even judge ourselves of not being worthy of them coming true.  I firmly believe that if God has planted something in my heart to do, then I must have the ability to do it.  At the same time I wonder if he’s really, really sure I can do it, because it feels like it is just out of reach.  I wonder who am I to go after something that big.  Fears creep in all sorts of shapes and sizes to prevent the dreams from being fulfilled.

My son has been visiting with his wife and little dog.  They took in a rescue dog about a year ago.  He’s named after the pirate in the movie The Goonies – One-Eyed Willie because before they got him he lost an eye.  Willie loves cheese.  My son will hold up a piece of cheese and Willie will jump up to get it.  He will hold it up just out of Willie’s jumping ability and it is amazing how high that little dog will jump for his cheese.  At first you think he can’t do it, but he is determined and somehow he gets just a little bit higher and grabs his cheese.  We all cheer for him.

When we are pursuing a dream, it has to be something just out of reach.  Otherwise it isn’t something that stretches us.  Something that we aren’t sure how to do or what to do to make it happen.  Like Willie, if we want it bad enough we will find that little bit of extra strength, and leap up just high enough to grab our cheese (dream ) and pull it down into reality.

Take a moment and write this out for yourself (taken from the program DO IT SCARED with my own additions) fill in the blanks at the end of each sentence.

This is the year that I will MAKE  ____________________________________________________ (your dream)

a reality. 

This is the year that I will do MORE ____________________________________________ (something positive that moves the needle) 

and LESS _____________________________________________________________________ (telling myself if can’t be done or quitting at the least sign of resistance or failure)

This is the year I will CHOOSE _______________________________________________________ (the hard choice to stretch myself)

OVER ________________________________________________________________________ (the easy choice that maintains the same boundaries I now have)

to do BIG things this year, I MUST DO __________________________________________________ (one action, one step at a time) to get started TODAY.

Every year millions of people make New Year’s Resolutions or Goals.  If you have ever joined a gym, you see it happen year after year.  The goal of weight loss or physical fitness of some sort is made and the gym’s are all packed in January.  In February they begin losing a few people,  In March a few more and by April the gym is back to what is normal attendance.  Why do we make goals each year that after a few months fall by the wayside?  And what can you do to make this year different?

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will they soon become inevitable.

  – Christopher Reeves

I don’t think it is just a matter of being something you truly desire.  And it isn’t just a matter of will power.  Or attitude.  Or a million other words that mean essentially the same thing as motivation.  It is more complicated than that.  Some of it is planning.  Some of it is accountability.  Some of it is getting past the feeling of overwhelm, because we have so much on our list of what needs to be done or may  not even know how to do.  Some of it is getting past feeling frustrated when we seem to be stuck in the mud and can’t make any progress.  So many other little negative reasons, stop signs, or caution lights that add up to another year, in which we didn’t make any or very little progress towards our dreams.

Don’t wait . . , start your business, write your book, enroll in school, start your blog, choose happiness.  You won’t regret starting now.

  – upandforwardonpurpose.com

As we discussed in the previous post the year 2020 is all about focus 20/20 eyesight that allows for perfect clarity, both near and far.  Vision that is crisp and clear.  To build on our foundation of living a better life, whatever that means to you personally.  A year where we can make progress each month and celebrate what we are accomplishing.

A dream written down with a date becomes a goal.  A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan.  A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.

  – unexpectedlydomestic.com

In pursuit of that take the paragraph that you wrote out above and from those words create three big hairy audacious goals for the year 2020.  One of mine is to launch The Transformational Life Compass program starting with the first of three programs in February.  We did a pilot class in October/November 2019 for six weeks and it was very inspirational.  The first course will be for three months.  I am really excited about it because I know how much I have transformed my own life using these same tools. I was really excited in watching everyone who participated in our pilot course.  They made connections between the archetypes they have been living under, their past experiences, and how self sabotage was showing up in their lives from those archetypes and experiences.

The road to success is not straight.  There is a curve called failure.  A loop called confusion.  Speed bumps called friends.  Red lights called enemies.  Caution lights called family.  You will have flat tires called jobs.  But if you have determination, an engine called perseverance, and a driver called God you will make it to a place called success!

  – drostdesigns.com

Rather than just talking about how to fill in a bunch of answers and creating a goal plan with steps, I would love to invite everyone to a virtual get together and walk you through step by step how I created my own 20/20 vision for myself and for what I would like to accomplish with LemonadeMakers for 2020.  Learn how to claim your goals; how to refine them; and how to understand what your motivation around those goals is all about.  It’s not just about writing some words on a piece of paper.  We are going to brainstorm our way, map out the detours around the obstacles, and fully implement your plan.

Just click below to go to a google form to collect your contact information so I can send you how to get on our Zoom call.  I know that if someone gives me something I may or may not make the time to actually do the work.  But if someone takes the time to work with me through the material I get some action and forward momentum started.  So take this small first step for 2020 and lets make some noise!

What I know for sure is that we all hit walls of failure, fatigue, and flat tires.  It helps us to have a few tricks up our sleeves to handle them so that they just create slowdowns and  maybe a few detours, but don’t stop us completely.   In the movie Star Man with Jeff Bridges there is a line about yellow lights when they are driving down the road.  “Starman: I watched you very carefully. Red light, stop; green light, go; yellow light, go very fast.”

Click below and let’s all learn to “go very fast”.

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Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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