Since I released my first book, Roar Like You Mean It!, I’ve received a considerable number of compliments and congratulations on my accomplishment. Trust me; it’s a great feeling to have a book officially published with my name on it.
What follows, however, is something I want to discuss in this post. I most often hear, “Wow! How did you do it? I’ve always wanted to do that but…” Or I hear, “How did you have the time? I just don’t have time to write something like a book, let alone much of anything else!” Trust me, I understand. I was just like these people for over twenty years. I wanted to write a book but it wasn’t anything more than a dream. It was a ghost that haunted me and one I chased but never captured.
It wasn’t until I came face-to-face with my own mortality that the direction — the trajectory — of my life radically changed. I know; I’ve shared that story adnauseum. But it’s true. It doesn’t have to work that way for something to get your attention, but in my case, it was this experience that got my attention. More than that; it got me to take action.
So what do you do? What can anyone of us start to take committed action towards making our dreams a reality? It begins, first and foremost, with commitment. You must commit to taking action, to putting flesh and bone on your dream.
Second, I have found that writing my commitments to myself down every day. Every one of my commitments – the dreams I intend to make a reality — are written down every day. There’s something about daily recommiting to the outcome. That’s why I write each one as if I’ve already accomplished it. Each are written in the present tense.
Third, I try to incorporate action steps towards each into my battle plan for the day. What can I do to begin to make each commitment a reality? Tony Robbins says it best:
“Never leave the site of a goal without first taking some form of positive action towards its attainment. Right now, take a moment to define the first steps you must take to achieve some goal. What can you do today to move forward?”
This is one of the greatest tragedies for most dreams. We write them down on a piece of paper. We feel good. Then we set the paper in a drawer somewhere. Months, maybe years, later, we stumble across the paper and wonder the great “What if…” questions.
Stop thinking about doing it and simply do it! Your dreams were given to you by God to do something with them. It is in our inaction that we tend to let the ultimate Authority down the most. We take the life purposes He’s implanted within us and we allow them to stagnate, whither and die. And that’s when He moves on. If not you, who?
Here are two more quotes from Tony Robbins to consider:
“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.”
“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”
Stop dabbling and take action on the God-given dreams that have been idly waiting for you.
Go big or go home!