One of the most beautiful things in the world is having the privilege of watching someone who’s daring to create a greater life by living out their dreams. To see individuals full of determination, hope, and passion that are able to meet the inevitable challenges, pitfalls, and disappointments of life without wavering or conceding is inspiring. Although I realize that life never promised any of us an easy road on the journey toward our success I will say, everything you need to elevate yourself to the next level is already within you. The truth is though; if you do not believe wholeheartedly that you have everything it takes to live out anything that you can envision, then you’ve already betrayed your greatness and future legacy. In case you needed a gentle reminder, you were not born to be average or mediocre. You weren’t born to idly stand by and except the notion that life is for the taking only when the opportunity presents itself. Instead, I’m here to remind you beloved, this life is yours for the creating.
Determine the type of life you want to create:
The very first thing that needs to be done is determining the life that you want to create for yourself. Take inventory of your passions, skills, emotions, dreams, and aspirations. This will be a great start to determining what types of entrepreneurial endeavors, jobs, or creative avenues that you would like to begin pursuing. Once that has been established, you will need to research that industry, trade, or skill. It will be important to establish a knowledge base that is solid enough for you to move comfortably throughout your process. However, keep in mind that you will continue to learn new things as you advance on your journey.
Plan and execute:
Once you know what you would like to create for yourself, then you will need to create a plan of action. Your plan of action will be a step-by-step guide of the initial phases of your process. I often plan with a time frame of six months to a year at a time. After the selected time frame has come to pass you should reevaluate your plans, adjust them as necessary, and then start on the next phase accordingly. This gives you a chance to purposefully change your course circumnavigating inevitable circumstances or new and pertinent information that you have come across on your journey.
Nothing happens overnight:
There are no shortcuts to achieving your dreams that are worth taking! Patience through the trials and tribulations of your journey are needed to self-sustain. When you feel yourself getting weary and many times you will, dig down deep and remember your why. Recall the love and passion that your dreams and goals elicit. You have to push yourself, always knowing that you are worthy and deserving of the life that you want to create for yourself. Remember, the same fire that destroys some things fortifies others.
Stagnation means the DEATH of your dreams:
Forward movement is essential to crafting the life that you want. Life will provide you with distractions that can and will be very hard to side step. The key is to remain focused and steadfast on your path. When creating the life you want there are going to be things that you will need to learn or perfect in order to achieve your goals. Take time each week to learn something new as it relates to your journey. There is no such thing as having too much knowledge or ambition!
Oprah Winfrey once told India Arie to “be clear about your intention and the universe will rise up to meet you wherever you are.” If there were ever a sentiment that encapsulated this entire blog post, it would be that one. We all have more control over our circumstances and creating the life that we want than we think. It’s when you stop caring about what others think or say, redefine concepts about success, and take ownership of your story, that you can truly go beyond rising and begin thriving.