I know what I should do, but I don’t do it.
Can you identify with that statement? Are you, perhaps, one who has all but given up on trying to accomplish anything special in life … because you are tired of failing?
Many of us know exactly what it is like to reach the end of ourselves and our trying: we have felt the unwelcome breath of despair, and we feel trapped. Maybe in a dead-end job, maybe in a loveless relationship, maybe by being full of shame and overweight, or by a habit that is killing us… yet we can’t seem to stop.
Or can we?
I wrote the Roadmap to Freedom (Dream Into It) right after coming out of a several-year period of feeling disconnected from my dreams. Fortunately, my job at the time was to help develop a small business incubator in Navajo territory. Working with prospective entrepreneurs helped keep my own flame burning.
That fire was getting pretty low, though.
My previous jobs ranged from helping with small business start-ups to teaching school. My heart’s desire was to write for a living, but that seemed unattainable. Rather than being proud of my, let’s say, “well-rounded” experience, I was ashamed of it. I felt like a failure because I had never felt fulfilled in my work.
Lessons learned from despair
I spoke with him while sitting under a shade tree near his home. It was more of a shack, really. Dirt road, outhouse, skinny dogs, and the remains of rusting cars scattered about. He told me there wasn’t much to do around there — that he had pretty well given up on finding a job. His shade-tree car repair jobs brought in a little cash, but he didn’t have the equipment or facility to do much more than the basics.
I asked him if there was anything he had ever dreamed of doing, but had never taken steps toward.
“I have always thought about building a real shop here,” he said quietly, “a place where folks could bring their trucks and cars for solid repairs — not just for band-aids. And I want to be able to make parts available at a decent price, so people who live out here don’t get ripped off every time they need something fixed.”
His eyes went from bleak and tired to sparkling and hopeful as he spoke — and that spurred my own ambitions.
I responded with an impassioned sales and motivational pitch, explaining how I could help him draw up a business plan, get funding, and start doing something tangible about his dream.
He shook his head, though, and drifted visibly back into despair … saying, “Nah, that just couldn’t work for me.”
Have you ever felt like your chance at life is over?
My friend was over 60 years old, you see. He saw himself as beyond help. He had missed the boat, and it was never coming back again.
I pushed back with the Colonel Sanders story (he began Kentucky Fried Chicken while in his sixties), and brought up Native writer, Nirad C. Chaudhuri, who published his first book in his mid-fifties and didn’t stop writing until he was more than 100 years old.
In the end, the would-be entrepreneur wasn’t convinced — but I was.
Don’t despair: Dream into it
The conversation helped me to clearly see that the problem most of us have is not lack of ability, lack of money, or lack of time — although we most often attribute our failures to one or more of those factors.
Our primary problem is a lack of self-confidence. It is a lack of being able to see beyond our present situation and all of the roadblocks in the way, and a lack of faith that we can accomplish amazing things … if we only try AND DON’T STOP TRYING.
How do you get to Mount Olympus?
Just keep walking in that direction.
And how do you get from where you are to where you really want to go? In the very same way: First identify your dream, then start heading towards it.
Your success, or lack of success. is that simple
We all know, innately, what we need to do to reach our Dream. To admit that our failures are due to something inside of us — not to uncontrollable external matters — puts the responsibility right back in our own laps, though, and that can be very uncomfortable, even suffocating.
You see, most of us come equipped with a little voice that loves to remind us of how horrible we are at the core, how miserable we are, how hopeless we are.
That voice must be overcome before any real progress can be made … and that is why the Roadmap to Freedom begins by outlining a simple method of dealing with the voice that says you can’t.
Right now, I’m in the process of creating an updated version of the Roadmap to Freedom (Dream Into It) field manual. It is a step-by-step guide that will help you get back on the road to your own Dream — a way to make your Dream necessary again.
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If you are already on the road … but struggling with getting out a Newsletter, writing Content, or getting up to speed with Infusionsoft, definitely let me know. Dream Into It and the Roadmap have helped me get right where I wanted to be: I am working full-time as a freelance Infusionsoft writer and strategist. My specialties are Newsletters, Articles, SEO writing, and helping you build your business by getting more business.
Yours on the journey,
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