You are important. And so are your dreams.
One of my favourite quotes is from Theodore Roosevelt:
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly … who at best knows in the end of triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails daring greatly.
Our dreams make us who we are. But making our dreams come true takes hard work. It often requires being in the arena – having our faces “marred by dust and sweat and tears”. This arena isn’t a literal one – and there may not be much actual dust. But stepping out of our comfort zones is often required to make our dreams come true.
One of our clients, Pat, set herself a dream, a dream to do with diving. She took the necessary steps to make that dream come true, bravely stepping out into a new skill that she could enjoy on a landmark diving trip.
Living your dream, living a fulfilling life, also often requires a shift in perspective. When I formed WIFN as a support group for women in Financial services, it was with the goal to encourage women to join our industry and create mentorship opportunities so they’ll be well equipped to do financial planning with confidence. This led me to share my journey with them at our last function. My message was: “Five Steps to shape your future, to live your dream”, and I’d like to share them briefly with you here – perhaps think through your own as you go.
- Dare to dream
Our dreams are often buried – long-forgotten mirages of a time lost in memory. When we reflect on life, we know there are many things we never got to do. Instead of regretting what we didn’t do, let’s build a vision board for how our lives would look if they did turn out as we wanted them to. It’s never too late to dream a dream.
- You are your greatest asset
Never forget that you are your greatest asset. Spend time getting to know yourself – spend time learning, growing and developing who you are into an even more valuable asset. You have been created uniquely: you have special talents; your sense of humour is yours; no one else has quite your imagination – or your smile that only you can bring to the world.
- Your money is your enabler
I would say that 95% of our relationship with money is subconscious. As we go about our daily lives, we don’t realise that our relationship with money underpins much of what we do – and how we do it. Spend time looking at your early money messages and check if they are true. How far back to they go? Where do they come from? Do you know them to be true for sure, or do you just believe them to be true? At this stage in your life, you get to look at something truthfully. Challenge the beliefs you have. If they no longer serve you, set them free.
- Believe in yourself
We have a tendency to sabotage ourselves. We spend time telling ourselves that we are not deserving, not good enough or that our dreams are not important. We are our own worst critics most of the time. Ask yourself where you would be and what you would be doing if you were free of some of the sell-limiting beliefs you hold.
- See the support
Support is all around us – from emotional and medical to career and financial. We live in an age of access to amenities and to professional people who can help us on our personal journeys. You’re not superhuman, so don’t be too proud to ask for help. Support could come from a spouse, a good friend or a coach who could encourage you to challenge your wrongly held beliefs about yourself and help you live your dreams.
Choose to live your dreams. Because you are worth every one of them.