I believe that statement . . . do you?
Today in Southwest Louisiana we are treated to clear skies and a delightful 74 degree temperature. I'd like nothing better than to be sitting outside sipping a white chocolate mocha at Starbucks. Instead, I'm cooped up inside, trying to stay on task so that I can get some work done on my dissertation.
Earning a PhD is but one of my many dreams and this one is well within my grasp. Two - three more months of hard work and I'm there. Then, it will be on to the next milestone in fulfillment of another dream.
What are you dreaming about today? What will it take for you to live your best life? I believe the best way to make that dream a reality is to pursue it.
Now, of course I'm not talking about engaging in any activities that undermine your values or cause you to compromise your sense of personhood. That kind of behavior only leaves you open for exploitation, abuse, and disappointment.
Set Your Vision
Visualize what you want to attain, and see yourself achieving it. Visualizing "Michelle Matthews-Calloway, PhD" goes a long way towards helping me to press forward. I imagine the sense of accomplishment and gratification I'll feel when I cross the stage and go through the hooding ceremony.
If a mate is what you're dreaming of, picture yourself walking down the aisle (or picture your bride walking toward you). See yourself in the corner office, directing a division within your company of choice. If you're dreaming of retirement, visualize yourself on the beach or relaxing at the pool, cold drink in hand.
Do What it Takes
Just as we have to "put legs on our prayers," we also have to put legs on our dreams. Determine what you need to do to make your dream come true, then make positive steps in that direction. Do what it takes to make things happen - even if it means you have to pass up a sunny day.
Join in the Fray: What are you dreaming of?
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