Committed To Your Dream

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"We all have dreams. You have a dream. You have a thing in your heart and in your soul that creates life, passion and excitement. There are times in life however, when we get sucked into a belief system, and a certain routine and we don’t plant the seeds. Someone told us we can’t or we shouldn’t. Someone didn’t believe in our abilities, talents, or strengths. We were told to be practical, logical and smart. Time passed and the fear of the unknown set in and so we settled. The fear of what might happen if things go wrong becomes more important than the possibilities of what might happen if things go right. The fear of failure stops us instead of teaching us that every step, even a wrong one, gets us closer to our destiny. In fact, sometimes things have to go wrong, mistakes have to happen, and disappointments must occur in order to make way for the right path.  We plant seeds in anticipation of what will grow and what will be." -Robin Hesselgesser

When it comes to getting paid to do what you love, are you interested or committed?

This is a question I have pondered for many years. I’ve known seriously my entire life what I was meant and desired to do. I can think back as early as 10th grade, when we were assessed for career choices in school, and my revelation was to become a psychologist. Now life has progressed and two degrees later I’ve continued to be pulled in the same direction. In the beginning of my professional career I was committed to Real Estate. After a small stint of success, life happened and I discovered a new interest. I committed myself to others by producing spaces that intrigued the mind and commanded thought when you entered the room. As an Interior Designer I wanted a space to constantly create a conversation, and a memorable experience.

The pattern in my life was always connected a person to an emotion. I wanted to create, give and provoke thought, and as most of my close friends will tell you, I’m their own personal counselor. I guess it’s simply a part of my DNA. Now I’m committing myself to the ideas I pondered about as a young 14 year old girl, who knew that one day I would build an organization committed to the word “friendship.”  I learned early on that being a friend can be very complicated and takes commitment, stamina, and drive. Most of us aren’t taught how to be a good friend and like a marriage we need checkups, to keep and sustain the relationship. From this knowledge  “Lifeships” was born. As a platform to help individuals express happiness, joy, and even sometimes pain we experience with the relationships we've formed in life. 

I look at Lifeships™ as a platform to help individuals around the globe with any interaction good or bad that has help mold who they are today. As I would define it, as their own personal “Life Brand.” I’m committed to this goal the seed is planted and I’m moving forward. 

Here are some useful tips I’ve used to stay committed to my goal! 

Too many people stroll passively through life, intrigued by a whole slew of possibilities but not committed to making any of them a reality.

What’s the difference between interest and commitment?

  •  Interest reads a blog post; commitment applies that post day after day.
  • Interest works an hour a day on your business; commitment works whenever time permits.
  • Interest procrastinates; commitment focuses on what’s important.
  • Interest makes excuses; commitment constantly acquires new skills and solutions.

If you’re struggling with this issue, ask yourself the same questions I asked myself:

Why are you holding back? What is stopping you from living the life you’ve imagined for yourself?

If you want it bad enough, if you’re committed, you’ll find a way to make it happen.

If the thought of slaving away in a cubicle for the rest of your life is a powerful enough motivator for you to work your ass of in order to escape it, I invite you to join me… and go for it.

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.

Are you ready to go all out? Are you ready to throw off the bowlines and fully commit yourself to achieving a life of freedom and adventure?

If so, here’s how.

1. GET YOUR MINDSET RIGHT

Success in any aspect of life starts with your mindset. Faulty beliefs and assumptions are like powerful headwinds halting your progress and blowing you off course.

In order to truly “go all out” and make unprecedented progress, you must make the decision at a core level to hold nothing back. You must take a good look at your life and decide that nothing is going to stand in your way of success.

Back in high school I made the decision that no one was going to beat me to the finish line. I made a commitment at a fundamental level that I was going to do anything it took to achieve my goal.

This kind of raw, unrestrained dedication is extremely powerful. Trust me.

2. REFINE YOUR GOALS

It’s hard to commit yourself to something if your finish line is just a nebulous point off in the distance. So before you do anything, get ruthlessly clear about what your ultimate outcome looks like. Nail down exactly what you want, how you are going to get there and on what sort of timeline you plan to reach your destination.

For me, I want to have the freedom to pay my way through college, go to Alaska next summer and help build a school for 100 orphans in India.

This is what motivates me to continuously give my all. Your goals will undoubtedly be different, and that’s fine.

The key is to sculpt a vision that is so freaking awesome you are willing to do anything to achieve it.

3. FOCUS ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT

While the right mindset will give you the motivation you need to bring your A Game, if you focus on unimportant activities you still aren’t going to get anywhere!

“Going for it” doesn’t mean quadrupling your work load. Work for the sake of work is not the goal.

The goal is to live and work on your own terms.

This is especially significant if you already have a busy life full of responsibilities. In order to achieve freedom and escape the trap of selling your time for money, you must be ruthlessly selective about what you work on and what you ignore.

What should you work on? It all depends upon what stage you are on right now.

But if I could work on just one aspect of my business, creating invaluable content would be it. No question. Hands down.

In fact, I’ve restructured my days so that creating value is the vast majority of what I do. Inspired by Pareto’s 80/20 principle, I now spend 70-80% of my time creating content “systems” and only 20-30% networking and promoting my business.

4. HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE

Unfortunately, personal drive usually isn’t enough. It may be enough to get you started, but after a week or two the “new years resolution effect” begins to set in and your initial enthusiasm slowly begins to fade.

In order to stay committed, you need a way of holding yourself accountable.

How? Here are my top three ways:

  • Use the Weekly Daily Goals system to keep track of your most important tasks. At the beginning of each week, write down your top goals for the next 7 days. Before you go to bed each night, write down 2-3 key tasks that, if accomplished, will leave you satisfied with your day. Once you complete your goals for the day, stop guilt free.
  • Tell others what you are doing. At the very least, tell your family about the goals you’re trying to reach. Even if their reactions are less than supportive, getting your ambitions out in the open will help you stay committed.
  • Join a community. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people who are rooting for (and expecting) your success can be extremely powerful. It can provide you with the confidence and motivation you need to take your business to a whole new level.

Final Thoughts

If you’ve been putting off anything in your life, I invite you to ask yourself why. What are you waiting for?

If you’ve been waiting for the stars to align in your favor, if you’ve been waiting for that perfect moment to arrive… I’ve got some news for you:

It will never come.

There will always be a new problem standing in your way. Something you need to do before you can fully commit yourself. As William James once proclaimed, “To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.”

Life is short. Give something (or everything) your all.

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The Next Best You.

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