If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day activities of our lives. When you step back and take a look at all of the things around you, however, there is probably a pretty long list of good things in your life that you can be grateful for. For example, maybe you’re not in love with your day job, but you have a good, stable one to depend on every day. And maybe you don’t feel amazing after binge-watching a new favorite show on Netflix, but you like it well enough and feel accomplished in the completion of the entire series. (Don’t tell me I’m the only one who feels a tiny sense of accomplishment after dominating ALL of Gilmore Girls…again.)
Your life may be full of lots of little “good” things, and that’s fantastic. But what about the “great” things?
One of my absolute favorite things is to listen to others talk about their dreams. The things they aspire to do, daydream about, and make mental images of what life would look like if that dream were fulfilled, etc. Everything from paying off debt to starting a business to traveling the world comes to mind from some conversations I’ve had with others about this.
But my next question is: how are you making this happen? I hear things about lack of time or money, a day job that gets in the way or the whole thing just seems too intimidating. However, I’ve always been a big believer that if you really want to make something happen, you will. How?
You simply make ROOM for the great things.
In your schedule and in your mind, you have the ability to shift things around to accommodate your priorities. Maybe that Netflix show is your priority, and that’s totally ok! (Let’s be honest: some weekends require a veg out session of nothing but the Gilmores and I. No, I’m not being paid to throw their name in this article a bazillion times.)
If Netflix isn’t what makes you feel at your best self, however, maybe there’s another dream or hobby you can make room for. Always wanted to start a blog? Finally ready to dive into your newfound fascination with cooking? Perfect! Start blocking off time on your calendar to focus on these things; committing real, uninterrupted time for your dream or interest is the first step to making it a real part of your life.
Is money the deterrent? If you did have the money, is your dream or hobby where you would feel great about spending it? If the answer is “yes,” maybe your next question should be, “how can I make money to fund this dream of mine that I care so deeply about?”
For some people, maybe this isn’t even the right season of your life to pursue this dream, and you’re ok with that. But if you feel the longing, the burning desire to make something truly happen, but can’t get past the same quick excuses? That might be your own self telling you to really DO something about it and start making room for this dream of yours.