We admire people living their dreams

I wrote something on a slip of paper a very long time ago…I still have it…

Faded, torn, dog-eared… dog-tired…

It's in quotes so I assume someone important said it:

“We admire people living their dreams.”

That piece of paper has travelled long and hard through many apartment moves, house moves…up one highway down another…up one elevator, down another…

Despite its yellowing age, it still rings true for me…I still admire people living their dreams, perhaps it’s a reminder that I’m not living all of mine…yet…

Doing is everything…

What is it I’m actually admiring?

Do I admire their process of doing ‘the thing’, or is it when they finally deliver ‘the thing’? What they did versus how they did it?

Aren’t they equally admirable? Can you have one 'thing' without the other?  I vote for the doing, because the doing is everything….no doing, no nothing.

It’s easy to think of someone’s accomplishments as being an ‘overnight success’, but in reality it has probably taken years of effort, even in these times of instant everything…the failures the disappointments…the ‘picking-oneself-up’ etc.

Perhaps my admiration stems from reflecting on my own accomplishments…or lack of them, that sinking feeling that calls my abilities into question. Is my admiration perhaps a mirror of my own failings?

A pang of envy…

It’s easy to fall into the admiration trap…an unconscious sigh, a pang of envy, a momentary crisis of confidence…

It’s easy to forget the very thing we admire in others began as a vague ‘diamond-in-the-rough’ glimmer of an idea…

It’s easy to let my own ideas whither too soon...they need nurturing, of course they do…what am I thinking?

I need to build more belief in myself…breath more potential in both myself, and my ideas.

We never know where an idea will take us…one thing’s for sure, it will involve the land of the unfamiliar, until we get to know it better…that can be a challenge...

Success is addictive…

It’s important to focus on how we’re going to feel once the unfamiliar becomes familiar…

At that point the tough part is behind us…

Then we’ll be drawn along by the excitement of what is possible, perhaps a new and exciting future…success is addictive, once we experience it, we want more.

Anything is possible with the right amount of action…and by ‘right amount’ I mean a lot…really a lot…a truck-load of it.

The ultimate reward, of course…

…is becoming the person you become in the process.

The journey starts now…

Originally published on: www.UnpackYourFuture.com