Putting Off Your Dream? How to Live it Today!

By Doug Armey

Rick King, a past president of Rotary International, in a recent speech said, “Quit putting off living.  Whatever your dream—start now.  Today is your life!”

Wow!  So simple, yet so profound.

I think we all struggle with this.

We each carry inside the seeds of greatness.  We have dreams of changing our world and making it better.  We have abilities we enjoy and are fulfilled in sharing.

Yet, life happens.  Good things.  Family, work, activities.  And our dreams often get put on hold.  Our aspirations give way to everyday living.

And we think, “Someday.  When the kids are through school.  When life settles down.  When the house is paid off.  When I retire.  Then I’ll accomplish all I wanted to.

Unfortunately, it’s never quite the right day to start.  And for some they only look back at the what-ifs.

It’s one reason I began writing this blog a year and a half ago. I had articles published when I was younger.  I’m fascinated by writing.  Yet, life went on.  Good life.  Raising the family, changing careers, building a business.  All of it took so much time nothing was left.

A couple of years ago I thought, “If I’m ever going to do this now’s the time.  No reason to put it off any longer.  I could still have 30 years of productive life left so it’s not too late.  But I may not so there’s no time to waste.

So I jumped in knowing nothing about blogging.  Struggled setting up the site.  Began writing.  Got some feedback.  Wrote some more.

I had no idea what I was getting into.  The learning curve was steep.  The site crashed twice wiping out everything.  A few words popped out I hadn’t even thought of in a while.  But I rebuilt it and pressed on.

I told my wife, “If I’m ever going to be successful writing this is it.  This is my time.  I won’t ever come back to it if I don’t make it now.”

It was a moment of saying, “Today is my life.  No reason to wait.”

Along the way I’ve had some successes.  Reached several thousand people in over 80 countries.  Yet, at times wondered if my blog really is making any difference in people’s lives.  Gotten guest posts on some large blogs.  Then seen very little carry over of subscribers.

It’s a journey of highs and lows.  Triumphs and frustrations.  I feel it’s getting better and I’m motivated to see it through.  This is my life.  I choose to live it to the max.

A favorite passage in Psalms says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12, NIV)

It reminds me we each have only so many.  None to waste.  And today is one of them.

Some ideas that help me really live each day.

First, I pause periodically to think about my life.  I search for that promised wisdom.

I ask myself, “What do I really want to accomplish?  What can make a difference in my life and the lives of others I have the opportunity to touch?  What am I passionate about?  What would I do for free if I had all the money I could possibly need?  By the way writing fits that free part perfectly.  What am I excited about getting up in the morning for?

This gets me thinking about my real passions.  What I’m enthusiastic about.  And that will drive true success more than any other quality.  If you’re involved in what you’re passionate about you can’t help but be successful.

Second, I look at what can I be doing right now to prepare myself or take one step down the path I want to travel.

I may not be able to launch full force but I can take some step.  I can educate myself.  Plan.  Talk to others who’ve been successful.   Network with others in the field.   Determine what kind of career I could make.

There’s always something that can be done today.  I’m numbering my days and wasting none.  No, you may not launch yet, but you can plan the launch.  That in itself builds your excitement and prepares you.

Another passage in Psalms that gives me encouragement says, “You saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old. God, your thoughts are precious to me. They are so many!” (Psalm 139:16-17, NCV)

Wow!  God has a plan for each of us.  Our lives are precious and filled with unlimited potential.

What drives this pursuit is trusting God has a plan for me.

A plan put together before I was even born.  My life wasn’t some random accident of nature.  God created me for a purpose.  He put me together in a unique way.  And he will lead me into the fullness of life he has planned for me when I trust him for it.

So it causes me to look for that leading.  I expect God’s guidance.  I know my life will make a difference.  I anticipate I’ll be successful.  Not without a lot of hard work.  But I still focus on my dreams.

That sets me up to succeed.  It keeps me in tune with God’s leading.  And encourages me in the inevitable setbacks.

I’ve decided to live my dreams.  Today.  What about you?

If this post has encouraged you please let me know.  And please share and subscribe if you haven’t already.  I appreciate it.

Categories : Significance, Success


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