Wow! Going on vacation and trying to keep up on a blog was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I know of bloggers that write the posts beforehand and then schedule them. That kind of planning ahead is not my strong suit, especially since much of what I write comes spontaneously. Maybe I should start various theme series like “Financial Tips” and “Travel Tips” with the spontaneous posts in between. I didn’t get much writing done on my book either. So today I’m having one of those moments when I feel like staying down and quitting.
Working on your dream is not easy. It’s not a walk in the park. It requires hustle, struggle and dealing with fear. Fear of failure and fear of success. It requires sacrifice. It involves hearing the word ‘crazy’ and ‘get real’ a lot of times. People will shake their head and mumble. It makes you wonder if you should just settle and go back to your normal life of plugging along. It will make you wonder if you have what it takes to make it. To succeed.
But then I hear Steve Jobs and what he said during an interview.
“When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” Steve Jobs
And that makes me believe in me again. That I have something to give to the world. Then I choose to remember the positive comments, the ones that made my day. The ones that confirm that I’m on the right track. I choose to focus on the people that still read my blog and haven’t left. The ones that get that this blog is work in progress and that my dream is evolving and taking shape along the way.
When I choose to focus on the positive instead of the negative it gets easier. My heart lightens. I don’t feel so stressed. I remember why I started this in the first place. I remember that Rome wasn’t built in one day. People work on their dreams for years, sometimes even decades like Diana Nyad who never gave up on her dream, even after working on it for over 30 years.
So don’t give up. If you fall, get back up and keep on going. Focus on the positive. And thank you for sticking with me, reading my blog, following me along my journey. It means the world to me. Feel free to let me know of topics you want me to write about. The things you want to hear more of and the things you want to hear less of. You guys are part of my journey.