If you follow me on Twitter, or have ever read my blog before – you have probably heard me say that once or twice (not like it’s the tag line of my blog or anything… ) It’s more or less my life motto, and I am a firm believer. It speaks to me…. It inspires me.
Here’s the part in my post where I tell it like it is, so if you’re easily offended, this next paragraph may not be for you.
I’m sick and tired of hearing people complain about there not being any jobs, or the people (especially in my home town) who say they can’t leave their surroundings. They “just can’t.” — You CAN! You can do anything you set your minds to. To say otherwise, is to admit laziness. That’s right. You read that correctly. I’m not tip toeing around people’s feelings here…
If you can’t imagine the biggest, best life you can live – if you can’t see it, and believe it… Then of course you aren’t going to achieve it. You have to DARE to DREAM. Your goals are not going to just fall into your lap. You have to DREAM them into being, and then go after them. You have to DARE to go after them.
That’s where “more powerful than the will to win, is the courage to begin” comes into play. It is COURAGOUS, DIFFICULT, SCARY to face the world. But – if you don’t, you can say hello to a mundane lifestyle. Who wants that? Who wants only what is handed to them?
Let me tell you a story;
After high school I moved to the Orlando, FL area. I planned the whole thing out to a T. I lived there for 2 years. Then, during the course of a 5 minute phone call with my father, decided I was moving – THE NEXT DAY to Texas. I had no plan. Only a dream to work in Restaurant Test Kitchens. So, I packed up my belongings and drove to Dallas to chase my dreams.
I had a lot of people tell me this was stupid – that I was throwing away a relationship, home, job for what could easily be nothing. Well, guess what? I got a temporary job at one of the top casual dining restaurant CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS as a guest relations specialist TEMP... It had all but appeared everyone was right. BUT – they weren’t. They were oh so wrong. Within the first 90 days of my time there, I was given a raise, more responsibility, AND I began mentoring under the VP of Research and Development (aka THE HEAD CHEF OF THEIR TEST KITCHEN) My dreams were coming true.
Now – lets fast foward to last Summer. I had a dream to run a half marathon. People told me I would never do it. That only fueled my desire more. So, after moving to Maryland and settling into our new home I just registered. Now, I am 9 days away from completing it, with a 10 mile medal already on my wall. TELL ME I CAN’T.. I’LL ONLY DREAM BIGGER.
Now, lets skip ahead to today. Today I was offered (and of course I accepted) a job that will launch me even further into the career of my dreams. I wrote my good-byes to the two jobs I am currently at – so that I can welcome this new journey into my life. This job DID NOT fall into my lap. I didn’t stumble into it. I WORKED for it. I DREAMED about it. I imagined it happening every day since I moved to Maryland, and today I can finally say it all paid off. Those 50+ hour work weeks where I spent maybe 5 hours TOTAL all week in the same house as Z… Worth it!
THIS is why I get so angry when people say they can’t. No, you just WON’T. I’m walking, breathing, living proof that you can DREAM up just about anything, and make it come true if you’re willing to put in the work.
Today I became a Kitchen Manager for one of the most respected HEALTHY casual dining establishments in the country. Today I am 9 days away from becoming a Half-Marathoner. Today I am 391 days away from becoming a MARATHONER…… None of these things would be true if I stopped dreaming… EVERYTHING starts with a dream. Everything.
So go out there and DREAM. I DARE YOU TO DREAM. Dream as big as you can, then never look back.
Because More powerful than the will to win, is the courage to begin.