Unshackle your thinking
What's more, I think a life that is abundant and free should be actively pursued. What should not be pursued (but is all too often the case) is a life of involuntary servitude. This is where you simply forfeit your dreams to achieve the desires of others for a form of security that is all too often just temporary. Indeed, you should have more than enough to meet your needs and the freedom to go and do what you need to get done. So, why is the opposite the case for a growing number of people in the world's workforce?
My pastor, Bishop Rick Thomas, shared something with me I thought was very profound and appropriate for this discussion. He said, "Purpose comes from God. Dreams reveal purpose. Purpose creates value. Value creates desire. Desire creates direction. Direction creates position. Position creates favor. Favor creates influence. Influence creates change." This unique process is in play in everyone's life. The question, however, is how do you choose to handle this process? Do you make the process work for yours needs? Are you the CEO of your own life? Or, do you simply abdicate that responsibility and allow someone else to take charge? It is always easier to become the pawn of someone else's needs?
Your employer is not your master
If you have a dream and that dream is connected to what you believe is your life's purpose, I believe it is in your best interest to pursue making that dream become real. After all, no one really wants just "a job." Everyone should want and aspire to a future that is abundant and free.
Where you go and what you do with your life should matter to you. But, it should not just matter to you. It should also matter to those who truly care about you. The problem today is that many people - even family members - are somehow desensitized to really knowing HOW to help those seeking a better future for their life.
What matters most is NOT where you are today, but where you can be tomorrow. There are so many stories of people in history that have done extraordinary things - not because they were in a privileged class or highly educated - but simply because they had a dream and the determination to make it become real.
Robert T. Kiyosaki is best known as the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad. That book is the #1 personal finance book of all time. That one book has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. In his book, Kiyosaki talks about his two fathers. One was a college professor and the other simply an entreprenuer. Oddly enough, the "poor Dad" was the college professor - not the parent who was the entreprenuer.
Kiyosaki says that our school system was created to churn out 'Es' / Employees... those "A Students" who read well, memorize well and test well... and not the creative thinkers, visionaries and dreamers –entrepreneurs-in-the-making... those "C Students who grow up to be the innovators and creators of new ideas, businesses, applications and products. And, I agree with him.
Share your dreams with those you trust
However, I also believe dreams will never come true if they are not shared. Your dreams need to be believed upon by other people. Having a "tribe" of believers in your dream is paramount to making that dream become real. Someone had to BELIEVE America could put a man on the moon long before it actually happened. Otherwise, it never would have happened. Someone had to believe swamp land in Central Florida could be transformed into a magic kingdom long before there ever was a Walt Disney World. It is no accident that today we not only have crowdfunding sites for traditional businesses seeking funding, but individuals with with ideas (dreams) that need to be made real.
Build a tribe
So, if you have a dream you want to make come true, you had better have a plan and people who believe in that plan. Here then are some places I believe dreamers can recruit believers:
1) Business Networking Groups. BNI (Business Networking International) is by far the best-known of all fee-based, exclusive, business-networking organizations. There are a great many chapters throughout the USA. Simply do a Google search to find the one closest to you. However, if you are looking for a non-exclusive, free, business networking organization, check out The Business Connection. No dues, fees or mandatory meetings are required to join this group. For details, visit YourLinkToLocalBusiness.com and check out The Business Connection Map for coffee meetup locations.
2) Social Media Groups. There are many Linkedin Groups, Facebook Groups, Meetup Groups, Google+ Groups and Twitter Groups available online to help people find believers in what they want to achieve. My favorite social media group is a Linkedin Group called,"The Better Together Approach." It not only has a Discussion and Promotions board, but also a weekly free conference call, "Feature Friday." This Linkedin Group is also associated with The Business Connection. During this conference call, small business entrepreneurs share 60-second spoken commercials about their business. The call is recorded and shared with various social network venues. The conference call happens every Friday at 7:45 a.m. EST. Phone: 530-881-1212, PIN: 937-155-356#.
3) SCORE. The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration. SCORE Association volunteers serve as "Counselors to America's Small Business." Working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as volunteer business counselors and provide confidential counseling and mentoring. Mentorship is important for everyone in the marketplace today. SCORE provides this mentorship absolutely free. So, why not go for it if it is available in your local community?
Don't let fear and naysayers kill your dreams
People who really want the most life has to offer need to stop hindering their own potential. And, what might that mean? It means:
- Your life is no longer dictated by a fear of failing.
- Uncertainty about where to start does not keep you from taking the first step.
- You do not need a perfect plan or perfect time to start your journey.
- You refuse to listen to the naysayers and allow them to kill your dream.
- You don't settle for anything less than what you really want.
Live your dream
Pursue your dreams with a plan and the people to make those dreams come true. If you persevere, you may be amazed by the results.
Lamar Morgan is a small business columnist and collaborative evergreen marketer. Through his firm, he creates marketing tools that do not get thrown away. To learn more about Lamar's background, visit his LinkedIn profile. To learn more about his company, Synergistic Business Marketing, visit his LinkedIn company profile. To learn more about SBM's "Better Together Approach, " visit Synergistic Business Marketing - Marketing Florida & The USA with Lamar J. Morgan.