Is there a dream buried deep within you?
In the spring of 2010, I was restless, confused and uninspired. Through a series of synchronicities and a leap of faith that launched me into inspired action, I found myself sitting in the training room with Jack Canfield at his signature Breakthrough to Success event.
Three years later, I am clear about my purpose, travelling along an intentional path toward my dreams with an exciting vision for my future. My life is magical and every day is filled with inspiration. I am supported by people who believe in me and my dreams while I help others to connect with their unique purpose and discover their own magic.
Perhaps 2014 is your year to thrive ... to uncover your dream ... to get back on the path towards your heart's desire? See what Jack has to say ... and stay tuned for an exciting announcement coming later this week about how I can help you can get started!
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Life is a Laboratory
by Jack Canfield
Everyone has a dream.
Many of us simply lose sight of it or let it go because of some earlier disappointment, rejection, or lack of progress. The natural tendency is to protect ourselves from getting hurt again, so we deny our dream, afraid to reach out for the people, resources, and opportunities that could support it.
I want to share a quick story about my friend Catherine Lanigan. She had earned a college scholarship on her strengths as a gifted writer. Catherine’s Harvard professor gave her an F on her first short story and convinced her she had no talent. She wrote nothing more for 13 years.
Then one day in her small Texas town Catherine visited a movie set. When she expressed her desire to be a writer, one of the scriptwriters shot back, "B.S.! If you wanted to be a writer, you would have written."
When Catherine explained how her professor discouraged her, the scriptwriter replied, "An academic guy? What does he know? I write for a living. Tell you what. You go home and write something and send it to me, and I’ll tell you if I think you have any talent in the real world of commercial literature."
A year later, Catherine finished her novel and sent it to the scriptwriter, who loved it and sent it to his agent in New York. The agent also loved it and asked to represent her work. Catherine’s first novel was followed by numerous others including Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile, which became a major motion picture.
Is there a dream buried deep within you? If so, you owe it to yourself—and the world—to fully express it.
First you need to get in touch with your dream. When you get in touch with the essence of who you are and what it is that really wants to come through you, it propels you forward, allowing you to overcome any obstacle, no matter how big.
Secondly, gather feedback from many people (but don’t let someone else’s opinion bury your dream as Catherine did for so long). Whether you’re venturing into a new career, proposing a project in your community, or developing a computer application, get as much feedback as you can. Weigh it; then follow your own instincts.
Finally, try things you’ve never tried before to see what works. When we were kids, we’d try anything, but now? Today a child having a computer problem will hit every button to get it to work. Many adults fear touching the wrong button will break it.
Embrace a spirit of curiosity and playfulness in your pursuit. If one thing doesn’t work, try another. If that doesn’t work, try something else. This can be great fun. Imagine life as one big laboratory—and keep experimenting until your dream yields the results you want.
Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul® and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at:www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com
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Make 2014 your year to live your dreams!
I woke up this morning in the middle of a dream of a boy on a journey through the desert searching for treasure and seeing, way off in the distance, an oasis and a chest of gold. Then I flashed to a scene in my future life that reflects the dream I am working towards fulfilling.
As my head cleared from the dream fog, I recognized the scene being from one of my favorite books, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. I read it a long time ago, at a time when I was in a tough place. I was newly divorced, unhappy with my job and unsure of my next step. I certainly knew how to make a living, however I had no clue how to live the life I knew in my heart I was born to live.
The Alchemist provided me with permission to dream, to pay attention to the insights I had so long ignored and to honor the synchronicities that had gone unnoticed. The Alchemist helped me put my journey, both the good parts and the not so good parts, into perspective and helped me to look deep within my heart and my soul to uncover my dream, create my vision and begin taking action steps toward achieving it.
Today, as I prepare to take the next big step towards fulfilling my most recent dream, I am inspired to share some insights from The Alchemist that were prompted by my dream last night. Perhaps it will help to fuel your dream, your purpose and your passion and help you to know the action steps you that are yours to take!
“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?" the boy asked.
"Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.”
~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“Don't allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily”
“No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door. The purpose of light is to create more light, to open people's eyes, to reveal the marvels around.”
" ...and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse. And that's where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are. And everything around us becomes better too.”
~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“I am surprised how difficult for people is to say "I love you". They only say the three magic words when they are sure they will hear "I love you too" back. C'mon! Spread the energy of love without expecting anything … it is the prerogative of the brave”
“Go and get your things,' he said. 'Dreams mean work.”
Today I have to spend some time clearing up loose ends and get packing for my trip to San Diego for my next session with Jack Canfield. There is so much to do in a limited time, but I will "chunk it down", as Jack says, into bite size pieces and "ask, ask, ask" for help when I need it.
Dreams are worth the work to make them come true. What action will you take today to get closer to making your dreams come true? Wishing you all present moments, pleasant days, lots of love and dreams come true!
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