Living The Dream

Livin’ The Dream –  Drake White

One of my favorite funny responses that someone can say when I ask “how’s it going?”, or  ” how is business?”  is some version of  “I’m Living the Dream!”  Always makes me chuckle, and it sure does make a point.  I looked it up in the “urban dictionary” as follows:

Living the dream –An answer to the rhetorical “how’s it going?”. Usually given when someone at work asks how you are and it is quite obvious that you have a crappy job and are just as broke as the next person. Most often used when business is slow.
Dean:  Hey Greg, how’s it going?   Greg:  Living the dream, brother, living the dream.

However, on a serious note, most people are not living their dreams. They are just too scared. Scared of failure,  scared of going broke, scared of embarrassment.  As time goes by, many people simply lose their ability to even have a dream.   We have all heard the often told story (warning) of the old man on his death bed–  who was asked what he regretted most in life. Of course, it was the things he didn’t do in his life that he wanted to that he most regretted. I urge you to  step into living your dreams right now.  If you have a dream or a calling you’re not yet living, it’s time to get to work:

  1. Publicly declare it. Out Loud. With Passion
  2. Believe it before you see it. –>BECOMING
  3. And then do it.  –>DOING

Until you start living it, you’re only dreaming it.

I found the following list of  “31 things that happen when you start living your dream”  both useful and interesting.  My top ten favorites are:  1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 19, 28.  Let me know what your favorites are.

And please let me know…  “How it’s going?”

31 Things That Happen When You Finally Decide to Live Your Dreams

Responsibility.

 Defined by Websters as follows: noun, plural responsibilities.

1.the state of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one’s  power, control, or management.

2.an instance of being responsible: The responsibility for this mess is yours!

 

What a simple, yet powerful word. This may well be the very first building block to success and happiness. Taking complete responsibility for your life is critical. Without it, you will be prone to complaining and blaming everyone and everything for your challenge. My parents, my spouse, my friends, my financial situation, the economy, other people, the government… you get the idea.

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It is essential to lock down this concept. Accepting complete responsibility for everything in our life is the beginning of everything that follows on the path to reaching our dreams.

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Negative People?

Are negative people really to blame for what we have and haven’t accomplished in life?

Is it even fair to blame them?  How much impact do they really have on our life?  How do you get away from negative people?  What if they are friends and family?  When we look at our lives, it’s important to look at the people we have in them. It’s important for us to assess who is bringing value to our life and who is taking away.  When we get clear on what we want out of life, we also need to get clear about WHO WE WANT IN IT! We can’t take everybody. We can love them in our hearts, of course. But some peoples’ negativity is too heavy to carry.

I found this video by the Great motivator Les Brown both useful and interesting. In this video Les Brown talks to an audience about how the values and negative beliefs of others can slowly but surely influence our own.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  1. What people and attitudes no longer fit in your life?
  2. How will you raise your standards for your life?
  3. Align yourself with positive and powerful people who can help you get to where you want to be.
  4. Surround yourself with winners.
  5. If you can’t find any winners; read about them, listen to their work, research them.
  6. You are never too young/old to take your life forward. You are never too young/old to take steps towards goals that excite you.
  7. Don’t let the naysayers impact what you see possible for you.
  8. Stop complaining and playing victim.
  9. Let the past go and grow.
  10. Your past does not represent what is possible for your future. It just represents your growth and development at that particular point in your life!