Don’t Negotiate Your Dreams

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Everyone measures success differently. For some it could be a house, salary, or job. How did they get the life they wanted? Why do some achieve their dreams while others seem to be living a half-life? You know who I am talking about, those who always wish but never do, people who have fallen back on a plan B. What about the others? They are the ones who go after their goals with such fervor that a plan B never crossed their mind.

Having a plan B is something we create in case “it” doesn’t work out. You are willing, to a point, to work toward your dream, but you have to have something “just in case”. The problem isn’t the plan B, it is that most people who create one use it. They allow their dream to drift away because they felt they didn’t have the time or knowledge to achieve it. Plan B was easier, safe; there wasn’t anything additional that needed to be invested into your just-in-case plan.

What most people don’t realize is that these plans are created out of fear of the unknown. It isn’t because you aren’t good enough, or can’t acquire the skills or knowledge, it’s because you don’t know if it will work out. Jim Rohn said, “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Isn’t that fear only an excuse not to go out and pursue your goals? In the end, as Jim implies, the only thing holding you back is you.

So discard your plan B, and don’t panic! Take a deep breath. Realize that pursing your dream doesn’t mean there won’t be challenges and failures. These hiccups are learning opportunities on your way to the end goal. They aren’t setbacks; they are speed bumps that you need to roll over. Don’t give up! Don’t give into the plan B life! Stop holding yourself back from your goals, your dreams, or the life you want. Only you have the power to change your course and turn your plan B life into a plan A.