Admit it, you took one look at the headline of my blog and you thought, Battlefield?.
Dreams are great. I have always been a dreamer, ever since I first listened to a tape (one of those plastic objects with moving parts that you put into a player and hear voices) by a leading motivational speaker in my network marketing infancy. In that tape, the guy said, “the bigger your dream, the more you will do to get that dream!”
I didn’t quite understand that, but it sounded good, and I began looking for what I wanted. Not just things, though, because a dream does not have to be for tangible things. Sometimes, it is for a state of mind, or a better you. Those were harder to put onto a vision board, and the fact that I knew what they were, but could not picture them troubled me.
That guy on the tape also said ” Never let anyone steal your dreams!”
I didn’t realize that I was stepping onto a battlefield as soon as I envisioned a dream. The world may be run by dreamers, but it despises dreamers just the same. Those at the top have huge visions for their lives and for the general population, but everyone in between is stuck with the vision that they are handed by their boss (get this done by Friday at 3PM or you are fired).
The second you let anyone in on your vision is the beginning of the battle for your dream. Up until that time, you are a noncombatant enlistee in the war, but you aren’t ready to hit the battlefield until you are ready to share your dreams. At that point, whether you are prepared for it or not, the battle is on!
People will ridicule you for thinking you can rise above the rest of the people in your peer group. Friends and family who think they are helping you will tell you to get your head out of the clouds. And life itself will appear to convolute itself in such a way as to make it seemingly impossible to make any progress towards your dreams.
I remember how cars would break down, kids would get sick, babysitters would cancel at the last minute and I would think to myself, “what the heck is going on here? How can I get anywhere with all of this crap going on to stop me from making any progress?”
Enter The Battlefield
The battle begins within you before it ever comes to the rest of the world. You are audacious enough to believe that you can get out of your comfort zone and actually succeed at something that you have wanted for your whole life. Your inner consciousness is rebelling at the thought of having to get out of the comfort zone it has grown accustomed to. Your subconscious is still believing the negative that people (and your own self talk) have been feeding it for years, and it works hard to ensure that those beliefs are realized.
This fight is 90% internal.
You can’t escape it. The 10% that your friends, family and neighbors actually participate in is the easy part. Those can be ignored or you can tell them that you will spend time with them either when they learn to be supportive or when you invite them to your mansion. But your inner battles must be taken care of with the help of self help materials and a group of people who are genuinely concerned in your growth. (Mastermind groups are great for this)
So let’s work together here to fight the battles that we know we can win, and set ourselves up for success in the battles that we will need help with. This blog is here for you. I would like to hear your stories of success and those where you can identify where you could have done things better to get a favorable outcome. There are no failures, except when we stop trying.