[This is part of the Starting 2011 Off Right series]
In planning out 2011, I looked back on 2010 and saw where I did well and where I need work. Then I set goals for this year in the seven goal categories. Both were difficult, but the most difficult part is still ahead. You can fully understand your strengths and weakness, and even have a plan that lays out how you can change things; but if you never step out and do something you will never turn your dreams into your reality.
This post is about hope. I want to introduce you to three people I highly respect who have taken their dreams and turned them into their reality.
Laura: I Always Wanted to Travel
Laura always dreamed of traveling the globe. But for now she had to finish college, she needed a nine-to-five job, and she needed to fit in the norm. Travel would come someday, but certainly not today.
A few years back, Laura woke up and things were different. She was single, out of college, and not really doing a whole lot with her life. She found herself asking the question, “Why don’t I travel?”
The question changed Laura’s life. She rented a small apartment with a roommate and began working every possible shift she could as a waitress. In her free time she researched different ways explore Europe and eventually found ten, fifteen, and twenty day tours that would take her to places like France, Italy, England, and Egypt.
She looked back on her life and saw she needed a change. She set goals that made that change possible. And then she set out to work and began to travel. A few years later, even though she is “settling down” a bit, Laura still travels once or twice a year. She is adventurous, fun, and has great stories to tell.
Michael: I Want To Talk About Baseball
My friend Michael loves baseball. I have never met another person who could rattle off more about the game than him. When the Rangers made it to the playoffs he was the one who explained all the intricacies of the game to me. As the World Series came to an end he told me he dreamed of watching every game, following every statistic, and talking baseball all day. From that dream came the blog The Bleacher Seats.
At The Bleacher Seats Mike talks baseball. He turns what I used to think was an uninteresting sport into one of my favorite blogs. He does an amazing job at explaining the game to “the baseball stupid” like me.
He looked back and saw he had a gift for writing and a love of baseball. He set goals to create a blog and to write regularly. And now he is inspiring people like me to love a game we had once left behind.
Shane: I Never Thought I Would Love My Work
In 2008 Shane was a granite cutter and truck driver. On his quest to get out of debt, he found himself cutting granite and selling cars. He hated his work but believed the lie, “you can never love what you do.” That is, until, he read Dan Miller’s “48 Days To The Work You Love”.
In Dan’s book he discovered a truth that changed his life: it is possible to make lots of money doing what you love. He went from cutting granite to creating YouTube videos. He went from making fifty thousand a year to several hundred thousand! You know him better as ShayCarl.
He looked back on his life and saw he had a desire and a talent to entertain people on YouTube. He set goals that made him one of the highest paid individuals in his field. And then he did the work necessary to bring in substantial income. Check out the video he did for his Dave Ramsey debt free scream:
Are You Ready?
What about you? Have you looked back and seen 2010 lacking? Have you taken that deficit and set goals that, if accomplished, will change your life? If so, it is time to do something. Like Laura, Michael, and Shane you can decide to change your life right now.