“Don’t quit your day dream.” – Alicia Keys
While watching the finals of The Voice and American Idol, something stood out about all the contestants, even though they came from wildly diverse backgrounds.
None of them quit their day dream.
Well, some did, for a while. Some gave up their music, discouraged by the rejection and the frustration of feeling they had talent that deserved to be noticed and appreciated – and that wasn’t. But they kept a spark of hope alive, and summoned up the courage to audition even when the odds were against them. Even when their chances of success were slim.
Instead of abandoning their dream, they bet on themselves and put their hope on the line.
How about you? What’s your day dream? Have you always wanted to travel? Write a book? Start your own business? Learn to play guitar? Get involved in community theater?
Have you set aside that dream? Did someone talk you out of it or did you give it up because you felt the odds of success were next to nothing?
Why not follow the example of these contestants who bet on themselves and put their dreams on the line? The only thing you have to lose is … regret.
I recently asked my network for help with the sub-title for my book SOMEDAY is Not a Day in the Week. The winning choice? Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life.
When I shared with my online community, Jillyn Hawkley Peterson got in touch to say:
“Know what my husband said to me 18 months ago after getting tired of hearing me talk about something I wanted to do for more than a decade?
‘Are you ever going to do it?! Because if you’re not, could you please stop talking about it?’
I am now 1726 miles into a 3800 mile bicycle trek across the country and should finish sometime in 2019.
Because the only thing that happens someday is I’ll die. And then I can’t get any of this stuff done. I would make the sub-title ‘Do It or Stop Talking About It.’ LOL.”
Kudos to Jillyn for making the rest of her life the best of her life, for proving we’re never too old for new dreams. (Check out her blog Jypsy Jill Rides to be inspired by her travels).
How about you dream? Are you living it or have you set it aside? What is that one thing you’ve been waiting to do you would regret not doing?
And if you’re thinking, “I’ll do it later when I have more time,” please rethink that. You’ll never have more time than you have right now.
And if you’re planning to do this when you retire, please rethink that too. One of the saddest discoveries of my Year by the Water was how many people waited to retire to embark on their dreamed-of adventure … and when the time came, they no longer had their health or the significant other they planned to share their adventure with.
Rene Ricard says, “Tomorrow is another day. But so was yesterday.”
Put a date on the calendar NOW when you will launch your day dream. Not tomorrow. Not someday. Today.
You will never regret betting on yourself and putting your day dream into motion; you’ll only regret not doing it … sooner.
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Sam Horn, CEO of the Intrigue Agency, has helped thousands of clients create quality books, brands and presentations that scaled their impact – for good. Her TEDx talk and books Tongue Fu!, POP!, and Washington Post bestseller Got Your Attention? have been featured in New York Times and on NPR, and presented to YPO, Intel, NASA, Capital One, Nationwide. Want Sam to speak at your conference? Contact Cheri@IntrigueAgency.com