The mirror and the morning is our 21st century sand seeping through the hourglass, a constant reminder of how time is always going, even when we went to call for a time out. We realize our dreams, our limitations, and wonder which path will lead us to the promised land of self-satisfaction. Sometimes our work and our dreams do not coincide and presents a dilemma that only a psychic could unravel and we are forced with choosing between surviving and living. We often look at this as a quid pro quo exchange, as bartering your dreams for a paycheck leaves something more to be desired. To decide that a job is a means to an end versus a living initially will challenge your time to cultivate your dreams, but we all make time for what is truly important to us.
People rarely achieve their dreams pro bono. There is a sacrifice, exchange, or loss endured that becomes the fuel or the Achille’s Heel of their plight. There are many reasons to not chase after the desires in your heart. Time is just the tip of the iceberg. The work that goes into dream chasing is as all-encompassing as a full-time job is. The stair steps to any dream are long and windy, and once one flight is behind you, you temporarily feel relief until we realize the stress mentally and physically climbing the next flights will be. At this point the easiest thing to do may be to cut losses and settle on the dreamless, droid-like existence of survival. The robotic repetition that we fear is often the skeleton of the restructure of our lives. If we can master the discipline that our needs drive, we can implement this same discipline to make time to propel our wants. It’s as if we trick our mind into thinking our wants are needs. This is the same process that we use to justify the purchase of expensive threads and nights of bottle poppin’. Instead of using this thought pattern for the short-sighted goals of being fly, we can use it to funnel our attention and time to our dreams.
Dreams are work. Natural ability can only take you so far. Our dreams must become our life’s work. Our occupations should sponsor whatever our desires are, not take over our lives. Occupations are an integral parts of achieving our dreams because they sustain our lifestyles. Balancing the toll of occupational hazards (office beauracracy, promotions, stress) and bills often stop our dreams in their tracks. External happenings should never restrict the internal drive to our dreams, though the external can move us to realign our goals. When we go to work we should ask ourselves what are we working for? What are we working towards? To take on a 9-5 with no clear goal is submitting to the slavery of the status quo, and you are now no different from the legions of dreamers that can never seem to get the right footing to walk on their faith in themselves. Remain cognoscent of the balance that must be in place. Make clear goals for your spending habits and your time. Make your investments in your dreams, take classes, read articles, seek out peers, and work at perfecting your craft. Unless your job aligns with your dream be careful not to let the pressures of your job become poison to your creativity, and be mindful that your dream doesn’t become the scapegoat of why you can no longer afford your life.
Write out your goals– Remind yourself everyday why you are doing what you are doing. Your own words in print will be the outline of how you should lead your life, instead of reacting to what is going on around you.
Create a Syllabus- People that have went to college understand the importance of structure and knowing what is going to happen next. Freestyling your dream instead of working towards predetermined goals may prolong your life in survival mode because there is a lack of method to the madness. Assess what is most important to you and follow your blueprint.
Balancing Acts- Take notice of what activities monopolize your time and make adjustments. Although it may seem like Mission Impossible, remember everything is a process of becoming. Be thankful that you have realized your dream and don’t kick your own ass for not realizing it sooner. Time is always ticking, but that can be seen as a renewal instead of an expiration. If your dream is involved there should always be enough of you to go around.
Life is a series of decisions and choices, forks in the road, wrong turns, right turns, and straight lines. Pray for guidance and listen to that little GPS inside us all called intuition to lead us on our life roads. Work like Joe Jackson is your daddy, and perform like Phil Jackson is your coach. You deserve the best you have to give, and the only person with the sole duty to provide for you is you. Don’t dream inside your head, make the time to work your dreams into your life.