D, a survivor I coach, dreams of becoming an independent photojournalist whose photographs inspire others to preserve Nature. Today – despite just having started a new job – she’s off to Alaska to photograph the Aurora Borealis in peak season.
How many of us might have forgone such an opportunity because we couldn’t take time off from a new job?
Many of us forgo pursuing our visions because we feel like the sacrifices are too great. We think we have to sacrifice too much income, or time with our partner or kids.
As a result, many of us sacrifice our creativity, self-expression and fulfillment.
I’m not suggesting you abandon those who need you in order to pursue your dreams – far from it. In fact, a hallmark of a vision worth pursuing is that it serves those around you at the same time that it builds and fulfills you.
The takeaway here is that building your dreams isn’t an “either/or” game. There are usually more ways than you can first see to progress towards your dreams while honoring the needs of those around you.
Think your kids might suffer if you spend time away from them? Maybe there’s a solution that allows you to spend time with them while reaching for your dreams. Maybe they have ideas that will help you build your dreams. Maybe they’ll reap the reward of a happier parent.
Maybe you can take time off AND have sufficient income.
Maybe you can rock that exercise regimen AND keep up with your to-do list.
Maybe you can have cancer AND also be healthy.
Are you open to the idea of having it all?
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- What would you love to have or do that seems to require an unreasonable sacrifice?
- Can you think of a way to do it that benefits those involved while allowing you to do what you love?
- How can I support you in creating a path to your dreams that nurtures you and those around you?
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