I find myself in an interesting place right now. I’m sure many of you can relate to this place. I’ve made some progress in the pursuit of my dreams; however the weight of the commitment and challenge is starting to weigh heavier than ever before. I never thought that it would be easy, but I often forget to factor in the simple reality that I cannot devote one hundred percent of my time to my dream.
If your dream is to be a writer, a singer, a musician, a speaker, a chemist, a travel agent, a CEO, or anything else, one of the largest challenges that we face is to recognize the balance between where we are and where we hope to be. Every day I am given the opportunity to work a great job as a SR. HR Consultant for a good company, but it is not my passion. It is not my dream. I like my job, but I love my passion.
If you have been in this place you know that this presents us with a series of challenges illustrated by the quote below:
“Well, I’ve been happily supporting myself for ten years now on the hustle and trade of live entertainment. I guess my breakthrough moment was when I decided to go for it once and for all.”
Here are the Challenges:
- We must choose to chase the dream – Jon Acuff wrote a whole book about it…we have to “Start”. For me this is the easy part. Starting on a daily basis and continuing is where I find the challenge. Starting is an ongoing process not an individual moment in time.
- We cannot quit the day job – As much as I would enjoy dream chasing 24 hours a day this is not an option right now. I have a wonderful family that needs me to bring home a steady paycheck. If we look at the previous concept we see that it is our natural tendency to believe that the breakthrough only comes when we leap into the deep end. Nowhere does it say that this has to be a crazy risk. Nowhere does it say that we must quit all things that provide consistent provision.
- How do I do both? – This picks up where point 2 ends. We first start, then realize we cannot quit the day job, then we have this struggle of knowing the job needs to be done and the dream needs to be chased, but we struggle to find the best way to balance the time. Through my journey of Intentional living I have found that I have the time to do both, but I have to be willing to make the choices that lead to success. This journey is not an easy one and will take a willingness to as Dave Ramsey says “Live today like no one else, so we can one day live like no one else”.
- Find success in the journey– The key in this process is to find joy in the journey. It’s when the daily practice is as fulfilling as game day that we can walk in the confidence that we are working in our passion.
- When the time is right….LEAP – There will come a point in time where we can maintain and thrive in our responsibilities and it’s time to take the leap into our dreams. But one huge key to success is not jumping at the wrong time.
I want each of us to remember that the joy is as much in journey and struggle as it is in the arrival. We must find joy in the journey.
A friend of mine likes to say, “that to understand true joy we must learn to suffer well.”