“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” Eleanor Roosevelt
Our recent trip back to London and Paris stirred up quite a bit of emotion for me. It got me reflecting about my 22 year old self, the woman I am today and the woman I want to be in the future. My time living in London was formative in many ways and shaped who I am today but the experience could have very easily not occurred. I remember sitting with a mate after we had finished our final school exams (of which I failed miserably) hunched over an atlas and dreaming about all the travel we would do but we both got jobs, life happened and my "dream" was just that.
Fast forward five years, I was sitting at work and had a crystal clear moment of realisation that if I continued on this path, I would be in the exact same spot in ten years time. That thought scared the absolute pants off me. Within three weeks I had left Sydney, with a fair amount of criticism from those close to me, landed in London not knowing anyone and without a job. In hindsight, my decision to move to the UK was an impulsive one but at the time, I knew it was the right one.
What I've been ruminating on is where would I be today if that experience had remained a dream? How would my life look? Would I be happy? What sort of a person would I be?
I know for a fact I wouldn't be the Kate I am today without throwing caution to the wind and turning that travel dream into action but even with that experience under my belt, I have spent much of my adult life being held back by fear. Fear of "failure" and an unwillingness to stick it out in the challenging/uncomfortable zone, quitting before I even began. This aspect of my personality, my habitual (and very much unconscious) thoughts and behaviour patterns are something I am now HYPER aware of. I cannot expect a different outcome if I continue to travel down the same path.
I want my future self to be one who can overcome all that. I want to see my big dreams translate into even bigger action, even if it means doing stuff I find uncomfortable, challenging and confronting. I know that it's in this zone where all the juicy stuff is waiting.
Dream - Plan - Action - Growth
Resources I've been diving into
Dreaming, planning and doing - Dr Joe Dispenzer "Breaking the habit of being yourself"
Planning and Action - Beautiful Life Lab via Ange Peters
What are you going after?