You’ve been told a lie. You’re already so accustomed to it, that you think nothing of it and go about your life believing it’s true. It’s only becomes true because we’ve been told enough times to believe it. But it’s not. It’s the biggest lie of your life. It’s destroying you from the inside out and you don’t even know it. It’s the silent dream-killer.
“You’re not good enough.”
These are the words of the everyday lifers. The 9-to-5ers and paper-slingers. The unbelieving Debbie downers and the day-dreamers. These people go through life being told they need to get good grades, go to college, and get a job somewhere. To work for someone else, to likely do a menial job, and likely do little meaningful with their lives. There’s not much inherently wrong with these things, but I can’t imagine that we all have that same destiny. In fact, I think many of us have larger aspirations left in hiding. There is hope for us yet.
You are good enough.
Moreover, you are capable of the most epic of things.
I’ve already given you 34 ways to achieve your dreams, but what’s the point of telling you how to achieve your dreams if you’re already convinced that you’re not smart enough? Intelligent enough? Capable? Well, that’s what I am here for. If there is nothing else you learn from this blog, I want it to be that you are meant for so much more.
I want to dispel, in one article, everything you’ve ever been told up to this point about achieving your dreams. Corbett Barr from Think Traffic, someone I respect highly in his field of blogging and helped me launch this very blog, constantly says, “Write Epic Sh*t“. It makes sense that, if you want people to read your blog, you need to write something of epic proportions. But what about life itself? Doesn’t life follow this same principle? Of course. An epic blog contains epic content just like an epic life does epic things.
If you want to live a life of epic proportions, you need to do epic things.
Did you know you are destined to do epic things? Why do we love movies like Braveheart, Rocky, the Princess Bride and Star Wars? Because it’s in our blood. We love incredible stories. It’s written on our hearts and souls. Why else do we love these stories? We all wish we were there. We all want to be William Wallace from Braveheart or Buttercup from the Princess Bride. Why is this? It’s written on our souls to do great things. To do epic things.
What’s written on your heart? What is it that you’ve known your entire life you wanted to do? There’s something there, even if it doesn’t come to mind right away. You might have to dig deep to rediscover what it is, but guess what?
You are meant for it.
Not only do you need to do epic things to live an epic life, you are destined to live an epic life. You can even make a living from your passion!
“Wait, Loren. So, you’re telling me I can achieve my dreams and make a living from them?”
“But Loren, how do I do that?”
That’s the question, isn’t it? You’ve probably heard “you can do anything you set your mind to” so many times that the meaning is completely gone. As watered down as those words have become, they’re still true. Think about it. How many times have you told yourself, “I can’t”?
What if you simply started saying, “I can.” instead? Stop saying no and start saying yes.
The greatest barrier between you and achieving your dreams is the belief that you can.
Look at all of the people before you who have done what you dream of doing. We tend to put these, sometimes famous, people on a pedestal. For some reason we tell ourselves that they are the exception or that they’re better or smarter. It’s just not true. The problem with this kind of thinking is that these people are no different from us. The only difference is they decided at some point to commit. Sure, sometimes these people are legitimate geniuses with an IQ of ridiculous, but the great majority of people who achieve their dreams are normal people like you and me. This will be the hardest step because you will have to shift your paradigm. You have to go from unbeliever to believer.
I can’t convince you, you have to convince yourself.
…but stop fantasizing. It’s perfectly okay to have a dream, you need it. You just have to stop fantasizing over it and instead start expecting it. Research has shown you are more likely to achieve the task or goal if you’re expecting it to happen instead of fantasizing about it all day long. This goes hand-in-hand with what I said earlier about telling ourselves we can’t. If you expect to do it, you must also expect you can.
Dream big and obsess over it.
It’s your destiny. It’s in your blood.
It’s your life.
You can do epic things.
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