Dream as big as you can, then start creating.
I believe you are capable of your wildest dreams. There is absolutely nothing that is too big to accomplish.
In order to take your wild, beautiful dreams and make them a reality, you must first believe this too and second, start working.
There is a huge difference between those who create and those who only dream about creating. Those who create are moving forward on the path. Those who keep dreaming are stuck stretching and preparing, never seeing past the tree line in front of them.
Don’t become paralyzed and never get past that treeline. Start now. Become a doer now. Look at all of your excuses in the face then run right past them.
We create logical sounding reasons to keep us from creating. These are only four of the wide sea of excuses we make to keep us from doing:
+ I’m not who I want to be yet.
+ I don’t have time.
+ I’m not good enough.
+ I’ll never get to where I want to be.
I’m not who I want to be:
You can only become who you want to be by doing the things that will get you there. In one of my favorite memoirs, Just Kids by Patti Smith, Patti and her friend Robert Mapplethorpe are walking in New York City dressed in all of their artsy clothes and a woman says to her husband, "oh, take their picture, I think they're artists." "Oh, go on," says her husband "They're just kids.”
In that moment, one of the most influential musicians and photographers of their time were, indeed, just kids. They had no idea how much they would impact the world. But they were not afraid to begin exploring who they were as artists. If they were, the world may not have ever heard the album Horses and we may not have ever seen Robert’s impactful imagery that has become a staple in the history of photography.
I don’t have time:
Creators MAKE time. Everyone has 24 hours in a day. Those who are creating every day and seeing results are because they find time. They show up and they do the work. If you don’t have time. Make time. Say no, wake up early, learn how to get focused, prioritize your life. Create one thing every day. How much do you want to follow your passion? How much do you want to create? If you want it badly enough, you will find time for it.
I’m not good enough:
Creators KNOW they aren’t good enough, so they work hard to get better. There is no Olympic athlete who went to the Olympics without working hard every day to become better. I’ll mail you a treat if you can give me one example. Who is good enough when they first start? Virtually no one. How encouraging is that! We are all given the chance to grow and learn. Some of us take hold of that chance and some of us don’t. That has nothing to do with talent and everything to do with work ethic. You are good enough. Work hard every day and you will see for yourself.
I’ll never get to where I want to be:
Creators have an infinitely stronger chance of getting to where they want to be because they are DOING. You most definitely will not get to where you wish you were if you stay paralyzed at the beginning of the path. You have your running shoes on, your fitbit, your new racerback, but you are too scared to take the first step because you think you won’t make it to the end. It is a 100% guarantee that you will not make it if you keep dreaming and don’t start moving.
Creators are patient. They see failures as merely hurdles to jump over and keep moving.
It took me a while to get over my fear of failing in order to start doing. I would let one negative opinion about my work eat into me and keep me from creating for YEARS. I finally realized that I will fail and that I could take it as a way to better myself and press on. This is a game changer. Let yourself fail. Let yourself fall to the ground, but do not stay down. Get back up and keep moving.
Author Gertrude Stein submitted poems for 22 years before being published. Stephen King’s Carrie was rejected 30 times before getting published. William Faulkner’s Sanctuary was deemed “unpublishable.” Louisa May Alcott was told to stick to teaching and quit writing.
So many incredible authors know the string of failure all too well. But what they all have in common is that they didn’t let it stop them. Failure was not the end for them. It was the beginning. And they kept on going, and going, and going. Failure is not the end. It is an obstacle to push through. It is an opportunity to get better at what you do and fight harder for your dream.
I believe you can make your dreams a reality. Show up and work hard every day, and you will start to believe it too.