Step Up And Shine!
You say you have a dream. You say you want to make a difference in the world. You say you want to reach your full potential. In your heart of hearts, deep down in your soul, you really mean it. You mean it in that place inside you where the creative fire burns and yearns to be expressed. You feel it as a rush of inspiration that strikes like lightning when you see another living their purpose. You can see it all happening so crystal clear in your mind’s eye when you let your imagination run free.
I also have a dream. I want to leave this world a better place for having lived in it. I want to become a master of my crafts, express my creativity fully, and share the fruits of my labors of love in such a way that it will inspire others to do the same. I want to live with my heart wide open and give all my love away. Yes, I too have such aspirations and there is a knowing deep within me that anything is truly possible, that I can have it all, and that my soul’s whispers of what’s possible are real. I also know that the only person who can make them a reality is me.
And the truth is I haven’t been doing my best.
It’s one thing to talk about it or write about it but living it is a whole different story. I’ve been learning more about some of those who have gone before me, some of the most tantalizing success stories of our time, and there is a common thread. The message is clear: dreams can come true and nothing is impossible, but there are no overnight successes or born superstars. It takes a lifetime of passion, commitment, discipline, sacrifice, and a willingness to go the extra mile and take massive action.
I have been making big claims for a long time, and, last night, I made a decision: I’m going to stop saying it, step up, and start being it. I’m going to dig deeper and use up all of my energy to take massive action on behalf of my dreams. I’m going to squeeze every last drop of inspiration and energy out of this life I’ve been given to create, to express, to master, to inspire, and to thrive. I’m going to take chances on behalf of what I believe in. I’m going to fail until I succeed. I’m going to make sacrifices and step out beyond the safety of my comfort zone over and over again. I’m going to face my fears with courage and passion. I’m going to keep my word and hold true to my vision until it comes to life. I’m going to eat, sleep, and breathe my purpose and let go of anything that does not serve my highest self. I’m going to do everything in my power so that I can die knowing that I held nothing back and that I gave it everything I could.
You say you have a dream. You say you want to make a difference in the world. You say you want to reach your full potential. I believe you, and I know that in your heart of hearts, deep down in your soul, you really mean it.
Now it’s time to do something about it. It’s time to show up for your dreams and give absolutely everything you’ve got.
This is your life to live and it’s yours to do with it what you choose. No more waiting, the moment of truth has come. No more talking, just action. Step up and shine!
Written for Positively Positive (July 18th, 2012)