I have dreamed like this. Many times. I used to work fifty hours a week for forty-eight weeks a year in a job which was . . . well sort of OK. But it was all right because, hey I was off on holiday soon. Thirty-eight days and counting in fact. And tomorrow morning it would be thirty-seven and a half. We hay!
Nah. That's not right. The quote at the top of this blog has it pretty well right and so its worth repeating.
Instead of wondering when our next vacation is, we should set up a life we don't need to escape from: Seth Godin
Its so tempting to make excuses about the lives we lead. And taking holidays is the absolute ultimate in excuse making. And don't get me wrong. Holidays are a really great thing but not when they create a mask over the life you are really leading.
Someone once said to me: think of what you really love doing and make it your job. Yes it is aspirational and yes I know it may not seem immediately practical. But just stop for a minute, close you eyes and dream. Dream of a life without constraints . . . where you have unlimited choice . . . where money doesn't matter . . . and where nobody will judge you. What would you do? And now open you eyes and write down what you just thought of.
I was inspired earlier this week via a facebook message from a friend. This friend also had a dream, about starting a company focusing on positivity. He gave up his day job, worked and worked and worked, hooked up with partners, started a website and cold called company after company. Well anyway, the message earlier this week was prompted by three firm orders, all on the same day. The hard work had paid off, and more importantly the courageous leap from a safe job to doing something this friend really loved had come to fruition.
So what did you dream, and what did you write down? Is it really so impractical . . .????