When I was 12 years old I was already very future focused. I knew where I wanted to go to college and what I wanted to study. I knew I wanted to own my own business someday. I had BIG dreams and I was intent on making them a reality.
I was a great student and worked really hard towards the goals I had for myself. Then one day I took my first step down the wrong path that led me to believe for nearly 15 years that my dreams were a thing of the past. You see, throughout my high school years I was more focused on becoming well- liked then on what truly mattered. I was more intent on being the cheerleader and making my way into the “popular” crowd. I craved to be wanted in every way possible and this desire soon manifested into very dangerous behaviors.
Soon, I was hanging out with the wrong crowd. The kind of people that didn’t care about their futures. I was too scared to be who I truly was because at some point I made the choice to believe that my dreams didn’t matter. To this day I don’t know how or why I made that decision, but there’s no point focusing on the past.
What does matter is the fact that even after indulging in all sorts of negative behaviors I was able to realize once again that I deserve to make my BIG dreams a reality. You see, it is up to us to make the choice to believe in ourselves. There are always going to be people out there who try to tear us down because they’re too afraid of our dreams. They project onto us their fears and negative emotions because they could never fathom achieving the level of success that we crave.
But, if there’s one piece of advice I could give you it would be this…
Don’t ever let another soul take your dreams away. Only you know what is possible for yourself. Do not allow your future to suffer just because someone is afraid that you’ll fail. Because the truth is that failing while trying to reach your goals far outweighs never taking the first step.
So, I’m dying to know, what are your BIG dreams? Like your really crazy goals? How did you envision your future being as a child?