The whole thing might crash and burn. My business, that is. I might continue to spend countless hours and my personal savings trying to fully bring my dream to fruition and it might not ever get to that vision I have in my head for it. You know, The BIG Vision. In fact, it might not even come close. I just don't know. How could one know something like this for sure? Be weary of anyone who says they for sure know you can get somewhere you want to be in the future. Can they feel confidently you can? Absolutely! Can they believe in you earnestly? Wholeheartedly, indeed! Are they sometimes so comfortable in their predictions of your success that they'd be willing to bet money? You bet your bottom dollar. But 100% guarantee, they can not. And you can not be positive of that for yourself either.
Here's what I do know for sure, 100% guaranteed:
This entrepreneurial journey I've been on has been the most rewarding and exciting one I've ever been on in my life. And I've done some cool shit in my life. The journey ahead toward your highest purpose and your deepest and scariest dreams will likely be one of, if not the most, rewarding for you too. And I know you've also already done some cool shit in your life. What's different here is that truly saying yes to the dreams that are the more difficult ones - the ones that take grit and endurance and hard work and determination - they're the ones that change you the most in the process of going after them. Sure, we can be changed and bettered by all the easier to achieve dreams we've accomplished and the various bucket list items we've checked off the list but this is a whole new level. If those other dreams were like climbing to the 20th floor of a skyscraper, these dreams are like climbing to the sky deck of a 100 floor building. There's supposedly a great view from that observation deck level but unfortunately no elevator to get there. Just thousands of steps in a seemingly endless stairwell.
My business venture is testing me in countless ways - many of which are brand new to me - and giving me the opportunity to prove myself on so many levels. Here's what is happening to me and what's likely to happen to you too when you fully commit to your biggest dreams:
1.) You will get really clear on what you want and the vision for your life and why. Without this vision and the why behind it, you will end up throwing in the towel.
2.) You will surprise and delight yourself by figuring out things you never knew how to do and didn't think you could do. Your confidence will ebb and flow but ultimately be on an upwards trajectory.
3.) You will start to realize that it's ok that you don't have all the answers upfront - that the path will keep revealing itself as you walk further down. When you look back at where you first began, you will be amazed at how far you've come, even if you're still very far away from where you want to be.
4.) You will start to recognize how much you need others - mentors, champions, coaches, industry colleagues, friends, God, The Universe. It will be humbling and will help you appreciate other people and their unique gifts and experiences more.
5.) You will become painfully aware of your bad habits and how they aren't going to fly anymore if you're going to truly step into your highest power and potential.
6.) You will start attracting new people into your life with your excitement and energy around this dream you finally committed to. You will become more magnetic and people will start to notice you more and be curious about you. Some will even be inspired to begin the journey to their own big dreams because they see you doing it and a life well lived is contagious.
7.) You will start to wonder what else is possible and start to push the boundaries of believing in a more vibrant life than you ever imagined before.
8.) You will figure out how important self-care of your body, mind and spirit is. You will start to take thought management seriously, as well.
9.) You will get insanely curious and almost crazed about trying to absorb as much information as possible all because there is an urgency to learn as much as you can and because it's fun to learn about it.
10.) The work of your dream will start to weave itself throughout most all the hours of most all your days. You will start to realize the world is full of inspiration to continue to support and grow your big ideas and it's also full of the resources you need to bring it to life.
I don't know when my dreams will blossom and fully become the gifts I want them to be for the world. I look forward to that day. But in the mean time, the personal growth I've been experiencing and the lives I've already been able to positively impact with what I've built so far is deeply meaningful. While the bud continues to develop, I appreciate that the gratification from this journey is not instant like so much else we humans tend to seek, though I would be lying if I didn't have to remind myself "patience grasshopper" on a regular basis. It's in the becoming. Enjoy the ride!
What are your biggest, scariest dreams? What are you waiting for?