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A dream without work is merely a wish

I can't claim the statement in the title, but I can definitely relate to it. We all have dreams; things we would like to achieve, see, or do. Some common dreams might include become wealthy, lose weight, act in a movie, front a band, write a book, gain weight, run a marathon, travel the world, save a life, mend torn relationships...the list is endless.

Get real with yourself. What is that unspoken dream you have hidden in your heart? If you have taken no steps toward that dream, put yourself in gear, make a plan, and start your journey. Put one foot in front of the other and open the doors that are available to you. Get prepared, do your work, network with people who have have been there or have connections and step toward your dream. Intense desire doesn't mean it will drop out of the sky squarely into your life. If you want it, go get it; work, sweat, stay up all night meeting deadlines, give up a few frills and commit to the difficult things. If you want to change your life, you will undoubtedly have to give up a few things or change your usual routine. I have heard it said that there is no such thing as "lucky." "Lucky" is when preparation intersects with opportunity and opportunity comes to those who search for it.

It is never too late to work out your dream. My friend, Jodi, shared a statement that resonated with me. "Just because you took longer than others, doesn't not mean you failed. Remember that." Age is just a number. So...1) Give your dream a name. 2) Speak your dream out loud and tell others what you plan to achieve. 3) Write a plan on paper that includes short and long term goals. 4) Spend time around people who have been successful and who see your potential. 5) Keep working.

The formula above worked for this 60 year old physical therapist who wanted to write a book that brought laughter, inspiration, and honor to elders and those who love them. Through the perseverance of hard work and the light shown on my path by those who went before me, I realized my dream.

So, decide for yourself if you have a "wish" or will you pursue your "dream." If you discover you have a dream, do the work, and once you have achieved your dream, reach back and help those behind you. Nobody gets there alone.

* I would like to thank some of the people who shined their light of encouragement and knowledge on my path: Amy M Le, Carolyn Leonard, and Alicia Dean. Thank you so much!

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