Sunday, January 31, 2010

Making It Happen

What the mind of a man can conceive and believe, it can achieve ~ Napoleon Hill

I missed you guys so much! I missed bloggerville, I missed writing. Where did I go? Well, after that storm in September I received a "wake-up call". It was sooo powerful that I had no choice but to heed it.

During the time that my family faced possible death, I realized that for the longest time I weaved a lot of dreams but I never made time to actually make it happen. All of a sudden I became aware of all the things that I wanted to do in my life. The plans and aspirations that I made for myself are soon fading into oblivion because I have not made any move towards achieving it.

I froze! I couldn't believe I wasted so much time doing nothing towards that goal. I felt like a fool waiting for that apple to fall from the tree; I thought that by just wishing for the apple, it would make it fall on my lap, ready to be eaten. I forgot that I needed to plan and do something before that apple becomes mine.

I raced against time. I read books, attended seminars and got a chance to talk to some very successful people, as if they were sent to me by fate. I didn't waste time anymore. I decided to make all my dreams come true, one at a time. I opened my rusty closet of dreams and looked inside. The hardest part was something I hadn't expected. Knowing what I wanted. I thought I knew. I thought I am living my dreams already. I thought I was on the right track. But to my surprise, I wasn't. All this time I had set aside things that I really wanted to do and did other things that I thought a responsible adult should be doing. I traded a lot of my dreams for practical ones. I was failing myself slowly but surely.

I came across this wonderful e-book by Bo Sanchez just the other day. The book was called "How to Know if Your Dreams are God's Dreams". You too can grab this e-book at his website. I strongly advise that you grab it just about now. That e-book is sooooo powerful. It made me realize a lot of things in my life.

I learned how to determine what I desired most in my life. This first step needs a lot of thinking and soul-searching. But I promise you once you have determined this are set for life. Second is believing it can happen, that you could make it happen. Last is taking action, as Albert Einstein so aptly put it “Nothing happens unless something moves.” I am on my way to fulfilling the last part, I am now moving towards my goals. That was why I have been away. I started my own online store last October. I didn't realize that I can sell. LOLz! I was becoming a businesswoman! Another dream of mine is to have an article published in one of the leading newspapers in the country. I am on my way to doing that as well.

So what were the desires that I have uncovered you ask? Well, here's what I have discovered so far. One, I wanted to get rich. I wanted to travel all over the world. I wanted to visit sooo many places, do the things I wrote down in my list of 1001 things to do before I die. I wanted to live in Paris. I want to taste that famous bagel in New York, I wanted to go to the Louvre Museum, I wanted to see Florence. I want to go to Italy and taste the most expensive cheese called Parmagiano Reggiano. I wanted to meet Ina Garten and Giada De Laurentiis. I wanted more time with my family. Oh boy, I want to do soooo many things.

What am I getting at? My friend, life is short. Are you sure you really want to waste it with feelings of fear of failing, bitterness and envy? Are you sure that you want to waste it doing something "safe" because your dream requires some form of risk-taking or sacrifice? My friend there is no time to waste. Decide today to become the person you always wanted to be. And make "it" happen!

I was particularly struck by this quote from Benjamin Disraeli. He said, "One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes." Carpe Diem!