You Can Create
& Life You've Aways Wanted!
Is "Earning a Living"
By Stacey Mayo, MCC
people resolve that this year will be different: "This will
be the year that I write that book, start that new venture, double
my income, take more time off to spend with my family," and
the list goes on and on. However, when people think about pursuing
their dreams, they often squash the idea because it doesn't seem
Does this sound
familiar? You have a dream, but are afraid that if you pursue it,
you would risk giving up what you already have. It is easy to put
it off to a later date -- a time when there will be more money,
more time and/or when the kids have graduated from college.
However, there is never a time when everything in your life is perfect
for carrying out your goals. Don't wait for everything to be lined
up. Once you actually commit to your dream, things will begin to
fall into place. Know that is possible to live out your fondest
dreams AND make a great living!
After supporting thousands of people across the globe in making
their personal and professional dreams a reality, I have found the
following strategies to be most effective:
* First, design
your life around your priorities. Many people try to fit their dreams
into their life and complain there are not enough hours in the day
to make it happen. If you want your dream to become a reality, make
it a priority.
Stacy Allison, the first American woman to climb Mt. Everest chose
to live just outside of Zion National Park so she could climb rock
cliffs in her own backyard. Climbing was her priority for many years
and she made choices in alignment with that.
* Second, handle the basics (food, clothing and shelter) then reach
for fulfillment and self-actualization. If you can't stand your
job any longer or have been forced out and you need a source of
income, get a low-stress interim job to pay the bills while your
pursue your dream.
* Visualize every step of your dream and watch the magic unfold.
For example, an experiment conducted by Australian Psychologist
Alan Richardson found a 23 percent performance improvement among
subjects who visualized every day for 20 days.
went from welfare mom to Grammy award winner. Mary visualized herself
out of welfare. She did this by writing a short story about a young
welfare mother. It was her story, basically, and how she was discovered
having great talent and was able to get herself up and out of welfare.
She pictured it happening in her head and then took action in alignment
with that picture.
* Laser in on
one idea, business or income stream at a time. One of the mistakes
people make is diversifying too quickly. This is true whether you
are trying to build multiple streams of income or are just working
on several different ideas at one time. The key is getting the first
stream or idea up and running and having systems in place so it
will keep running without you before going on to the next unrelated
This is one
of my biggest lessons as it is for many entrepreneurs and creative
people. When I was writing, "I Can't Believe I Get Paid To
Do This!" I was also looking for real estate investments which
was a new venture for me. I wasn't making much progress on either
count. When I put the real estate to the side and committed to finishing
the book, it happened quite easily.
And last but
not least, develop your resilience muscle by bouncing back from
setbacks. You will very likely have setbacks along the way. Don't
get stopped by these bumps in the road; learn from them.
Article by Stacey
Mayo. Stacey Mayo founded the Center for Balanced Living in 1995
as a vehicle for carrying out her life's work and has since supported
thousands of people in making their dreams come true. She is author
of "I Can't Believe I Get Paid To Do This! ": Remarkable
People Reveal 26 Proven Strategies for Making Your Dreams a Reality.
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